If you are looking into having your own custom mobile application developed, whether for Android or iOS (iPhone or iPad), you have come the right place.
ADT have a team of experienced mobile application developers based in our Dubai UAE office, along with experienced system analysis, project managers and interface UI designers to help you finalise your concept, put together a budget and get your new mobile app imitative under way.
If you are based in the UAE or specifically in Dubai, it is a big advantage to have a developer that you can quickly make contact with in your time zone, with the same weekends as you, and understands the market you are working in. It is also important that you can work with a partner that has proven they will stand the test of time and will be there for you as your audience expands and you want to improve your app.
Most of us think of the UI or user interface when we think of our new mobile app design. This is because we use these on a frequent basis and often, we can see parts of what we need in our app in the apps we use. While the interface design helps us formulate our app ideas, it is important to really plan some clarity on the full requirement of the app from people finding it, downloading, registering and use, to what data is stored, where it is stored, data privacy, security and many other critical factors. So while we also love working on new modern app interfaces, we can also help you fill out the other more mundane aspects needed for a complete application design.
Getting your app up on the App Store is a great moment. And you will have millions of users and devise as your potential customers. Unfortunately the app store is not free and has some very strict terms and conditions you need to adhere to.
Assuming your want to have an app showing as being from a provider in the format of your brand name, then you will probably want a registered company first. That registration information will be provided to Apple as part of registering for their service. A key point after registering your company is obtaining a DUNS number that Apple will use to validate your application. Alternatively, you can register in your own personal name, and again you will need to provide some validation.
Armed with this information you can apply for your Apple Developer Account which at the time of writing is $99 per year.
Note that there are lots of things you can and cannot do when building an app to go on the Apple App store. One of the key items to consider is transactions of your app, and that Apple can take 30% of any transaction charges, so consider this carefully when doing finical transactions through the system.
Lastly, it can take from 1 to 6 weeks to go through the process of registering your account and getting your app approved. So build this into your project timeline.
As the Apple terms change all the time, you can find out more at this link https://developer.apple.com/app-store/planning/
The good news about building an Android app is that its quite a bit simpler than an Apple device app. It starts with Google having slightly less demanding registration validation, terms; and registering to submit apps to their store is a lower cost ($25 at time of writing), they also don’t require yearly payments. Google apps are also much faster to get approved onto the store due to less validation steps.
Unfortunately, Google store can still apply % charges to app transactions, so again take a look at their terms before starting your project. https://developer.android.com/distribute/best-practices/launch/launch-checklist
Developing a mobile web app in HTML5 is an excellent option for some projects. HTML5 is often a faster and lower cost option than coding for a specific device and can still provide rich user interfaces. This is great for doing an initial app to get started, or for apps that have smaller user bases. The two main area’s that can impact HTML5 apps are operational speed and device hardware connections. The speed impact is no longer as much of a compromise as it used to be, as devices get faster, their scripting engines also get much faster, and combined with higher speed internet connectivity, many HTML5 apps feel nearly as fast as comparable native coded apps. Device connectivity of HTML5 apps can still be an issue, and before you decide to proceed with an HTML5 app, you need to clearly define what connections you need with your device, i.e GPS, Selfie Camera, or fingerprint scanners. Many of these connections are still possible, but there can be some limitations.
Very few mobile applications work stand alone on the device without some form of connection to an cloud service. Be it to hold the user registration information, their preferences, copies of data they generate in the app, or sending and receiving transaction information. The place where this data is held and managed can form a large part of the development works scope. The cloud infrastructure will need to have authentication systems, encrypted databases and potentially large storage capacities for media creation and uploads. If you are fortunate your app could get exponential growth in very short periods of time, in which case your Cloud infrastructure needs to scale quickly and seamlessly. ADT can design the right infrastructure to enable this. Starting at low costs high performance plans, being able to scale up to hundreds of thousands of users quickly and efficiently. We use Cloud infrastructure from a variety of vendors to best suit your needs including Azure, Amazon AWS, Google or Digital Ocean.
The mobile app user interface is the most visible aspect of the app build. Yet as we covered having an appropriate backend cloud infrastructure is often also a significant part of the works. The last piece of the puzzle is the Application Programable Interface, or API, than enables the connection between the Mobile App interface and the backend. This interface needs to be fast, flexible and secure to ensure your users data is protected and your application runs smoothly. ADT is able to provide suitable API’s for your app to integrate to your own or other third backend systems using standards Web Services, Rest API, JSON, XML or even SOAP technologies.
Hmm, this the second hardest question to answer, and this is obviously due to the wide range of variables that apply to each app. To best answer, lets say that ADT has created simple mobile apps in as little as 1 week, although most of any substance would take 2 weeks as a starting point. Yet at the other end of the scale we have had apps that are 6 months of work. In planning your app development timelines, prepare as much as possible yourself in advance, get started with any other preparation you need to do for example your Apple or Google developer accounts, or even preparing initial text content. ADT finds these factors can often hold the project up at different phases, so the more that is prepared, the quicker we can get your app online and ready for download.
This is the hardest question to answer. But you have to be realistic. ADT has built simple apps for one platform that may cost less than $3000, however as the complexity of your apps increase, so does the price. In many cases you can get quite a reasonable functionality app for around $10,000.
That said, please consider that studies into the cost of common apps show apps such as Uber have cost well over $1 Million to create, Facebook over $500,000, WhatsApp over $250,000 Snapchat $120,000 etc. So, if you are looking to seriously compete head on in any of these sectors, you will need budgets near 6 figures going in.