Languages Used in Mobile Application Development: Embark on The Journey of Mobile Development With the Right Linguistic Toolkit

From Swift and Objective-C for iOS to Java and Kotlin for Android, Discover How Each Language Contributes to Crafting Seamless User Experiences and Unlocking the Full Potential of Application Ideas.


Mwenda Kelvin (Chief Editor)

10/18/20222 min read

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Mobile application development is the cognitive process of creating software applications that function on a mobile device. There are two types of mobile application development depending on the application;

  • Native Application Development – this is the process of creating software applications that only function on a particular platform or device.

  • Cross-Platform Application Development - this is the process of creating software applications that functions on almost every if not all platforms or devices.

In the recent years, mobile application development has seen a massive growth and is projected to keep on growing more in the coming years. Just like any other technology field, in order to be a mobile application developer, one needs to acquire various skills like programming in certain languages that are meant for mobile application development and in this blog post article, you will find the top rated and mostly used programming languages for mobile application development;

1. KOTLIN – designed to interoperate fully with Java, Kotlin (the official android development language) is a cross-platform, general-purpose programming language with a powerful and clean syntax compounding both accumulative and functional programming attributes for quicker assembling.

2. OBJECTIVE-C – due to its compatibility with C++ and adding of a small talk-style messaging to C, Objective-C (once the official language for iPhones) is a general-purpose, object-oriented programming language that is commonly used in iOS mobile application development because of its steady functioning.

3. PYTHON – designed to emphasize code readability, Python is a high-level, general-purpose programming language that supports multiple programming paradigms and although it is not always reasoned as a mobile application development language, when given the handiness of native application development language alternative, Python is frequently used in mobile application development areas such as data science.

4. C# (C Sharp) – pronounced as “see sharp” C# is a general-purpose, multi-paradigm programming language and one of the essence languages for most undertakings that include mobile application development due to its strong frameworks like Xamarin.

5. SWIFT – considered to be the official language for iOS development, Swift is a programming language developed by Apple Inc. that is used to develop its applications for its various iOS platforms.

6. JAVASCRIPT – being a top language choice for many mobile application developers, JavaScript is a programming language that is one of the core technologies of the World Wide Web and with its frameworks like React Native, this brands it as a paramount necessity in the development of mobile applications.

7. JAVA – intended to let programmers write once and run everywhere and designed to have as few execution dependencies as possible, Java is a high-level, class-based, object-oriented programming language that remains as one of the most preferred language for android development while also being an option for creating cross-platform applications because it is fast and reliable.

8. DART – with a C style syntax and the choice for Flutter framework lovers, Dart is a programming language designed for client development such as server and desktop applications and mobile applications too.

In conclusion, mobile application development is one of the field that is still experiencing a high demand of professionals and a fluency in iOS or even Android development languages is a sure tickect to landing a great transformational application development job in today's world.