“As excited as we are about HTML5, things get even more interesting when you combine these technologies with Google APIs,” said nextstop co-founder Adrian Graham. He listed Google Maps API V3, Google Analytics, and Google Local Search API, noting, for example, that Google Maps API V3 has been rewritten to support modern mobile Web browsers.
“We were able to build a map interface into our mobile app that is nearly as full-featured as our main site, including support for dynamic updates when the user pans and gestures like pinch to zoom on the iPhone. Coupled with the geolocation support in HTML5, we can easily show users where they are in relation to the recommendations on the map. A year ago, this would have required writing a fair amount of native code. Today it can be done in the browser and works on both Android 2 and iPhone 3 devices” Graham said.