The installed base of mobile devices with HTML5-compatible browsers will total 1.4 billion by the end of this year, a 87-percent increase compared with 2012 numbers, says ABI Research. However, things may not be what they seem. Notes senior analyst Aapo Markkanen, “While some two years ago it still looked like 2013 could be the ‘Year of Web App,’ it’s now looking like that this will prove more like the ‘Year of Hybrid.’ HTML5 is making strides, but mainly through developers that take advantage of increasingly capable cross-platform development tools.” The group believes two parallel trends will help the Web catch up. First, support for HTML5 features and browsers gradually will be baked deeper into the OS, making Web apps faster and more responsive. Second, hardware vendors like Intel and Samsung already are onboard with new chips and browser engines.