Mobile Apps Development – Current Techniques

Smartphones have been a huge success story for the past two decades – and devices are getting more powerful every year. Many businesses reap significant benefits from using mobile technology, which includes both commercial and industrial markets. Deploying applications to android /iOS mobile users involves a unique set of challenges and choices.

This article provides an overview of current mobile technologies.

Application types for mobile

The main consideration with the provision of business applications on mobile phones is that they have many devices and a lot of variety of features.

Successful smart mobile application development often involves a combination of technology and techniques. This is where a diverse set of skills and an understanding of the mobile landscape are needed to provide development services to businesses and effective guidance at this time of accelerating change.

In general, there are two main ways to provide business solutions on mobile:

(1) Web

The mobile web has grown tremendously in the last few years. According to a recent study and observation, around one-third of adults in the UK now use a smartphone, it looks safe to assume that it will continue to increase. Many more mobile users have some form of Internet access. Although mobile web browser’s functionality is now at a good level, there are still considerable restrictions in terms of network connectivity and speed.

Many organizations develop mobile versions of their sites and web services with minimal content designed to address mobile hardware and data communication limitations. A potentially valuable feature on the mobile web would be the introduction of HTML5. The technology is still very much in development, but big sites like Financial Times have chosen to use it instead of targeting different mobile platforms, which looks very promising. HTML5 offers several benefits, including offline support, multimedia, interactivity, and location tracking.

(2) Mobile apps

Native mobile applications are software solutions that are mounted directly on devices such as phones. Many mobile applications connect to Internet services, applications, or “apps” that handle user conversations locally. The advantage of mobile apps is that they provide a deep level of interactivity suitable for formatting hardware – for example, using gestures such as GPS or sensors. Difficulty using mobile applications to provide business services is the limit of the working platform. Before few years, Google, Apple, and RIM together accounted for about 90% of the smartphone market. However, the state of the mobile landscape is still changing, and there are other big players in the market, including Windows and Palm – it would be unwise to predict what the market share will look like in a matter of months.

Microsoft has replaced the Micrososoft Windows Mobile system with Windows Phone 7, focusing more on user usage. Although Microsoft currently has a low position in terms of smartphone market share, the upcoming release of Mango looks very promising.

A lot of programming languages can be use to develop a mobile application. The list is large and depends on which platform (or platforms) you choose to target in terms of technologies for mobile apps. Commonly used programming languages ​​for mobile applications include Java, Objective-C, and C ++. Each major platform has a specific software development kit with its tools to help design, test, debugging, and deploy.

The most complexity of mobile application development is such that targeting a single platform involves extensive testing. Some businesses maximize development resources by balancing user interaction with cross-platform resources on multiple endeavors. A mobile app effectively serves as an interface for a web application. Can work


In addition to targeting specific mobile platforms through software and web development, there are additional ways to take advantage of the mobile context for some business processes – SMS is one such case. In this model, services are provided as SMS text messages. This usually has the advantage of working on all phones, and payments can be handled through user bills – but this is a very limited form of communication. There is also a problem with SMS that message delivery is not guaranteed. Handling SMS messages is very easy in web applications. And support for processing users’ SMS messages is widely available.

About Android

Google’s Android operating system is currently moving forward with a strong presence. Initially seen as an interesting platform for geeks, Android now has a third share of the smartphone market. Android’s growth is partly due to the platform’s openness, which is available throughout the market and on phones from various hardware manufacturers, making it more accessible to different users than the iPhone.

There is also little bit control over the Android Market’s apps, which creates a lot of variety and flexibility. Still, naturally, this results in high quality misuse.

Google’s approach is the opposite of Apple’s – which retains significant control over its mobile phone operating system. Google’s initial idea was to create a new phone operating system that would be open and free. He hoped that this would encourage the modern development of both the phone and the application. Google has invested in Android because it expects web searches to be faster on mobile phones, and it wants to be able to advertise to mobile users.

Although Google’s position in the mobile world now seems very strong, it is still difficult to say how things are progressing. In terms of users and applications, in the past, Android has focused more on consumer services than Apple and RIM, but there is some evidence that this is changing. The Android system offers a good level of integration with business services such as Microsoft Exchange. The open nature of the platform makes integration with existing enterprise applications potentially less of a hassle than some competitors.

About iPhone

iPhone, of course. I was in a dominant position as the advancement of smartphones took shape, and the platform is still in a very powerful position. Although business users were naturally inclined towards BlackBerry in the past, both the iPhone and Android have continued to advance significantly for enterprise and consumer use. At the same time, BlackBerry has also catered more to consumer use. Has started, As a result, the three major smartphone platforms now occupy some of the same space.

