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Mobile Application Development

Mobile application development is the process of creating software applications that run on a mobile device, and a typical mobile application utilizes a network connection to work with remote computing resources. Hence, the mobile development process involves creating installable software bundles (code, binaries, assets, etc.), implementing backend services such as data access with an API, and testing the application on target devices.

Mobile Applications and Device Platforms
There are two dominant platforms in the modern smartphone market. One is the iOS platform from Apple Inc. The iOS platform is the operating system that powers Apple’s popular line of iPhone smartphones. The second is Android from Google. The Android operating system is used not only by Google devices but also by many other OEMs to built their own smartphones and other smart devices.
Although there are some similarities between these two platforms when building applications, developing for iOS vs. developing for Android involves using different software development kits (SDKs) and different development toolchain. While Apple uses iOS exclusively for its own devices, Google makes Android available to other companies provided they meet specific requirements such as including certain Google applications on the devices they ship. Developers can build apps for hundreds of millions of devices by targeting both of these platforms.
Alternatives for Building Mobile Apps
There are four major development approaches when building mobile applications:
    • Native Mobile Applications
    • Cross-Platform Native Mobile Applications
    • Hybrid Mobile Applications
    • Progressive Web Applications
    Each of these approaches for developing mobile applications has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. When choosing the right development approach for their projects, developers consider the desired user experience, the computing resources and native features required by the app, the development budget, time targets, and resources available to maintain the app.
    Key Mobile Application Services
    There are hundreds of cloud and 3rd party services that mobile application developers can leverage to speed up the development and delivery of their applications. However, it’s unlikely that a developer is going to be able to become an expert in each of these individual services.
    Instead, the mobile developers should look for a development environment that makes it easier for them to integrate, use, and consume the most commonly required capabilities into their application quickly and easily, while still preserving the freedom to take advantage of the many individual services available.
    Essential
    • User Sign-up/Sign-in management
    • Social login (Facebook sign-in, Twitter sign-in, etc.)
    • Analytics and User Engagement
    • Push Notifications
    • Real Device Testing
    Data Services
    • Cloud Storage
    • Real-time and Offline Data
    • Application Logic/Cloud Functions
    • Application Logic/Cloud Functions
    Machine Learning
    • Conversational Bots
    • Image and Video Recognition
    • Speech Recognition