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A design study on applications for mobile devices
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The question of how we should develop mobile software is - with the proliferation of smartphones and HTML5 - an interesting and hot topic. This thesis introduces and compares the different approaches to mobile software development. It focuses on the basic web, native and hybrid approaches but also touches on cross platform tools. The aim of the thesis is to provide a solid understanding of the alternatives and help guide a potential choice between the techniques.

As a guide to making the decision this work is far from complete, it's a fast moving area with a lot of uncertainty and accounting for all (or even most) of the variables involved in the decision is next to impossible. The primary observation is that the native approach continues to dominate when it comes to user experience and functionality, but the other approaches have great potential and are improving at a fast pace. Costwise, native is often the inferior alternative, especially when targeting many platforms. As many existing resources, such as a website and web developers, can be used to make web or hybrid applications, the cost difference increases even more.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
, UMNAD, 909
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58058OAI: diva2:546704
External cooperation
Wennström IT & Media
Educational program
Bachelor of Science Programme in Computing Science
Available from: 2012-08-24 Created: 2012-08-24 Last updated: 2012-08-24Bibliographically approved

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