Development of mobile applications. What should the customer know?

Payment systems, educational platforms, health programmes, fitness trackers, hotel bookings, ticket reservations, taxi hailing, delivery and entertainment services - these and many other mobile applications have become part of our lives. Analysts predict that the mobile app market will continue to grow. By the end of 2026, it could be worth $542.8 billion.

For who and what?
More than 200 billion applications are installed on mobile phones every year. At the same time, the average lifespan of a mobile application is short - just 6 days! Users download an application, install it on their phone, try it out and, in most cases, delete it. This should be taken into account from the very beginning of the development of a new product. It is important to understand who and why a new mobile application is being created.
Getting started
Before starting the development, Sapsan Plus s.r.o. specialists, together with the client, study the type of mobile application that has attracted their attention. They understand their structure, find out the level of complexity and functionality.

The development of a multifunctional mobile application with a high load (e.g. for ordering food, hailing a taxi, delivering goods, banking, mobile online shops) requires additional complex integrations, the involvement of third-party services, as well as data collection and analysis.

Idea and concept
It all starts with an idea. The customer should clearly define what problem the application will solve and what tasks it will perform. At this stage, the product manager, architect and customer define the target audience, key functionality and features of the application.

Design and Development
When developing the structure and design of the app, it is important to agree the basic interface and user experience requirements with the client. A user-friendly and attractive design is 90% of the app's success. A specification that satisfies both the client and the developers is considered complete.
Development and Programming
At this stage, define the elements of the technical architecture of the project and approve the technology stack, server-side and API interfaces. Create the core functionality of the application, integrate the application with external services and database.

Testing and debugging
Quality and thorough testing at all stages of development helps to identify weaknesses in the code and verifies the security of the entire application.

Launch and deployment
After successful testing, the application is ready for deployment. Typically, the client and developers work together on a launch plan, choosing platforms (iOS, Android) and delivery methods (App Store, Google Play).

Support and updates
Once the app is launched, the support and updates phase begins. The client can make changes based on user feedback, make improvements and add new features.
What type of app should I choose?
There are several approaches to mobile app development. A native app is built from scratch in one of the programming languages for a specific operating system (Android or iOS), device or platform. A progressive web app allows you to install a website as an app on your smartphone, and its interface can be easily adapted to small screens. A hybrid app is a symbiosis of a native app and a progressive web app, suitable for different mobile operating systems. Cross-platform mobile development technology is used to develop apps that can run on different operating systems. Such applications can be compiled for different devices and platforms, which makes cross-platform applications very popular.

Sapsan Plus develops cross-platform and native applications for different operating systems. We create products for iOS using Objective-C and Swift, and specialise in Android development using Java and Kotlin.
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