Many developers dream of creating the next blockbuster application. They believe that they have a wonderful idea that will really gain traction when it hits the market. New advances in artificial intelligence have created a lot of new opportunities for developers to create engaging and useful apps.
Unfortunately, developers frequently discover that there is far less interest in their application than they initially hoped. They also often find that there are certain functionality limitations or other issues that limit its popularity when it is finally available to users.
Around 80% to 90% of all mobile applications are abandoned after the first time they are used. Research from Gartner shows that the success rate of new applications is just 0.01%. This means that only one out of every 10,000 apps will succeed when it hits the market.
Some developers think that adding AI features to their apps automatically gives them a huge edge. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Plenty of apps that use sophisticated AI technology still fail to survive on the market.
It is important to be familiar with the most common mistakes that AI developers make when creating new apps. Some of the biggest mistakes are listed below and should be avoided at all costs.
Neglecting to manage your budget properly
The first thing that AI application developers need to do is outline their budget. You are going to need to know how much money you can realistically afford to spend to develop your application from beginning to end.
Unfortunately, a lot of variables go into coming up with your budget and making sure that you adhere to it. You can’t afford to mismanage your budget if you want to come up with a functional app.
One of the biggest mistakes is failing to consider the costs of different stages in the development process. These costs need to be very carefully estimated. You must also budget for unplanned setbacks, which are unfortunately going to be inevitable.
If you are working on a smaller budget, then you might need to skimp on some of the unnecessary features in your app that might make it more expensive to develop. You might find that some of the interesting features that you wanted to include aren’t as important and might be driving costs up. This can be particularly true if you are developing an app that uses AI technology, because it can involve longer coding periods and more troubleshooting.
Not using the MVP process
The MVP process stands for a minimum value product. The basic idea is that you want to figure out what the minimum requirements for your product are before releasing it to the public.
The MVP process is going to require a lot of testing. Automated testing is going to help you create a much higher quality app.
This process requires you to identify the most essential features for your app. You will create an early version of the app that perfectly includes all of these features and ensures that they work seamlessly.
After the MVP process is completed, it is possible to add more features to achieve a higher level of functionality. However, it is important to ensure that the MVP process is completed at the very least.
Forgetting to think about the wishes of your users
Too many developers begin creating fancy apps that they think they will be proud of. They often want to create a lot of complex features, in order to feel a sense of accomplishment after they are rolled out.
The problem is that these interesting features might not be what their users are looking for. It is important to take inventory of their interests and needs. Your final design should be built around their preferences, rather than your own ideal design.
Neglecting to come up with the right UX
You can have the best features in the world. Unfortunately, they aren’t going to do you much good if your users don’t find your app easy enough to use.
This is something that far too many developers overlook. They know where the buttons and other features on the app are. Obviously, they designed the app in the first place, so they would know how to interact with it.
The problem is that your users don’t know how to use the app right away, unless you make it crystal clear. You need to make sure that any features of your app are obviously labeled and easy to see.