Survey: More Developers Using HTML5 for Cross-platform Apps

Sencha, a provider of a cross-platform Web development platform, has announced the results of the Strategy Analytics (News – Alert) Annual Developer Survey.

The sixth annual survey has found that more developers are turning to HTML5.

“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,” Sencha CEO Art Landro said. “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.”

The number of developers basing their apps around HTML5 has grown from 35 percent in 2013 to 39 percent this year. Most of these developers were targeting mobile platforms, with 92 percent and developing for smartphones 84 percent targeting tablets. Only 36 percent of developers supported PCs.

Most of these developers, 67 percent, created apps for business use.

As the developing world comes online, they’re opting for mobile devices. Developers are looking to this growing market as the developed world is saturated.

With all of the mobile devices out there, some running iOS, some running Android (News – Alert), some running Windows, developers are looking to build one app that runs on everything, and HTML5 looks like the answer.

“Increasing fragmentation in mobile devices and consumer demand for consistent app availability across multiple platforms are key drivers behind the shift in developer sentiment towards using the HTML standard. The biggest jump is in the number of developers using HTML5 as their primary web technology for mobile development, which has seen a sharp rise,” David MacQueen, executive director, apps and media research at Strategy Analytics, said. “The 2013 and 2014 surveys both showed 7 percent of developers using HTML5 as their primary web application development technology, but this year that doubled to 14 percent.”

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