what is mobile development?
The mobile development industry is experiencing extraordinary growth in terms of population and demand. With the advancement of technology, it becomes easier for people to access the internet anywhere around the world. Today, there are more than 900,000 different smartphone models. There are 2.2 billion cell phones in the market. That’s 1.5 million new cell phones every year. Some estimate that the market will grow to 8.1 billion by 2025. According to Statista, Apple had sold over 100 million iPhones worldwide. The main reason for these sales is that users are seeking a better quality experience with their smartphones. They are also looking for ways to improve their mobile apps.
Mobile applications on Android
Apple launched its first iPhone in 2007. After that, a lot of other phones were released, including devices from Samsung, Motorola Networks, Ericsson, Sony, HTC, Qualcomm, Nokia, Google, and others. This was a time when many customers used their smartphones to connect to the web or watch movies. Many other applications took place in this period as well, such as messaging applications for social media, music streaming services like Spotify, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram, photo sharing apps, etc. For example, Google Photos introduced a series of free mobile apps for Android. Even before smartphones became the preferred device for accessing information, they were widely available for sale at retail stores.
The smartphone has made it possible for people to stay connected with friends and family and also make personal and business deals with the help of multiple online services. This makes it easy for businesses to do business online. People can search online for products or services they need and purchase them without ever stepping foot into a store.
The popularity of cell phones has now increased to several times the market size. A report by Bloomberg revealed that Apple’s latest iOS 17 was the most downloaded app in history. This indicates how popular these gadgets have become. It is estimated that cell phones will continue growing in popularity as smartphones are becoming the most important product type in the world.
How you create your first mobile application
Creating a mobile application is very similar to creating any software application. You choose an app name, choose different design elements, decide what features and functions it should offer, launch your chosen mobile application, and then wait for it to go live on clients’ smartphones. Your mobile application could be anything from a simple chat application to a full-length platform like Amazon, Dropbox, Twipi, Facebook Messenger, etc. In fact, you can find the best mobile application platforms in my article, here.
Creating a desktop application
Although some companies take care of computer programs for Android and iOS, other companies still look at desktop applications. Creating a desktop application is quite straightforward because all you need to do is choose one of the best software application builders such as Netlify, Magix, or Crafter. These tools allow developers to design a fully functional app that incorporates visual programming, drag and drop features, and other features. Each platform is provided with an IDE environment (Integrated Design Environment) which acts as a perfect combination between Windows and Android. Every application has to be designed in a way that it performs perfectly on both platforms so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of both mobile and desktop application platforms. For example, you can use Visual Studio for Android and Xamarin for iOS to build user interfaces on your mobile application.
Creating a Native Mobile Application
Creating an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) for the App
You might be thinking why am I telling you about MVP (Minimum Viable Product)? The short answer is; an MVP provides a complete package of what needs to be built. An MVP contains essential pieces which are required for a project to function smoothly. Most importantly; it tells the story of the entire project, showing the relationships between the user interface, its contents, the data, and backend services. You can include as much detail as you want in your MVP. However, if you only want to give the user one thing to do, you can add those components as part of your MVP. Therefore, your MVP is a blueprint of what the entire application will build. Once the MVP is completed, you can start working on the actual application which would contain everything. For iOS, you can create a static and dynamic test route, the database framework, and a separate view controller. In order to get started, you can go through the Getting Started guide.
Creating a Reusable App
Reusing components is a big benefit in any project development. Now when we talk about mobile development, we know that all the components must be reusable to make it usable by everybody. It’s always good to know how your application works from the beginning, right? Especially when you are building something which is not going to change in any way. One practical approach on how you can reuse your code when it comes to mobile app development is to create a single source file for each component. We can achieve this by having the same markup language on the website and writing the same code on the mobile project. If you are used to writing server-side applications, you can think of this approach as converting your backend application to a mobile application.
The React Native Library is a powerful library for React, written in Swift and compiled to optimize performance while ensuring consistent and developer-friendly support. React Native works seamlessly with most front-end frameworks and libraries and offers highly modular APIs, helping you increase your application’s scalability without sacrificing speed. This means that you can customize your application for specific purposes, such as making it more attractive for customers, providing location and route mapping, allowing content detection, improving data security, or expanding its functionality to integrate additional systems or other web or mobile client libraries.
Creating a GraphQL WebSocket Server
GraphQL is another option when you are building a web application. When you are planning to build a site for the company or organization, you may want to have an existing REST API for getting your basic functionalities. You can use GraphQL and convert it to a WebSocket server to accept incoming requests and send responses back and forth. At least, one thing we may want to keep in mind is that you don’t need to have an established front end to build a graphQL application, because GraphQL stands for Client-side queries. In case you have a traditional back end, you can even use GraphQL too. The main differences between GraphQL and REST are that GraphQL is asynchronous and REST is synchronous. If you are familiar with Node or Angular, you would understand that GraphQL is synchronous and REST is asynchronous. This will help you reduce loading time for your application.
Creating Data Binding & Mutations