The process of developing mobile applications entails following specific procedures to deliver a product according to the publishers’ requirements, while also taking into account their budget and time constraints.
Conceptualizing the project alone entails aligning the publishers’ requirements with the technical and creative sensibilities required to come up with the actual app. Other than designing and developing applications, game developers may also be involved in formulating a marketing and distribution strategy for the publishers. After all, the success of an app depends on the amount of publicity it receives.
In spite of the exciting environment most developers work in, many challenges can show up during the design, development, and production phases. Although some of these challenges occur in almost all app development processes, some are specific to certain projects.
One of the biggest challenges when it comes to developing apps for mobile is creating applications that work for different Android devices and the different generations of iOS devices. It is not always as easy as developing an app for the iPhone or for a Samsung phone. A set of code that might work for the latest generation of the iPhone may not work as well for another generation of iOS devices.
Building multiplatform or hybrid apps is a great solution to the challenge of creating apps that work for the large number of devices available on the market today. In multiplatform development, a single codeset is adapted to several OS. Hybrid app development tools can also be used to check whether an app is compatible with different generations of the same OS.
Too Many Feature Ideas
Having many ideas may not seem like such a “bad idea” where app development is concerned. But, there is a risk of undermining user experience when too many features are included in a mobile game. The truth is, some ideas come up far into the development process and it can be tempting to just incorporate all these ideas into the app. However, this could lead to higher costs of development and poor user experience.
An iterative approach that allows the developer to add features on a needs basis can help to eliminate ‘feature creep.’ This approach creates space for the app to be put into use and the developer would then improve various aspects of the application that actually need enhancement.
Although mobile device manufacturers offer some inbuilt security for their devices, the game developer has the sole responsibility of ensuring that users’ data are secure when accessing an application.
Different mobile platforms offer different levels of security for the data stored in their devices. It is the developer’s responsibility to ensure that neither user experience nor data security is compromised. Encryption is a great solution to this dilemma. Encryption ensures that the users’ data cannot be obtained from their mobile device, even if the device is lost.
These are just a few challenges faced by mobile app developers. While some of them are unavoidable, what’s more important is finding modern and efficient ways to resolve these problems.