With respect to current industry standards, it has become vital for developers to have knowledge of multiple platforms.
There are no set standards in the industry today and from cloud and server to the latest trends of IoT enabled and wearable devices render enormous opportunities to developers to showcase their skill sets and help achieve them excellence.
Here are five must-have skills for Android and iOS mobile app developers in 2021.
Capturing the attention of the target audience has become the number one priority for mobile app development companies. For apps to tickle with the audience’s imagination, an in-depth understanding of UI/UX design is required by mobile app developers. A good UI/UX design determines whether an app will be successful or not. Poor design is often discerned in seconds and leads to poor accessibility. The product owner risks losing business and credibility at the same time. An application whose user experience becomes automatic for the user and guides them in solving their queries is likable, shareable and drives conversion rates. Therefore, a basic knowledge of design with various aspects of front-end development should be harnessed by developers in order to strive for maximum user engagement.
Mobile app developers should have in-depth knowledge of API and internet-based data security.
Cyber attacks have become increasingly common in the mobile app industry. Some of the widely attacked apps are of course the banking and finance apps. Enterprise apps that house content management and daily operations also need to be heavily guarded. Extortion hacking aims to unearth the business and metadata, which not only affects the company’s revenue but its reputation too.
Developing apps that are bug-free and have proper security layers should be prioritized over short term gains. A considerable amount of time has to be spent to make apps that resist cyber threats. Staying updated on cybersecurity practices and guidelines is also a must for development teams. Since the majority of the development companies have clients globally, understanding the rules and regulations of their respective origins marks a significant step in understanding app security. A company should have detailed experience in securing users identity and data privacy. Knowledge of basic encryption algorithms and 3rd party mobile app security tools is also must and could be incorporated in mobile apps.
3. Expertise in Multiple languages
Times have changed. One programming language is not enough, there has been increasing demand for multilingual mobile developers who also, in turn, are maximizing on this opportunity. It’s important to note that, adding language skills to one’s skill set should not deter problem-solving skills.
For iOS App developer: Objective-C, Swift, SwiftUI
Any developer who’s well versed with multiple languages will stand out from the rest and has better chances to land a lucrative job in the industry. The majority of businesses will approach a development team for android development services or iPhone application development services. It’s their task to provide them with scalable solutions that are cost effective.
4. Machine Learning
One of the exciting fields that are powering our present and future, machine learning uses extensive data and is a natural progression to A.I. According to the report published by International Data Corporation, spending on Machine Learning and AI Will shoot over $60B by 2021. Tech Giants like Google, Linkedin, Microsoft, IBM, and Intel have already registered many patents and are hiring experts to do cutting edge research.
Learning M.L skills doesn’t require certification or degrees. Online courses are available to learn the skill set. Machine learning is not restricted to just software developers. It is open to all engineering graduates and is one of the most profitable skills one can learn today.
There are tonnes of examples we see everyday, thanks to machine learning and A.I. Personal assistants like Siri and Alexa have become part of our voice and non-voice based interactions. Ola and Uber provide us hassle-free rides. From live chatbots to self-driving cars, the future looks bright.
5. Soft Skills
Problem Solving: Companies hire developers who have enhanced problem-solving abilities. Here are some personal attributes which could be found in developers who are passionate about what they do.
- Work cohesively as a team and assist others
- Are willing to accept new ideas
- Take ownership of mistakes
- View problems objectively with an appropriate coding approach
Things like accountability, empathy, open-mindedness are all soft skills one can use to interact harmoniously and effectively with other people.
It doesn’t matter the platform or device, a developer in today’s age must know how to optimize the app visibility in the market. The business and marketing side of the mobile app has reinvented itself and has to be taken seriously. A skilled developer is not only experienced in one platform but is versatile enough to adapt to the changing times.
Keval Padia is the founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing mobile app development company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.