In this short blog post we’ll be giving a brief look into our predictions, of what we believe will happen with the web the next few years.
It’s interesting to watch the current trends of both desktop and mobile devices, on mobile devices all websites are being ported to applications, for example there is an app for eBay, Facebook, Amazon and hundreds others. On desktop however applications are being ported to websites, for example Apple iWork, Microsoft Office even software like Skype can now be used via Outlook.com, even companies like Adobe are slowly starting to move towards the web with websites like photoshop.com.
In the past desktop computers were very much ‘app orientated’ although in those days apps were known as programs or applications, now the trend seems to be putting everything on the web – with fiber optic internet and super powerful WebKit browsers, why not! The advantages of web apps over normal apps are that you can use them anywhere without having to install anything, so you can use someone else’s computer and still view your documents and write documents in iWork even if they are using Windows.
This also saves space on your hard drive. So many the future of mobile is actually the opposite of what is happening now, people say apps are the future, but in fact they are the present. Perhaps web apps are the future for mobile. Think about it, for example you don’t have to install the Facebook app (in fact the web app tends to have more functionality, but it isn’t as fast or as pretty, but this is only because it’s been sidelined for the app), which now takes up around 100mb of space; you can just use it in the web browser, saving 100mb which could be used for taking photos. With response web design, a developer makes a website which works on phones, tablets, computers and even Smart TV’s, not only does it work over all resolutions but over all platforms. From a developer’s point of view they only need to focus about one thing, this means less bugs, which is great for consumers.
Another thing is lets say an assume new app comes out, and your friend with an iPhone is showing you it, then you get your Android phone out, and would you look at that it comes out next year for Android. People with Windows Phone will probably never get that app. If it was a web app there would be no wait for the Android user and the Windows Phone user could use it too! The next trend, which needs to happen, is for browsers to have better standards. They need to render in a similar way to ensure they display similar to each other, they should all support the latest HTML and CSS standards too.
This is a trend, which is in progress, even Microsoft are starting to develop the latest technologies into its latest IE10/IE11. In conclusion I believe that we will see a trend towards responsive web apps that will be used from Smart TV’s to Mobile Phones. I believe mobile browsers will leap from strength to strength to support these trends. Future web technologies will ensure that web apps become as quick at loading as native apps and just as powerful. This will open up more possibilities, as developers won’t be restricted to Apple, Google and Microsoft approving their app and deciding if it is fit to be on their store.