How we built Amilia's mobile app

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 1:20:00 PM by Andrea

When we launched our online e-Directory, we saw that a number of users were using their phone to find organizations around them. Unfortunately, our first version wasn’t mobile ready.

We decided to take the mobile issue very seriously and started to work on a mobile application that would let our users find what they were looking for, on the go. Developing a mobile application isn't a piece of cake! First, you need to study and plan what your users really need, then take what you have on your desktop application and keep the relevant information. Lastly, you need to focus on having a modern design that lets users easily find what they’re looking for.

 

(Image credit: Android Design. Used under Creative Commons license.)
(Image credit: Android Design. Used under Creative Commons license.)

Mobile phones and tablets are also very different from one another. We had to take in consideration the performance and screen resolutions in both iOS and Android devices. So we decided to choose a mobile technology that let us handle the all the different capabilities, helping build a mobile application from the ground up in a few weeks. This technology is called Sencha Touch.

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Sencha Touch has three majors assets:

    • It's built with a solid code architecture (HTML5) that will help us build new functionalities into our current app.
    • It also has a resolution independent design, so regardless of which phone you’re using, the app will show up correctly.
    • Finally, the package process inside this tool allows us to have a very low size app so users can access the app faster.


You can find our new mobile app by launching http://www.amilia.com on your mobile phone.

Florent Lamoureux, Web & Mobile developer at Ziliko