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Google Code Blog: HTML5 and WebKit pave the way for mobile web applications April 8, 2009

Posted by hruf in Mobile & Gadgets, Programming.
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When I first started at Google, we were building a Java ME email client for the phones of the day. It’s an excellent product – still the fastest, slickest way to get your Gmail on many devices because of Java ME’s widespread penetration. Yet it always bothered us that this client didn’t really leverage the core strength of the desktop Gmail platform: sheer ease of access from anywhere, and constant updates and improvements. To use the client, you have to figure out how to install it and possibly navigate confusing network permission pop-up dialogs, and improvements could only be rolled out a few times a year in upgrades that required every user to download and reinstall their software.

via Google Code Blog: HTML5 and WebKit pave the way for mobile web applications.

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