Mobile App Development: 10 Key Facts on This Hot Market

Mobile applications

1 - HTML5 Migration Is Well Under WayHTML5 Migration Is Well Under Way

More than 60% of developers are relying on HTML5 and hybrid development platforms.

2 - HTML5 Use Is Way UpHTML5 Use Is Way Up

More than 70% of HTML5 and hybrid developers say they are doing more this year with HTML5 than last year, and 75% plan to do more with HTML5 next year.

3 - Top Five Most Commonly Used HTML5 FeaturesTop Five Most Commonly Used HTML5 Features

CSS3 styling, local storage, animations/transitions, HTML5 video and the canvas drawing API are at the top of the list of the most used HTML5 features.

4 - Number of Developers Still Using Pre-HTML5 Web TechnologiesNumber of Developers Still Using Pre-HTML5 Web Technologies

The Sencha survey shows that number is now below 10%.

5 - Mobile Developers Support a Lot of Device TypesMobile Developers Support a Lot of Device Types

Developers are supporting, on average, four-and-a-half device types: Windows, MacOS, iPhone, iPad and Android.

6 - Most Developers Target Both Mobile and Desktop DevicesMost Developers Target Both Mobile and Desktop Devices

Only 20% of developers exclusively target mobile, and 30% target only desktops.

7 - Top Development PlatformsTop Development Platforms

Windows is still the leading target platform, but Android is actually now No. 2 at 60%, followed by Apple iPhone/iPad in the high 50% range.

8 - Windows on the WaneWindows on the Wane

Windows desktops and laptops remain the top app development target, but 30% of developers don’t provide support for it.

9 - Native Mobile Technology Momentum SlidesNative Mobile Technology Momentum Slides

This year, 50% plan to do more with native technologies. Next year, 19% of mobile developers say they plan to use native technologies less.

10 - JavaScript Continues to DominateJavaScript Continues to Dominate

Only 10% of developers had high interest in Dart, a JavaScript alternative from Google, while just 17 percent had high interest in TypeScript from Microsoft.

Michael Vizard
Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight, Channel Insider and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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