What type of apps do I need?

Categorizing type of apps can be daunting, especially for non-tech-savvy individuals. The numerous options can be overwhelming, leaving users unsure about which type of app to request. In this article, we will simplify the process by discussing three primary categories of apps that we typically develop. By understanding these categories, businesses can determine which type of app is best suited for their needs.

Our approach to app development is grounded in the unique requirements of each client. We find that categorizing apps based on their functionality or purpose helps us determine usability, ranging from interface and architectural design to user management and data transfer capabilities. Let’s explore each type of app in detail.

Standalone apps

Standalone apps are the least common type we develop. They operate independently and do not exchange data with external sources, and they don’t need to be connected to the internet to function. Examples of standalone apps include the Calculator app on smartphones or a healthcare app that reminds users to take their medication.

These apps do one thing well, and they don’t require frequent data input.

To determine if a standalone app is suitable for your business, consider the following questions:

  • Is there no need for the app to communicate with other users?
  • Will the app require a server to host data?
  • Will the app solve a specific user’s problem on their device, eliminating an immediate need?

It’s important to note that if you plan to scale your product over time by enabling communication between users, for instance, you’ll need an entirely different app. Therefore, if you think you might want an app that communicates with users or accesses data in the future, you’re better off considering the next two types of apps.

User-to-computer apps

User-to-computer apps require a connection to external servers or computers to send and receive data. Users of these apps do not interact with each other.

Netflix is an example of a user-to-computer app where users stream or download videos from the company’s server without chatting with other viewers or customer support. Investment in streaming mobile apps is on the rise, with a 54% increase in usage in 2020, according to Global Web Index.

This type of app is suitable for several industries:

  • Internal document management control or safety processes in enterprises
  • Medical record provision in healthcare
  • Banking or fintech apps where clients can check balances, make transactions, and more in financial services

User-to-user apps

The most complex type of app we develop is centered around user-to-user interaction, such as Uber. This type of app has both user-to-computer and user-to-user functions. Customers can connect with drivers in real-time, and access a database to see historical rides or billing information.

User-to-user apps are suitable for some industries more than others. For instance, finance apps are typically one-way platforms, making the user-to-computer model more suitable.

However, in healthcare, the user-to-user functionality works well. For example, we developed a personalized senior home care app that connected multiple user groups, including administrators overseeing scheduling, home care providers, patients, and their family members. The app had to accommodate a variety of circumstances, such as caregiver absence or rescheduling.

No matter which type of app we develop, we prioritize questions that follow the entire user journey and consider the specific user solutions required. Answers to these questions inform our development and business strategies moving forward.

Understanding the three types of apps: standalone, user-to-computer, and user-to-user, helps businesses determine which type of app to request based on their unique requirements. At Appy Days, we build apps based on the specific needs of our clients, ensuring that their app functions optimally while addressing their business goals.

Which one is the best fit for your business needs?

First, consider the primary purpose of your app. Does it need to perform a single task, like a calculator or a reminder app? Or does it need to interact with external sources, like a healthcare or financial app?

Or perhaps it needs to facilitate communication between users, like a ride-sharing or social media app?

Next, think about your long-term goals. Do you anticipate needing to add new features or expand functionality in the future? If so, a user-to-computer or user-to-user app may be a better choice than a standalone app.

It’s also important to consider your target audience. Will they be comfortable using a more complex app with multiple functions and interactions, or do they prefer a simple, straightforward app that performs a single task?

Finally, think about your budget and timeline. User-to-user apps tend to be the most complex and time-consuming to develop, while standalone apps are typically the simplest and quickest to build. Keep in mind that more complex apps will also require more ongoing maintenance and support.

In conclusion, understanding the different types of apps and their functionalities can help you make an informed decision about which type of app will best suit your business needs. Whether you choose a standalone app, a user-to-computer app, or a user-to-user app, make sure it aligns with your goals and target audience.

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