The glitters and glamour of becoming rich and famous from exhibiting a popular mobile app can be amazing.
Most people see mobile app development as a fast way of working with an advanced technological firm. To avoid crushing anyone’s dreams, but to swallow the bitter pill of truth should be the first order of business before rushing into mobile app development. Getting to know the basic facts is always a wise approach when starting up a new venture. In that regard, I hope my general guidance will get you pointed in the right direction in getting started.
Some Types of Apps
Mobile-apps_resize_1750x1458Page wrappers – apps that are essentially coded web browsers used to contain HTML pages.
- Games – you already know what they are.
- Form apps – these ranges from simple to complex apps that use different forms to send data to a backend database. Mobile wallets, banking apps, and retail e-commerce apps fall into this category.
- Utility apps – these use the built-in hardware of mobile phones to provide handy, dedicated apps such as flashlights, compasses, pulse rate checkers, stud finders, fitness, and many others.
Many mobile app developers prefer publishing mobile game apps since the payoff can be quiet substantial. But it’s like taking a risky step where you are don’t know where you are going to land. The invention of a mobile app is an interesting topic on its own.
Many apps – particularly games – use in-app purchases to buy things like virtual “gold” or other goodies that can leapfrog a player to the next level. This is also a source of rapid growth in cybercrime exploit.
The “freemium” offers both free and paid (premium) versions of the same app where the paid version either removes ads and/or offers advanced features. I’ll cover mobile app creation options in a more in-depth in the post below:
The main mobile app platforms are Apple iOS, Google Android, and Microsoft Windows Phone. Microsoft is far behind Apple and Google, when it comes to platform fame and what they have to offer in the form of mobile apps. Interestingly, they have been moving in an exciting direction with Windows 10 Mobile and though it’s worth looking into, I’ll leave Microsoft out of the discussion since these aren’t the apps you’re probably looking for.
Getting started, advertising either iOS or Android apps require a little investment even if you plan on doing no development, You will still need a developer accounts on these platforms in order to submit your next app to their respective app stores. Apple requires a yearly subscription to its developer program which runs $99 per year. Google Play is significantly cheaper at a one-time fee of $25. And also the Amazon App Store, and though not so popular as Google Play is, but is still worth submitting your Android apps too, for broader exposure. Percentages of payment and value limits vary across app stores.
Options for Developing Mobile Apps:
The varieties of options for developing your mobile apps start at a high-level in terms of opting for in-house (you) versus outsourced development. It then moves on to hosted app builders versus native coding, and finally, into the actual platform to target for your mobile apps. Those in a hurry and looking for the get rich quick options typically outsource their mobile app development. They are folks who have no programming experience and have no desire to learn how to code mobile apps. Many of this “make a killing publishing mobile apps without writing a line of code” info-products advocate this route. c. You just have to make sure you know what you’re doing and vet all potential contractors thoroughly. This is where most newbie mobile app entrepreneurs get trapped.
It’s often better to get your hands dirty with doing some real development yourself and then test the outsourcing waters once you’re armed with the knowledge of what’s involved in building a mobile app. You can then confidently interview contractors and know right away if you’re getting BS’ed. We’ll get into the actual development platforms for both iOS and Android in an upcoming post, but it’s worth mentioning the plethora of online, hosted mobile app builders. I don’t have any direct experience with these having only investigated a few of the early ones. Again, this is what many of the get rich quick info-products promote for those looking to build mobile apps without writing a single line of code.
You may find that a lot of these hosted app builders are expensive and don’t deliver Apps of good quality and control that native development platforms offer.
Where to Next? – a worthwhile endeavor that can lead to a profitable and exciting career as a mobile app developer
It should be clear that there is a lot to consider and discuss when it comes to developing mobile apps. And development is just one piece of the mobile app puzzle if you’re looking to go the entrepreneurial level and make enough money to at least cover up your startup costs. Regardless of what path you decide to take in learning how to build, publish, and promote mobile apps, it’s still a very worthwhile endeavor that can lead to a profitable and exciting career as a mobile app developer. I’m looking forward to polishing my Android app coding skills and taking you along the path to getting a very unique and useful app off the ground and live in Google Play!.