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What is Mobile Application Development?

Mobile Application Development is the process of designing, building, and developing software and application programs for mobile phones. These applications and software programs are either installed already during the mobile device's manufacturing or bought from software providers for mobile phones and then installed in the phone, or they can be downloaded directly to the mobile phone through its web browser (via its HTTP functionality that uses a client- and server-side processing). But since this is a very broad topic, this article will help you familiarize yourself with what mobile application development is all about.

The mobile application development market is changing and getting advanced day by day at a tremendous pace because of the digital environment today. As consumers are showing increasing interest in making purchases and availing services online through their mobile devices now, millions of businesses have already gone online on the App Stores through their mobile applications and the rest are trying to get their apps built using the latest trends and technologies to stand out in the crowd.

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Mobile Application Development

Nowadays, mobile application development is in very high demand and with the increase in the availability of innovative applications, more and more companies are trying to get the benefit of the newness quotient. Mobile app development companies provide services related to handheld devices including PDAs and digital assistants. Developers use many mobile development technologies such as JAVA ME (J2ME), Symbian, Android, QT Framework, Windows, Blackberry, and iOS. Each of the above mobile development platforms helps out developers with their SDK kits so that they can create and test mobile applications in their mobile environment.

Developing mobile applications for different platforms requires a fair amount of skill and talent. There are many mobile application development companies that offer Windows App Development, iPhone Apps Development, Symbian Application Development, and Android App Development.

Mobile application development is the process of developing an application that can serve as an additional feature on your pocket device. The applications can be downloaded by the end-user either by using various different mobile software distribution platforms or they can also be purchased at application stores. These can also be found pre-installed on many mobile devices as real-time embedded applications.

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Mobile Applications and Device Platforms

A mobile application development platform (MADP) is a type of platform and software that allows a business to rapidly build, test and perhaps deploy mobile apps for smartphones or tablets. A mobile application platform is a suit or collection of software tools used to perform designing, creating, and maintaining mobile applications. A subset of this can be interpreted as a mobile enterprise application platform, which provides mobile application tools for businesses.

The best mobile application development platforms must facilitate developers to design, build, test, debug, deploy and maintain apps throughout the applications' lifecycles. MADPs should also contain extensive middleware and back-end services that deliver key features to develop applications, such as push notifications, authentication, and data storage.

Any mobile application development platform supports mobile application development using many tools for different programming languages and also provides an application programming interface to allow and increase interactivity between software packages. These tools also include those which is used for testing applications, measuring mobile analytics data, and creating interfaces for the purpose of profiling application performance.

Many vendors usually offer a mobile application platform to such clients that want to go mobile or want to get into the mobile market. The platform includes migration tools and resources that support a mobile interface or a development environment that allows the creation of new apps aimed at the Apple and Android markets.  

Alternatives for Building Mobile Apps:

Below are the alternatives for Building Mobile Apps: 

  • Jot form Apps
  • App Machine
  • Adalo
  • Gappsy
  • AppGyver
  • Appy Pie
  • Glide
  • GoodBarber

Native Applications 

A native app is an application for a specific mobile device i.e. tablets, smartphones, etc. They are installed directly on the device. Generally, the users get these apps through an online store or online marketplaces such as Android Apps on Google Play or The App Store. If we speak about mobile web apps, are Internet-based apps with specific functionality for mobile devices. These also can be accessed through the mobile device’s web browser and are not always required to download and install on the device.

Most of the native mobile apps provide the most satisfying user experience which is smooth and fast. They can also facilitate you with the best access to device features and are located in the app stores. Also, creating and designing a native app on each main platform needs more socializing skills, a more extended time to market, and a larger budget to develop and maintain. 

Pros

  • Seamless Performance 
  • Advanced Customization 
  • Ultimate User Experience
  • Security
  • Instant Updating
  • Stability

Cons

  • Cost 
  • Time Consuming  
  • Download Requirement 
  • Development of Talent and Time 

Hybrid-Web Applications 

Hybrid apps are basically a very good combination of native and web apps. Basically, it is an application in which the same code base can be deployed in multiple operating systems like android, iOS, Windows, etc. and even can run on many mobile browsers (Chrome, Mozilla, IE, Safari, etc.). It works on the theme of the “write once and deploy everywhere” principle. Hybrid apps are cross-platform and can be distributed between app stores immediately without having to create several versions. 

