How Can I Develop Apps for Mobile Devices?

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Creating mobile apps is multi-dimensional and has several aspects to it; from both the technical and the creative point of view. The market is saturated with various types of mobile devices and apps for them. Yet, the demand for more apps is ever-increasing, leading to a constant flow of new mobile app developers.

As a newbie mobile app developer, you are bound to have questions about app development. Which is the best mobile platform? How can one submit apps? What is the best way to prevent getting rejected?

Choosing Your Mobile OS 

While there are several other mobile OS', Android and iOS are right at the top of the heap. At first glance, Android seems to dominate the mobile market, as it is registering an impressive number of downloads and is also selling well over 500,000 mobile devices each day due to their strong user base all over the world,

However, a closer look shows that iOS is often backed by solid consumer support. App developers, too, seem to prefer the iOS platform, as it is more unified than Android, which can be highly fragmented. iOS is also easier to develop apps for and more lucrative in terms of revenue. Consider the pros and cons of each of these OS’ before developing apps for either one of them.

Submitting Your App for Review

Firstly, read all the guidelines mentioned in the app marketplace of your choice. Next, prepare your app for the submission process, before actually submitting your app. In order to do this, create a checklist of everything you need to do before submitting your app. Register your account in the app store of your choice and then follow the guidelines for submitting your app.

The Apple App Store is known for rejecting apps that do not quite meet their lofty standards. In order to prevent rejection by any app store, ensure that you have read and understood all the app submission guidelines. Follow these guidelines to the “T” and see to it that you do not flout any rule in the book.

Study the apps that are approved by app stores and follow their example, while creating your own app. It's a good idea to ask a fellow developer to test your app before submitting it. This will help you get the right feedback, from a source you know you can trust.

Creating Apps for Different Mobile Devices

Cross-formatting of apps is very much “in” today. This involves creating a mobile app and then porting it to another mobile platform or device. This can prove to be very challenging for the developer, but you do have help at hand. You now have tools for multi-platform app formatting, which you can use to make your app compatible with multiple devices. Needless to say, though, this is not an easy process and will involve much effort to accomplish.

Where to Find Help

Developing a mobile app sometimes gets far more complex than necessary. It's important to have someone to help in case you get stuck at some point during the creation process. It is advisable to build a network of app developer friends, who you can head to in times of trouble. Participate in forums and app developer meets, both online and offline. Never refrain from asking for guidance and tips from senior app developers. Also attend courses on app development, to glean information about the latest goings-on in the field. Try and keep yourself abreast of all the latest technological updates in the mobile app development industry.