A case study on cross-platform development frameworks for mobile applications and UX

Angulo Cevallos, Esteban Javier and Ferré Grau, Xavier (2014). A case study on cross-platform development frameworks for mobile applications and UX. In: "XV International Conference on Human Computer Interaction", 10-12 Sep 2014, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, España. ISBN 978-1-4503-2880-7. pp. 1-8.

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Title: A case study on cross-platform development frameworks for mobile applications and UX
Author/s:
  • Angulo Cevallos, Esteban Javier
  • Ferré Grau, Xavier
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: XV International Conference on Human Computer Interaction
Event Dates: 10-12 Sep 2014
Event Location: Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, España
Title of Book: Interacción '14 Proceedings of the XV International Conference on Human Computer Interaction
Date: 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4503-2880-7
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Mobile user experience; Cross-platform development; Interaction design; Mobile applications
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos e Ingeniería del Software
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Cross-platform development frameworks for mobile applications promise important advantages in cost cuttings and easy maintenance, posing as a very good option for organizations interested in the design of mobile applications for several platforms. Given that platform conventions are especially important for the User eXperience (UX) of mobile applications, the usage of a framework where the same code defines the behavior of the app in different platforms could have a negative impact in the UX. This paper describes a study where two independent teams have designed two different versions of a mobile application, one using a framework that generates Android and iOS versions automatically, and another team using native tools. The alternative versions for each platform have been evaluated with 37 users with a combination of a laboratory usability test and a longitudinal study. The results show that differences are minimal in the Android platform, but in iOS, even if a reasonably good UX can be obtained with the usage of this framework by an UX-conscious design team, a higher level of UX can be obtained directly developing with a native tool.

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Item ID: 37164
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/37164/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:37164
Official URL: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=2662253.2662280
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 11 Nov 2015 11:47
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2017 16:05
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