Mobile websites can run like native installed applications on any platform. This technique is present today in every vendor’s roadmap, and many devices are already compatible with some kind of solution for this.
All that said, to simplify our discussion of this kind of application in this chapter, from here on out I will refer to them as widgets (call it the power of the author).
The W3C is working on some recommendations for mobile web application development, available at http://www.w3.org/TR/mwabp.
Alex Nicolaou, Engineering Manager at Google Mobile, said this in the Google Mobile blog about mobile web application design:
A growing number of mobile devices ship with an all-important feature: a modern web browser. And this is significant for two reasons: