The complete guide to using APIs to develop smarter and faster mobile apps 

Vikrant Shetty

July 27, 2023

9:59 am

As per reports by data.ai, for the first time, the app economy has seen a dip of 2%. Although download rates are on a steady rise by 11%, customers are spending less on in-app purchases. App developers want their user experience to be engaging and seamless. This way, they can maintain their user base and increase their revenue. 

Therefore, developers are putting more emphasis on server and client integration. This has been made possible by the APIs or the Application Programming Interfaces. APIs are programming interfaces that let applications communicate and share information. They determine how data is shared, and the conventions used. In other words, APIs allow two applications to communicate with each other. 

The future of APIs and why you need to know about them 

The API market is projected to reach $8.2B by 2027, which is nearly double from its 2021 value. From unicorns to small-sized businesses, they all depend on data in this era and age. API-driven applications have become especially appealing because they allow an interface to the business wherein they can mine and store that data.  

Businesses can then leverage this data to inform their future plans, improve customer experience, and add more products. For example, a small restaurant owner looking to boost their business by providing additional services such as home deliveries will need the Google Maps API. Even if the restaurant has its own website, customers are more familiar with google maps. Furthermore, many food delivery apps rely on the Google Maps API to function and reach customers. 

APIs develop faster and smarter mobile apps 

The smartest mobile apps are being designed and developed on the top AI API platforms like Alexa Skill Management API. These platforms have allowed apps to integrate more features to make them go viral among the user base. These are the following best practices to keep in mind while developing a mobile app using an API platform. 

  1. Your app needs a solid foundation of UI and UX design

Most legacy applications are slow in responsiveness due to the gridlock in the server. Therefore, you need to replace the older and slower APIs with the newer and faster cloud-based APIs. This will help your app perform better, with added accuracy, and reduce operational complexity. Moreover, you would want to invest more in fine-tuning the UI and UX design of the app. 

  1. You need to reduce the network chatters and the API calls per screen 

A former engineer of Facebook revealed that certain service tests conducted on their API network impacted users’ mobile batteries. Mobile applications that are designed poorly will need to make many service calls before completing one transaction. 

 This amount of network chatter results in limited app responsiveness and drainage of the mobile battery. This can be averted if the developer, creating APIs to support the front-end user interface, limits the API call to one per screen.  

  1. You need to relocate points of integration from large systems to a microservices architecture 

You must have read on the news about how apps such as Twitterific, Tweetbot, Birdie, and Fenix were affected when Elon Musk cut off their access to the Twitter API. This shook the world and prompted the tech community and businesses to shift to micro-services. Microservices are the result of the increasing interest in large systems. The microservice architecture is easier to troubleshoot, can be isolated without much hassle, and provide scope for simpler deployments.  

  1. You must implement precision in every architectural decision

 You must be aware of the fact that any change you make in the backend will impact your API as well as the front-end side of your application. So every phase of your app development journey needs precision to reduce latency. You must not sacrifice precision while tweaking at the backend to decrease network clatter. 

  1. You must reinforce your app’s security 

Developers building their apps on third-party APIs need to focus more on data privacy and app security. This is because the API-driven app will ask for the user’s personal information. If your app’s security features are weak, it will be at risk of a data breach, and all this user data will be leaked.  

Conclusion 

To build any scalable business, you need your user base to be massive. To achieve this, you need to be able to acquire more users, showing steady growth. Customers will only trust an app if their experience using it is constantly stellar. 

Vikrant Shetty

July 27, 2023

9:59 am

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