Understanding Mobile App Development Options

Understanding Your Mobile Application Development Options

  • Screens are small, apps are big
  • Mobile apps are no longer an option, they’re an imperative. You need a mobile app, but where do you start?

Options?   Options?    Options?  



1. Native Apps Development

  • Native Apps development is specific to a given mobile platform (iOS or Android) using the development tools and language that the respective platform supports


Xcode and Objective-C with iOS

Eclipse/Android Studio and Java with Android

  • Native apps look and perform the best.

2. HTML5 apps development

  • HTML5 apps use standard web technologies—typically HTML5, JavaScript and CSS.
  • This write-once-run-anywhere approach to mobile development creates cross-platform mobile applications that work on multiple devices. While developers can create sophisticated apps with HTML5 and JavaScript alone, some vital limitations remain at this time, specifically session management, secure offline storage, and access to native device functionality (camera, calendar, geolocation, etc.)

3. Hybrid apps Development

  • Hybrid apps make it possible to embed HTML5 apps inside a thin native container, combining the best (and worst) elements of native and HTML5 apps.

IDE/Developing Tools


Appcelerator Titanium


Sencha Touch

Development Overview


Development Comparison


Mobile development is a constantly moving target. Every six months or a year, there’s a new mobile operating system/new version, with unique features only accessible with native APIs. The containers bring those to hybrid apps soon thereafter.


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