Great App vs Good App: Quality over Quantity

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Quality over Quantity

When the app store first opened, there were very few apps in existence, and many of them were quite ridiculous. Apps such as the Fart App were at the top of the app store, and quite frankly, it was easy to create something that could become a quick success.

But something happened. As more and more people built applications, it became more and more difficult to create an app that is considered, great! This is good and bad. It’s bad because it’s become more difficult to compete. But it’s good because now you have to be very serious about your craft in order to create a competitive application, which means that it filters out a lot of developers who really aren’t that serious about what they do.

So now, why the title, quality over quantity? Well, it’s a fact that humans are excited about new stuff; new features, new designs, new everything. As a developer, or simply someone who wants to make an app, it can be easy to get caught up in the madness of wanting “new” features. Most apps that begin to be developed are never finished because people simply want to do too much. So what’s wiser, is actually to focus on the quality of the features you have, rather than the quantity of features, in order to be competitive.

Now how can you do this?

Well make sure that as you implement new features, it’s polished before you move on. Always go for the wow factor. For example, instead of just having an alert box pop up to display something to the user, why not add an animation that displays the information in an eye catching way. Make sure that every little detail is well thought out for the feature. Make sure that it’s not only functional, but beautiful. Then after you’ve done this; move on. Don’t wait for perfection, but just make sure that it’s as good as you know you can make it before advancing.

This will take your app from good, to great.

When is the App is Ready?

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When working with clients, and working for yourself, it can be very tough to know when the app is ready to be put on the app store. Why is that? Well as Fueled.com puts it,

“Building an app is a little like raising a child: first you bring it into the world, and then you help it take its first steps, watch as it learns to talk, and revel in parental pride at every little milestone along the way. It’s a great feeling. But then that scary moment arrives when it’s time for them to leave for school.”

And this is where it gets tough. You love the app, but the last thing you want to happen is for the app to go to school, aka the App Store, and fail miserably. So what do you do? Do you wait forever, making sure that every little detail is perfected to the highest levels of awesomeness. That can be easy to do, but often times not the wisest decision. Put simply here’s what you should keep in mind when deciding when the app is ready.

1. A beautiful app is a process. The likelihood of you getting it right the first shot is slim to none. Instead of wasting your time spending hours tweaking every small non-essential detail, why not get a good looking product that functions as it’s supposed, then put it on the app store.  Then you can add features, and enhance it later.  If you do this it will help you too…

2. Test the waters out – See if first of all, anyone even wants an app like this. That’s the greatest advantage of putting the app on the app store early. As you see what people are saying and their view of your app, it will allow you to make tweaks as you go. (Just make sure people know that the initial release is the beta version.)  By doing this you can answer the question…

3. Should I even be doing this? – There is a possibility that the app you’re working on is not really needed, nor wanted. It would be horrible to find that out after 1 1/2 years of working on the app. By following the steps above, you can find this out earlier, and save yourself time and headaches.

Well, I hope this helps some people. Just remember: A beautiful app is a process, test the waters out, and answer the question early, “Should I even be doing this?”

Most of this post came from Fueled.com, which is an awesome Mobile Development company, check out their blog post!

http://fueled.com/blog/how-to-know-when-your-app-is-ready/