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How Can We Term Today’s Mobile Apps? Lightweight or Heavyweight Champions

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There are millions of mobile applications in the world. Thousands get launched every passing day interfering the leaderboards like the stock market needle.

We can't help but wonder: what happens to all these applications. A large number of applications exist in the play store. 

  • Apple has about 1.2 Million apps in iTunes
  • Android has 1.31 Million apps in Play Store

However, all we have on our phone are hardly 20 to 30 applications.

So where are the rest of the applications? 

A recent research has discovered a startling truth that 75% of clients uninstall an application within 90 days of installing it. Some of them can’t live without applications like WhatsApp, Facebook, e-wallets, etc which are spared from the uninstallation. 

For what reason do applications get uninstalled? 

There are five primary reasons why applications get uninstalled: 

  • They occupy huge memory of device
  • The functionalities are fluffy 
  • They crash on regular time interval 
  • They are moderate or non-responsive 
  • They don't convey the guaranteed features 

Maybe, eating too much space from the device may be the primary reason behind why most applications get uninstalled. 

Every one of us may have passed through the same situation. There is chance that Android system slows down the user who have many heavyweight apps running on a 2 GB or 3GB RAM powered device. 

Likewise, users lean toward devices that have specs like 2 to 3 GB RAM and 16 to 32 GB ROM. The RAM space is insufficient to oblige all applications. This may be a solid reason behind why heavy mobile applications get downloaded faster and get uninstalled faster. 

Is storage really an issue? 

Let’s have a look at what constitutes the phones memory in general. 

  • Music 
  • Pictures 
  • videos
  • Applications 
  • Others 

With regards to utility and personalization, making a mobile application takes a back step to individual documents, media, and video. In this way, when there is an issue of whether to choose between having an app or to have individual records, users always prefer to uninstall the app.

So, what is the most ideal route forward? 

To design and develop mobile applications that won't get uninstalled. A win-win situation for both mobile application developers and clients. 

Think from the user viewpoint

Develop applications that request fewer system assets – both RAM and ROM. Aim to develop applications that can run easily with 2 GB RAM alongside different applications as well. 

  • The present situation

Majority of the smartphone users utilize gadgets that have modest memory capacities. Of that, an extensive chunk will be involved by the OS and applications which can't be disabled. This makes hard to install and keep up applications that request substantial memory. Clients will preferably let go such applications than upgrading their device. 

  • The best foot forward 

Hence, the best solution for reducing such churn will be to consider developing applications that can be effortlessly accommodated in the user’s device. 

Assemble lightweight applications that take less RAM or disk memory 

Keep applications lightweight. Not just in download size but also in disk space. Most applications expand in size as clients start utilizing them regularly. Take, for example, Google Maps, Facebook etc. Most mobile applications increase in size post installation. In spite of the fact that not all applications increase in size, most applications do grow in size due to the client data they continue to gather and store to render a smooth experience. 

So what information do they gather? 

Let’s assume you are utilizing Google Maps. 

When the first time you utilize Google Maps, the application has zero information on your movement. Be that as it may, with time, when you drop pins to check places you have gone to, or use the navigation system, the application gathers, and stores this data. This data will be used for autofill options whenever you use the application. 

Despite the fact that this sounds sensible thinking about the importance for UX, only one out of every needs archiving. Clearing the cache memory in a regular time interval can keep the app lightweight. 

That way, applications can shrink the space and keep their performance smooth. 

Allow applications to be moved to SD card 

There are applications which don't require access to system records and assets. Such applications can be moved to SD cards. Since SD card stockpiling can be extended effectively and moderately, this can help to reduce the uninstall rate of an application. 

  • A Small Thorn 

Until the recent updates, Android applications had to be moved to SD card utilizing third party applications. An in-built choice was missing. Apple’s take on this was to move such apps to iCloud which was not free. 

  • The Remedy 

Applications which can be installed directly to SD card would be a better option to expand client downloads and usage. It diminishes the likelihood of uninstallation. 

Deliver what you guarantee 

Applications must function as they are promoted in play stores. Missing features or non-responsive applications are a certain method to baffle clients. After all inspiring the user is the best approach to get listed on the users' device.

What should be possible? 

Refrain from conveying applications that: 

  • Function uniquely in contrast to what is guaranteed 
  • Request for excessive number of permission and frustrate user privacy 
  • Breakdown or make the gadget to glitch 
  • Security loophole through which hacking may happen 

In simple words, treat the client in the way you would expect other third-party applications to treat you.

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