I'm collecting signs of people looking at things a little bit differently, when it comes to building mobile apps (mindful, of course, of Kirin, our approach for this). Here's a few I've come across:

  • TheNextWeb, commenting on the launch (and subsequent withdrawal) of the GMail app for iPhone/iPad: "…some people pointed out that although Gmail’s app uses web view, it’s wrapped in a native wrapper – effectively giving us the worst of both worlds."
  • Matt Asay of Strobe (just acquired by Facebook) writing in The Register, talks about how HTML5-for-apps is playing much better in the enterprise, where traditionally user experience has been seen as less important: "And while HTML5 still struggles to deliver as slick an experience as native app development with Java (Android) or Objective-C (iOS), this isn't much of a factor behind the firewall. Enterprise IT is mostly concerned with delivering a good enough user experience on a cross-platform basis."
  • Sticking with Facebook, ReadWriteWeb posted an insight into their approach to mobile apps: "instead of the phone saying I am rendering for a WebKit browser, we send an agent that says you are going to be rendering for a WebKit UI WebKit view inside the iPhone app. So, what you have to do is detect that, style a Web code to make that work, build a bridge between the things that you want to write to interact natively with the Objective-C, say in Javascript, then build HTML pages for Facebok in the iPhone. So, you build much smaller native goop instead of having to build over and over again.".