The first step in mobile app development approach is a clear understanding of the target audience.
Research and analysis of the market, as well as the existing user population should be conducted prior to crafting an app for the intended use. Since many of the current mobile operating systems are limited in the apps they allow, it is essential to choose an app that is cross-compatible, i.e., it should be designed and executed on different mobile operating systems. The choice of mobile platform depends on the type of app and the features or functions users expect it to offer.
Since apps are developed to run on various mobile operating systems,
it is important to choose one that has the highest percentage of usage. In addition, the chosen mobile application development process must comply with the latest security standards and app stores need to ensure the app meets their policies. This ensures users will have access to the app and will have full functionality even if the mobile devices’ operating systems and service providers’ databases are unreliable. Developers must also ensure the app is optimized for each mobile OS since this may require additional coding and adjustments.
Hybrid apps, however, utilize some of the existing mobile platforms and function within specific ecosystems. Examples of such hybrid apps include Android and iPhone apps, Blackberry apps, Windows and Symbian phones, etc
. Users may prefer these apps due to compatibility issues between certain OS platforms and functions. In other words, while some users may want a smartphone that functions similarly to the iPhone or Blackberry, others may prefer to have an Android app if its interface and capabilities work well with their existing mobile device operating systems.
With mobile applications, there are two options to consider when developing for multiple OS platforms: native and hybrid apps. Hybrid app shares code between both OSs, whereas a native app must be written to fit only one specific OS. As users expect their mobile devices to behave differently across multiple OSs, developers must make sure their mobile applications are cross-compatible.
Lastly, users expect the kind of functionality that would not be possible without the use of their devices. This is why mobile app development companies are focusing on developing new features that would help users get more out of their devices. These companies are focusing on developing apps that make use of new features such as Air Gesture and OMD capture. Other companies are focusing on developing new device features such as unified search and address book. As app developers to explore new features for their applications, they must ensure that they are not violating any of the company’s copyrights or licensing agreements.