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Title: Evaluating usability of cross-platform smartphone applications
Authors: Mesfin, G
Ghinea, G
Midekso, D
Grønli, T-M
Keywords: Android;BlackBerry;Cross-platform applications;PhoneGap;Usability;Windows Phone
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Citation: Mobile Web Information Systems: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 8640: 248 - 260, (August 2014)
Abstract: The computing power of smartphones is increasing as time goes. However, the proliferation of multiple different types of operating platforms affected interoperable smartphone applications development. Thus, the cross-platform development tools are coined. Literature showed that smartphone applications developed with the native platforms have better user experience than the cross-platform counterparts. However, comparative evaluation of usability of cross-platform applications on the deployment platforms is not studied yet. In this work, we evaluated usability of a crossword puzzle developed with PhoneGap on Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. The evaluation was conducted focusing on the developer's adaptation effort to native platforms and the end users. Thus, we observed that usability of the cross-platform crossword puzzle is unaffected on the respective native platforms and the SDKs require only minimal configuration effort. In addition, we observed the prospect of HTML5 and related web technologies as our future work towards evaluating and enhancing usability in composing REST-based services for smartphone applications.
ISBN: 978-3-319-10359-4
ISSN: 0302-9743
Appears in Collections:Dept of Computer Science Research Papers

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