The mobile app industry is the fastest-growing segment in the tech market. It has become an integral part and fundamentally transformed every aspect of our lives. Google app store and app store are flooding with numerous mobile apps. It’s not an overnight task to create a successful mobile app that reflects your business idea to your potential customers in today’s time. It needs a significant amount of time and effort to create an app. When you plan to create a mobile app, you must integrate unique features and functionality to shine in the market. Mobile app development includes different phases, which contribute to creating a successful mobile app. here, in this article, we will provide you with the complete mobile app development lifecycle that would help you guide throughout your development journey.
7 Phases of the Mobile App Development Lifecycle 2020
1. Planning and Detailed Research
The first and most crucial phase of app development is planning and research. You need to properly research and find your potential users’ requirements in this phase. Another essential thing requires in this phase to look thoroughly at your competitors. While researching, you need to know the answers to the following questions:
- Who will be your potential users?
- Which platform will be beneficial for your application development?
- What are your other competitors offering to customers, and what your customers expecting from your app?
- Will your app be a paid one or a free one?
- What is your overall app development budget?
Above mentioned questions’ answers would help you to understand how you want your app to be in a better way.
The second step you need to do is wireframe the app to understand the app’s features and functionalities. You can take the support of numerous online tools to create wireframes for your app.
While doing this phase, make sure you build a roadmap or a storyboard to manifest how a user will use and explore your app.
Here are the following points you need to keep in mind while doing this phase:
- Focus on the user experience.
- Look for opportunities to incorporate your brand.
3. Assessing Technical Feasibility
Companies can gain an understanding of the app visuals through sketches of the conceptualized product to improve their ideas and arrange design components precisely. To assess whether the application’s concept is technically feasible or not, the app developers need access to public data through sourcing public application programming interfaces (APIs).
It is essential to understand that an app depending on its format (smartphone, tablet, wearables, etc.) and the platform (iOS, Android, etc.), will not have the same requirements. By the end of feasibility testing, the team may modify your wireframes and find technical limitations in the backend development process.
In technical feasibility, you should check
- What types of technology will we require?
- Is relevant technology sufficiently advanced to be easily applied to our complications?
- Do we currently possess crucial/suitable technology?
-if Yes, does it have the holding capacity to handle the solution?
-if no, …can it be acquired?
After finalizing the wireframes, and storyboard, it’s time to create an interactive and intuitive prototype.
Creating a prototype is one of the crucial steps that help you understand the system’s flow & allows you to assess design concepts, accumulate feedback, and identify dead links and flaws in the system flow.
Include the stack holders in this process and allow them to have the first look at your app to test and evaluate your prototype. Ask them for honest feedback about the app’s overall functionality and ease of use. If any shortcomings are identified, adapt the UI/UX to improve it.
Our team create the app prototype by following the four steps-
1.Creating a sketch- the first draft that sets up significant aspects – number of screens, logics, and collaboration approach.
2. Creating wireframes- providing the visualization of the draft app structure.
3. Creating a clickable prototype- helps to assess and analyze all possible use cases, discover technical contrarieties in the original idea.
4. Final design- gathering all wireframes and putting these together to get the final design.
5. Developing the App
Generally, the development of the app phase begins at the very initial stage. Right after you get the app idea, the developers need to create a prototype to validates the app’s functionality, assumption, features, and many more. In this phase, the app development flourishes to the best. It involves numerous steps and processes. It is essential to set up the actual storage, APIs, server for the backend of the app, etc. Additionally, the development process includes integrating the defined features into your app backend technology selection that is Opensource, Net, and so on.
There are numerous approaches available to complete the app development process, but agile is considered the most suitable approach. It helps developers with flexible planning, constant improvement, transparency, early deployment, and so on.
6. Testing the Mobile App
In mobile app development, it’s a wise decision to test the app early and often. Testing frequently helps developers to fix the bug at the initial stage when it occurs. Additionally, this will minimize your final costs as it requires a significant amount of money and effort to fix a bug.
Testing is a vast process so, make sure your app development team covers every aspect of it. These days testing of an app has become easier due to the online mobile UX design tool that helps to get real-time feedback and analytics. This feedback will help you to include what your app is missing from the user points of aspect.
7. Final App Launch
In this stage, your app is finally ready to launch among users. You need to submit your app to the respective app store for approval. Before submitting your app to the app store, make sure to follow all the app store’s rules and guidelines so that you don’t have to face any issues in the approval of the app.
However, it’s not the final stage of the app. You need to regularly update your app to fix the bugs and enhance the features.
TOP CHALLENGES CONCERNING MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT
While developing a mobile application, developers face several challenges. A few of them are listed below.
A. App Noticeability
There is pressure to develop apps that get recognized by users. We all want our developed apps to be downloaded by users. App Store Optimization(ASO) is a crucial step for unfolding a useful app to the users. ASO includes using phrases and keywords that direct people to a product. Another crucial aspect is icons and colors because these are the things that attract the user’s attention. Try to use the tempting icons and colors to enrich the appearance of the app and make the user convinced to click on your application and explore it.
B. Screen Variability
The screen sizes of the devices and hardware vary to a great extent. Don’t you ever design the app only for the popular and latest platform? Make sure that you create an app that runs on every possible device. Moreover, it is also essential to consider the major Operating System (OS)- Windows, Android, and iOS mainly. Every OS has its own design patterns and UI. A comprehensive testing phase can help you to handle technical OS issues. To address the problem, you can also release a beta version of the app.
C. Performance vs. Battery Life
After design and interaction, the other essential crucial factor is app performance and battery consumption. The major challenge of the app development process is to develop a bug-free application that consumes the minimum possible amount of battery. If your app consumes a high battery, there are high possibilities of users avoiding the app’s use. Creating an application that runs seamlessly on the potential device is an exceptional accomplishment on its own. To build an app that engages the audience is an arduous task, and any lag or slowness of the app is one of the major causes of user engagement.
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