Are you considering building a mobile app? You may have a lot of questions about how to begin and how much it will cost. Building a mobile application may be an incredibly daunting task to those without the proper preparations. There are many common costly misconceptions you may encounter during this process. Here are 4 of the most common costly misconceptions:
Apps are an Extension of the Website
A mobile app should offer an additional service or supplemental value that your website does not provide. There is a misconception that mobile users will just spend their time browsing a website. However, 90% of time on mobile devices is spent in apps. Users will not be inclined to download or pay for your app if it does not provide some supplemental value. *For an internal use app, the above may not apply.
Apps Cost the Same as Websites
App Development is typically much more complex than website development. They require more time and effort and more in-depth software development requirements.
However, if you choose not to invest a hefty sum upfront, your app will not be as successful. Some of the common costs associated with apps include the developer, the purpose and functionality of the app, and the way your app is built.
App Development is a One Time Thing
App development will require an initial time investment. There will also be room for improvements and future growth in your software. You should continually look for opportunities to improve your app for its users. Even without initial plans to enhance the app or improve in the future, the app will still require some degree of support. This will be in case some upgrade is necessary for compliance with hosting software. There may be other issues that arise without the proper maintenance.
It is too Expensive to Build Natively
Custom software developments can be expensive upfront, but they generally save you money in the long run. Standard pre-build solutions generally have hidden fees or consequences. Building native to each platform may be more time consuming, but it is certainly necessary. Google Play, Apple App Store, and Windows each offer many different opportunities for builders and have different requirements in place. Check out this article on the difference between Google Play and the Apple Store.
It is important to consider and avoid these costly misconceptions when building your mobile app. Mobile apps may be intimidating at first, but with the right team your dream build can come to life. If you would like additional information or support in building your mobile app, you can contact us at (865) 465-4040 or request a meeting!