Why It’s Important for Your Business to Make Your Mobile App Work Offline

By Serhiy Kozlov

It happens.

Your connection is lost in the middle of a payment via a mobile app and you keep wondering where that money went.

Now imagine, a patient wearing an IoT monitoring device when the connection fails. The medical data gets lost forever.

A user of a map app is trying to follow the verbal instructions on his smart phone while driving to a job interview. His connection dies, he becomes lost and is late for the interview. Now he is trying to explain to the hiring manager, who is clearly irritated. Big fail.

How About a New Scenario?

That user of the map app doesn’t lose his directions. They continue. How? When he connected and requested those directions, they were loaded into his device where they sit and continue until he has arrived at his destination. Payments can continue offline and be processed once back online; that medical provider can access the data from the monitor once it is back online and so on.

And this is precisely why building offline mobile applications is both critical and a huge trend.

As early as 2010, developers began to figure out ways that computers could continue to work offline.

In 2014, Google rolled out offline support for its both Android and iOS map apps. It also developed an offline version of Google Search and enhanced the offline capabilities of its Chromebook. It was soon followed by Facebook, allowing users to create content for later posting. Square also “joined the club.”

Since these events in 2014, there has been a rush to build offline mobile apps on the part of all types of mobile app developers. As it turned out, the ability to make apps work offline has been a relatively simple procedure.

Why You Should Support Offline Mode

Let’s consider a few stats first, and then what those implications might be for offline business apps.

As of March 2017, the lowest penetration of internet access is still Africa and Asia (China excluded). However, between 2000-2017, that penetration has increased by 7,557.2% and 1,539.4% respectively. And this shows no sign of stopping. This is a huge population of current and potential app users. Unfortunately, infrastructure still lags and consistent connectivity is a big issue.

Many in Africa and Asia do not have geographical access to banks and have never used them. They bank and shop using fintech apps when they make purchases; they access apps that provide news and education because they have skipped the whole “television” thing. Many are involved in online education programs because they do not have the wherewithal to get to physical institutions.

Even in the U.S., it is estimated that 15% of users are actually using offline apps at any given time. They are on airplanes; they are on subways; they are in areas famous for “dead zones”.

Businesses and organizations that do not build an offline app mode lose all of these people. The implications for e-commerce are obvious – customers (and thus revenues) are Go to the full article.

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