Do You Believe In These Mobile App Development Myths?

It hasn’t been long since businesses have started realizing that having a mobile app of their own can serve as a great platform for marketing. As a result, lots of the businesses, big and small, have jumped into the bandwagon.

But, at the same time, there are lots of myths regarding mobile app development due to which at least some businesses are hesitant to take a step forward and those who already did, are suffering from huge losses.

Here are some of the common myths, you might have come across, about mobile app development:

Myth: Mobile app development steps must be discussed in detail prior to starting it.

Truth: Customers may not have detailed knowledge about mobile app development process. Therefore, they may hesitate to approach mobile app development agencies thinking that all steps must be discussed in detail before the development actually starts. However, the truth is that the developers are creative and talented, and can easily fill in those areas you may not have much knowledge about in the mobile app development process. The tactics used for mobile app development can be discussed in advance. Even if the customer provides details about just the basic requirements, the developers will create the apps that meet the needs of the customers and provide unique user experience to the targeted audience.

Myth: It takes just few days to create a mobile app.

Truth: Mobile app development is not a simple, short term process like what it is generally thought of as. It is an ongoing process that needs to have an infallible strategy to begin with. When you approach a mobile app development company, they may give you an estimate in terms of time and effort. However, you may have the mobile app in your hands way before the estimated time or may be after that. It all depends on the process.

Myth: The mobile app development time depends on the size of the app.

Truth: People generally think that a mobile app that is small in terms of its physical size, like, the one-screen apps, is easy to create. However, the truth is that the mobile apps, irrespective of their size, take months to be built. Also, the integration of a third party plugin/support can add to the development time. From planning a mobile app development strategy to creating a mobile app, it is always a time taking process.

Myth: An aesthetically pleasing app can earn 5 star rating in the app store.

Truth: An app that looks good definitely adds to the ratings in the play store. But, it doesn’t mean that the app’s look is the only factor that contributes to the rating. An app gets a good rating only if it functions smoothly and is error free. The quality of the functioning of an app is equally important as its looks.

Myth: Your job is over once the mobile app development process is completed.

Truth: Remember, your mobile app is just one in a million that serve the same purpose. Therefore, the chances that your app may go unnoticed are high. Just like the development process, it is also important to invest time and resources to promote your app. It’s also important to have a strong marketing strategy so that all the efforts you and the mobile app developers have put into creating the app don’t go down the drain.

Myth: The mobile app development cost is all that matters.

Truth: Your job doesn’t end with creating a mobile app. You’ll have to maintain it if you want your app to stay here for long and for that, you’ll have to invest more money. It is necessary to keep the app free of bugs and other defects and enhanced depending on the technology updates.

Myth: Native apps provide the best experience compared to HTML5 apps

Truth: Every app, whether native, hybrid or mobile web (also termed as HTML5 apps), have their own pros and cons. Though native apps are generally considered to provide best experience, it is not always the best choice. It all depends on the requirements of the users. Also, tools such as Xamarin not only help cross platform development maintain the same levels as that of native app development but also in surpassing it in the near future.

Myth: Great features make an app successful.

Truth: It’s a common sight that companies often get ecstatic about having so many great features in their mobile app. However, the truth is that it’s not the features but the benefit the features provide to the users that decides the success of an app. Therefore, before adding a new feature to your app, ask these questions to yourselves:

•  How will this feature benefit my customers?
•  How will this feature help to solve the user’s problems?
•  How will this feature make things easier for the users?
•  If you don’t find a definite answer for these questions, remember, the feature is not worth it.

Mobile App Security: Ways to Protect Your App in The Future

Mobile app market has grown tremendously as enterprises bring in innovative products and services for the users. However, malicious hackers are targeting on applications with sophisticated attacks. Therefore, security of mobile apps has become a top level concern for all stakeholders.

App market is huge, and in the coming years, there is considered to be almost 2 million smart phone users worldwide and by 2017, the app market will be worth $77 billion.

During a research conducted by HPE, almost 2000 mobile applications from over 600+ companies were tested. The results show that:

• Around 97% of tested apps access at least one private information from that application.
• 18% of applications sent user names and passwords over HTTP; 18% implemented SSL/HTTPS incorrectly.
• 75% of applications do not use correct encryption methods for the storage of data from the mobile device.
• 71% of applications failed to use binary hardening protections against cyber-attacks.

