Hey Folks!! In this article, we will be discussing the overview of Mobile Development and how to get started with it.
We will cover the following points in the article:
- What is Mobile/App development?
- Industry Demand
- How to start as a beginner and become a Mobile/App developer?
What is Mobile/App Development?
As you can observe from the above data and also in your daily life that almost everyone has a mobile phone. It is handier & more user friendly than a desktop/laptop system. Even when someone learns web-development, they make sure that the websites are responsive to mobile devices like Android, IoS etc. Mobile development basically includes building of components that you see on a mobile i.e. apps like alarm, settings, Instagram, Facebook, gallery, camera etc.
Major mobile development platforms are as follows:
iOS runs on iPhones, iPods, iPads, Apple Watches, and Apple TV etc. It shares some important frameworks with OS X, and its user interface is based on Apple’s Cocoa Touch UI. Apple provides iOS developers with several native tools and libraries to develop iOS applications. iOS applications are built using either ‘Objective C’ or now-a-days Swift is in trend.
If it is not iOS, then it is Android Mobile Development.
Android is based on the Linux kernel, and the source code for Android has been made open source by Google. The native development platform for Android OS applications is Java and Kotlin.
Nowadays, Flutter & React Native development methods are in trend as they can be used for cross-platform purposes (both Android & iOS).
Let’s look at the points that show us why mobile development is important to learn for industrial sustainability:
1. Increasing Accessibility:
The number of smartphone and tablet users is constantly growing which means that they don’t always have time to ‘sign in’ into a mobile website. It is also observed that most of the websites are not well designed for mobile in terms of readability and navigation. On other hand, Mobile apps allow users to have easy, functional access to information, products, services and processes that they need in real-time and are optimised for hands-on quick & responsive interaction.
2. Cultivating Customer Loyalty:
With the emergence of mobile applications associated with a particular business, the business owners have an opportunity to establish an instant and direct connection with their customer base. Business owners can introduce online coupons, discounts and offers, which are readily displayed in the App. They also enhance the smooth process of running apps after installation as it doesn’t depend on internet connection strength. This helps in boosting customer sales, as well as developing a sense of brand loyalty.
How to start as a beginner and become a Mobile/App developer?
There are countless frameworks, tools, and entire platforms and ecosystems for developing mobile applications. We can group them into the following broad categories:
1. Native Development
Native development means to develop mobile applications using the tools which the mobile OS vendor has provided us with.
Languages: XCode & Objective-C, Swift (preferably).
Softwares: Android Studio IDE
( A complete guide to learn the same is given here.)
2. Cross-Platform Frameworks and Tools
Cross Platform Frameworks are designed to allow you to build cross-platform mobile applications for both Android & iOS.
In cross-platform development, you can learn Flutter development (preferably) or React Native development or Xamarin. For Flutter development, you should be familiar with Dart programming language. To know more about cross-platform development, visit here.
Now, the final & most important checkpoint is consistent practice backed with debugging, testing & deployment of the mobile / cross platform application you develop on Google Play Store or Apple Store.
- Android Developer Roadmap
- Flutter Bootcamp By Angela Yu
- Android Development for Beginners
- Android Development using JAVA & XML
- Flutter Course for Free
- Flutter Documentation
Also, you can showcase these projects in your resume and then apply for internships to get industry-level & real-life exposure.
In case you need any help in seeking internships, with just one click, you can straightaway head over to Cuvette. You can apply for work from home(remote) or in-office internships available in both part time and full time modes.