Android and iOS Go HTML5 Friendly With Their Latest Releases
The two popular mobile operating systems, Android and iOS, may be about to give a boost to the HTML5 development with their latest releases. While Google is removing WebView from Android's core, making it an updatable component, Apple replaced the traditional UIWebView with WKWebView, which has advantages in the performance, stability and functionality of hybrid applications.
The WebView has always been part of Android's core and was only updated with a new release of the OS. As Android's releases are normally slow and vary from vendor to vendor, it may not reach all phones and tablets at the same time (if at all), leaving users with outdated features or exposed to security issues. Right after the release of KitKat, the Chrome Developer team acknowledged the problem and their intent to move towards a system of regular updates.
Beginning in Android Lollipop, there is a new feature called Updatable WebView. As the name implies, the WebView will now be updated as a regular app from the Google Play. Not only will this ensure important security updates find their way to the devices, but it will also make new features and APIs available to developers of applications that rely on WebView.
Besides this major change, iOS 8 now supports the following HTML5 features:
- HTML Templates
- Navigation/High Resolution Timing APIs
- CSS Shapes Level 1
- SVG Fragment Identifiers