Even with the same programming framework such as web and C++, there are still some major differences between app development for mobile and desktop platforms. When building a mobile application for platforms such as Android, it is important to be aware of these fundamental differences.
Environments, Tools and Hardware
Memory management for the applications, for example, is more crucial in mobile systems than desktop systems. A computer can have 1 GHz for the processor, a gigabyte for RAM, and a considerable number of gigabytes for disk storage. On the other hand, a mobile device can have 20 MHz for the processor and 100 Kb for memory. Of course, there is a wide array of devices with different specifications already available in the market. However, with this figures, we can see the huge gap in available resources between the mobile and desktop systems. As such, memory management in mobile applications has to be very efficient.
Another difference between the mobile and desktop environment is the usage pattern. Since mobile devices are frequently operated when on the go, its users may not be able to continue using the application for long periods of time.
People may use these devices for only a short while during a break at work, during commercials while watching the television, while travelling, or even while talking with other people. Therefore, the input and output interaction in mobile devices differ from that in desktops. An application is usually designed to perform only one or two main functions with the least amount of effort exerted by the users.
Furthermore, the difference in the sizes of the available mobile and desktop displays in the market also contributes to their difference in input method. Inputting large amounts of text, for example, can be more difficult in mobile devices with touch screen than in desktops with keyboard and mouse. Instead of keyboard shortcuts, gesture shortcuts such as swiping are used in mobile applications.
Also, horizontal navigation, for example, can be difficult. Sidebars, which are typically used in desktop applications, are not advisable for mobile ones.
Availability of Network Coverage
Another consequence of the users being on the go when operating their mobile devices is the inconsistent availability of network coverage. Depending on the lack of adequate network infrastructures in the location of the user or even on physical obstructions present in the area, the network coverage may vary. When building an app, programmers and developers have to take this into consideration.
Professional Mobile App Development
In order to build a reliable and engaging mobile application, you may want to search for and find android app development companies that you can rely on.
Specializing in building cross platform mobile applications, we are skilled and experienced in meeting the different needs of our clients. If you or your business is in need of a mobile application in addition to a desktop application, our team of app developers at ItsMonkie Solutions can step in and help you out.