Mobile application are widespread among people. People are becoming more aware of the benefits of using mobile applications, and hence every industry uses mobile applications for its business purpose. Many businesses develop mobile apps to provide ease of service, while some offer apps simply because of the competition. No matter why a business provides a mobile application, putting in the best practises of mobile application development is important if you wish to get a mobile app developed for your business.
Mobile app developers are in high demand because everyone wants personalised apps for their business. With over 3.48 million apps worldwide, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you want personalised apps. However, despite the efforts it takes to develop an app, the popularity is not much.
We might know over 1000 apps, but all might be already popular and commonly used. So to generate awareness about your mobile app, you must follow some marketing techniques to create buzz for your app launch. But all that comes after the app has been developed. Can we do anything that might help in the future in the development stage? Yes. During the developmental stage of your mobile application, there are some best practises that your app developer/app development team must follow. By ensuring that they follow these correctly, you can avoid clumsy apps.
Some of the features that helps in better mobile application development are listed below:
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Every individual is familiar with Android and iOS (Apple). IOS might be popular among Apple users, but in India, the majority of the people are Android users! The mobile application can be developed on either platform or both based on the business requirement. Even though the objective of mobile application development is the same, the difference of creating one on either platform is different.
Developing an iOS might be simple in terms of programming language, but Android might still be a popular choice. Hence, you must understand the requirements and the benefits of launching an app. Developing an app might take a toll on your business, but you might grow your business exponentially if it is successful. If it fails, think if you can afford the loss!
No app is desired without the features and user enhancements. Only when users like the app are more likely to use it again, hence your business might depend on the user experience majorly. No one wants an app that drains the battery and occupies more space. If it occupies more space, the users are more likely to uninstall it after their needs are satisfied. But no business wants to lose their esteemed customers! Remember, a better user experience means more customers! Hence your app must provide an enhanced experience and better graphics and visualisation for a fun experience.
3. UI/UX Design
Design is an essential criterion for any application development, be it a web app or mobile app. UI stands for user interface, and UX stands for user experience. Without proper design, the application will fail. Hence the mobile app developer must be an experienced one with good portfolios. The graphics part is essential to create an excellent first impression. But even with good graphics, some features like the complexity of the application must be considered. Your app might look like eye candy, but if it is complicated and not user-friendly, your app might not work to your desired level. The developed app must strike a perfect balance between visualisation, complexity and cost.
4. Updates and improvements
Change is the only constant thing in this world! We cannot simply sit back just because our app has developed that fits perfectly with the standards. The software world is continuously changing. So the app must be frequently updated to exist in this IT world. The updates could increase the app’s compatibility or provide enhanced features. The app also could be updated based on user experience and feedback. Even famous companies like Facebook changed their name to Meta. So we must constantly update the application but ensure that it stays within the objective of the business.
After ensuring these standard practises, here are some specific app development best practises to look for!
1. Clean code
Coding is an unavoidable part of any app/ web development process. The written code must be immaculate; it must be easy to understand and decode. Depending on the requirements and specialisations, the complexity of the code may vary. If there are many specialisations required, the code will be highly complicated so that the developer may charge accordingly. Writing complicated codes will take more time, and debugging is also very time-consuming. Hence in order to save time and effort, writing clean, understandable code is very advisable.
2. Interactive feature
Everyone likes an app that is interactive and user friendly. The more the customer interacts, the more will be the lead generated. A classic example of an interactive feature is the user login details. The login might be unnecessary for your app, but if you provide one, the user might feel a sense of responsibility and seriousness towards your app/ business.
The interactive feature could also be set up by using AI (Artificial Intelligence) in chatbots. Setting up bots might cost you a lot, but it is quite a popular option if you want better user interaction. The robots can be automated to solve some of the common queries related to your business. Most times, the user might not reach you through customer care, as they might consider their question stupid. But with the automated bot, they feel free to ask any queries. It helps in a better understanding of people.
3. Keep the design in mind.
Designing and developing are two poles in the android app development process. The designer is focused on the design aspects of the application, like how it should look, the features that can be incorporated, the basic theme of the app, and things like that. The designer is concerned with how a user feels about the app. But on the other hand, a developer brings all the developer’s imagination to life. The code brings out the features that can be used in the app. Hence the developer and designer must go hand in hand. The developer must be aware of the designer’s ideas, and the designer must consider the limitations put up by the developer.
4. Ensure the safety of the user
The developer must consider the safety of the users and develop the app accordingly. For example, details like names can be shared with everyone using the app. But details like address, contact number and email id must not be visible to everyone else. The developer must remember this and then code accordingly. If any user’s privacy is violated, the app is bound to fail. If there is no trust in your app, people will not use it, which could lead to a fall in your business.
5. Security and quality check
The developed application is tested under various devices. The app must look the same, and there must not be any issues with the compatibility. The app is also tested for security, and it must pass the test. Only after the app is good enough, can it be launched. Once the app is ready to be launched, it must pass the quality assurance test and the security check. If the business has any constraints like design modification and other security constraints, the developer should rework the app accordingly.
Words of closure
Mobile applications are top-rated among people due to ease of usage and the constant use of smartphones. Over 5.31 billion people use mobiles daily, which is higher than the PC users. Hence it would be wise to target these people and develop an app for your business.
After an app is developed, there are specific strategies to promote it. You could create a buzz for your un-launched apps, make videos of the app and then present it as ads and many other ways. But during the developmental stage, the developer must follow some of the best practises to ensure proper development of the applications.
The platform must be well decided, and the application enhancement features must be considered. While designing the app, the developer must also consider the UI/UX design parameters so that the application designers don’t pressure them with extra changes after the entire app has been developed. The developer must also ensure optimum room to incorporate the optimisation techniques. If there is any user suggestion that is well suited for the app, the developer must be able to add that. The standard practises that every business must ensure that their app developers follow are writing clean code, allowing interactive features and ensuring the customers’ safety. The developer must also do sufficient safety and quality checks before launching the app.
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