Smart tips for saving money for your mobile app developmentSeptember 25th, 2017
You are interested in developing a mobile app for your business, service or brand, or you have an absolutely brilliant idea which will win over millions of users online and make you millions? You probably are aware that developing a professional quality mobile app can be quite pricey, so make sure that you plan your investments and return of investment ahead before you proceed.
Here are some guidelines and useful tips on developing a successful mobile app without breaking the bank:
- Consider the huge variety of mobile device types, screen sizes and platforms used worldwide
In order to ensure that you win over more users who are willing to download and use your mobile app, always ensure that it can run on multiple platforms, and be useable on devices with different screen sizes, resolutions, performances and storage options. The more platforms your mobile app is accessible from – the more potential users will download and use it.
- Draw it out and design it first and then proceed with the development
Whether you choose to work with a professional mobile app developer, or you are planning on developing your new mobile app by yourself, it is highly recommended and a sensible step to sketch out your idea for the interface and the workflow first before proceeding with the costly and time consuming development process. By drawing your ideas, you can get a sense of what you app will look like and how it can be perceived and used by potential users. This is a cheap and fast way to plan your perfect mobile app without losing money, time and effort for developing it and then having to change it to suit your vision and your needs. You can do this by freehand sketching or with the help of the many sketch templates available for download.
- Focus on what is important
This one can be a struggle especially for newbies in mobile app development who often get tempted to add as many “cool” features to the app as possible. The truth is that the most important feature of a successful mobile app is its simplicity of use and the minimization of features – leaving only the essential ones which will be used by more potential users. A mobile app which works well with fewer functions is preferred as compared to one which has multiple functions but is hard to use or is designed badly.
Take the minimum viable product approach and work on the development of an app which has limited functionality which covers the main goals of the app stakeholder.
- Think cross platform
Make sure you plan ahead for the types of devices and platforms you want to be able to access and use your mobile app. Based on the answer to this initial question, choose whether to develop a native, HTML5 web based or hybrid app. Web based apps are the least expensive and run on all devices with an HTML5 browser but their performance is the least reliable. Native apps are the most expensive types but their functionality and performance tend to be the best.
- Don’t try to reinvent the wheel
Use prebuilt templates, integration adapters or third party plug ins for the mobile development and testing processes. These tools will save you a lot of time, and more importantly lower the total cost of ownership and thus save you money.
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