Creating Apps for Different Mobile Systems

Helpful tips to create apps for different mobile devices and platforms

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.

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Creating Apps for Feature Phones

An app displayed on a mobile device.

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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 with 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's better for the developer to test the app only on a select group of phones and then gradually move on to more.

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Creating Windows Mobile Applications

Windows mobile phone running an app

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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.

The original Windows Mobile has now faded out, giving way to Windows Phone 7, then Windows Phone 8 and Windows 10.

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Creating Applications for Other Smartphones

Blackberry phone with apps

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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.

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Creating Apps for PocketPC

Apps on a Palm Pilot

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Though almost the same as the above platforms, the PocketPC uses the .NET Compact Framework, which varies slightly from the full version of Windows.

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Creating Apps for the iPhone

iPhone with apps


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?

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Creating Apps for Tablet Devices

Apps on an iPad

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Tablets are a slightly different ball game, as their display screen is bigger than that of a smartphone.

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Creating Apps for Wearable Devices

Man wearing Google Glass

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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 (formerly Android Wear), the Apple Watch, the Microsoft Band, and so on.

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