5 Things To Know About Mobile App Development

Smartphones, as well as tablets, have overshadowed PCs, so application developers need to shift their focus to these platforms. The truth is that a lot of developers still haven’t got a hold of this new outlook, and lack the necessary knowledge to create mobile apps. And even if they have that knowledge, another fact that is extremely important and often overlooked is the importance of a quality user experience.

Shifting to mobile devices means a change of perspective. You are no longer making apps for a large PC screen, but for a significantly smaller Android, iPhone or BlackBerry one. This requires a whole new approach, and in a way, makes every pixel important.

First things first

When you are building mobile apps, you need to think about what the user is expecting from the app, and what your developers can do to make it happen. It is up to you to decide which operating systems your app is going to support. Search the market, and see if there is already an app out there that suits your needs. In-house app development works well for particular requirements, but sometimes it’s a good idea to buy an app from the market and improve on it according to your users’ demands. The cost of developing an app is high, but you can save cash if you are a competent app developer and can do the whole thing on your own. The fact is that it takes a lot of effort to do so.

Native or Web-based app

When you develop a mobile app on a Web-based platform like CSS3, HTML5 or JavaScript, it tends to be a faster and more cost-effective process. Furthermore, you only need to develop one app, which will then run on a variety of mobile platforms. In the case of native mobile app development, you build the same application for every operating system. An important difference between the two is that native apps can take advantage of the device’s features much better than Web-based ones can.

A third alternative are Hybrid mobile apps, which make use of the best parts of the former two types of mobile apps. The problem with this option is possible performance issues, and lack of support across various devices.

Bandwidth and memory constraints

Another thing that is important to have in mind is that mobile devices commonly have bandwidth and memory issues. The fact is that mobile devices have less memory than PCs. While a PC can have an abundance of gigabytes at your disposal, a smartphone might only provide you with a couple of hundred of megabytes. Therefore, if you develop an app that loads a hundred image onto a phone is certainly going to make it run out of memory. You can still somewhat solve this issue with images that come in smaller resolution.

Furthermore, network connectivity affects the download capacity of a smartphone. When you develop an app, you should make sure that it doesn’t overcrowd the network with a lot of requests for files. Both space and memory are essential factors that you need to keep in mind when you develop your mobile app.

Hardware performance

It is a fact that smartphones and tablets are using fast chips that can support hardware acceleration and graphics processors, thus improving rendering of animations. But it is important that you don’t take it too far when building your app. According to mobile app development Sydney based experts, it is essential to know when your app’s user can benefit from the experience that the particular hardware can offer him. You could implement amazing graphics into your application, but you need to be careful not to slow it down through using way too many processes that feed on the device’s processor.

Promoting your app

The final step in mobile app development is proper promotion. People need to get to know about it. Share it on all the big social media networks and video websites like YouTube and Vimeo. Submit it to a number of websites that review mobile apps. You can also hold a press release, and get the app covered in the media. Provide the media staff with promo codes, so that they can test your app and review it. Your goal is to gain as much attention as you can. If you make it into the Featured Apps section, your app’s popularity will significantly grow.

Final words

In the end, you need to be prepared for the fact that your users will make mistakes. Not everyone is fully comfortable with their smartphones, so they will often press the wrong buttons. Therefore, you need to make your application tolerate such mistakes, and help them come back and get to where they wanted to without too much effort. 

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Comment by Danish Maniyar on May 19, 2017 at 4:32am

Brilliant! Interesting article on mobile app development.

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