Mobile App Development
The process of developing software applications specifically to run on a mobile phone is mobile application development. Creating installable software bundles is involved in mobile application development as well as implementing backend services such as data access with an API, and testing the application on the target mobile devices.
In the current Smartphone market, two major platforms are iOS from Apple Inc. and Android from Google. iPhone smart phones are completely powered by the iOS operating system, a flagship Apple product. While Google devices and many other OEM’s built their own Smartphone and other smart devices and they work on the Android operating system of Google.
Even though iOS and Android are very similar operating system to work on, developing for iOS and developing for Android starts by using different software development kits (SDKs) and different development toolchain. While android by Google is available for devices that meet their specific requirements but the iOS operating system is exclusively for apple devices.
Alternatives for Building Mobile Apps
Four major approaches for development when building mobile applications.
• Cross-Platform Native Mobile Applications
• Hybrid Mobile Applications
• Progressive Web Applications
• Native Mobile Applications
All the approaches above for developing mobile applications have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the right approach is important so developers go with the desired user experience, the development budget, the computing resources and native features required for the app, time targets, and resources available to maintain the app.