Last time I’ve heard there were no shortage of iOS and Android apps. Google, apparently, disagrees with this as it has decided to launch a conversion tool that uses Apache Cordova to allow Chrome’s HTML5-based apps to run on two of the world’s most popular platforms.
According to Google’s software engineer Andrew Grieve, the Cordova toolchain “provides a simple workflow for extending the reach of Chrome Apps to users on mobile platforms.”
Sure you could’ve used web-based technologies in the past relying on other third-party solutions, but this time it comes from Google, pretty much guaranteeing the popularity of the tool.
The question remains whether we need HTML5-based apps. Perhaps in the future most apps will be built using web standards; in the meantime, we keep preferring the “true” native app experience.