Mobile applications have become an integral part of our lives now. Right from online shopping to ordering food and playing games, there is an app for almost everything. Currently, India has a smartphone use of more than 300 million. As a result, companies increasingly want the best of apps that help improve their reach as well as customer relations.
Mobile apps first appeared in 2008, and in less than a decade they are everywhere. As technology is advancing and there is an increase in the demand for apps, Mobile app development is an exciting career choice.
One has to be fluent in programming languages and keep his/her technical skills up to date in a fast-paced environment. Cost and time to market are most important in this profession. Bringing the right product with excellent user experience to the market at the earliest is the biggest challenge. Another challenge is that one has to work on several versions of the same basic application that can be read by different types of devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and personal computers.
How to enter the field?
Most employers look for professionals with a bachelor’s degree in computer science or software engineering. Even a graduate in a related field of study is preferred. One can also go for mobile app development courses provided by several online training providers. The major app developing platforms are Android, iOS and Windows. One can choose based on the platform they would like to develop for. Beyond this, one needs to enhance their skills with a certification in mobile app development offered by companies like Google, Oracle, etc.
Prominent institutes in India
- Seamedu – School of Pro-Expressionism, Bengaluru, Karnataka
- Bharti Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune, Maharashtra
- B S Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
- Sacred Heart College, Kochi, Kerala
- S S Jain Subodh PG College, Jaipur, Rajasthan
- Pristine Infosolutions, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
- National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
It is touted as the new age career path. It has captured the imagination of young Indians and people as young as 15-year olds have made a benchmark in developing apps but it is easier said than done. Manoj Punjabi, Director of D-Design Studio, Mumbai debunks the myths and explains what it takes to become an app developer.
How did you enter the field of mobile application development?
Back in 1999, when the internet was booming, we, at D-Design studio, took our first step into the digital world. It all started with websites. As the smart-phones came into the market, client acquisition and even the consumer acquisition played a major role in creating a demand for all these apps. People started using a lot of applications and data on the go. Considering their demand, we took our step into the mobile app development sector.
When mobile app development made its presence, how did you integrate it into the company’s focus?
Being a digital agency from day one, for us, what was more important was to get our basics right. We attended a few workshops, developed a core team that was learning the mobile applications. Our team consisted of students obtaining training on developing applications for mobile devices and some professionals who had the core knowledge regarding the field.
What is the scope of mobile app development in India?
India has a very growing market and that is the best part. It hasn’t really reached that saturation point yet. It is looking up because of 4G. A number of mobile applications are being used by consumers. There is a huge market. Especially OTT (YouTube, Netflix) applications are gaining a lot of momentum in the market. India as a market is really booming. In fact, in the next decade, mobile app development is going to take over the market.
How should the aspirants decide on the best university/ college for their training?
Becoming a mobile app developer requires technical qualification and some engineering background. When one lists the potential colleges, it is important to check on the curriculum they are being offered by each institution. The mobile app development sector is changing fast with the technological evolution. The market is undergoing a lot of transformations. Pacing up with these changes are only a few colleges. So, the institutions which are updating their curriculum and are at par with the changing scenario, those can be termed as the best ones to apply for.
What challenges do mobile app developers face in India?
There are two major hurdles in the journey of a mobile app developer. One is the internet connectivity which has to be uninterrupted. The second is retaining the consumers and maintaining the demand of the application(s) developed. Competition is increasing and consumers are being provided with many options. Each day they have a suggestion to download a new application. In such a scenario, retaining the application in the market is a serious challenge that many go through.
What are the other job opportunities in this field?
Keeping aside the technical coding jobs, this field has opportunities for other arenas as well. There are testing jobs through which the state of a mobile application comes out in view. Debugging the application is a stage-dependent on testers. We have UX and UI to take care of. User interface itself dominates the marketing techniques and decides whether an application retains or loses its market. There are many vital opportunities in the process of conceptualization.
What will be your advice to the aspirants?
Strengthen the basics and stay updated with the market and technological trends. It will help you choose the best college, develop the best app and retain it forever in the market.
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