FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)
Over the years, we have been approached by a lot of organisations from large to small, both online and offline, and a lot of them have had similar questions about how we function as a mobile app development company. Some of these questions have centered around the whole process involved in building mobile apps, and we have compiled the most frequently asked questions to be answered in this article.
1. What is mobile app development?
It is the set of procedures and process by which an application is developed for mobile devices such as smartphones, enterprise digital assistants, personal digital assistants, or tablets.
2. How is a customized mobile app different form online easy-to-make apps?
A key difference is that web apps are easier to build. However, they cannot be found in any app store, only on the internet. Mobile apps, on the other hand, can be found both in app stores and on the internet.
Customized mobile apps are also easier to access and control than online easy to make web apps, and they can utilize the hardware on your device – the camera for instance.
3. How do I choose the top app developers?
- Identify your needs and the needs of your clients. Make sure that the developer you hire understands and can fulfill them.
- Look for experience. Hire developers with a wealth of experience in the field, and a good work history with their previous clients.
- Go for quality. It is fine to have a budget and try to stick to it, but do not sacrifice quality to go for a cheaper alternative when you can afford a more expensive one that will do a better job.
4. What is the mobile application development process?
It begins with the idea. You have an initial idea of what you want your app to look like and how you want it to function. You run the research required on your target market and you consider what the competition is doing. Then you set your goals and objectives.
When the idea has taken shape, you begin to think about design. You need a budget at first, obviously, and this will determine the quality of the work that you will receive. The time that this aspect would take depends on the scope of the while project. It could be finished in a couple of weeks or it could take many months to complete. It is at this stage that wire-framing and the app architecture is built. Then you test the design with an interactive prototype.
Next up is the actual development of the app. You will have to hire developers to handle this for you. Tell them the ideas you have in your head and work with them to achieve your goals. You will need to set up developer accounts on the platforms you want the app to operate on, in preparation for sending your mobile app live after completion.
After development, you test. It is more expensive to release your build first and then attempt to fix bugs and errors later so it is advisable that you test the app to make sure that everything is functioning as it should before it hits the market. Your developer will have information about all the tests that you need you run on the app before release.
Finally, you can launch the app. It doesn’t end here, however, as you will have to constantly update the app, adding new features and improving existing ones to keep it ahead of the competition and to ensure your customers continue to engage with your product.
5. What is the difference between cross platform development and native app development?
Cross Platform tech deals with the creation of a framework where one single source code can be used to create an app to run across multiple platforms – Android and iOS mostly. An increasingly popular tech for such a purpose is ReactNative, which has come out of Facebook.
Native app development, on the other hand, uses the default language and IDE for both platforms (Android and iOS). Java and the Android Studio is used for Android while Objective-C/Swift with xCode is used for iOS.
6. What platform should we target? iOS? Android? Both?
The answer to this question should depend on some factors – speed to market, cost, and demographics. Based on the nature of the business you are running the app for, find out which platform people in the region’s you are targeting use the most. Then decide on a budget.
7. What will happen to my app with new OS releases in both iOS and Android?
Don’t worry, your app will not stop functioning. Usually, iOS and Android will take care of this and adapt the functions of your app to the new release. However, if some parts of your app stop working, you may need to contact the development company to make the necessary adjustments. This may involve some recoding, depending on how different the updated OS is from the old one.
8. How can I make my Mobile app successful?
Consider a few things. What was the purpose of creating the app at the time that you did? Do you have the funds to maintain the app and manage marketing? Are your marketing strategies effective for your target market? The answers to these questions will help you to create an action plan to help you achieve the success that you want.
9. I have an app idea, how can I share it with your company to make sure that it is secure?
We would be willing to sign a Mutual non-disclosure (MNDA) agreement with you to ensure provide you with the confidence that we treat confidentiality and your data with the utmost importance.
10. How would you take care of data security?
There are methods that we employ to plug any potential loopholes in the app that we build for you. First of all, we use an authentication token system to ensure that input/output is safe from external hacks, and then we ensure that sensitive data is encrypted.
11. Are there any maintenance packages after the app goes live?
We appreciate every project is unique and as such provide a range of support packages to ensure flexibility for our customers. Our engineers support some of the most stringent Service Level Agreements that need 24/7 monitoring to more basic support needs. In short, we will tailor a package to suit your needs ( Check this blog post about How Much Does It Cost to Maintain an App)
12. What technologies does Gomeeki work on?
We have a team of specialist engineers at Gomeeki that can deliver on the end to end requirements of a product. This means we can build backend systems, front end (customer facing) applications and also complete complex system integration projects.
A project’s typical tech stack might include:
- Swift / xCode (iOS)
- Java (Android)
- React and ReactNative
13. How many successful apps have Gomeeki delivered in the past?
Gomeeki has developed hundreds of mobile application since our establishment back in 2008. In fact, we released one of the first iPhone apps in the market in partnership with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and since that time have worked on various projects of all shapes and sizes. It is this experience of which adds significant value to our partners to ensure that your investments are made in the right places and that we address all of the key issues in the appropriate ways.
14. How much does mobile app development cost?
The million dollar question! A typical response might be ”how long is a piece of string”. Of course, every app is different in terms of its features and functions, so the cost of app development can vary quite wildly.
One of Gomeeki’s added values is that our proprietary platform can enable many standard features for apps ‘out of the box’ thereby significantly reducing upfront costs and delivery times while delivering outcomes of more robust software.
App projects Gomeeki have delivered can range from $50k and up to over $1million. However, our approach would typically ensure you can get into the market or validate products before having to commit too much investment.
15. Are there any limitations with different time zones of clients?
Absolutely not. We can work with you regardless of the time zone wherever you are. We have worked with clients in different time zones all over the world and the jobs were carried out efficiently.
16. Do you have an in-house design support team?
Yes, at Gomeeki we provide an end to end offering. While some customers might already bring existing designs and wireframes to us to commence a project, other times we will deliver this as a service.
We use the same processes adopted by elite US incubators like YCombinator and TechStars. We incorporate a risk-driven process, at every step, with clear go/no-go stages.
We employ user-centered design thinking to execute our client’s products, this process ensures users are placed at the heart of the mobile experience. Our standard design framework has four distinct phases for the incubation and ongoing iteration of product design.
Through our experience an approach to design will be defined by the unique drivers of a project, and as such our team will work with your’s during the planning stage to identify the most appropriate process for development of the mobile application.
17. What is your total team strength?
Our headcount is currently just under 40 team members. So we’re big enough to deliver on the most challenging of requirements, but not too big that your project becomes simply a number in the pack.
18. Do you provide app marketing services as well?
Our marketing approach is very simple. To design a killer go to market ( GTM) strategy, we will analyze your app competitive landscape to get detailed insights and understand the role of your app in Target market. Based on the research our Team of marketers will help you transform data into actionable marketing tactics.
If you have any further questions that have not been addressed here, feel free to drop a comment and we will take it into account. Have a good one!