Mobile app development is big business and one of the areas of opportunities for creative individuals and small teams of developers to make a stand. It may take several attempts to design and implement a blockbuster App; however, if your App hit the top charts of e.g. Apple App Store your opportunities are amazing.
Apps are simply defined small software programs executed on mobile devices such as iPads, Android smartphones etc. Apps are often designed with a very specific and simplified set of functions and to be easy to use on small screens and everyone seems to love downloading tons off Apps. Just check out this collection of mobile stats to get an idea of the popularity and opportunities related to App development. Some of the numbers are from 2012, but 400 million accounts in Apple App Store and $5 billion in payouts to App developers sounds like sweat music for anyone with a development talent.
So how do you get started? First, you need to choose the target platform and architecture to use. I have previously described the different App architectures in an article at LinkedIn that you may want to check out. Please note that you may choose to develop hybrid and cross device compatible Apps, but often these may not be as powerful as native Apps for e.h. iOS or Android.
To help you get started with the decision and learning process, I have collected some of the best tutorials available free online and categorized them into the following sections: iOS, Android and Hybrid App and App-framework tutorials.
iOS App tutorials
How to Make an HTML5 iPhone App – MORE INFO
This iPhone 5 app development tutorial will show you how to create an offline HTML5 iPhone application. More specifically it will walk you through the process of building a Tetris game.
How To Create Your First iPhone App (2012 Edition) – MORE INFO
The first thing to look at when embarking on any product development or entrepreneurial venture is your goals for the project.
User interface design for iPhone apps – MORE INFO
Designing for iOS4 devices is totally different from designing for the web. Sarah Parmenter explains how to create the perfect user interface for your app
How to Prototype Web and Mobile Apps in 30 Minutes – MORE INFO
A crash course on designing and testing interactive user interfaces using Apple Keynote or Microsoft Powerpoint + Keynotopia User Interface Libraries.
Beginner’s Guide To IOS Development: The Interface – Part I – MORE INFO
The good news is, iPhone application development is not as hard as you might think, and this post exists as a comprehensive guide to walk you through the complete process of building an application for iPhone.
Getting Started with iPhone Development – MORE INFO
In this article we take a look at the tools involved and go through the main steps in getting your first “Hello World!” iPhone app off the ground.
Design an iOS interface – MORE INFO
The main functions of the radio app that we’re going to look at here are the ‘browser’, which enables users to browse through different radio stations; and the ‘player’
Build an iPhone arcade game – MORE INFO
Hello Monday walks you through how to turn a rejected concept into a GPS-based arcade game
Get started with geofencing on iOS – MORE INFO
Explore the location-based services provided by the iOS Core Location framework in Kevin McMahon’s guide to building and testing a geofencing-enabled application
Design a photorealistic app icon in Photoshop – MORE INFO
Roman Jusdado reveals how to use Photoshop’s layer styles to create an Instagram-esque iOS icon from scratch
How To Create A Simple iPhone App on iOS 5 Tutorial: Part 1/3 – MORE INFO
Create an entire functional app from scratch. By the end, you’ll have tried out many areas of iPhone development, and ready to dig in further.
Create an explosive iPad game – MORE INFO
Appcelerator Titanium is a fantastically versatile tool for creating mobile apps, as Anton Mills demonstrates with this game for the iPad.
Building a Caterpillar Game with Cocos2D: Introduction – MORE INFO
Recreating the popular Atari game Centipede using the Cocos2D game engine for iOS. Centipede was originally developed for Atari and released on the Arcade in 1980.
Design an iPad app UI – MORE INFO
Apposing’s Dave Brown reveals how to prototype a user interface for an iPad app in Photoshop
Get started as an iOS developer – MORE INFO
Got an idea for a killer app but don’t know where to begin? Daniel Bramhall of Visioa explains everything you need to know to start programming for Apple devices
Build an iPad app with Sencha Touch – MORE INFO
Create a web app that feels native on the iPad and other mobile devices, using the Sencha Touch library. Robert Douglas of mobile design specialists ribot explains how
Getting Started Building iPhone Apps in Xcode 4.2 – MORE INFO
The newest version of Xcode comes packaged with a few noticeable interface changes. For beginners and intermediate users it can be difficult figuring out even the most basic functionality.
