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8 Mobile App Development Myths You Should Know About

The concept of mobile app development is pretty extensive these days; many emerging technologies have been used while developing the same. But, still, the idea of mobile app development is perceived with a varied understanding. This creates myths about the same.

Here, we are going to talk about the most common mobile app development myths do have. I assure you that you will get to learn many insightful things by the end of this. Let’s get started with it:

1. Native applications are always better for the audience

The mobile app comes in different categories: Hybrid, native, and mobile web (which is often known as HTML5). Every type of category has some advantages and drawbacks, to both.

The part of the research is pretty helpful as it helps you get along with current mobile app development trends and what your target audience prefers more. Sometimes, launching the app without conducting research may cause you to face unfavorable results.

However, the ratio of native app usage is higher (also generalized) than that of hybrid apps and web apps, but that does not mean users will always prefer native applications.

So, launching native applications without conducting research is a big myth that developers need to take care of.

2. Mobile app development is pretty cheaper than website development

Well, this statement is absolutely unjustified as there are many factors in the development of both websites and applications; the factors such as coding, themes, and other relevant things.

Let’s discuss how the cost of both website development and mobile app development myths:

The budget for both mobile app development and website development depends upon the complexity of the same. There are many sources available online that even a layperson can create a website without putting a lot of effort. The best part is that you don’t need to hamper your budget as it’s pretty cheaper.

Still, the process requires technical assistance as for the infrastructure and testing phase you need technical assistance to eliminate bugs and glitches, even in the most simplistic applications.

But the thumb rule is that easiness has its own limitations! You cannot completely represent your niche through your website or app when you go for the readymade website or app themes; a customized website or app calls for effort. So, this is where the difference lies, it depends on how you want your app or website to be; fully customized or just a regular one.

3. Cross-platform app conversion is a simple and quick process

Turning a mobile app from one platform to another (Android or iOS) is a pretty lengthy process as it requires the app code to be rewritten. Well, you could be partially correct as this process is not complex, but, of course, it takes time as there is not an option for automatic coding, you will need to do it or get it done manually.

Many clients expect that cross-platform app conversion is a cakewalk and set the timeline in that accordance. There is no shortcut to time, as the process is to be done right from the beginning.

4. Building native apps for the iOS platform is enough

If you are working on native applications, then you will need to create a separate application for both platforms: iOS and Android as native apps are not compatible across all platforms. Generally, most businesses create native applications for the iOS platform as they are more compatible to be used, but again it’s just available for iOS users.

All that matters at the end of the day is who your target audience is. If you want your app to be used across all groups of users; you got to create one for all the platforms. So, this is a myth that creating native apps for iOS platforms is enough, of course, unless; iOS users are your target audience.

5. If you have native applications then you do not need to build PWA (progressive web apps)

While developing the app, the question that is often asked is: On which platform should I build, HTML5 or native apps? As a matter of fact, they should be asking, “Should I build HTML5 and native apps?”

The concept of PWA is emerging in recent years as many popular companies like Facebook have presented their polished web apps despite having cross-platform apps.

Users are most likely to go for the option that is more convenient than the convenience you offer; as per you, the fully-fledged native application is super convenient! But what if users do not want to download it, even though it’s a cross-platform app?

Thus, having a native app is not the only thing you should consider when it comes to users’ convenience to the core. A cross-platform app with its web app is what you got to think of.

6. Offering great features makes the app successful

Implementing the latest features into applications does not necessarily make it worth being used frequently. That does not mean you create an outdated application, but all I want you to think is that the features you are configuring in your application are even relevant and useful to the target audience.

Well, thinking of this point may put you in a dilemma whether to go for the trending features or not or should I try keeping it simplistic. Let’s talk about the formula that helps you keep only the required features of the app: the feature- the benefit gained.

This means you need to understand how each and every feature is benefiting your audience. If the feature is capable of solving the problem of your audience anyway, then go for it.

Thus, from now onwards, apply this formula before configuring features into your application, which is surely going to make your app successful.

7. As long as your app is well-functional, it’s good

At this point, we might not be on the same page! But let us help you crack our point. Only good functionality is not enough. There are many factors to be considered.

Say, for example, your app functionality is ace, but you have not considered user flow, user interface, content, and many other aspects; then there is no point in having a highly-functional and scalable app.

You need your app to welcome your audience; it should be compelling and captivating to be explored. These factors consolidate your app’s functionality and all these factors together make your application an exception.

8. Once the app is launched; your job is done

It takes ample effort, time, and most importantly, hard work to create a flawless application. After a tedious process of mobile app development, it’s finally time for relaxation, but I don’t want to be a buzzkill; that’s when you need to roll up your sleeves.

You want your application to be used the most, which requires proper marketing strategies to promote it. Also, launching regular updates of the app is also necessary. Make sure to consider relevant queries and work on them after the BETA launch.

Conclusion

The wider the concept the more the mobile app development myths. This is okay if we are not clear about certain factors regarding mobile app development, but now that we have changed our minds about the above-mentioned points, it’s good to implement the same into the process of developing the application.

Mehul Rajput
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MEHUL RAJPUT

Mehul Rajput is a CEO of MindInventory, a top mobile app development company. His role involves heading the operations related to business and delivery with strategic planning.