Survey: HTML5 trumps native as top choice for cross-platform development
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Survey: HTML5 trumps native as top choice for cross-platform development

Kendo UI, a division of Telerik, has announced results from its new Global Developer Survey in which more than 5,000 developers, CIOs and technology executives weighed in on HTML5, actual adoption versus hype, and platform preferences.

Findings reveal new developer priorities in building apps, trends evolving in the Native vs. HTML5 debate, and preferences for existing and emerging mobile platforms. Survey results show HTML5 beating out Native SDKs as the preferred choice for developers across the board, regardless of company size. New HTML5-centric platforms Windows 8 and Chrome OS are capturing developer interest in 2013, while BlackBerry 10 and Tizen OS struggle to find favor.

The full report can be downloaded at Key findings include:

° Fifty percent of those surveyed developed a variety of apps in 2012 using HTML5, and 9 out of 10 plan to use HTML5 in 2013.

° Only 15% of the more than 5,000 surveyed would use "Native-only."

° Developers ranked BlackBerry and Apple iOS as the more difficult platforms to work with for app development.

° Windows 8 and Android win out with developers for ease-of-use, with Windows 8 being favored over Android for ease-of-use by almost 2:1.

° Thirty-nine percent of Native app builders spend time re-developing the same app/feature for multiple platforms instead of innovating new apps or new features.
Windows 8 (66%) and Chrome OS (47%) are the most interesting new operating systems; BlackBerry 10 (13%) and Tizen OS (8%) are the least popular among survey respondents.

° Eighty-seven percent use HTML5 to build desktop websites/web apps, followed by mobile websites (53%).

"There have been many predictions around what the future for HTML5 will or will not be for app development -- especially in mobile," says Todd Anglin, executive vice president, Cross Platform Tools & Services, Telerik. "To put some solid evidence around the widely varying opinions, we surveyed developers and IT executives using HTML5 technology, and heard across the board that there is growing adoption and interest in HTML5 for desktop, mobile web and hybrid apps. This confirmation helps us keep pace with the sea of change happening, so we can continue supporting the needs of our customers and the developer community."

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