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Modern Architecture for Mobile Apps in 2023

By Unni MohanFeb. 3, 2023, 3 p.m. Application development company
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Learn the ins & outs of mobile app architecture with our comprehensive guide! We provide tips & tricks, explain why it's essential, & offer core examples to back it up.


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For mobile apps to be successful in the market today, it is essential to choose the most suitable mobile app architecture. Many apps fail in the market because of poor architecture. In this blog post, we attempt to provide an overview of mobile app architecture principles that will help to build a successful mobile app.

Good Mobile App Architecture and its Importance

It is not by accident that every popular Android and iOS application in the market has a very reliable mobile app architecture. In such apps, every component is built well because the creators very well know that even a very small problem that has not been taken care of when building the app undermines its ultimate quality. 

What is Mobile App Architecture

The mobile app architecture encompasses all the parts of the app – all the questions about why what, and how of the app – including what data is collected, how the data moves, what the app looks like, for what platform, and using what tech stack. Missing even a single important element while creating the mobile app architecture, the project will likely be in peril. The complexity of building the architecture is proportional to the size of the application. However, the proper architecture allows great savings in terms of time, energy, and costs in the future.

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What Makes Good Mobile App Architecture

A lack of architecture in a mobile app results in an app:

  • That takes longer to develop and is costly
  • Is difficult to maintain 
  • Is not scalable
  • Is difficult to test
  • Is error-prone

Good Mobile App Architecture Will

  • Enforce best software development practices(KISS, DRY, SOLID) 
  • Help to support flexibility and Agile development methods 
  • Not be platform specific

Mobile App Architecture – Layers

The most popular mobile app architecture is represented using 3 layers: presentation, business logic, and data.

Android Mobile App Architecture

Apps developed specifically for Android are native apps developed for a specific mobile platform. These apps support Android languages (Kotlin and Java) for devices from different manufacturers including Samsung, Google, Sony, and Nokia. The most commonly used Android architecture for mobile apps is ‘Clean Architecture’. Clean architecture focuses on the same 3 layer structure.

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iOS Mobile App Architecture

Native iOS apps are developed with Objective-C and Swift languages, and Apple provides clear best practices over app architecture and the MVC model (Model-View-Controller). It supports rapid and parallel development, with the ability to create multiple views.

Hybrid Mobile Application Architecture

Hybrid mobile apps work in a manner to leverage native and web solutions. They use native apps as “shells” for the back-end and platform-neutral JavaScript, HTML and CSS for the front-end. Hybrid apps use plugins like Apache Cordova /Ionic Capacitor to access native platform features. They can be created fast and are easy to update. They are inappropriate for interactive, complex, or feature-rich applications.

Hybrid Mobile Application ArchitectureCross-Platform Application Architecture

Cross-platform development leverages a common codebase having platform-specific abilities in each native shell. These apps use React Native, Xamarin etc. Cross-platform apps offer a native-like UX.

Factors to keep in mind When Developing Mobile App Architecture

  • Type of device 
  • Development framework
  • UI/UX Design
  • Bandwidth scenarios
  • Push Notifications/Updates
  • Navigation

Choosing the right Architecture for Mobile Apps

  Some things to look for finalizing the design of mobile app architecture:

  • Budget
  • Analysis of audience
  • Key features required
  • Development time
  • Choice of platform
  • Building a test app

Conclusion

The success of a mobile app requires careful consideration of architecture and also the tech stack. If you assume incorrectly, all your efforts will result in an app that fails to meet expectations.

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FAQs

A properly picked mobile app architecture can help to save a considerable amount of development time and money for a business. Moreover, it makes app testing and maintenance easier.

There are different types of mobile app architecture designs available such as cross-platform, hybrid, and architecture for iOS and Android. To choose the best fit, it’s important to understand your app development goals. Defining correctly the kind of app you want to build makes picking the right mobile application architecture easy.

Mobile app architecture is a set of certain rules references that are implemented when developing the app. Following these patterns helps developers to build a well-structured and feature-rich app that corresponds to industry standards and makes it less prone to bugs and failure.

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