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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

native

features.

The

the consumer market is

astonishing. Apple’s App store, for example, currently approved public applications available for download.

has

over

300,000

RESEARCH COMPONENTS

Mobile Application Platforms

  • 1.

    Native

  • 2.

    Browser

  • 3.

    Hybrid

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.

Hybrid applications use both browser interfaces and native mobile components. A native application shell is written but the main content is done through the use of web views, incorporating HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and allowing browsers to access a smartphone’s built-in

features, such as contacts, calendar, and camera. perspective, the hybrid application is fundamentally the

From a same as a

user’s native

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

human

resource

implications

for

a

given

platform

adoption.

Mobile

applications that leverage native features are arguably more tools, packaging all employee productivity features into

interface.

Web-based applications are

more

sensitive

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.

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