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HTML5, jQuery and the Growth of Mobile App Development

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The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon has made it necessary for businesses to cater to all types of mobile operating systems, devices and web browsers. The good news is that Android, iOS, Windows Phone, smartphones, tablets, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari can all be supported with HTML5 application development tools.

Solutions such as Infragisitcs' jQuery controls help companies create HTML5 applications for all of these platforms and web browsers. These tools allow firms to develop highly visual and touch-based apps that include functionality like panning, flicking, zooming and pinching, which are all hallmarks of smartphones and tablets.

In addition to being a productive way to create applications for all mobile platforms, jQuery controls are also a cost-effective option for businesses with limited development experience or budgets. The free-to-use tools are supported by plenty of developers who can help firms create apps without hiring expensive staff members. Firms that struggle to create their own unique apps should not hesitate to contact these developers for guidance.

Cloud Computing is Greatly Influencing Mobile App Development

As more employees around the world participate in BYOD, businesses will likely have to step up their efforts in terms of mobile application development. Cloud computing may help ease this transition for companies without extensive backgrounds in the app development process.

A report from Visiongain said that the mobile cloud market will expand from $77 billion in 2011 to $240 billion by 2016, thanks in large part to advancements in HTML5 and other industry trends.

"By 2014, technology enhancements such as BONDI, OneAPI and HTML5 will further encourage the development of cloud-based mobile applications," Visiongain explained. "Visiongain believes that open standards will make it easier for developers to build cloud based applications that can be used across a variety of smartphones."

Now more than ever, companies can benefit greatly from the use of cloud-based technologies. The solution makes it possible for employees, regardless of their physical location, to access corporate content anywhere with an Internet connection, and through any device. The fact that the cloud is expected to greatly influence the overall mobile application development field should not surprise any businesses that have followed the advancement of hosted environments.

Firms that want to not only support a mobile workforce with unprecedented access to corporate data, but also support the various operating systems, devices and web browsers, should consider using jQuery controls alongside the cloud.

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Published at DZone with permission of Josh Anderson, DZone MVB. See the original article here.

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