Mobiles have brought an explosion for mobile application coder from a fresh coder to professional coder working on an enterprise-grade application is busy with mobile app development. A killer application is developed by the companies for forever satisfaction of the customers. Few apps from the millions of apps out here gains a huge constant fan following. Developing application may be easy and sound cool but the development process is plagued by many issues that will take time to resolve.

7steps that matter in Mobile Application Development to be kept in mind:

Platform

The mobile operating system like iOS, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows, and a few others are there. Platforms are mature, persistent and fast – Windows mobile is replaced by Windows Phone 7 and now there is Window 8. Changes in iOS and Android is at a rapid pace too. The other issue is that iPhone ruled the market in one era but today Google Android is playing a catch-up. Many people have a view that Windows and Blackberry phones will become popular with the passing of time? Is that true? No one knows the answer. Many programmers are confused about the platform to choose and even after having made a decision on a platform they panic of the possibility of a platform migration or releasing a whole new version.

Application Type

Programmers are unsure about the platform to choose or of how the platform will expand so they recommend creating a universal app that works across all platforms. Use of tools such as HTML5 and JQuery is done to create such a universal app. Moreover, developing native apps using a proprietary SDK (Software Development Kit) has its advantages. The apps that work on SDK environment are feature-rich and deliver a more meaningful experience than apps that work on all platforms.
A programmer can optimize efforts, development time required to make an app for each platform by choosing to develop a native application. The universal app is fast to make but they are low in terms of features.

Screen Size

A screen size of  Smartphone ranges from very small to very big – as big as 1980 pixels wide, and more. So, how will programmers ensure that their apps fit all screen sizes? To get around this is buy latest scripting tools and create a responsive mobile website design. It will cost a lot of money and programmers has to first learn the new tools before working on them so it takes time. Screen size adjustment is a significant challenge.

Security

Two types of application are equipped with mobile devices – the factory embedded applications and the downloaded applications. The apps and embedded platform are secure because they are “closed”. Downloaded apps are open to malware and hack attacks which can compromise the user’s personal data and impact the device’s performance. Hackers can steal user’s data and access his GPS location and the programmers cannot do much about it.

Time Lags in Development and Testing

Platforms that keep evolving and different screen sizes ultimately consume humongous development and testing time. The mobile application development process delays due to nervous testers and ensure programmers and therefore many mobile applications miss the deadline.

Evolving Technology

For example, Android Cupcake was launched on 30 April 2009 followed by Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. In a span of 3 years, 8 versions were released.  Other platforms are changing at a furious pace and posing a challenge to programmers.

Piracy

Piracy of Android apps can be easily pirated.  iOS can be easily “jailbroken” into and its hardware and software limitations can be unlocked. No apps are safe as hackers are getting smarter by the day. The programmer, unfortunately, can do nothing about people pirating his app or breaking into it.
These are the challenges faced by programmers in the mobile application development process and do comment and share your views regarding this post.  For information regarding our services or doubts email us at info@wexfordinfotech.com.