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Mobile app development refers to creating applications and other software specific to mobile devices, like smartphones, smart TVs and smart watches. Netguru builds mobile applications on all major platforms, including iOS and Android. Mobile development seeks to optimize functionality and user experience on mobile devices. On Netguru blog we cover mobile development topics, including Native Apps, Swift, Kotlin, React Native and Flutter.

According to Statista’s estimations, in 2018 52.2% of all worldwide online traffic was generated through mobile phones. However, trends have changed in mobile development. We’ve seen a major switch from native to cross-platform programming with React Native and increasing popularity of Progressive Web Apps. On the other hand, we have Kotlin, AR, VR, and IoT solutions which keep Android development growing strong. What are the trends for the upcoming year for Android development? We asked C-level executives from the top startups in Europe about their guesses.
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Including machine learning (ML) capabilities can add a lot of value to your product. Today’s customers expect applications to be tailored to their precise needs, and machine learning is increasingly becoming the go-to solution.
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According to Statista’s estimations, in 2018 52.2% of all worldwide online traffic was generated through mobile phones. However, trends have changed in mobile app development. There’s been a major shift from native to cross-platform development, as well as other alternatives like Progressive Web Apps. On the other hand, native development is growing strong thanks to technologies such as AR, VR or AI. How do you pick the right solution for your business? Choose a partner that will help you make the right decision.
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How to Design Offline-first Approach in a Mobile App

Nowadays, almost everyone uses WiFi at home, workplace, or even when commuting. When there is no wireless network available, we connect to the mobile network. Does it mean that we shouldn't be concerned with the availability of network when making custom mobile apps? Not really. There are many scenarios where a short period of no connectivity can ruin your app’s "smoothness".
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After all the scandal caused by Cambridge Analytica and considering the role Facebook had in it, people went crazy about the personal information companies are collecting about them. Many users revoked permissions from applications or removed applications that they’re not using.
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Mobile app security issue Nowadays, with the growing popularity of smartphones, almost everybody uses mobile applications, but hardly anyone thinks of their security while using them. At the same time, when developing a system everyone's focusing on the back-end security, but rarely on securing mobile apps. We just take security for granted, relying on the back-end, where there may be vulnerabilities as well.
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A huge amount of a developer’s daily work is debugging. It’s the thing that makes this job really annoying, however on the other hand, resolving an issue and making something work is such an amazing feeling that being a developer is still worth it.
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There are various types of testing and many quality assurance techniques. You can choose from methods ranging from manual testing, through unit tests, functional test, to end-to-end tests. Each testing technique brings additional value to the project and improves its quality. Some of those techniques are also confused or misused.
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Google began sending emails notifying about the coming changes in the Google Play Store policy. Starting from November 1, 2018, every app uploaded as a new application or an update of a previously launched app has to target Android Oreo (API level 26) or higher.
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Android has a whopping 85.9-percent share in the mobile OS market. Even if you’re an iPhone enthusiast yourself, these numbers can’t be argued with – Google’s operating system is an extremely important part of the modern technology landscape.
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React Native lets you build native mobile apps using only JavaScript. It uses the same design as React, letting you compose a rich enterprise mobile app UI from declarative components. It basically allows you to reuse your code for writing apps for Android and iOS. “Write once, use everywhere” was one of the most popular slogans for this technology when it came out.
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To say that mobile development is the future would be an understatement – it also dominates the present. Mobile devices (think smartphones) have overtaken desktop machines (such as laptops and old-school workstations) in Internet use back in 2016, and the trend has only progressed since then. Plainly speaking, if your website or product is not usable on mobile devices, you are set to lose over 50% of your potential customers right off the bat.
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In 2016, React Native was one of the rising technologies giving a great promise to save on development time but also carrying some risks. No one really knew in which direction it would go, whether it would last or become forgotten. We decided to take a bet and invest in the research on React Native. Today, we know it paid off, and React Native is here to stay. Facebook’s framework has been leveraged by big players such as Tesla, Instagram, and Airbnb. Airbnb has recently shared their experience with RN on their blog. After having delivered 20 projects and with 15 React Native developers on board, we want to share what happened over the past 18 months of our journey with this technology.
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As a software consultancy, we very often have an opportunity to create projects in new, modern technologies. In this blogpost, we would like to describe to you our the experience we gained  programming with Flutter, a modern, cross-platform framework created by Google.
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How to Improve Mobile App Stability

Finding a way of connecting with prospective customers is the main concern you should have as a business owner. Utilising the power of mobile apps is a great way to give consumers a glimpse into what your company is about and what you can offer them.
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It’s time-saving, cost-efficient and comes with a set of ready-to-use components created just to make your work easier. Sound good? The JavaScript-based React Native framework allows you to develop a cross-platform application once, and run it on both the iOS and Android mobile platforms.
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Currently, security is one of the hottest topics in IT. Users, companies, and legislators are taking the subject of data security and privacy more and more seriously. This trend also applies to mobile applications due to their proximity to the user. Frequency of use and convenience mean that mobile apps often store important private data. iOS, due to its closed system and restrictions imposed by Apple, is considered one of the most secure mobile operating systems. This does not mean, however, that you can neglect security when developing an iOS application.
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For years, Java has been the standard for developing Android apps. In 2011, JetBrains presented Kotlin, a new statically-typed language running on Java Virtual Machine. In 2017, during Google I/O, Kotlin was announced as an official language for Android development. As Kotlin is a modern programming language with powerful features, it gained popularity among Android developers. It was placed second on the list of the most loved programming languages in the Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2018.
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The Android platform is periodically updated, which means a new version is released every now and then. When a new iteration is available, the question that arises among the owners of Android products and in the Android developer community is: “should I update my mobile application?” The answer is not straightforward, as there are both good reasons to do it, and good reasons to wait. In this article, I will help you make the right decision on when and how to update your application to deal with a new version of Android.
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In May 2017, the Android team at Google announced first-class support for Kotlin, a statically typed programming language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Kotlin is built by JetBrains, who (it is worth noting) is also responsible for developing the JetBrains IntelliJ Java IDE, which Google’s own Android Studio is based on.
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