Steps for Mobile Application Development

When we want to turn an idea into reality and develop a technology project we have several alternatives as already used in the commercial solutions that best suits the needs of the project or develop a custom application for a project, both are radically different in the performance. If you are looking for the second alternative, the let us explain the steps to take to make a mobile app:

Functional definition of the app

The project must be well defined as the functionality is required to fulfill its duties.

If you cannot do it alone, then hire professionals to define a mobile app. This will prevent unforeseen development that always make the projects more expensive. Hence, you should have everything fully defined before you start anything.

Cost of development

Once you have define the project, you need to know how much it costs, so you can jump into the development phase. To do this, you will need to contact companies developing mobile apps and agree on a time and price for the development of the app.

Both the terms and the price will depend entirely on the features and type of development chosen, because it is not the same (and a project of the same quality is obtained) to develop hybrids, or that the project requires a complex mobile oriented backend or not even require this part.

Planning

It is the first phase of app development. Here you to have a program with a breakdown of all activities to be performed (from design to final testing), the estimated time of hours you will spend and establishing human means who will be dedicated to achieve the objectives that have been proposed.

The planning must continuously have to reflect:

  • Loader, Software, licenses etc. that are to be used
  • Graphics-needs assets and deadlines for reception
  • Customer-needs-dependent and to make them available dates
  • Changes That may occur during the development of the app

Note: Good planning and updating is key to the proper development of the mobile application and put into operation on schedule.

Design UI/UX

Prior to the implementation, it is necessary to have fully defined structural design of the app and behavior. For this design, software like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop are used and then prototyped as Envision that show the appearance and usability of the application.

The design consists of both making the appearance and usability and in the correct application of the guidelines.

The design of mobile app is one of the most important phases.

Development

This phase will be done according to the technology that has been chosen to use for each platform. Programming and development environments shall be consistent with it (Eclipse, Xcode, Visual Studio…) always remember that you can develop native and hybrid apps, and will take more effort to work according to the above.

This is logical because if it is decided to develop a native application and at the same time it is a cross-platform (Android, iOS and Windows Phone), specialist engineers will be needed in each of these areas, as Android is programmed in Java, iOS Objective-C and Windows Phone in C #. If the project also requires backend, a content manager and site engineer with expertise in PHP or Java, SQL and HTML5 will be needed.

In view of the above, the development team of an application can get to be composed of five computer engineers (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Backend, and Frontend) and a designer, besides the project director to coordinate them all. Hence the cost of an app is totally dependent on technology that we use in the development and complexity of the project itself.

Application Testing

Once developed the app you need to make a thorough testing of all parts. The testing can be divided into:

Functional Test: To ensure that the application works as it should and follow all functions.

Performance Test: to verify that the application behavior under certain conditions (multiple simultaneous access requests, underinsured, low battery…) is correct.

Distribution prelaunch

Before the climb to the mobile application market, you may make distributions. Android can be done using the beta Android development environment available in the developer console and for iOS use Testflight.

Implementation and distribution

The last step is to upload it to the markets of corresponding applications. For this last step we must digitally sign the apps with developer account, create certificates for push notifications (if the app takes this implemented functionality), compile the package and upload it to Google Play, App Store, Windows Marketplace and prepare the other necessary requirements such as images, logos, descriptions etc. Required by the markets of apps.

Promotion

One of the most important steps and should do so before the end of the development and once it is published. Promotion are all measures that will make an impact for the launch of the app that will help you to increase the visibility, increases downloads, positions in the rankings, and brings more downloads. We hope to clarify any doubts that you may have when you think to develop a mobile application.

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