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The act or method of developing a mobile app for mobile devices such as personal digital assistants, business digital assistants or mobile phones are known as mobile app creation. These applications can be pre-installed on phones during the manufacturing process, or they can be distributed as web applications that use server-side or client-side processing (e.g., JavaScript) to provide a "application-like" interface inside a Web browser. Because of the intense competition in mobile software and changes within each platform, application software developers must also consider a wide range of screen sizes, hardware requirements, and configurations.

Have you observed the rapid growth in the number of mobile applications available across different mobile platforms? It can only mean one thing: we're becoming reliant on the features of these apps. You will boost your business by creating personalized apps that make it easier for your customers to do business with you. If done correctly, you will see a general improvement in your company.

App stores and in-app ads are expected to produce $188.9 billion in revenue for mobile apps in 2020. Furthermore, by 2022, business mobility is expected to be worth $510.39 billion. Although many businesses are attempting to capitalize on this trend, many do not understand how to effectively build an app. These growth forecasts will become a reality for your company if backed by a carefully cultivated mobile app development process. An efficient app development process flow includes six main stages. In this post, we'll go through each of them in detail.

Regardless of the size and complexity of your project, adhering to this development framework will ensure the success of your enterprise mobile app development initiative.

  • Plan of action

The first step in the mobile app development process is to define your plan for turning your concept into a successful app. You could incorporate a larger portion of this into the overall business mobility plan. While the goals of one app vary from those of another, there is still an app-specific effect to the mobility approach that must be addressed during the development phase.

1.       During this stage, you will:

2.       Determine the app's users

3.       Investigate the competitiveness

4.       Determine the app's priorities and objectives

5.       Choose a mobile platform for your application

  • Planning and Analysis

At this stage, your app concept begins to take shape and develops into a full-fledged project. The process of analysis and preparation begins with the definition of use cases and the capture of detailed functional specifications.  Prepare a product roadmap after you've established the specifications for your app. This involves prioritizing the specifications for the mobile app and categorizing them into delivery milestones. If time, energy, or money are an issue, identify your minimum viable product (MVP) and prioritize it for the initial launch.

Identifying the skills required for your app development initiative is a part of the planning process. The iOS and Android smartphone systems, for example, use separate development technology stacks. If you want to create a mobile app for both the iOS and Android platforms, your mobile development team should include both iOS and Android developers. 

Have you decided on a name for your app yet? Mobile app names, like domain names, must be distinct within an app store. Check each app store to make sure your app's name isn't already in use!

  • UI / UX Design

The aim of the app design is to provide smooth and effortless user experiences with a polished appearance. The success of a mobile app is measured by how well users adopt and use all of its features. The aim of mobile app UI / UX design is to create excellent user interfaces that make your app interactive, intuitive, and easy to use. Though polished UI designs can aid in early adoption, the app must also have intuitive user experiences to keep users engaged.

1.       Wireframes are conceptual layouts, also known as low-fidelity mockups that provide visual structure to the functional requirements of your app. The focus with wireframes is on aesthetics and user experience rather than color schemes and patterns.

2.       Style guides lead to the design approach of an app. Creating a style guide early in the mobile app development process increases the effectiveness of the mobile app developers. Simultaneously, adhering to a style guide will help keep the app's look and feel consistent. Device design guidelines from Apple for iOS apps and Google for Android apps should be considered as part of the app design.

3.       Mockups, also known as high-fidelity templates, are the final digital renderings of your app. Mockups are made by slapping the style guide onto the app wireframes. As the design of your app nears completion, expect further changes to its information architecture, workflow, and aesthetics. Adobe Photoshop is the most widely used software for making high-fidelity mockups.

4.       Prototypes are extremely useful for simulating the user interface and app workflows that will be delivered in the final product. Mockups, which use static templates to demonstrate the functionality of your mobile app, can be transformed into click-through prototypes using software such as Invision and Figma.

  • App Development Planning is still an important part of the mobile app development process at this point. Back-end/server technology, API(s), and the mobile app front-end are all essential components of a typical mobile app project.

1.       Back-End/Server Technology - This section contains database and server-side artifacts needed for your mobile app's supporting functions. If you're using an existing back-end platform, you can need to make some changes to accommodate the desired mobile features. 

2.       API - An Application Programming Interface (API) is a way for the app to communicate with a back-end server/database. 

3.   Mobile App Front-End - The native mobile app that an end-user can use is the front-end. Mobile apps are immersive user interfaces that make use of an API and a back-end to manage data. When an app needs to enable users to operate without internet access in certain situations, the app can use local data storage.

  •  Testing

Thorough quality assurance (QA) testing during the mobile app development phase ensures that the apps are stable, functional, and reliable. To ensure thorough QA testing of your software, you must first plan test cases that cover all aspects of app testing.

To have a high-quality mobility solution, the app should go through the following testing procedures.

1.       User Experience Testing - Your app's visuals, workflow, and interactivity will give your end users a first-hand experience of your app.

2.       Functional Testing - The aim of functional testing is to ensure that your app's features and functionality are usable by users without any problems. It is further subdivided into device testing (how the app works as a whole) and unit testing (individual functions of the app operating correctly).

3.       Performance Testing - There are several quantitative metrics that can be used to assess the success of your app.

¨       How well does your app respond to user input?

¨       How quickly do the app's screens load?

¨       Is your software causing memory leaks or exhausting the phone's battery?

¨       Is your app making good use of network bandwidth?

¨       Is your app taking up more space than it should?

4.       Testing for Security - For business mobile applications, security is of the utmost importance. Any possible flaw can lead to a hack. Many businesses employ third-party firms to conduct extensive security testing on their applications. A few easy steps can be taken by your QA and development teams to protect your app.

5.       Device and Platform Testing - This is where testing during the mobile app development process varies greatly from testing during the web app development process. You can get away with just checking your web app in a Windows environment using the Chrome browser. However, the mobile app must be checked on a variety of mobile devices or computer simulators to ensure that it works properly for all users.

6.       Support & Deployment - To release a native mobile app, you must first upload it to the app stores, which are the Apple App Store for iOS apps and Google Play for Android apps. However, before you can launch your mobile app, you must first create a developer account with the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

The launching of an app in the app store necessitates the preparation of metadata, which includes:

¨       The name of your app

¨       Detailed description

¨       Classification

¨       Keywords

¨       Launch Icon

¨       Screenshots from the app store

When submitted to the Apple App Store, iOS applications undergo a review period that can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on the nature of the app and how closely it adheres to Apple's iOS development guidelines. If your software needs users to log in, as part of the release process, you must provide Apple with a test user account.

Android applications do not go through a review process, and they are available in the app store within a few hours of being submitted.

After your app is available in app stores, track its use using mobile analytics platforms and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to determine its progress. Check crash reports and other user-reported problems on a regular basis. App creation is a continuous process that will begin after the initial launch as you collect user reviews and add new features.

 

  Apr 14, 2021       by Adekunle Oludele       151 Views

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