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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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 ...
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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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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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Mobile Development- Obtaining development hardware - best practices?

I'm looking to get into smartphone development, but there a quite a few options out there for platforms right now. (iOS/Android/WebOS/Bada/Symbian/MeeGo/WindowsMobile/JavaME) I'd like to have ...
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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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Is microoptimization worth it in mobile devices?

Usually microoptimization is considered not worth it with the following explanation: it might speed up the program by less that one percent, but noone cares of that minor boost - that's just too ...
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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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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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Mobile App Development Language Converter?

I was talking with a friend about developing a mobile app (android/iphone) but I've never messed around with mobile app development code before. My friend flippantly told me that I don't "need to ...
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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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Can I use jQuery Mobile if I am developing a native app?

I am new to jQuery and mobile apps development. I know the features of jQuery Mobile. I want to know where and why to use it. Can I use jQuery Mobile if I am developing a native app?
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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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Mobile games: paid vs. ad-supported? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which has more benefits when selling through mobile app stores: free or paid? I'm working on a game, and I'm hoping to distribute it through the Android and/or Apple ...
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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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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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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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Best practice regarding security in mobile applications [closed]

A friend asked me recently about mobile applications and the security surrounding them. As he wishes to make a mobile app that would handle very secure information such as credit card numbers, I was ...
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Mobile PC Remote

If I buy a symbian(S60, nokia E51) mobile, and I want to write a program to control the PC(launch programs, control mouse/keyboard): Is it possible to make a mobile app and a windows app which ...
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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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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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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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What is block level design in context of mobile application?

I was wondering if anyone can give me some direction related to "Block level design" in context of mobile application? Recently I saw a video in my university and a professional mentioned about ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Mobile: Native vs. web - Input for discussion on top management level [closed]

I have been given the task of producing a compilation of pros, cons and key points on the issue of mobile native applications versus mobile web applications. It will be input for a discussion on top ...
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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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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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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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Guidance choosing tools for developing cross-platform mobile app

I have no mobile application development experience, I don't even own a rich mobile device (I can send text messages with my cellphone :) I have strong web, .NET, and Java experience but am open to ...
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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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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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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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mobile app data copyright question

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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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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Is there a name for the new “shake phone” interface convention?

Some mobile applications leverage the fact that smart phones have motion sensitivity to provide a "shake" feature. For example, I believe Urban Spoon has an app with which you can view a ...
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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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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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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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How can I make an app using mobile's camera to detect words?

I am trying to make an app that will capture the video from the mobile's camera and detect in real time all the text that will be captured. I would like to make it in C# (for e.g. Windows Mobile) but ...
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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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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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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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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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Is a .com domain name worth it for a mobile app? [closed]

I'm starting to develop a mobile app, and have a first choice name I'd like to use. However the .com domain of the name has already been taken. Is it actually worth it buying it, or would you tempted ...
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What cannot be unit-tested in mobile app?

I really value unit-testing in developing webapps. I haven't had any experience in developing mobile apps. Is there anything that cannot be unit-tested in mobile apps? And what is the workaround for ...
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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? ...