Why would you need a Mobile App for your business?
Native mobile apps are mobile applications that you download from an App store (iOS) or Play store (Android). On the other hand, Web apps are applications that you can access from an internet-enabled phone via a web browser. You don’t need to download them onto your phone. Generally, Web apps are preferred when you want to reach out to broaden your user base and display your content. Although, accessibility is easier with Web apps, as users do not HAVE to download anything on their phone, native mobile apps are more popularly used and preferred. So, why and when would you need a native mobile app for your business?
- If you’re looking to create a super-fast and great performing application.
- If your app needs to access the mobile phone’s features and functions like the file system, Camera, GPS, Compass, etc.
- If you’re app idea is a game.
- If you’re app idea is to execute some important routine tasks.
- If you need your app to be able to work offline too. (via caching techniques)
- When you want to provide your users with updates and notifications every now and then.
How can Drupal help you build a great Mobile App?
Drupal is an extremely flexible and agile Content management framework that can easily and powerfully blend with your requirements at lower costs. The ever-growing community of Drupal developers are constantly working towards creating a more robust and secure Drupal framework for you. With Drupal, you can not only create compelling enterprise-class websites but also light, fast and effective native mobile apps.
How does it work? In a nutshell, Drupal acts as the backend that contains all your business logic, user management, functionalities, modules and content while your native mobile app acts like a front end that uses the Services module to communicate with Drupal.
Before you start developing a Drupal mobile app, it helps to know which platform you want to build the app for. Let’s say you want to build an app for iOS, you will need to have a technical team with Objective C skills. And if you want to build on an Android system, you will need technical expertise in Java. For an iOS mobile app, you will obviously need a Mac for your iOS development and connect to your Drupal website using HTTP networking libraries like AFNetworking or ASIHTTPRequest. Similarly, for developing Android mobile apps, there are various libraries for native Android applications that communicate with Drupal web services like DrupalCloud and XMLRPC.
You also can choose between some cross-platform (both iOS and Android) mobile application development tools like Titanium, DrupalGap, PhoneGap, etc. that allow rapid development of Drupal mobile apps.
Users are increasingly using their mobile apps for gaming, browsing, buy/sell products, communicate and many more activities as it is simpler and faster than using a browser. Drupal powered mobile apps are extremely versatile, secure, less expensive (open-source, remember?), light-weight and super-speedy. Specbee is a Drupal development company and we can help you create a great performing and user-friendly mobile app driven by Drupal.