Have a great app idea in head and clueless about which technology to use? Don’t feel lost as you are not alone! There are thousands of entrepreneurs who come up with the best of the app ideas and are completely clueless about the tech world. So, before you approach a mobile app development company to give life to your idea, consider reading this article to gain a basic understanding of the technologies used in mobile app development.
Technologies used in mobile app development:
There are 3 technologies available for the mobile app development and each approach has their own pros and cons. To pick the right technology that helps you in fulfilling your app objective you must find a best fit mobile architecture. Once you have narrowed down the architectural options, you can pick the right technology for your app idea.
Native App Development Approach
In the native approach, the code is written specifically for the intended platform. As the code is platform specific, they function very smoothly on the devices with intended operating systems. If you want to go for native approach, you will need to satisfy the requirements related to user experience, accessibility, disconnected functionality, and device access. The biggest plus point of the native apps is that they have complete access to the native user interface APIs which directly means smooth performance and rich user experience. It is recommended to hire seasoned native mobile app developers to get seamless native mobile apps that utilise all the features of the platform and the devices.
Cross-Platform App Development Approach
Cross-platform apps, better known as Hybrid apps, function smoothly on multiple platforms. The code is written is intended to be used on multiple platforms and which is why these apps are relatively inexpensive than native apps as the code is only written once.
However, there are some functionalities that might not function well on all the platforms especially the ones which are specific to the platform, you might need a cross-platform app development company to get that done for you . As mentioned earlier these apps are reusable and have several advantages like pre-built integration with the database.
Mobile Web App Approach
The major difference that distinguishes the native and hybrid apps from mobile web apps is that mobile web apps run on a central server and are not installed on the device. These apps can be accessed from any device with an internet connection. The main advantage of this app is that it is platform and device independent which gives you the opportunity to reach a wider audience base in very less time and even lesser efforts. This approach no matter how lucrative it feels counters a major drawback that user experience largely depends on the quality of internet connection.
Now that the types of approaches to mobile app development is clear, you must gain a hang off factors that influences the decision of selecting one of three approaches.
What one should consider before picking the technology framework for a mobile app?
Before picking a framework one must consider following factors to make a well- informed choice.
- What is the purpose of the mobile app?
- Who is the target audience?
- Which basic features the app of this genre should have?
- What kind of experience the do end-users expect?
- Are there any requirements that are dictated by industry?
Other factors such as:
- Portability to run the app across the platform
- Development time
- Cost of development
It might be difficult to come up with the right answers to these questions at first, which is why you need a tip sheet to guide you through the way to find the right answers for your app venture.
The major and most helpful tips are outlined here:
1. Objective of the mobile app
Before taking any step ahead in blowing life to your app idea, you must concretely define the objective of your app. The purpose of the app should be deduced in not more than 2-3 sentences. If you find it difficult to gather the objective concisely, your app idea has a lot of gray areas and lacks clarity which entails you to go for rather a very specific approach so that you can rule out the trivial unnecessary points. This exercise is necessary because the app objective commands the further app functionalities and in one word, the whole wireframe.
2. Who are your target audiences?
Figuring out your app audience will answer the most crucial questions like which platforms you need an app for? (native or hybrid) When it comes to select right technology stack choosing the right platform is of high importance. Geospatial location of the user base will provide the answer to this question. Say, if your major user base is in the USA, you should go for native iOS app as the majority of the population there use iPhone and iPads.
3. Which basic features the app of this genre should have?
Irrespective of the app genre, the two requisite features of an app is seamless UI and simple navigation. If your app provides smooth and simple architecture along with efficient functional capabilities, it is safe to assume that your app will be well-accepted.
Although one best shot won’t always keep you in winner post, you need to continually optimize your app for better performance, maintaining highest security levels, data optimization, and integration of latest features.
It is implied that the native apps being platform-exclusive are the most expensive among all the three type of app. If you have budget constraints and wish to ‘develop once and use anywhere’, the mobile web app is the perfect choice for you. And in case, you are seeking to target end-users on multiple platforms at once, cross-platform apps are your best pick. If you need any further free consultancy on which mobile app development approach to pick, reach us here.