Mobile app development on the rise

Posted on: August 20th, 2012 by writers

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Mobile apps are on the radar for most modern companies these days. Most organizations today already have a mobile app for their business, but even those that don’t yet have a mobile app are likely planning on developing one within the coming year. This latest trend data comes from a recent “App Dev in the Age of Mobility” report from Information Week’s larger Mobile Application Development Survey.

The report shows that 74% of large corporation IT departments already have mobile apps for their organization or are planning on building custom mobile apps over the course of the year. 71% of the survey participants are targeting Apple’s iPhone platform for the custom business apps. Android mobile apps were a close second, with 64% of the respondents targeting that platform. Blackberry was a distant third with only 22%. Interesting enough, these numbers somewhat conflict with other recent reports that showed the Android operating system edging out Apple’s iOS platform for mobile app developers.

Native apps and mobile web apps interoperability was also a source of contention for the survey respondents. 55% of the participants indicated that even HTML5 mobile web apps faced compatibility issues when trying to run them across the major popular mobile browsers, including IE, Safari and Opera. Many were moving to a hybrid approach, combining native mobile app capabilities with mobile web interfaces to simplify the deployment and management process for IT departments.

What about your company? Do you already have a mobile app for your business, and if not, are you planning on building a custom mobile app within the coming year? If you don’t have a mobile app for your business yet, what are some of the barriers or issues that have stopped you from building one? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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