Stages of Mobile App Development

Mobile App is the most used mode for any kind of online service in the world right now. As the number of smartphone users already reached almost 3.5 billion worldwide in 2020, the usage of mobile apps is sure to skyrocket in the coming years. As per a market research study, the app economy will be worth 6.3 trillion by 2021. 

Other than stats, a mobile app is becoming a necessity for any kind of business these days. Also, if you want to make your brand successful on a large level, you need an online presence and a mobile app is the handiest way for your presence. 

Mobile App Development is not a cakewalk, you need a step by step approach to create a successful mobile app. Midinnings, Mobile App Development Agency In Udaipur, can make your tedious jobs easy and can help you in getting your mobile app from your idea. 

1. Strategy

This is the first step to consider when you think to have an app for your business. In this step, you need to define the strategy for evolving your idea into a successful app. The objective for every app will be definitely different and every app has its own strategy and planning.  For any kind of app, you need to identify the app users, research the competitors, establish the app’s goals and objectives, select a mobile platform for your app.  Your strategy helps focus your vision on a clear picture of your app idea.

2. Analysis & Planning

In this stage, you need to go deeper from strategy to the planning stage and give shape to your idea. Once you identified your project requirements, prepare a roadmap. 

The roadmap includes prioritizing the app requirement and grouping them into delivery milestones. The planning phase also includes identifying all types of skills for your app development. You also need to finalize the platforms for your app while identifying the skills.

3. App Design (UI/UX )

The UI(User Interface) and UX(Experience Design) are two of the most crucial factors in the process of App Development. While UI is related to the visual appearance of the app, the UX is more of human interaction with the app. The purpose of an app’s design is to deliver a seamless and effortless user experience.

The design stage includes the following aspects:

Information Architecture & Workflows

Information architecture is the design framework, in which data, interface, and functionality of the app are defined. It includes the data that will be displayed to the user, the data it will collect, and the user journey within the app.

Workflow diagrams help in identifying the user interaction at every possible stage and the app’s navigation structure.

Wireframes

User Interface designing in the App Development process is known as a wireframe. Wireframes are digital forms of sketches that are conceptual layouts referred to as low-fidelity mockups. Creating wireframes is a quick and cost-effective approach for designing app layouts. 

Style Guides

Style guides are “living documents” where the app’s design standards, usability, and consistency are documented. Style guides include what font your app will use, what will be the colour scheme, How your company brand will be reflected through the app. A style guide provides various app functions, without which developing a high-quality app can be less efficient.

Mockups

Mockups are final renderings of your app’s visual design. Mockups are created by applying your style guide to the app wireframes and provide the interconnection between various elements of visual design, thus establishing the flow of the app. 

As the app design begins to get finalized, you can expect further modifications to its information architecture, workflow, and aesthetics.

Prototype

While mockups display the functionality of the app using static design, prototypes can provide a glimpse into the working of the app. A prototype is the rapid version of the originally intended app. While mockups are the dummy version of the app, prototypes provide a real feeling or demo of the app. Prototype development is usually time-consuming but it offers short testing of your app’s design.

4. App Development

The development phase includes multiple activities such as establishing the development environment, developing various parts of the code, preliminary testing, and creating the app that can be installed and tested. 

A mobile app project is made up of three integral part-

Back-End/Server Technology

It includes database and server-side objects, necessary for the mobile app functionality support. The server-side objects developed during this stage must be tested and configured with the other components of the apps.  

APIs

Application Programming Interface(APIs) contains pieces of software developed to communicate between the app and the back-end server/database. 

Mobile App Front-End

The front end is the side that the end-user interacts with. In most cases, mobile apps consist of interactive user experiences that use an API and back-end to manage data. 

We can use almost any web programming language and databases for the backend. For a native mobile app, a technology stack is required by each mobile OS platform. iOS apps can be developed using objective C or Swift programming language. Android apps are built using Java or Kotlin. 

Midinnings, as a Mobile App Development Company in Udaipur, develop hybrid apps that can be deployed on both platforms.

5. App Testing

Testing is a very important stage whether it’s App Development or Web Development. Testing lets you know the quality of your app and gives you an idea about how good or bad the functionality and performance of the app is. 

The testing phase may come between the development phase depending on the way app development and execution are planned. 

Testing is done to understand the flaws in the app and resolve them to optimize the app so that the end-user does not face issues while interacting with the app.

App Testing includes multiple types of testing like Functionality Testing, security testing, performance testing, and device & platform testing. 

The testing phase is completed when all the bugs and issues are resolved and the app is approved by the client for launch.

6. App Launch/Development

For this phase, the first thing you may require is the deployment of the backend before you publish your app on the various app stores for end users. You can also launch a beta version of your app for selected people to test the app and get feedback for the app.

To launch the app you need to publish it on the public app stores like google play store or Apple app store or you can also publish it on the enterprise store depending on your apps’ use.

While listing the app, you need to meet the various guidelines from every app store to get your app listed for end users. After you submit a request to publish your app on various platforms, the app undergoes a number of reviews to fulfil all the terms and conditions. Some stores like Apple App Store have more number of review stages than others. 

For android apps, there isn’t any review process, they become available within a few hours of submission.

7. App Support & Marketing

App Maintenance

One your app is published for the end-user, there might be some issues that you want to fix or sometimes you want to add some more functionality and keep your app updated. For this, you require a good app maintenance service team or provider. 

Midinnings helps you in app development as well as app maintenance.

Promoting the App

The major contribution to your app success depends on the marketing strategy used. You need to develop and execute a robust app marketing strategy as soon as your app is published. The strategy should include a plan to drive app discovery, increase organic installs and increase user engagement with a Digital Marketing Agency. 

Conclusion

Mobile App Development is an ongoing process and will continue after its initial launch as you receive feedback from the end-users. Midinnings has been a leading Mobile App Development Agency in Udaipur who can help you with the complete mobile app development process.

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