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|Title:||Mobile application platform heterogeneity: Android vs Windows phone vs iOS vs Firefox OS|
|Keywords:||Android;Cross platform development;Firefox OS;iOS;Mobile computing;Mobile development environment;Native apps;Web apps;Windows phone|
|Publisher:||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|Citation:||Proceedings - 2014 IEEE 28th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications, AINA: 635 - 641, Victoria, BC, (13-16 May 2014)|
|Abstract:||Modern smartphones have a rich spectrum of increasingly sophisticated features, opening opportunities for software-led innovation. Of the large number of platforms to develop new software on, in this paper we look closely at three platforms identified as market leaders for the smartphone market by Gartner Group in 2013 and one platform, Firefox OS, representing a new paradigm for operating systems based on web technologies. We compare the platforms in several different categories, such as software architecture, application development, platform capabilities and constraints, and, finally, developer support. Using the implementation of a mobile version of the tic-tac-toe game on all the four platforms, we seek to investigate strengths, weaknesses and challenges of mobile application development on these platforms. Big differences are highlighted when inspecting community environments, hardware abilities and platform maturity. These inevitably impact upon developer choices when deciding on mobile platform development strategies.|
|Appears in Collections:||Dept of Computer Science Research Papers|
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