Mobile application development is the set of processes and procedures involved in writing software for handheld wireless computing devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
Mobile application development is similar to web application programming with roots in traditional software development. One critical difference, however, is that mobile applications, or apps, are often written specifically to take advantage of the unique features that a particular mobile device offers. For instance, a gaming app might be written to take advantage of the iOS and Android accelerometer.
One way to ensure that apps show optimum performance on a given device is to develop the app natively on that device. This means that the code is written specifically for the processor of a particular device. When an app needs to run on multiple operating systems, however, there is little – if any – code that can be reused from its initial development. The app must essentially be rewritten for each specific device.
In the future, it’s predicted that majority of mobile app development efforts will focus on creating browser-based apps that are device-agnostic. Browser-based apps are simply websites that are built for mobile browsers. Such sites are built to load quickly over a cellular network with finger-friendly navigation.
With the increasing number of people and their respective organisations using mobile devices on a regular basis, the need for apps is moving to the top of businesses’ priority list. That is why, at Unifunds, we are preparing to move towards this opportunity in the next decade.
More than 60% of users will utilize a mobile device to interact with content by 2016, according to researches on this issue.
Successfully devising and implementing enterprise mobile apps is easier said than done, however. Determining the mobile development framework that should be used is just one of the many factors that needs to taken into account, in addition to other issues, such as cost.
Smartphones and, more recently, tablets are increasingly becoming the computer of choice for users, leaving software developers who are used to PC-sized application interfaces to grapple with a whole new outlook. While many developers have made the transition smoothly, others need to get with the program and adapt to the times.
Despite the attention paid to mobile development in the past two years, many developers still lack the basics when it comes to building mobile apps. That is why Unifunds will give its utmost best in order to become a major player in this field.