So, how are you enjoying your handheld gadgets so far? The basics are no longer enough, like how mobile phones can now do more than receive and send messages and calls. Now we also take into consideration what the other features and apps are that have been included in the gadget. We also want to be able to add apps to it at a later date. It is, however, a fact that we only care about the gadget that is already in our hands. We do not take the time out to think of what went on before it became the product that we are holding in our hands. It is otherwise known as mobile application development.
The mobile industry has started to advance, spurred on by the arrival of the iPhone. Developers and manufacturers of mobile devices became so bent on producing the ‘best’ products, trying to outgun their competitors and rivals. This competition also works to the advantage of the gadget-using public. Mobile application development is defined as the process of creating application software for handheld devices and gadgets. Examples of such devices are mobile phones and personal digital assistants or PDAs.
End users have a variety of ways by which they can get a hold of these mobile apps. It is possible to have the apps installed during the latter parts of the device’s manufacturing stage. They can also be installed into the gadgets while the end user is buying them. Or they could download the mobile apps from various distribution platforms straight to their phones. Considering the surge of mobile application developers nowadays, it is understandable why downloading and file-sharing seem to be the most common mode of acquiring these apps. Without the right tools and materials, you do not have a chance of coming up with a good mobile applications. Having the proper and good tools will enable developers to get started and be more productive in their efforts. The tools can be found in the integrated development environments or IDEs found within the different mobile application platforms.
The most common and popular platforms for mobile applications include J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition), Android, Symbian, Windows Phone and Windows Mobile. Developers will make use of these tools to write the applications. There are developmental tools that you can obtain at a fee while there are also those that you can get for free.
Within the development environment, the mobile applications will then be tested. Initial testing is performed using emulators because they are simple to use and are cheaper. After the initial testing comes field testing. It also covers the launching or deployment of the mobile apps into the target platform environment. That is also the place where the end users will finally connect with the mobile apps.
Undoubtedly, mobile application development has grown by leaps and bounds, especially in recent years. You will be amazed at the extensive and intensive array of mobile apps that will definitely serve every consumer or mobile user.