Yesterday’s launch of the newYouTube Mobile site (just go tom.youtube.com) further reiterates something that has been in my thoughts ever since the explosive growth in mobile apps started. This has really led to another way for large technology companies to wall off their users, much like Microsoft has done over the years. Even though it’s great that you can have a mobile application for virtually anything that you want in your pocket, there are some inherent limitations to these native applications.
TechCrunch’s Jason Kincaid makes a good point in his look at YouTube Mobile that the video quality is fantastic – better, he says than the native application that came with Apple’s iOS for the iPhone and iPad. That may have something to do with the fact that the webapp is built in HTML5 and optimized for the current wireless networks that devices use.
“Video on the HTML5 app looked much better, and was snappier to boot”, remarks Kincaid in his write-up.
All the more proof that giving browsers the ability to use the web as a platform to utilize applications is the future of computing, whether it be via a smartphone or a laptop. The idea of Chrome OS or other web operating system simply doesn’t seem so far-fetched.
One of the reasons that web applications have a clear benefit over native ones is interoperability. On the web, diverse applications are able to access and communicate data between one another in order to provide a seamless ecosystem. Think about Twitter, where users allow web applications such as HootSuite access to their accounts to better understand the underlying data. Or, as Kincaid remarks, the simplistic convenience of auto-fill in the YouTube Mobile app.
But what’s wrong with the way things are done now? We’ve seen bothApple andGoogle take take direct control of users’ devices. Even Amazon has removed books from its Kindle e-reader, citing copyright problems with a publisher. With the new browser technologies like HTML5, a third party cannot take away something that is on the web; and no developer or group of developers is dependent on an outside partner for its applications.
Sure, there are motives behind the decisions above in the face of security and potential lawsuits. Possible hurdles abound with what could happen in a world where applications are easily installed with one click. But Microsoft led a tech space for years that allowed people to put whatever they want on their computers, and despite their flagging performance, they’ve been around for over thirty years.
Random Chrome Posts
Latest Chrome Post
- The Verge Playlist: Lush
- The man behind famous ‘Minority Report’ interface is back for ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’
- How two Valve engineers walked away with the company’s augmented reality glasses
- What’s the difference between consumer marketing and propaganda?
- Mercedes-Benz shows off self-driving car technology in its new $100,000 S-Class
- The Weekender: a new ‘Star Trek’, Google’s big event, and government and science as games
- Security experts warn FBI wiretap bill would make apps less secure
- Google’s business practices to be investigated by Canadian Competition Bureau
Top Chrome Views
- Google-Based GBook Coming from Archos? - 1,452 views
- Review ChromeBook -Alienware M11x Hinge Issue Fix In Sight - 1,445 views
- Microsoft Surface vs. Surface… and the Windows, Android, and iOS tablet competition - 1,421 views
- Chrome update -The Caps Lock Key on Chrome OS – and How to Get it Back - 1,382 views
- Latest Chrome -You Want Sidebar Tabs in Chrome? Here’s How - 1,372 views
- Rugged Laptops: Essential to Business and Home? - 1,356 views
- Flashing Your Cr-48 BIOS - 1,337 views
- Mozilla: Google Making “Sneaky” Installations on PCs - 1,295 views
- Webapps Vs. Native Apps – A Battle of Control? - 1,109 views
- Video: Google’s New Page Speed Mod for Apache Web Servers - 894 views