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Mobile development with Python: Main Benefits

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Python is a high level programming language widely known to be used for web development. Despite this, it is also used in a wide range of non-scripted contexts and although mobile development on Android or iOS wasn’t Python’s strong-side before, we can see all the improvements on the suitability of the programing language in mobile development nowadays.

Before, we couldn’t even think about making apps on native languages for Android or iOS using Python. Thanks to the many improvements, we’ve seen Python increase its outlook through the years up to it now being able to create native mobile apps.

Let’s get a broader scope of Python’s core philosophy:

  • Beautiful is better than ugly
  • Explicit is better that implicit
  • Simple is better than complex
  • Complex is better than complicated
  • Readability counts

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To explain the above mentioned features in other words let’s say portability means you can write code and run it on any machine; there is no need to write different code for every machine meaning you must avoid any system dependent features.

Apart from its native language development capability, Python is extensible which is defined as the ability to write some of your Python code in languages like C++ or C. But, if you use C as a bridge you can call many other languages that provide C interfaces.

Python is the programming language most taught in schools. Its learning process is easy, simple and it is great at readability. Along these attributes, Python is an interactive language that is also scalable, object oriented, it supports GUI applications and it runs in Windows, Mac, UNIX and Linux.

One of the greatest applications that’s ever been created with Python as a web application is Dropbox, an application that until 2014 had 400 million registered users. A global platform that offers global collaboration and allows people to share and create files, folders and documents. If this is not enough to catch your attention, let’s talk about other applications made with Python:

  • Calibre
  • OpenStack
  • Ubuntu Software Center
  • BitTorrent
  • Quora
  • Reddit
  • Spotify
  • Instagram
  • YouTube

These are some examples but the list can go on. One important thing to highlight about having Python on Android is that you can take advantage of the code already written and freely available online.

Let’s talk about two developing options for mobile application development with Python. Kivy & Beeware.

Kivy

Kivy is an open-source Python library for developing cross-platform GUI applications. It offers the opportunity to write pure-Python graphical apps that run on Android and iOS.

BeeWare

It offers you a set of tools, a native user interface and the libraries and support code necessary to get that code running on iOS, Android, mac OS, Linux, Windows, iOS, and more. It’s an open source and it was developed to be reliable and to support robust software.

To be honest, after listing all the features of Python language and its positive impact in mobile development, there are many ways to create an app and it all depends on your goals and specifications. Scroll down just a bit and contact us if you want to discuss your own project.

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