Building a successful mobile app requires a lot of upfront work. You may have a fantastic idea and all the resources in the world, but this by no means guarantees success. Poor implementation of the most brilliant idea will nullify your efforts. The article contains several professional tips that will be useful to mobile apps developers.

#1. Don’t delve into development right away

First, learn as much as you can about your target audience. Find out everything about how and when people access their devices, what they do, and how long they spend doing it. Do your best to avoid missing anything, and never rely just on your own mobile usage patterns.

#2. Make the best of what you have

Most modern SDKs contain a decent set of frameworks and other development tools designed to integrate an application into the operating system.

With their help, you can implement features such as determining the user’s location or synchronizing contacts. It’s good to make sure that everyone involved in the development is familiar with such functionality. A good mobile developer should be able to explain this in simple terms. If your team doesn’t have such a person, consider outsourcing to extend your technical team.

#3. Don’t overinnovate

The majority of mobile SDKs include a user interface toolkit to aid with platform compatibility for your app. Don’t go too far from the default UI. Of course, innovation is required to develop a mobile app since it will offer a great user experience, but it’s also crucial to spot instances in which innovation compromises a product’s usability. Although there are no set limits or regulations, strive to stay within the widely recognized patterns of the interface.

#4. Choose your platform carefully

Don’t be tempted by a bunch of platforms on the Internet. Your task is to choose the best one, and be careful when porting an application from one platform to another.

Consider which one is right for your app – you certainly don’t want your app to be non-functional because you’ve rendered it in Meteor instead of React.

Make sure you use the best generic codes and source products for your application type and that they are appropriate for the platform you plan to use.

#5. Release updates frequently

A huge plus of a great application is periodic updates. Users will be pleased if you add important and useful features and improve the product from time to time. Even if you don’t have any plans to add new functionality, it’s important to keep up with the changes in the industry and the world of mobile development. This ensures that the app is available and compatible on devices with the latest generation of hardware and newer mobile operating systems.

Maintenance activities should be carried out regularly and feedback from users is also important.

Mobile app success formula

As an entrepreneur, you lack resources. And that’s okay. What should you spend your time, money and energy on? Decisions can paralyze further development. 

And while the exact formula for success will be different for each application, there are still a few aspects that are important to success that need to be understood. Understanding why they matter and how they help you as a developer will give you a chance to stand out from the crowd.

  • Solve a problem (or make life easier) with the app. Our mobile devices have become part of our daily lives. Applications for mobile devices are useful, interesting and become important in our daily routine.
  • Find the right size niche. Don’t go where you know you’ve lost battles. Find a space where you can be competitive and win.
  • Don’t be ambitious. Allocate a small period of time for development, implement a small set of features. To begin with, your application should be able to handle a small list of tasks very well.
  • Keep users coming back to you. The retention rate is your most important metric. You have to get your users to come back to your app – or figure out why they don’t come back.
  • Knowing a couple of marketing tricks never hurts. Even if you hate marketing, knowing just one or two marketing tricks will get you ahead of the 90% of developers who don’t promote at all.
  • Treat it like a business, not a hobby. If you want to make your business financially successful, then it’s time to take it seriously.
  • Don’t give up. Learn, test, try to improve your product. You won’t lose if you don’t give up.
  • Don’t do everything alone. Work with other entrepreneurs to reach your goals faster.