Mobile apps have contributed to the profit and revenue for various industries in the past decade and this is why more and more businesses are going online via these. With brands, both big and small showing keen interesting in app development, the choices have increased and this is what the buyers need to watch for as the choice is to be for someone capable and competent. The amount of money that goes into mobile app development would vary to an extent as there are many that would make sacrifices with functionality and security.
Mobile App Development – The Process Described In Brief
Mobile application development is a process familiar to software development as it too revolves around writing code; the only difference is that this time the display mode is on Smartphones. The code written is as per the processor of the device and this is why you would find app development divided into categories such as:
With companies making apps for back end management, sales, customer interaction and much more, the service provider is to be chosen carefully.
Things To Consider When Choosing A Mobile App Development Company
With mobile apps outpacing computer based websites, the need is for a service provider that would bring your ideas into life, setting path for goals to be met in the near future. Not every app out there is a successful one and this is the thing that you need to keep in min while making out the pick. Always go with the agency that has developed chart topping apps lately as this would guarantee you that results would arrive.
Before you move ahead comprehend your goals, if you just want to create a buzz about your brand or give it a launch pad on these devices, you can settle in for an agency that has a super creative team in place. Decide on the amount of money that you wish to spend and then start exploring out the options coming your way, remember, comparison is the key here. With enough mobile app developers in the market, go with the one that promises you something special but not at the cost of brand's repute and budget.
The agency that you choose needs to have a creative and smart team that masters the art of creating and engineering versatile and practical mobile apps.The need is for quality design and development and this is the fact that needs to rule your search.
As we've discussed before, mobile phone apps can be created for Android, iOS (iPhones etc), or both, as well as for other (less used) devices. When building an app this is a fundamental question, and a decision you will likely make early on in the project. Should I build my app for iPhone or Android?
What are the statistics – which is most used?
As we've discussed before, mobile phone apps can be created for Android, iPhone, or both, as well as for other (less used) devices.
In the UK, both Android and iOS are popular, but slightly more people are on Android. It is understood to have overtaken iOS devices in 2012.
So pick Android then?
Maybe, although there are other factors to consider. Android is used over a huge variety of devices and brands. So in theory, that's a huge amount of devices to test. In reality, just like with iPhone, you can chose which devices you want to make your app available to.
It doesn't mean it can't be used on other devices, it just means you are not marketing your app as supported/tested on all phone, just specific ones.
Obviously, if you already know your target market closely, or perhaps have a customer that has already explained that the app will be used on iPads, your decision is made for you.
Are iPhone apps or Android apps cheaper to develop?
Let assume you're picking between either a purely iPhone or Android app (ie, you're doing one or the other only). Is one cheaper to develop than the other?
You would probably expect the app development to be roughly the same. However, resources needing for testing can be different. There are a finite iPhones and iPads to test on within the Apple brand.
Android is used over a huge variety of devices and brands. So in theory, that's a huge amount of devices to test. In reality, just like with iPhone, you chose which devices you want to make your app available to. It doesn't mean it can't be used on other devices, it just means you are not marketing your app as supported/tested on all phone, just specific ones.
Is there a way to build one app and adapt it to suit both Android and iOS?
Yes, there is. The benefits are clear – reach more people for less money. The downside is that, since the app needs to work across two platforms, there will most likely be some compromise involved.
There more about this in our previous article about hybrid apps, plus some more on Android and iOS. Other types of app:
While iOS and Android are the most popular systems that apps are built for, others include Blackberry and Microsoft.
We are Eastpoint Software iOS and Android Mobile Apps Development Services Company Cambridge, London and UK. Our clients, and prospective clients, often ask about the benefits of developing an app in Android or iOS (iOS is also known as Apple or iPhone). Other options include Windows apps and Blackberry apps (although I would say less people enquire about those). If you have any questions and are looking for mobile app development, please give us a call on 01223 690164 or Mail Us firstname.lastname@example.org. Our tech team love building apps, and are keen to take on new projects.
Our clients, and prospective clients, often ask about the benefits of developing an app in Android or iOS (iOS is also known as Apple or iPhone). Other options include Windows apps and Blackberry apps (although I would say less people enquire about those).
So those are some of the devices you can build apps for, and deciding which device type to target depends on your audience and your requirements.
If you're finding it difficult to narrow it down, to start off with, think of it like this:
Do I want a native app or a hybrid app?
This means – do I want to build an app for a specific device (say, Android phones) or do I want to create an app that will run on several devices?
Native= built for one type of device
Hybrid = intermediary technologies used to create a single version across different types of devices
The basic pros and cons of each are as follows:
Native apps pro:
Native apps are built specifically for one particular device, so all functions are designed to run , to a high standard.
Native apps con:
Potentially you are missing out on other phone markets because those with an Android mobile cannot use your app. If you have the budget, this isn't much of a con, since you would simply invest the money in a sister app that is designed to run on a different device. But if your funds are limited, investing it all in one app could limit opportunities.
Hybrid apps pro:
Most likely money saved on rolling your app out across several devices, while still maintaining a very good, but maybe not optimum, standard.
Hybrid apps con:
The app will potentially not work as well as if it had been made exclusively for that device, since it has been adapted to run across more than one device.
So that's something to think about – native or hybrid. Next, you need to think about what device or devices it will run on.
Android Mobile App Development Cambridge, London and UK:
In the UK, most people are using either an Android or an Apple phone, and most mobile apps would be made for either or both of these, if the objective was to make it available to as many people are possible.
As mentioned above, this is one of the most used and most popular type of app, along with Android.
Windows Mobile App Development Cambridge, London and UK:
After those two, Windows is probably the third most enquired about from our perspective. If building a Windows app, it will usually be for a specific reason that you are targeting Windows and not Android or iOS.
Some final thoughts: What's the difference between an app for a phone and an app for a tablet?
We work with big and small companies and also have experience as an outsourcing partner, if your company does not have the skills needed in-house. You can email us any app development enquiries at email@example.com