5 Mobile Software Development Tips
A lot has passed since we’ve talked about ways to improve the software development process so the time has come to reach down into our bag of tricks again and reveal to you some of the practices that we use to ensure better mobile software development. Keep calm, grab a pen and paper and read on.
1. Consistency is a must
Picture this: you have to create a mobile application for a large company. This means that your app will have to work flawlessly on a very wide range of devices with different operating systems. In the corporate world there is no room for mistakes so make sure that you make a list first with all the different types of devices and platforms that you need to optimize your app for. The last thing you want is users nitpicking your creation.
2. Don’t overlook tablets
Tablets are mobile devices also, don’t forget about them. The times when owning a tablet was only good for proving people that you own a tablet are long gone. Android and iOS tablets are here to stay and people are enjoying the larger screens and faster processors.
Most applications built for smartphones can also run on tablets without any modifications. However, it is best to enhance applications and take advantage of the better specs of the device.
3. Build for the mid-range also
Today most smartphones have 1 GHz or better processors and 1 GB of RAM. However, not all users own such devices. This is why it’s important to build for the midrange also and ensure a smooth user experience across all gadgets. Something to always keep in mind is multi-tasking.
All platforms nowadays support multi-tasking. Your applications will inevitably be fighting for memory with other apps running in the background. It’s imperative to build apps that don’t turn out to be resource hogs.
4. Know your carriers
Before embarking on any mobile software development adventure, make sure you know everything about carrier restrictions. Some companies will block your applications if they consider them direct competition or if they deem them bandwidth hogs.
5. Integrate wisely
Again, this is something that concerns enterprise applications directly. If the app needs to be integrated with the company’s CRM system, it is best to know how to link these two together right from the get-go.
Also, after the app is integrated and running, extra care should be put into plugging data leaks and closing all back-doors that hackers might try and use.