Sep 02, 21  |  Sharjeel Ashraf

Are DevOps Necessary for Mobile App Development?

The term DevOps sprang from Agile development techniques in 2001. It is now a significant shift from the traditional waterfall software development strategy. DevOps is a contemporary software development technique and it improves the coordination between software engineers, project managers, and operations personnel while also aligning with business objectives.

When developers and operations personnel get together to better effectively solve the problems of continuous software delivery, DevOps was born.

Why Have DevOps for Mobile Applications?

Peerbits offers a comprehensive approach to mobile DevOps, describing it as a capacity for continuous mobile app delivery that allows our clients to simultaneously minimize time-to-market new features while also seizing new market possibilities.

Continuous delivery is a major DevOps idea, which entails automatically and on-demand deployment of software (in this example, a mobile app) and the environment in which it operates at any step of the mobile app development cycle.

Whether you're building a mobile or web app, DevOps generally follows the same principles. The problems in mobile DevOps, on the other hand, are a little different and unique.

Mobile DevOps Challenges Explained

The challenges in mobile DevOps mainly include:

OS Versions Are Different

Most mobile apps have a wide range of target settings and devices, necessitating the handling of a wide range of specs, OS versions, and form factors.

Furthermore, not only are there numerous different operating systems on the market, but there are several versions installed as well.

Consider the Android operating system: Around 85% of the smartphone market is controlled by the Android operating system. The chart below shows the breakdown of Android versions installed as of October 26.

As you can see from the graph, 21.3 percent of Android users are still on Android version 6.0, which according to Wikipedia is no longer supported.

This clearly shows that only a small percentage of users upgrade as soon as a new version is released, while the majority do not, either because they do not want to or because their smartphone makers do not offer newer OS updates.

Furthermore, most Android smartphone makers alter subsequent Android OS versions somewhat, resulting in increased OS fragmentation and slower startup times.

Hardware is Not Advanced

There are two major issues with smartphone hardware. To begin with, smartphone manufacturers provide a wide selection of chipsets, RAM, storage, and, most significantly, screen sizes. It's difficult to support each of them as a result of this.

Second, the smartphone fight is no longer waged just between Apple and Samsung. New smartphone makers are entering the market at a faster rate than ever before. A number of firms among these new rivals provide low-cost variants.

Despite their dominance in Western markets, Apple and Samsung only account for 13.7 percent and 20.7 percent of the Chinese market, respectively.

DevOps Help Maintain Mobile App Quality

As the app industry developed in recent years, so did the demand for businesses to deliver their mobile apps fast.

However, with rising consumer expectations, the quality of a mobile app is the most important aspect in both maintaining and recruiting new consumers.

Due to the simplicity with which users may remove applications and offer low-quality mobile apps negative ratings and reviews, this is becoming increasingly challenging in 2018.

As a consequence, businesses must pay special attention to the quality of their apps while also continuously providing value to retain their existing consumers

Rules for Successfully Adopting Mobile DevOps

Adopting DevOps in your company's mobile app requires only three factors, as shown below.

Continuous Updates & Planning

Continuous planning is the process of getting your whole mobile app project team—developers, project managers, operations staff, and other stakeholders—on the same page in order to finalize the scope of the app and prepare a launch strategy.

Continuous integration, on the other hand, guarantees that code contributed by one developer is compatible with code submitted by another (s). Simply said, in mobile DevOps, continuous integration necessitates frequent builds that must be merged with the most recent code.

Continuous Development & Monitoring

Instead of using real devices, most mobile app testing is done on simulators. Furthermore, the testing is done by hand. And, given the sheer number of OS versions, manual testing for all of them is unfeasible.

A mobile app may work well in a test environment, but it is extremely likely to fail in the real world.

Memory, network conditions, power, and other factors can all contribute to these failures. As a result, developers and companies must ensure that continuous monitoring is carried out via third-party SDKs for logs, crash reports, and other metrics in order to identify the source of the problem.

Continuous Deployment

Continuous delivery is the process of submitting each change to a production-like environment to ensure that the code gets delivered to the production environment.

The next phase of continuous delivery is continuous deployment. Each modification that passes continuous testing is automatically deployed to the production environment in continuous deployment.

Bottom-line

There is no such thing as a distinct DevOps for mobile app development, in our opinion. DevOps is a broad method to application development that works for all components and types of applications.

While there are certain obstacles to overcome when using DevOps for mobile apps, there are also tangible rewards that make the trip worthwhile.

Overall, the benefits of DevOps make the investment worthwhile, despite the cost of developing an app and its first difficulties.



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