Mobile app development lifecycle is virtually identical to the software development lifecycle. However, an app might be simple enough to be developed in just a day or can be extremely complicated that require months of design and developing work. Whether small or big, every android project contains these fundamental steps of development that both an entry-level and an experienced developer should be aware of.
The best mobile app development companies in USA have now begun to hire mobile app developers that have a deep knowledge of their field. Knowledge of SDLC is now a must. An app should exactly depict the idea of the client and must be smooth, efficient, and usable from the user’s perspective. It is notable that a mobile app is an outcome of the combined efforts of developers, designers, content writers, and testers. Thus, paucity in any lifecycle phase may cause a lot of rework and blunder.
No doubt, none project has been ever completed without the slightest of problems. Bugs are inevitable. The basic thing that distinct top-notch technocrats from the common ones are their attentiveness to immaculately accomplish every phase separately. Let’s have a look at the different phases of the mobile app development lifecycle:
- The Concept
The commencement of the development of a mobile app basically starts with three things: An Idea, research, and initial blueprint. The world we know now has become completely different than the one we used to know 15 years back. There were always creative people. But, unlike earlier times, now great ideas don’t stay buried in the grave of the brain. The information era, where one great mobile app can generate millions of revenue in a short span of time, people have become to embodies their ideas. Things you should consider before going forward are:
- Check if something with the same concept is already available out there?
- If yes, then what advantages your app offer over them?
- If it wasn’t your app, would you still install and use it?
- How much bigger audience may get benefits from it?
Once all these questions are answered with satisfaction, you can be sure to take your next step.
Once you determine what your app is all about, the next step is the design phase. App marketing experts emphasize on the design of an app over and over again. It is the primary thing that makes the first impression on your possible long-term user. If the design is unnecessarily dubious and the in-app navigation is not smooth then your app has a high chance in getting rejected, irrespective of its usability.
There are apps that users like to keep in their phones even if they are only moderately useful because of their amazing design.
For UX design a designer can avail various wireframes including Mockingbird and Balsamiq. For various platforms such as Apple, Android, and Blackberry, the structure of wireframe may slightly differ. However, the basic functionalities remain the same.
Once an immaculate UX is created, it’s time to design an equally amazing UI (User Interface) design. Because that’s what will compel the users to do or buy what you want them to. Make sure your design satisfies the following points:
- A professional appearance.
- No too many vibrant colors.
- Easy color based navigation and app map.
- No dead ends.
Mobile app development is one of the first phases that starts taking place right after the initial blueprint of the app. The development team starts making its development strategy while keeping up with the pace of designing and planning team. While developing, one need to make sure that no mistakes are allowed since the tiniest of the bug can turn off the interest of a user. Broken links, long loading time, in-app purchase glitches, and a plethora of ads negatively impact the reputation of an app.
Testing and Stabilization
The testing phase is what the boost a mobile app from a prototype to a fully-functional, impeccable app-store beast. Even with the extreme consciousness and attention, there are always the little guys whom no one loves to see: Bugs. These bugs, if not detected during the stabilization process, can cause major damage to the apps or may invite hackers to show off their highly-discouraged magic.
A tester looks out for the crashes, payment problems, security loopholes, smoothness over a number of platforms, and overall performance of a mobile app before showing it a green light. The usual phase of testing combines prototype, alpha, beta, and final version.
There are some testing deployment options which can make it easier for a tester to gather user feedback on the performance of the app. Some of the most popular are Testflight, Vessel, LaunchPad, and Hockeyapp.com. Some of them support multiple number platforms and others, such as LaunchPad, are platform-specific.
The part the client awaits the most. A successful launch of a mobile app is not only a big day for the development team but also for the person who sowed the seeds of the idea for a planned bloom. Nowadays, when multi-platform apps are in the vogue, it has become a trend to launch an app on a number of major app stores such as google play store, iTunes, Windows app store, and BlackBerry stores.
Apart from these, you can reach a broader range of audience if you make your app visible on AppBrain, Amazon App Store, GetJar, and Handango.
Rahul Mathur is the founder and managing director of ARKA Softwares, a company renowned for its outstanding mobile app development and web development solutions as well as specialized in Android and iOS app development. Delivering high-end modern solutions to all over the globe, Rahul takes pleasure in sharing his experiences and views on latest technological trends.