Touch screen phones are a huge success story of the past 2 decades — and the devices get more powerful each year. Many businesses achieve significant benefits by using mobile technology — including those in both industrial and commercial markets. Deploying applications to mobile users involves a unique set of challenges and choices.
This article gives a background on the current mobile technologies available SMP Mobile.
Types of Application for Mobile
Might consideration with delivering business applications over mobile phones is the huge number of devices, and the wide variety of features on these.
Successful mobile application development often involves a combination of technologies and techniques. This is where a diverse skill set, together with a knowledge of the mobile landscape, is essential to provide businesses not only with development services but also effective guidance in this time of augmenting change. The challenges during this period in mobile technology are mirrored by an ever-increasing choice of opportunities for businesses to implement new and improved processes.
In general, there are two main strategies to delivering business solutions over mobiles:
The mobile Web has underwent enormous advances over the past few years. According to recent research, around one third of adults in the uk are now using a smart phone — it seems fairly safe to assume that this will only continue to increase. Many more mobile users have some kind of internet access. Although the functionality of mobile Internet browsers is now at a good level, it is possible to considerable constraints in terms of network connection and speed — this is expected to improve over the next year or so as 4G kicks in, but for the moment remains a serious limit.
Many establishments create mobile versions of their sites and Web services, with minimised content designed to face mobile hardware and data connection limitations. One potentially valuable prospect in the mobile Web will be the advance of HTML5. This technology is still very much under development, but with major sites such as the Financial Times opting to use it rather than targeting specific mobile platforms it does look very promising. HTML5 offers a range of benefits including facilities for traditional support, multi-media, interactivity and location awareness.
Local mobile applications are software solutions stationed directly onto devices such as phones. Many mobile applications url to internet services, with the application, or “app”, handling user interaction natively. Mobile apps have the advantage that they provide a deep level of interactivity that is fitted to device hardware — for example, using motions or receptors like GPS. The actual with using mobile applications to provide business services is the choice of platforms in operation. As of early 2011, Google, Apple and CASING together occupy around 90% of the smart phone market. However, the mobile landscape is still in a state of change and there are other players including Windows and Side — it would be hasty to make any prophecy about how market share will appear even within just months as things stand.
Microsof company have replaced the Windows Mobile system with Windows Phone 7, with an increased focus on consumer use. Although Microsof company currently has a reduced position in terms of smart phone market share, the upcoming Mango release is looking very promising, and is being received quite nicely in early testing.
In terms of technologies for mobile apps, the list is long, and depends on which platform (or platforms) you determine to target. Among the most popular programming dialects for mobile applications are Capuccino, Objective C and C++. All the major platforms has a specific Software Development kit, with its own tools to help with the design, testing, debugging and deployment.
The intricacy of mobile application development is in a way that targeting a good single platform involves extensive testing. Some businesses increase on development resources by balancing local user interaction with cross-platform resources at the back-end, in which particular case a mobile iphone app can effectively work as an program for a Web application.
Aside from targeting specific mobile platforms through software and Web development, there are additional ways to exploit mobile contexts for some business processes — TXT is one such case. In this model, services are delivered as TXT texting. It’s the benefit of generally working across all phones, and payment can be handled via users bills — but it’s a very limited form of interaction. TXT also has a problem that message delivery is not guaranteed. Integrating TXT message handling into Web applications is quite simple — and support for processing TXT messages from users is accessible.