Key Principles to Developing a Third-Party Mobile Application

Mobile applications are popular in every industry of today. The increasing number of smartphone users and newer demands of businesses and customers lead to developing mobile applications that deliver the results to satisfy the user demands. According to reports, the total number of mobile applications on Google Play Store has reached 2.7 million and on Apple App Store, a total 1.96 million apps are available. Therefore, the increasing demands and use of mobile apps has given a boost to app development that can support every device efficiently.

Third-Party Apps: What are They?

Third-party applications are the apps that are developed by others except for the ones which have been already installed on the device of a user. For example, the Android devices come with Google Chrome installed in it by default but the user can decide to install any other browser app that has been approved by the Play Store and this application is called the third-party app.

Leading social media applications like Facebook and Snapchat permit some of the other apps to access and run along and these apps can be called as third-party as neither Facebook nor Snapchat has developed them. The market of third-party applications is running successfully as it is required to enhance the user experience and also offers users the benefits that the pre-installed or native apps can not.

Developing Third-Party Applications: Key Principles

To develop a third-party application, you must understand the entire business niche of the app market to deliver an app that fits user needs. A third-party app passes through several rigorous testing to finally get approved and hence, the development is required to be performed by the experts and experienced personnel.

Principle 1: Know Your Competitors

To succeed in the market and know your customers, the requirement gathering for your application must be done efficiently. It requires you to understand the market trends and analyze the current scenario to add up features that can derive your application different from others available in the store. Therefore, the development needs to proceed only after understanding what your potential competitors offer and understand the requirement for a change.

Deriving your strategy that can defeat your competitors by offering more convenience than them can lead you to top the downloads by leaving their apps behind. To do so, it is required for you to understand your competitors and find out the reasons behind their vast audience base and target the functions and features they have yet not offered.

Principle 2: Manage for Emergency Requirements Efficiently.

The applications can crash down or shut down in-between the use of them leaving a bad impression among your users. Therefore, your application must be developed to avoid the situations that can lead it to mess up the user experience being provided. The required app updates and bug fixes must be performed to ensure your application doesn't fail to fulfill the user requirements and keep on earning more downloads.

Principle 3: The App Should Fit in All the Criteria Including the Spending Limits.

Once your application gets developed, the next step is to decide what should be the model that your app will follow. Whether should you offer the app completely free or not? The answer lies in user behavior. If your app offers usability that is worth paying and users would die for it (only if there is no better alternative!), choose the paid model. However, most of the applications sitting in the top charts are free. 

Either way, you can choose to opt for a subscription strategy that can support your perspectives more precisely. The user can be provided limited access to the app features for free and they can pay for unlimited access through subscribing for it. It helps your user gain an insight into what your app solution provides. The biggest example of this is Netflix.

Principle 4: Work on Compatibility

Your application should be compatible with every device it gets installed on. As you can not control the devices being used, your application must be compatible with these devices to offer excellent user experience. Device fragmentation is a major issue in Android applications but it can be overcome easily with developing the app fitting all the criteria and device dimensions. Your app solution can only achieve success if you put forward the best of your development practices in it.

Principle 5: Be Creative and Meaningful.

The app design of your solution must be excellent to offer the best experience to your users. The user interface and navigation throughout the application must be efficient to impress your users. However, it is important to keep your app design strictly following the guidelines and without copying others. The secret to achieving tremendous popularity is to create an excellent interface that is following your idea and not of others.

Principle 6: Integrate Business Requirements.

Developing an application is not easy. It requires you to put together efforts that can help you earn an app solution that serves all user demands. Also, if you are developing an application for a business, the requirements must be integrated very well. This requires you to perform a thorough analysis before you start development. For instance, if a client asks you to create an app like uber, you must understand the features and functionalities integrated into it and plan out the entire development process accordingly. 

Summing Up

An app solution serving the user demands and offering the latest approaches is sure to achieve success. Following the guidelines of app stores and delivering results accordingly enables the app solution to reach a maximum of audiences easily. To get your app running successfully, it is required to keep it updated and implement the changes that the industry trends and user expectations demand.

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