Development of apps for iOS And Android
Let us create a mobile strategy for you that has style and power. We develop apps for both iOS And Android.
A mobile strategy with both style and power
You will discover how our technological know-how and understanding of your business needs and user experience all come together. Whether your app is for iOS or Android, you are in good hands with FrontIT.
At FrontIT, we develop mobile apps for both iOS And Android as native apps – in other words, apps tailored to one particular platform – and also as hybrid apps, where the same app covers both platforms. We are aware that companies expect professional, high-quality software solutions. That is what we deliver.
For app projects with ambitions
Practically any business idea could turn into an 'ambitious' project – from online payments and travel bookings to customer systems and many more. We have a lot of experience with a wide range of tasks in the area of mobile apps – and you will benefit from that, regardless of your niche or area of business.
Maybe you don’t know what kind of software would be best for your mobile strategy? Or maybe you are a lot further in the process and need to talk about specific technical issues? Regardless of what phase you are in, FrontIT can deliver intuitive apps for both iOS and Android – apps that will create value for both your business and your users – virtually guaranteed.
Regardless of your starting point, we are convinced that you will get the best solution if you get a professional app that has been constructed by a team with broad, deep experience. With FrontIT you get a team that knows what it is doing.
App development for iOS and Android using the latest technologies
We speak many languages at FrontIT. Programming languages that is. But we speak a normal language to our clients. No tech jargon.
Complexity is almost unavoidable when it comes to app development, but we are committed to talking so you can understand us. It will be a dialogue where we are listening as much as we are talking. In short, a dialogue where both parties are working together to achieve a good result.
Internally, we know that it is important for our team members to be in constant communication with each other. Regardless of whether we are working on a native or a hybrid app, the result will be built on many man-years of experience. This experience helps in building the many different kinds of software solutions that we do – for clients who need a really good solution.
What kind of mobile app should you use?
Careful consideration and the choice of the proper strategy for app development and the ability to react quickly to market developments are the keys to success with mobile projects.
At FrontIT, we think that all projects must start with asking the right questions. And then there must be clear, effective, transparent communication and effective, flexible project management. Our app development process is designed to ensure:
- Quick results
Our methods are focused on fast development and phased construction of functionality. We use the principles of Agile software development.
- Full transparency
You will get a clear view of the process and will be able to give us feedback and prioritise the tasks at any time.
- High Quality
By using test-driven programming and automated test processes and tools, we can make sure that all the problems and defects will be caught and resolved at an early stage.
- Maximum Business Value
We will listen to your feedback and give the highest priority to the tasks that contribute the greatest value to your business. In that way, you will get to market more quickly with a basic product and there will be flexibility if some requirements need to be adjusted.
Hybrid or native app?
At a time when everything is moving fast, and users are in the centre, companies are always on the lookout for ways to shorten production time, achieve higher performance, and improve the user experience. With two major operating systems and many more small ones on the market, it is very relevant to ask yourself the following question: Is shortening the development time more important than getting a tailor-made user experience on the individual platform? Shall we hurry to cover all the relevant operating systems in one go, or shall we do the individual systems one at a time?
What is a native app?
A native app is developed for a specific platform on the basis of a technology that is unique for that platform. This means that you can take advantage of possibilities and functions available in that platform’s operating system that are not necessarily available on competing platforms. At the same time, there will be direct access to hardware features such as GPS and fingerprint scanners etc, and so-called native APIs, which differ from platform to platform. In a context where there is a need for a lot of CPU power (if the display needs to be updated often, or if there is a lot of heavy multimedia and graphics), then direct access will give better performance. This allows for the best user experience to be created, one that is tailored to the individual platform and has the greatest security and highest level of performance.
What is a hybrid app?
Also known as a cross-platform app, a hybrid app makes it possible for you to optimize your investment and make your product available faster, to a wider audience. By taking advantage of cross-platform technologies such as HTML5, jQuery Mobile, Ionic, and Cordova, FrontIT’s software developers can make your app instantly available for users on any of the larger platforms: iOS, Windows, Android, and Blackberry. Compared to developing a native app for each platform, hybrid apps will give considerable cost savings – up to 40% – both in relation to the cost of development and maintenance as well as development time and a shorter time-to-market.
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QUESTIONS AND TIPS FOR DEVELOPING A MOBILE APP
1. What are the mobile platforms your app should be developed for?
Two main platforms that cover 99% of all modern smartphone or tablet markets are iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android (Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony Xperia, Lenovo, Google Pixel, and other devices). Other platforms like Windows Phone, Symbian, and BlackBerry should be considered wisely in terms of value-for- money of your investment, owing to the comparably lower share of the market held by these systems.
