Why you should have your own mobile backend in 2017

Time to prepare for the Mobile Learning Era!

The Priority

Let’s face it, we all need a backend for our mobile apps for something or the other. And being either being a Android or iOS developer many have the priority to focus on application performance and design(no doubt it should be).

As a result our backend ends up being a 3rd party service like Firebase, Parse etc. Performs great and app is working. Great! (ok maybe not that great). But in reality your app works ‘only’ like that, very little scope to extend the functionality!

The 2017 Era

At the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 we have already seen a lot of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in upcoming apps and we can see this will evolve into a huge thing. Even the big companies are investing heavily into this field. Everyone seems fascinating and mobile developers want to use in their apps too.

The Uh-Oh!

Seems the best way to use ML and AI in the mobile app(due to computational restrictions) is deploying your scripts on the server. Now as the developers had 3rd party backends they can’t do it. ‘‘Saw it coming’’

It just doesn’t ends here. Even if you want to extend your apps functionality which is not provided by the service, you are stuck bad my friend! You just try workarounds.

The Dilemma…

Now you have realised it, you seem to be stuck in apps and other things and don’t see how you can do a backend and integrate everything again within the app. Either it is postponed or the plate gets heavily or it hurts your pocket. Any case you wished you done it earlier.

Note for New Comers

Though how tempting the third party services look like you should spend a few weeks to learn and deploy your own backend. This will not only be future proof but also act as an extension to your app which you can use whenever you feel like.

Being a mobile developer at the initial stage seems a lot to do both the app and the backend but it will speed up your development as you proceed.

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