Allowing to Box.net, it has plans to develop numerous “semi-local” apps for many mobile operating systems by utilizing codebase of HTML5. This is being done to keep pace with the raising number of smart phones and tablet platforms. Box.net is distinguished as the leading provider of cloud-based content management system service for the businesses as well as individuals. The company too is facing troubles in the evolution of apps for numerous systems such as PlayBook, Research in Motion BlackBerry along with Cisco Systems' Cius, Apple iOS and Google Android. This was announced by Aaron Levie, the Box.net CEO in an interview at the MobileBeat conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. Thus, to solve this issue, the company is now trying out HTML5.
The new web protocol is exclusively designed in a way so as to allow the development of Web-based applications, such as local storage, which is bestowed with offline capabilities. Levie also announced that the company is planning to develop a series of “semi-local” apps, which are slightly modified for working on different Operating Systems. Box.net is also planning to run some codes locally on the device.
Levie told in the interview that growth done by using HTML5 will save their development time. The first app that would be developed using HTML5 will be for the BlackBerry Operating system, which is awaited to be announced by Box.net by August, according to Levie.
In addition, the other apps of Box.net admitting the native apps for all the major mobile platforms such as iOS will stay available to clients, as told by Levie.
According to analyst Bob Egan of Sepharim Group, the mobile software company which will ultimately win in this avenue would be the one, which will cohere to all its applications across the major development platforms. Bob Egan was attending the MobileBeat conference in San Francisco. Adding further, he said that the same thing applies to all the corporate IT departments. These departments are under constant pressure from the users to develop an array of business application, which are easy to use on all the devices that can be brought in the office by an employee.
On the contrary, developing apps for different platforms is expensive in monetary terms as well as time, according to Egan. However, he doesn’t believe that HTML5 can be an alternative to it. Other individuals too haven’t found the protocol impressive enough. Egan reported that he believes that companies such as Box.net are quite courageous to use HTML5 for their business products.