Everything you need to know about developing mobile apps

Everything you need to know about developing mobile apps

Developing mobile apps for your users can help them be more productive, but before you start building apps, learn about the different kinds.

ATLANTA — Mobile apps have contributed to the rise of smartphones and tablets in a big way, and many organizations, entrepreneurs, and small businesses are showing more interest in developing their own mobile apps.

For many companies, developing mobile apps is a worthwhile way to spend time and money because these apps can help increase their employees’ productivity. With a mobile app, users can accomplish a difficult and time-consuming business process in just a few minutes or even seconds.

If you’re new to the mobile app development world or you’re just interested in learning what options are available, this FAQ will get you up to speed.

What is mobile application development?

Mobile application development is the  process of writing software for devices on operating systems such as iOS, Android, etc.. Developers write mobile apps to take advantage of certain device specific features. When developers build an application natively for a device, it means that the code is specific to that device’s processor.

The disadvantage of developing mobile apps natively is that developers can’t reuse code from one OS to another. For example, the code used to write a native app for an iOS device isn’t compatible with a Windows Phone. Applications that are browser-based, on the other hand, are device-agnostic, so they run in the mobile browsers for various devices.

Can I build my own apps?

Many mobile applications are available from device-specific app stores, but for businesses, it often makes more sense to build apps in-house. Some companies have business processes that take hours because of the constraints of back-end systems, but developing mobile apps often simplifies that process.

What should I consider before developing mobile apps in-house?

There are some important points to keep in mind when developing mobile apps. Figure out what users need from the apps and know what your developers are capable of building. Decide whether you’ll use a bring-your-own-device model or supply users with corporate-owned devices, and determine which operating systems you’ll support.

You should also look into how much money developing mobile apps is going to cost your company, and see if there’s already an app on the market that meets your needs. Even if the app isn’t perfect, you can often modify it to accomplish what you need. Developing in-house applications is great for very specific business processes, but it can be cheaper and easier to volume purchase applications and deploy them to users. Once the app is done and deployed, listen to what users have to say about it and find ways to make it better.

Which is better: Native or Web-based apps?

With native mobile app development, you have to build the same app multiple times so it will run on multiple operating systems. But because native apps can take advantage of a device’s features, companies often go for it. Developing mobile apps on Web-based platforms such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript is often faster and cheaper, and developers only need to build one app to run across various mobile platforms. Web-based apps do not take advantage of the device features the way native apps can.

How do I build a hybrid app?

You write the app as an HTML app and then wrap it in a native device wrapper. The HTML5 base runs inside the native app container and uses the device’s browser engine — instead of the browser — to render and process data locally. The HTML base can be used for various mobile operating systems; all you have to do is re-wrap it in an operating system specific wrapper.


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