In the era of internet, mobile applications have become an integral part of our lives. The growing advent of mobile devices, along with its application is the biggest technical event in the recent times. Over a decade mobile app industry has seen tremendous growth and today, this sector one of the rapidly growing markets. According to a report, app categories that are widely used by the mobile app users are:

  • Music – 78%
  • Health and fitness – 53%
  • Social networking – 51%
  • Travel – 34%
  • Entertainment – 28%
  • Sports – 20%

However, not all apps that are launched in the market acquire good number of downloads. The apps need to be informative, user-friendly, fast, and more importantly must provide reliable information. Hence, obtaining the right information and suitable databases for an app is crucial. But with so many databases out there, selecting the right database is quite difficult task.

Here are a few handy tips that let you figure out the right database for your mobile app.

  1. Secures data – When you are making use of synchronised and decentralised storage, it is essential to access, transfer, and store data securely. To make this possible, you must  address authentication, data in motion, data at rest, and read/write access. These authentication must be flexible and let public and custom authentication providers to utilise it. It is also important for anonymous access for various mobile apps. For data at rest on the client as well as server, you must support file system encryption and data-level encryption. For the data in motion, an interaction must happen over a secure channel like TLS or SSL. hence you should choose a database that secures data both in rest as well as motion.
  2. Flexible data model – A flexible data model is a must to decide if you can articulate the model requisites for your app in an appropriate manner. Data model can also dictate if you can evolve your model as your needs. Hence model flexibility is important in mobile app.
  3. Resolve data conflicts – For various mobile platforms can work on the decentralised data writes and the same data could be modified on different devices by creating a conflict. A system( database) is needed to support a mechanism to resolve those data conflicts easily.

The features that need to be considered while choosing database is not limited to the above ones. You need to consider speed, scalability, etc. while selecting a database for your mobile app.