Modern mobile platforms provide a range of capabilities, better Internet access, larger screens, enhanced mobile browsers giving developers whatever is required to deliver the superior user experience on the mobile Internet. The variety of the ways to deliver user experience and utilise the features of the smart devices is great, and it demonstrates the demand for this type of software itself. There are four main types of digital products for the hand-held gadgets which include native apps, web-based solutions, mobile websites development, and responsive web design. The distinction between native and web-based software products is getting thinner with the browsers gaining access to the hardware of the devices. Programmers look for the solution of interoperability and usability issues drawing near the day when web software will reduce the need for the native applications which are tailored to a specific platform. Nevertheless, our development company is ready to provide you with a full range of services offering the IT solution that fits your firm the most.
Mobile Websites Development
- Mobile Web Development
- Native Applications
- Web-based Apps
- Mobile Websites
- Responsive Design
Native applications refer to the type of the software that acts native on the hand-held devices. It is programs which can be found in the app stores and downloaded to the home screens of the smartphones, tablets and other gadgets. Native programs enable users to access built-in functionality of the gadgets ensuring fast performance. They get support from the app stores and obtain a higher index of engagement, safety, and security. But such neat work and platform-specific development are much more expensive due to individual approach to each operating system and group of devices the product is designed for. It is difficult to achieve app compatibility with multiple gadgets not only because of the code differences but also design principles and rules, which influence program usability and intuitivity. The cost of the maintenance and updating of the native software also higher due to the necessity to make a number of changes in each mobile platform. Nevertheless, our development company can boast first-class iOS developers, Android app designers, and Windows programmers.
Web-based software doesn’t need to be downloaded and stored on the device core memory. Web apps are accessed via the browsers and with the help of the Internet connection. They have a single code base that fits a multiple number of platforms that is what makes them easier to maintain. Thanks to the common code base, they are also can be made to be compatible with older and newer portable gadgets. With the evolution of technologies, web apps capabilities keep growing delivering almost native experience, some offline capabilities and abilities to integrate some native features. They have limited scope with less access to the device hardware. They might not be influenced by the variety of the smartphones but still need to be adjusted to the multiple mobile browsers. And as these apps are not placed on the app stores, it might be harder to discover the program on the Web. With a team of frontend designers and backend programmers, we can deliver world-class web solutions ensuring powerful functionality which can be enhanced with a server-side scripting.
Mobile website development is a creation of separate pages dedicated to the accessing site information from the smartphones and tablets. It is a way to provide a better user experience adjusting habitual sites to small viewports of the cellphones. The main advantage of mobile websites is the ability to rebuild its structure and change the content that fits on-the-go visitors more. Such websites are designed considering the relevance of the content that can be searched from the portable tech gadgets, the limitations of the platform and its opportunities, such as interaction methods (touch screen) or calling hardware capabilities. Our development team will help you reform the site and content and optimise it for the on-the-go users ensuring its accessibility, fast-loading, readability and the appropriate size of the clickable elements. As there exists a variety of smartphones and tablets, their layout metrics significantly vary that is why our interface designers also ensure responsiveness of the website so that it could fit every screen delivering ergonomic user interface. Of course, a mobile website is a separate site with its own URL which requires additional SEO work and maintenance efforts.
Responsive design allows to adjust a single website to the number of desktop computers, smartphones, and tablets ensuring that it fits all screen sizes and resolutions. Such results can be achieved due to the adaption of the content, design, navigation map, and methods of interaction to deliver comfort and usability for both mobile and desktop users. Responsive website design doesn’t influence the number of URLs, ensuring that you have only one website and it adapts to the viewports. It is easier to administer it, no redirects waiting, and only one SEO direction. You will have a single content and enjoy the benefits of the desktop website SEO on portable devices. It requires fewer efforts and development and maintenance costs. But its user experience gives in to the mobile websites and web-based apps. For older gadgets, it might also take quite a lot of time to download the page with a responsive design.
Peculiarities of Mobile Website Design
Mobile gadgets differ from the desktop PC and laptops with their hardware characteristics starting from the processor horsepower up to the size of the screens which are, obviously, smaller and besides can automatically switch the orientation. Designing software for feature phones and tablets, developers should enable the website to change from portrait to landscape mode as people rotate their tech gadgets. Another peculiarity that should be considered during the development of the mobile website is the touch screen which modifies the way people interact with the website. Finally, the development for the mobile devices is almost always about APIs integration. Such features as geolocation, orientations, and others are supported on the hand-held gadgets with the help of APIs which enable developers to create a unique user experience which differs from what they get on the desktop PCs.
The Variety of Screens
Portable devices which include smart watches, feature phones, tablets and other tech gadgets have different screen size even products of one brand varies in their metrics complicating the process of the development. Responsive interface design enables developers to make the website adaptive to the viewing environment with the help of the set of design techniques. If website designers keep in mind the various sizes and orientations developing the layout, they can enable it to adapt to the potential changes.
- Available techniques include fluid CSS layout which enables seamless transformation of the layout scale according to the size of the browser window.
- One more thing website programmer can do, is to utilise the media queries. A media query refers to a CSS technique which was released with the updated CSS3. It consists of an optional media type and the number of the expressions that limit the scope with media features which includes width, height, and colour. Media queried enable developers to tailor the content to a specific range of the screens with no changes in the content itself.
- The development of the website that adapts to the screens can also be accompanied with viewport meta tag which instructs the browser how to display the site according to the appropriate scale for the user’s device. Mobile browsers render the pages in the viewport wider the screen so that users can zoom to the required area of the page, while viewport meta tag, introduced by Mobile Safari, lets web developers to control the viewport’s scale.
To provide quality support for touch-based screens, specific web API, TouchEvent, offers the ability to interpret users’ interactions with multitouch gadgets and trackpads. Unlike it is with personal computers, touch-based gadgets provide people with the different form of interaction which starts when a finger or stylus first touches the contact surface. During such interactions, the program receives touch events which are similar to mouse events except they can support simultaneous touches of two-fingers gestures. The :hover CSS can help during the development for the touchscreen gadgets, but TouchEvent and -moz-touch-enabled media query will help to make the layout and its design elements more finger-friendly.