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While government agencies and enterprise-class companies’ rush to develop different mobile applications, they have realized that the only constant within the mobile industry is “change”. A few years ago, people did not hear terms like “Android” or “iPad”. In the recent times, Microsoft released “Mango” and has been in rage ever since. Over the next few years, one can expect newer gadgets and devices in the market. For organizations to dive in a little deeper into the new medium, there are a few things you need to consider. This would ensure that you choose the right technology for your mobile phone application. For the most part, you must hire a mobile application development that is well versed with these aspects.
Mobile Phone Platform
Generally, mobile application developers create projects that work only on one device. People only tend to choose the iPhone compatibility since the phone is extremely popular today and developers have budget constraints. Regardless of its popularity and performance, Apple reaches only 30% of the mobile phone market with the iPhone. In order to make the most out of your investment and to connect with the masses, you must consider other operating systems as well. For an instance, Android based phones are popular as well and have about 40% reach in the market.
While looking for mobile application developers, you must hire a team that uses platform-technology to design, develop, license as well as deploy the applications across all devices. In other words, you need cross-platform developers to minimize the development costs.
The internal processes that manage the digital content on mobile apps must not change. The mobile application should have one point of integration, so that you can make multiple real-time updates on the website, databases, web services and more. Quite a few times, the apps are developed for internal purposes only and are not able to update the content in real-time.
Content Management System
You must ensure that your mobile apps has an easy-to- use content management system. Such a way, your employees, members of the staff or external agency members can use one interface to manage different mobile apps. The content management system should be dynamic in nature, which would allow the non-technical employees to add new pages, images, develop promotional pieces, change content or the entire navigation system. With an advanced content management system, mobile application developers will be able to make changes in real time.
Once your mobile app is built, you will have to maintain it. You will need a team that offers these services. If you have technical resources to maintain the application within the company, then that should be your first priority. Since this technology is more expensive and complicated, you will need an expert to update or maintain your mobile applications. While looking for a mobile application developer, you must ensure that he offers a maintenance program. For the most part, these programs deal with repairing unexpected bugs, adding or supporting new users and future proofing the application.