Mobile Applications Development there is no doubt that today's world is driven by the internet. The smart phones provide us the access to internet whenever and wherever we need so, they have become a vital part of our daily life and without them, and our life will virtually come to a complete halt. Different software programs that we use in our mobile phones - such as Facebook, Twitter, CNN app, Gmail and games - are called mobile applications, commonly known as mobile apps. Technically, a mobile app is a software application which is developed to be specifically used on small, wireless computing devices, such as smart phones and tablets. Mobile Apps Usage Mobile apps allow user to use various features of smart phones such as camera, gps, accelerometer, music playback etc., more efficiently and also allow them to customize those features as per their needs. Each app serves a specific purpose based on the type of user who is using it. E.g.
Business-man will wish to be connected to his email as well as be able to review documents, track expenses, and maintain lists of contact information for various groups of people. Most of the users in general will want email, internet access, and depending upon their preferences, music and game etc. Mobile App Platforms Major Smartphone companies are Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, Motorola and Nokia. Companies use different operating systems for their e.g. iOS, Android, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone, Symbian etc. The two most widely used operating systems used today are iOS and Android. Depending on the operating system for which the app is to be developed, developers need to use specific tools such as iOS SDK, Android SDK, Windows Phone SDK etc. There are various ways that a developer can choose to develop a mobile app as described below:
The first option is to use the SDK which is provided by the Smartphone Company or operating system provider. Mobile apps which are developed using this approach are often called native apps. They provide the best user experience in terms of look-and-feel and navigation as they have access to the full capabilities of hardware of the smartphone. Examples include iOS SDK, Android SDK & Windows Phone SDK.
Cross Platform Apps
The second approach is to use a cross platform framework which is provided by a third party provider. This approach allows developers to develop applications which can run on more than one platform, known as cross platform apps. These apps use a single codebase for all platforms so they are usually easy and cost efficient when it comes to upgrading the app. As far as performance and user experience is concerned, these apps have a close match with native apps. Examples include Titanium Alloy Framework, Xamarin framework and PhoneGap.