Software & Systems Modeling

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 35–63 | Cite as

Model-driven development of mobile applications for Android and iOS supporting role-based app variability

  • Steffen Vaupel
  • Gabriele Taentzer
  • René Gerlach
  • Michael Guckert
Special Section Paper


Rapidly increasing numbers of applications and users make the development of mobile applications to one of the most promising fields in software engineering. Due to short time to market, differing platforms, and fast emerging technologies, mobile application development faces typical challenges where model-driven development (MDD) can help. We present a modeling language and an infrastructure for the MDD of native apps in Android and iOS. Our approach allows a flexible app development on different abstraction levels: compact modeling of standard app elements such as standard data management and increasingly detailed modeling of individual elements to cover, for example, specific behavior. Moreover, a kind of variability modeling is supported such that mobile apps with variants can be developed. We demonstrate our MDD approach with several apps including a conference app, a museum guide with augmented reality functionality, and a SmartPlug.


Model-driven development Mobile application Android iOS 



We thank Jan Peer Harries and Kevin Kaiser for their valuable work on the implementation of code generators for Android and iOS and the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments to a preliminiary version.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steffen Vaupel
    • 1
  • Gabriele Taentzer
    • 1
  • René Gerlach
    • 2
  • Michael Guckert
    • 2
  1. 1.Philipps-Universität MarburgMarburgGermany
  2. 2.KITE - Kompetenzzentrum für InformationstechnologieTechnische Hochschule MittelhessenFriedbergGermany

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