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February 16, 2017
3 Simple Steps to Wealth and Fame as a Mobile App Developer
February 16, 2017
The allure of becoming rich and famous from publishing a viral mobile app can be pretty strong. A lot of people see mobile app development as the fast track to living the life of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Not to crush anyone’s dreams, but a healthy and sobering dose of reality should be the first order of business prior to rushing headlong into mobile app development. Getting the lay of the land is always a wise approach when embarking on a new venture. In that regard, I hope I can provide some general guidance to get you pointed in the right direction in getting started.My qualifications in mobile app development are not extensive. I began my mobile app development care working for a DoD sub-contractor developing a battlefield medical app. The app was under Android and that’s the extent of my mobile platform experience. We punted on the Apple iOS and Windows Phone versions of the app. After that gig ended I spent some time developing an app of my own which is still in the development phase. The training and research for both these endeavors required investigating publishing and promoting apps as well as sniffing around other mobile app platforms and development tools. My plan is to turn this topic into a series and see where it takes us.Major App TypesDespite the glut of mobile apps in the app stores – Apple App Store and Google Play – there are only four basic types of mobile apps:
- Page wrappers – apps that are essentially embedded web browsers used to contain HTML pages.
- Games – you know what these are.
- Form apps – these range from simple to complex apps that use a series of forms to send data to a backend database. Mobile wallets, banking apps, and retail ecommerce apps fall into this category.
- Utility apps – these use the built-in hardware of mobile phones to provide handy, dedicated apps such as flashlights, compasses, pulse rate checkers, stud finders, etc.