7 Things that Can Make an App Developer’s Life Easier

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Even though they’d be useless without tablets and smartphones, we still live in the world of apps. In turn, without apps, the world’s most popular devices would be rendered relatively useless. This being said, the app developer profession has become rather popular, but the thing is: most of these experts are on their own, learning as they go. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up a list of advice that will help make your life as an app dev easier.

Aesthetics is irreplaceable

No matter how pragmatic the modern world is, design still plays a vital role in the world of apps. For example, if you create an app with a catchy name and sleek interface, chances are that you’re on the road to success.

Follow the trends

App market research takes almost no financial effort and can be performed by anyone. As a rule of thumb, trends follow a particular success and reflect it. Knowing what’s currently hot is a road to success, so being aware of the latest winning app development ideas is of immense importance.

Study failed apps

Knowing what you should avoid is equally important as being aware of what you should aim for. Finding what a particular app has done wrong can turn out harder than you might’ve imagined, and finding the flaw(s) can tell you what to avoid, which is sometimes invaluable.
As a rule of thumb, you should study both the top and the bottom of the charts.

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Communicate with users

Nothing does a more efficient job at killing a business as turning it faceless. Modern users are bought with openness and honesty – people are tired of faceless corporations. This is the prime reason why you have to engage with them. The best way to do so, as an app developer, is through participating in online communities – online store comment sections, forums, social media, these can all help you engage your customers, plus you’ll be able to gather a ton of useful feedback this way.

Understand the Android users

Although the basic concept of app stores is pretty much identical across all platforms, there are differences between the iOS users and their Android counterparts. For one, Android has significantly more users than the iOS. On the other hand, the typical Android user doesn’t pay as much as the average iOS user, are more prone to downloading freemium apps and are generally game-focused. These factors are hugely important for your strategy and business model choice.

Domain name comes first

The modern world is filled with aspiring entrepreneurs, looking for perfect ideas to pitch to the world in order to reach success. If you didn’t buy a domain name the moment you decided on your app’s name, you are already running late; you’d be amazed to find out how often identical ideas appear on opposite ends of the world.

Testing, testing and testing

Not only should you test your app as often as you can, but you should ask your friends and family to install them on their devices so that you can troubleshoot before it is released. The same app may not perform identically across platforms; in fact, it may perform differently on the same device type, depending on how they’re configured and what they’ve got installed on them. Test as much and as often as you can!

App development boils down to much more than coming up with an app. There are additional processes before, during and after the app building. Everything from aesthetics and trend following to market research and testing plays an essential role in making an app developer’s life easier.

Marcus Jensen

Marcus is an Australian IT support professional. He’s running his own business, working with companies that outsource their IT maintenance. He often writes about technology, business and marketing and is a regular contributor on several sites.

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