Although some apps can be developed across platforms using HTML5, a programming language that can be adapted for different devices, analysts say these are inferior to “native” apps developed for a specific platform.
“You can provide a reasonable experience with HTML5 and the browser, but the native app is smoother, cleaner and more natural,” Purdy said. “It’s pretty obvious when you watch them side by side.”
Even a powerful firm like Samsung will have a hard time putting together an app ecosystem that can compete with Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
Because of these obstacles, Llamas said progress for any new system will be “long and slow.”
“None of these things will happen overnight. There has to be time for gestation, reception and evangelization. And picking the markets will be important,” he added.