Mobile Apps are a need for every business these days, for obvious reasons. You too might have lots of ideas pondering in your head. However, building your first mobile app can be challenging. Hence, to get you started, we’ve compiled 10 easy steps to help you out with your first App design and development.
Step 1: Get an idea.
You need a full-fledged idea to get started with something. If you already have an idea, jump to the second step. If not, begin here. To build an app, you must have an app idea. And, to have an app idea, you should think of your problems.
Think for a while! What led you to create your products and/or services? Definitely, problems! Say, to communicate with your friends or relatives, you got a phone. You wanted to travel from one place to another, you got a car. Hence, look for problems in your daily or corporate life. Create a list of all the problems and start thinking on how you can resolve them. Shortlist the solutions that make the most sense.
Step 2: Recognize the need
Not every problem can give rise to a valid app idea. Hence, validating them can prove that a demand for your app exists. To validate your idea, you can use the Google Keyword Planner tool. This will help you get an idea on the number of people looking out what you’re trying to do.
Step 3: Plan out the features and flow
By validating your app idea, you come to know that you’ve got something that people need. Once you get a clear idea of the need and purpose of your app, next step is to detail your app onto a document. You can also use a Wire framing tool if you want to go an extra mile. Always remember to be as detailed as possible when putting your idea down on paper. Stick to the flow: how the user will navigate the app, what all features would be there, etc. This is an important part of your mobile app development process.
Step 4: Eliminate non-core features
Once you’re done with preparing the flow and features document of your app, determine the features that you can remove. Emphasize only on the core value of your app idea. Remove those “flowery” features from your version as these can always be added later as app updates. Eliminating the non-core features will not only help keep the initial developmental costs down, but also help you get to market faster.
Step 5: Put design first
Many entrepreneurs have a misconception that app design means the look of the app and hence they emphasize more on the “face” of their app. However, top mobile app development companies know that app design is also about how a user will experience the app. Hence, when you work on the design o your mobile app, make sure to design its interface keeping the ease-of-use of your user in mind.
Step 6: Hire an app development company
Look for a mobile app development company with adequate industry experience, unique design talent and a reliable development team. Research thoroughly about their credibility and the mobile apps they have created so far. Hire them only if you like their portfolio.
Step 7: Create Developer Accounts
At this stage of your app development, register for a developer account with a particular app store like Google Play Store to be able to sell your app through its platform. Go through their prices terms and conditions well and decide accordingly.
Step 8: Incorporate analytics
To keep a track of your app downloads, user interest and retention, analytics is a great tool. Make sure you use reliable and efficient tools such as Flurry, which is available for free.
Step 9: Collect feedback and improvise
Feedback on anything leaves you with a great scope of improvising. Hence, once your app goes live on the chosen app store, evaluate the usage and behaviour of the first set of customers to get an idea of the shortcomings of your app. Work on them to improve and enhance your app. Keep a constant check on user feedback for enhancements and changes in future also.
Step 10: Introduce features
At last, you can evaluate and enhance the basic version of your app by introducing the remaining features. Evaluate your analytics and customer feedback to know what features are relevant and useful.
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.