How to Choose The Right App Development Method?

Posted on May 21, 2019
Kevin Bell

Are you about to get started with starting on an app development journey with your business? Or are you simply looking for an enterprise solution? Even if you have hired the finest mobile app development company in California there are certain things to know about. These things would include:

a. A detailed framework of how do you plan to proceed with the development process.

b. What preferences do you have with the app development method.

Usually, businesses are able to take care of the first part, but have no clue about the second part. To get started with the application development cycle, you should know about the right app development method for the final solution.

1.  Agile App Development
These days, every second company in the app development business is talking about agile development. The first thing that would strike your mind is what is agile app development and how is it even relevant to the technological solution you are devising for your business problem?

Agile is an app development framework, under which you get started with the bare minimum features required to get your app running in the market. Once you have launched it in the market and you start getting feedback from your consumers in the form of user data, you use these insights to create updates for the app. Hence, you should know that agile is an iterative method which will require updates at frequent intervals.

Most businesses that are going to get an app developed in enterprise format, have a broad idea of the problem they are trying to solve. Hence, it may not make a lot of sense to get ahead with agile, if you know exactly the features you will need in the app.

That said, if you are clearly sending out an app for the consumer market, agile would be one of the best possible ways to get the app developed.

2. Native app development.
One of the most frequently used methods usually put to practice by the mobile app development solutions providers is the native app development approach.

If your sole motive is to put the app in the hands of the users, a critical question to be answered is – what device is the user experiencing the app on? Now, it is obvious that it is smartphone, but the insight you are looking for is the operating system. So, if your target audience resided on IOS as well as Android – how do you get started with the app development process?

Native mobile apps solve that problem for you. Instead of making an Android app and then figuring out how will you pour its features identically into an IOS app, you create separate apps for both the platforms. You treat each app as an app especially engineered for that platform. This way, you can be sure that your app is utilising all the distinctive features provided by that specific platform.

3. Cross Platform Apps.
Your mobile app development company may recommend you to go for cross platform application development, if your end goal is to send out the app as soon as possible while launching it on both the popular platforms.

With cross platform app development, you build an app that is platform agnostic. This means, that the user experience of the app on an Android system will be nearly identical to the user experience on an IOS system.

Within cross platform app development itself, there are several approaches to get the job done:

a. The core code can be written in HTML5. Followed by this, you can use a native app wrapper to dynamically adjust the app for each platform you are targeting.

b. RMAD: It stands for Rapid Mobile Application Development. A specialised way in which RMAD is different from other mobile app development methods, is that the developer doesn’t have to use separate languages for separate platforms. They user working on developing the app can simply drag and drop in the GUI to form a platform targeting app.

c. Hybrid apps: Native apps are entirely dependent on the device installation. Hybrid apps use some features common across platforms by accessing the files installed during the app download. The remaining features, relevant to the platform, are accessed by communicating with a remote server instantaneously,

In Conclusion

You can use any mobile app development methodology. What you should have clarity on, are the end goals and the user who would be using the app.

Kevin Bell

Kevin is heading Marketing and Sales at Octos Global. Kevin's hobby is to share his insight with fellow marketers. With his all of technical knowledge, company and customer side experience, he brings unique and deep understanding to email marketing that combines best practices with actual-tested projects and disposition in real world cases.