Undoubtedly, we are living in the mobile era where many of us depend on the mobile apps for our day-to-day tasks like paying bills, buying things, booking tickets and much more. With a wide range of mobile apps that came into existence over the years in the app stores, users prefer to choose the app that offers best features among all. Developing a successful mobile app is not an easy task but with proper planning and right developers that follow all the important phases of the development cycle, it is possible to build the outstanding app.
Here are the important phases of app development cycle that every Mobile App Company should be aware of:
- Research & Planning
The first task during the development phase of the app is to have proper planning with thorough research. Know the aim of the app, for which audience you are making it, the platform you will use or the app will be free or paid.
- Concept Definition
After planning, visualize your ideas about the app and create rough sketches on whiteboard or templates. It will help in uncovering usability issues and rectify any issues with the help of feedbacks taken from relevant people.
- Technical Feasibility
Ensure that the backend systems support the app’s functionality and to check if your idea about the app is technically feasible, get access to the usable data either by sourcing public API or build own abstract layer.
- Create Prototype
It is important to build the prototype of the app to see how it will work and get an experience of using it. You can use rough wireframes, take feedback from the stakeholders & implement the changes if required.
- Designing App
Before proceeding towards the iOS & Android App Developers for coding, designing the app is necessary. The UI designer will build the look & feel of the app while UX designer will create the interaction architecture of design elements.
- Develop using Agile Approach
After the app design is done, start developing it with the right partner. The most preferred development approach is an agile strategy as it provides rapid iteration benefits as per the changes needed with collaboration & transparency.
- Testing App
Carry out the testing procedure to get approval before the final release of the app. You can go for either UAT testing with the help of some target users or BETA testing by making the app available for beta trial.
The last stage is to launch the app in the App store & make it available for the public use. Market your release with attractive write ups, promotional article, emails & social media posts to spread the news about your app.
Developing a dedicated mobile app has become an essential part of any business’s success. Make sure that you choose the best IT firm that follows the above-discussed development stages & achieve the success you expect from your mobile app. However, regular updates and new features must be added from time to time after the completion of the development cycle, as it will enhance the usage rate of the app.