Questions tagged [mobile]

**Mobile application development** is the process by which application software is developed for mobile devices (usually low-power handheld or portable devices).

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How to safeguard a REST API for only trusted mobile applications

How do I make sure my REST API only responds to requests generated by trusted clients, in my case my own mobile applications? I want to prevent unwanted requests coming from other sources. I don't ...
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Is it safe to trust emulators when developing multi platform/resolution mobile apps?

I'm currently developing some mobile applications using PhoneGap for Android, testing only in 3 different kinds of smartphones, and using emulators to test on the others target phone resolutions. ...
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How do you manage the testing of your Android software on physical devices?

I'm in charge of managing mobile application development at my company, and I am currently building a mobile device "library" for testing. Essentially, we want to have a representative device in-house ...
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How does non-interruptive autosave work?

Many apps save state and progress automatically in the background. Mobile apps save what page you're on even after the apps are cleared out of RAM. OneNote and Word for iOS save documents ...
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What are the pros and cons of HTML5, native and hybrid mobile app approaches?

I want to develop a mobile application. I recently read an article on Telerik Forum, which compares among three types of mobile application and I don't know which one should I select to begin with. ...
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REST vs RESTful vs “normal” web service - the same or not?

I've read a couple of definitions and discussion on REST and/or RESTful applications, but I still do not understand the real meaning of it. I usually work with the apps which either fetch data via ...
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The best way to implement authentication for a REST API

We develop social-based applications for mobile. Every application consumes RESTful API web-services. When I implement login I usually store the username and password somewhere on device. Then I send ...
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Rest APIs - mobile specific challenges

I'm working on a new iOS app project, on the mobile side. Some architecture changes are happening and it turns out we will have to rely on a custom built private API that will be used by the app we ...
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Paid open-source app

The question that bothers me is whether it is possible/feasible/reasonable to expect for an open-source app to sell well on the mobile market? Should I believe that my users will use my app, rather ...
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Approach for developing software that will need to be ported to multiple mobile platforms in the future

I am currently doing the preliminary design for a new product my company will be pushing out soon. We will start on Android, but then we will need to quickly develop the IPhone, IPad.... and then the ...
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How to plan/manage multi-platform (mobile) products?

Say I've to develop an app that runs on iOS, Android and Windows 8 Mobile. Now all three platforms are technically in different program languages. The only 'reuse' that I can see is that of the boxes-...
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Integrated ads in phone apps - how to avoid wasting battery?

Considering the PCWorld review that came out in March: Free Android Apps Packed with Ads are Major Battery Drains ...Researchers from Purdue University in collaboration with Microsoft claim that ...
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If it was for you to chose Game Development vs Application Development, which will you chose? [closed]

Today I was asked if I want to do Game development or Application Development. I never thought to that I will ever do Games for a living. I will try it for a couple of weeks maybe but what are your ...
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Different feature set in multiple mobile apps from the same code base

I inherited a large code base (iOS / Objective-C) that is used to build multiple mobile apps. The apps have similar, but not identical UI. The apps share a lot of common features, but there are ...
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How to be robust against webservice downtime caused by third parties

I'm using iPage as my cloud based server provider. I haven't had any problems with them yet. They hold the scripts for my RESTful services for the mobile app I'm developing. My problem however is ...
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Saving mobile application data when no service?

Say I have a mobile application that allows users to enter information which is then uploaded to a central location. I had planned on building this using only HTML5 and javascript (non-native app), ...
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Smartphones and tablets for testing

In my work I have started development of a website/webapp that will be viewed primarily on smartphones and tablet. I have now been given the task of buying the necessary hardware for testing the ...
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What is the legality of making a mobile app version of an existing card or board game? [closed]

I see that the market is full of mobile apps based on card/board games. For example, do a search for "Taboo" and there are many results which are not published by Hasbro Inc. Is this legal? The top "...