This solution is a blend, hence the name hybrid, of both native and web solutions. Where the core of the application is written using web technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript), which are then encapsulated within a native application. Through the use of plugging, these applications can have full access to the mobile device’s features. To better understand this approach, let’s break down how it all fits together.

Pros of Hybrid Apps

  • Cost
  • Easy Scaling
  • Faster Go-to-Market

Cons of Hybrid Apps

  • UX
  • Native Features
  • Glitches
  • Design

Cross-Platform Applications

Cross-platform mobile app development is the process of designing and developing hybrid or native apps that can run on multiple operating systems. A cross-platform tool can automatically generate code at run time for the target operating system, and developers just need to create a single code base.

Sriggle is the leading cross-platform developer solution with 5 million developers across the US, Europe, Australia, and UAE. It powers 15% of apps in the app store, not including thousands of apps built internally at enterprises for every line-of-business need. Sriggle is unique in that it takes a web-first approach, leveraging HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to build high-quality iOS, android, desktop, and Progressive Web Apps.

Pros

  • Faster development
  • Lower costs
  • Wider audience
  • Consistency between platforms
  • Reusable code

Cons

  • Lower performance
  • Harder code design
  • Long wait time for new features

Progressive Web Applications

Progressive Web App (PWA) was hailed as the next big thing a few years ago. And yet—as is often the case with “revolutions” in the tech world—it hasn’t gained the traction predicted by those initial noisy headlines. Suggesting that PWA has somehow failed is, however, way wide of the mark.

Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) are apps built with web technologies that we probably all know and love, like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. But they have the feel and functionality of an actual native app. PWAs are built with the capabilities like push notifications and the ability to work offline. They are also built on and enhanced with modern APIs which makes it easy to deliver improved capabilities along with reliability and the ability to install them on any device.

Pros of Progressive Web Applications

  • Native app development benefits
  • Affordability
  • Install the process
  • Index ability
  • Push notifications

Cons of Progressive Web Applications

  • Missing Out on App Store Traffic
  • High Battery Usage
  • Unable to Access Various Device Features
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Comparing Native vs. Hybrid Applications

Check out some advantages and disadvantages of using hybrid or native applications to help you make an informed decision.

  • Cost of development: Hybrid apps or HTML5 apps are generally cheaper to maintain as compared to native apps. A single developer can create a hybrid app but for a native application, separate apps for windows, iOS, or android need to be created and this increases the cost of creation and maintenance.
  • Speed and efficiency: Native apps are far faster and more efficient as compared to hybrid applications. A lot of changes have been made in the JavaScript interpreter for a Hybrid app but still, they cannot function as fast and as efficiently as a native application.
  • Hardware: Native apps can interact with a vast range of hardware available on the device while HTML5 has some limitations in terms of hardware performance. This is the reason why most of the games and high-performance applications are native in nature.
  • Updates: HTML 5 apps are portable on all operating systems. When an update is required, a single update is sufficient for all the devices and is available immediately. Native apps by definition are unique to their operating system. To support multiple operating systems, a separate app must be written for each operating system. So any time we need an update, we need to write and test it for different operating systems.
  • Platform Independence: If platform independence is the feature one is seeking with a limited budget, then definitely hybrid apps are the best solutions. With one-time development, requirements can be met.
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Why Choose the Hybrid/Cross-platform Approach?

Choosing between Cross-Platform and Hybrid depends on your budget, timeline, audience, and product. In cross-platform and hybrid apps, the same codebase is used to develop for all platforms (iOS and Android), whereas native apps demand a separate codebase for iOS and Android. This is why you can choose the Hybrid/Cross-platform Approach.

Applications created utilizing a cross-platform framework are free from OS impulses and thus offer multi-platform usefulness. They provide an incredible solution when you need to release a mobile app on different platforms at a low cost or constrained budget in terms of money, time, and effort.

When comparing the Hybrid and Cross-platform options, there are still advantages and challenges to overcome for each specific development approach. Choosing the right one for you is determined by the talent you have available, the budget, and the time constraints.

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 Key Mobile Application Services 

As the world advances, technology is now on-the-go, especially your mobile devices. Going mobile is the number 1 choice to streamline your business operations and tackle the most viral communication market. Develop your mobile applications now using comprehensive mobile application services for both iOS and Android, with Sriggle Software.

Below is the key mobile Application Service:

  • Simplicity for the End-User
  • Both iOS and Android Must Be Covered
  • High Performance
  • Security
  • Offline Work
  • Regular Updates
  • Personalization
  • Search
  • Analytics
  • Social Media Integration

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