How Mobile App Developments Have Changed The World
We are leaning onto mobile apps more and more with each passing day. Some of us use it for business, while others for entertainment but whatever it is we can say that mobile apps have become essentials in our daily lives.
The reason why mobile app development has made great strides in recent years. But is mobile app development heading in the right direction? Will the change be for the better or worse?
Back when the Internet first reared its head, it changed the business game for many companies and organization when the realization of not having a presence within the Internet significantly reduces the chances for a successful business.
The same applies in mobile app development, at first, mobile apps were nothing but another form of communication and entertainment channel. But over the years, it mobile apps have become the platform for business to promote their business, or to be exact, increases their business opportunities by leaps because mobile apps will act as an extension of their business. Think of it as using a fruit picker pole to reach for fruits that are high up in the tree.
Another reason for why nowadays more and more business shifting to mobile apps is that people nowadays spent more time on their mobile devices than their laptops or desktops, so it is better to notification on product updates and promos, or newsletter via mobile apps.
The Direction Mobile App Development Is Taking
In mobile app development, mobile app developers have the choice of whether developing hybrid apps or native apps. Both has it pros and cons and provide options to businesses. Native apps are usually costly to develop, built for specific platform (iOS, Android) , responsive and can easily get into app stores. But businesses have another option which is the hybrid apps, a combination of web app and native app, cheaper but one of the drawback is that it can be very slow.
But things are changing in mobile app development thanks to the recent launch made by Google; Flutter and Facebook React Native closing the gap between native app and hybrid development. Both bring great changes yet each has its own key points to be considered. There seven major changes tagged along with this new mobile app development news.
Tool Kit And IDE Choices
The luxury of being able work in a preferred mobile app development environment is the biggest perk a mobile app developer couldn’t have asked anything better. Having access to tools that allow you work across different platforms definitely makes mobile app developers job easier.
But if you ask to choose between Flutter or React, i’d go with React, why? Because React has been around for while than Flutter which means it has more tools at disposal to be use for integrated development environment (IDE). With React, developers have been able to test on many IDEs such as Atom and Sublime Text, whereas with Flutter the available IDEs aren’t as much. The total number IDEs supported by Flutter is three— Android Studio, VS Code, and Intelli IJDEA. Flutter is leaning more towards streamline approach for configuration and set up.
Significantly Cut Down Development Time
With this development in mobile app development, development time can cut down significantly. And this helps mobile app developers a LOT as time and speed of completion are crucial when developing a mobile app because, of course, the faster it gets completed, the sooner the app can be launch and improve client’s business.
If you are especially in hurry, need to get an app completed immediately; Flutter is for you. It has hot reloading capabilities and customizations can be done via widgets, which help you to create and build native interfaces in the matter of minutes. However, React has built-in components which help to accelerate development process.
Whatever tools or applications we use, without a clear support or guideline you will encounter roadblocks. But thankfully, Flutter’s supporting document is structured in a straightforward way making it easy to be read and follow. Furthermore, you can easily and quickly find the required information due to it’s straightforward format. However, React supporting documentation is less structured which means it is harder to read through compared to Flutter’s.
When it comes down to mobile app development you need to use and work on framework that is widely adopted and known. Because if you’re using a framework that is unfamiliar to many and not used widely, it can cause you to lose potential clients. So in this case, React is more widely known and adopted by people, so most developers use React to create an app. Another thing is that React is widely used by big corporation such as Skype, Tesla, Pinterest and Uber, this means developers will have easier to develop apps that can support wide variety of clients.
Another way how technology changed the world is the existence of programming language. Today the human language is the only one that has variants, even the computer, and mobile app have their own programming language variants. So if a developer is to create an app that works across multiple platforms, it is crucial to use a language that acceptable by many.
If an app performance is crucial to you and your client than Flutter is the one you should use. Compared to React, Flutter has standard 60 frame per second which means an app developed on Flutter will see better performance in terms responsiveness.
The User Interface
User interface is the crucial part for any mobile app development because it is what attracts users in the place but it has to be good in terms of performance as well not just look. If you want a lot of customization option for the user’s interface that you are designing then Flutter is the way to go. It’s UI flexibility owes it’s thanks to the customizable widgets. Other features Flutter offer are smooth, natural scrolling, rich motion API and animation.
React on the other hand offers seamless animation implementation because it has extensive options for external developer kits for UI. Like, for example, React Native Material Kit that can be use to create an app with compelling user interface.
From the capabilities provided by both Flutter and React we can say that we are not that far from the day where all apps can be synchronised with one another and can be access from one single app. Facebook is already stepping into that direction with their to sync their social media platform with Whatsapp, and other messaging apps and social media apps.