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Developing Mobile Apps - Points to Remember

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Date Added : March 4, 2013 Views : 33157
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When people ask me to describe mobile development, I'd say it will be the process of making portable devices that are as useful as computers and may improve than them as time progresses. That is exactly what is happening. Recent studies show that there are about 112 million users in India that is a 13% growth from last year. Research organization also predicts that, there may be an addition of 11 million until the end of this year.

However the exciting news in this research is that in 2010, there were only one% people using Internet on their mobiles which went to 3% in 2011 and 8% in 2012. Considering these trends and the exponential growth it's predicted that, there will be about 600 million Internet users on cell worldwide.

All these study sums up that app development has become one of the fastest growing and competitive market. Mobile phones have become the center of the world, given the very fact that companies and individuals cannot survive without them with the communication and social networking possible through it. Smart phones are particularly getting the kind of attention which once upon a time declining computers used to get. Laptops and desktops have become impractical choices for quite obvious reason that they can not be kept in pockets. So we now have many reasons that this generation will like to do everything on the mobile platform.

Although one can find enough mobile development platforms available, but you'll find few common and popular one. A few of these are:

- Symbian OS is one of the favorite platform amid the designers because of its fast real-time response. It is designed and maintained by Nokia.

- Android is another platform based on the modified version of LINUX Kernel which has revolutionized the mobile market. The Java based application of Android are most consumer-friendly.

- Blackberry OS, as its name suggests is a proprietary platform for the use of Blackberry devices. Research in Motion (RIM) also allows third party developers to write down their very own software package using Blackberry Application Programming Interface (API).

- iOS is a development platform to create applications for iPhones and iPad. It is a UNIX based operating system derived from Macintosh OS.

- Windows Phone is modern platform coming from the computer giant Microsoft. It uses a design language called Metro which allows developers to integrate the OS with third party services.

Obviously, with so many available platforms there are thousands or maybe millions of apps which can be created. Everyone seems to be trying to make their app by their own, but the educational process isn't complete without the understanding of common pitfalls related to it. These days I see so many applications with features which are not really important. There are few common mistakes which I would suggest avoid while in the process of mobile development.

Stuffing a lot of feature-

That is one of the commonest mistake usually committed by new mobile developers or many times experienced developers who cannot resist the temptation of adding all the things they got. As a developer, you should understand what you would like your app to do, what has to be its exclusive features and the way is it going to profit and serve its users.

It is essential that the very first version of your app should only target the immediate necessities of the user or the corporation you are developing app for. Addition of further features can be done in the upcoming versions of the app. Constant update of the app also causes you to look professional and popular among users.

Creating complicated User Interfaces-

The initial version of your app is required to be intuitive and simple to use. A perfect interface must be such that user learns it just by using it without referring the user manual. The average mobile user will not be very tech savvy. They just wants to utilize the features your device has to offer. So take into account that every aspect, screen, buttons and functions of the app must remain well defined in making their lives simpler and enjoyable.

Evidently, there are some apps with complicated interfaces which are a great success among users. But it will be better to start slow with simple apps and go for those groundbreaking apps after getting a reputation within your market. It is important to provide a manual with detailed how-to section in case of apps with complicated user interface.

Functioning on a lot of mobile platforms-

It's important that mobile developers don't start creating apps for all mobile platforms. Adding too many feature and platforms for a single version will raise your initial costs high. You have to do a thorough research and plan out your strategies in advance if you need to develop your app for different platforms like Blackberry, Android, Apple altogether.

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