Recently, there has been a major shift in the app security where it is given more attention. App security is a big area. Therefore, it is important to know the trends available and you should also be aware of how well you can align them according to the need of the organization.

Common App Security Threats

The most common security threats in mobile applications are:

1) Threats in App Store Security: The type of platform chosen for the mobile application development does impact on security. Most of the apps might contain significant vulnerabilities, and nearly 90% have vulnerabilities.

In the case of iOS devices, Apple takes app security seriously and allows the users to access the level of the apps used. But Android devices, tend to have more app security issues than that of iOS due to Android’s wider range of device type, operating system and more App Store requirements.

2) Cross Devices Threats: aren’t the only place where secure information should be provided not only to mobile devices. Many stores allow users to download apps from desktop devices and later added to mobile devices and through this way, cross device threats occur.

3) IoT Devices: The aim of IoT devices is to collect user data and use that information to take ‘smart’ automation decisions. In the case of Android devices, IoT devices allow connections with many other operating systems making the security of the devices in risk and difficult to control.

4) Usage of Single Devices: Enterprise-level applications contain sensitive corporate information, which has to be kept secure in all possible ways. As most of the employees use a single device for all purposes, sensitive information can get mixed with personal information, thus, risking security.

5) Mobile Malware: Mobile phones are susceptible to Trojans, spyware and viruses. These can steal confidential data.

6) Unauthorized Access: Unauthorized users can access email accounts, applications, social media networks and many more details.

Best Practices to Protect Your Application

Let’s look at a few steps for mobile app security:

1) Secure App Code
Encryption is the best method to protect the app code. Stick on to modern, well assisted algorithms incorporated using API encryption.

•  Source code test for checking vulnerabilities.
•  App code should be transferable between the operating system and device.
•  Runtime memory, file size, performance, data usage etc. should be noted while adding security.

2) Include Authorisation, Identification and Authentication

APIs, authorization and authentication adds security to login of an app. Make sure, that app APIs provides access only necessary parts of apps. This minimises vulnerability.

•  Standard protocol OAuth2 is used to secure connections. Installing this protocol collects credentials      and then, allows permission between the end user and client
•  JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is ideal for encrypted data exchange
•  OpenID Connect allows re-usage of same credentials within multiple domain

3) Apps should be Secured from Back end

Servers should have security measures to prevent unauthorized access and protect confidential data. APIs that access the servers should be verified before passing from the client to the database and app’s server.

• Containerization is a method to securely store the documents and data
• Penetration testing(testing a network/Web application to find vulnerabilities) should be done by consulting with a network security specialist to ensure data protection.
• Encryption using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), VPN(Virtual Private Network) and TLS (Transport Layer Security) add app security.

4) Implement Mobile Encryption Policy

Some kind of apps release users data without permission. Here, data is protected on file-by-file basis.

•  Key Management should be a priority.

5) Repeated Testing of App Software

This is the most crucial step in the case of mobile app development process. While testing your app, make sure that security is tested along with usability and functionality tests. Emulators for operating systems, devices and browsers lets you test how an app performs.

6) Solid API Security Strategy

A solid APIs are a main channel for functionality, content and data. Ensuring proper security of API is important. Main security methods in an API security stack is authentication, authorization and identification.

7) Increasing Code Complexity

Making your app more complex internally can make it difficult for the hackers to attack the app.

8) Protect Internal Resources

Resource that does not require public Internet access should be restricted using network segmentation and firewall rules. Compromising on administration or other resources can lead to extensive damage.

9) Avoiding Catching App data and Crash logs

Developers can configure Android and iOS devices by preventing HTTP caching. Also, avoid caching of page data and URL history for any app processes. In the case of crash logs, ensure that released apps are built without warnings and are tested to avoid crashes.

10) Implement ATS (App Transport Security)

Ensure secure connections between back-end server and app. When ATS is enabled, HTTP connections are forced to use HTTP and attempts to connect with devices using insecure HTTP will fail.

