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Online newspapers tired of catering to Apple’s in-app purchasing restrictions are starting to bypass the tech giant completely by creating web-based apps using HTML5 technology, reports. The latest title to jump on the trend? Washington’s local paper The Chronicle, which offers the HTML5 app as part of a subscription bundle that includes complete online and print access, the article said.

The Chronicle’s web app is similar to a “native” iPad app in terms of user experience; rather than downloading the app from Apple’s Newsstand, though, one can access the web app through the iPad’s Internet browser and save it as an icon on the homescreen, the article said. App users can share articles through Facebook and Twitter, as well as download stories to read them offline later, the article said.

CEO Scott Karp of Publish2, the platform that supports the Chronicle’s web app, told the HTML5 version is a “seamless extension of the subscription model.” The Chronicle plans to launch an Android-friendly version of the app in the near future, according to the article.


Gianna Walton


2012-04-19 14:41

Developing mobile apps and mobile websites is extremely complex due to multiple operating systems, which each run on different versions. Screen sizes vary from low resolution like 240x320 for some Android devices up to really high resolution for tablets like 1280x768 for the iPad 2. Then there are 1000+ APIs across each platform, different hardware configurations including touch screens, hardware keyboards and alternative key configurations.

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Anton Jolkovski


2011-11-03 09:06

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