Internet, Networking, & Security Around the Web Creating Apps for Different Mobile Systems Helpful tips to create apps for different mobile devices and platforms By Priya Viswanathan Writer Former Lifewire writer Priya Viswanathan has more tan 10+ years experience writing about technology. She is an expert on tablets and mobile devices and apps. our editorial process Priya Viswanathan Updated February 27, 2020 Around the Web How to Get a VPN Tweet Share Email You can find numerous types of mobile systems and mobile devices today, with more advanced ones coming in almost on an everyday basis. Of course, the advanced technology available today helps developers a great deal, but it still takes a lot of time, thought and effort to create apps for different mobile systems. Here, we discuss methods of creating apps for various mobile systems, platforms, and devices. 01 of 07 Creating Apps for Feature Phones Raidarmax / Wikimedia Commons / CC by 3.0 Feature phones are easier to handle because they have less computing ability than smartphones and also lack an OS. Most feature phones use J2ME or BREW. J2ME is meant for machines that have limited hardware capabilities, like limited RAM and not very powerful processors. Feature phone app devs often use a “lite” version of the software for creating an app for the same. For instance, using “Flash Lite” in a game keeps the resources down, while also giving the end-user a good gaming experience on a feature phone. Since there are many new feature phones coming in every day, it is better for the developer to test the app only on a select group of phones and then gradually move on to more. 02 of 07 Creating Windows Mobile Applications N i c o l a / Flickr Windows Mobile was both a powerful and a highly flexible platform, which allowed the developer to work with varied applications to give the end user a great experience. The original Windows Mobile packed a punch with innumerable features and functionality. Update: The original Windows Mobile has now faded out, giving way to Windows Phone 7; then Windows Phone 8. Now, Microsoft's latest upgrade, Windows 10, is available to the public and is making waves in the mobile market. 03 of 07 Creating Applications for Other Smartphones Ian Lamont / Flickr Working with other smartphone apps is almost the same as dealing with Windows Mobile. But the developer first has to completely understand both the mobile platform and the device before proceeding with writing an app for the same. Each mobile platform is different from the other and smartphone devices themselves are diverse in nature, so the developer needs to know what type of app he wants to create and for what purpose. 04 of 07 Creating Apps for PocketPC Ian Lamont / Flickr Though almost the same as the above platforms, the PocketPC uses the .NET Compact Framework, which varies slightly from the full version of Windows. 05 of 07 Creating Apps for the iPhone AJEL / pixabay.com The iPhone has gotten developers into a tizzy, creating all kinds of innovative apps for it. This versatile platform allows the developer complete creativity and flexibility in writing apps for it. How exactly does one go about creating applications for the iPhone? 06 of 07 Creating Apps for Tablet Devices Doug Belshaw / Flickr Tablets are a slightly different ball game, as their display screen is bigger than that of a smartphone. 07 of 07 Creating Apps for Wearable Devices Loic Le Meur / Flickr The year 2014 was witness to a veritable onslaught of wearable smart devices, including smart glasses such as Google Glass and smartwatches and wristbands, such as Wear OS (formerly Android Wear), the Apple Watch, the Microsoft Band and so on.