I have to say I have been loving the new web browser in BlackBerry 6. RIM really took the most pitiful smartphone browser and made it purr. They did take away shortcuts like spacebar to page down but hopefully they will reintroduce them later. One of the features that RIM and many other companies have been pushing in newer browsers is support for HTML5. This new version of the HTML standard is supposed to be a game changer which will allow mobile web based apps to finally take off.
Prosanta posted a nice article on the official RIM blog about the new HTML5 elements in BlackBerry 6 and the WebKit browser which is worth checking out. The thing is I feel like RIM really needs to detail why HTML5 is going to make developers flock to the BlackBerry browser instead of native Java apps.
The thing is that the two main features users care about that were added in HTML5, video and offline storage, didn’t really change in the BlackBerry WebKit browser. According to the RIM documentation they do not support the video embedding which is key to HTML5 and is intended to replace Flash. With regards to the offline storage RIM already had this with Google Gears in the OS 5.0 browser. Maybe because HTML5 is a more accepted standard it will take off but it does not really add anything that was not possible before.
I wanted to ask all the developers out there. What do you think HTML5 support will do for BlackBerry Web Development? Will it make widgets popular?