Knowing the importance of this market and the potential it has to grow even more, we present, below, 5 challenges for those who want to venture into the issues of mobile application development.
- Great diversity of devices
The first major challenge for a developer to work with mobile devices is to decide whether to start building applications for Android or iOS. This is because each of these platforms is aimed at a specific audience and requires different language skills (in addition to offering different permissions and resources).
In other words, the first step is to choose whether you prefer to bet on native or hybrid (or multiplatform) development. Whoever adopts the native option, usually creates the same application twice, once for Android and once for iOS, to cover a larger market share.
In addition, when developing the software, the programmer must create a primarily intuitive interface. The idea is to enable any user who sees it for the first time, to be able to interact with the interface in an appropriate way.
For this, it must be simple and functional: the icons used must be easily understood, with no room for ambiguity; after all, if a user doesn’t understand the application right away, it is very likely that they will give up on it and look for another option – there are more than 3.5 million apps available on the Play Store alone.
During the development, the professional should be concerned with the great diversity of devices that exist on the market and that may come to run the application. It is necessary to remember, therefore, that there are smartphones of different sizes, resolutions and performances.
Here at Halcyon Technologies, the development is native. The idea is to guarantee the good performance of the application, in addition to offering a unique experience for the user. In this way, it is possible to provide a quality and tailored product to the customer.
- Maintenance and updating of the application
Another major challenge is to keep up with the rapid evolution of mobile technologies. Whenever operating systems (OS) get new versions, it is natural that their standards, resources and ways of coding are affected.
This demands constant maintenance in the applications, to ensure that their efficiency is maintained and that they are compatible with the new standards developed. Thus, if an application is created for a specific version of a given OS, its commands may fall out of use when an update to that system is released.
This also happens whenever there is the launch of new device models, usually full of new hardware features. Therefore, the company must always be updated on what is new in the mobile world and plan the maintenance and operation in high performance of the app.
Being up to date, knowing when to give up old standards and being able to manage risks in order to avoid negative impacts are essential conditions to evolve in the mobile development market. With that, there are more chances to build an app that will win users in the four corners of the world.
- Sensors and more sensors
Unlike desktop and notebook computers, smartphones have sensors and multi-functionalities that, while making applications more attractive, imply greater demands on the accuracy and speed of the information that the user will receive.
It is essential that the developer knows how to take full advantage of the available sensors to optimize the application. It is also worth remembering that different devices are equipped with different sensors – the professional needs to be attentive and prepared to deal with these differences.
Another important feature is responsiveness. As each device has its own dimensions and characteristics, it is crucial that the application works well (that the page is not broken and that the screen rotation is automatic, for example) regardless of the device on which it is running.
Halcyon Technologies has a team specialized in mobile development with knowledge and experience to make better use of available resources. Our concern with the development of the application starts from its conception, when defining our end user and reference device.
- Differences for web applications
The developer community is used to creating for the web, and, most of the time, tries to bring the same technique into the device’s screen. The challenge is to understand that the use of a tablet or smartphone offers a different experience for the user.
This is because, in addition to the different screen sizes, there are different methods of interacting with the device. Another distinguishing feature is the fact that mobile devices are normally used when the user wants to find information quickly and in a simplified way.
Thus, creating mobile applications is quite different from other types of development. This extremely fast market often requires the team to have a sense of speed: it is necessary to have the idea, realize it and validate it quickly so as not to miss the right moment to launch it.
To achieve the best result in their mobile projects, the Halcyon team seeks to be always up to date with the design standards of each platform. In addition, it has specialists in User Interface and User Experience (UI / UX) to make changes whenever necessary.
In summary, mobile applications bring greater ease, speed and convenience to the user. For this reason, they are increasingly important for everyday life. It is necessary to keep in mind, however, that there are many challenges in mobile development – therefore, it is necessary that the specialist adapts to these new peculiarities and is always willing to learn and evolve with technology.
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