If you are interested in to make your own mobile app read our handy guide first.
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The explosion of the smartphone market in recent years has given rise to a growing industry. Mobile app development is an industry worth around $25 billion. iOS apps, used on Apple devices, accounts for around 20% market share.
Better-spec mobiles and 4G Internet account for some of the reasons why business is booming for app developers. Are you keen to cash in on this lucrative industry? If so, it’s worth noting that there are a few considerations to make before you start creating new apps.
While this guide won’t show you how to build apps, it will give you an insight into what it takes to be successful in the industry. Here is what you need to know:
Walking in your user’s shoes
Before you start developing a new app, it’s important that you understand your user. You need to learn what their issues are and how your app can solve them.
A classic mistake that a lot of developers make is creating apps that don’t solve a particular issue. It’s almost as if they get made just for the sake of making something!
Let’s say that you want to develop an app that helps people find out how much it would cost to post a letter. You might feel that people only need to know how much domestic postage is. But a typical user of your app might want details on international postage costs.
They might even want to know how much it would cost to send small parcels in the mail! As you can see, there are many variables (excuse the pun) involved when creating apps.
The best way of learning about your potential app user’s habits is to gain some feedback from potential users. Find out what problems they face in their daily lives and how your app can help solve them. After all, necessity is the mother of all inventions!
Keep data usage low
The thing about mobile apps is people may use them whilst they are not connected to a Wi-Fi network. That means any data you send and receive over the Internet uses up their mobile data quotas on their call plans.
When developing your app, you need to ensure it transmits as little data as possible. A popular way to lower data usage is to cache information you download from an online server. As an aside, this means people can use the app even if they have no cell coverage.
Satellite navigation apps are a good example of this practice. They don't get map data in real-time. Instead, new maps get downloaded only when there is a new version of the app available for download.
Perfection will get you nowhere
Some app developers are obsessed with making the perfect app. Only trouble is; there is no such thing as a perfect app! Developers create apps that function well according to the needs at the time.
It is better to release periodic updates to address any issues or add new features in the future. Let’s face it; there will always be something that needs fixing or adding to a mobile app!