The Mobile App Development Process

13 Sep 2017
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The mobile app development is the next big thing, which has hit the sphere of the information technology today. We all are familiar with the various mobile apps, but we have never thought about the procedure involved in developing these apps. Building the mobile app is an extremely involved process, which includes rigorous up-front design, usability testing, beta lifecycle, deployment, and many other things.

Every day numerous mobile apps are published in the Google Play and the Apple App Stores. Each app is different, but goes through the same procedure. The procedure ensures that you don’t waste the valuable resources and the time during the app development phase. For a successful mobile app development, you need to follow a systematic approach.

Before beginning with the procedure, there are certain important things, which you need to be cleared about, while developing a mobile app.

  • Your target market- It actually means, the group of the users whom you want, to use your app.
  • Well articulated user stories- It means to capture the description of the app features from the user’s perspective.
  • A budget- the amount which you are ready to spend on the development of your app.
  • Commitment to the project- It means that you need to give the required time to your project.
  • Once you are done with this, you can start with your project. Let’s begin with the procedure. Each and every stage is vital, so it is important to analyze each and every stage carefully.

STAGE: 1

  • Discovery and market research

Your first move should be a deep dive into the research, of your own business and target audience, as well as that of your competitors. You need to closely analyze your competitor’s app to see the features they offer, you can also try to figure out the features which are missing in your competitor’s app, so that you could include the absent features in your app, to serve a better mobile app to the users. Research is the most important factor, because while doing the research you lay down the necessary groundwork for what is to follow next. At the end of this stage you should be able to answer certain questions like – What is the main aim of this app? Who is the target audience? Which platform you should target first? Is the app going to be free or paid? Once you have the answers to all these questions, then you know the time it would take to develop this app.

STAGE: 2

  • Sketching of the idea

After the stage of discovery and research, here comes the second stage, sketching the ideas. In this stage you have to sketch your ideas on the whiteboard. This will be the first visual representation of the mixture of the ideas which you had in your mind and the one which you got after completing the first stage. Another thing which you have to do at this stage is, discussing your idea with the people to take their feedback. Discussing with them the ideas will help you to figure out the loopholes and get the solution to tackle with them.

STAGE: 3

  • Assessment of Technical feasibility

Having an understanding of the visuals is not enough, as you need to figure out, whether the back end systems will support the app’s functionality or not. You also need to determine the platform for which you are building your app. Building an app may have different requirements depending on the platform like it is different for Android, iOS and also its format like your app is for the tablets or for the smart phones.

Technical feasibility actually, is a broad concept. In technical feasibility the main issues which are considered are, whether the required technology is available or not, whether the required resources such as, manpower-programmers, testers and debuggers are available or whether the company has the technical expertise or not. Once the technical feasibility is established, it is important to consider the monetary factors also.

STAGE: 4

  • Building a prototype

You cannot define the touch experience until and unless you actually touch and use the app, to see how it works. To let that happen, you are required to build a prototype and experience the touch. This will help you to ensure that the things are going in the right direction. Prototype actually is an early sample or model of your app. In this stage you can use a rough and not exhaustive wireframes. A prototype model is built to test the concept as an early platform to validate that the design meets the target customer requirements. Prototype actually differs from the final product as through the prototype you are able to detect the issues, on which you need to work on.

STAGE: 5

  • Designing and development of an app

Before moving to the coding, you need to design your app. When designing for smaller screens, and shorter attention spans, your UX and UI design must work at the speed of the thoughts. Design of an app is one of the most important things in it. The users are mostly attracted by the designing of the app.

  • UX design

User experience design is the process of enhancing the user satisfaction with the app, by improving the usability, accessibility and the pleasure provided to the user in interacting with the app.

  • UI design

The aim of the user interface design is to make the user interaction as simple and efficient as possible. User interface design is basically designing of user friendly app, which is easy to use, clean and give enjoyable experience to the users.

The right UX and UI processes should be your first priority to create the best design for your mobile app. After the design, it is the time to begin with the coding of the app, which is another important thing in developing the mobile app.

STAGE: 6

  • Building the app using agile methodologies

In mobile application development, Agile is a methodology that fulfills the need for flexibility. Agile software development describes a set of principles and values, which ensures continuous improvement, early delivery, quick and effective response to change and evolutionary development. Building an app using Agile helps in meeting the changing market trends.

STAGE: 7

  • Testing the mobile app

Now it’s time for testing your app, which is a very crucial part. UAT testing- For user experience testing, you need to put your app in the hands of the target users and once it passes the UAT test, you get to know that the solution which you are providing to the users, is actually working. Beta testing- Make your app available for beta testing, by allowing open participation of people to test it, which will help you to know that whether your app’s functions works well in the real world environment.

STAGE: 8

  • Launch

The final and ultimate stage for your app is launching of the app. However, this is not the end in reality, as the app needs to be updated time to time with new features in order to meet the market trends.

The development cycle starts once again as soon as the first version of the app is launched in the market.

Are you also looking for an app development company, to develop an app for your business, you can get in touch with FIFIUM the mobile app development company in Denmark, which works for the client’s requirement in best possible ways.

You can reach Fifium at:

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