Mobile app development
Outsourcing of high quality mobile app development projects.
Is a mobile app right for your business?
Mobile apps are ideal for highly responsive user experiences that fit in the pocket and go wherever the users go. Compared to a web app, advantages of a mobile app include push notifications, more advanced location services, and the ability to store data on the phone and work offline.
Get a complete turn-key solution
We offer everything you need to successfully design, build, and launch your mobile app for iOS and Android in the app stores. Whether your business is a startup or an established company, we can help develop your vision into a set of specific requirements, offer you a fixed price (see our mobile app pricing guide to know what to expect), and handle the entire software development process. After launch, we offer long term maintenance services and continued development of new features or versions.
See our mobile app development guide for more information about the journey from idea to downloadable app.
We develop native mobile apps for iOS using Apple Xcode and Swift, and for Android using Android Studio and Kotlin. We also offer cross-platform development services using React Native. Most mobile apps require a backend with a web administration and we use ASP.NET Core combined with Google Firebase to achieve great scalability and flexibility as well as high developer productivity.
Discovery: We work with clients to understand their business and we merge their initial concept with everything our team knows about mobile apps. We identify risk and find ways to overcome challenges.
Features and Architecture: We establish which features go into the product and how they will work together. Here, we’re drafting a skeletal framework for the app in the form of wireframes.
Design: When it comes to first impressions, it’s all about design. We’ll put our passion for good design to work and based on approved wireframes we’ll design all screens.
Development: The development process is broken into iterations based on feature sets. Our agile-based development process will allow you to regularly review and assess what we’re building.
Quality Assurance: Our Quality Assurance team will test the app after each development iteration and once all major functionality is implemented, we’ll prepare a Beta Build.
Launch: After passing the Beta Build through a final round of QA and refinements, we can either submit the app to the App Stores or provide you with everything you need to do it yourself.
Maintenance: We provide our clients with a 3 month bug fixing period, free of charge, and maintenance packages that cover everything from small updates all the way to whole new versions.
Two native apps or one cross-platform app?
One of the most critical decisions involved in developing a mobile app is made before the first line of code is written: Whether to make a native app for each operating system (normally iOS and Android), which requires developing and maintaining two separate code bases, or whether to make a cross-platform app that can use a shared code base to run on both operating systems.
Making the wrong decision can significantly increase the app development cost and time to market, leaving an opportunity for a competing mobile app to get a head start. Or even worse, it could lead to project failure. Luckily, there are some simple ways to make sure this does not happen. At Manao Software we have years of know how and are ready to guide you.
It's all about money
In a nutshell, native mobile apps perform best and are more expensive, while cross-platform apps perform well and are the least expensive. So if money is not an object, then the best choice is simple: Develop two native mobile apps. However, in most cases, businesses will want to at least consider a cross-platform app to balance cost and benefits.
You can't change your mind later
Whether you decide on native apps or a cross-platform app, you are stuck with the decision for the lifetime of the app. The mobile apps are coded in each their own programming languages, and there is no feasible way to convert apps from one programming language to another. The only way to do it is to start from scratch and do it manually. Therefore, the future maintenance cost and development cost of new features depend on the initial technical approach.
Apps that are not suitable as cross-platform apps
If your mobile app project fits into one or more of these categories, then you will likely need native apps instead of a cross-platform app.
- Graphically intensive apps, for example for video editing, augmented reality, or 3D animation.
- Apps that have to use a 3rd party module that only exists for native apps. For example, the best eBook reader modules are for native iOS and native Android.
- Only the very best performance and most seamless, highly responsive user experience is acceptable.
Ideal types of cross-platform apps
The following types of apps are very well suited for cross-platform development and will allow you to cut costs by 70%-90% for the lifetime of the mobile app.
- Business apps that mostly consist of forms that are filled out, lists, tables, etc. For example a restaurant app with features like table bookings, delivery orders, loyalty programs, etc.
- Enterprise apps, for example for on-the-road expense tracking, purchasing, warehouse tracking, etc.
- Social apps or entertainment apps like dating apps, social networking apps, food delivery apps, etc.
Why choose Manao Software?
We are an expat-run company with an international mindset, and we deliver quality work. We have good business ethics and value transparency and straight-talking.
Tired of outsourcing to code factories? Try something else. Our programmers will contribute ideas, suggest improvements and point out problems. No more smiling and nodding to hide confusion.