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Discussion in 'Android Development' started by boby2, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. boby2

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    Good Evening Everybody,

    So I am thinking about designing an android App for a small business. The app needs to serve two functions:

    1) Integrate with the website
    -->The website is flash based (I know such a pain)
    2) Allow users to buy items(physical goods)
    -->Goods are static, meaning that the types of items will not be decreasing or increasing over time.

    My questions are:

    1) Is it possible to achieve function #1 without having to redo the entire website as an Android app?
    -->If so, are there any particular technologies that allow such migration?

    2) For function #2, is this possible at all?
    -->If not possible, how does Zappos or Office Depot do it?
    -->If possible, what technologies/payment processing frameworks are available?

    The reasons behind question #2 are that I've been reading about Google's enforcement of their in-app billing system but it says it is only for virtual items, and that every app must use this system, which rules out the paypal payment processing option.
     

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    1) Is it possible? Yes. Should you do it that way? No. When working with mobile, it is almost always (and by almost I mean 99.9999% of the time) it is advisable to make a native app for the website and not a an app that simply opens a web page. If a mobile friendly version of your website is what you really, really want, then I recommend you just make a mobile version of the website and use it instead of the desktop version when it is accessed from a mobile device.

    2) Yes, you can do this. There are various APIs out there that allow the developer to integrate a storefront into their app.
     

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