Making an app isn’t an easy or straightforward task. It’s quite natural for any developer to want to jump straight into coding, but with just a little planning beforehand, one can make coding both more predictable and more enjoyable. Now the benefits of Mobile App Development are manifold. Developing apps for smartphones opens the doors to a customer base numbering in the billions.
Creating a mobile app from scratch can be quite stressful and therefore devoting some time upfront to plan out your app’s dev cycle and even its life-cycle is sure to pay dividends both during and after development. Whether you are working Solo or working for an Android or iOS App Development Company, The following best practices can aid you in avoiding development pitfalls and make sure you app releases in the best state possible.
Decide what type of application will meet your vision:
The smartphone world is constantly evolving and with it have the types of applications they can run. Native Apps are no longer the only way forward. (Progressive Web Applications) PWA’s have made a strong case for themselves over the last couple of years as they offer a lot of functionality, are hardware accelerated and consume a fraction of the space that a Native App would.
That’s not to say Native Apps are becoming obsolete, but they require more time for development.
There are also many cases where companies are offering both Apps and PWA’s to their customers (Flipkart, Myntra etc.) so one should definitely consider this possibility as well before starting development.
What is your target user base?
This may be the most critical factor in determining the success of your application. Your target audience can and should influence your app’s design, functionality, pricing etc.
It is advisable to conduct surveys, use analytics from an already existing app you have launched before and just gain as much info as you can.
Security and Data Privacy
In this day and age, Almost every smartphone user is concerned about the security of their data If your app is collecting and/or storing user data, then it is important to ensure it is secured. A successful app can be completely abandoned by its users if there is a security breach.
As a developer, one should take precautions and use Two-factor-authentication (2FA) as well as encryption to protect sensitive user data. Allow users to have the possibility to erase their data through another device if theirs gets misplaced or stolen.
Test, Test, Test!
It cannot be stressed enough how important testing is. It’s advisable to use testing tools as well as general user testing conducted by a sample of your target audience. As a developer, your natural inclination is to look for bugs making their presence known in regular usage, and the best way to complement this is to get regular people to beta test your app. This can help in making your app more robust.
Identify and Perfect your App’s core functionality:
While this may seem like an obvious point of discussion, but it needs to be reiterated. Whether you’re making a taxi service app, an e-commerce platform or a music player, it’s core functionality needs to be perfect. Users are willing to overlook small bugs in secondary functions as long as your App does what it promises to, and does it well.
Follow App Store guidelines:
This point is especially important for first-time developers. One needs to be familiar with guidelines of both the Google play store and the Apple App store. Guidelines are often changed so it pays to keep abreast of these guidelines on a consistent basis.
Keep updates in mind:
Although it’s nearly impossible to plan out an app’s entire lifecycle beforehand, as there usually are changed forced by shifting industry trends or by user feedback, it’s wise to plan a couple of updates ahead at launch. This gives a structure to your app’s development and if these updates are shared with the users, they have the potential to keep up their interest in the app.
Even for experienced developers, creating, testing and launching an app can be a daunting task. One has to know technology as well as consumers, how they think, what they want etc. The points listed above can help you establish a method to this madness and develop applications in a strategic manner, giving your app the best chance at success and sustainability.