Mobile App Development In Malaysia: iPhone & Android

Mobile App Development In Malaysia

Potado is a mobile app development company that works with the most exciting startups and large corporations in Malaysia. We develop apps for iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android and web as well as the latest tech such as wearables, IoT, blockchain, and AI. We don't just build apps we build partnerships that come with world class apps that get featured on the app stores.

Whether you want to develop a mobile app natively for iOS or Android, a cross-platform app using Flutter or React native, a hybrid app, or a web app, we can do it. If you want to integrate AI and machine learning we can do it. So let's work together and make something great.

Why Develop an App in Malaysia

Malaysia has a thriving startup ecosystem because of it's location, access to natural resources, strategic ports and modern government policies. There's no wonder more than 4k startups are located here. Most of Malaysia's startups are located in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. Carsome. Boost, Fave, iPrice, SoCar, Pop Meals, Klook, EasyParcel are some examples of app startups located in Malaysia. Because of great infrastructure, an abundance of progressive talent, visa accessibility, high quality of life, and a low cost of living, Malaysia will continue to be an important hub for companies in Asia.

Malaysia was also the a pioneer in developing a special zone for high tech businesses in South East Asia. The zone is located in Selengor and is just one example showing the governments interest in attracting talent.

Singapore often overshadows Malaysia as the regions hub, but there are several advantages why Malaysia is the better place to launch an app or web based tech startup. Singapore is expensive, not only for living, but also for paying employees. Being based in Malaysia significantly lowers costs in that regard. But more importantly, startups in the region tend to target more than just the nation, they tend to target South East Asia as a whole. Singapore is nothing like South East Asia. The city-state is much more developed. Malaysia is much bigger and gives startups a chance to better understand the market in neighbouring countries. So that's why we would develop a mobile app in Malaysia, but we asked some startup founders why they did and this is what they had to say:

"We launched our company in Hong Kong and having been on a steady growth path, but we were struggling with growing our team as costs are high in Hong Kong, so we decided to move our team to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as the talent here is great and affordable. Plus the benefits of a more relaxed work environment, larger living spaces, friendlier interactions and a great regional travel hub as the home base for Air Asia."

"I run a few websites and work remotely, so I am free to work from anywhere. I chose Malaysia because of the friednly people, good food, affodable living costs and most importantly as an avid diver and marine enthusiast, Sabah and Pulau Redang's clear waters are where I spend my off time. Work life balance is important to me and Malaysian culture really does this well. I previosuly lived in Shanghai and balance just isn't something in the vocabluary there."

iOS vs Android App Development in Malaysia

Choosing the best platform for your app is probably one of the most important decisions you need to make. The platforms we need to consider for mobile are Android, iOS and web. Ideally you want to develop your app for all platforms your target users are on to make it convenient for them to use. When developing an app, more platforms mean higher costs and that can be a constraint for some people. Thanks to technological advancements, we have have many options to target multiple platforms at lower costs depending on the project requirements.

Malaysia is a mobile first country, just like it's neighbouring countries so although most users might also want a web platform, the focus is usually on the mobile platforms. Android is the dominant OS in Malaysia with a 75% market share, while iOS holds around 24%. Because of this, if you must develop for one platform only, Android is the way to go.

App Development Process In Malaysia

The first step to a developing an app in Malaysia is defining a sound process. A well planned project makes sure milestones are met on time allowing you to launch sooner and also keeping costs down. So let's take a look at the process we follow at Potado:


Sitting down with our Malaysian clients and sharing our thoughts, ideas and insights is the first step of every project. We discuss the technical aspects, design, as as well as the business because a successful project depends on all of the above. We don't just build apps, we build products that scale.


Now that we have an understanding of what is needed, it's time for us to start drawing up some ideas. Our app developers work closely with our clients here to come up with the functionality and layouts needed. Feedback and iteration is key here.


With the planning done it's time to start getting an idea of the look of the project. Tools such as Figma, Adoba XD, and Sketch are used to draw up well polished user interface designs. We focus on the latest design trends to ensure that the app looks great. We all know a badly designed up is not going to retain users, so design is one of the most important aspects of the app development process.

App Development

Now the fun starts. Our app developers start bringing the designs to life by writing well thought out, structured and scalable code, no matter whether we use Javascript, Swift, Kotlin, Dart or seomething else. This part of is the longest part of the app development process but we allow you to be as involved as you want. There is nothing worse than having to wait 4-12 weeks to see the app for the first time. You can opt to see and test the app at any stage of the process from the first week. We love feedback as it helps us add that extra touch of polish.


Once we have built the app, it's time to test it out. We will work with you to simulate using the app as your users would. We will test all functionality and edge cases to ensure no issues arrise ofter launch.


All that's left it to launch the app. We will help you setup the app store listings for the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store and the Huawei App Galllery and submit the apps for review. Once the review is complete the apps are now live and ready to use!

Work With A leading Mobile App developer In Malaysia

Whether you want to develop an app for Android, iOS or web, our global team of designers, app developers, UX specialist and product managers will work with you to develop an innovative digital solution at an affordable cost. This is what a few of our clients had to say about working with us:

"We needed to hire an app development company in Malaysia, and Potado was the team for us. We reached out with the intention of developing an Android app for our startup as we only had limited funding. We ended up building an app with React Native and having a fully functional Android and iPhone app. Never been more happy! We will continue working with Potado until we decide to build our own in-house team, but for right now we are focused on business growth so will let them do what they do best."

"We already had a website and wanted to expand to additional platforms. We worked with app developers at Potado to convert out website as a progressive web app which did amazing things for our customer acquisition numbers. We then took it a step further publishing apps on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Great experience, recommend!"

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