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AbstractSoftware development is a practice that is surrounded by enormouschallenges As such it is important to elucidate these problems so asto make it easy for application developers to apply mitigation measuresThis paper has identified several common problems faced when developingapplications for mobile devices Network protocol problems have beendiscussed in this paper and they include low bandwidth specificationsand lack of dynamic network configurations Problems in powerconsumption prediction have been outlined as well Most mobileapplications are based on several hardware configurations depending onthe devices As such prediction of power consumption is a problemHeterogeneity of the user-devices and customization are also criticalproblems in this practice In addition challenges in debugging andtesting result to security problems as discussed in this paperMoreover this paper has explored the storage problems that result fromsmall stack size Imaging configurations also face the challenge oftexture loading as discussed in this paperIntroductionThe world is currently experiencing mobile computing rushConsequently development of mobile applications has experienced drasticgrowth in the last few years Several innovative applications have beenintroduced in mobile computing especially by internet companies Diasand Brewer 2009 p74 Mobile applications must be integrated intovarious mobile computing aspects such as social networkingentertainment and global positioning so as to meet consumers needsThe field of education has also shown great interest in mobile computingDias and Brewer 2009 p75 However development of mobileapplications has faced many challenges which must be addressedefficiently to improve mobile computing in future Usability and timingof the mobile applications are fast becoming the key considerationaspects in the software development practice This paper explores thecommon problems that are faced when developing applications for mobiledevicesProblems in Provision of Network ConnectivityIn the development of mobile applications the designers have to takeinto consideration the network provision capabilities of the softwarePetz and Julien 2010 p 1 Network connection in mobile devices isoften unpredictable and limited In addition the bandwidth strength ofthe mobile internet applications is low when compared to desktopapplications As such these mobile applications experience delaysKamboj and Sharma 2010 p
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