How to speed up mobile app development?

Posted by Karan Shah · 23 Feb, 2021 · 7 Min read
How to speed up mobile app development?

Mobile app development speed has always been a concern for the business owners especially for the startup owners.

Remember, we said while listing out the lessons we learned while building products for startups,

“Time is of the essence.”

Every business needs to launch their apps faster than their competitors.

If Netflix would have taken a few months more, there would have been a similar app with a different name by different founders. The same case is with any other app like Uber, Airbnb, and more.

That’s the reason why it becomes essential for startups as well as mobile app development companies to find out the ways they can speed up the development and help businesses launch faster.

According to our experience in building time-critical apps such as Reelo, The Ken, and more, here are some of our ways to speed up the mobile app development-

1. Go for cross-platform app development

Most of the startups or enterprise business owners now look for building apps for both- Android and iOS. But, when it comes to practically building two different native mobile apps (obviously because of its benefits), the time it takes is quite huge.

That’s where cross-platform app development frameworks become the savior.

Here are the benefits cross-platform app development frameworks offer-

Benefits cross-platform app development frameworks

The major benefit of cross-platform app development is the reuse of the code to build two different apps, which reduces the time to code. That’s the reason why we recommend cross-platform development over native app development as it speeds up the development, testing, and deployment.

Two cross-platform app development frameworks are hot favorites of the developers these days- Flutter and React Native. We’ve built apps using both the frameworks and both of them are brilliant for certain app development requirements.

We’ve written a detailed comparison guide as well on Flutter vs. React Native, which can guide you on when to choose Flutter and when to choose React Native.

Make sure you talk to the experts first before choosing any of these frameworks to save time on your mobile app development.

2. Have a proper app development strategy

Before moving on to developing an app, we make sure we’ve a mobile app development strategy in place. Having a strategy means having a blueprint of a construction site. The way it’s impossible to build a building without a blueprint, it’s not advisable to build an app without a mobile app development strategy. Here we’ve got a few concrete reasons for the same-

  • Monetization of the app: If you’ve got the plan for mobile app development, you will have the plan to monetize the same. When you know what’s the purpose and how you would want to monetize it, you can plan the app features accordingly.
  • Marketing of the app: Your app development strategy also helps you understand who your target audience is so you can make messaging on your app, the flow of the app, etc. for the conversion funnel accordingly.
  • Competition of the app: You don’t just have to build an app and launch it. You need to make sure your app monetization and marketing strategies work for you to get more number of installs, reviews & ratings, etc. than your competitors. Having a mobile app development strategy, knowing this becomes easier and quicker.

So, having an appropriate mobile app development strategy, you can save time while building your mobile apps.

3. Build an MVP

Whether it’s for acquiring funding or getting early customers, a delay can cost you billions. We understand that and that’s the reason why we recommend time-critical projects to always go for building an MVP first.

An MVP (Minimum Viable Product) is a smaller version of the product that consists of the most essential features that can help you test your product in the market and grab early customers.

Building an MVP with only essential features takes less time compared to building a full-fledged mobile app. That’s another way how you can speed up your mobile app development.

4. Shorten the release cycles

A release cycle is the duration when a feature of the app is deployed. The moment we build a feature, we send it out to the client for feedback. This way we reduce the time to release features.

Based on the feedback, we can make the required changes to the feature. Such shorter release cycles help us get continuous feedback on the app, improve it consistently, and deploy it faster, making it one of the great ways to speed up the app development process.

5. Focus on agile development

Agile development is a methodology that involves continuous iteration of development and testing throughout the development cycle. This method helps us with building app functionalities and testing them simultaneously.

If you think that everyone uses this methodology then you’re mistaken because there are companies that still use traditional methods where functionality is fully developed and then testing is performed. In this case, most of the bugs will be found at the time of testing. The bugs would be sent back to the development team to resolve, test, and qualify them again.

If bugs are sent while the development is on, the developers can quickly resolve them. Otherwise, it takes a lot of time for the developers to get into the code after a few weeks, and rectify the errors.

Agile development comes with the following benefits-

Benefit of using Agile development

6. Create a low-fidelity wireframe

Another way we increase the speed to develop mobile apps is we create low-fidelity wireframes of the apps. Let’s understand what that means.

Wireframes visually represent the blueprint of the mobile app, and we create them for our developers to understand how the app should be arranged to make sure it serves the purpose of the businesses.

Wireframes are of two types- low-fidelity and high-fidelity.

Let’s take an example of a high-fidelity wireframe of the apps that we have built, Reelo loyalty app-

Reelo loyalty app

Here is the example of the low-fidelity wireframe of the app-

Creating low-fidelity wireframes takes less time compared to high-fidelity ones. But, our developers understand the layout we expect from an app.

So, we create low-fidelity wireframes to speed up the development.

7. Automate the testing

Another way we speed up the development is through automating the mobile app testing.

Sometimes, some app functionalities are quite complex, and testing them would take hours and hours to manually check them for errors and exceptions.

That’s where we bring in automation testing tools that help us quickly find bugs and send them to the development team for further improvement.

8. Test and QA simultaneously

Traditionally, mobile apps are first sent to the testers. Once, the developers resolve the bugs shared by the testers, then the app is sent to the QA team. By that time, QAs don’t come into picture.

But, that takes a lot of time in QAing. So we ask our testers and QAs to simultaneously check the app for its quality so that we can speed up the improvements required and deploy the apps faster.

9. Have a dedicated team

Though this is last in this list, it’s the most important way to speed up the mobile app development.

When developers are working on multiple projects, their priorities are shared among the projects. That way, their productivity as well as efficiency gets affected, which increases the time to build mobile apps.

That’s the reason why having a dedicated team for building your apps becomes a significant way to boost the app development speed.

For every app development project, we’ve a dedicated team of strategists, designers, developers, testers, and QAs. It helps us deploy quality apps within the expected timeline.

Conclusion: Speed matters, but quality matters the most

Most of the startups and enterprises come with their expected timeline to launch the mobile apps. But, it’s not that their expectations define the timeline, but it’s the requirements that does.

So, based on what type of app you’re looking for, technologies you want to inculcate, and more defines the timeline of your app development.

Discuss your requirements in detail with us. We can come up with the suggestions, thought-processes, and implementation scenarios that can help us reach a mutually agreed-upon timeline to deploy your mobile apps.

After all, we want to deploy the apps faster but not at the cost of its quality. What say?

Mobile apps we’ve built-

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