Enterprises around the world are hiring mobile app developers to scale their IT infrastructure and online presence to mobile platforms. Of course they are going with the flow but will these products practically be useful for their users – be they are employees or consumers?
The big question of the time is – how successful is your app. Reasons why it’s a big question is that we already have more than 1.9 millions Android apps on Google Play and 1.4 millions iOS apps on App Store. So these app markets have become heavily crowded and here, survival of average or below-the-average apps is almost impossible. Unless your app has the “X” factor, it will not survive.
In 2016, expert mobile app developers are adopting different approaches to create apps. Here are top 7 of them:
Security – the first and foremost consideration
Enterprise apps, of almost all sorts, involve transferring and receiving of sensitive information. In either case, the information needs to be secured. Experts know that security is the primary thing to be focused in the process of app development.
Adding security means adding right authentication mechanisms at right place and they should be available at right time too so that only the authorized users would have access to get involved with data.
Go by audience – from beginning to ending
When creating an app, bring the users early in the process, even before writing the first line of code. Reason is simple. If you do not know what users want, the app will not be able to fulfill their expectations and ultimately, they will not use it. But many developers simply don’t care about it.
Begin it by talking with users about the app and listen to their answers. Implement a feedback mechanism so that each of responsible mobile app developers can pay attention on the information coming via that mechanism.
Planning for things coming ahead
You will need to plan ahead to make your app successful. There is nothing you need to do extra for planning things ahead but choose the key pieces of the app framework and plan what they will look like and how they will be implemented. Then add the desired flexibility to let things go on.
Planning doesn’t mean you have to completely abide by it but let there be scope of flexibility to deal with new conditions caused by unexpected results from testing.
Make the core solid and then add bells and whistles
The core functionalities of your app need to be as strong as possible. The database should be solidly locked down and every query returning should be correct. Once these things are working fine, now is the time to concentrate on bells and whistles to make the whole picture pretty.
Test, Test, Test, Test, Test, Test…
Often time users become the beta testers for every new app. It happens when mobile app developers pay less attention on the testing process. If you let buggy app go to the market, it will be a natural reaction of users to react on it and write negative reviews/ comments. To avoid this situation, all you need to do is test and do it again, again and over again.
Do it for testing the performance, functionality, security and everything else the app has.
Listen to users and be prepared to be criticized
Listen to your users carefully and pay attention what they want you to implement. User-feedback is a vital component to make an app better than before. Also you have to prepare yourself to listen to criticisms but remember that negative reviews are the only source through which real users tell you how to perk-up the app.
Performance - keep on improving it
Performance is everything. No one likes to use an app that takes too much time in loading. Pay extra attention on improving the performance of your application. Certain things like server, network, etc can slow-down the performance of an app. Tight all their loose ends to make the app performing.