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What Are The Risks Involved With Mobile Application Development?

Le Truong
Strategic Technology Executive who brings deep technical expertise and motivational, servant leadership style to the challenges of business startup, product development, service scalability.
・7 min read

Whether it is a large enterprise or a small business, mobile applications have proven their value in the business world. By attracting an increasing number of users, mobile apps are increasing the ease of doing business!

"Within the next five years, 60% to 70% of software interactions will occur on mobile devices, particularly in the healthcare, education, real estate, and social networking sectors."

Additionally, we can anticipate establishing additional world-class mobile application development firms, which will help accelerate this innovative and creative work. If you are one of the many enthusiasts interested in investing in the app development industry, now is the time.

Additionally, if you have an app concept, that is fantastic! You can create an excellent user-friendly app, increase your customer base, and increase the value of your business.

However, does having an app idea guarantee your mobile application's success? We believe you are well aware of the answer, which is NO!

Without demonstrating the true potential of your app idea through investment, development, and marketing, establishing a business can be pretty tricky. Given the level of competition, we recommend that you assess the risks associated with the app development process.

"There are millions of apps available on various mobile application stores, including the Play Store, the App Store, App Brain, and Get Jar. If statistics are to be believed, the number of apps could surpass 1 billion in the coming years."

As a result, there is no possibility of the mobile application development industry ever suffering. However, over the last two to three years, there has been an uptick in complaints from app users regarding the app's functionality, such as data storage and collection.

As a result, a large number of apps have been classified as unsecured apps. And the mobile application development industry is being directly questioned.

Though there are numerous companies in the mobile application development industry, you can never be sure whether a company is good or not. Here is your first danger!

Choosing The Best Mobile Application Development Company

According to industry experts, the mobile app market will surpass $200 billion by 2020.

The primary reason that many businesses are entering the application development business is to meet the growing demand for high-quality applications. Companies hire mobile application developers, purchase mobile application testing software, and make every effort to complete the project on time.

However, in some instances, mobile app developers fail to create a secure, user-friendly app. The following are four significant reasons for their failure:

We are not utilizing cutting-edge mobile app development trends such as chatbots, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, machine learning, payment gateway integration, beacon technology integration, and blockchain integration, among others.

They are not adequately mapping mobile app concepts to available features.

I am using the incorrect audience to promote a mobile application.

Accepting low-cost mobile application development offers that reduce your budget and degrade the quality of your app

Numerous new businesses dive headfirst into mobile application development without fully comprehending the risks associated with features and functionality. Use cutting-edge application development kits such as the iOS SDK, the Android Developers Tool, and the best coding languages. You can easily create an app that incorporates advanced technologies.

Historically, app development relied heavily on coding and allowed for a bit of customization. However, with the increasing use of APIs, that trend is coming to an end. Additionally, via plugins, it is becoming easier to convert websites directly to apps.

"This is the newest trend in application development and is made possible by WordPress, which powers roughly 60% of all websites on the internet."

Conversion Of A Website To An App: A Risk For New App Developers In The Industry

According to Google Analytics data, mobile phone users account for a more significant portion of web traffic. Numerous users access a plethora of websites daily via their mobile devices.

Additionally, this ratio is highest in the United States of America, where 75% of citizens use mobile phones and tablets to access the internet.

Thus, as a custom software development company in the United States of America, if you make your website mobile-friendly or responsive, you will double your business growth.

However, what if a mobile responsive website is converted into an app with more advanced features?

Though this conversion idea appears to be a good one, it is somewhat risky

A responsive website that converts to an app on your mobile home screen remains there in perpetuity and provides a superior experience. This is made possible by WordPress.

Rather than opening a browser window, you can directly launch an app to access stores, websites, and blogs, among other things. Developing a mobile application requires programming skills, but WordPress has simplified the process with the help of plugins.

Additionally, it has decreased the cost of app development, which benefits users!

There are over 172 million active WordPress sites, and developers can quickly launch their apps using WordPress plugins such as AppPresser, MobiLoud, Androapp, and WPapp.Ninja.

Customer retention is indeed higher when using mobile apps! However, the ability of these plugins to develop a secure banking app, healthcare app, or real estate app, for example, remains an open question.

These plugins require intermediate to advanced WordPress skills, whereas most new web and mobile application development companies prefer simple customization.

It appears that shortcuts can jeopardize the mobile application development industry, even though the concept of the direct web to app conversion is excellent. Additionally, it is a future development trend for mobile applications.

Thus, a company that excels at implementing cutting-edge technologies and trends is the most risk-free option among the hundreds and thousands of mobile application development services available.

The Increasing Demand For Mobile Application Developers

The latest technological advancements are intended to improve the apps! Following that, if you are focused and knowledgeable about each trend, developing an app with the best features, UI/UX, and functionalities become simple.

As a result, you require the appropriate mobile application development technology stack. More importantly, you need to hire specialized developers who understand mobile application development technologies from the ground up.

"According to ACT (The App Association) research, there are 200,000 job openings in software and app development in the United States, but there is a severe shortage of qualified developers."

Finding a competent developer is becoming more complex, and the talent shortage is widening the gap! As a result, mobile application development companies suffer more, increasing the risks associated with mobile application development services in the United States of America.

Technical Risks Associated With Mobile Application Development

We are already aware of the talent shortage, and blaming technological advancement is incorrect. As a result, we've included two major technical specifications in this section that detail the technologies currently being used to ensure the success of app development projects in this Thanos-sized market.

With iOS and Android as the two major mobile app platforms, the demand for cross-platform and hybrid app development increases. Native application development is an old story, but the two mentioned above are new.

Thus, to be a successful developer, you must know both app development and web development.

"Some hybrid app development technologies include Swift, C++, Java, PHP, Javascript, and HTML5, while cross-platform development tools include Flutter, React Native and Xamarin."

The best way to close the gap between app developers and employers is to understand multi-perform operability fully. As a result, anyone, anywhere, can reduce technical risks associated with mobile app development through new learning.

Security Risks Associated with Data

A few days ago, data leaks revealed 3Fun, a dating app with 100,000 installs claiming to have 1.5 million users worldwide.

While the app's developers claim that the app is secure, app testing services reveal a different story. The app is widely regarded as having the weakest security of any dating app when collecting data such as locations, images, personal information, hobbies, and messages.

Finding a reputable company that places a premium on data security is difficult but not impossible. Generally, app developers collect data and share it with third parties, which results in massive data leaks.

As a result, developing and delivering a secure mobile application is critical; otherwise, security risks will cast doubt on the mobile application development industry once again!

"According to a six-month-old Gartner report, 80 percent of apps on the Google Play and Apple App Stores were discovered to be missing minor data security codes. Additionally, 40% of their apps were simple to obtain "tampered with."

If our mobile apps' data security is this poor, it's natural to raise concerns about the app industry! This could have a range of effects on the app development market and significantly reduce companies' profits.

Additionally, cyber-attacks and malicious activity via mobile applications are increasing daily. There is no guarantee that popular social media apps such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Whatsapp are safe!

"With the advancement of technology in cyberattacks such as phishing, spamming, crypto-jacking, data mining, file spamming, and decryption techniques, virus, malware, and ransomware attacks are increasing the risk to the app development industry."

Clearing cache files, obfuscating code, and securing local storage are insufficient to safeguard sensitive data within the app.

As a result, strengthening the security strategy while placing a higher premium on consumer data is necessary.

App developers must use the most secure authentication methods available to minimize the risk of data security breaches in this industry, such as OpenID Connect, Oauth2, and JSON Web.

Reference: Goodfirms

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