Posts tagged with “hybrid mobile app”

Integrating Alpha Anywhere With PhoneGap Build: The Why and How of It?

Thursday, 4 February, 2016

App Development is no longer a buzzword and has become one of the most important mainstream components. Simply put, having a mobile app is a necessity that is getting difficult to ignore for businesses and individuals. After all, 60 percent of digital media time is spent on apps.

When you decide on developing an application, you’ll to choose between a native app or a hybrid application. The hybrid or native app debate is not new, however, choosing the right option to play a vital part in a project’s success and failure.

While building a native application is an excellent choice for users wanting to have a dedicated iOS or Android app, but for creating a cross-platform app, you need to opt for a hybrid app. The majority of users prefer creating a hybrid app over the native one since the former helps provide the advantage of a web application and device features.

Besides, several tools such as PhoneGap helps in performing hybrid application development in a breeze. But the agenda of this post isn’t merely discussing the differences between native and hybrid app. Instead, I would like to cover information about the integration of new software called Alpha Anywhere with the PhoneGap Build.

But Before We Start

Let’s talk about what is PhoneGap Build. As you may know, Adobe’s PhoneGap helps save time and money in comparison to native application development. However, it still needs to work with SDKs – that consumes a lot of time and requires expertise in setting up. To reduce the time spent in setting up the SDK, PhoneGap Build was created.

What is Alpha Anywhere?

In order to automate PhoneGap Build and save even more time in developing cross-platform apps, a new software Alpha Anywhere is integrated with it. Below are the  key points that will help you understand how the integration of Alpha Anywhere with PhoneGap Build can save enormous amount of time:

  1. Alpha helps in locating the PhoneGap Plugins that you may need and add them to your project automatically.
  2. It helps users access the apps created using the inbuilt manager screen quickly.
  3. Alpha enables you to produce icons and splash screens in the app for all the main platforms according to desired resolutions and more.

Let us now discuss the main advantages (as discussed above) that Alpha Anywhere integration offers in detail:

1. Managing Plugins Becomes a Breeze

Plugins let your HTML5 apps interact with the device hardware to get access to the files, Geolocation, etc. At present, Alpha Anywhere comes with 72 built-in plugins and several other plugins are in the development phase. So, you don’t need to find out the plugins yourself, and rather can locate them by getting the checkbox next to the plugins checked as shown in the image below:
Alpha Anywhere for PhoneGap

2. PhoneGap Apps Are Easily Accessible

Developers just need to login to their PhoneGap Build account right from the IDE, and they get the ability to create an entirely new business application, update already existing app, or delete an app on PhoneGap Build.

What’s more? You can view all of the PhoneGap Build apps listed in the PhoneGap App Manager. The app manager comes with buttons that showcase the QR codes that enables users to install the business app on their mobile device for testing instantaneously.

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3. Generate App Icons and Splash Screens Quickly

Another great benefit of Alpha Anywhere is that you can produce all of your application icons, as well as, splash screens automatically. Also, splash screens work well with all of the supported platforms and at needed resolutions. This helps in handling device displays, such as: retina and non-retina. Performing this process can take an entire day, however, Alpha let you pick required images, and get the task done in just minutes.

4. Access to “Pre-written” and “Tested” PhoneGap Code

Lastly, Alpha Anywhere contains written and tested code that can be used for extending your plugin features. Below are some examples that will demonstrate this process:

Images: Alpha Anywhere allows to access the “exif “data of your device pictures, which includes details of where the image was clicked, the camera orientation at the time when the photo was taken and other data.

The File System: Alpha comprises of code that enables you to work with the massive amount of data (more than 5MB) in the offline mode. For this purpose, Alpha make use of a simple/complex nested database query when the device is connected to a network. For example, a product catalog or selecting a customer account to access mobile field in the online mode may be sporadic or such functionality might not be available.

Audio: If you need to build an app with functionalities such as voice dictation and audio capture, you can find the Alpha code to include such features. The best part is that the code is saved in a standard format, making it run on various platforms like iOS, Android, and many others. Also, the code can help in controlling compression for saving storage space, lets you control functions required for audio recording.

Summing Up!

Integrating Alpha Anywhere with PhoneGap Build is an excellent approach to performing mobile app development, as it lessens the amounts of time needed while setting up the SDK and during the beginning phase of app development. Also, it helps shorten the time you’ll have to invest in iterative development of an application to fix any bugs and to enhance features. Hope that the post will provide you a good understanding of the benefits of integrating Alpha Anywhere software with PhoneGap Build.

