Common Problems Faced When Developing Applications for Mobile Devices

Common Problems Faced When Developing Applications for Mobile Devices

Kevin Curran (University of Ulster, UK), Sean Carlin (University of Ulster, UK) and Joseph McMahon (University of Ulster, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7284-0.ch006
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Abstract

Mobile application development is relatively new and has seen growth of late. With this rapid expansion, there are growing pains within industry, as the usual time given to the evolution of an industry to learn from past mistakes has been significantly shortened and is even going on within the currently saturated market. Because of this, inexperienced developers are attempting to design applications based on what is of yet a shady set of design principals. This is providing problems during the development process and can be seen to be stifling innovation, as many developers have yet to get a grasp on the shift between traditional software engineering and what it means to implicate these designs on a mobile device. This chapter analyses these difficulties in depth, as well as attempting to draw solutions to these problems based on development in the context of the characteristics of mobile devices.
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Introduction

Mobile Computing is currently growing and has no plans of slowing down in the near future. Gartner states that worldwide sales of mobile devices to end users totaled 428.7 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 16.5 percent increase from the second quarter of 2010 (Pettey & Goasduff, 2011). This growth is attracting more and more developers to move away from traditional applications and web development. Many of these developers are now focused on developing applications for mobile devices. A mobile device is a generic term used to refer to a variety of devices that allow people to access data and information from where ever they are. This includes cell phones and portable devices (Hakoama & Hakoyama, 2011). A mobile device is a very broad term in the fact that it can refer to laptops, net books, smart phones and the most recent form of mobile technology known as tablets. When a person discusses mobile devices today, they are generally referring to a smart phone or tablet. Developers whether they are new to mobile development or seasoned veterans, run into many problems and are required to make tough calculated decisions based on number of factors affecting the deployment/ accessibility of their mobile application.

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