Mobile App Development Faq

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1. How long it takes to develop a mobile App?

The features requirement and the complexity of an App largely determines how long it takes to develop it. However, on average it generally takes 4-6 months to develop the first version of a mobile App. Predicting the exact time required to develop an App is next to impossible even if one is equipped all the necessary detail of the requirement due to variance in factors from one App development to the other.

2. What is the difference between Cross-platform development vs Native App development?

Native App development is the development of Apps using a programming language that is specific to a platform such as the development of an App only compatible with Android Operating System. Cross-platform development, on the other hand, is the development of Apps that can run on a variety of platforms such as the development of an App that can run on both Android and IOS Operating Systems.

3. What will happen to my App with new OS releases in both IOS and Android?

A new OS release or an update of an operating system affects Apps in different ways. If the new release includes some significant changes to the SDKs which Apps relies on, it may cause a break to the App code and the App may fail to work. A new release may also bring changes to the UI conventions which may affect the efficiency of an App such as distorting the visual appearance, navigability and awkward changes to the icons and design card.

It is thus essential to develop an App with the forward compatibility as an allowance for code update in tandem with new OS releases. Updates introduce fixes for the App to be compatible with the new or updated OS and add the necessities for the App to use the features that come with the new release.

4. What is the benefit of a mobile App over a mobile website?

~ Apps are over 1.5 faster than the mobile website and performs actions such as upload and download among others much faster too

~ Apps gives instant access, whether online or offline. Offline access to information is a plus.

~ Apps have push notification missing in mobile websites, users get non-intrusive notifications instantly.

~ Apps allows users to set their preferences thus customizing and personalizing their content

~ An App is an independent entity that gives a good branding opportunity

~ Apps have extra functionality tied to the device features missing on mobile websites such as the ability to scan documents, QR and Bar Codes using the device camera, click-to-call or SMS connected to the phone and GPS to connect with maps among other functionalities

~ Apps also can be coded to have extra functions tied to user’s swipe gestures such as pinching, dragging, long holding, double tapping etc. that perform different actions increasing user-friendliness.

~ Apps can contribute significantly to a website content ranking as Google currently also ranks in-app content too.

~ Apps gives better interactivity such as gaming on an App as compared to online gaming

~ Apps have better data collection, handling, processing, interpretation and reporting as compared to websites. Example: The App working in the background can collect information on consumer behavior and the collected information be used to send geo-targeted push notifications.

5. How do I manage content on the mobile App?

Content on the mobile App is managed using Mobile Content Management Systems (CMS).  The nature of your mobile App determines the mobile CMS you adopt whether it is a mobile App content backend CMS, an admin App CMS or responsive website. The different needs of different Apps have forced developers to develop custom CMS such as own custom backend CMS, Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) CMS and of recent API-based CMS to meet their specific needs.

6. What If I want any modification in my application once it is launched?

Using Google Play Developer Publishing API Edits methods you can edit or modify an App that is already launched. The Edit methods facilitate modification of an App whether a single or multiple modifications and the deploying of all the modifications at once.  Simply by calling “Edit:Insert”, then selecting the specific App you wish to modify, you create a new edit where all the data about the App are copied and you can modify the App.

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