This guest article was written by Ella Cooper, who works in a leading web development company as a programmer. Apart from programming she has a penchant for writing and thus she shares her development experience through blogging.

Pros & cons of using hybrid mobile app development in your business

Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

Consumers often prefer investing their money on stuffs that possess the one-size-fits-all attributes. But, with mobile app development, one can’t follow this approach.

There are basically three approaches that can be followed for developing a mobile application. That is, either you can create a native application that supports a particular mobile platform, a mobile web application (HTML5) or a hybrid application (which is the combination of the other two options).

From a business perspective, it can be said hybrid applications are quite beneficial as they are perfect to target a wider mobile audience base, and they facilitate a cost effective and convenient way that doesn’t require one to create individual applications to reach different mobile platforms. Therefore, if you are looking for a viable option, you might consider hybrid mobile apps as a lucrative choice.

With Hybrid mobile app development, you will get a simple and easy way to code by deploying HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript like programming languages and launch the app for multiple platforms. It helps developers to include more native features as compared to mobile websites, for instance, there are apps like accelerometer, Geo-location, camera, etc. All such amazing, impressive apps can be created without learning or focusing on different platforms.

However, since almost everything (though not all) has certain pitfalls along with benefits, the hybrid mobile app development also exhibits some advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, before beginning the development process, it is worth considering its pros and cons.

Benefits Of Developing A Hybrid Mobile App:

Blending the utile features of both the native mobile apps and mobile web apps, the hybrid mobile apps deliver acoustic performance. Let’s have a look at some of its features.

  1. Offline Usability: Since, hybrid applications store some data offline via the API of a device, it allows users to easily access the application even when they are offline (either due to poor connectivity or data costs). Thus, unlike mobile web apps that limit its usage in the absence of network connectivity or poor signals, hybrid apps offer accessibility independence.
  2. Application Speed: The mobile web apps are a way slower than the hybrid applications. The hybrid mobile apps instantly deliver amazing performance (unless, it’s not featuring any heavy or bulky graphics), as it doesn’t require any network communication.

Pitfalls Of A Hybrid Application:

  1. Degraded Performance Than Native Mobile Apps: Native applications are considered as the best among all, as they are coded specifically for a particular platform. And since, every platform possesses certain specific quirks and foibles, native apps are much better than hybrid as they allow developers to focus on a particular platform.For instance, the iOS and Android are the two most popular and in-demand platforms, which exhibits completely different developing environments. Hence, an expert skilled developer can focus on the requisite platform and deliver an enhanced and smooth performance comparatively.
  2. Unique Features Of A Platform Can’t Be Integrated: Since, every platform possesses certain unique features and functions, hybrid apps can’t access and leverage these different features. Hence, by creating a hybrid app, you might be missing on the best feature of a platform. For instance, by creating a hybrid app for Android, Windows and iOS devices, you can’t integrate the features like widgets in Android, smooth and uninterrupted animated graphics in iOS, and Live Tiles in Windows. Thus, you won’t be able to create an innovative and advanced application, as all the unique features that make these platforms distinct from each other can’t be incorporated in a hybrid application.
  3. Debugging A Hybrid App – A Daunting Task Even For The Most Seasoned Developer: It’s really tough to develop a perfectly running, bug-free application at once; there is always a great probability of having some errors and bugs left after coding. Have you ever wondered that how the debugging of a hybrid application can be accomplished? It could be a daunting task even for the skilled developers, as it involves multiple platforms. On the contrary, the Native app developers have more control over their applications and are well-aware of their app behavior on the platform for which it has been developed. Moreover, with the native app development, developers can fix the bugs in more precise and convenient fashion, as it offers advanced and highly resourceful debugging tools.

Wrapping Up:

Indubitably, developing a hybrid mobile app will allow you to reach a huge group of mobile audience in a cost-effective fashion, but there are certain pitfalls as well. However, the native mobile apps incurs more development cost but, offer more cohesive and better user experience. It is thus advisable to consider the pros and cons of the development approach well in advance before beginning the mobile app development process.

The guest article was written by Lucie Kruger, who is an eminent Senior Content Editor and IT consultant for Mobiers Ltd, a mobile application development company. You can avail Mobile Applications Developer for hire  by getting her best consultations.