Thanks to the evolution of different platforms, mobile app development is not a mystery anymore. However, the secret sauce to making a successful mobile app lies in the process that requires extensive pre-planning. There has been a meteoric rise in the mobile app industry in the last couple of years with millions of apps getting exposure in the two biggest app stores. While the competition is huge, it is not a rocket science anymore that the developers should have significant knowledge of the basic concepts of mobile app development. The app is not something you just create and throw in the market. You have to really make it stand out in terms of functionality, design, usability, and utility to make it attractive for the users. Some developers think that these factors can be incorporated later on after launching the app; however, today’s users are very smart and don’t believe in retrying things especially mobile apps. If you want your mobile app to shine, you have to take all the steps in the very beginning.
At ITspresso, we develop a mobile app for you in various stages with each stage having a number of steps. This complete process takes time but helps us deliver the value you expect in your mobile app. So without further ado, let’s take you through the various stages of mobile application development.
Planning & Research
This is the most important step because this is where the groundwork for the mobile app is performed. In this step, brainstorming and substantial research are mandatory to move on to the next step. There are a few questions that you have to answer such as the target audience, market, and platform along with identifying the purpose of the app. These requirements can be acquired from the client. Once you know these answers, you have to start planning about how you will take the project further. The best way to move forward is by conducting the research of the competitors. You will get a clear idea of the features they are offering and you’ll be able to provide better features to the users. After completing all of this, you need to lay down the cost and the time required for the app development.
Prototyping is a fun step where ideas start taking the visual shape. The prototyping is done in two steps: mental prototyping and wireframes. This is where the ideas come pouring in and the team sits down to prepare a detailed scope of work. The ideas are drawn in form of sketches on either a paper or the whiteboard. In other words, it will be the first visual representation of the ideas collected in phase 1. Through this step, many new things are unveiled that can also give your team more dimensions to consider while developing the app. The benefit of mental prototyping is that the loopholes are identified before the development of the app and you can take counter measures to rectify any future issues. The next steps i.e. wireframes allow you to actually see how the app will look like once it is out.
Designing & Development
Before you go out for coding, it is crucial for you to design your app. For this purpose, a user experience designer can help you create the interaction architecture for your app of the design elements that make the look and feel of your app. It is a multi-step process that involves several procedures but the end result is quite astonishing and mostly up to the mark.
Building the App
After the above drills, the actual game of developing the app through agile methodologies start. The benefit of using this methodology is that it is the best approach for mobile app development. It allows you to make changes, add or remove features, and keep the up to date as the trends change. If you build an app that is so rigid, you will end up having an app whose usability will be limited to a specific time period only.
Before you launch your app in the market, it is always helpful to test it under various circumstances. A thorough quality check will ensure your app is perfect for all types of users, there are no glitches, it is working on various devices, and the features are working correctly.
The final step, launch your app in the store you have designed it for. The stores will take some time to approve it but you don’t have to worry about that because the wait is worth it. Once your app is live, you can start promoting it. However, make sure to regularly update your app with new features to ensure it is not left behind others. Mobile application development never stops even when it is completed.