Mobile App Glossary

The dictionary of app development, business & marketing terms. Use the Flipabit Glossary to easily search for the development terminology all professionals need to know.


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A
APK

APK is an Android app installation file with an .apk extension, similar to .exe on Windows and .dmg on Mac. It contains all of the necessary data for the app to correctly install and operate on an Android device. APK stands for Android Package Kit.

B
Backend

Backend is the software and hardware part of the service. In the mobile development field, the backend is usually what’s on the server, including the database, image storage, and authorization data.

C
Cross-Platform App

Cross-platform refers to an app’s ability to run on multiple platforms. This means that you don’t have to create an app for each platform from scratch. The main advantage of cross-platform compatibility is the speed of development.

D
Development Process

Development Process is essentially the structure that the development follows. It consists of the work and tasks that the developer completes, including requirement analysis, design, programming, assembly, testing, launching, and accepting software products.

E
Emulator

Emulator is a device, program, or a combination of the two, that can reproduce the work of other programs or devices. One popular way emulators are used is to run games and apps written for mobile devices on a desktop computer.

F
Freemium

Freemium is a monetization model whereby a product has a limited free version and a full paid version. Freemium products lower the entry threshold for users, and it is assumed that after getting used to using the product, the users will want to expand the range of available options.

Frontend

Frontend is the user’s side of the software interface. It’s what the user sees and interacts with on the screen. Frontend includes all the user interface elements like buttons, input fields, images, etc.

G
Google Play

Google Play is an app store for Android devices. The equivalent for iOS devices is Apple’s App Store. Apart from Google Play, there are other Android app stores like Amazon, APKMirror, Aptoide and more.

H
Hybrid App

Hybrid app is a mobile app that contains the WebView of a mobile platform. It’s a sandboxed browser instance where the site can be launched. In other words, hybrid apps are mobile sites in a native wrapper.

I
iOS

iOS is a mobile operating system created and developed by Apple exclusively for its own devices such as the iPhone and iPod Touch. It is the second most popular mobile operating system behind Android.

J
JSON

JSON is a text-based data exchange format based on JavaScript. It can easily be read by humans or machines, and yet the format is independent of JS and can be used in any programming language. Often used in REST APIs.

K
KPI

KPI, or Key Performance Indicator, is a marker or milestone of success within a certain process or in achieving specific goals. You could say that KPIs are quantitatively measurable indicators of realized results.

L
Low-Code

Low-code is an approach to creating, configuring, and modifying systems and applications that requires little to no coding. Low-code platforms use visual interfaces with simple logic and drag-and-drop functions instead of various programming languages. These intuitive tools allow users without programming knowledge to create their own apps.

M
Mobile App

Mobile app is software specifically designed for portable devices such as tablets, smartphones, and smart watches.

MVP

MVP, or Minimum Viable Product, is a test version of a product or service with a minimal set of functions that brings value to the end user. MVPs are created to test hypotheses and the viability of a prospective product to determine how valuable and in-demand it would be on the market.

N
No-Code App

No-code is the development of a software product without the use of code. No-code technology has become a popular alternative to traditional development. It allows you to create websites as well as ios and android apps without needing to write any code.

Native App

Native app is one that is written in languages ​​created for a specific platform. Both iOs and Android have their own SDKs and technology stack. The native languages ​​for Android are Java and Kotlin, while for iOS they are Swift and Objective-C. Native apps support all of the hardware capabilities of its particular platform.

O
OS

OS, or Operating System, is a set of programs designed to manage device resources and organize interaction with the user. Desktop, mobile, and server operating systems can differ depending on their areas of ​​use and the specifics of their device resource management processes.

P
Push Notification

Push Notification is a short pop-up message in an app or browser. Their main purpose is to deliver relevant information to the customer and keep them engaged. They also increase conversions and traffic.

Q
QA (Quality Assurance)

Quality Assurance is the cumulative set of activities covering every stage of development, release, and operation of a program to ensure that the product’s quality reaches and maintains the required level.

R
Responsive Layout

Responsive Layout is a way to correctly display an app’s interface on any device and dynamically adjust to given screen sizes. This means that one app can work on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

S
Social Media Integrations

Social Media Integration consists of additional tools within the app that allow users to share content through social media. Some common examples of social media integration include the share button, authorization via an already existing social network account, and displaying a social media feed inside the app.

T
Template

Template is a ready-made app with basic functions that can easily be customized to fit your project. Templates allow you to publish a functioning app in the least amount of time and with minimal effort. Exploring and experimenting with templates is also a great way to learn.

U
UI

UI, or User Interface, is everything that the user sees on the screen, including buttons, signs, text entry fields and other means of interaction. Good UI design should be unambiguous, concise, responsive (instantly responds to user actions), aesthetically pleasing, and user friendly.

V
Vector Image

Vector image is an image that scales freely without losing quality. Vector images make it easy to create responsive layouts. The downside to using vector images is their simplified details and colors, which aren’t suitable for transferring colors of real objects in the surrounding world, not to mention that creating these images is relatively difficult.

W
Web App

Web App is a program that users can access via the Internet, meaning it doesn’t need to be installed on a device. There are three types of web apps: MPA (multi-page application), SPA (single-page application) and PWA (progressive web application).

X
x86

x86 is the architecture of a microprocessor and its corresponding set of instructions. It is also a hardware platform or program designed for the x86 architecture.

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