**Mobile application development** is the process by which application software is developed for mobile devices (usually low-power handheld or portable devices).

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Better way than scrolling a long list [migrated]

I have a mobile app that allows you to browse lists of songs: [a][b][c][d][e] Elvis - Song 1 Elvis - Song 2 Elvis - Song 3 Ernie Wood - Song 4 You can jump to the letter to filter based on the ...
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How would one implement communication between an input device and a PC?

I'm trying to get started on a side project using a mobile device (tablet or smartphone) as an input device to a PC. In its most simplest form, I envision using the mobile device touchscreen to ...
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Strategy to serve mobile content from “m.*” subdomain?

There seems to be an emerging pattern to serve mobile content from a m.* or mobile.* subdomain. When I go to many websites on my phone, I'll be dynamically redirected to one of these subdomains and ...
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Is it possible to programmatically attach custom metadata to phone calls?

I'm trying to determine if it should be possible for a cell phone app to relay custom data along with a phone call. By "should be possible" I mean that I'm not trying to learn how to do it in ...
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What is the legality of making a mobile app version of an existing card or board game? [closed]

I see that the market is full of mobile apps based on card/board games. For example, do a search for "Taboo" and there are many results which are not published by Hasbro Inc. Is this legal? The top ...
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Mobile App Development-Architecture/Platform: Main performance concern: device/UI responsiveness [closed]

I am currently investigating different alternatives for building a mobile instant messaging application for iOS and Android, using an XMPP server (probably ejabberd) as the back-end. Main requirements ...
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How many bytes can I fit into a QR code, with low error correction?

I need to fit at least 300 bytes (or much much more) into a QR code and think I can do this by mapping each byte into the associated ISO/IEC 8859-1 character located here. Since each byte (1-255) ...
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How to develop cross platform mobile applications with native UI and Javascript backend?

I want to build a cross platform(Android, iOS, Windows) mobile application. I want the UX of the application to be different on the different platforms so that it will be more platform specific and ...
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OpenGL's relationship to OpenGL ES (3.0)

I'm beginning my journey into graphics programming and want to learn OpenGL. Because I'm green to graphics programming but not to C and C++, a familiar question came up when I looked at OpenGL and ...
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What techniques should I use when implementing infinite scrolling on a website?

I am currently working on a website which implements infinite scrolling on it's search page (the results themselves coming from Elastic search) and, unsurprisingly, the more you scroll the slower ...
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Mobile application: What should be the server authentication strategies?

I am developing an mobile application for the first time and have some confusions around it What I plan to do? The iPhone application will have Sign in with Google where user will authenticate on ...
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Displaying device contacts with an indication that the contact is registered to the app

We are developing a mobile app that needs to pick up device contacts, display them and indicate if the contact has already registered with this app. We have our DB in the server and the app fetches ...
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why create mobile applications for web oriented programms, if it's just possible to use websites? [closed]

There are a lot frameworks on the market who wrap actual websites into mobileapps. I found myself thinking about the question - why is it needed to create mobileapps if it's possible to just having ...
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Should I use SignalR to synchronize & cache CRUD data to a mobile app?

I'm considering using SignalR to send data to a mobile app, but need to have a way to synchronize data while it's closed or pending updates. Is it a good idea to use Backbone.js <--> SignalR to ...
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Mobile IOS Application to Server interaction design?

I've built a set of what will be server-side programs in python. Essentially they crawl the net and index news articles. The iOS mobile application will be what the user interacts with. So it needs ...
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Options for client-side encryption of local web databases

My scenario is as follows: Web application, run from the browser, designed for mobile devices. Uses WebSQL storage which may contain sensitive data. Uses Application Cache to enable offline use ...
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How do I access databases from a mobile device securely?

I have been doing some research on accessing a DB from mobile devices. There are so many different ways of doing it. There are also multiple ways to make it secure. What is a good way to access a ...
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Database version management on mobile apps

I am about to start building a mobile (iOS/Android) app that uses a local database (probably sqlite). Since this is my first "real" mobile app, I am wondering what the standard approaches are to ...
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delivering ebook throught mobile app [closed]

I have designed the interface of a mag app which would deliver digitized magazine in the size of A3 paper to the mobile phone. My choice of fileformat is jpg of each of the pages, but is there any ...
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iOS chat application design, sending/relaying the message over to the end user

I have a design question. Let us say you were tasked with building a chat application, specifically for iOS (iOS Chat Application). For simplicity let us say you can only chat with one person at a ...
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Push vs Poll when large delay (hours) is acceptable

It seems commonsense nowadays that polling is a bad practice and pushing is the way to go when developing mobile applications that require to constantly receive data from a remote server. All major ...
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How big can a mobile development team be without being too big? [closed]

I work for a company that is moving heavily into mobile. We find the majority of our customers use our mobile app pretty regularly. We have tons of things we want to add to it -- as well as to ...
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The real difference between web and native apps in mobile and smart devices [closed]

I still don't understand the difference between a native app and web or hybrid apps from the interface point of view. Now, apps such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. Are they native? or web? or hybrid apps? ...
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Mobile compatible JEE application [closed]

Does using frameworks like AngularJS/Backbone JS/Bootstrap/Foundation etc. automatically make the web application mobile device compatible? Is there a framework/design approach to make applications ...
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Modelling Login and Authentication on an iOS mobile client