Preparing an application for distribution – MORE INFO
Creating an application can be extremely exciting for any developer but before you get your application published, you need to get it ready. iOS and Mac developer/designer Daniel Bramhall explains how
iOS Newsstand Tutorial – MORE INFO
A new way to distribute magazines
iOS SDK: Send E-mail In-App – MORE INFO
Demonstrate how to allow your users to send e-mail without leaving your application using the MFMailComposeViewController class.
iPhone Programming Tutorial – Local Notifications – MORE INFO
Push notifications solved many of the issues associated with background processing.
Showing an Alert in iPhone – MORE INFO
In this blog, we’ll see how to show an alert.
Simple iPhone app development tutorial – MORE INFO
This tutorial will help you create a simple app. The app will not do anything special but it will implement stuff inorder to make simple stuff.
Learn How To Develop For The iPhone – MORE INFO
How to build an alternate page and style sheet for the iPhone and iTouch. We will cover how to detect if the user is using an iPhone to view your page as well as the orientation of the device – whether it be landscape or portrait.
Introduction to iPhone SDK Development – MORE INFO
This tutorial looks at development with the iPhone SDK. You will learn information about the iPhone platform, how to setup and configure your development environment, and the steps necessary to create a simple fortune cookie application!
Design & Build a Small Business App: Project Setup – MORE INFO
In this three part tutorial series, it will show you how to design and build a small business app from scratch.
Building a Hangman iPad App with Flash – Programming Gameplay – MORE INFO
This tutorial will focus on the ActionScript and game logic necessary to actually program hangman
Importing & Exporting Documents in iOS – MORE INFO
This article will walk you through the different techniques you can employ to allow documents to be imported or exported from your iOS application
SMS Bubble UI in iPhone Apps – MORE INFO
This article will walk you through the steps to create an UI that is similar to the SMS application.
EmailSend Application in iPhone – MORE INFO
In this application we will see how to Email Send in iPhone. So let see how it will worked.
Design & Build a 1980s iOS Phone App: Design the Contacts Screen – MORE INFO
Application will function much like the default iPhone version with one very important aesthetic twist: our design is inspired by the 1980s.
ImageClick Application in iPhone – MORE INFO
In this application we will see how to image capture in iPhone without using camera. So let see how it will worked.
Android App tutorials
Google Maps Android API v2 – Tutorial – MORE INFO
This tutorial describes the usage of Google Maps in your Android application. It is based on Eclipse 4.2, Java 1.6 and Android 4.2.
Android SDK Tutorial – Learn how to install Android SDK – MORE INFO
This page describes how to install the Android SDK and set up your development environment for the first time.
Android Development For Absolute Beginners – MORE INFO
Videos for Android development for beginners.
Android Application Development Tutorial – 4 – MORE INFO
Setting up an Android project
ICanLocalize – Android Localization Tutorial – MORE INFO
In this tutorial we show how to write multilingual Android apps.
Android Sample Apps – MORE INFO
The Android SDK includes many sample apps that can help you learn Android by inspecting how different APIs are used to build a mobile application.
Android Google Maps Tutorial – MORE INFO
The Android platform provides easy and tight integration between Android applications and Google Maps.
Android Application Development Tutorial – 13 – MORE INFO
Introduction to Android manifest
User interface design for Android apps – MORE INFO
Android apps can be just as beautiful as their iOS counterparts. Richard Leggett, co-director of Bitmode Ltd, digs deep into the styling and theming and explains how to use just XML and image files to add a fresh look and feel to your app
Getting Started with Android Development – MORE INFO
In this inaugural article of the Android series, it will get you started with Android development without requiring you to wade through pages of technical documentation.
Making Android apps voice output accessible – MORE INFO
Integrating core accessibility into Android app development is relatively straightforward to do and should be considered as business as usual for every project
Mobile HTML5: PhoneGap vs Appcelerator Titanium – MORE INFO
Getting To Know The Android Platform: Building, Testing And Distributing Apps – MORE INFO
The number of apps for iOS grew exponentially, and every company, big and small, rushed to create their own app to support their business.
Android Text-To-Speech Application – MORE INFO
In this tutorial will going to show you how to quickly introduce TTS capabilities into your application.
Discover Facebook’s developer tools – MORE INFO
Techlightenment’s systems architect Chas Coppard gives us a rundown of the APIs and plug-ins available to connect your site to Facebook
How to build an Android app – MORE INFO
Two ways to create simple applications for Android
PhoneGap Tutorial Series – #6 Writing Your Own Plugin – MORE INFO
Creating your own PhoneGap plugin for iOS development.
