How to choose the ideal service provider for the development of a mobile application?

Who has not already been disappointed by one of their service providers? There are real risks of running into an unreliable person with poor skills If you want to create a mavendigital Dubai mobile application, you will have to find a provider, and if possible, the right provider, that is to say the one who will be able to offer you a finished product that meets your expectations … and on time. To find the right mobile app provider, you will need to start first by choosing the mobile technology that best suits your needs and your budget. Then, the serious things will begin: drafting of specifications, targeting and evaluation of service providers, analysis of quotes, etc. We come back for you on all these crucial stages.

Choose the technology for your mobile application before choosing the provider

Before even looking for a provider, you need to determine the technology of your mobile application. This initial choice in fact largely depends on the choice of service provider. For a simple reason: developers, in agency or freelance, do not master all mobile technologies and all computer languages. A developer who designs mobile web applications will not necessarily be able to develop a native application, and vice versa. In addition, costs and development times vary from one technology to another (native applications being the most expensive and the longest to develop). Hence the usefulness of taking the time to explain or recall the main characteristics of the different types of mobile applications, their advantages and their disadvantages.

  1. Native mobile application

A native application is mobile software designed for a particular operating system and developed from the language specific to the OS in question. By definition, a native application can only run on the operating system for which it was designed. We are talking about native language. If you want to develop an application for iOS, you will need to use the Objective C language. If you want to design an Android or BlackBerry application, it will be the Java language. For a Windows Phone application, the developer will need to know the C # language. The developer who wants to create a Bada application will use the C ++ language, etc. A developer who has a perfect command of Java, for example, is not always competent to design a Windows Phone application which requires knowledge of the C # language.

Native apps are available for download from app stores and installed by users on their device. Native apps therefore depend on app stores for their distribution. A developer who designs a native application benefits from the functionalities implemented in mobiles: camera, camera, geolocation, bluetooth, etc. It therefore benefits from an environment and native components already established. This is the first advantage of native development. Second advantage, in general, provided they are well designed, native apps are known to offer better performance than web applications. They are on average faster, smoother and offer a more pleasant user experience. Being present on a store – and in particular the AppStore and the Google Play, the two largest – is the third undeniable advantage of native applications over its competitors. This allows for guaranteed visibility. Indeed, users who are looking for an application for their mobile go primarily to the application stores. Another advantage: a native application can be accessed by the user without an internet connection.

Major drawback of native applications: their higher development cost. For at least two reasons: 1 / Developing a native app is more complex and requires skills that are rarer in the developer market. 2 / If you want to be present on different mobile platforms, you will have to develop a different app for each OS. Native applications are not cross-platform and often take a long time to develop. Another disadvantage of native applications: the lack of indexing in search engines. It is more difficult to work on the visibility of your application and the SEO strategy with a native application. The almost only recourse solution is to create a website presenting the application and offering it for download.

  1. HTML mobile application

An HTML mobile application (or “webapp”) is nothing more than a website designed to be accessible and displayable correctly on mobile devices. It is therefore not software. By definition, an HTML application is only accessible from a mobile web browser and via a URL. No installation necessary, a simple internet access is enough.

Disadvantages of HTML applications: fewer features, inability to benefit from the environment of a mobile OS (GPS, camera, etc.), lack of presence on app stores, internet connection required to access the app, less navigation fluid in the event of a bad internet connection, less pleasant aesthetics, etc.

  1. Hybrid mobile application

A hybrid application, as its name suggests, mixes both the native approach and the web approach. A hybrid application is, in concrete terms, a native application (iOS, Android, etc.) which uses a web programming language: HTML 5, CSS, JavaScript. In other words: these are applications that are initially developed in HTML language, before being encapsulated in native applications using certain technologies such as PhoneGap , Titanium mobile or even Xamarin.. Most often, native codes are used in parallel to allow the hybrid application to be connected to the native functionalities of mobile devices (notifications, etc.). Like native apps, hybrid apps are generally accessible on app stores and appear as an icon on the mobile “desktop”. Less expensive than native applications, hybrid applications generally have poorer performance and user experience.