10 Things You Must Know Before Developing Your First Mobile App
Do you want to build an excellent and efficient mobile app? Great, but do you have any or little technical experience in developing a mobile app?
Well going into the mobile app development platform unprepared can result in cost, time, frustration and brand-damaging mistakes. But if you invest your time to build blocks by putting a piece to piece then you will be able to make the fundamental development process easier.
Now the question arises are you worried about how and where to start?
Yes, of course. As we are aware that mobile applications are soaring high since the inflation in the market. The app market is simply too competitive. It is harder to stay in the limelight and the investment is large, both considering your time and budget.
When it comes to the iOS and Android App Development, it doesn’t just mean to get things right from the developers but for users as well. Mobile applications are just like any other business which must be organized, strategized and designed to solve the purpose of users.
GROWTH OF THE MOBILE WORLD
Here are some statistics which will help you understand how fast the mobile industry is going.
- The number of mobile users around the world is likely to cross 5.08 billion by 2019.
- There are almost 1.6 million android apps available on google play store.
- There are almost 1.5 million iOS apps available in the apple play store.
So, it is imperative to gauge the results in advance before developing a mobile application.
Don’t worry, in that case, we are bringing you a list of 10 vital steps one must need to go through before indulging in the process of your desired first Android or iOS app development.
DEEP MARKET RESEARCH– Before hitting the marketplace and start developing an application, it is always advisable to do an R&D.
One must conduct proper in-depth market research as it helps to attain valuable insights into the current market scenario and competitors. It is very necessary to know about competitors, their strategy, strengths, and weakness too.
This information becomes useful as you can avoid repeating the same mistakes made by your competitors.
Three things which are most important to do research about.
- Customer reviews
- A glance of likes and dislikes on a particular kind of an app.
- Target audience and the pain area of the mobile application.
RIGHT PLATFORM– There are a couple of technical decisions to make early on, and this is a crucial one. Choosing the right platform is one of the most important decisions.
You can never assume what your user base is running. It is important to focus on whether your mobile app is for ios, android or for both.
Choosing between native, hybrid or a web app carries out many technical implications for later development and maintenance.
Native apps are perfect for heavy-duty tasks like gaming or apps where photos and videos are used.
Web apps are those apps that do not require any access to the devices’ native features.
Hybrid is a combination of both the worlds which can access the devices’ features available in both app stores.
- Time and resource – Preferably, you will be able to announce your launch date ahead to create the buzz around the app and make the people waiting for it excitingly.
But for that one must well know about the time frame to scope, design, and test within the given time period.
- Efficiency – Follow the simple mantra “if you are doing something, complete it with 100% efficiency and accuracy”. If you don’t want your application to forgotten then make sure that your app uses data efficiently and does not consume more data.
- Uniqueness – People tend to visit and use new applications because they are always looking for something different and fresh. With millions of mobile applications available, mobile users want to be served with something new that keep the users engaged.
- Monetization options – Generating revenue directly off the app is the role of the app which plays an important role in the business.
And indirectly your app may serve as a resource for the audience or assist other phases of your sales to funnel and increase your brand’s reach.
Various app monetization models are:
- Freemium apps
- In-app purchases
- In-app ads
Marketing strategy and launch buzz – There are various marketing techniques that can have an impact on the apps’ success which includes; branding, PR, pre-launch efforts and web presence.
It is necessary to create the buzz around your app before its deployed in the app stores to make promotion easier.
- a) define the branding
- b) find out channels
- c) create content
- d) kickoff outreach
Viability – It is essential to test the app before it is out in the market. MVP is the deep introspection of your app in a nutshell.
It allows for understanding the essence of the app in a precise manner. It is a version of your app which consists of the most crucial features.
The security is one of its key-points which is to be built at the early phase In the development. The earliest this step the better it will be as it gives you plenty of time to get any legal consulting.
Description – Someone who is checking your mobile app for the first time in google play or apple app store, description plays an important role. Someone who is not aware of the app will download the app only by reading its description.
CONCLUSION – Keeping essential key-points in mind before you opt for your iOS, Android or Cross-platform mobile app development that can result in an efficient app that is less fragile. Mobile app development is a strategic call rather than a technical call so it must be taken care of naturally in the company’s values and objectives.
And yes you are all set to develop your own app.
AUTHOR BIO: Anshul Sharma, CEO of Fluper- a mobile app development company, has mastered its way of taking his company forth. He is a dedicated and passionate entrepreneur who carries a zeal to learn from wherever the scope is. He believes in sharing his strong knowledge base with others.