Developing Smartphone apps for a specific platform or device is no longer a requirement of today’s users. In the fast advancing world, users look for applications that can, not only support multiple platforms but run on numerous devices as well. So, if you are planning to have a Smartphone app developed to promote your product/service then there are certain considerations you have to keep in mind. Without taking care of these essential parameters you cannot expect to develop an application that would be readily accepted by the world.
The first factor you need to consider is the reason why you need this app. When deciding upon the platform you want to base your app on, you need to understand the purpose of your app. Without having a clear idea as to its purpose, you cannot have a proper app meet its optimum level of output. Just going for Android platform because the entire world is ranting about it, hardly makes sense. Just because Android sounds cool, it doesn’t mean it is the ultimate platform for your app. Regardless of what vendors have to say about Android, Australia is a nation where iOS is mostly used. If you are developing a business app, then Blackberry is the platform to go for. On the other hand, if it is a consumer app, then iOS or Android will serve you best. So depending upon your requirement, you need to sort out the reason for developing your app. In case, your target consumer range is vast, you need to make it compatible with all platforms.
When designing your app for multiple platforms, you have to be careful from the start. Decide on the final structure of your application before you begin coding, as once the coding is complete for a particular platform, it is really difficult to get it adapted to other platforms. So, if you separate business functions from the start the entire process gets simplified, helping you to proceed to another platform. Isolating various sections of a program while writing the code, saves you a lot of time and effort when you target multiple platforms. As you design your apps with flexibility to work across platforms, you have to set up where you want your data to be stored and how. You can either store the data in SQL database for easy remote access or updating it from various Smartphone OSs without the need of getting re-ported, or it can be some other approach. No matter what you settle down for, it is better to do it beforehand than facing difficulties in later stages.
Every app requires a vast repository of images. For this, you have to make sure that you get hold of images in specific dimensions of format, size and color depth suitable to the platforms you are aiming at. Having an image asset is one of the major things to do, which can be modified to work across platforms; although tricky, this is possibly the best thing to go for. Another consideration that you need to take into account is developing apps on HTML5. It is good to develop an app competent enough to run on at least one Smartphone OS, but something that acts as a common denominator across platforms such as HTML5, is always a better option.
When developing apps to suit various platforms, you need to be careful about not recreating the same user interface in different platforms. Every platform has its own interface, and apps need to be developed to reflect that. For instance, buttons on Android phones have bigger appearance than BlackBerry, where the apps are likely to favor keyboards. You need to ensure that your designers are well aware of this and other differences in the interfaces of various platforms, in order to create the perfect all-compatible app.
Just following these considerations, one can easily understand the crux of Smartphone app development in multiple platforms. Recognizing the considerations and attempting to follow each step carefully can help developers achieve efficient and compelling cross-platform compatible apps.