Mobile apps are generally native. And, they run on specific platforms such as iOS and Android. Despite the widespread use of native apps, cloud apps are gaining steam and that too, for several good reasons. For one, they run on both top platforms. Another thing, they are cost-effective. So, if you are planning to launch an app for your business this year, try cloud development.
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Here I walk you through top 7 reasons why your business should experiment with cloud apps:
#1. Launch Apps on both Top App Platforms Simultaneously
As you know, native apps work either on iOS or Android devices. They don’t work on both the devices simultaneously. However, cloud apps are different. They work on both the operating systems simultaneously. This makes the job of a developer and marketer easier as the app gets broader exposure. You no longer have to undergo the dilemma of what to build first: should it be Apple first or Android first?
Sure, currently, Android holds a significant market share. But then, that doesn’t mean developers should marshal all their resources toward Android development. There are several good reasons as to why you should be targeting iOS users as well. For one, they are premium users. However, thanks to Cloud, you can full-on focus on both the platforms. Launching the app on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store will increase your app downloads, and users, not to mention bring in more money.
#2. Low Cost of Development
The cost of developing a native app is quite high. The cost of a native app for Android app development is two or three times more than an iOS app development. If you intend to build a native app for both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, be ready, as the cost of development would almost be double. This is where cloud app helps. Cloud apps have lower development costs. Plus, you need to create such apps just once, and it works on both platforms, simultaneously.
Such apps work well with startups and other businesses that have budget constraints and don’t have too much to spend on native app development. Even if you manage to create a native app for both the platforms, the question is: Will you have enough funds to pay for app maintenance and all? Nearly 20% of apps cost over $25,000 in maintenance after a year. So, if you are thinking to opt for native app development, think again. No, cloud development isn’t free. But it will save you a significant amount of money before, during, and after your app launches.
#3. Speedier Development
Generally speaking, native app development is a time-consuming process. And if you plan to add a unique feature to the app, the development process becomes even lengthier. Some apps take more than a year to develop and launch, which means, a year each if you intend to build a native app for both the platforms.
Thankfully, cloud apps adopt a speedier development process and, more importantly, you don’t have to develop apps for both platforms. This in itself saves so much time because one development version will work on both platforms.
#4. Scalability is Easier
The app launch is just one thing. You need to maintain and scale it up as well regularly. As I mentioned earlier, maintenance doesn’t come cheap. But, you can’t do without it as well. You need to maintain your app and scale it up no matter what. As you grow your company, you need to scale your app as well over time as your app won’t be having all the features built-in from day one. Meaning, you will now have to plan to add new elements over a while.
The idea is to offer a better user experience. Nearly 48% of the users are less likely to use their app because of poor mobile experience. So scaling your app is a must in terms of new features and updates; not to mention even bug fixes should be on the top of your agenda. Sure, I can hear you…”All these things are possible with the native app as well.” Of course, it’s possible, but then, it’s complicated and costly. With cloud apps, scalability is very much more manageable.
#5. Safe Data Storage
Native apps store data on user’s devices. This method is not safe as data could either be lost or you could have errors and malfunctions within the system. With the cloud, data is 99% safe. Which means, cloud apps are not a security risk. Also, some apps tend to store sensitive information of users, specifically if you are collecting payments through the app. So, as an app owner, it becomes your responsibility to protect such information. In the case of mobile payments, safety is the biggest concern of users.
According to Pewtrusts.com, 70% of the adults in the U.S. have revealed that they are worried about losing money or their identity getting stolen when using mobile payments. Information breaches and compromising consumer information is not taken lightly by consumers.
So, storing data on the cloud should be safe to protect yourself as well as the customers.
#6. Smooth Database Integration
For smooth running mobile apps, businesses will have to integrate it with their databases. However, this is not an easy process when it comes to integrating databases with a native app. Importing database to be connected with your app is tedious and time-consuming. On the other hand, cloud apps make the entire data integration process more comfortable because all the information is synced through the cloud server. Long story short, you don’t have to write complex code to integrate your database if you are creating a cloud app.
#7. No Installation Needed
Cloud apps are like web-based applications. You don’t need to download them to your mobile device to work. Users can find the interface and straightaway use it on their mobile browser. In the case of a native app, however, you need to install the app on the user’s device. Plus, users who download native apps will have to deal with different versions and updates depending on the device they are using.
There you go! 7 reasons why businesses should bank on cloud mobile apps. It works on both platforms; it’s economic, no worrying about data theft, faster development process, and on top that you can run the app on the browser itself. Further, you can easily integrate your business database with a cloud app.
Pranjal Mehta is the Managing Director of Zealous System, a leading software solutions provider. Having 10+ years of experience and clientele across the globe, he is always curious to stay ahead in the market by inculcating latest technologies and trends in Zealous.