5 Steps of Mobile App Development

Mobile apps have never been more popular. With the rise in smartphones and tablets, the demand for mobile apps and the need for an app developer company has also gone through the roof. This is mostly because of convenience.

So many apps

There is an app for everything today (though there is not one to tell you that the next Iron Man or Star Wars movie is not worth seeing), from delivering grocery to your doorstep to booking a cab to helping you track your weight loss goals. There is an app that lets you track your child’s safety while they are at school and another app that lets you check if your vehicle is safe in the parking lot while you are in the office.

What is next?

It is with the help of such mobile apps that virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri are able to provide you with information and make conversation with you. Needless to say, mobile app developers are always working on the next big application.

While we are too busy using and enjoying these apps, have we ever wondered what the process of developing a mobile app is like? The process is often long and tedious but the result is the hundreds of different apps for our convenience. Let’s take a look at what goes into the making of a mobile app:

1. Research

First, the mobile app development services company needs to figure out how the proposed ideas can be merged into one functional mobile app. Besides incorporating the brand into the design and the functionality, the developer must also consider the difference between how people use a mobile website and how they use a mobile app.

Next the developer and the team also need to establish how the proposed app will function on a given platform and device.

2. Prototype

A prototype is a rough, preliminary version of the final app. Until the developer builds the first prototype there is no way to know how the app will eventually function or how it will look or how the customers are going to receive it.

That is why the first goal of any mobile app developer is to build a prototype. It gives the developer and the team a salient idea about how the app is shaping up and what needs to be changed. Sometimes a prototype is also released for the audience to try out and give their feedback on.

3. Design and develop

Mobile app designing refers to the appearance or the aesthetics, while development refers to the software running the app. Although both the design and development begin very early on in the process it can only be properly done once the research has been completed and an initial prototype has been built.

4. Testing

Once the app has been designed and developed it needs to be tested for any malfunction before being released. A test version of the app can be released to the audience and feedback can be sought. If there are any malfunctions or issues it can be expensive to fix them later once the app has been released. Therefore they should be fixed in the testing phase.

5. Deployment

The final step for mobile app developers is deploying the app or making it live. However once the app is being downloaded and used by people feedback will start pouring in as well as complaints. Therefore the developer must be ready to address all the complaints and fix what is not right with the app.