Every kind of business is in need of an app as each and every individual is behind a smartphone. Apps have been an essential component of every business irrespective of geography or type of business. As the audience base is over smartphones and other mobile devices businesses opt for the same as the most effective way to capture the audience’s imaginations, build brand interest, and make them lead to purchase. The past decade had an explosion in smartphone users and today there is an app associated with smartphones for the most personal of requirements to shopping and enterprise operations or even everything you need. With the apps flooding the market, it became easy for businesses to capture their own space in the competitive market. So, from the developer’s point of view, before getting into the development track, building a marketable app on any platform like iOS or Android, you need to define the process of technicalities for putting together an application. The design aspect of an application will gain visibility and make you money when they download and keep using it without uninstalling the same. To get it practical in all terms, a mobile app developer needs to learn how to develop an app, with a perfect mix of usability, relevance, and attractive features.
Explore your App Idea
An idea is a key to the app development process and it requires a lot of brainstorming and research to have a clear vision. A clear app idea can directly take you to the next step, so be ready with your primary goal, the problems you will get solved, who are the target audience, how the new application is unique and why people have to be using the app.
So, once you’re clear with the above points, it’s time to build your app strategy for your future mobile app. The next token has to go for thorough market research in your industry domain. Here this attempt at research lets you pick up the best options for your app to inculcate within a thorough budget and timeframe.
Planning and Research
Planning comes in as the beginning phase whenever you are ready with the idea for an app. Planning is not regarding the look and programming of the app but is more important to refer to as it will have to answer the more complicated spheres like feasibility and the current market space. Planning is on general aspects and it goes common most of the time including market research and running a feasibility study. It also includes what exactly the app will be doing and what is the need of the app you are planning on, also explains well the app’s value proposition. It must be explained well as it is very important to understand whether the app idea you have proposed owns a niche in the market and will require a considerable resource spend in the development of the app as well as for the marketing ahead. In addition to all these, your next decision would be based on which platform the app will be made available. If it is on more than one platform, the better decision would be a hybrid approach than developing natively for each platform, and the decision has to come from your end, hybrid or native.
The platforms for the app make sense and the decision should go valid by considering the competition that exists for your business in the market and also noting where the majority of the audience is. These concerns are to come after the feasibility matter and these are the whole bound to cover up where you might want to concentrate initial development efforts to make a proof-of-concept.
In the planning phase, it also considers the investment of amount and time upfront to make sure that your app at least has a chance at success. So what are the concerned enquiries that come to be part of planning?
- Is this app really beneficial to the users and are there people willing to use your app?
- Will the people be ready to pay for the app?
These 2 questions getting the answer “yes” means the study was pucca able to move on to the design phase. Spending a lot of time in the planning phase won’t go in vain and enables you to confidently invest in resources in the phases ahead. Later moving on to the marketability of your app and getting stuck in the midst of a different audience, will not be the situation if the planning phase is successfully accomplished. Gearing the app towards the right audience is the result of this planning and research phase and then moving on to developing it.
Prototyping is the stage where you start rapidly producing wireframes which can be thought of as a low-fidelity guide that offers a general sense of the app’s functionality and flow. The wireframes just focus on representing the core functionalities of your app and receiving feedback on that. There are tools out there that can help you collect feedback from a large number of people in your target audience letting you design an app that marks for usability for your audience. This stage lets your plan for the app’s functionality adapt and evolve making sure that you are making an app in the right direction through development. While receiving a positive kind of prototype, then it is time to move on to the design phase.
Design is a critical phase to jump over in creating a mobile app. A mobile app developer focuses on aspects such as touch gestures, colours, conformity to OS design standards, app layout, and UI designs to bring out a mobile app that is intuitive, user-friendly, and works fast. While designing, put your ideas and features together to create a mobile app that works as your blueprint throughout the process.
The development phase is considered the most active phase and this stage is the soul of the whole mobile app development process. Coding is included in the development of the front end and back end, and then to empower the user interface functions it is separated into three major steps: Backend Server Technologies, APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), & Frontend Development.
The testing phase is carried out in parallel to the development stage and it is important to continually test to keep post-release costs low. The testing process ensures that you work out any major bugs or oversights as early as possible. Test cases dramatically reduce both the time and monetary costs of maintenance and support.
After a successful testing phase, you can choose to release the mobile app on Android or iOS, or both. When it comes to publishing a new app, you need to sign up with a developer account which allows you to publish your mobile app and chase the reviews later.