As an developers app, it is your responsibility to design an app that is not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing as well. Some other questions that you might ask yourself before the development process include:
a) Is it a native app that only performs on a specific device?
b) Does the app need to be 100% efficient?
c) Does it utilize the different features of a specific phone?
Those are very legitimate questions and ones that the developer that can address using the appropriate methods. Below are just some mobile application development methods that developers use to create an app:
1. Native Apps
Native applications only work on a specific operating system. As of the time of writing, there are only two major platforms that are predominantly used in the market. These are the Android platform that is made by Google and the iOS by Apple. Developing for these platforms would require separate coding mechanisms because Android apps are based on Java and iOS apps use mainly Objective-C. There is one big problem about creating native apps in that you have to spend more money if you wish to have apps coded for both of the popular operating systems. However, be that as it may, native applications offer the best performance, functionality, and support due to the fact that every app iteration is coded to work perfectly for a specific platform.
2. Cross-Platform Apps Using a Development Framework
Cross-platform apps are the opposite of native apps in that they work on all mobile operating systems. This cuts down the development time significantly because you’re only going to code for one platform and it will be translated for the other operating system to use as well. This can be done with the use of mobile development frameworks such as Titanium, Apache Cordova, and Rhomobile.The major downside to cross-platform apps is that because it was coded the same way for use on all mobile operating systems, one version of the app might be buggy for one platform or the other. That is why you have to think clearly if this is what you want. There are pros and cons to this, so be sure to think if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
3. Making a Mobile-Friendly Website Using HTML5
HTML5 is the new standard when it comes to coding for web applications. Most businesses would often opt to have both an application and a website to increase their venture’s reach. Creating a mobile-friendly website requires the use of programming languages such as the HTML and Java as well as frameworks such as .Net and PHP. To make it look good on a mobile device, the developers would have to add lines of code that will ensure that no matter what device a person uses to access the site, that it would look optimally on it.
With the various options that you can go for when it comes to app development, it is up
to you on what to decide. Do you have only a limited time and budget to create the app?
Do you want to create native applications or ones that are cross-platform?