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Shvoong Home>Internet & Technology>Software>A New Technological Door: Mobile App Development Review

A New Technological Door: Mobile App Development

Article Review   by:EsabelMathew     Original Author: Esabel Mathew
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Specialized Mobile Application Development companies have software that provides users with templates to create their own programs to share with friends. The templates are for video games, quizzes or gifts. The companies charge for the templates or take a portion of the revenue generated by the programs. The more the users promote their own creations the more money they can make. Smartphone have provided huge platform to Mobile App Development Companies for making money. Likewise Application Development Companies are expanding their market too, rather to say expansion is being started. If we generalize, there are two main approaches to delivering corporate business solutions over mobiles:


Mobile Applications

Native mobile applications are software solutions deployed directly onto devices such as phones. Many mobile applications link to internet services, with the application, or "app", handling user interaction natively. Mobile apps have the advantage that they provide a deep level of interactivity that is suited to device hardware - for example, using gestures or sensors like GPS. The difficulty with using mobile applications to deliver business services is the range of platforms in operation. As of early 2011, Google, Apple and RIM together occupy around 90% of the smartphone market. However, the mobile landscape is still in a state of change and there are other players including Windows and Palm - it would be unwise to make any predictions about how market share will look even in a matter of months as things stand.


Web

The mobile Web has undergone enormous advances over the past few years. According to recent research, around a third of adults all over the world are now using a smartphone - it seems fairly safe to assume that this will only continue to increase. Many more mobile users have some kind of internet access. Although the functionality of mobile Web browsers is now at a good level, there are still considerable restrictions in terms of network connectivity and speed - this is expected to improve over the next couple of years as 4G kicks in, but for the moment remains a serious constraint.


Many organizations create mobile versions of their sites and Web services, with minimized content designed to cope with mobile hardware and data connectivity limitations. One potentially valuable prospect in the mobile Web will be the advance of HTML5. This technology is still very much under development. HTML5 offers a range of benefits including facilities for offline support, multi-media, interactivity and location awareness.


In terms of technologies for mobile apps, the list is long, and depends on which platform (or platforms) you choose to target. Among the most commonly used programming languages for mobile applications are Java, Objective C and C++. Each of the major platforms has a specific Software Development kit, with its own tools to help with the design, testing, debugging and deployment.


Microsoft has replaced the Windows Mobile system with Windows Phone 7, with an increased focus on consumer use. Although Microsoft currently has a reduced position in terms of smartphone market share, the upcoming Mango release is looking very promising, and is being received quite well in early testing.

Published: March 23, 2012   
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