This afternoon I was pleasantly surprised to see the announcement that Facebook for iOS has gone fully native. Previous to today, the Facebook app has been a viewer to HTML5 based content that was mostly functional, but slow. The old app was adequate, but not stellar. When I fired up the new app I was greeted with a much nicer user experience in regards to smoother scrolling, and cleaner animations. Overall, it was a positive change, although it still does nothing to combat the incredibly content heavy feed that Facebook shoves at your phone. At least I get smoother scrolling while I'm waiting for all my content to take forever to load.
Although specialized toolkits such as PhoneGap try to continue to bridge the gap and allow the vision of write-once to continue, even most developers understand that abstraction toolkits end up costing in the end. Especially as an application continues to grow, it usually becomes apparent that, despite their usefulness, toolkits often can't keep up at the same pace as an investment in a native application.
So today once again, native has become the choice for what is probably the most installed app on the planet. The dream of being able to utilize the universality of HTML5 came to a halt, as users breathed a collective sigh of relief, and waiting for Facebook's servers to respond to another smoothly scrolled pull down reload request...