The Future of App Development – Intel Invests in “Transparent Computing”
These days, everyone seems to be developing their own apps. According to the O2 blog for example, “smartphone apps are taking over the world and changing the way we live our lives.” However, one challenge that must be overcome is how to create apps that are compatible on different platforms. This is known as ‘cross-platform app development’ and is an art (and a big headache) in itself.
There have been recent advances in this area of technology. At the Intel Developer Forum, which was held in San Francisco between September 11-13, 2012, Intel announced a concept called ‘transparent computing’, which will enable app developers to write code that is compatible with different operating systems and devices. This is a long awaited advancement and should get app developers pretty excited.
The announcement came from Renée James, who is the senior vice president and general manager of Intel Corp. She said that they want to create a system of development that is ‘open’ and allows developers to write code that can be used across different platforms. The company’s proposed solution is HTML5, which lets data transition seamlessly between operating systems and different devices. During her speech, James emphasized the importance of HTML5 and told listeners that it would stop app developers from having to choose between different operating systems.
According to James, HTML5 is really the only option we have at the moment for developing apps on different operating platforms. It was designed to have this feature and is therefore a good thing to pursue and improve. Using HTML5, apps can be created that work on a variety of devices, from smartphones to desktop computers. Around 40 percent of app developers are already using this protocol to create their apps and there is no doubt that this number will increase as time goes by. Find more information about HTML5 on HTML5Rocks.
Jimmy Wentz is a budding freelance tech writer, gadget and gaming enthusiast, and social media junkie. He writes regularly about O2 and the latest news in the tech, gaming, and social media world.
Editor’s Notes: In addition to HTML5 there are a number of developer platforms that are cross platform including Unity. At FreeTheApps.com we are always exploring different developer platforms for the best user experience within our apps. HTML5 is definitely one we will continue to watch and explore