mobile middleware

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Enterprise architects' guide to success with mobile apps for business
Contributor(s): Stephanie Mann

Mobile middleware is software that connects disparate mobile applications, programs and systems. 

Mobile middleware essentially hides the complexities of working in mobile environments, allowing for smoother device-to-device interaction, mobile-computing integration and mobile application development. Like other kinds of middleware, mobile middleware typically provides messaging services to enable communication between different applications.

In both native and HTML 5 mobile development strategies, mobile middleware serves to connect devices to native hardware. It also enables enterprise architects and developers to reuse the same back-end logic for multiple mobile devices without having to rewrite back ends to work with each separate device.

The role of mobile middleware has become increasingly important as diverse platforms and devices have entered the mobile space. As a result, many mobile middleware vendors offer development services to deal with a fast-growing mobile hardware and software market.


This was last updated in May 2012

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