Software Engineering Issues for Mobile Application Development
While application development for mobile devices goes back at least 10 years, there has been exponential growth in mobile application development since the iPhone AppStore opened in July, 2008. Since then, device makers have created outlets for other mobile devices, including Android, BlackBerry, Nokia Ovi, Windows Phone, and more. Industry analysts estimate that there are more than 250,000 applications available through the various stores and marketplaces, some of which are available for multiple types of devices. The authors have recently conducted a small survey of mobile developers, using available mobile developer forums to solicit respondents. A key goal of the survey was to gain a better understanding of development practices for mobile applications.