You have a new mobile app idea and you tell yourself “this is the next big thing”. After the conceptualisation, you should go straight to building it. You can actually design and develop the app yourself but it is challenging if you are not in a mobile app studio.
You will surely run into some difficulties. Fortunately, these difficulties can be manageable if you know what to do about it at the onset. To help you get started, here are some common issues when building a customised mobile app and what to do about it:
Apps with unplanned backend are vulnerable to crashing. It does not end there because it is also prone to transitions that do not finish loading. From the user perspective, you will try to uninstall the app because of frustration. Do not fret. You can make the most o your back-end by checking issues.
If there is a conflict with server and infrastructure, the best solution is to pinpoint where the issue is coming from. ADM (Application Dependency Mapping) can identify the source. Your users will see faster web requests as well as caching if you lessen the server’s load by releasing reverse proxy server.
At the onset, you have to realise that running an application with no crashes or bugs is extremely difficult. However, with enough planning and persistent troubleshooting, you will start to see fewer problems as you progress.
Disregarding the differences of platforms
When it comes to choosing the platforms, the first thing that you need to think about is your core user base – are they international or domestic? The next thing is what device they use – do they use smartphones more than tablets? You have to understand that every platform has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Poor UI (User Interface) design
Aside from the platform differences, you should also delve deeper into device compatibility. You have to check a thousand times to determine if your app works great on smartphones and tablets. Essentially, you should make sure to give a consistent experience regardless of the device.
While you are at it, you should pay attention to pixel density, resolution and size. Creating a seamless UI is definitely time-consuming and iterative. However, it is one of the most important aspects because it seeks to hook users. If you cannot determine the perfect design, you should at least prioritise screen flow and navigation for users.
Thinking that apps and websites are related
It is true that websites and mobile apps are related in the sense that they provide coherent brand experience to complement the experiences of the users. However, if you believe that the mobile app is the extension of a site, you are clearly mistaken. Remember that an app provides a different value from the website.
No specific target
In mobile app development, if you do not have a specific target or demographics, you will fail. Keep in mind that no app is created for everyone. The first thing you should do is validate your idea with the target audience and if they hate it, you should look for another audience.
As a developer, you must accept that your app will never be finished completely. This is because you need to iterate it, optimise, add features, and redesign most of the time to keep up. When things get overwhelming, you can seek the help of Tandem. Whatever problems you face, your goal is to make a seamless app experience.