Interested in building apps for mobile devices and phones? By developing an app for a mobile device, your application can reach a very wide population of users that will number in the millions, or even billions. But how do you build a quality mobile app? Well, the following offers four tips, or best practices, with mobile software app development.
1. Carefully Select Your Development Software
When considering developing a mobile app, you may want to consider an app development package built specifically for mobile devices. Decide if you want to build for multiple types of mobile devices or just one specific model or brand. By selecting a software development platform that can be used across devices and platforms, it allows you to develop applications that can be used by more people.
2. Decide If You Want to Code or Not
An additional consideration when figuring out your mobile app software development platform is whether you want to do coding or do you prefer a drag and drop interface. If you have coding experience, then you may want to build your mobile app with a package that allows you to code some of the rich and dynamic features that your selected platform can yield. Conversely, utilizing a drag and drop interface eliminates the need to code and can often times deliver your mobile app quicker and at lower overall cost. Whichever package you choose, make sure that it offers adequate customer support, documentation and has wide acceptance of its products.
3. Select a Development Platform That Uses Emulators
Emulators allow you to test your app on multiple mobile device simulators without having to have those machines physically. In the not too distant past, you used to have to test how well your mobile app worked on a mobile device by physically having that actual device. Nowadays, many software development platforms offer emulators which makes it easy to assure that the final version of your mobile app works as intended.
4. Test Your App Before Publishing
In addition to the emulators, your pre-published mobile app should go through thorough and rigorous testing in order to ensure that it works properly. You can do this testing, including your staff if part of a business, or this testing can be outsourced. Third party companies and job websites readily have individuals available to test your app and report back results, including any errors or ‘bugs’ found.
Just like people say real estate is all about location, when it comes to mobile app development, it is all about where your app will ‘live.’ Determining the ‘audience’ for your app and how it will be used, will help define which mobile app software development app is best for you, your business and/or intended purpose.