The digital transformation is no more a myth. With automation and other high-end tools and technologies, it is today’s reality without which no business can survive. 

Almost everything in the software world has dramatically evolved and progressed in the past couple of years. Initially, there were a few specific ways of building an app, and not many choices were available. At present, mobile apps development offers plenty of options. There is a lot to consider ranging from essential components to custom templates, multiple frameworks, and hybrid solutions.

Now, with a plethora of options, it might be tricky, especially for non-technical business owners and entrepreneurs, to decide what’s right for them. So, before launching a new mobile app development project, there are certain factors to consider that are arguably important for those having no experience in this domain or anyone who faced a setback in the past.

Let’s see what is suitable for your mobile application development project and, thereby, your business success.

Platforms to Support:
First thing first, you need to determine which platform will suit your company’s bottom line. The availability of your app on a specific operating system depends on the preference of your target audience. And, this can also figure out through market surveys; Android dominates the smartphone market compared to iOS.

According to Statista, Android trounces the global market competition at 87% overall in 2019 and expects a rise in the coming years.    

However, according to PCMag, Android is more prevalent in central Asian countries like China and India, while iOS dominates in the USA and Japan. 

So, either way, you will need an app for both platforms unless you are targeting specific countries or your small-scale business isn’t operating globally.

Do not forget to consider the devices besides the operating system itself because of each device’s varying specs and dynamics. For example, even android iPads and tablets significantly differ from each other. Also, smartphones with smaller screens have specific limitations, usually design-related than the devices with larger screens.  

Development Resources:
Financial resources aside, you think about and consider the mobile app development team. People often argue why software development services are expensive. The primary reason is that business owners do not realize they might need more resources than initially anticipated.  

For instance, you initially thought of launching an app for Android and then expanding your business to new markets for which you need an iOS solution. So, here you will need both Android and iOS developers. One person cannot build two apps because both will be written in two different languages.

Even if you find one developer who can do both, it will take double the time. Alternatively, suppose you engage two developers or a team of software engineers. In that case, it may cost you the same amount of money, but you will launch your apps faster to the market because both developers were working in parallel.    

Additional Team Members
You may also need a full-stack web developer because you have to host your app data somewhere secure and scalable in the cloud. This use case usually applies to mobile applications with complex infrastructure involving database management, for example, CMS and ERP development or Custom Web API and integration, to name a few. On the other hand, you only need a super quick function without storing and managing data anywhere for super simple applications such as a document converter or a calculator.

Also, the designer is a must. One dedicated designer may suffice the need to make everything on every device look good. If your app looks extremely pretty, it will multiply the chances to engage a massive user base. Functionality comes next.

Moreover, you must include a QA in your mobile application development team. It’s essential to ensure that the final software product is adequately tested on multiple operating systems, devices and browsers, and is ready to launch in the market.    

Lastly, you need a project manager to oversee the entire project and ensure that your hired team hits the deadlines. So, your minimum team requirement will be five experts – two developers (Android and iOS), a designer, a QA, and a project manager.  

Hosting Service:
After completing the development phase, you need to consider where to host your app. Build this infrastructure timely. You might think of using the servers in your office, but it may trouble you in the long run. So, it is highly recommended to partner up with the best-in-class hosting service provider that can host your apps and manage the infrastructure. Make sure they provide you;

  • Scalability
  • Reliability
  • Security

These are mandatory components to consider while searching for your hosting partner to meet your application needs.  

Additionally, you can use the existing services for cost control. For example, you can integrate your app with already existing cloud servers, analytical servers, authentication servers, push notification servers, and more.  

So, constantly survey the market to see if your required service exists instead of building these solutions and infrastructure from scratch.  

Last, for now, is leveraging the existing tools such as templates, components, and designs for mobile apps development. It will drastically accelerate the development process. But, again, survey around before you purchase.   

Pro Tip: Hybrid app solutions will work for all platforms – one code for iOS, Android, and even PWAs (Progressive Web Apps).   

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