With the increasing number of mobile devices available — many of which have different specifications and capabilities — mobile software development has entered a new phase. One major question for mobile software development is figuring out whether or not one solution can work for all devices.
The answer is yes — but only to a certain point.
Smartphone manufacturers love to tout the specifications of their latest devices, but one thing they rarely mention is how much of the phone’s capabilities will be tied up before you ever get to use them. Between the operating system, passive apps, and things users leave open all the time, you can’t really push a smartphone to its theoretical limits.
The good news is that many people trade up their smartphones on a regular basis — but if you’re trying to reach the widest possible audience, you have to keep older models in mind.
All of this means that your software often has to be written to the lowest common denominator. Now, that’s not necessarily a problem — smartphones are advanced enough that most basic kinds of software will run well on any device simply because the base specifications are high enough to support it.
On the other hand, if your software advances past a certain point, you’ll have to accept some limits. Where this point is changes based on the current status of the industry, so don’t be afraid to ask for more information before making a decision.
There’s one other thing that has to be kept in mind — the programming language you use. Android apps are typically written in Java, while iOS is written in Objective-C. Windows Phones tend to work best when programmed in C#, while HTML5 is generally used for browser-based applications.
The good news is that programming for every device isn’t as hard as it sounds — but it does mean you’re going to be locked into something that all of the devices are capable of understanding. Failing that, you’ll want to make use of a system that uses the same code for most of the work, but with minor tweaks to adapt it to each device.
The real question here is whether or not a one-size-fits-all solution is actually the best choice for your business. If you take advantage of each device’s native programming language, you’ll be able to use them to their full potential, but you’ll also have to invest a lot more money into programming and development. Universal solutions in mobile software development are more affordable, but also less capable.
There’s no right answer here; only what will work best for your company. If you aren’t sure which of these techniques is right for you, our team at Ethany can help you find the answer. Contact us today for more information and we’ll help you get a better understanding of what you need, how it can be done, and what the cost (and reward) of each solution will be.