Mobile Application Development is the process of building and developing software and application programs for mobile phones and smart gadgets. These application and software programs are either installed already during the mobile device's manufacturing or bought from software providers for mobile phones and then installed on the phone, or downloaded directly to the mobile phone through its web browser.
Software and application programs for mobile phones are being designed, built and developed to run on the most well-known mobile device platforms and environments today. These are the Android OS, the Blackberry OS, the HP webOS, Windows Mobile, the Symbian OS and the Apple iOS.
As a developer, it is always a must to determine and do an analysis of what platforms or environments to use for the development of mobile phone applications and programs. Doing mobile software development gives the programmer exposure to the tools of the trade, enabling him to write the code faster, test it, and later on deploy the mobile app for certain mobile phones and their operating systems.
Some of the known development environments for mobile application development include the following: Adobe AIR, Android, Application Craft, Aqua, Battery Tech, Blackberry, Canappi, CloudPact, Corona SDK, iOS SDK, Java ME, Macromedia Flash Lite, Meme IDE,.NET Framework, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and the webOS. To know more about Mobile Application Development, you can also search online.
For mobile application development, here are the mobile application test environments that can be used for the Android, iPhone, and Blackberry operating systems:
- Google Android Emulator
- Official Android SDK Emulator
- iPhoney; and
- Blackberry Stimulator.