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Introduction to Mobile and Web Apps with AWS

AWS offers a wide range of tools and services to support development workflows for iOS, Android, React Native, and web front-end developers. There is a set of services that make it easy to build, test, and deploy an application, even with minimal knowledge of AWS. With the speed and reliability of the AWS infrastructure, mobile and web applications can scale from prototype to millions of users to provide a better user experience and better solutions for the whole integrated system.

A scalable approach allows you to grow your business quickly with built-in AWS best practices for security, availability, and reliability; your application can easily scale from one request per second with microsecond latency around the world.

In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most important AWS Mobile and Web App services that will help you in the development and operation of web and mobile solutions, as well as speed up the whole process and make it more stable.

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AWS Mobile and Web App Services

  • AWS offers purpose-built tools and services for front-end web and mobile developers, which makes it easier to build apps with cloud functionality on AWS, so you can get to market faster.

  • AWS provides an end-to-end solution so you can develop, deliver, test, and monitor your app. you can also combine front-end tools with the breadth and depth of AWS services to support your evolving business requirements.

AWS Amplify

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  • AWS Amplify makes it easy to create, configure, and implement scalable mobile applications powered by AWS. Amplify seamlessly provisions and manages your mobile backend and provides a simple framework to easily integrate your backend with your iOS, Android, Web, and React Native frontends.

  • Amplify also automates the application release process of both your frontend and backend allowing you to deliver features faster.

  • Mobile applications require cloud services for actions that can’t be done directly on the device, such as offline data synchronization, storage, or data sharing across multiple users. You often have to configure, set up, and manage multiple services to power the backend.

  • You also have to integrate each of those services into your application by writing multiple lines of code. However, as the number of application features grow, your code and release process becomes more complex and managing the backend requires more time.

  • Amplify provisions and manages backends for your mobile applications. You just select the capabilities you need such as authentication, analytics, or offline data sync and Amplify will automatically provision and manage the AWS service that powers each of the capabilities.

  • You can then integrate those capabilities into your application through the Amplify libraries and UI components.

Amazon Cognito

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  • Amazon Cognito lets you add user sign-up, sign-in, and access control to your web and mobile apps quickly and easily. With Amazon Cognito, you also have the option to authenticate users through social identity providers such as Facebook, Twitter, or Amazon, with SAML identity solutions, or by using your own identity system.

  • In addition, Amazon Cognito enables you to save data locally on users’ devices, allowing your applications to work even when the devices are offline. You can then synchronize data across users’ devices so that their app experience remains consistent regardless of the device they use.

  • With Amazon Cognito, you can focus on creating great app experiences instead of worrying about building, securing, and scaling a solution to handle user management, authentication, and sync across devices.

Amazon Pinpoint

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  • Amazon Pinpoint makes it easy to send targeted messages to your customers through multiple engagement channels. Examples of targeted campaigns are promotional alerts and customer retention campaigns, and transactional messages are messages such as order confirmations and password reset messages.

  • You can integrate Amazon Pinpoint into your mobile and web apps to capture usage data to provide you with insight into how customers interact with your apps.

  • Amazon Pinpoint also tracks the ways that your customers respond to the messages you send—for example, by showing you the number of messages that were delivered, opened, or clicked.

  • You can develop custom audience segments and send them pre-scheduled targeted campaigns via email, SMS, and push notifications. Targeted campaigns are useful for sending promotional or educational content to re-engage and retain your users.

  • You can send transactional messages using the console or the Amazon Pinpoint REST API. Transactional campaigns can be sent via email, SMS, push notifications, and voice messages. You can also use the API to build custom applications that deliver campaign and transactional messages.

AWS Device Farm

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  • AWS Device Farm is an app testing service that lets you test and interact with your Android, iOS, and web apps on many devices at once, or reproduce issues on a device in real time. View video, screenshots, logs, and performance data to pinpoint and fix issues before shipping your app.

Amazon Location Service

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  • Amazon Location Service provides affordable data, tracking and geofencing capabilities, and native integrations with AWS services, so you can create sophisticated location-enabled applications quickly, without the high cost of custom development.

  • You retain control of your location data with Amazon Location, and you can combine proprietary data with data from the service. Amazon Location provides cost-effective location-based services (LBS) using high-quality data from global, trusted providers Esri and HERE.

Amazon Chime SDK

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  • The Amazon Chime SDK is a set of real-time communications components that developers can use to quickly add messaging, audio, video, and screen sharing capabilities to their web or mobile applications.

  • Developers can leverage the same communication infrastructure and services that power Amazon Chime, an online meetings service from AWS, and deliver engaging experiences in their applications.

  • For instance, they can add video to a health application so patients can consult with doctors on health issues remotely, or create customized audio prompts for integration with the public telephone network.

  • By using the Amazon Chime SDK, developers can help eliminate the cost, complexity, and friction of creating and maintaining their own real-time communication infrastructure and services.

AWS App Runner

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  • AWS App Runner is a fully managed service that makes it easy for developers to quickly deploy containerized web applications and APIs, at scale and with no prior infrastructure experience required. Start with your source code or a container image.

  • App Runner automatically builds and deploys the web application and load balances traffic with encryption. App Runner also scales up or down automatically to meet your traffic needs. With App Runner, rather than thinking about servers or scaling, you have more time to focus on your applications.

AWS AppSync

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  • AWS AppSync is a serverless back-end for mobile, web, and enterprise applications.

  • AWS AppSync makes it easy to build data driven mobile and web applications by handling securely all the application data management tasks like online and offline data access, data synchronization, and data manipulation across multiple data sources.

  • AWS AppSync uses GraphQL, an API query language designed to build client applications by providing an intuitive and flexible syntax for describing their data requirement.

  • Amazon Location Service makes it easy for developers to add location functionality to applications without compromising data security and user privacy.

  • Location data is a vital ingredient in today’s applications, enabling capabilities ranging from asset tracking to location-based marketing.

  • However, developers face significant barriers when integrating location functionality into their applications. This includes cost, privacy and security compromises, and tedious and slow integration work.

Conclusion

  • Today, the development of mobile and web applications is closely related to cloud services in the form of a backend. The bulk of functionality in mobile and web applications is designed to communicate with the backend and to make calls to the corresponding API.

  • Amazon’s system to develop mobile applications is constantly being updated with interesting functions. It also offers an authentication system, the ability to quickly build flexible APIs via GraphQL, and the ability to test in the cloud using real devices, which is essential for testers.


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