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On-Demand App Development: Will It Work For Your Business?

written by Nitin Garg | Dec 16, 2021
On-Demand App Development

It’s the perfect night to curl up in bed and order a slice of pizza after an exhausting day at work. However, you’re too exhausted to cook. How will you handle such a situation?

Is my guess correct? You will pick up your phone, open an on-demand food delivery app like Zomato or UberEats, and will place your order of Pizza. 

After a few minutes, your pizza will be at your doorstep. It’s now just a matter of grabbing a bite of pizza and satisfying your cravings.

This is what makes on-demand mobile apps so popular and trending these days. 

This is just one example of the uses of an on-demand mobile app, but there are so many others like scheduling an appointment with the doctor, booking a cab, and even ordering the medicine with a one-single click.

If you are also considering on-demand mobile app development, then this blog is meant for you. Here we have mentioned all the information you will ever need to know including types & features of an on-demand app and a step-by-step guide to on-demand app development. 

But before that shall we learn what is on-demand mobile and how the on-demand app market is growing?

Exactly What is the On-Demand Mobile App?

Simply stated, an on-demand app is a type of mobility solution that serves as a bridge between consumers and different service providers

In other words, if a consumer desires a particular type of service, he or she can search for the appropriate provider, who will then provide the service in a timely fashion.

Food ordering, car wash, laundry, laundry, car rental, and more are just a few of the services available with on-demand mobility solutions.

This is how on-demand services applications allow consumers and providers to connect easily and conveniently. 

A few perfect examples of the on-demand applications are mentioned below to give you a better understanding of what is an on-demand services provider app?

  • Ridesharing apps: Uber, Ola, Lyft
  • Food delivery apps: Zomato, UberEats, Swiggy 
  • Home service provider apps: UrbanClap, TaskRabbit, Thumbtack
  • On-demand healthcare apps: Teladoc, Better Help, MDacne, Leafly, MySugar, EyeCare Live
  • On-demand flower delivery apps: 1800flowers, Farmgirl Flowers, ProFlowers
  • On-demand movie streaming apps: Crackle, Tubi, Vudu, Redbox, Yidio, Pluto TV
  • On-demand grocery delivery apps: BigBasket, Grofers, BigMart, Amazon Pantry

How the On-Demand Mobile App Market is Growing?

The on-demand mobile app development market is on the surge of growth especially during the unprecedented time of Covid-19. 

Based on Statista’s projections, gross mobile app revenue is anticipated to reach 935 billion dollars by the end of 2023, which amounted to 365 billion U.S. dollars in the year 2018. 

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This is just a glimpse of how on-demand mobile apps like Uber, Netflix and many more give birth to the lure of investment opportunities. 

Also, the number of apps available on the leading app store also grew. As per Statista, around 3.48 million apps were listed on the Google Play store in the first half of 2021. With around 2.22 million apps available in the Apple app store, it is the second most popular app store.

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Let’s have a look at the market growth of on-demand mobile apps segment-wise. 

  • In 2021, the market for online food delivery apps stood at $270,317 million. As of 2025, revenue is forecast to reach US$401,391m at a CAGR of 10.39%. (Source)
  • Revenue from online taxi booking apps was estimated to be $32,221m in 2021. By 2026, this revenue will reach US$43,030m, an annual compound growth rate of 5.96%. (Source
  • The market for on-demand healthcare apps accounted for around 2.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. It is estimated that revenue will reach over 11 billion dollars by the end of 2025. (Source)
  • In 2021, the revenue from on-demand video streaming apps was US$70,845m. In 2026, the market is expected to generate revenue of US$115,920m, growing at a CAGR of 10.35%. (Source)

This is how the market for on-demand applications is growing and drawing the attention of angel investors. 

Features That Make an On-Demand App?

Features are the most vital component of any on-demand mobile application. Here we have illustrated a few of the must-have features that you should consider while developing your on-demand application. 

Customer Panel Features

Push Notification

It is a vital feature of the app since it informs consumers when a product or service they desire will arrive at their doorstep. 

Real-Time Tracking 

Give your customers the ability to check on the status of their order or service in real-time.

