Building a mobile app is not only about learning frameworks, languages, APIs and SDKs, it requires a lot more outside work, such as knowing the audience, planning ahead and obtaining the best performance. There are over 5 billion people on this planet who own a mobile device and the number of users who downloaded applications from the internet was doubled in the past five years. The more people will afford to buy a smartphone, the more applications will be released, bringing a nice income to their creators. In order to become a productive venture, an application must be built with passion and sweat, by a brilliant mind who has vision and a strategy, so if you’re prepared to go down this road, we’ll help you with some tips and practices for mobile app development.
Web, Native or Hybrid App?
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Free, Open-Source Frameworks
No matter what type of mobile app you’re developing, you should understand the importance of security, to be able to protect user’s data, and this can be done by incorporating encryption. By encrypting an application, it becomes impossible to be understood by unauthorized people. For example, WhatsApp and other instant messaging client have encrypted chats so that only the sender and the recipient have access to messages. Another way to protect data is by introducing programming backup capabilities, to archive data on the cloud on a periodic basis and in case the device gets stolen, an app should have a “wipe” capability that will erase the disk when the authorized user reports that the device is lost.
Testing and User Experience
An objective opinion from a mobile user who tests your app can help you fix potential glitches and bugs. Find someone who is willing to install and test your application for usability and power consumption, to make sure that it’s not a battery killer. If the app accommodates both online and offline usage and it behaves normally on multiple carrier connections, then you’re ready to release your project for the public.
It’s easy to turn challenges into opportunities, if you know which steps you need to take to build a high quality mobile application that will guarantee you popularity and a good income. All you need is: development skills, knowledge about design, API Management, Security and positive feedback.