The success of mobile programming has attracted many software developers who aspire to transition from desktop/tablet applications to mobile phone applications. However, there are significant differences to consider in this transition. Let’s explore them:
To ensure the success of a mobile app, compatibility with various operating systems is crucial. With the wide variety of mobile OS options, developers must make their applications operable on multiple platforms. The popular operating systems include Android (Google), iOS (Apple), Blackberry 10, Symbian (Nokia), and Windows Phone. Independent programmers must strive for compatibility across these and other platforms. In contrast, PC developers rarely encounter compatibility issues due to the complexity of PC operating systems. Most open-source software easily runs on all operating systems. Once a developer’s application can operate on Windows and macOS, they can confidently distribute their work.
While computer applications can assume constant network connectivity and facilitate large downloads, Smartphone developers must be mindful of fluctuating network conditions. Even in areas with strong networks, mobile apps can experience intermittent connectivity. Developers, particularly in Africa, must consider that downloading content can incur costs, and not all app users may be high spenders. Therefore, it’s important to limit the content requiring downloads. Additionally, mobile applications are often used while traveling, where network consistency cannot be guaranteed.
Mobile phones are personal devices, and the applications developed for them are typically intended for individual use. As a result, mobile applications offer a high level of customization and personalization. It is assumed that no one else will access the app on a daily basis. In contrast, PC applications are often used in shared environments, whether in an office or home setting. Therefore, PC applications typically incorporate a login prompt as the initial step to start operation.