So, HTML5: What’s the big deal? If you are like most “common” web using folk, you have heard of HTML5 but don’t really know what it is. Fear not, as it is a fairly simple technology to explain, for all intents and purposes. HTML5 is the fifth generation version of the HTML code used to create webpages and applications. It is still in the process of being developed, though its technological capabilities are the topic of much hoopla among programmers and lovers of the web in general today.

If you have heard of it, it was probably in the context of Adobe Flash. HTML5 has the capability to replace the need for Flash entirely. It is already in the process of being implemented on websites, both desktop- and mobile-based, so Flash is becoming obsolete, as it is regarded as being inferior to the flexibility and potentials of HTML5 web code. Nearly all of the up-to-date web browsers fully support HTML5 code now, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera. Internet Explorer 8 supports many of the HTML5 features.

Steve Jobs was a huge proponent of HTML5. Back in the day, many people thought that he may have had a personal beef with Adobe’s Flash, but once again, Jobs may have just been a visionary looking ahead of his time. HTML5 is becoming more and more popular as the days progress as the cat’s meow for handling web- and app-based videos and graphics. Google has recently announced that, while Flash support will still be available, their newest mobile OS version 4.0, known as Ice Cream Sandwich, will be favoring HTML5 technologies. Part of Android’s initial success was due to the fact that they supported Flash, while Jobs’ iPhone iOS did not.

Although Flash support will still exist on Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s newest flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G, did not ship out ready for Flash use. This sent many in a fury, slinging such accusations that were originally launched at Apple when they found out that iPhone would not support Flash. “Chill out,” is pretty much what Google said. “We got you…” Google is remaining loyal to Adobe, a company that helped differentiate Android from iOS, by continuing to offer support for Flash. An over-the-air update to the Android 4.0 mobile platform is scheduled to roll out this month, which will add the promised Flash support for Galaxy Nexus users.

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