The mobile apps can be developed either as native apps, separately for each platform / Operational system (mainly using Java programming language for Android and Swift programming language for iOS), or hybrid (cross-platform) apps – in a form essentially making a website within a mobile app container ("app shell"). For hybrid apps, most popular technologies are Cordova or PhoneGap, targeting any of the industry-wide platforms. Cordova, for example, supports all major operating systems (Android, iOS, BlackBerry 10, Windows, Ubuntu, OS X, WP 8).
2. Would your mobile app be used only on smartphones, or also on tablet devices?
Smartphone and tablet devices have different screen sizes and, due to this, an app that’s being developed requires separate design layouts for smartphones and tablets, respectively, in order to look good on different devices. The best approach to answering this question is to collect the data which would give you an overview of your target audience, and what are the dominant devices in that audience.
3. Would your mobile app have only portrait or also a landscape screen layout? Should it respond to a rotating device screen?
Your mobile app would definitely benefit from being designed for device orientation – vertical (portrait layout) or horizontal (landscape layout). However, it has to be taken into consideration that applying the mobile app’s responsiveness to device rotation increases the development cost and requires forecasting various use case scenarios – the user experience must be as unobtrusive and transparent as possible.
4. Would your mobile app require an offline mode?
Functionality to operate in an offline mode is an important aspect for mobile apps that require high accessibility levels – for example, if the mobile app is used in areas with poor or no connection. From a technical perspective, mobile apps that are able to operate in an offline mode are developed using local data storage functions in the mobile device, and custom designed logics of synchronization to the server, once the device accesses connection.
5. Would your mobile app have login functionality? If yes, how would the user receive the login credentials?
Depending on your business model, your mobile app can either operate without requiring its users to login, or be
enriched with the login-protection. Most modern mobile apps require users to have an account and have the login
For the user to create an account, one way is to include functionality for creating an account within the mobile app directly, or to provide the user with the already created account separately from the mobile app functionality.
6. Would your mobile app be free-of-charge or paid? Would it offer in-app purchases?
In-app purchase functionality is the ability to pay for services using your Google account or Apple account directly on your smartphone. In-app purchase is a convenient way to quickly pay for small amounts. However, a commission fee is applied depending on the provider. Therefore, some of the mobile apps in the industry use the subscription-based model directly to the mobile app owner (for example Netflix or Spotify) – in these cases, the mobile app owner (or creator) needs a working version of the service on their website. However, the payments can be processed directly.
7. Would your mobile app have a web-based interface as an addition?
In some of the projects, the mobile apps additionally have a web-based administrative element, which can be used by your business to manage the content on the mobile app (for example, manage the users, send push notifications, edit or update the app content and information etc.), receive statistics on usage, activity, bug or usage requests.
8. Would your mobile app have push notifications?
Push notifications allow you to communicate with end-users or instantly notify them about updated content in the mobile app. Depending on your business case, push notifications are useful for when mobile apps benefit from higher interactivity or a fast turnaround of information.
9. Should your mobile app be able to connect to other hardware or firmware features of the mobile device?
You should consider whether the functionality of your mobile app requires it to access other functions of the mobile device, such as the camera, GPS, contacts, messaging, e-mail, local storage, or others.
10. What language(s) will your mobile app use?
It should be properly considered at the design stage of the mobile app whether it’s going to use a single language or multiple languages. In case of a single language, availability exists to either make it pre-defined or to pick up the mobile device’s language automatically.
11. To what extent should your mobile app comply with your corporate brandbook?
At the design stage of the mobile app, it should be determined whether the mobile app complies with the brandbook guidelines (and, if yes, to what extent) or whether the design should be independent of the requirements set forth in the brand guidelines.
12. Would your mobile app require any connection to external services?
Depending on your desired functionality for the mobile app, an option would be to consider connection to external services such as maps, geolocation, payment gateways, newsletter systems, or others.
13. Would your mobile app need to have a PIN code protection?
In cases where the mobile app contains sensitive information, it could be enriched by a function to require SIM cards / the device’s PIN code enabling the user to access the mobile app.
14. Are there any special requirements for the security of the mobile app?
Would your mobile app require any specific security level (e.g. OWASP)? Will any sensitive information be used in the mobile app that might require this external security protection?
15. When publishing to Google Play Store or the App Store, in which category should your mobile app be published?
Although a less important aspect to consider, careful selection of the category under which the mobile app is published can affect its legal regulations and its success in acquiring new users.
16. Would your mobile app have any copyright protected content?
Please be aware that if the mobile app has any content subject to copyright protection (for example videos, pictures, or music), this might require a separate license and should be checked against Google Play Store or App Store rules, in each case individually.