Many consumer and enterprise mobile app work on a single device; but, they appear to act independently with different functionalities. However, without proper security built in mobile applications, hidden integrations and data hacking might definitely happen.

Some of us think that cyber-attacks happen only to big co-operates ;however, the reality is that we all are potentially at risk even while doing something as simple as downloading a mobile app to your smart phone. Follow best practices and rely on security experts to keep your app safe from threats.

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Uncovering the Mobile App Development Process

Mobile app market is on a rise these days. As a result, more businesses are venturing into mobile app development and you may be one of them. Wondering what goes into the development of a mobile application?

Well, here are the steps:

Determine What you Want to Do

Before beginning mobile app development, you have to decide upon the purpose of creating the mobile app, the techniques that will make your app successful and the platforms your app will work on. This will help you to determine the user interface design needs for your mobile app. Also, analyse the problems or needs of the audience that your app intends to solve.


Do a little research to understand where you stand in the market. Analyse the success of other mobile app development companies that have created apps similar to yours. This will help you to understand the mistakes they have made and then, you can try to make it right in your app. Also, know who your potential customers will be based on research and real customer feedback and try to determine why they will be interested in your app.

Bring in the Technical Team

Hold discussions with all technical teams involved in the mobile app developmentprocess. This will help you to determine whether your idea of the mobile app is practical and whether it will be a success. Also, the discussion helps you to have an idea about the time within which the app will be completed and the budget.

Sketch your Ideas

Depict your ideas in the form of rough sketches. The visual representation of your concept will help you discover usability issues if any.

Determine if your App is Technically Feasible

It’s now time to determine whether your app will function well with back-end systems. Decide upon the devices and platforms your app is going to work on.

Review the Changes Made

By now, you may have made many changes to the initial strategy. It’s time to hold discussions and review the changes.

Create a Prototype

Use wireframe tools like Balsamiq and Visio to create a prototype of your mobile app. You can then bring in real-users to test run your prototype and collect their feedback and suggestions. This helps you to have an understanding of the working of your app and what needs to be included in it.

Start Marketing

Find a place in the market right from the beginning stage of your mobile app development. This will make the job easier for you later. You can start a landing page for your app, start a blog, use social media platforms, post videos and use any media possible to let the audience realise your presence.


This phase of mobile app development begins before you start coding. At this stage, the interactive features and other aesthetic features in terms of colour scheme, style, layout, fonts etc. are designed. Despite having great features, a poor UX design alone can lead to the failure of the app. Therefore, it is important to test run the designs before you fix upon a design. At the end of this phase, layouts are created to let the development team know that this is how you want your app to look, feel and interact.


It’s now time to build your app. The tools and software development kits used for the mobile app development are chosen based on the platforms the app will work on and the skills of the developer. Usually, the Agile approach is used for mobile app development as it gives importance to collaboration, clarity and easy adaptation to changes.


The testing process is usually done simultaneously with the coding process to determine bugs and other defects at the earliest. This can help to fix defects itself, thus saving time and unnecessary expenditure.

BETA Testing

BETA testing is a type of user acceptance testing where the app is tested among real users. It is important to perform BETA testing and garner feedback from the users. It will help you to understand what features of your app works for the targeted audience and what doesn’t.


This is the day you have been waiting for. If you are happy with your final product, wait no longer. Choose an app store and make your app’s presence felt there with screenshots, app description and title.


Your job doesn’t end with the release of your app. It’s also important to upgrade it with new features to keep the users interested.

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Why Are Enterprise Apps Different From Consumer Apps?

Consumer apps and Enterprise apps are different from each other. However, stating their differences is a difficult task. Consumer apps are small, compact and kind of self-contained. They help consumers to interact with any kind of online businesses. But enterprise apps, on the other hands focuses on tracking and improving work performance. From a mobile app development perspective, enterprise apps are more focused on getting their development part rather than designing.

Consumer Mobile Apps

Consumer Mobile Apps or simply mobile shopping apps are getting popular among users for utilities and entertainment. Most of us like the convenience of paying bills, shopping, socializing, watching movies and much more with smartphone apps.

These apps are all utilitarian in nature and helps you to improve productivity in terms of numbers but not much in terms of quality.

