This doesn’t really suprise me since Apple test and verify every app on the app store, Google however operate a “after the fact” system, where everything is published (almost instantly) and rely on users to inform them when something has to be taken down.
This should make it easy for everyone, from large brands to small companies to launch their publications on iOS. I think it’s fantastic news for everyone.
I have to say i think the Magento mobile apps are pretty great, combining a native app experience with your online store. The only problem is that I haven’t seen many UK stores using this yet, and I haven’t yet been able to sample the iPad versions of the app. If you hear of any please let me know.
At the House of Type we’ve developed a couple of HTML5 apps for mobile devices (mainly iPad), and it’s been very interesting and rewarding.
People will insist that iOS is a closed platform device, yet anyone can make a HTML5 application and it will be supported by the iPhone. I don’t see that as being a closed platform.
If you’re a startup and don’t have the resources to develop two versions of your app, consider developing a HTML5 app first.
Nice to see that Magento has added Android and iPad support to Magento Mobile offering.
I’ve been a big fan of the iPhone version of the software, it integrates easily with your store, and allows you to personalise your app.
Pricing isn’t too bad either, compared to the comparative cost of getting someone to design the system from scratch, although I wish they would start supporting more payment providers other than PayPal Mobile.
A nice piece here talking about what it takes to make a website into a web app, I think native apps are the way to go, however if they’re using a online service then a mobile web app is completely appropriate.
I personally would like to combine the two, create a native app which is essentially a web-kit browser which goes to the mobile site.
I’ve been a MobilMe subscriber for several years, thankfully I’ve not had a real need to REALLY use the “Find My iPhone” service, but have demoed it to friends and colleagues on occasion. Anyway, Apple have now made this free to many iOS 4.2 customers. If you haven’t already, you should register and start using it. You’ll regret it if you lose your iPhone in the future.