This software is designed for small touch-screen devices – mobile phones and tablets. The app itself is installed on the client device, but it makes requests to a remote server, for example to retrieve data, or request complex processing which cannot be done on the client itself.
Software is usually installed by end users via a very easy one-click process on the Apple or Google app stores. If the app is not intended for usage by the general public then it can be installed manually on each device (but this is much more laborious, and can involve some ‘red tape’ with Apple). Apps can also be easily updated (automatically or manually) via the app stores.
Mobile application is most suitable for:
Businesses whose customers will regularly access the software via mobile phones or tablets
Applications where a rich, intuitive and interactive user interface is important
Workplaces whose employees must be easily able to install or update the software themselves
Why choose mobile apps?
- Apps can be very easily installed / updated / uninstalled via the Apple or Google app stores (most mobile phones and tablets run either Apple’s ‘iOS’ or Google’s ‘Android’).
- Apps can offer very rich and interactive user experiences via the touch-screen, much more so than mobile-optimised websites.
- Apps can often be designed to function with only an intermittent internet connection, unlike web software.
Developing, running and maintaining mobile apps
- It is advisable to develop both iOS and Android apps to cover the vast majority of smartphone and tablet users. But these platforms utilise very different development technologies and tools. With our expertise in both formats we can develop both apps in parallel, resulting in a shorter overall development time.
- There are many Android phones and tablets, differing in both hardware and software (most manufacturers modify the ‘standard’ version of Android). Consequently, Android apps can perform differently across devices. We’ll test your apps against the key devices that will access it, to ensure consistent and correct behaviour.
- There are approval processes for publishing apps on the Google and Apple app stores. For Google, the timescale is fairly quick (a few hours) and straightforward, and rejections are not very frequent. By contrast, Apple approval is elaborate, typically taking at least a few days, with stringent criteria and thorough testing, leading to a higher rejection rate. With our experience developing iOS apps, we know the common reasons for rejection so we can avoid them and minimise development timescales.
Mobile apps offer rich, intuitive, and interactive user experiences on a vast array of touch-screen smartphones and tablets, even with intermittent network connections.