Mobile App Development: An Overview

Mobile app development is the process of making or creating a mobile application to run on various mobile platforms. A mobile platform is a mobile operating system. Apple’s mobile operating system is called iOS, Google’s mobile platform is Android, RIM has Blackberry, and Windows has Windows Mobile. Each platform has its own rules, regulations, and requirements to make a mobile application. For instance iOS mobile apps require the use of Objective C and Android mobile applications use Java.

Every platform has a different operating system

This is very important to understand because when making an application for mobile app development on the various mobile platforms you cannot just make one app and port it over to the next platform. In addition you must consider what application stores you wish to have your mobile application highlighted in. Each mobile application store has its own requirements most mobile applications must meet outside the requirements for the mobile platform

Developing an awesome mobile application is not an easy task; both developers and business owners struggle to understand the numerous aspects of mobile app development. Many times, business owners are not able to decide which platform to choose for their new mobile app and many times developers are not able to understand the exact requirements of their customers. This causes multiple problems and unsuccessful deployments of a mobile app.

When deciding what kind of mobile application development is right for you first consider what your overall goal is. Are you making a game, informational piece, or utility? Once you know what you’re making then decide what platform would be best for your mobile application. Android has a very high market penetration however the users have a tendency of only going for free apps. Also due to the various operating system variations of Android development can be more challenging.  Apple has a higher number of users and people are willing to pay more. Development is more challenging to meet Apple’s requirements on being published.

When thinking about how and why to build a mobile application and begin development it is important to think about how you plan to proceed. The steps you should follow is

-What is your budget? The average cost of an application can range from $3,000 to over a Million Dollars so it is important to define your budget.

-What Platforms are you going to be on? It is important to decide where your market is, what the best way to reach them is, and what gives you the biggest opportunity.

-What are your features? Apps are not websites, you need to create good features that people want to use and have a good user interface.

-What are you going to do once it is published? Make sure you have a game plan of how you are going to market and push your mobile application.

The process of mobile app development

Back-end development of the app

  • Defining the back end structure of the app
  • Managing users account and their authentication
  • Server side logic is developed.
  • The customization of user experience decides how a user goes through the entire application
  • Data Integration allows users to access and share information to 3rd party websites such as social networking sites.
  • Development of push notification services that engage the user with the app

Front-end development of the app

  • Creation of services that stores the data locally to improve the seed of the app
  • Offline data can be accessed at this phase.
  • Mock-ups and wire framing is developed that clear up the picture of the user interface of the app
  • UI is designed and then translated into functioning user interface that is ready to be implemented on the app
  • The improvements in UI are done
  • Quality assurance phase finds out the bugs and remove them to make the perfect app
  • After the detailed testing the app is deployed

In the future, it’s expected that a majority of mobile app development efforts will focus on creating browser-based applications that are device-agnostic. Browser-based applications are simply websites built for mobile browsers. Such sites are built to load quickly over a cellular network and have finger-friendly navigation.

If you have an app idea or want to develop an app for your website, iTransparity is here to assist you. We are a leading agency in mobile apps development in Mumbai. For more information or any queries, contact us.

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