Mobile application development is the process of creating software applications that run on a mobile device, and a typical mobile application utilizes a network connection to work with remote computing resources.
The process of app development involves:
- Building installable software bundles
- Implementing backend services such as data access with an API
- Testing the app on target devices
Why build an app?
1. Be visible to customers at all times.
2. Create a direct marketing channel.
3. Provide value to your customers.
4. Build brand recognition.
5. Improve customer engagement.
6. Stand out from the competition.
7. Cultivate customer loyalty
How to develop a mobile application?
1. Create A Concept For Your Mobile App
2. Determine How Your App Will Make Money
3. Understand The Features You Need And The Features You Want
4. Sketch The Wireframe And User Journey
5. Design The User Interface
6. Develop The App In A Testing Environment
7. Test/QA Every Feature And Function
8. Make Your App Available For Download In Applicable App Stores Within The App
9. Market The Mobile Application To Your Target Demographic
10. Continually Improve The App Through Feedback And Updates
Types of app development
There are certain advantages and disadvantages to building an application, no matter which app development approach you choose. By choosing an approach that matches your goals, you can achieve the desired user experience and build native features required for your application.
Here are the common types of app development approaches you can select depending on your requirements:
Three Types of Apps: Native, Hybrid, and Web
1. Native Apps
Native apps are built specifically for a mobile device’s operating system (OS). Thus, you can have native Android mobile apps or native iOS apps, not to mention all the other platforms and devices. Because they’re built for just one platform, you cannot mix and match – say, use a Blackberry app on an Android phone or use an iOS app on a Windows phone.
Technology Used: Native apps are coded using a variety of programming languages. Some examples include: Java, Kotlin, Python, Swift, Objective-C, C++, and React.
2. Web Apps
Web apps behave similarly to native apps but are accessed via a web browser on your mobile device. They’re not standalone apps in the sense of having to download and install code into your device. They’re actually responsive websites that adapt its user interface to the device the user is on. In fact, when you come across the option to “install” a web app, it often simply bookmarks the website URL on your device
3. Hybrid Apps
And then there are the hybrid apps. These are web apps that look and feel like native apps. They might have a home screen app icon, responsive design, fast performance, even be able to function offline, but they’re really web apps made to look native.
Technology Used: Hybrid apps use a mixture of web technologies and native APIs. They’re developed using: Ionic, Objective C, Swift, HTML5, and others.