The more the mobile technology is advancing, the more the market demands of diverse mobile apps are increasing almost following an exponential graph. Today, both iOS and Android platform has their own huge market and most of the mobile application developers are devoting themselves to build user-centric, feature-rich and business-driven applications for mobile devices. Here is a 5-step checklist that would help you to develop stellar mobile apps smoothly.
#1 Clearly Define Goals and Requirements
The first step is to set a well-defined and proper goal so that you can chalk out a plan on how to reach that goal. If you do not preset the goal clearly, you might get lost at the halfway! Once you know what you want in your mobile application, what features what benefits the users are going to get using your app, you can go ahead with the development process. Before starting with the development process, another important thing to decide is on which platform you want to build the application.
#2 UX Aspect
To build a successful mobile application, you need to pay special attention to the UX aspect. This defines or makes sure that the users can have a good app experience. Even if your app is top-notch at its looks, design and graphics, until and unless it can offer the app users a satisfactory experience, it cannot gain that much success in today’s vying market. For the mobiles that have a touchscreen interface, it is advisable for the developers to devise multi-touch gestures so that the app users can smoothly navigate it. Apart from being user-friendly, developers need to make that application aesthetically appealing as well.
#3 Development Process
This part is mostly about writing the coding part. Creating a proper prototype, gaining approval from clients in the case of building custom applications – everything is part of this development phase. The developers should have in-depth expertise in using the programming language along with the updated tools. According to your requirements, they can integrate different web services, can link the mobile app to cloud storage of backend along with integrating the social sites, payment gateway etc.
#4 Thorough Testing
There are several parts of this testing phase – QC Checking, UAT (User Acceptance Testing) and Unit Testing. With the help of a simulator, the developers and the designers can effortlessly test the developed application to check whether any error or any bug is present or not. Before launching the app in the app store, this thorough testing stage makes sure that quality of the app is as per the market standard and it is free from any kind of technical glitches.
This is the last stage of the development process. In this phase, the newly built app appears live in the app store. This step includes distribution of apps as well.
Well, another crucial thing is to market this newly launched mobile app. Without a well-planned and quality marketing strategy, even a feature-rich and impressive app fail to do satisfactory business that it should have in this competing market. Hence, jotting down a smart marketing strategy for the freshly developed application is utterly vital.