I'm about to start working on a V2 of a mobile application and I'd like to adopt a more object-centric approach. Primarily because I think it makes for more maintainable code, but a secondary ...
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Managing large downloadable content on mobile devices

This is a general question of how to best manage large downloadable content on mobile devices. Lets consider a situation whereby a mobile app needs to download a number of very large content items, ...
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Are there any significant advantages to using a native language for mobile app development? [closed]

Forgive me if this question has already been answered but I couldn't quite find the answer I was looking for. What I wanted to know was, is there any significant advantage to using a native language ...
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Using private vs company devices for development at work

I'm employed at a mobile app development company since 4 months as Android developer. It's my first job as developer. Currently I'm using my two private Android devices for development. Is it common ...
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What is the identification procedure that registers a mobile device on a subscriber account and installs purchased content?

We know there are several moving parts to a system like the apple store or google play. At the very least; The device has a unique hardware id or sim card The user has a login/pass The "store" site ...
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Generally speaking can a Javascript-based application (iUI) be deployed without a webserver?

Suppose I have a Javascript based application written in iUI or Kendo UI. Can it be packaged in such a way they can run locally without a webserver? I have a few web applications, that with some ...
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Requirements specification for Multi-Channel website

The company I'm working on has a RUP-like software development process, with very heavy documentation. Right now we're doing a Multi-Channel web site -it's intended to be seen in Desktop, Tablets and ...
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Responsive Design vs. Separate applications/views

I'm involved in a project for a redesign of an existing site. The Designer Team delivered us -the Engineering Team- four separate HTML/CSS prototypes of how the site should look: On a Desktop ...
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Why don't companies ship multiple modules within a mobile app? Are there concerns about tight coupling?

Preface: My question does not exclusively pertain to Google and it doesn't exclusively pertain to iOS. I'm only using Google and iOS as examples because they are familiar to many. I could have just as ...
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APIs that deal with logins

I have been asked to make a mobile app for a friends website. The website is a Multi level marketing site that sells products and franchises. A client logs in in to the website and can view his or her ...
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What stops HTML5 and JS apps to perform as good as native apps?

From what I understand, HTML is a mark-up language, so is the content of XAML, XIB and whatever Android uses and other native UI development frameworks. JavaScript is a programming language used ...
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What are the pros and cons of HTML5, native and hybrid mobile app approaches?

I want to develop a mobile application .. I read lately an article on Telerik Forum : it compares among three types of mobile application and I don't know which one should I select to begin with .. ...
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Is the future of the web application going the same as the desktop application? [closed]

I've noticed an increase in mobile applications being released that offer high value features, but without any corresponding web based version. Was just reading about a new medical app for iPhone ...
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iPhone development - Which model to test? [duplicate]

I am about to start my own venture in App development. I need some sort of advice or tips on which iPhone model should I test to? My budget is quite tight so I am thinking should I buy 4GS over 3GS or ...
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REST vs RPC for mobile development

As many know, mobile development is skyrocketing these days and, I believe, it affects what we code. To be specific, I am interested in developing web services for a mobile application. I see two ...
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Mobile-first implementation or desktop-first? [closed]

When working with CSS media queries, I am unsure of whether I should program in a mobile-first style, or a desktop-first style. For example, let's say I'm given a design that consists of a set of ...
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Is “responsive web design” becoming a “badge to wear” for front end devs? [closed]

This may seem like an odd question. However, more and more I am seeing web applications that are built on the "mobile first" / "responsive design" principle that are about as responsive as a wasp in ...
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Is it possible to offer an affiliate program for your iOS or Android app?

Independent of the App Store or Google Play, is there a way to track where new downloads or paying customers came from? For example, if an app advertises my app in theirs - is there a way for me to ...
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Audio Sync : Detecting current time of a program

I am trying to do some audio sync things (see Wikipedia on acoustic fingerprints). I know it is possible to place watermarks in an audio signal to analyse it later, but how would I do to get the ...
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What is Delegation and why is it important in iOS programming?

At the moment I am teaching myself iOS programming, and one concept I find really hard to wrap my head around is delegation. What is it? Why and how is it used? What is the advantage? The technical ...
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Last semester of college: while trying to get first web/mobile developer job [closed]

I am in the last year of my BS in Engineering - Information Technology degree. Some things I have noticed while looking for jobs is that larger older corporations want you to know java or c# for their ...
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How to connect several (mobile) devices

I want to start a little project, where I want to connect several of my devices. Some are Android mobile devices, others are desktop devices like a PC or laptop. Furthermore I want keep the project as ...
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The best way to implement authorization for a REST API

We develop social-based applications for mobile. Every application consumes RESTful API web-services. When I implement login I usually store the username and password somewhere on device. Then I send ...
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How to verify data from localStorage on a server

On my mobile app, I am storing the username of a logged in person, and downloading some data for the given/stored username. When the user checks for updates to his data content on the server, the ...
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Mobile number validation

I am trying to find best way to validate a mobile number with in a country. Currently my understanding is: User can enter whatever format they want in mobile numbers and its a waste of time and ...
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Multi-platform Mobile Development? [closed]

So my question is this: Is there any easy way for a single developer to release an app on iOS and Android? I am a web developer that primarily plays in PHP, Node, Ruby, AS, and JS. I have dabbled a ...