Companies including Mozilla, Opera Software, Palm, and Sony Ericsson are trying to accelerate the use of Web standards when developing applications for smartphones.
For this vision to become a reality, developers need easy-to-use tools, and in that space a lot of things are happening.
On Saturday, Hewlett-Packard demonstrated Enyo, an upcoming framework for webOS, which is used on Palm smartphones, at its webOS Developer Day in New York. Enyo is designed to make it easier to develop applications for smartphones and tablets at the same time, according to HP.
It isn't just established companies that are making the Web vision a reality on smartphones. Sony Ericsson's WebSDK Packager tool is based on the PhoneGap open source framework, which was created by Nitobi.
The tool will be free for open source projects; pricing details for commercial applications will be announced as the public launch nears.