Multiple Payment Options

Offer the convenience of multiple payment options to your customers, so they can make payment online using their preferred mode of payment. 

Read More: Payment Gateway Development Process: Features, Revenue & Business Model

Reviews & Ratings

The app allows customers to share their feedback with the service provider based on their experience, so other consumers can learn from how well the service providers value their customers.

In-App Call/Messages

This feature will enable the customers to establish contact with the assigned service provider in case of any inquiry. 

Service Provider Panel Features

Push Notification

A service provider will receive instant notification whenever a customer demands their services. 

Accepting or Denying the Request

The service provider can accept or deny the request of the customer. 

Start & End Services

This feature will allow the provider to start or end the services. 

Earnings Estimation

In the provider’s dashboard, earnings made through the application are listed in detail.

Online/Offline Mode

The service provider can toggle offline/online mode based on availability.

In-App Call/Chat 

In case of any inquiry, the service provider can connect with the customer directly.

Admin Panel

Interactive Dashboard

An easy-to-use dashboard panel to allow admins to scroll through the different sections of the on-demand application. 

The Matching Algorithm

The admin can switch between the automatic and manual matching algorithms to improve the efficiency of the application. 

Manage Customers

The admin can keep track of the consumers’ queries and lead them to satisfaction. 

Manage Service Provider

The admin can manage all the affairs of the service provider from a single screen. 

Deciding Pricing and Commissions

The admin can decide the pay rate of service providers and also take initiative to ensure a smooth transaction facility. 

A Step-By-Step Guide to On-Demand Mobile App Development

The following instructions will guide you in building your on-demand mobile application. 

1. Identify Your Targeted Audience

It is imperative to identify your target audience before diving into on-demand app development. 

Your target audience could be anyone. 

For example, if you are starting a food delivery service online, your target audience would be local restaurants and nearby citizens who order the food online.

Thus, find your target audience and make sure they are good in numbers, so you never feel the lack of customers.

2. Find a Problem Shared by All of Them

Almost everyone in their lives has to deal with certain problems. A large number of people from various backgrounds may have shared a common problem.  

Before the advent of on-demand taxi apps like Ola, Uber and Lyft, people had difficulty finding a ride to get from their destination to their work.

They either need to rely on public transport or need to buy their own vehicles, which is an expensive decision. 

The advent of online ride-sharing applications hit both passengers and cab drivers. Passengers find it extremely easy for themselves to find a ride to commute from one destination to another. While cab drivers have ease while finding passengers. 

You also need to work on finding a common problem shared by a large number of people.  

3. Choose the Technology Stack and Features

Features and technology stacks are the vital components to lead the on-demand mobile apps to success. 

Make a list of the features that you think must be included in your app. Establish communication with the on-demand mobile app development team to find the right technology stack for your application development. 

4. Test & Launch

The importance of testing cannot be overstated. Before deployment, you need to test the application thoroughly to check its consistency. 

Once you have felt satisfied with the on-demand application you have developed the next step is to make the next move of launching your application in the market. 

How Much Does On-Demand Mobile App Development Cost You?

The total cost of on-demand app development depends on a variety of factors such as:

  • The complexity of the application
  • Design customization
  • Integration of the payment gateway into an on-demand application
  • Location of an on-demand app development company
  • App development platform i.e. Android, and iOS

By taking the above factors into consideration, the overall cost of the on-demand app development would be somewhere between $60,000 to build the native on-demand application and $80,000 for the cross-platform compatible on-demand mobile app. 

How BR Softech Can Help You Kickstart Your On-Demand Mobile App Business?

Now, we assume that you are ready to take the bold step of developing your own on-demand mobile application. To have the most amazing app built for you, the very basic step you need to take is to collaborate with the expert team of developers. 

BR Softech is employed by an expert team of dedicated developers having the right experience and expertise in developing on-demand applications. Let’s partner with us to lead your project from ground level to success.

Nitin Garg

I am Nitin Garg Founder of BR Softech PVT LTD - an Award-winning, app, web & game development company. We are armed with 180+ geeks & 2753 clients worldwide, I have driven by the spirit of entrepreneurship and dream to build a billion-dollar-company.

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