Smartphones in the US Enterprise
Mobile Application Platforms The selection of supported mobile operating systems will influence the type of application platform offered to mobile workers. Currently, there are three options: native, browser and hybrid options.
Native applications are popular among the OS-based devices covered in
the previous due to the proliferation
section – Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows, and Symbian –
integration with the of mobile applications,
smartphone or “apps,” in
the consumer market is
astonishing. Apple’s App store, for example, currently approved public applications available for download.
Mobile Application Platforms
FIGURES Native, Browser, and Hybrid Capabilities Comparison
Browser based or Mobile Web applications are more attractive to mobile device managers on a number of levels. Mobile Web applications are accessed using the mobile device’s browser. Practically speaking, a user does not require a smartphone. A persistent connection is required for the employee to remain productive.
features, such as contacts, calendar, and camera. perspective, the hybrid application is fundamentally the
From a same as a
application; for IT managers, the
reduced costs can be substantial.
Interviewed individuals who have deployed these options, as well as MEAP vendors, were quick to point out the fundamental budget and
applications that leverage native features are arguably more tools, packaging all employee productivity features into
Web-based applications are
productive one user to mobile
development and management resources.
We present the features in a platform comparison matrix to illustrate the cost and benefit trade-offs organizations should weigh. Additionally, we reference comments from developers speculating how platforms must adapt to accommodate mobile application development requirements.