Android Bootcamp Series 2012 Video Tutorials – MORE INFO
Back by popular demand and updated for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Marakana is excited to bring you Android Bootcamp 2012.
Build a Facebook Open Graph app – MORE INFO
Facebook recently unveiled the Open Graph as its next generation platform. Mat Clayton shows you how to build a simple demo app on the Open Graph
Automate your Android app testing – MORE INFO
Don’t trust humans to do all of your testing – not even experts. John Senner, Koa Metter and Emory Myers of MokaSocial reveal how to delegate the dirty work
Android Application Development Tutorial – 17 – MORE INFO
Adding music with media player
Write and Publish an app for your Android Smartphone – MORE INFO
Will walk you through the tedious process of writing your first app on the Android cellphone.
Android Full App, Part 8: Creating an AppWidget for the home screen – MORE INFO
This is the eight part of the “Android Full Application Tutorial” series. The complete application aims to provide an easy way of performing movies/actors searching over the internet.
Android Application Development Tutorial – 47 – MORE INFO
Passing a string between activities
Hybrid App and App-framework tutorials and resources
Get Started with Hybrid Application Frameworks – MORE INFO
This wiki page will give an overview of what hybrid applications are, what tools and frameworks are out there to help create them, and some teasers for upcoming examples if you wanted to get involved.
Mobile Frameworks Comparison Chart – MORE INFO
Looking for the right mobile framework? Compare all major mobile frameworks and choose the one that fits best.
App Framework Cookbook – MORE INFO
This cookbook presents fundamental App Framework concepts and features, by way of example, to give you the practical knowledge needed to begin creating more sophisticated applications for your domain.
PhoneGap From Scratch: Introduction – MORE INFO
Want to learn how to use PhoneGap, but don’t know where to get started? Join us as we put together “Sculder”, not only a tribute to an excellent science fiction TV series, but a fully-fledged native mobile application for the believer in you!
Getting Started with PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build – MORE INFO
Are you brand new to PhoneGap? Where do you start? What about PhoneGap Build? There are a ton of resources out there and I’ve pulled it all together to help you get started, get some tips, and figure out where to get help.
Getting started with PhoneGap – MORE INFO
In this excerpt from the PhoneGap Beginner’s Guide, Nitobi/Adobe’s Andrew Lunny goes over the biggest roadblock developers find with the mobile development framework: getting started and building simple apps for iOS, Android and BlackBerry
Build a game for iOS and Android with Corona – MORE INFO
Jonathan Beebe of Ansca, Inc explains how to easily create a fun 2D physics game for iOS and Android mobile platforms using the Corona SDK
Introduction to PhoneGap Development – MORE INFO
Create cross-platform games with GameMaker: Studio – MORE INFO
Make simple games without code and learn to program as you go along. Gavin Smart introduces GameMaker: Studio
Two-Minute Tutorial 1 Part 1 – MORE INFO
This Two-Minute Tutorial (TMT1 Part1) shows how to use AppLaud and the PhoneGap Media API to play an audio file, and use jQuery Mobile for a simple UI using buttons and updated text display. It also shows two ways to access the audio file: as a url, and locally (from the device) using the project’s /assets folder.
Code a real-time survey with HTML5 WebSockets – MORE INFO
Phil Leggetter explains how to use WebSockets and Pusher to build a demo application, plus how to layer a user experience on to an app using progressive enhancement
PhoneGap basics: What it is and what it can do for mobile developers – MORE INFO
Joe Bowser on using PhoneGap to develop across mobile platforms.
PhoneGap Tutorial Series – #1 Project Structure and Internals – MORE INFO
Build a login form for your mobile app with DHTMLX Touch – MORE INFO
Create a custom theme in jQuery Mobile – MORE INFO
We present an exclusive excerpt from jQuery Mobile Web Development Essentials, on the basics of theming and building and using a custom theme for your app
Developing Better PhoneGap Apps – MORE INFO
If you’ve started researching what it would take to get from mobile web to native app, you’ve likely come across PhoneGap—a framework allowing you to wrap a mobile web app and deploy it as if it were written natively.
Styling the user interface of a Sencha Touch application – MORE INFO
Tutorial – building a Phonegap app – MORE INFO
PhoneGap is an open-source framework for quickly building cross-platform mobile apps using HTML and JS. It is used for building something called hybrid apps which are a mix between native smartphone apps and web apps.
Hook into native events with PhoneGap – MORE INFO
Develop cross-platform apps with web standards: Matt Gifford introduces PhoneGap