The Use of Cross-Platform Frameworks for Google Play Store Apps

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2022-01-04
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Biørn-Hansen, Andreas
Grønli, Tor-Morten
Majchrzak, Tim A.
Kaindl, Hermann
Ghinea, Gheorghita
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In this paper, we describe the harnessing and analyses of a large sample (n = 661705) of Android apps and associated metadata available on the Google Play Store. The analyses and scrutiny are in the context of cross-platform mobile development, as we report on the technologies used to develop apps for the Android ecosystem. Specifically, we quantify the use of 13 technical frameworks for cross-platform development, identify their distribution across Google Play Store categories, present an overview of framework usage from 2008 to 2019, app file size (.apk size), and lastly discuss our findings in the context of current industry trends and directions. Our findings indicate that cross-platform apps account for approximately 15% (n = 99304) of the dataset, and that all overarching development approaches are present.
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Software Development for Mobile Devices, the Internet-of-Things, and Cyber-Physical Systems, cross-platform development, google play store, mobile apps, mobile computing
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