Mobile Applications

"The future of mobile means a more intricately connected ecosystem of applications"

Overview

Whether you're looking to enhance customer relations or want ways for better business planning; innovative mobile applications are always at your disposal.

Gone are the days when this area was limited to games and few simple solutions; technology has literally jumped forward and now there is the whole sea of mobile apps which you can dive to fetch the best for you.

Not only for businesses; moms, housewives, students, and kids do also have innovative applications that can enhance their skills and help them stay connected with family and friends.

Web App Development

The mobile Web has undergone enormous advances over the past few years. According to recent research by the Telecoms regulator, Of com, approximately 66 per cent of adults in the world are now using smart-phones, and around 50 percent are predicted to be using tablet computers, with the surge being driven by the increasing take-up of mobile broadband, providing faster on-line access. Many more mobile users now have some kind of INTERNET access thanks to the ubiquity of smart-phones and generous data plans. Although the functionality of mobile Web browsers is now on par with their desktop counterparts, there are still considerable hurdles in terms of network connectivity and speed depending on user location – this is expected to improve as LTE becomes more widely available.

Mobile development

Mobile applications are software solutions deployed directly onto devices such as tablets and phones.

We also offer a project rescue service : if you have an existing project which is failing, we can often take over the code, and turn the project around. We’ve done this for many customers.

In terms of technologies for mobile apps, the list is long, and depends on which platform (or platforms) you choose to target. Among the most commonly used programming languages for mobile applications are HTML5, Java, C++, Objective-C, Swift, and C#. Each of the major platforms has a specific Software Development Kit, with its own tools to help with the design, testing, debugging and deployment. To decide which language is best for mobile development depends on the specifics of the project. However, the complexity of mobile application development is such that targeting even a single platform involves extensive testing. Some businesses maximize development resources by balancing native user interaction with cross-platform resources at the back-end, in which case a mobile app can effectively function as an interface for a Web application.

Native mobile applications are software solutions deployed directly onto devices such as phones. Many mobile applications link to INTERNET services, with the application, or “app”, handling user interaction natively. Mobile apps have the advantage that they provide a deep level of interactivity that is suited to device hardware – for example, using gestures or sensors like GPS. The difficulty with using mobile applications to deliver business services is the range of platforms in operation. There are currently several dozen leading mobile operating systems on the market. Currently the most widely-used platforms are Android, the open-source system variations of which are used by tech giants such as Google and Samsung, and iOS, which is the proprietary system used by Apple. But while Android and iOS dominate the mobile landscape, Windows Phone, JAVA ME, Symbian, Blackberry and others have significant market share and serious developers do not overlook them, especially when considering the speed at which the market changes.

About Android

In the beginning, the web used HTML. HTML was originally a very simple way for people to write pages which included text, graphics – and links to other pages. The extreme simplicity of HTML powered it’s rapid adoption, and launched the Web. HTML has since been massively extended, which has led to huge problems with browser compatibility which continue to cause Web-developers headaches on a day-to-day basis. The core problem is that HTML simply wasn’t designed for the purpose it is being used for – which means it doesn’t work that well. In recent years, there has been a major push to find ways to develop “rich Internet applications” – i.e. websites which are significantly more interactive than plain-HTML sites, and provide users with more interesting and convenient ways to obtain information.

About iPhone

The iPhone was of course in a dominant position as the advance of the smart-phone took shape, and the platform is still in a very powerful place. Although business users tended toward BlackBerry in the past, both iPhone and Android have continued to make considerable headway in enterprise as well as consumer markets. The iPhone offers support for external business utilities such as Microsoft Exchange and, unlike Android, iPhone apps are subject to serious vetting by Apple themselves before users can deploy them – and even then, they can only buy the app through Apple's App Store. The natural downside to this heightened level of control over the platform as a whole is a lack of flexibility. But for business applications the plus side is a virtual guarantee of quality and reliability for the end user – and ultimately for any business processes being implemented through the technology. With the hugely popular visual designs and interaction models Apple is famous for, the iPhone is certainly an attractive platform for commercial applications. Apple has been responsible for developing innovative features whose success has prompted other platforms to emulate them, such as multi-touch interaction and Apple Pay. Blueberry has the Objective C and hybrid development skills necessary to develop iPhone programs, and we would be very interested in discussing this with customers. Although iPhone has lost considerable smart-phone ground to Android and other competitors, it is generally still seen as the platform to beat, and continues to be a market leader in many ways.