The number of smartphone users is increasing by the minute, and developing mobile applications that offer unique services and user experiences has become essential for businesses.
So why are mobile apps climbing the popularity ladder with such speed?
Purpose of your application: Apart from boosting your brand name, your app should be uniquely valuable to end users. It is crucial to figure out the potential impact of your application on your customers to ensure that your app stands out and brings revenue. A good start is to identify the key user problems you want to solve with your application.
Be realistic: Set a realistic budget for your app and be transparent about it to the development company you are collaborating with. This will help set clear expectations and prioritize requirements.
Competitor research: Market research into the exact kind of app you want to develop will offer a host of insights into your competition and how you can modify or enhance your app. Identify trending technologies and market gaps that your app can bridge.
Start simple: Try not to overload your app with features and complex UI right from the start. Keep your plan simple so that users adapt more easily to your application.
Responsive designs: Creating designs for different devices from scratch may mean spending extra time, effort and money. Instead, you can opt for responsive designs that offer users similar visual experiences across different devices and screens.
Proper research and cover the basics: Whether you want to develop a fintech app, e-commerce app, a sports app or a dating app different apps have different feature requirements. The cost of development varies on the basis of these requirements. Once you have figured out your app specifications, you can break down the budget into 5 parts. Every development project roughly involves five steps, namely, research, design, development, testing, deployment, and marketing. Be sure to keep a flexible budget to accommodate reiterations and modifications as and when necessary.
Select the features and functionalities: As previously discussed, having a lot of features does not always guarantee a successful app. Select the features that apply to your specific use case. Do they solve all the key problems you identified in the research phase? With AI/ML integrations on the rise, you can consider using these features for your app. The bottom line is to keep your app as clean and uncomplicated as possible so that your initial users can navigate the interface with ease.
Select an app development company: Deciding whether to hire an in-house development team or outsource to offshore development agencies. While in-house development may increase overhead costs with no guarantee of app quality, offshoring ensures that you can select the best talent suited to your specific use case and retain outstanding app quality. Offshoring also reduces the development cost significantly.
What platform/s do you want to build for?: There are several types of mobile apps to select from. Native apps are developed from scratch for a specific platform, such as iOS or Android. They are thus more expensive to build and maintain. Web apps are browser-based; this makes them cheaper to build and maintain, but they are always dependent on a browser. Hybrid apps are just web apps that are built like native apps. They may be cheaper to develop, but they lack the look and power of native apps. Cross-platform apps are a category of native apps that use the same codebase for different platforms. This makes them cheap to develop and easy to maintain, and the average user will not be able to tell the visual difference from a native app.
Post-launch maintenance & support: The app development task does not end with successful deployment. In order to keep your app relevant, scalable, and bug-free, you will require ongoing assistance from your QA team.