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Enterprise Mobile Apps

These apps help businesses to grow. Businesses need to establish their contacts day by day to flourish in the industry. With such apps, a company can get up-to-date sales and stock data. This can prove to be very helpful to people especially while they are out of the field. Tasks can be done comfortably at any place with these apps. Enterprise mobile apps are custom made for each organization.

Consumer Apps Vs Enterprise Apps

1. Consumer apps are accessed by consumers to buy something or to get other works done
2. Enterprise apps are meant for businesses to keep in touch with others
3. Consumer mobile apps are C2B (Consumer-to-business) – This means that consumers create the value and businesses consume that value
4. Enterprise mobile apps are B2B (business-to-business)– This is the exchange of products, information and services between businesses
5. Consumer mobile apps are designed in an attractive and simple way
6. Enterprise mobile apps are meant for official business and the design is not given much importance.

Consumer Apps

Consumer apps need to be designed perfectly and uniquely. They must include something that would force the consumers to stay back within the app for more time.

The features each app has depend on the specific solution it’s attempting to rectify. Satisfying millions is what makes a Consumer app profitable and famous. For the revenue side, Consumer apps can make use of ads and include gamification tactics to push in-game subscription for more downloads. Consumer app development takes less time and prices are comparatively lower than Enterprise apps.

1) Consumer apps can be downloaded from Google’s Play Store, Apple’s App Store
2) These apps mainly aim at revenue
3) Examples of consumer applications include social networks, games, productivity tools, publisher software and utilities
4) Consumer apps focus more on the design but enterprise apps focus on business required features.

How are Enterprise Apps Different?

These days, even small companies operate in different locations and work with different industries. This can bring in several challenges related to the requirements, currency, language etc.

With the growth of the organization, even the tracking of all information around will get difficult. In such situations, the best method is to introduce enterprise mobile apps that can cope with all the tasks in a timely manner.

Features of Enterprise Apps

1) Enterprise applications being software systems can help organizations to run businesses smoothly
2) Helps to carry out tasks such as planning, data analysis, and data management quickly and conveniently.
3) Can easily integrate and process data from different areas
4) Provide information to the user in a timely manner, which helps the organizations to optimize their operations
5) Used exclusively in business settings
6) Integrate information processing in companies, but also cater to a wide range of different customer groups
7) Successful enterprise applications have to allow parametrizations and create industry-specific solutions
8) The development process of an enterprise app is complex
9) Enterprise apps should have long-term success, great user adoption, high-performance, simplification, adoption and a design that suits the easy working of an organization

These factors differentiate enterprise applications from other business apps.

The recent survey by Forbes compared the income earning potential of enterprise mobile apps with that of consumer apps. The major results are shown below:

•  Almost 43% of organizations that participated in the survey reported more income than that of the consumer app owners

•  Enterprise app developers are making more than $100,000 per month, compared to the consumer app developers

•  There has been a 25% increase in the number of enterprise mobile app developers in the last 6 months

Based on the need of your business, you can develop an enterprise app which can deliver maximum profit with definite growth. This not only helps you to increase employee engagement, but also boosts customer satisfaction, improves working methods, provides competitive advantage and enhances productivity.

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Enterprise apps based on their business needs

1) Enterprise Resource Planning App: This helps you to bring all systems of your company together to access data whenever required. With the use of ERP apps, it becomes easy for the management to make up-to-date decisions and processing

2) Content Management: Includes managing content-product information, documents, presentations etc. This has become common in most present-day organizations.

3) Customer Relationship Management: CRMs help in maintaining better relations with present and potential customers with the help of data. The main focus of such systems is customer retention, which leads to improved sales.

4) Order Management App: Helps to keep track of orders from the start to the delivery point. It streamlines the order management process and helps business owners to resolve issues such as order delivery delay and confused delivery.

Other types of enterprise apps used by organizations include: Export Sales App, Billing App, Human Resource Management (HRM), Financial App etc.

From the above, it is evident that enterprise applications are created to perform a wide range of tasks and process data compared to consumer apps. Developing a customized enterprise app needs a precise strategy to help your organization to overcome challenges in business. With an apt design and development plan, and correct conceptualization, you can make your app innovative and thus help in swift growth.

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