I’m introducing a new segment called “Insightful Conversations” which are interviews with industry executives in the technology or travel industries talking about industry news and trends. Last week the big news came out of Google’s I/O conference with major implications for the mobile web. To talk about the implications of the announcements by Google and Adobe and how they might impact companies’ mobile plans is Crisp Wireless CTO, Xavier Facon.
In the interview we discuss Flash v. HMTL5, app-centricity v. mobile web-centricity and whether brands and developers should alter their mobile plans based on the evolution of the Android platform, HMTL5 and Google’s open sourcing of the WebM VB8 video CODEC. Some of the key insights from Xavier were:
- Adobe is an authoring tool vendor. It’s only natural that they support other platforms like HTML5, but it won’t reduce their support of Flash. But he’s bullish on the future of HTML5.
- Xavier breaks down the differences between Flash, H.264 and Google’s WebM CODEC
- Regardless of whether HMTL5 or Flash wins, Adobe wins. Developers will always need the best tools and Adobe will likely deliver them.
- HMTL5-based apps may make Apple’s section 3.3.1 meaningless. Apple won’t be able to tell what tool was used to create HTML5-based apps. The final code will all look the same.
- The most important thing of Google’s new Web Apps store is that it shows that they finally get that winners and losers is based on distribution, not technology. There will be a convergence between the app-centric world of Apple and Google’s mobile-web centric approach.
Enjoy the interview.
Insightful Conversations – Xavier Facon – iTunes format
About Crisp Wireless
Crisp Wireless is a mobile advertising company that offers a rich media mobile ad platform and a full catalog of beyond-the-banner ad units to enable premium brands to interact with consumers on mobile devices. The company makes it easier for advertising agencies to buy, create, and manage mobile rich media campaigns. Crisp also empowers publishers to take control of their valuable mobile inventory and maximize their mobile ad revenue. Leading brands including Lexus, Infiniti, Paramount Pictures, Estee Lauder, Skittles, and others have utilized Crisp Rich Media ads. Crisp Publisher Partners include Hearst Magazines, Discovery Communications, A&E Television Networks, Fast Company, Inc., and others.