What Is Mobile Development?
Mobile app development is creating software designed to run on mobile devices and optimized to take advantage of mobiles unique features and hardware.
There are two dominant platforms in the modern smartphone market. The first one is the iOS platform from Apple. The iOS platform is the operating system that Apple owners have come to love. The second is Android from Google. The Android operating system is used not only by Google devices but also by many other OEMs to built their own smartphones and other smart devices.
Cross-Platform Development (iOS & Android)
One of your first decisions when creating a new app is, what platform do you want to target? The two powerhouses are iOS and Android. There is a third option, cross-platform development (CPD). CPD is the process used when you want to build apps that work on both iOS and Android platforms. The main advantage of using cross-platform development is just that, your app is designed to work for both iOS and Android. If the majority of you customers use both iOS and Android, CPD would be the best way to go.
Key Mobile Application Services
Mobile application developers can leverage hundreds of cloud and 3rd party services to speed up the development process. Mobile developers look for the right development environment that makes it easier to integrate, use, and consume the most commonly required capabilities. When creating your new app, you want to outline the most important capabilities needed for your app which in turn helps your developers find the correct service.
Typical Essential Functions:
- User Sign-up/Sign-in and Management
- Social login (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
- Analytics and User Engagement
- Push Notifications – great for marketing to your customers