Mobile App Development

Mobile App Development

A few years ago you would be forgiven for not knowing anything about apps and coding in general. That’s no longer the case, not in this digital age. The ever-growing usage of smartphones and other wireless gadgets has fanned the popularity of apps hence the increased interest in mobile application development.

For the benefit of those not well versed with these things, mobile apps are special application software that are specifically designed to run on mobile devices giving users close to a PC experience. And it goes without saying, mobile app development is the process of coming up with such software.

Mobile apps are created to run on different platforms. While some apps run on multiple platforms, others only run on a specific platform. Some of the most common platforms are Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows, Accelerator, Adobe Build, Rhomobile, Protogrid, and Lazarus etc.

Each platform comes with its pros and cons which must be weighed accordingly before settling on any. But in terms of popularity i.e. large size of user base, though, Android and iOS platforms are the most popular.

It’s also important to note that mobile apps are coded with different programming languages. Different platforms will employ different programming languages. Java, C++, C, C#, HTML5, Lua, CSS, CSS3 and JavaScript are some of the commonly used programming languages.

Types of Mobile Apps.

The millions of apps in circulation today are classified in two major ways.

First and foremost, according to the purpose of the app. Here, the differentiation is in terms of what a particular app does. For instance, we have browsing, gaming, communication, e-commerce, entertainment, educational apps, and so on.

The second and most common mode of classification is in terms of the functioning of the app. In this case, mobile apps are classified into three categories: native, hybrid and web applications.

Native applications are specially developed for use on a specific platform or device. They are downloaded from an application store (like Google Play Store, Microsoft Store, and Apple Apps Store) and installed in the device and can be accessed via the icons on the home screen. Important to note, native apps are very high performing thus guaranteeing great user experience.

Web applications. They are in many ways similar to native apps. The difference, however, is that web apps run on a web browser. The users can only access the app when they are connected to the internet. When you click on a given app, you will be directed to a certain URL where you will be required to install it to enjoy the service.

Owing to the fact that settings and other databases are stored in remote servers as opposed to the device itself, such apps will take very little memory on your device. Memory efficiency is the major advantage of web apps.    

Hybrid mobile apps, on the other hand, are cross-platform i.e. they are designed in such a way that they can be used on various platforms. And as the name may hint to, these apps combine features of native and web apps.

The multi-platform technology comes with many added advantages. The use of a common code for different platforms simplifies the process of app development hence the developer is able to develop the apps relatively fast. Moreover, the cost of development and maintenance is also significantly reduced.  

With that background information, let’s looks at what makes a mobile app good.  

Features of a Good Mobile App.

Depending on what works well for them, everybody has a say on what constitutes a good mobile app. Rightly so. But in general, these are a must include features when developing an app:

  • Great user interface for a sure rich experience.
  • Simplicity and ease of use.
  • High performance.
  • Watertight security features to ensure the safety of users’ confidential data.  
  • Offline capabilities since users are not always online.
  • Easy to share.
  • Adaptable to different platforms and devices.
  • Provides user feedback.

Factors to Consider when Developing an App.

To develop a great mobile app like the one described above, you will need to answer these questions:

  • Who are the end users?
  • What will the app do?
  • Which platform will I use to get what I want?
  • How much am I willing to spend on it?
  • Which strategies will I use to market the app?
  • How long will it take to develop the app?

But you don’t have to answer it all alone, not when help is readily available. We offer professional mobile application development services. Just let us know what you want and we will create for you a superb app that will meet your needs.