The majority of office work and business still takes place primarily on desktop computers, but mobile phones are increasingly important for completing all sorts of daily business tasks. Smartphones are the lifeline to our business lives. This is why it’s extremely important to never have that lifeline severed by losing access to the Internet or data while on-the-go. Apps that only function when connected to the Internet become essentially useless in a dead zone. It’s for this reason that app developers, especially apps for businesspeople, need to think offline-first when developing an app.
Reliability is the key to a successful app. That’s why apps like Evernote and Dropbox have made such a name for themselves. These are apps that are able to work even when completely disconnected from the Internet. They’re reliable. These apps understand that the best way to serve their users is to gives users access to their data and information locally on their device so that they always work. This was a conscious-decision that shows the forethought of the developers. Thinking offline-first helped them create apps that simply work.
The tricky part about an offline-first approach is that you need to start with that architectural approach from the ground up. You can’t go back to an offline-style app after you’ve released an app that relies on an Internet connection unless you want to re-write the entire code. This is an error that Facebook made when it released its first mobile app. The company had to do a costly overhaul before re-releasing a new build. Not all apps need to be offline friendly, but it can be hugely beneficial to your company if it is. Consider how you intend for your app to be used before doing any development so that you can be sure that you’re best serving your future users.
An offline-first approach to app development can mean all the difference in the world between a useful and a useless app. Make sure yours ends up in the useful category!
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