How to nail an outstanding mobile app development process?

We are living in a world where mobile apps have become an inevitable asset. From being an inevitable asset to being an essential success mantra that propels businesses on top gear, mobile apps are evolving day by day to be up-to-date with recent trends. Therefore it is vital to see that it is up and running round the clock.  To have an outstanding mobile app, one must pay close attention to the mobile app development process itself. Focusing on the details of the mobile app development process plays an important role in developing first-class mobile apps for businesses. Let’s explore the step by step process of mobile app development in this article.

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Mobile App Development –  Step by Step Process

Developing a mobile-based application needs to be carefully planned and executed. The following step by step strategy should explain the mobile app development process in detail. 

1.1. Define Clear Objectives

Defining clear objectives is the very first step as well as the most important step while developing a mobile app. When you discuss with a mobile app development company, you need to list down the objectives of your mobile app. When it comes to the business world, you might either fall under a product based company or service-based company, and depending on that, you need to define the clear objectives of your mobile app. 

1.2. Orchestrate a Strategy

Once the objectives are defined, the next step is to orchestrate a strategy to make the objectives work. The following insights will help you to strategize:

  1. Knowledge about your target audience
  2. Thorough background sweep of your competitors
  3. Market analysis to find out the knowledge gap
  4. Mobile app development platform selection
  5. The technology used in the mobile app development process

The above pieces of information will help you to polish and finetune your objectives even more. Therefore having a solid strategy helps you to carry out the mobile app development process without any confusion. 

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1.3. Analyze and Make a Plan

When you are in this stage, you will have a clear vision of your objectives and strategies and will start to work on the functionalities that your app will have. Analyzing the requirements of your app is crucial in this stage because that will help you lay the milestones of the entire mobile app development process. It is good to have a minimum-viable-product (MVP) design at this stage. 

The other essential plans that are required to be figured out at this juncture are the skillsets required to build your mobile app from the mobile app development company’s point of view. This is due to the fact that different mobile app development platforms have different technologies involved. So, you need to make sure that you have the required talents on board to build your mobile app on both the iOS and Android app development platforms.

1.4. Work on the UI/UX Design

User experience is very important in the present day scenario. A complicated UI/UX design will create an aversion using your mobile app. Therefore it is essential to make sure that you keep the UI/UX design a top priority because it determines the sustainability of your mobile app after it is released in the market. You can make use of the multiple online mobile UX testing tools that are available to simulate and test your logic and designs. Also, you need to be mindful of the following technical aspects while you work on the UI/UX design:

  1. The Data/Information Architecture and Workflow need to be carefully crafted since it is all about the content/information that is displayed and collected from the users that matter.
  2. While Sketching/Wireframing, attention to detail makes a huge difference. Since wireframes are digital sketches, designing layouts with details including aesthetics and user experience comes in handy.
  3. Layout guide stating the details of the font, color theme, and design outlook of your mobile app works wonders to enhance the overall UI/UX design.
  4. Adobe Photoshop is used to depict Mock-ups and it gives the first visual feel of how your mobile app will look like. 
  5. Viewing the ‘Prototype’ using online mobile UX testing tools helps a lot in the early stages of the mobile app development process.

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1.5. Develop the Mobile App

This step involves extensive coding and is a crucial step for the mobile app development company that is working on your mobile app. It is important to define the architecture and stack of the technology that is used to build the mobile app in this step. Also, setting doable milestones is vital here. The following important technical aspects to be taken care of in this step are:

  1. Back-end/Server Technology Support that supports all the functionalities of your mobile app and the API (Application Programming Interface) that serves as a bridge between the app and the back-end server.
  2. Front-end of the mobile app that is more interactive and works on minimal data/wifi.

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1.6. Embrace Agile Technology

Agile Technology is profoundly used in the IT industry now due to the fact that it is essential to stay updated at all costs. Agile technology focuses on incorporating new changes on the go. Extensive digitalization is coming up with new updates regularly and it has become a mandate to stay updated else there is a chance of becoming outdated. Therefore it is very important that you embrace the agile technology in your mobile app development process. 

1.7. Test and Troubleshoot

Testing and troubleshooting is the ultimate next step to check if your mobile app is working fine. The mobile app development company’s QA team will have an upper hand in this step. The mobile app is tested and troubleshot for the following:

  1. Functional Testing in which all the functionalities of your mobile app is tested.
  2. Compatibility Testing in which the app is tested for the working condition on multiple app development platforms
  3. Implementation/Installation Testing in which the app is tested for the proper download and install process from the Google App Store, Apple App Store, and website.
  4. Usability Testing in which the mobile app’s user-friendliness is tested.
  5. Performance Analysis Testing in which the mobile app is tested for the performance in terms of Device, Servers/APIs, and Networks.
  6. Security Testing in which the mobile app is tested on the basis of security issues in terms of the data collected through the mobile app.
  7. Manual Testing in which the mobile app is subjected to complex and exploratory tests for the physical interfaces of the mobile app by the QA team and the others. 
  8. Localization Testing in which the mobile app is tested for UI/UX in terms of language, cultural graphics, etc.
  9. Mobile Device Testing wherein the mobile app is tested for the holistic working along with the hardware part (the mobile device itself). Sophisticated testing based on location-based services, interruptions, NFC (Near Field Communications) Payments, Biometrics is carried out in this test.
  10. Automated Testing is carried out in parallel with manual testing to ensure the quality and proper working conditions of the mobile app and it is carried out based on the design, workflow, framework, infrastructure, validation of test results and defects, and monitoring the response to noise tests. 

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1.8. Quality Check and Analysis (Beta Version Release)

Once your mobile app undergoes rigorous testing, it is all set for the final quality check analysis and then the beta version release can be planned out. The QA team of the mobile app development company checks for the details and makes sure that the mobile app is error-free and then gives the green signal for the Beta Version Release. 

1.9. Final Deployment and Release

Once the app stores of Google and Apple review your mobile app and signals ‘go’, then your mobile app is ready to be deployed and released. After release, mobile app usage is checked through mobile analytics platforms and its performance is monitored by Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). In this step, you need to insist on getting feedback from the users so that you can check for the performance of your mobile app and troubleshoot when required.  

1.10. After-release Debug Strategy

It is always good to have a strategy for taking care of your mobile app after the official release. You need to frequently check the user-reported issues and crash reports. Constantly monitor the performance of your mobile app through analytics platforms. Always be open to new updates in the market and cross-check if your mobile app is updated in accordance with the new updates and market trends. These strategies help you to make sure that your mobile app stays updated and is up and running always.

 

After-release Debug Strategy

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2. Finally…

Mobile app development is not a one time job, rather it needs continuous attention and monitoring to make sure that it is working round the clock and year. From defining clear objectives to debugging after-release, mobile app development is an ongoing process that requires your attention to minute details. Following the above-mentioned steps helps you to develop a successful mobile app. 

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