App development or mobile application development is the development of software to be run on a mobile phone. One can say, the mobile development process includes building installable software packages (code, binaries, assets, and so on), integrating backend services like data access via an API, and testing the application on target devices.
Mobile application development is becoming an increasingly popular medium of software production as the use of smartphones and tablets grows. Indeed, mobile applications have become a crucial component of most organizations. Customers are now abandoning desktops and shifting towards mobile phones and tablets. This has attracted a huge market towards app development. App development is getting a high stake in the markets of Canada and the USA.
Origins of mobile application development lie in traditional software building technology. But as smartphones have various newer features like GPS, Bluetooth, vibration sensors, mobile application development begins to differ from the original software development.
In the mobile application market, two leading platforms are Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. While iOS runs on all Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices, Google’s Android is used by numerous OEMs to build their smartphones and other devices.
Although there are various similarities while developing an app on both platforms, there are numerous differences too. Development of iOS and Android requires separate software development kits i.e., SDKs and development toolchains. While iOS is only available for Apple devices, Google gives access to Android to all the firms that satisfy their criteria. By targeting both platforms, several developers create several apps every day.