The iPhone offers support for external business services such as Microsoft Exchange and, unlike Android, allows users to use iPhone apps for serious testing before deploying them. Overall the platform lacks the natural ups and downs of this rising level of overcoming flexibility.

With highly popular visual design and interaction models, the brand is famous. The iPhone is an attractive platform for commercial applications. Apple is responsible for developing innovative features, the success of which has led other platforms to replicate them, such as multi-touch interactions.

There are some serious considerations with the development of the iPhone:

  • Apple does not allow users to install applications directly on the iPhone – all applications must be purchased from the Apple Store, and Apple deducts 30%. There may be a way around it in the future, but at the moment, we are not aware of it.
  • For some applications, the iPhone’s weakness, financial value, and battery life can be a problem.

Of course, these barriers apply to most commercial/industrial applications. They are not a particular problem when it comes to creating end-user applications. HomeAway has the necessary capabilities to develop iPhone applications, and we would be very interested in discussing that with users.

Although the iPhone has lost considerable smartphone ground for both BlackBerry and Android, it is still generally seen as a beating platform and, in many ways, continues to be a market leader.

About RIM BlackBerry

Rum’s BlackBerry platform has long been considered a mobile phone selection system for business and professional users, a perception that still holds to a certain extent. Before few years, BlackBerry has made significant progress in the consumer market, introducing handsets that have become particularly popular among young smartphone users.

Like Android, the BlackBerry hardware is diverse, so users can access mobile sites and applications through various screen sizes and controls – adding complexity to any development project. The BlackBerry platform provides a wealth of standard enterprise services, with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server being an essential asset for corporate users. Email on BlackBerry is powerful, so users who rely on a high level of security and reliability in messaging (and communications in general) are naturally drawn to this platform.

Although iPhones focus on touch screen interaction, such as Android devices to a lesser degree, BlackBerry handsets are more likely to provide hardware keyboards for text input. This can be an important aspect in some specific categories of potential platform applications.

One potential problem with mobile web applications targeting BlackBerry is that the web browsers on the system have developed significantly less than both iPhone and Android in the past. However, recent models have solved this problem by adding the latest WebKit browser.

Native apps can be deployed through the BlackBerry App World Marketplace, which to date, has not been a central role for users with app stores on iPhone and Android, although this aspect of the brand’s use has evolved. Extensive efforts are being made to do so.

About Windows Mobile

Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 represent Microsoft’s sentiments in the mobile world, which has achieved varying degrees of success in the consumer and industrial markets.

From a consumer perspective, some high-end smartphone brands such as HTC and LG are currently developing handsets with Windows Phone operating systems installed on them, including Network O2 and Orange, which provide mobile services. Being provided. Nokia and Windows have reached a landmark agreement in which the manufacturer is completely downsizing its Symbian platform to focus on Windows as the operating system of choice.

In 2011, Microsoft released a new version of the mobile Windows platform called Mango. The release is expected to rapidly change Microsoft’s position in the mobile world, partly because of Nokia’s partnership and partly because the system wants to add several new features to HTML5.

Simultaneously, Windows Mobile has been strongly embraced by industrial PDAs and mobile phone manufacturers – a portable computing device product designed for commercial rather than consumer use. Microsoft has been exploring different industrial contexts for mobile processing, with Windows Mobile 6.5 being particularly successful in such environments and hardware developed by various manufacturers, including Motorola. Therefore, Windows Mobile is a natural choice for many workplace needs, including warehouse and delivery services.

From a development standpoint, Windows Mobile has very strong advantages. Microsoft has provided a full platform of development tools – including the C # language, which is much easier to use than other mobile phones. Microsoft also includes tools for communicating between phone and central server software, including a small database engine.

Strong development tools and a wide range of tools make Windows Mobile a particularly valuable platform for delivering business applications. At Hopeway, we have a high level of expertise in Windows Mobile systems, so we are well-positioned to provide solutions on this platform.

Mobile solutions

Hopeway Consultants has the developmental skills to target and deploy applications targeting any mobile platform and hardware manufacturer in use today. Several mobile projects have been developed, including many on Windows. The team is also well-positioned to provide appropriate approaches to incorporating multiple technologies and programming languages ​​where necessary.

With our web and client-server development expertise, we can design a complete system that integrates field staff and office workers. Whatever your business process or context, Hopeway has the expertise to provide a bespoke, comprehensive solution for mobile integration, which enhances communication and efficiency, and productivity.

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