There are more mobile users than desktop users. And more digital time is spent on smartphones and tablets. This is not surprising, but mobile adoption is reaching critical mass. Mobile first was a distant dream a few years ago and this has become a reality and an absolute requirement.
The devices have become more powerful but connectivity has not kept up and still an issue. Mobile will play a critical role in IOT adoption with new possibilities for Home and Healthcare. Mobile Augmented Reality will change marketing, healthcare, education, and training.
Mobile development is complex and difficult for it has to deal with – complex Android and iOS releases, new devices with different form factors, and also dealing with plethora of development environment and SDK which constantly change.
Mobile Environment and Language
The most popular Mobile environment are:
Moogilu can help companies with all the above platforms and languages.
Moogilu Mobile Methodology
Developing a Mobile app is fraught with complexities – supporting wide variety of devices, platforms, and languages. And there is a clear distinction between self-contained Mobile application to an enterprise mobile application. The enterprise mobile applications have to deal with more complexity of dealing with systems for data inputs and outputs through API.
Testing a mobile application is very difficult for it is impossible to test all devices, OS, vendors, and form factors which work in various networks. This is just the client side of the Mobile application. The server side of the application has to be tested thoroughly for both scaling and correctness. Latency could be a major issue that has to be addressed and measured continuously.
And the application has to be continuously built to support changing functionalities, new OS and environment versions, and dependent application revisions. And the build environment, testing, and releases have to be automated.
Since the applications are developed in different environments, the complexity does increase in terms of testing and UI. Depending on the choice made to build native applications or through cross platforms, the application has to adapt to the UI and functionality available. More environment support increase complexities of development and QA. It is important to have a design – UI, Functional, and Navigation that can work on all environments.
Security is a major concern. Any kind of data leak, compromising user device, user data, or enterprise data is problematic. Security architecture and testing should be part of the Mobile application architecture.
Latency is a major issue. Most applications have to be designed to address this. It necessitates the usage of content delivery network and the API end points have to optimized to run in memory and run it as close as possible to the end users.
All mobile applications have to address the issue of audience measurement to understand the usage of Mobile application. And based on the popularity of the application data architecture that can scale has to be implemented along with data analytics and machine learning to analyze the data.
All mobile applications have to be designed for scalability for an application can scale to millions of users with literally hundreds of thousands of concurrent connections.
Mobile Design – A design centric approach
To make the application simple to use, a design approach has to be established. It is important to step back and think about the product from all aspects and have heterogeneous team design the product together. And iterating multiple times and then coming with an idea that is probably the winner idea. It is important to iterate over multiple designs even. And then the design chosen has to be proto-typed to get the feel of the product.
Integration and API Development
Most enterprises will have no choice but to have a Mobile front end along with Web presence. To support Mobile users which will probably exceed Web users, the mobile applications should integrate with backend along with API’s.
To build a scalable Mobile App, an integration layer to all the enterprise applications are necessary. The integration layer should have single sign-on, reusable, and scalable. The integration layer designed can be used by other Mobile Apps. Many of the enterprises backend are proprietary and this necessitates the development of a scalable interface layer. This layer has to scale to support millions of users.
The integration layer has to address access and authorization based on the user privileges.
Platforms, Frameworks, and Environments supported
- Angulra.js by Google
- Bootstrap by Twitter
- Cordova by Apache
- PhoneGap by Adobe
- Titanium by Appcelerator
- iOS by Apple
- Android by Google
- Windows Mobile by Microsoft