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mobile application development

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Guide to enterprise mobile app development and SOA
Contributor(s): James Denman

Mobile application development is the set of processes and procedures involved in writing software for small, wireless computing devices such as smartphones or tablets.

Mobile application development is similar to Web application development and has its roots in more traditional software development. One critical difference, however, is that mobile applications (apps) are often written specifically to take advantage of the unique features a particular mobile device offers.  For instance, a gaming app might be written to take advantage of the iPhone's accelerometer.

One way to ensure that applications show optimum performance on a given device is to develop the application (app) natively on that device. This means that at a very low level, the code is written specifically for the processor in a particular device. When an app needs to run on multiple operating systems, however, there is little -- if any -- code that can be reused from the initial development.  The application must essentially be rewritten for each specific device. 

In the future, it's expected that a majority of mobile application development efforts will focus on creating browser-based applications that are device-agnostic. Browser-based applications are simply websites that are built for mobile browsers. Such sites are built to load quickly over a cellular network and have finger-friendly navigation. 

 

 

This was last updated in October 2011

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Developers are ignoring tactics that make apps more easily discovered, particularly on the web: Deep linking and Google app search.

Are you looking for a mobile development position that will not only challenge you professionally but also provide a good work/quality of life balance.. here you go!

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I have been to some VERY bad mobile sites for very well known companies. After a few minutes of frustration I forget the tablet and log-in with the laptop. There is more desktop real estate to work with and the functions and features can be very different then what the mobile version offers. Some do not even offer a link for the full site.
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Todd, it's funny that you mention how well-known companies have poor mobile sites. You think such organizations would be more up-to-speed!
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I am totally agreed with you, I thinks according to market research now a days there are huge demand of smart TV and the android application development and iphone Application development.
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Nowadays, most of the website are mobile friendly. Developers should recommend the clients to develop website according to mobile friendly guidelines. Majority there are more machine user compared to mobile users. But, we need to develop website mobile friendly and if possible develop or design application for the Mobile and specific platform. It will also help you to get more visibility.
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