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Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing
Volume 2019, Article ID 5743892, 12 pages
Research Article

An Empirical Study of Cross-Platform Mobile Development in Industry

1Mobile Technology Lab, Department of Technology, Kristiania University College, Oslo, Norway
2Department of Computer Science, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, UK
3Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, German Jordanian University, Amman, Jordan

Correspondence should be addressed to Andreas Biørn-Hansen; on.sladretsew@nesnah-nroib.saerdna

Received 25 May 2018; Revised 29 October 2018; Accepted 22 November 2018; Published 3 January 2019

Academic Editor: Gerardo Canfora

Copyright © 2019 Andreas Biørn-Hansen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The purpose of this study is to report on the industry’s perspectives and opinions on cross-platform mobile development, with an emphasis on the popularity, adoption, and arising issues related to the use of technical development frameworks and tools. We designed and conducted an online survey questionnaire, for which 101 participants were recruited from various developer-oriented online forums and websites. A total of five questions are reported in this study, of which two employed a Likert scale instrument, while three were based on multiple choice. In terms of technical frameworks, we find that PhoneGap, the Ionic Framework, and React Native were the most popular in use, both in hobby projects and in professional settings. The participants report an awareness of trade-offs when embracing cross-platform technologies and consider penalties in performance and user experience to be expected. This is also in line with what is reported in academic research. We find patterns in the reported perceived issues which match both older and newer research, thus rendering the findings a point of departure for further endevours.