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Mobile is a growing industry that attracts businesses from every marketplace. The exploding popularity of smartphones and tablets has made mobile application development an increasingly popular trend among business owners all over the world.

1. What is a mobile application?

A mobile application is type of application designed to run on a mobile device, which can be a smartphone or tablet computer. Although apps are usually small software units with limited function, they still manage to provide users with quality services and experiences.
Contrary to applications designed for desktop computers, mobile applications move away from integrated software systems. Instead, each mobile app provides an isolated and limited functionality. For example, it can be a game, a calculator, or a mobile web browser.
Because of the limited hardware resources of the early mobile devices, mobile apps avoided multi-functionality. However, even if the devices used today are far more sophisticated, mobile apps remain narrowly functional. This is how mobile app owners allow consumers to handpick exactly the functions their devices should have.

2. Mobile app development technologies

Here is a closer look at all the different technology considerations business owners must make before building an app.

– Native apps
These apps are built for a single mobile operating system. That’s why they’re called native – they’re native to a particular platform or device. The majority of mobile apps today are built for systems like Android or iOS. To put it simply, you can’t install and use an Android app on iPhone, and vice versa.
The main benefit of native apps is their high performance and excellent user experience. After all, developers who build them use native device UI. Access to a broad range of APIs also helps to accelerate the development work and extend the boundaries of app usage. Native applications can only be downloaded from app stores and installed directly into devices. That’s why they first need to pass a strict publishing process.
The most important drawback of native apps is their cost. To build, support, and maintain an app for Android and iOS you basically need two development teams.

– Web apps
Web apps are software applications that behave similarly to native mobile apps and work on mobile devices. However, there are significant differences between native apps and web apps. For starters, web apps use browsers to run, and they’re usually written in CSS, HTML5, or JavaScript. Such apps redirect the user to the URL and then offer them the option to install the app. They simply create a bookmark on their page. That’s why they require minimum device memory.
Since all of the personal databases will be saved on the server, users can only use the application if they have an internet connection. This is the main drawback of web apps – they always require a good internet connection. Otherwise, you risk delivering a subpar user experience.

– Hybrid apps
Hybrid apps basically work like web apps disguised in a native wrapper. These apps are built using web technologies such as JavaScript, CSS, and HTML 5.
Hybrid apps are easy and fast to develop, which is a clear benefit. You also get a single codebase for all the platforms. This lowers the cost of maintenance and streamlines the updating process. Developers can also take advantage of many APIs for features such as gyroscope or geolocation.
On the other hand, hybrid applications may lack speed and performance. Also, you might experience some design issues as the app might not look the same on two or more platforms.

3. What is mobile app development?

Mobile app development is a process that draws a lot from traditional software development. However, it’s focused on creating software that takes advantage of the unique features of mobile device hardware.
The most straightforward scenario for building a mobile app is taking a desktop-based application and importing it to a mobile device. However, as the app becomes more robust, this technique can become problematic.
A better approach involves developing specifically for the mobile environment. It’s a technique that takes advantage of all the benefits mobile devices offer. The process takes into account their limitations and helps business owners balance cost with functionality.
Modern smartphones and tablets are equipped with features such as Bluetooth, Near Field Communication (NFC), GPS, gyroscopic sensors, cameras, and many more. We can use these features to create apps with technologies such as Virtual or Augmented Reality, barcode scanning, location-based services, and many more. The most successful and popular mobile applications use smartphone features in the best possible way.

The issue of hardware in mobile devices introduces another complication:
While developers building apps for iOS can only expect the apps to be run on two types of devices (iPhones and iPads), Android developers can’t say the same. In fact, for them, every smartphone and tablet may be running on different hardware and various versions of the operating system.

Conclusion
Businesses are going to be investing in more resources in mobile apps as mobile devices overrule desktop devices when it comes to the number and engagement of users.
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