Windows Phone 8 App Development
Back in the year 2004, the Windows mobile used to have 23% market share in Smartphone Industry, and everyone expected that the OS will surpass its closest rival Symbian by 2010 and acquire the position of leading mobile operating system. However, the strategy didn’t turn out as planned, and in 2012, the windows mobile got stuck at fifth position behind Apple, Android, Symbian and RIM.
At that time, customers didn’t know that Windows Mobile 8 will break all the records and re-enter the market with a “Big Bang”. The huge success placed the Windows mobile developers and development back in demand. Experts however have anticipated that the Windows mobile OS will hold 21% of market share in the Smartphone industry by 2015, acquiring an overall growth of 67% for the OS.
The latest Windows Mobile OS version i.e. Windows Phone 8 is based on the Windows NT kernel. Known by the code name “Apollo” before the release, the new windows operating system replaced the older Windows mobile 7 OS which was driven by windows CE based architecture. Released in October’ 2012, feature-rich Windows Phone 8 is packed with wide range of functionalities and attributes, which includes –
- Support to devices with larger screen size
- Multi-core processors
- Near field Charging
- Compatibility with Windows Phone 7 apps
- Re-designed Home Screen
- Wallet Hub (Integrated NFC payments, Coupon Websites and much more)
- Better Security, Improved File Support
- External Storage card support
One of the main advantage of Windows Phone 8 OS is the simplicity and friendliness of its user-interface. Also, with Microsoft being the most widely utilized platform for OS, it offers a comfort zone to the programmers to design and develop business/ consumer applications.
One can see the popularity of the windows apps by the fact that, windows apps store was announced in the fall of 2012 and the apps count has already reached the 35,000 mark.
The Windows Mobile Application Development process mainly require a specific set of tools and technologies, which includes –
- Metro UI
- .NET / C# (C-Sharp)
- XNA Framework
- .NET Compact Framework 3.5
- Expression Blend, SilverLight
- SQL CE/SQL Lite
- Liquid Layout
- 2D/3D Graphics
- Visual Studio
Also, the programmers or developers who are already working on the Microsoft technology will have no barricades to hold them from creating Windows Phone apps.
However, it might be possible that Microsoft’s Windows Phone may not sweep the market entirely, and iOS and Android OS continue to stay at top. The probability of Windows 8 walking the same path as travelled by the Android is quite high, i.e. providing OS free of cost, easy customization and much more. In that situation, organizations which already have applications for the new hand-held devices will get the advantage.
Therefore, if you like Windows Phone and want to have a windows app for your personal or business purpose, it is better to hire Windows mobile application development company, and earn profitable returns.