3 Things You Need To Know About The App Development Process
We all know that the app development industry is booming, and it’s definitely not showing any signs of slowing down in the future.
15:18 25 November 2020
With that being said, many companies are delving into this type of industry in hopes of achieving success. After all, making an app can’t be that hard, right? Well not really, here are a few things you need to know to properly understand the app development process.
1. Research is Vital
Some people think that they’ve got a unique idea that will make them millions. The reality is, most of the time that’s not the case, especially when it comes to app development. Over 8000 apps are launched every day, so chances are that their idea has already been put into practice by someone else.
That’s why before heading straight into the app development process, research is vital. Consult with an expert, see if the idea is actually feasible. Ask yourself a few questions. What problem will your app solve? Who is going to use your application? What type of target audience do you have? Do people actually need it? Is there any competition on the market? If there is, how will your app stand out in order to survive?
These questions are important because their answers will determine whether your project will have a chance on the market or not.
2. The Platform Matters
When it comes to which platform your application is going to be on, you’ve got three options. Android, iOS, or hybrid? The decision you make will drastically change the budget and the course of your app development process.
Usually, native apps, be it iOS or Android are the most expensive and take a lot of time to build. However, they outperform hybrid apps by quite a considerable margin. Hybrid is the best option when your app won’t do any resource-intensive tasks, and it doesn’t need access to a phones’ native features. However, many modern cross-platform technologies like Flutter are very close to native and give access to smartphone’s hardware.
Now, when deciding between iOS and Android, you should take into consideration that the iOS app store is heavily regulated, meaning that you will need to comply with a large number of rules in order to avoid getting removed from the app store. And that can really hinder the app development process.
Another thing you’ve got to figure out before you dive into the development process is how you will generate revenue from the app. There is a wide variety of monetization models and they mostly depend on the type of app you’re going to create.
Will you rely on selling products within your app to make a profit? Or would you rather make money out of advertisements? Why not make the users pay for the app? Will they make a one-time payment? Or even better, why not make it subscription-based? Or what if users will only need to pay for certain features within the application?
As we’ve previously mentioned, the monetization strategy depends on the type of application you want to build. For example, premium and freemium apps are best suited for mobile games, while courses, or services such as VPN will benefit the most out of a subscription model.