Mobile App Development FAQs

Mobile app development frequently asked questions

Mobile app development can be a confusing and technical process.

We’ve put together a few of the most popular questions along with the answers to help.

How long will it take to design and develop my app?

This is another question with no real ‘one size fits all’ answer. This will depend on the complexity of the design and also any deadlines you may have to work to with your company or budget requirements. The best answers will always come from contacting developers directly and asking questions.

Can I hire someone to test my app before launch? (automated and manual testing)

Automated testing can help with the ‘background’ systems and processes that go on behind the scenes in order to facilitate an improved front end user experience. Just as important is testing your app as a potential user. An automated system will never be able to fully replicate user behaviour.

What’s the best launch strategy for my app?

There are a number of fundamental steps that you should follow to put you and your app in the strongest position for a successful launch. Check out this launch strategy here.

How often will I need to update my app?

There is no such thing as a ‘complete’ app! Every single app in the world is constantly updating and improving. This could be for a variety of reasons such as security fixes, feature updates and – perhaps most importantly – listening to and acting upon customer feedback.

Can I design my own icon?

Your app icon is very important for brand recognition and development. Ideally it should be soemthing that immediately brings your brand to mind. Think of the major apps in the world. Their icons are all about simplicity and the ability to be used at scale.

What programming languages are used to build apps?

Android apps are developed in Java whereas Objective-C and Swift are the two main programming languages used to build iOS apps.

Can I be a part of the design and development process?

It’s always going to be important to be involved in the design and development of your app. One of the most important decisions you’ll make it choosing your development team.

You need to ensure that the company or team you select will work with you and not for you. The ideas that they can bring to the table might make your app amazing instead of just being good!

How do I find an app developer?

Looking for any service online the first stop is often Google. For more specialist companies that can help you with your app idea and development you could try Clutch

It’s important to take a look at customer testimonials and check ouy any apps they have already developed that have gone live.

Is my app idea going to be the next big thing?

Everyone thinks that there app will be the next big thing. It’s true that there may be an element of luck involved in taking the world by storm but a lot of your success will be down to planning and having a strong launch strategy from Day 1.

Can you help me to market my mobile app?

Mobile app marketing should not start when you launch your app. You should start to build the fundamentals of how you will advertise and market your app as soon as you formulate your idea. Again, there are specilist companies out there – PreApps are a well known app marketing agency and have an incredible support system in place to skyrocket your downloads. Your ASO is very important too!

Do I really need an app or will a website be ok?

If you’re an existing business and feel that an app is the right direction for your company to go in it’s important to take a step back and ask yourself: Do I really need an app for that?

If you have an existing, mobile friendly website, the functionality may already be available on your website. If you’re asking potential customers to carry out single tasks or purchases on an app it may be a lot easier – and cheaper – to do it on your website.

What’s the difference between native and hybrid development?

A native app is built using the technology connected to the specific platform on which it will be used. i.e. Android or iOS.

Hybrid apps are designed and developed by using more generic web technology. They are commonly built using HTML, CSS and Javascript.

Is an app for Apple and Android the same?

The Apple and Android platforms are different. Due to that you will need to plan for and budget for 2 different developments.

How much does it cost to develop a mobile app?

That’s an impossible question to answer. The app developent cost will depend largely on excatly what you want your new app to do, its capabilities and the scope of user features that are built in.

There are some ‘rough guide’ app cost calculators out there but it’s always best to get a few estimates and see how a company can work with you.

We hope the answers to those FAQs have helped you out a little bit. If you have anymore questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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