According to Wikipedia, a mobile app, short for mobile application, or just app, is application software designed to run on smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices.

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Mobile app for a website vs browser view

I have noticed that many websites have their own mobile apps. For developers, What is the benefit of creating mobile app for a website? In which cases it is better than viewing it using browser? ...
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IOS app with youtube content queston [on hold]

I am currently developing an iOS app whose main functionality will involve streaming video via http live streaming using MPMoviePlayer. Much of he content will be my own, however I would also like to ...
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Databases or Tables for mobile apps [closed]

Just wondering how many databases an app like Beatthetraffic or Inrix would have? Would each type of entry require separate databases or just different tables?
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How to test android apps that depend on telecom provider connection?

I am planning to write an app that needs phone number and contact list. Is there any way that I can test my app without buying a telecom provider connection for my android phone. Without a sim the ...
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How to make a mobile application that interacts with a website [closed]

I am looking to make a mobile application (iOS and Android app) that will interact with a website. The app will need to log in with a provided username and password and also get some information from ...
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single app and multiple distributed service versions

The problem that I have is with versioning of a single mobile application (created with Cordova) and the WCF web services that it consumes. Situation: The latest version of the mobile app is always ...
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Should I have a separate “Application” server to handle the REST traffic, or just one server to handle both browser and API (REST) traffic?

Let's forget scaling or cloud configuration for a second. Think of an application with a few platforms: Mobile (iOS, Android) Desktop (Windows, OS X) Web (HTML/CSS/JS) The question is regarding ...
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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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Feasible to keep work to a minimum for distribution purposes?

I'm faced with image manipulation requirements for a mobile app I wish to develop that I could quite easily (or 'easier', at least) implement in C# or javascript, as it's what I'm most familiar with. ...
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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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LAMP without PHP [closed]

My question is that is the P part of the LAMP really necessary? I will have the database and I can connect to it via the appache http so why will I need php/python in the server side (if it is a ...
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Is RESTFUL API as back-end service one of the best (or suitable) choice for Mobile App? [closed]

I have a background on .NET development, recently I was asked to code back-end service for a mobile app. I had experiences on MVC, and now I'm trying to understand more on Restful Web API. My ...
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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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What questions needs to be asked when gathering the initial requirements of a mobile application from a client? [closed]

Talking generally abount mobile application development, I am looking for a list of appropriate questions to ask when visiting the client to get the initial requirements, i.e. what they suppose the ...
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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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Responding to app feature requests I'm not going to implement

I'm a new app developer and after like 20 downloads of my app (free and ad-free) I already got two feature requests, and I'm not going to implement either. Should I respond to these feature requests ...
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Location services on Mobile platforms

Do location based services on mobile devices know what business you are in exactly or does it just have a general approximation of where you are and you have to manually check in to be specific? ...
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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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Private apps for iOS and Android

Is it possible to develop private apps for iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android? With "private apps" I mean apps that do not appear on the public app store, but can be downloaded and used only by selected ...
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How do I authenticate users from facebook/twitter?

I need to build a site for a mobile app that allows users to sign in with facebook/twitter or sign up as a new user (traditional username/password). No matter which method the user chooses, they ...
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Best approach for propagating errors in service access layer of a multiplatform mobile app

We've started working on a mobile app using Xamarin. There's a core library that is to be shared among Android and iOS apps. In the core library there will be several functions for communicating with ...
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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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Tips for developing a mobile app with a team [duplicate]

I am currently a high school student, I've been assigned to manage a group in my school to develop a mobile app and the problem is that all of us have no experience in making a project in a team and ...
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How does browsing speed differ in native apps, web apps, and websites?

