Mobile apps are a crucial part of our daily life. We use them to stay informed, to connect with our friends and family, for entertainment, and so on. According to Statista, by 2021, there are 6,37 billion smartphone users in the world. Because of the growing number of people accessing the Internet via smartphones and tablets, mobile application development has the unique ability to access a large number of potential consumers.
Due to the potential of this industry, the competition for user’s attention is very harsh, as there are over 2.7 million apps in the Google Play store and 2.2 million in the App Store. But most of us use only 9 apps per day and 30 per month. This shows that there are a lot of apps in mobile platforms which are not used by people on account of none business needs or the poor product.
As not to be left behind, you need a deep market research and qualified expertises in mobile application development. You have to make sure that your product is well-built and well-fitted to the market needs.
To let you be well-prepared for this, here are 7 TIPS for building a successful mobile app and making your mobile app stand out:
Before building a mobile app, the crucial thing is to set your goals and objectives. Additionally, you have to answer these 2 questions: Why do you want to build a mobile app? What do you intend to accomplish? Without clear objectives, you will find yourself struggling with confusion, lack of direction, and ultimately an end product that doesn’t match your goals (if you get as far as the development stage).
What’s more, narrowing your focus to a core audience helps you to develop an effective mobile app. It should be defined by those who have a proven interest in products relevant to your company by conducting market research, identifying your target audience’s demographics, or building an MVP version of your mobile app and collecting all the user feedback.
Design is the key for successful mobile apps. It has to be a simple yet interactive, intuitive UX and UI. By understanding the UX/UI design principles, you can create a pleasant user-journey for your customers. Here are some helpful things to keep in mind when designing UX/UI:
If you’re currently developing an app, then you need to make a decision about which type of app you’re going to be creating:
Option 1: Platform-Specific Native App
Native apps are coded for a specific mobile platform — iOS or Android. The technology used for native app development is specific to the platform that they are built for. A native app can leverage your device’s hardware and functionality to a large extent, which elevates the user experience.
Option 2: Cross-Platform Native App
Apps developed using this approach use shared SDKs (Software Development Kit), but they still run natively. React Native and Flutter are common technologies used to code cross-platform native apps.
While you do lose some of the native advantages, this is still the most cost-effective approach if you are on a limited budget, but still want an app designed, optimized, and styled for more than one type of device.
Option 3: Hybrid App
A hybrid app is compatible with all devices and operating systems. Cost-effectiveness, portability and quick deployability are three major drivers of the popularity of the hybrid mobile app development approach.
Keep in mind that you don’t get the advantages of native components and native interaction patterns, so you sacrifice some of the app’s user experience. However, you don’t need to write a different codebase for each platform. Instead, you can write one and use it on multiple platforms.
An unprotected mobile application poses a real threat to the entire system. And it is on our devices that we store and work on critical data such as payments, banking information, access keys, medical, personal data, etc.
Basic standard security practices include:
A good mobile app architecture ensures that components have multiple responsibility layers. These are 4 steps to help you choose the right Data architecture:
More importantly, pay special attention to their skills. If you identify some gaps in knowledge, hire new specialists to make the app.
Testing your app before launching in the market is vital. Once you have successfully built the prototype of your new app, the next logical step to take before launching is conducting a series of tests to see if your app’s design and functionality are up to the task. You can check if your mobile app works properly, have an in-depth understanding of how users are using your app by QA testing, user testing and usability testing, beta version launch.
High performance means your app must function flawlessly without any lag time, without crashing and without a confusing navigation system. According to Qualitest, 88% of App users will abandon apps based on bugs and glitches. This means that we have to keep in line any debugging issues, crashes or slow performance; make regular updates and upgrade our mobile app based on constructive feedback.