Why LinkedIn dumped HTML5 & went native for its mobile apps
LinkedIn has just launched the latest versions of its mobile apps, and in a stunning reversal, itâ€™s gone from mobile web-based apps back to fully native. Less than a year ago, the company was touting its iPad app as fully mobile-web based, with just one screen, the homescreen, running natively. Now, all thatâ€™s gone, as is some of the optimism about the current capabilities of the mobile web. In a revealing chat with Kiran Prasad (pictured), LinkedInâ€™s senior director for mobile engineering, we learned exactly why â€” and itâ€™s not what you think. Prasad said performance issues werenâ€™t causing crashes or making the app run slowly. What he did say shows that HTML5 for the mobile web still has a bright future â€” but only if developers are willing to build the tools to support it.