Popularity of the leading Cross-Platform App Development Tools on rise, by up to 20% – a new report by research2guidance
An increasing share of developers has become aware of their existence and the leading Cross-Platform Tools have made some significant progress in the rate of their adoption by app developers.
Cross-Platform Tools have made a progress in raising awareness about their existence among the global app developer community. As compared to last year, Tools like Adobe AIR, PhoneGap or Unity have managed to increase their market visibility substantially. Still, the majority of Cross-Platform Tools is hardly known or unknown.
In addition, the market for Cross-Platform Tools and services has become more crowded. With more than 150 tools available in the market, it is now increasingly difficult to identify the right tool for a specific app project or to develop an app.
CPT vendors put increasingly more emphasis on targeting enterprises. By providing more pre-installed APIs than standard ERP, CRM and shop systems do, they aim to gain the appeal of the sector. Other Cross-Platform Tools may be more sophisticated, but excel in proving the most up-do-date development possibilities for their target app categories (mainly games). Still other tools come as “drag & drop” solutions with industry-specific templates that require no programming skills (App Factories).
Android and iOS continue to be the most supported mobile platforms. WP8 is the platform, which tops the wish list of Cross-Platform Tool users. 36% state that they wish their CP Tool supported WP8.
Overall, users of Cross-Platform Tools are satisfied with their choice. This becomes evident in the way they have rated the Cross-Platform Tools they use. 93% of all CPT users would recommend their tools to other app developers.
One of the main reasons why app developers make use of Cross-Platform Tools is to save time. 30% report they have realized 50%+ time savings thanks to their Cross-Platform Tools.
These are some of the results of the second global benchmarking for Cross-Platform Tools and services. The Cross-Platform Tool Benchmarking constitutes a detailed comparison of 40 Cross-Platform Tools. During research2guidance´s project, more than 2,100 Cross-Platform Tool users have been asked to share their experience regarding their use of any of the 150 Cross-Platform Tools covered in the report. This makes the Cross-Platform Tool Benchmarking the largest and most comprehensive evaluation of tools that support cross-platform app development.
The Cross-Platform Tool benchmarking uses 10 criteria e.g. platform supported, compatible programming languages and costs to give guidance to app developers who want to select the right tool for their app project. Thanks to user ratings, The Cross-Platform Tool’s Benchmarking Top 10 lists reveal the best CP Tools according to a number of criteria e.g. app performance, vendor support and time savings. The report also discloses the shares of Cross-Platform Tools that are used to develop for a specific mobile platform e.g. iOS, WP8, BB10 Ubuntu and Tizen.
For more information, download the free 50 pages Cross-Platform Tool Benchmarking 2014 report: http://research2guidance.com/
research2guidance is a Berlin-based mobile app economy specialist. The company’s service offerings include app strategy consulting, market studies and research.
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