A mobile app is a software application developed specifically for use on small, wireless computing devices, such as smartphones and tablets, rather than for desktop or laptop computers. Mobile applications help users by connecting them to Internet services more commonly accessed on desktop or notebook computers and provides a customized Internet experience on their portable devices. A mobile app may be a mobile website bookmarking utility, a mobile-based instant messaging client, Gmail for mobile, and many other applications.

Android iPhone Mobile apps are designed with consideration for the demands and constraints of the devices and also to take advantage of any specialized capabilities they have. A gaming app, for example, might take advantage of the iPhone’s accelerometer.

Mobile application development

Mobile application development is the set of processes and procedures involved in writing software for small, wireless computing devices such as smartphones or tablets.

Mobile application development is similar to web application development and has its roots in more traditional software development. One critical difference, however, is that mobile applications (apps) are often written specifically to take advantage of the unique features a particular mobile device offers.

One way to ensure that applications show optimum performance on a given device is to develop the application (app) natively on that device. This means that at a very low level, the code is written specifically for the processor in a particular device. However, there is little code that can be reused from the initial development. The application must essentially be rewritten for each specific device.

Mobile Application Types

Web-Based Apps: Created as a web application, developed using web standards and accessed through a web browser. There’s nothing to install on user devices. If one choses to provide a web-based app for Android-powered devices, one can rest assured that major web browsers for Android would allow one to specify viewport and style properties that make the web pages appear at the proper size and scale on all screen configurations.

Native Apps: Created specifically for a given platform as a client-side application, developed using the Android SDK (Software Development Kit) and installed on user devices in an APK (Android Application Package).

Hybrid Apps: Combines elements of both native and web apps.

However, one shouldn’t develop an Android app simply as a means to view web sites. Rather, the web pages one embeds in an Android app should be designed especially for that environment. One can even define an interface between Android application and web pages that allows JavaScript in the web pages to call upon APIs (Application Programming Interface) in an Android application, providing Android APIs to the web-based application.

Future of Mobile Application

In the future, as the technologies mature, it’s expected that a majority of mobile application development efforts will focus on creating browser-based applications that are device-agnostic. Browser-based applications are simply websites that are built for mobile browsers. Such sites are built to load quickly over a cellular network and have finger-friendly navigation.

ECA Technologies is already providing state of the art HTML5 and JQuery based solution that virtually eliminates the need for separate code development projects for web and mobile platforms. For more information, please visit our mobile division’s website


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