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Facts Every Aspiring Mobile App Developer Should Know

Do you wish to develop your own mobile app someday? If you do, then you’d better educate yourself with some vital facts related to the field. What does the future hold for an aspiring mobile app developer like you?

Find below a quick rundown of the research gathered by CIIT, a mobile app development school in the Philippines.

Eight Important Facts for Every Aspiring Mobile App Developer

1. Mobile App Development Industry Outlook

Single Platform Users' Share of Total Digital Population
In a comScore.com report, the number of mobile-only users surpassed desktop-only users in 2015. For this field, this milestone is meaningful. iConcept.com.ph also states that in the Philippines alone, the use of smartphone will shoot up to 70% of the whole population by 2018 from only around 40% in 2015, hence, making the country the Fastest Growing Smartphone Nation in Southeast Asia. This only means that smartphones have become the primary point to the internet.

2. Types of Mobile Applications

Types of mobile applications

Native Apps
Apps built exclusively for a single mobile operating system, therefore they are “native” for a specific platform or device. This means you cannot use apps developed for iOS, Android, Windows phone, Symbian, or Blackberry on a platform other than their own. Developers often use Objective-C or Swift for iOS, Java and ADT for Android, and .NET(C#) for Windows apps.

Mobile Web Apps
It has a single code base, hence it has the lowest development cost. Users can get access from any device whenever internet connection is available. Developers often use HTML, CSS, JavaScript, or JQuery to create mobile web apps.

Hybrid Apps
Hybrid apps are a fusion of native and mobile web apps. They are web apps disguised in a native wrapper and have cross-platform compatibility. Developers often use HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, Mobile JavaScript frameworks, and Cordova/PhoneGaps to create hybrid apps.

3. Mobile App Development Process

mobile app development process

According to a write-up from Entrepreneur.com, mobile app development goes through four stages:

Idea Development
After choosing the type of app you need, the next step is to shift your focus on developing the concept behind your idea.

Layout Functionality
This is where your idea comes alive. With the help of a software developer, you will get to see how the app will function. You can still input your suggestions on how to make the app more interactive and user-friendly.

Design Development
This is where the back-end and front-end development comes in. This phase involves management, design, development, and testing.

App Launch
Once everything is ready, you can now prepare to go live and have your app featured on Google Play and App Store.

4. Mobile App Developer Job Description

mobile app developer job description

Tasks often include coding, design, development, and testing of mobile software apps, often as part of a team.

5. Mobile App Developer Salary

mobile app developer salary

According to PayScale.com, the median pay of a mobile app developer in our country ranges from PHP 239,199 to PHP 969,580 per year.

6. Cost of Developing a Mobile App

cost of mobile app developmentIn a write-up from thinkmobiles.com, Online app cost calculators estimate a price range between $200,000 and $350,000 for an app with dozens of features. Usual cost ranges from app making firms is $100,000 to $500,000 while small apps with basic features could cost $10,000 to $50,000.

7. Must-Have Mobile App Developer Skills

mobile app development skills

  • Mobile User Interface (UI) Design
  • Cross-Platform App Development
  • Backend Computing
  • Modern Language Programming Skills
  • Business Capability

8. Members of a Mobile App Development Team

Mobile app development team

Project Manager
Manages and spearheads the entire creation of the mobile app.

UI/UX Designer
Responsible for the app’s build and features for the users’ experience.

Responsible for the app’s hidden structure that we interact with digitally.

QA Engineer
Runs all testing protocols and the entire development process from start to finish.

Are you eager to pursue a career as a mobile app developer? Learn only from the best! As a mobile app development school, CIIT can help you reach your goal to become an Android or iOS app developer. Browse through our website now to learn more about our mobile app development course.

Sources: comscore.com | iconcept.com.ph | blog.trigent.com | thinkmobiles.com | entrepreneur.com | payscale.com | linkedin.com
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