**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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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 [closed]

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 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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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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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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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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Fantasy: One Language/Standard supported by all devices? [closed]

No introduction or description needed. We all know how troublesome it is make different codes and test codes in different platforms and browsers such as IE, Firefox, Chrome, Android 2.3 onwards, iOS, ...
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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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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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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. Currently I'm using my two private Android devices for development. Is it common practice that developers use ...
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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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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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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 recently read an article on Telerik Forum, which 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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How to plan/manage multi-platform (mobile) products?

Say I've to develop an app that runs on iOS, Android and Windows 8 Mobile. Now all three platforms are technically in different program languages. The only 'reuse' that I can see is that of the ...
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is Oracle ADF Mobile free? and what is it's usage scope? [closed]

I would like to know whether Oracle ADF Mobile is free to use for someone who doesn't have the (expensive) ADF license, and what if I want to talk to a backend (web service), do I need Weblogic? ...