The Mobile App Development Process
If you notice the different app stores out there, you will find that there are a lot of mobile apps being uploaded on a daily basis. These apps can range anywhere from mobile games, e-commerce apps, social networking apps (or something that enhances a particular service), and so on.
Although there are different apps for different purposes, the app development process is nearly the same. In this article, I will talk about how mobile apps are built by giving you a brief rundown on the development process from the app development companies.
It Starts with an Idea
When someone decides to develop a mobile app, one of the main reasons for doing so would be to satisfy a certain need.
Airbnb, one of the most popular apps today, actually stemmed from a need to have a nice place to stay if you’re in a completely different place.
It is through understanding and trying to solve a particular problem where apps are usually born. It all starts with an idea and everything else that follows will be just a reflection of what was previously thought.
To develop a good plan of action, a mobile app developer along with the client would have to do the following:
- Looking at the Competition- Any app idea out there is not at all too genuine anymore. However, this does not mean that you should stop developing your own app. In fact, I encourage you to look at what your competitors are doing; making sure that you do things better than them.
- Monetization- At the end of the day, monetization is required not only to recoup your losses after app development, but also to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your application. You can settle for in-app purchases, monthly/annual subscriptions, and so on.
- Marketing- Because of the many mobile apps that are available today, what separates a successful one from a not so successful one would be the marketing. You can employ conventional marketing methods by using your website as a marketing platform, putting up ads all over the web (or on Google), etc.
- Road Map (Minimum Viable Product)- This is where you start planning on what to do during the development process.
This involves a multi-step process that is divided into two: The User-Experience and the User-Interface Design.
The former involves the initial planning, making wireframes, developing the workflows, and creating click-through models that help clients see what is going on before the actual development starts.
The latter involves processes puts everything in the previous section into fruition. This is where you render all of the designs and you create a prototype in the process.
Design Handoff and Pre-Development
This is the part where the designs and mockups that were created in the previous stage are given to the developers. They will then ask pertinent questions just to ensure that they completely understand what the designer/clients want and then they go on ahead to the actual app development.
This is where the ball goes rolling. The developers would use different platform tools and code to help create the application. The development process is divided in stages and in each one, a QA (Quality Assurance) tester will run the prototype in a number of tests to ensure quality across the board.
Once the application is “done” in the sense of development, the application can be run through a series of testing phases which involve in-house participants as well as alpha and beta testers. This is all done to ensure the quality of the final product.
Once everything is done, the application is then sent to the different app stores for approval and it will be uploaded on their servers for the people to download.
Nope, app development doesn’t stop once the application is deployed. The developers would also have to constantly look at the application for potential bugs that might have been overlooked during the testing phase.
Be on the lookout for any possible bug complaints and reports about your application and make sure that you employ measures to quickly address the issues.