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What iOS and Android versions should my app support?

A question to ask, ideally before you start coding: “What operating systems should I support?” Let’s look at some popular apps: App Min iOS Min Android Facebook 8.0+ 4.1 Twitter 9.0+ 4.0 iA Writer 10.0+ 4.0 Buffer 10.0 2.2 1Password 11.0 4.0 (Note: for Android it can be a little tricky to quickly find out the minimum version required for the latest version of the app just by looking on Google Play)

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Scheduling app projects

I’ve worked on too many projects to not have learnt the importance of careful and realistic scheduling. Early on in discussions with a client it is vital to spend time working out when a project can be delivered. If a client has unrealistic expectations and is unwilling to collaborate on an achievable schedule it is better to part company rather than risk disapppointment and frustration later on. A project schedule should be a living document, frequently reviewed and updated.

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Can you promise me a bug free app?

I remember about 18 months ago, seeing an app development company’s website which promised bug free apps. As an experienced software developer I know that such a claim is a very bold one to make. A mobile app is a piece of software just like Microsoft Office, Photoshop or Windows 10 - in most cases much less complex, however a piece of software nonetheless. If you are someone who has ever used Microsoft Office, Photoshop or Windows 10 you will know that bugs do exist in these products.

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How much do apps cost?

If I need some work done on my car or house I generally have no idea how much it’s going to cost. Unless I get a number of different quotes, I feel a bit in the dark as to whether I’m getting good value for money. The same would be true if it involved many areas in which I have limited or no knowledge. For many people having software developed is just the same.

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