Software development in times like these days demands precision, accuracy, cost-effectiveness and a result-driven approach. As a young developer, remembering these five quality ideas will go a long way into leveling out those jagged edges. With changing times and trends, it is highly likely that the cool of today might be outdated or obsolete tomorrow.
Moving towards the technical aspect of software development or mobile app development, the developers continuously worry about platforms, and the versions apps will be running on; because they are consistently upgraded and changed.
By applying the following principles, development will become an easier task.
1. Selecting the Operating System
Decide on which OS will it be run? This question needs an answer. Bearing the OS in mind, moving on becomes easier for developers. Choosing between Android, iOS and Windows platforms, Android has the most users. Why do we develop software at all? We do so to have a significant customer following and eventually more sales. If most of them are using Android, naturally, Android will be the go-to OS. It will put your app in the driving seat to meet its targeted audience.
Developing a successful iOS increases your chances of earning higher profits. Why is that? You need to make payment for a lot of iOS applications. Also, you need not worry about the versions of OS because Apple provides support for older versions.
There is a downside to the Android framework; since it is open-source, there is more likelihood of a virus attack.
Inexperienced developers need to choose iOS as their platform because it supports limited devices like iPhone and iPad which makes the mobile app development less complex. However, if your target audience is the general public, use Android as it is highly popular among the masses.
2. Compatible Apps on the Rise
As mentioned above, compatibility is a major criterion for an app to be successful. If you develop an app that runs on various devices and suitable for multiple platforms, it is going to be popular.
Why do we need that?
It has become a common practice to use multiple devices, interconnected at the same time. For instance, you can be using an iPhone, an iPad, and Mac Air at the same time, and you are simultaneously running the app on all of them. Therefore, compatible apps supporting interoperability are currently preferred.
HTML 5 is the go-to language for developers these days. It can create those “hybrid apps” that run on multiple mobile platforms.
3. Testing in Abundance with a Target Group
As a mobile app developer, before you put the word out or make it part of the App Store or Play Store, run your app through a rigorous testing process; install it on all platforms for all versions and operating systems. If by any chance you can get all the devices and test the app on them individually, that would be great. But this could get expensive.
The most important thing to remember is to test the app with your target audience. The people for which you have developed the app have to see it through. For instance, if you are making a sports gear app, make sure to involve a bunch of sportsmen to see if they like it or not.
What are the kind of issues they face while using the app?
Note these issues down and start working on them. Do maximum grilling before floating it in the market because once it is out and problems arise, there is no turning back.
4. Look for the Best First Case Scenario
Before dealing with the purpose of the app and incorporating it with all the sophisticated functionalities, build the basic version laying a proper foundation for the whole structure to build upon. In simple words, include all the basic features and release it.
Seamless updates add to the basic app version, making it majestic to serve its core purpose for the target users. Many devices offer effectual pathways for these updates so utilize them to release updates in a timely fashion. This methodology also keeps you and your users on top of the latest trends.
5. Keep Your IT Team in the Loop
It is not only the platform that can affect the outcome, but the overall technology setup carries far more significance. Thus, it is necessary for the company to focus on data delivery, API management, security, and device optimization. Do consider taking IT guys in the loop before planning any further.
6. Exhaust All Possibilities
Keeping in view different platforms, versions, functionalities and devices, bring all the thinking heads together to write down every question that could affect the success of your app.
Ask yourself if –
1. This app will generate profits depending on a particular functionality that stands out.
2. It will be customer-friendly and help them in finding a solution.
3. It will promote brand effectiveness and endorse its authority.
4. It will break even in the first couple of months.
5. It will fulfill its underlying purpose.
6. It will be able to assimilate with our current analytics software.
7. It will quickly become part of our ongoing social media strategy.
Guest Post By Fizza Arshad