Mobile Application Development Becoming Hybrid by Definition

Michael Vizard
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Mobile Application Development: A Work in Progress

While the sheer volume of mobile computing applications needing to be deployed and managed in the years ahead is poised to explode, it's not at all clear to what degree those applications will run natively versus on the Web.

A new survey of 2,173 developers that use the Titanium development environment from Appcelerator for creating mobile applications finds that the vast majority of mobile application developers are committed to both native environments and HTML5. According to Mike King, principal mobile strategist for Appcelerator, this suggests that the majority of mobile computing applications in the future are going to be hybrid applications made up of both native and HTML5 components.

The survey also finds that while there should be a high degree of integration between mobile computing applications and social media networks, there is very little appreciation for how to use some of the more robust services provided by social media services such as social graphs. There does appear to be general agreement that social networks such as Facebook are emerging as critical application development platforms. But while Facebook is generally regarded as the social media leader, many developers see Google as becoming a significant force to be reckoned with.

As for the mobile computing platforms themselves, Apple remains the clear leader. But King says there are also signs that fragmentation in the Google Android community is starting to take a toll on developer enthusiasm, while Microsoft's progress with Windows as a platform that spans smartphones, tablets and PCs may finally be gaining some traction.

In either case, it doesn't look like there will be any consolidation of mobile computing platforms soon, which, when coupled with the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon, is going to make managing and securing these devices more challenging than ever.

In the meantime, developers are making it clear that they intend to support multiple mobile computing platforms, which on the one hand may make it easier to swap out mobile computing platforms, and on the other potentially drive IT organizations to the point of distraction as they struggle to manage a diverse world of incompatible endpoints.

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Aug 20, 2012 3:08 AM benroger benroger  says:
I think mobile app devlopment is getting its importance at lightening speed.And in case of mobile platforms apple remains the clear leader. Mobile Application Developers Reply
Sep 20, 2012 4:26 AM Cheryl Ray Cheryl Ray  says:
I truly agree with your post! Mobile application development is growing day by day and for that mobile developers must be highly skilled to suits their client needs and for that they have to be adaptive also. Reply
Dec 25, 2012 2:00 AM Synsoft Global Synsoft Global  says:
Thanks Michael, for sharing such useful information abt Mobile Application Development. Now a days it's really taking up on a fast pace and mobile application development need to hybrid. Support of multiple computing platforms for mobile application is need of hour now. It's better to switch for hybrid system as early as possible. Reply
Jun 6, 2013 1:21 PM lipi lipi  says:
you are right Michael mobile application is the next big thing i have only started publishing mobile content for the last few years but i have realized how big is this industry. through PressPad that has helped me to publish this content without any complications Reply
Jul 25, 2013 5:38 AM Lee Wright Lee Wright  says:
Thank you for the excellent article. I would have probably been one of the thousands with the "I have a great idea but cant program" question and this article really put things in perspective. Reply
Jun 17, 2014 4:23 AM hybrid application development hybrid application development  says:
Hybrid apps are included in the same way as native and the end result is an executable that can be set up on focus on device by the user. hybrid mobile app development has appeared as a recommended model for mobile app development , especially for businesses for apparent advantages with regards to cost and growth time performance and better maintainability. Reply

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