Study Sees Strong HTML5 Growth as Dev Platform
A new survey from industry research firm Strategy Analytics shows that HTML5 has the strongest predicted growth among developer platforms.Sencha, a provider of tools for cross-platform web application development, announced the results of the sixth annual Strategy Analytics Developer Survey, in which the tools company participated. Based on responses from more than 500 mobile application developers, including Sencha developers, the report reveals an increase in the number of both mobile and desktop devices that developers will support next year, showing strongest predicted growth using HTML5 as the app developer platform. Of all the technologies for building native or Web applications, HTML5 shows the strongest predicted growth at 20 percent, according to the survey. "As this survey illustrates, we are seeing developers increasingly turning to HTML5 to build cross-platform web applications," said Art Landro, CEO of Sencha, in a statement. "In our conversations with enterprise customers, we consistently hear that they are using our web application platform to help them deliver on their application requirements in the face of fragmented mobile devices, form factors, platforms and operating systems. As developers and enterprises continue to manage the increased complexity of enterprise mobility and app development, I'm certain we'll see HTML5 continue to emerge as the core app developer technology of choice." Results of the survey, which gathered data on mobile app developers' preferences and attitude toward application development, devices, platforms and developer programs, showed that smartphone devices continue to be a primary target with 92 percent of developers supporting smartphone apps in the next year, followed by 84 percent supporting tablets and 36 percent supporting PCs.
The survey showed that 17 percent of respondents said they develop apps for business, 32 percent said they build apps for consumers and 50 percent said they create apps for both. Yet, 42.6 percent of developers surveyed said they create business apps, more than any other category. Utilities made up the next highest category at 34 percent, followed by entertainment (29.3 percent), education (26.4 percent), games (25.9 percent), lifestyle (24.6 percent), productivity (24.4 percent) and social networking (18.7 percent).