How and why to choose an MADP tool for your mobile app development

September 26th, 2017

With the increasing growth of mobile app use, the market for Mobile App Development Platform (MADP) tools is growing and becoming even more confusing for its potential customers. The reason for this confusion is the fact that there has been an increasing need of creating mobile apps which can be used across more different platforms, OS, screen sizes and different mobile devices. The positive side of this phenomenon is that the developers of these MADP tools are striving to make the work of the developers using them as easy and as time consuming as possible. Today, thanks to the MADP tools, the mobile app developers do not require too much extra training or expertise in order to develop and deploy a good quality mobile app.

 

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Still, when you are choosing the best MADP tool for your needs, there are various factors which you need to take into consideration, so that you ensure that it fits your specific needs and can deliver the results you have planned. First and foremost, you should perform an assessment of your team and the skills and expertise the team members have. Even though it is possible to develop a mobile app with one of the MADPs available without knowing or needing to write any code whatsoever, it is still essential to know what the skills of your employees are and whether they will be able to handle the navigation and use of the MADP tools. Also, you should understand the differences, pros and cons of the different types of mobile app development.

Native mobile app development

Native apps are developed to be used with specific platforms where they will be hosted, which means that they are written in languages which are specific for these platforms. Java is used for Android, Swift and Objective C for iOS and C# or Windows based devices. The benefit of native apps is that they will be able to use the full functionality and perform fully under the platform the y have been design and written for. Native apps are very flexible which allows better control and functionality of the developers over the app.

Hybrid mobile app development

Hybrid mobile app development frameworks allow for making apps which are compatible with a variety of different platforms and devices without putting the effort into re-writing and re-coding the app in the different languages necessary to be used by the different platforms. This type of mobile app development frameworks have bridges the gap between the reliable performance of native apps and the easy to use web-based apps. These frameworks allow for the development of cross platform apps but with the use of one single language and code base which saves a lot of time and effort for the developers and thus money for the investors.

Here are some of the leading MADP tools available today

Titanium Appcelerator – the focus of this tool is to speed up the mobile app development process to the maximum. I utilizes a single JavaScript codebase and supports real-time mobile analytics. It can be utilized for the development of apps for nearly any kind of platform.

Adobe PhoneGap  – the commercial version of Cordova which allows developers to upload JavaScript, CSS or HTML code to a cloud complier which then generates apps for every platform and wraps them as native apps.

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