I read an article online which I give the reference to below which compare between Native apps and web apps, in addition to standard website. It seems from that article that native apps are faster ...
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How to safeguard a REST API for only trusted mobile applications

How do I make sure my REST API only responds to requests generated by trusted clients, in my case my own mobile applications? I want to prevent unwanted requests coming from other sources. I don't ...
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Connecting a native iOS app to backend and database

I have a good amount of experience working with objective-C and making iOS apps that work locally and with BaaS providers (Parse.com). However, I'd like to take my mobile development to the next level ...
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Authenticate native mobile app using a REST API

I'm starting a new project soon, which is targeting mobile application for all major mobile platforms (iOS, Android, Windows). It will be a client-server architecture. The app is both informational ...
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mobile app data copyright question [on hold]

I want to develop a mobile app for itinerary of major sport event. My confusion is whether there will be a copyright problem in sharing the schedules, venue of matches, player statistics and ticket ...
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Converting from web to PhoneGap

I was going through the PhonGap Documentation about how to package your HTML/JS/CSS to a platform specific "native app". They have maintained separate documentations for the separate Cordova versions ...
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Data Synchronization in mobile apps - multiple devices, multiple users

I'm looking into building my first mobile app. One of the core features of the application is that multiple devices/users will have access to the same data -- and all of them will have CRUD rights. I ...
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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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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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How to be robust against webservice downtime caused by third parties

I'm using iPage as my cloud based server provider. I haven't had any problems with them yet. They hold the scripts for my RESTful services for the mobile app I'm developing. My problem however is ...
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Best practice for remotely resetting a mobile app's content/settings

What would be the best approach to reset a mobile app's content/settings? Lets say the app is cross platform: apple/android using javascript/phonegap. The current way this is designed is to have an ...
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How can a single database work for website, mobile apps?

We have developed a job-portal where users can view jobs and and also post jobs. We have used Php and MySQL. We hosted this on web faction. Now we want to develop the mobile app of the job portal for ...
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Does a mobile app need more access than the public API of a site?

I have a site with a public API, and some mobile app developers have been brought in to produce an iPhone app for the site. They insist they need to see the database schema, but as I understand it, ...
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I seem to be missing a few important concepts with PhoneGap

I'm planning on developing an app on multiple platforms and I'm thinking that PhoneGap might be perfect for me. I had been reading that it's one codebase for all platforms but looking at the PhoneGap ...
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Integrated ads in phone apps - how to avoid wasting battery?

Considering the PCWorld review that came out in March: Free Android Apps Packed with Ads are Major Battery Drains ...Researchers from Purdue University in collaboration with Microsoft claim ...
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How to implement Facebook leaderboard game for mobile?

I am in the final stages of developing an indie C# mobile game that I will deploy to iPhones and Androids using Mono. I wish to add push notifications and a Facebook leader board feature into the ...
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Conceptual question regarding the portability of a software from desktop to mobile

I am planning to create a web solution for the desktop, I would be dividing my task into three steps Design Coding Automated use case I am wondering if in the future I have to port my web solution ...
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How can I manage changes between a local config file and a remote config file in a mobile application?

I have an application with a configuration file that is stored in the application bundle. This config file stores the names of images on a remote server. Whenever the application is started, I ...
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Is PhoneGap scalable?

I'm a front-end developer that is looking into mobile apps development. When I'm searching for ways getting into app development PhoneGap comes as first and most familiar language stack development ...
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Web application to a multiplatform phone app

I'm really lost here so I hope some can help me. I have to develop a phone application on every platform so i tough of using phonegap. Seems pretty nice. I have a web application coded in classic ...
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Saving mobile application data when no service?

Say I have a mobile application that allows users to enter information which is then uploaded to a central location. I had planned on building this using only HTML5 and javascript (non-native app), ...
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Best method of communication between your app and your website? PHP, Web service, etc

I am creating an application which I would like to have communicate with my website. The app will have to get data for a particular app user from the website's database. I am unclear as to the best ...
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How do I preview my mobile web application on a Windows 7 PC?

I am developing a mobile web application that may be browsed in an iPhone. I would like to test this application, but I lack a mobile web device. How can I test this mobile application on a Windows 7 ...
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Mobile Web Security Articles

I'm starting to introduce mobile web apps to my company but my not-so-techie boss is worried about web security issues on mobile devices. I'm new in the mobile world but as a web developer I know the ...
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How can I simulate clicks for a mobile browser?

I am creating a web app. I was testing it on a mobile browser and noticed that :active pseudo class doesn't really work. How should I simulate clicks for a mobile browser? I'm specifically interested ...
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What advantages does developing applications for smartphones have over developing the same application as a web application?

Let's take the Facebook application as an example. Why did they develop an application when the users could just access to their page and do the same? For me that represents more maintenance and more ...