How Does a Mobile Application Developer Help Your Project?

 / May 05, 2021

Everybody knows how crucial the role of Uber or Facebook Messenger is in our world. These epitomes of mobile apps have disrupted the way we travel and communicate. And those who directly participate in the creation of these apps are called the mobile app developers. So once you start a mobile project, what exactly will a mobile application developer do for you? And how different the mobile app developers at Designveloper are from those at other firms? This article will break it down for you. 

The basis of mobile app development

Today’s commonly used operating systems (OS) for smartphones and tablets fall under two main categories: Android and iOS. These two are typically what each mobile application developer must learn at the beginning of their career because almost every mobile project revolves around them.

Native development

In order to build a mobile app specifically for Android, you can use such programming languages as Java or Kotlin and the development environment Android Studio, whereas to build a mobile app that solely runs on iOS, you can use Swift or Objective-C and the development environment Xcode. This is called the native approach in mobile web app development: using platform-specific programming languages, software development kits, development environment, and other tools provided by the OS vendors to develop the native apps

native development

The salient pitfall of this approach is that if you want to make your native app compatible with both Android and iOS, you might need to hire two development teams simultaneously: one for Android development and the other for iOS development. Double headcount means double cost. If cost and time are of your paramount concerns, the second approach might suit you better: cross-platform approach

See also: How Much Does it Cost to Build Apps like Uber, Tinder, and Instagram?

Cross-platform and hybrid development

Building a cross-platform app, you can use React Native written in JavaScript, or Flutter written in Dart. These technologies will make your app compatible with different operating systems with only one code base. A single code base for various platforms will no doubt save you a lot of time and money.

In case you didn’t know, Flutter is an open-source UI software development kit created by Google, and React Native is a framework developed by Facebook. At Designveloper, React Native is the most commonly chosen solution to mobile web app development; Our developers have used it to accomplish several mobile app projects. You can check out the following article to know more about how React Native benefits your mobile app development project: Why Choose React Native for Your Mobile App Like Bloomberg or AirBnB.

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Flutter + Dart = transforming the user interface for mobile app

Hybrid approach is pretty similar to cross-platform approach in that you only need to code one time, but your app can run on multiple operating systems. Nonetheless, hybrid apps and cross-platform apps can’t be comparable with native apps in terms of speed and functionalities, partly because their access to device-specific components (wifi, notifications, bluetooth, or camera) is quite limited, compared with that of native apps. 

What it takes to be a qualified mobile application developer

From my perspective, every mobile application developer who wants to be taken seriously must acquire basic knowledge about programming languages and related technologies (namely Java/Kotlin and Android Studio for Android development, Swift/Objective-C and Xcode for iOS development, JavaScript and React Native, or Dart and Flutter for cross-platform development), data structure and algorithm. Also, a mobile application developer has to be aware of UI/UX design basis because it’s them who ‘transform’ the prototypes into tangible full-fledged apps.

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Mobile app developers

Regarding personality traits, a qualified mobile application developer should have an eye for detail and should be very careful and precise to minimize the number of errors during the programming process. The quality of a mobile app always goes with the meticulousness of its developers. He or she should also be studious and mindful of the latest technologies. Only by doing so, the developer won’t fall behind with this ever-changing industry.

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How a mobile application developer fits in with the big picture of mobile app development

Mobile app development is a complicated process that involves several people from the business analysts to the UI/UX designers, and the quality control inspectors. A mobile application developer has to work with all of these stakeholders throughout the development life cycle.

First, the developer has to break down the requirements collected by the business analysts, discuss and propose legitimate solutions, including the details of technologies to be used. 

Next, they might receive the user interface design and assets from the designers, and it’s their duty to ‘realize’ this design into a usable app. 

Once the app is completed, the developer must keep working with the quality control inspectors to fix if there are any defects in usability and functionalities. This cycle of testing and fixing will keep repeated until the product is error-free and ready to be launched. But even in the post-launch phase, a mobile application developer is also needed for debugging, support, and maintenance.

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Challenges a mobile application developer often face

In order to collaborate effectively with a mobile application developer, it is necessary to understand the constraints of their work.

A difficulty that most mobile application developers often encounter are the bugs resulting from using third party libraries. Many functions in these libraries are written in native, so they may not go along with hybrid or cross-platform development. And if you want to fix them or customize them to suit your needs, you need to have a certain amount of knowledge about native development.

Another common difficulty comes from responsiveness. In order for your app to suit dissimilar screen sizes, you need to make it responsive, and it’s not an easy task whatsoever to inexperienced developers. 

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Besides, there’s a certain demand in the battery and memory consumption of the app. You are expected to make an app that doesn’t consume much battery and memory but still maintain stable performance.

See also: 12 Tips for Mobile App Development And Design

Regardless of the above difficulties, many developers still love their job basically because they find it meaningful when people start using their apps, and when their apps are making people’s lives easier.

As a mobile application developer at Designveloper

Since our key technology for mobile app development is Reactive Native, we are confident in making your apps universal (compatible with iOS, Android, and web browsers, too) at a reasonable cost. 

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Designers and developers at Designveloper in a meeting

The management at Designveloper is extremely demanding in hiring new staff, which is why my colleagues are mostly talented people with very solid understanding of how things work. They can bring out the best in both the front-end and back-end of every mobile project. That’s what I could draw from my experience working here. 

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Thuỷ Ngọc Hà
Mobile Developer at Designveloper

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