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With the advancement of smart-phones, mobile devices has become a prominent platform over traditional desktop computers.
Gradually, the smartphone market is overtaking the PC’s market as more and more number of people prefer to use smartphone than PC for any search.
However, tablet computers are also looking forward to overtake the sales of PC this year, and smart-phone sales may reach 776,000,000 units.
In addition to this, the mobile trend does not seem outdated as maximum number of people have a device that has an Internet connection. Last year in 2014, more than 30% of all web traffic came from mobiles and that number is expanding day-by-day.
What a Web Developer is doing?
If you are a professional web developer, you might feel left behind if you are not updating your proficiency to include mobile. Now-a-days, responsive web design is also playing a vital role as it is a great solution for mobile.
Today, every single businessmen is looking for various new multi-million dollar valued startups based on them. However, it is also true that shifting from web development to mobile app development is quite a challenging task.
Let’s Discuss About the Solutions
When it comes to developing mobile applications, there are limited options. Choosing the best option for you mainly depends upon your goals, development environment and background. Generally, there are three different options if you want to submit applications to the app stores and to have those apps installed natively on a users’ device:
- Native iOS Development with Objective C or Swift
- Native Android development with Java
- Cross-platform HTML5 mobile development with PhoneGap
If you are interested about the mobile app trend, I would say, ask yourself following questions that can help you to determine which approach you should take:
What’s Your Development Environment?
Which environment do you prefer – Are you looking forward to developing on a Windows computer or a Mac? Looking to purchase a Mac for development task?
What Kind of Applications do you really want to make?
Looking forward at making business style apps? Or Do you want to make apps like Facebook and Instagram? Or 3D games and processor intensive apps?
Which Skills and Proficiency Do You Have?
Which Approach Should You Select?
With in-depth information and knowledge about your goals and preferences in developing mobile applications, let’s have a look at different options that would match your needs:
1. HTML5/PhoneGap For iOS and Android
Today, you can find a lot of HTML5 mobile frameworks such as jQuery Mobile and Snecha Touch, which can be combined with PhoneGap in order to develop perfect mobile applications, that work on both Android and iOS without any hassle.
Through this approach, it becomes easily possible to get native app files, that can be installed on a device and distributed through application stores just like a normal natively built apps. The below mentioned approach is for you with the consideration to the questions above:
- Are you coming from a professional web development background and looking for a simple change to mobile?
- Are you developing on a Windows computer and looking forward to developing iOS apps (a Mac can also be used with this approach)?
- Are you looking for developing business style apps?
However, it is also true that this approach comes with some limitations when compared to a standard native approach. Making use of this approach while shifting from web development to mobile development can make changes a lot simpler. Previously, performance problems stopped HTML5 from being viable option.
2. Objective C / Swift for iOS
By developing a right native application, users will get access to absolutely everything as the device will offer them good options that includes the latest technologies and rich quality for 3D games. The drawback of the course is that either you have to develop two separate applications for the main platform – one for iOS and one for Android or users can take one platform over the other one. However, Native iOS development is one such path that you can take if you:
- Have hands-on experience and knowledge about C-based programming languages, or a general programming background.
- Are developing on a Mac
- Want no rules and regulations in the types of apps that you can develop.
3. Java For Android
When it comes to talking about this approach, then there arre some considerations as the earlier. It is the matter of deciding whether you are looking for developing Android or iOS. It also seems that developers have a lot simpler time making money from iOS apps, but Android has a dominating market share of 61.9% in the US, which looks to be growing.
From Where Should I Get Started?
No matter what your choice is, as there are lots of mobile application development tutorials and books available. Usually, most of the people are doing mobile development with Snecha Touch and PhoneGap. You can also take a look at the Snecha Touch and PhoneGap documentation and search the Internet for various free tutorials.
Objective C / Swift for iOS
However, if you are not from Objective-C background, with the recent introduction of Swift, probably it will become easier for you. However, if you have decided to go with the Objective-C route, then you can do a course on how to develop your first application. You can also check out programming in Objective-C if you are more into books.
Java For Android
Of course, you can easily check out the Getting Started guide on the Android developer website and a team treehouse that have a course on developing simple android application. If have you made a decision about which path is right for you, you can share your views by commenting below and let us know what you are trying to get.
Stay connected with us to get more information on mobile app development solutions. However, you can also hire a professional web or mobile app developer, who can help you out in shifting from web to mobile.