Trendy Mobile Phones Apps How They Are Made?

by pateluday

Mobile phones are composite handheld devices that have become an extension of our daily lives. But do you know how they are developed so as to work for you?

Mobile phones or smartphones are handheld devices that have become imperative for communications and recreation alike. They have pushed the desktop and laptops from our daily lives and have become mobile-first as soon as we wake up.

Behind the dazzling touch screens and the robust features that entice in purchasing - and become an object of the owner's pride - are involved a number of development processes. Manufacturing of mobile phone hardware is carried out in well-equipped, automated, electronic units but the applications that make it interactive undergo a complex process of development.

The apps are powered by software and while some of them arrive with the unit you can download others from the play store. But the matter does not end here gaming providers, businesses and industries require special apps customized as per their needs. These are developed by web application companies that specialize in software development incorporating diverse technologies and methods that are employed for making the latest games, widgets, and features globally.

Software Development

Software Development
Software Development
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Mobile Phone Operating Systems

Software Component Environment

hardwareWe are all familiar with the Windows we use on the desktop and laptop, well it is an operating system that in conjunction with hardware is able to make the whole experience real.  O/S short form for the operating system is a software that makes all interactions on desktop as well as hand-held, mobile, and portable devices like the laptop possible. 

The O/S works as the driver behind the seat when you bring into the play a browser, an app, or a widget on your smartphone. 

O/S are now GUI based enabling the visual delights we are so familiar with. In the case of handheld devices, the operating systems developed by Google and named Android, and iOS developed by Apple have become the most popular globally.    

In the year 2018, more than 380 million smartphones were sold with over 80% running on Android and the rest on iOS.  

Universal Windows Platform by Microsoft has a wavering trajectory and has not found a firm ground yet due to the cessation of the manufacture of smartphones by Microsoft.

Modern handheld devices are now incorporated with trays to hold and connect SIM for communication. The first to arrive in the market with features like the touch screen, email, and PDA was IBM Simon in the year 1996. Modern devices have replaced PDA with much more sophisticated features that work like the personal assistant online.  

The operating systems unlimited have an ongoing history of evolution necessitated by market dynamics, trends, and the rivalry between various brands.   

Customers follow the trends as far front appearances and shapes are concerned but the desire for advanced features is a universal phenomenon. Price is certainly a constraint but who does not want the best? Mobile phones have become an extension of our lives wherever we go the lamb has to be with us!  

Video Mobile App Development

Mobile Applications

Apps Development Process

Most popular apps are the native ones with dedicated features that depend upon the operating systems they are made for. Thus, all Android phone software applications will have a similarity in the way they operate and the on-screen features. 

Each native app uses SDK, tools, and programming languages that are compatible. The software development kits usually supplied by the O/S company form the base for the development of all applications based on their system. 

There are two most popular O/S as mentioned above and most of the developers create apps compatible with them. But as advances take place now new forms of development techniques come into the picture beside the native, the latest possibilities are:

  • Cross-Platform
  • Hybrid

These are mostly a concern of the developers but the resultant features like UI and UX and screen technology may impact the user. While the cross-platform development using Xamarin or Reactive Native for example they are compatible with any operating systems and the applications developed for them. Though there are some benefits this type of processing does not come with shortcomings as well. Less investment and short time are taken to build an app, these are some of the benefits but the ability to emulate native features is much wanted.

Hybrid development leads to apps that are cross-functional in the sense they function as standalone applications in mobiles but they also are browser-enabled and web-based at the same time. Most of the applications are custom built that is customized to the need of the user or the client. For the project manager, it has become imperative to understand the client's needs and tailor the process accordingly.

Technologies & Methodology

Application Development Ecosystem

We have already discussed some of the aspects of application development taking place in the contemporary era. All the processes center around the technologies used and the methods that are followed.

While the technology subscribes to the programming languages, SDK, and tools the method employed is based on various theories and concepts.  These two aspects complete the smartphone development ecosystem although maintenance and after-sales service are important, they depend much upon the company in the picture. It is upon the custom mobile development company to follow ethical practices. It should not leave the client in a lurch.

Top technologies that are finding popular usage are:

Languages

  • Swift Language for iOS
  • C++ for Multiplatform Development 
  • Java for Android
  • HTML & PHP for coding

Popular Tools or Frameworks

PhoneGap is a diverse platform for the development of native, cross-platform, and hybrid applications. 

RhoMobile too is a versatile framework used for the development of Windows, Android, and iOS-based apps. 

Widgepad open-source framework is popular for cross-platform development.

MoSync is an open-source multiplatform app development kit that uses PHP, Ruby, Python, and JavaScript in the process. 

Popular Methodologies 

  • Agile
  • Waterfall 
  • Spiral
  • Prototype

Methodologies in short are the steps that are taken by developers dealing with the project. The methods used are chosen by keeping the project in mind and how best to attain the objectives. There are many methodology subsets under Agile which incidentally is the most popular. 

Popular Brands 

That we are all familiar with are iPhone, Samsung, Vivo, Blackberry, and more.

Updated: 07/23/2022, pateluday
 
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pateluday on 07/21/2022

Cross-platform frameworks are becoming popular day by day. Frameworks like PhoneGap do not require knowledge of programming only web development languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, etc. This applies to others as well in some form or the other hence their popularity. It is for the Program manager to decide what suits best.

DerdriuMarriner on 07/18/2022

It seems in a way like PhoneGap would have more diverse applications and Widgepad would be more specialized since the former has cross-platform, hybrid and native relevance and the latter highlights cross-platforming. Would that be a correct conclusion?

Also, which of the MoSync, PhoneGap, RhoMobile and Widgepad popular frameworks and tools would be the most user-friendly long- and short-term?

pateluday on 07/16/2022

Mention not in order of popularity as markets fluctuate.

DerdriuMarriner on 07/15/2022

Your list, under your subheading Technologies & Methodology Application Development Ecosystem, gives the most popular brands. That last sentence there mentions iPhone, Samsung, Vivo and Blackberry.

Would you happen to have mentioned them in order from popularest to least popular?

pateluday on 07/15/2022

Agil e is rational, flexible, iterative and focuses on cost and time during the development these virtues are most preferred by the developers.

DerdriuMarriner on 07/14/2022

You identify the methodology subsets Agile, Waterfall, Spiral and Prototype under the sub-subheading Popular Methodologies under your subheading Technologies & Methodology Application Development Ecosystem.

You indicate in the last sentence there that Agile is the most popular.

Would the list therefore be in order from most to least popular or would it be that Agile is number one and Prototype, Spiral and Waterfall more or less share second place?

What would be the particular reason for Agile's appeal?

pateluday on 07/13/2022

Google shares 80% share hence it is not possible to overtake Android. It seems it will maintain its dominance for a long time.

DerdriuMarriner on 07/13/2022

pateluday, Thank you for practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.

Your wizzley certainly can be considered the best, most applicable, most educational, most engaging, most practical writing that I ever have come across regarding mobile phones! You know how to anticipate questions on such a timeless, timely topic.

In a related direction, you mention about halfway down your information under your subheading Mobile Phone Operating Systems Software Component Environment that Apple and Google dominate operating systems and that the Universal Windows Platform has a questionable present and future.

Will Google maintain its Android dominance? Would it be possible for Apple, Google or some competitor to take over Universal Windows Platform?

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