Mobile Web Development
Whether you are on a business trip, in your office doing your job, at the supermarket or even on a family barbecue, you would most probably like to be able to keep in touch with the rest of the world. Mobile phones will help you not only stay connected with the people you would like to reach, but also stay wired to the web with any piece of news you are looking for being available to you on your mobile device. Let us consider the seemingly simple perspective of mobile web development that most of us already take for granted from the point of view of its complex character.
Why mobile web development?
The striking number of mobile phone users equals up to six billion people nowadays with a thousand of new users being added each hour throughout the world. Small, user-friendly, light, with a handful of both business-bound and interactive options and eye-catching design templates, mobile device is a necessity and an accessory that you would hate to forget at home. Moreover, smartphones are becoming even more widely used than PCs or laptops to quickly manage business documents, ensure urgent mail delivery and social networks communication and stay up-to-date with the fast pace of the world.
This all leads to the importance of mobile web development aimed at creating easy-to-access and easy-to-use mobile web sites.
However, building a mobile website is not an easy matter. Not only do web developers have to take into account the content saturation, but they also have to consider the variety of screen sizes and resolutions, i.e. the technical characteristics of devices.
Major pitfalls on the way to mobile website
Mobile web developers have to consider a number of details while building a mobile website. Most of the problems result from the screen size which differs greatly from that of desktop. First of all, the problem of content visualization appears as the most general one. Taking into account the circumstances in which people browse the net on their mobile devices (on a train, waiting in a queue, looking for the right place or updated info, etc.), web developers should cooperate with the customers to select the content that would be most user-oriented and display it in the most accessible way. Mobile website users often have little time to wait for the website to download, so if your website is full of sophisticated pictures, you will most probably have either to sacrifice some of them and make your mobile website look simpler, but more effective, or try to optimize the size and placing of images to the screen size. You should also mind the difference between the buttons on the keyboard or a mouse that are most often used to browse desktop websites, and touchscreen display of your mobile devices. The icons should be small enough to fit the finger and to prevent users from being irritated by multiple efforts to change the page or open some image. The graphic characteristics should therefore be adaptable to the technical characteristics of mobile devices and anticipate the user’s needs and requirements.
It is also worth mentioning that modern state-of-the-art smartphones function together with much older models and both maintain web applications. Web developers should therefore account for this versatility and make the design of mobile web sites ‘responsive’ to the needs of the users.
Mobile application development
Recently mobile applications became more and more popular among the owners of mobile devices. Originally they were used for data storage and retrieval. Calendar, contacts, weather forecast, email. Apps were simpler and the most basic. But they proved to be helpful and interesting for users.
Now there are applications for anything from banking and accounting to games and design. The largest issue now is the diversity of devices. Arrays of phones and tablets with different coding languages, sizes, platforms, configurations and capabilities make it difficult to find universal solution. In spite of that, web developers continue to create new and more fascinating apps. A lot of companies and businesses can advertise their services or share information with help of phone application.
The most popular frameworks for Mobile app development are:
- PhoneGap - open source framework for cross-platform apps development that allows access to devices’ features such as camera, contacts, calendar and GPS.
- Cordova - framework for native mobile application development that suits majority of platforms.
- jQuery Mobile - touch-optimized web framework with variety of themes and tools.
- Intel App Framework - HTML optimized framework for multi-page mobile apps.
- Responsive Web design and Plone theme: WiKID Systems
- Responsive Website design and Plone theme: Phoenix Investment Adviser LLC
- Responsive Web design and Plone theme: The American School Foundation of Monterrey
Most mobile solutions
Responsive mobile website design is one of the services provided by Quintagroup. Interested in how to make your mobile website? Think mobile app can promote your services and help your business?
Contact us and our team of professionals will provide you with all the necessary information taking into account your individual needs.