In this phase, it is a most important because it is during this phase that we lay down the necessary groundwork for what is to follow next. Before developing a mobile application we need to answer some question :
Once all these questions are answered then it can be clearly know how much time it will take? Which technology should be used for mobile application development?
Design for Application includes planning, research, wire-frame & prototyping.
Before moving to the coding phase, developers need to design the visual presentation of working of an application. UI/UX designers create the interaction architecture of design to provide a blueprint of how the application will look and work. UI/UX design team prototyping of the application. It involves drawing ideas in the form of sketches either on a whiteboard or paper.
It is a multi-step process and the end results are visual directions which provides abstraction of the final product. It give a complete idea of how an interaction should feel, move and flow.
Agile methodology for mobile application development allows solutions and requirements to progress through the combined effort of the development team. Agile methodology helps mobile application development with flexible planning, progressive development, early deployment and constant improvements. This approach helps the complex projects because user requirements change regularly and new feature are added. A large application are broken down into smaller modules and agile methodology can be applied to each of these parts.
Application Testing is very important to test an application before launching an application. It is vast and testing team need to cover all the necessary facets of it. Application should test for usability, compatibility, security, stress, interface checks, and performance. Different tools and frameworks are used to perform these types of testing.
User Acceptance Testing also known as beta testing in which actual end users test the application for user experience. It helps to know whether the mobile application works well in the real time environment or not. Based on feedback from end-users, developers then note down the different issues in mobile application and try to resolve them as early as possible.
In this phase the mobile application is deployed to the stores. Deploying mobile application does not mean the job is done. The mobile application requires a updates according to the bug reported in an application.
Mobility is a key component of enterprise IT infrastructure due to the need for anytime and anywhere access to information. In an increasingly complex mobility environment with a mix of mobile endpoints, multiple platforms, operating systems, ownership models, including corporate owned, personally enabled with BYOD it is prudent to bridge for a seamless communication and productivity. We have successfully developed cross-platform mobile applications with complex features and apps for Android & IOS using native platforms.
Native apps are developed for a single mobile OS. It means app build for a specific system cannot be used on a platform other than their own.
Advantage of native apps are they give high performance and ensuring good user experience as developers user native device UI.
It's give a access to wide range of APIs that puts no limitation on app usage. Native apps are distinctly accessible from app stores of their kind and have the clear tendency to reach target customers.
Native apps are higher cost compared to other types of apps - due to the need to creating app duplicates for other platforms, separate support and maintenance for different types of apps resulting in bigger product price.
Hybrid apps are build using react native, flutter, ionic, etc. Hybrid apps are basically website application disguised in a native wrapper. Hybrid apps possess usual pros and cons of both native and web mobile applications.
Hybrid multi-platform application are fast and relatively easy to develop. Single code base for all platform ensures low-cost maintenance and smooth updates. Widely used APIs, such as geolocation, gyroscope, accelerometer are available.
On the other hand, hybrid applications lack in performance, speed and overall optimization in comparison to native apps for instance but it depends of the framework used.