The 4 Biggest Challenges of Mobile Software Development
A few years ago, cell phones were used only to make and receive calls. Nowadays even very conservative people start using smartphones for versatile purposes: from taxi call and table reservation at a restaurant to creating masterpieces and innovative developments. There are mobile applications for all occasions, which is now taken for granted. However, mobile app developers face some challenges in their work that simultaneously are prerequisites for ensuring a high-quality of mobile applications developed.
The interface of the app should be intuitive for every user who sees it for the first time. The design should be clear and simple. All icons should be easily understood and interpreted unambiguously. If a user does not understand how to use your app from the outset, it is very likely that they will not attempt to figure out how to deal with it and will go for another application.
Apart from being user-friendly, the interface should be adaptive. The same pages should look good on different devices: multiple smartphones and tablets with various screen sizes. Support for viewing in different orientations is of no less importance.
If you use technologies that allow to develop mobile applications for several platforms, avoid duplicating logic. Put the general code into shared modules and use this code in your applications.
For example, you are working on mobile calculator. You may take the easiest path and lay the logic of all computing operations into it. But later this way will most likely result in a time-consuming way full of mistakes.
To avoid getting into trouble, it is better to write the logic of expressions construction, addition and subtraction operations and so on in a separate module. Hence, later working on calculators for desktop and web platform you will need to implement only GUI logic (validations, design, etc.). At the same time, resort to arithmetic operations will be implemented through a single module. Putting some effort at the beginning will pay off in the future.
Knowledge of particular characteristics of the developed platform is a must and your trump card simultaneously. If you are creating an application for Android you need to have a thorough knowledge of features and capabilities of this operating system. If you are developing an iOS app, you should have a deep insight into its peculiarities. That is to say if you want to make an application for two platforms, then you need to have a good understanding of these two platforms.
Make use of other developers’ experience and apply common patterns and practices. Leverage the features of the programming language you use. Do your best to optimize the code so as to your application would run ideally in less-than-ideal conditions. However, avoid going overboard: over-optimization would take a lot of time, while the result would not be that significant.
Path to the perfect mobile app may be rocky but keep in mind that overcoming challenges is a sure way to victory. Like Molière said, “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it”.
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