Sencha, a provider of HTML5 development tools, has announced the results of a survey of more than 1,400 technical professionals on their plans to support mobile devices.
Consumers and business have a myriad of choices: Android, iOS, Windows Phone (News - Alert) 8 and more. Developers are hedging their bets by developing cross-platform applications, for which HTML5 comes in handy.
“This survey supports our experience with our customers in the last 12 months – they are not willing to bet on any one platform, and in fact are adding more to the mix with their upcoming support for Windows Phone 8. It is clear that they continue to embrace choice and support a very diverse and growing set of devices,” said Paul Kopacki, vice president of marketing at Sencha. “They are also embracing open standards technologies to avoid development costs, vendor and platform lock-in and other challenges that native application development creates.”
“As long as there is choice and competition in the marketplace,” he added, “technologies such as HTML5 will remain an ideal approach for them to fully tap into the power that a diversity of mobile devices can bring to their businesses.”
About 46 percent of the companies Sencha surveyed planned to support Windows 8 in the next six to 12 months. Respondents were also committed to multi-platform support, with 83 percent of them supporting two mobile operating systems and 34 percent supporting three or more.
The major platform was Apple’s (News - Alert) iOS, with 63 percent of companies ranking it the most important, with Android coming in second at 57 percent.
More companies are also allowing customers to use their own mobile devices at work – a scheme known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Of those surveyed, 58 percent of companies planned to implement a BYOD policy within the next year.
The commitment to cross-platform support is driving the move toward HTML5, as every modern browser, including mobile devices, support it. HTML5 defines features to make websites behave more like conventional applications, with enhanced multimedia and data storage features.
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Edited by Braden Becker