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App Development- Tips and Best Practices 

Introduction:

The term ‘Mobile App Development’ is used to refer to the process of developing a mobile application for mobile devices. These applications have the option of either being pre-installed on mobile phones during the manufacturing of platforms or being pushed to devices as web based applications. The second instance delivers an experience similar to apps but within a web browser. Development of mobile applications has been gradually growing, both in terms of revenue generated as well jobs created.

Latest Trends in App Development

Artificial Intelligence is perhaps among the latest technologies being used in app development. Thanks to the vast amount of data in terms of user behavior, time spent, purchasing behavior, etc. now available to developers and businesses, mobile app development can now provide users with a newfound customer experience.

Take for example, the Predictive Reply feature that is used by Google for their Gmail app. Here, artificial technology understands the communication taking place in an email thread and, using networks of artificial neurons, can suggest and send suitable responses to emails.

 Cost to Make an App

The question of the cost to build an app varies greatly depending on a number of factors. For example, engaging with a freelancer vs. an offshore team vs. an established agency. In a similar way, an app needing a back end server or integrated API vs. a completely standalone app can differ greatly in price.

In general terms, the cost of an app can depend on the following factors –

1) Features, platform and complexity of the app

2) Apps that need a server at the back end tend to cost more

3) Simpler apps that are built for one platform are cheaper

4) Complex apps with multiple features can reach the six figure range at times

5) Costs differ based on who you engage with to build the app – freelancers, offshore teams or if you choose to hire experienced app developers.

 Tips to Get You Started on the App Development Journey

  • Content Layout– Content should fit the screen without the need to scroll. Basic rules for app development are Clarity, Deference and Depth.
  • Consider 3D Touch while developing UI– 3D Touch UI elements work differently between mobile and desktops. A standard UI element assists in making your app intuitive for all users.
  • Error Handling– Logic errors need to be handled in a way that your application doesn’t crash. Instead of crashing, the user should just get an error message.
  • Self Explanatory Project Directory– This is especially useful when multiple coders are working together on large enterprise level app development. Project directories need to be organized in a manner that other developers can fix or maintain your code if needed.

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