How to develop an Ideal Mobile Application
Everyone’s day usually starts with the use of a Mobile App. Research shows that 175 billion mobile apps are part of downloads yearly. On average, a person uses nine apps daily and about 30 apps monthly. The creation of apps is for a variety of services. Be it for entertainment, information, or connecting with friends and family. The development of mobile apps is to boost business sales, market brands, and increase brand reputation. This blog explores the steps to the development of an ideal mobile app.
Steps to develop an ideal App
1) Identify and plan
Initially, we have to define the goals of an app. It can relate to the end-user as well as to the business. The concept of creating an app is essential. We have to identify the users of the app and determine ways to make money out of it. Further, we have to research to understand the working of the target industry. In addition, we have to evaluate the competitors while developing the mobile application The planning phase involves checking and collecting all the relevant information.
2) Create a wireframe for your mobile application'
A wireframe is the rough outline of a mobile application. We need to have a simple illustration of the mobile app's features and layout schemes. It helps to visualize the app and its contents. The wireframe can include the app name, color schemes, app icon, background, fonts, etc. We have to focus on the core features of the app and highlight them most clearly. The features such as social media technology, notifications, payments, and more can be a part of the app over time.
3) Select the technology for the mobile app:
To build a successful mobile application, we need to select the right technology for the app. Technology selection is an integral part of the mobile app developmen process. We can:
- Build mobile apps with Native development .
Create mobile apps with Hybrid App development.
It is a cost-effective alternative to native app development. Hybrid apps save time and money. In addition, their deployment on multiple platforms, including Android and iOS platforms, is quick.
Build mobile apps with Rapid App Development (RAD) App builder
Non-technical users use Rapid App Development to build apps. It is cheaper as they use an existing tool to create an app.
- Cross-platform Native apps.
Low-level coding is involved in native development. So we can build mobile apps on both mobile platforms, Android or iOS. Though mobile apps built with native development are expensive, but it elevates the user experience.
We develop cross-platform apps with shared SDKs (Software Development Kits) with native app capabilities. As a result, it is more cost-effective than Native apps.
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4)Design with intuitive UX/IU:
A simple, well-designed, and easy-to-use app goes a long way. An app designer designs the interface, adding graphics to give a well-brand experience. The app's design strategy needs style guides. They are vital to keep the app's look and feel consistent. Further, Mockups are a part of the app's visual design. They apply style guides to the app's wireframe. The best mockup tools used are Adobe XD, Placeit, etc.
5)Testing the mobile app:
Testing is essential for all the features in the app. Quality Assurance tests ensure the functioning of each component in the app. The testing process involves User experience testing, Functional Testing, Performance Testing, Security Testing, Device, and Platform Testing. Based on the results of testing, we can fix a bug before launching the app. The best app testing tools include Lambda Test and Testigma.
6)Deployment of the app:
The app deployment requires submitting the mobile app to the app stores. These app stores are Apple App Store for iOS apps and Google Play for Android apps. The data that has to be submitted includes the app’s title, keywords, description, category, Launch Icon, and App Store screenshots. iOS apps undergo review, while Android apps do not require review.
7)Market the mobile app:
After deploying the mobile app, marketing is the next step. Promoting the app is necessary to get the user’s attention. Pre-deployment and post-deployment app marketing strategies will give good results. Pre-deployment marketing strategy involves
- building a landing page
- a media kit detailing information about the app
- documenting the journey of making the app
- Familiarize with App Store Optimization (ASO)
Post-deployment marketing strategy includes
- Press release of the app
- Paid marketing can give the app a boost
- Use social media to promote the app
8)Deployment of the app:
A successful mobile app is continuously improved. Getting feedback from the users of the mobile app will help in improving the app. It may require bug fixing and the addition of new features. We have to keep in touch with technology advancements and routinely update the app on the app stores.