A mobile application development platform (MADP) is a type of software that allows a business to rapidly build, test and perhaps deploy mobile apps for smartphones or tablets.
Organizations should consider several factors when selecting a mobile app development platform, depending on the type of applications they want to build and whether or not they need to be able to customize them.
The best mobile application development platforms should allow developers to build, test, debug, deploy and maintain apps throughout the applications’ lifecycles. MADPs should also have extensive middleware and back-end services that deliver key features, such as push notifications, authentication and data storage.
Android provides a rich application framework that allows you to build innovative apps and games for mobile devices in a Java language environment. The documents listed in the left navigation provide details about how to build apps using Android’s various APIs.
- Apps provide multiple entry points Android apps are built as a combination of distinct components that can be invoked individually. For instance, an individual activity provides a single screen for a user interface, and a service independently performs work in the background.
- Apps adapt to different devices Android provides an adaptive app framework that allows you to provide unique resources for different device configurations. For example, you can create different XML layout files for different screen sizes and the system determines which layout to apply based on the current device’s screen size.
- You can query the availability of device features at runtime if any app features require specific hardware such as a camera. If necessary, you can also declare features your app requires so app markets such as Google Play Store do not allow installation on devices that do not support that feature.
iOS is best known for serving as the underlying software that allows iPhone users to interact with their phones using gestures such as swiping, tapping and pinching. These finger actions are typically performed on multitouch capacitive touch screen displays, which provide fast response and accept inputs from multiple fingers. Although it is not the No. 1 mobile OS globally, iOS dominates the North American market by a large margin, with a 60 percent market share as of May 2010.
There are four abstraction layers within iOS:
- Core OS Layer: Provides low-level features as well as frameworks for security and interaction with external hardware
- Core Services Layer: Provides services required by upper layers
- Media Layer: Provides the necessary technologies for graphics, audio and video.
- Coca Touch Layer: Where frameworks are located, which are often used when creating an application
Ionic is the only mobile app stack that enables web developers apps for all major app stores and the mobile web with a single code base. And with Ionic’s Platform Continuity, your app looks and feels at home on every device.
- Performance obsessed Speed is so important, you only notice when it isn’t there. Ionic is built to perform and behave great on the latest mobile devices with best practices like efficient hardware accelerated transitions, and touch-optimized gestures. Trust us, you’ll be impressed.
- Beautifully designed Clean, simple, and functional. Ionic is designed to work and display beautifully on all current mobile devices and platforms. With ready-made components, typography, and a gorgeous base theme that adapts to each platform, you’ll be building in style.
- Native and web optimized Ionic emulates native app UI guidelines and uses native SDKs, bringing the UI standards and device features of native apps together with the full power and flexibility of the open web. Ionic uses Cordova or Phonegap to deploy natively, or runs in the browser as a Progressive Web App.
A Universal Windows app was first introduced in Windows 8 as the Windows Runtime, which was built upon the Universal Application Platform. Now, in Windows 10, the name of the Universal Application Platform has been changed to Universal Windows Platform (UWP). You can build modern and fully immersive apps by targeting Windows 10 devices for Windows Store such as PC, tablet, phone, etc.
Characteristics of UWP apps :
- You can target device families and not OS like Windows 8.1.
- Apps are packaged and distributed using the .AppX packaging format, which ensures that your apps can be deployed and updated seamlessly.
- You can submit your application to the Windows store and it will make it available on all device families, or only those devices you choose. You can easily manage all your apps for Windows devices in one place.
- The core APIs of Universal Windows Platform (UWP) are the same across all Windows device families. So your app can run on all Windows 10 devices if it is uses only the core APIs.