**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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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 boxes-...
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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? ...
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Releasing Mobile Application under multiple platforms, same time or?

I've always had this idea circling around until I am facing this issue. We made an android app, it is ready, but we are planning to release the same app on iOS and possibly Windows Phone; Now, ...
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Approach for developing software that will need to be ported to multiple mobile platforms in the future

I am currently doing the preliminary design for a new product my company will be pushing out soon. We will start on Android, but then we will need to quickly develop the IPhone, IPad.... and then the ...
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Is a simple iPhone app more appealing to users than a mobile website?

My client wants to do an iPhone app because she's found that people are significantly more likely to use the iPhone app over a mobile optimized site. The iPhone app is very simple - it just displays a ...
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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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Native mobile app development - how do I structure my user stories?

I'm about to start on a project which will involve developing prototype native mobile apps (iOS and Android initially) as well as a web-based admin interface and an API for these apps to communicate ...
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Do App Stores Have Exclusivity on Your Apps? [closed]

Let's say I write a mobile app and I want to sell it on all three: Apple Market Place Android Market Place Windows Market Place Will any of these market places tell me that it's not possible, that ...
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is Java free for mobile development? [duplicate]

Q1. I would like to know if it's free for a developer (I mean, if I have to pay no royalties to Sun/Oracle) to develop (Android) mobile apps in Java? After reading this snippet about use of Java ...
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What is occurring in the world of server-side technologies in regards to the mobile app boom?

With mobile technologies becoming increasingly popular what is happening on the server-side with most of these apps when they need to communicate with a back end? I'm used to the world of technology ...
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How to handle “porting” software that's still in development

My company is building an iOS version of an Android app that our client is developing (but has not yet released). We have access to the latest builds and source, however since the software is ...
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XDIME for Mobile Applications

I'm involved in a project that requires to mobile-enable some previously developed Portlets. The Portlets are deployed in WebSphere Portal, and the container offers a technology called IBM Mobile ...
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Does Rhodes actually create a Native app or a Hybrid app

Rhodes claims to be able to build Native apps but I'm not sure or not if this means a native shell + embedded Web Browser like PhoneGap or does it create a true Native app like (I believe) Titanium ...
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Which mobile devices cover the widest spectrum for testing?

My company has decided to purchase a multitude of devices for browser testing our stages e.g. iPhones, Android, Windows and assorted tablets. They've tasked me with finding specific devices that cover ...
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Is restricting sessions to an absolute IP likely to have a wide impact on mobile networks?

Our website currently restricts a cookie-based session to the IP address that was originally sent the Set-Cookie HTTP header. In the past a user's IP would rarely change, so this didn't present much ...
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Considerations for developing a large scale system that needs to be both traditional web accessible and mobile accessible

I am trying to begin planning of a system that would be both client management, and document management, with tools built in to do analysis on all of the transactions, etc. I'm wondering what are the ...
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A phone that supports any mobile OS

What is preventing hardware manufacturers from creating a device that will allow the user to select their OS? A phone similar to a PC or a mac that can have linux, windows or mac OS installed. Are ...
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Mobile cross-platform SDK for computationally intensive apps

I am aware of the PhoneGap toolkit for creating mobile applications for virtually all mobile platforms with a significant market share. However, the code in PhoneGap that is shared between the ...
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SQLite resources or any other storage concept for mobile applications?

I would like to know what storage concepts are used for mobile or handheld devices, where an app is operated on?. AFAIK one of them is SQlite. Can anyone shed a light on this concept? perhaps links ...
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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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Mobile Compatibility: traditional website look vs native application ?

I have a question related to mobile compatible websites, I have seen two type of websites One in which they adopt traditional website look and adjust website according to mobile screen, if they have ...
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Is it safe to trust emulators when developing multi platform/resolution mobile apps?

I'm currently developing some mobile applications using PhoneGap for Android, testing only in 3 different kinds of smartphones, and using emulators to test on the others target phone resolutions. ...
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On mobile is there a reason why processes are often short lived and must persist their state explicitly?

Most mobile platforms (such as Android, iOS, Windows phone 7 and I believe the new WinRT) can kill inactive application processes under memory pressure. To prevent this from affecting the user ...
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Is it customary to write Java domain objects / data transfer objects with public member variables on mobile platforms?

We performed a code review recently of mobile application Java code that was developed by an outside contractor and noticed that all of the domain objects / data transfer objects are written in this ...
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Do privacy concerns prevent us from accessing location-based user data?

Every time my team begins to explore the scenarios that are possible with mobile device location data, location data that is part of user data, or even location data that may be retrieved or inferred ...
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Paid open-source app

The question that bothers me is whether it is possible/feasible/reasonable to expect for an open-source app to sell well on the mobile market? Should I believe that my users will use my app, rather ...
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REST vs RESTful vs “normal” web service - the same or not?

I've read a couple of definitions and discussion on REST and/or RESTful applications, but I still do not understand the real meaning of it. I usually work with the apps which either fetch data via ...
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Which stages of the requirements analysis process in mobile requirements engineering are the most challenging ones? [closed]

I'm doing a research on formulating a requirements analysis model as a stage of requirements engineering for mobile-application development by considering the limitations and the needs of it ( ...
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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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Why does ARM processors dominate Mobile platforms while x86 dominates Desktop/Server platforms

Almost all of the mobile phones, except the ones being produced by Intel, use ARM based processors while desktop/server industry is dominated x86 processors. What features does one provide over the ...
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Why was Java chosen for Android?

Why was Java chosen for Android, instead of something like C++? While I certainly am no expert, I have heard that Java uses quite a lot of memory and I would presume that low memory usage would be ...
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Is PhoneGap scalable? [closed]

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 [closed]

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), ...