Weighted evaluation framework for cross-platform app development approaches

Rieger C., Majchrzak T.


Abstract
Cross-platform app development is very challenging, although only two platforms with significant market share (iOS and Android) remain. While device fragmentation-multiple, only partly compatible versions of a platform-has been complicating matters already, the need to target different device classes is a new emergence. Smartphones and tablets are relatively similar but app-enabled devices such as TVs and even cars typically have differing capabilities. To facilitate usage of cross-platform app development approaches, we present work on an evaluation framework. Our framework provides a set of up-todate evaluation criteria. Unlike prior work on this topic, it offers weighted assessment to cater for varieties in targeted device classes. Besides motivating and explaining the evaluation criteria, we present an exemplary application for one development approach and, as benchmarks, for native apps and Webapps. Our findings suggest that the proliferation of appenabled devices amplifies the need for improved development support.

Keywords
App; Crossplatform; Evaluation; Mobile application; Mobile computing; Multi-platform



Publication type
Conference paper

Peer reviewed
Yes

Publication status
Published

Year
2016

Conference
9th EuroSymposium on Information Systems: Development, Research, Applications, Education, SIGSAND/PLAIS 2016

Venue
Gdansk

Book title
Information Systems: Development, Research, Applications, Education: 9th SIGSAND/PLAIS EuroSymposium 2016, Gdansk, Poland, September 29, 2016, Proceedings

Editor
Wrycza S.

Start page
18

End page
39

Pages range
18-39

Volume
264

Title of series
Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing

Publisher
Springer Verlag

ISSN
1865-1348

ISBN
9783319466415

DOI

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Affiliation
Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster; University of Agder