Offline mode has now become one of the most important features of mobile applications. Because, when it comes to mobile apps, the user experience is everything. It has a significant impact on your app’s success. A negative user experience can result if people are unable to utilize your mobile app owing to a poor network. The post will cover the importance of offline apps, the offline mobile app development process, and how to find the right online resources to help you get started.
What Are Offline Mobile Apps?
They are apps that do not need to be online, they do not need to connect to a server while in use, and/or they do not need to check in via the Internet in order to function.
Reasons To Create An Offline Mobile App
Online mobile apps are handy for people looking to harvest data or to stream adverts and encourage micro-payments, but how does this benefit the end-user? Offline mobile apps offer fewer benefits to the app creator, but they are more easily able to build a good reputation and standing with the user, which is especially useful if you have long-term goals for your app and/or the premise behind it.
How To Decide The Features For Your Offline Mobile App?
Decide the purpose for your app. If it is a game, then what is the end result. Are you just looking to flex your developer skills, or are you looking for people to buy the upgrade, the DLC, or perhaps improve your developer profile?
If your app is functional or some sort of utility, then it needs to address a core need that your consumer has. Just remember that most of the processing and app business needs to be done locally. With the exception of updates, your app shouldn’t need to be online in order to function.
What Is The Cost To Add Offline Mode?
It all depends on the form and function of the mobile app. For example, if your app is a simple calculator with adverts running along the bottom, then going offline would require a little code tweak, and then disabling the adverts. On the other hand, if your app recognizes songs from a wave-pattern database that is online, then taking the app offline may be a massive undertaking as you find a way to compress all the required information while still making the app usable.
What Offline Mobile App Architecture To Use?
The architecture you choose is really up to you since it depends on the type of app you wish to create. Building a collaborative tool with two-way connectivity and multi-platform database communication is going to require far different app architecture than if you are making a note-taking app. Here are a few things to consider when deciding upon your mobile app architecture.
- What strategy should be used?
- Where will you cache your data?
- Is your method of caching reliable?
- How will your architecture handle concurrent data?
- How will you resolve data conflicts?
- Are there enough safeguards?
- How will the architecture deal with any changes in network connectivity?
What Are Offline First Applications?
These are the types of apps that can benefit from being online, but do not rely on the Internet and can play and/or work independently without ever needing the Internet. However, these days, given that the Internet is so frequently available, apps that update are still considered offline-first applications. Still, there are many applications that never need to be online at all, such as the calculator or memo app on somebody’s Smartphone.
What Are The Key Benefits Of Offline-First Apps?
Not having to maintain servers is a good benefit, not having to worry about people connecting, or downtime, or even having to worry about updating in tandem with modern Smartphone and PC operating systems. Plus, offline first apps are a little easier to program, especially for new developers.
What To Consider When Building An Offline Mobile App
Ask yourself if you are going to do the coding and designing yourself, or if you are going to have somebody else do it. Ask yourself if the app is really necessary and perhaps get a few pre-orders before you even make it. Also, ask yourself if the app can truly function as well as its competitors without being online, and if so, what major selling point will push people to your app over that of your competitors.