We have always heard app development is a lengthy, time consuming, and costly process. What if we can’t afford all of them? Is there any way out? If this is what you are wondering then my friend yes there is. With multiple platforms, different device types on which app should be running and yes the difference in screen size, storage, performance, resolutions, security and many such things you might feel how can it be possible to cut the cost and timeline down. Well, apart from all these factors, we still have ways that can shorten the app development lifecycle. Let me show you how.
1) Sketch First, Build Later
Don’t jump off right to the coding stage, decide the entire plan of the app. Try and come up with the wireframing of the app and interfaces of the app should be determined at the early designing phase. Wireframing is easy and yes not to forget the cheap way to figure out the apps initial design and know the requirements and how to fit it into the app. Changing the design time and again can prove to be costly but you can experiment with the wireframing and explore different options and pick the one which gives utmost satisfaction in the reasonable price.
2) Integrate Only What Is Great
Mobile app developers who are new, usually intend to copy the desktop software which basically believes in filling the app with more features. Well, they also feel that it is kind of cool to do that. But is it so? The experienced mobile app development company would not do so. The app should be feature-rich but not be over-filled with that. Ever heard of MVP (minimum viable product)? It is integrating only the must be needed features into the app. More the features more would be the complexity and the contrary. So, select the features which are extremely important for the app and chuck off the others. This will help you to deploy the app at a sooner date.
3) Cross-Platform Development
For native apps, two different apps have to be developed for Android and iOS platform which can prolong the timeline. Instead, if you opt for cross-platform you will have to develop only a single app which will run on both the platforms Android and iOS. This will save a bulk of the time. The time for coding will be highly reduced. Half of the time will be saved if you choose the hybrid over native. Of course, the performance of native is non-comparable, but if the app has MVP it does not need to be high performance.
4) Avoid Hiring Freelancer
Well, it might lure you to hire a freelance developer on the grounds of his low price but don’t fall for the trap. If you want a full-fledged app with high performance, no crash, no bugs, an experienced company is what you need to hire. A freelancer might delay the work and might not be as professional as that of a reputed company.
5) Avoid Building From Scratch
You don’t always need to develop an app from the scratch. There are other options available that can save time at the time of development. There are already pre-built templates available, third-party plugins, and also adapters for the back-end systems which you can make use of. Any of the above options can be of great aid in the development process. Existing technology can be extremely useful when it is about the test automation as it can assist in producing a better product and also in saving time.