The Key of Mobile App Development Process.
Why do we know the Mobile app development process? The number of smartphone users expected to reach 2.5 billion by 2019, the usage of mobile apps is sure to skyrocket in the coming years too. As per a market research study, the app economy will be worth 6.3 trillion by 2021.
That is why the mobile app has become more necessary for businesses these days. If you’re considering building a mobile app for your small to medium-sized business, you need to know exactly what it takes to execute.
The Mobile app development process is a multiple step. Let’s find out by taking the six steps in the development process, namely ideation, designing, development, testing, launch, and post-launch, and viewing them through the lens of the new trends that are shaping the digital world now.
Market Research, And Mobile App Development Tech-stack
In the Mobile app development process, You may already have a few Great mobile app ideas for your business, and that’s a good place to start. But before you move into the design and development phase, you should be doing research into your own business and target audience, as well as that your competitors. You need some answers like these following question:
- What do you want your mobile app to accomplish? where does it fit in your Mobile marketing plans?
- Who is your Target Audience?
- How do you want your customers to use your app?
- What platform will you use?
- Which mobile app development language and framework should you use?
- What is your overall app development budget?
- When you launch your app?
The research stage is not only meant to discover new ideas but also to come up with the list of requirements needed to fix the scope of your app project. Having clear answers to the following questions upfront will go a long way in ensuring the success of your app development project.
Wireframes with App Design (UI/UX)
At this phase, you should have a pretty good idea about what your app will look like and what features you want to include. User interface design in the app development process is termed as a wireframe. It is a pictorial depiction that provides key elements of the UI (fields, buttons, icons, layout, etc.). It does not say anything about color schemes, styles or wireframe to wireframe interactions. You should also create a storyboard, or roadmap, to demonstrate the connections between each screen and how users will navigate through the app.
Once your team has agreed upon the wireframe and storyboard, it’s time to build an interactive prototype. Prototyping is an essential step in the app development process because it gives you an opportunity to really evaluate design concepts, gather feedback, and identify dead links and flaws in the flow and usability of your mobile app.
A rendering of the app’s visual design is termed as a mockup or a high-fidelity design. The wireframes combine with your style guide design standards and provide the interconnection between various elements of visual design, thus establishing the flow of the app. Your mockup may lack the logic and intelligence of your app but will almost demonstrate how the app functions. As your app’s design begins to get finalized, you can expect further modifications to its information architecture, workflow, and aesthetics.
Actually developing the app involves a number of steps and processes. The Mobile app development stage includes multiple activities such as establishing the development environment (that includes ways to do simple testing), developing various parts of the code, preliminary testing and creating the app that can be installed and tested.
Your developer will have to set up the actual storage solutions, databases, APIs, and servers for the backend of your app. Don’t forget to set up developer accounts for the app stores you plan to use to distribute your app if you don’t already have them.
You’re now ready to move into the programming and coding phase. At this stage, your designer will create the app “skins,” or actual screens used in your mobile app. These high-resolution renderings of your wireframes represent the interface your users will eventually use to interact with your app, so make sure your designs incorporate all the ideas and feedback collected during the earlier testing phase.
For native mobile apps, you can choose a technology stack required by the targeted mobile platform – Android or iOS. Objective-C or Swift programming languages are used for developing iOS apps, while Java and Kotlin are popular for Android app development.
App Testing and QA
This is an exciting time in the app development lifecycle—you finally have a complete app concept with exciting graphics and perfectly placed text. Testing lets you know the quality of the app and gives an idea about how good or bad the app is. The testing phase may overlap with the development stage in many ways and this depends on the way the development is planned and executed. For example, in the case of agile methodology, every sprint or iteration could have a testing phase.
Go back to your original design and planning documents and go through every feature; don’t assume something works in the final concept just because it worked during the development phase. App testing comprises of various types. For example, functionality testing is done to ascertain if the functional requirements that are listed in the discovery phase are met.
When you’re confident your app is working correctly in all scenarios and you’re happy with the appearance and usability of the interface, the app is approved for launch by the client/project manager.
This could require the deployment of the backend before the app can be published in the app stores for downloads. You can do a soft-launch with a selected group of people/ internal team or publish in the app stores as a beta version for early user feedback.
The steps you take to prepare for your app launch may have the greatest effect on its ultimate success, and getting your marketing department involved early in the process is one of the most important. To launch the app, you need to publish it in a public app store like Google Play / Apple App Store or an enterprise app store if your app is intended for enterprise use only. Listing the app requires meeting the specific guidelines of the respective app store.
App Support & Marketing
Marketing will help you with keyword research, which is essential for SEO and app store optimization (ASO), both of which are key for discoverability. You’ll also need a website—or at least a landing page—to support and promote your app. This is important for branding and awareness, and also for search and discoverability.
Build an execute an app marketing plan to drive app discovery, increase organic installs and improve user engagement, preferably by working with an app marketing services agency to reduce cost overheads. Build an execute an app marketing plan to drive app discovery, increase organic installs and improve user engagement, preferably by working with an app marketing services agency to reduce cost overheads.
Freelancer Groups use the Agile Methodology method for the Mobile app development process. You can check our blog, I have described how the Agile methodology works. Freelancer Groups are leading Mobile app development company and Mostly clients are based on US, UK, Canada, Singapur, UAE.
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