How to make your iOS and Android apps without spending all your savings

So here we are, with a great idea in mind, yet without the resources to make that idea come true. You will need to build a development team to help you out eventually, but first we need to talk about which platform you are targeting.

Today the big two are web and mobile. That’s because of their reach potential and low cost development. Web development is *easier* than mobile, you don’t need to think about memory management, CPU processing, communication with other apps, etc. and the technologies required to build web apps are easier to learn than mobile’s.

Also going web means you will have to develop your app once, you will have to tweak a bit to support older IE versions, but it won’t be much. Going mobile means at least two different apps for the most important platforms, Android and iOS, which means two different dev teams which means more resources you probably don’t have.

However, mobile apps are trendy nowadays, so if you want to stay relevant or make an impact, you need to target mobile platforms. Because of technology improvements over the years, smartphones are getting more sophisticated, with more memory to manage and CPU power. This kind of things make developing hybrid apps a viable alternative.

Hybrids apps? What is that?

Hybrid apps are those that run inside your phone’s browser instead of running by itself. Because of that, you can develop a mobile app with the same tools you develop a web app.

Anyway, this is not why they are called hybrid, they are hybrid because you develop your app once, and then you can build it for multiple platforms like Android and iOS. So this alternative kind of eliminates the disadvantages of choosing the mobile platforms named above. One disadvantage is that hybrid apps, for the moment, don’t feel like native apps do, for example animations are a bit slower.

In my opinion, smartphones and software will evolve till the gap between native and hybrids apps is non-existent.

So if you have an app in mind and you are planning on going mobile, hybrid development will work perfectly for you. I believe it’s the best option for developing a mobile mvp and testing your idea in the market as quickly as possible. This kind of development will cost significantly less than native development in terms of time, money and human resources involved. In the end, if your app proves to be successful you could change to native apps and give your users the best possible experience.

I hope you find this article useful, leave any questions you have in the comments.

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Manuel Gambino

Software dev at Redmint and tech enthusiast. I love learning new things. I also play basketball and used to play drums. Born gamer.