You’re probably reading this article with the use of your smartphones and you might be viewing this on a mobile web browser. That web browser is actually an application and you thought to yourself, “how do these apps get created in the first place?” That my friends can be answered by Mobile App Development. Its main definition would be to create applications that can be run on a smartphone, utilizing its hardware specifications to deliver the best experience. I know that it is a mouthful, but mobile app development is not limited to just creating the app, per se, as there are some steps to ensure that the end product is rid of any bugs and problems. This article centers around the information that you need to know about what mobile app development entails. Read on to find out more.
1. Different Types
Mobile apps are akin to desktop software where developers make use of different programming languages and specialized tools to get the job done. Since there are two mobile operating systems competing for the top spot: Android and iOS, both platforms are coded differently. Android applications use the Java programming language and developers would have to use Eclipse and the Android SDK (Software Development Kit) to create and test the app for release. iOS apps, on the other hand, requires the use of Objective-C, Swift, and Xcode- all of which are very different from the one Android applications use in its development. That being said, there are three major types of apps available on the market. They are:
a) Native Apps- they are applications that are only compatible on one platform (Android OR iOS and not both).
b) HTML or Web Apps- The HTML5 programming language is an interesting one because it makes use of the universal standards of web technologies like HTML5, CSS, and Java to create an app. It offers cross-platform compatibility which makes it ideal for businesses.
c) Hybrid Apps- they are applications that were created using a native environment and then embedded within an HTML5 app. In other words, it can really provide a better user experience to the consumers and an easier coding time for developers.
2. Developer Tools
Programmers and coders would require some specialized tools to help them with app creation. These tools are collectively known as the SDK or the Software Development Kit. It provides them an avenue where they can create and test the apps until it is suitable for publishing. In layman’s terms, the developers need not buy the actual physical phone just to test their created apps because the SDKs can give them an emulated environment that mimics the real thing.
3. New Operating Systems Keeps Things Interesting
Every year, the two mobile operating system giants release a new version of their platforms to keep things interesting. The new versions always come with great improvements and features that the developer can incorporate in their creations as they see fit.
Mobile app development is more than just app creation. It is the use of specialized tools,emulated environments, and programming languages to create and test the application before public use.