5 Common Mobile App Development Myths

Mistakes that any business can make when developing an app.

Mobile app development myths

Software development is usually the main revenue generator for most IT organizations. However, mobile apps are steadily becoming a more integral part of the business. This rapidly-growing branch in tech business opened wide a door for creativity and technology to merge together. With this also came some preconceived ideas as to how the process works. Enter 5 mobile app development myths. Read on to find out the truth.

Mobile app development is an integral part of the IT business. Twenty years ago the idea of anything like an application was limited to a simple calendar, contacts list or arcade-style game. Now with app-friendly phones, mobile app development is fast becoming a norm for every business. Gartner, Inc. – a world-leading IT research company – claimed that this year “the use of mobile applications will surpass that of Internet domain names, making mobile apps the dominant means of engaging with brands.”

So as your business makes an effort to reach your target audience, make sure you haven’t fallen for any of the following mobile app development myths.

Myth 1: I have to develop my mobile app all at once.

You may think you need to plan out and conceptualize your app and then build it in a straightforward development cycle. Not true. ITBLOGS_1

Truth: There are so many factors in app building, that it is not always possible (actually very rare) to make final decisions before seeing the application in action. That’s why most IT companies will recommend the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) approach to the building process. If you’ve never heard of MVP, think of it as a combination of the Agile Process and PDCA (Plan Do Check Act).

With MVP you get a “rough draft” app, which gives you the chance to think, rethink and then build your ideas into code. There is no “one and done” process in the business of app building, which leads into the second of our mobile app development myths.

Myth 2: Once development is over, the app does not need any further support or work.

Truth: Whenever a mobile app “goes LIVE” (when it is launched) there is a tremendous amount of effort that goes into follow-up testing and re-coding. Here are two examples of what type of work might go into an app after its “go Live” date. ITBLOGS_2

·If an app has limited features geared toward a small, target audience, it will still need:

o Marketing – Giving the app publicity.
o Feedback – Acting on consumer suggestions for improvements.
o Updates – Making changes to keep the app up-to-date.

· If an app has various features focused toward a larger target audience, it will need:

o Marketing – Giving the app publicity.
o Feedback – Acting on consumer suggestions for improvements.
o Updates – Making changes to keep the app up-to-date.
o Continual Improvements – Adjusting minor details frequently to keep customer-app interaction smooth.

Consider your app as you do your business. It’s a work in progress that will grow and change to stay relevant and better serve clients.

Myth 3: Native apps are better than any other option.

Truth: Every app comes with its own set of requirements. Each company has a definitive target audience and other crucial aspects to consider. Don’t take the one-size-fits-all approach when deciding which technology to use for your app. ITBLOGS_3

Consider your audience. When and why do they need to use the app? What are they trying to accomplish on the app? Once you know the answer to these questions, then view the options: Native, Hybrid or Mobile Web.

All of these methods of development have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, thinking one way is always best is one of our mobile app development myths. Whether one will be better than another purely depends on the needs of the project. If you’re looking for a comparison between Native and Hybrid applications, we’ve outlined the differences between the two.

Myth 4: Building a mobile app will be easier and cheaper than a typical web app.

True: You can’t make a decision to go with a mobile app versus a web app based solely on project requirements. There are other factors to consider. ITBLOGS_4

Think of the cost, complexity or timeline for the project. Mobile apps always demand a higher margin in the projected budget. Mobile app development is also very complex. The UI experience is a huge aspect to this, and needs to be dealt with extremely carefully in a mobile app.

Web apps are made for a large audience, and the mobile app is focused on a specific target audience. This means the mobile app needs more attention in planning, executing and achieving the best result.

Myth 5: Mobile apps will slow down my device

Truth: Ever had someone tell you not to download an app, because it will slow down your phone? While this may have been true at the beginning of the mobile app revolution, it is not now. ITBLOGS_5

Any IT company working on a mobile development project will keep the following in mind:
· Making a mobile app extremely, user-friendly
· Creating logic, and less work flow
· Optimizing data size
· Optimizing processing speed

In order to create an optimized and seamlessly-functioning mobile app, the software version for both iOS and Android release updates/upgrades. Apps normally undergo continuous and rigorous rounds of improvements, with every update creating a better user experience and improving the function of the app on any device.

There you are. Those are the common mobile app development myths we’ve found people believe about mobile app development. Looking into building an app for your business? Browse our compilation of questions to consider prior to jumping into your mobile app. Download IT Hand’s Mobile App Questionnaire. If you need more support, contact us at solutions@ithands.com

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