Developing mobile applications such that they can withstand tough competition, is a long journey and a big commitment. In 7 steps we'll show you how to build mobile apps that don't burn out in the market.
7 Steps for Developing Mobile Applications
1. Road Mapping
You can’t start a journey if you don’t know where you want to go. Before developing an application we need to keep in mind what we require as the end product. We sit with our team and discuss at length the documents that our client has filled for us; the project questionnaire and app requirement document.
At the end of this discussion, we should have with us all the specs of functional and non-functional requirements, specs of constraints, and data model.
2. DesigningAfter deciding what specifications we want for our app and having a clear product idea we can proceed towards designing the structure of the code and the graphics interface of the application. This step will determine our use cases, screen-flow, API specifications, wireframes, app code design, and other technical specs.
3. User Interface Designing
We use graphic design elements to breathe life into our wireframes. We try to finalize the screens at this point and prepare graphics for different use cases. After we’ve decided upon the GUI design, we test it for usability and efficiency under different use cases and make necessary changes wherever required.
How this step helps us is that it gives us an app prototype, test cases, and finalized design specs for graphics interface.
4. Development of the Mobile Application
We start with development once we are satisfied with the app architecture and finalized the GUI design. When we code the app, we require to have an operational server to debug the client-server exchanges.
We also revise and make improvements to the existing set of functions stemming from test cases that were detailed in the original requirement. From this step, we get our alpha version, beta version, and if everything goes well, a release candidate is ready to go online.
5. Acceptance Testing and ReleaseOnce we’re done developing mobile applications, we work with the client to validate its usability and functionality according to the test cases agreed before. Before release, we prepare appropriate textual and visual launch materials or help our client to do so, depending on which party is doing promotions. We launch the application at this step and wait for statistics.
6. Release and SupportThe mobile application needs utmost attention after release. It requires continuous technical support to help users with any problems they face while using our mobile application or it needs bugs to be identified and fixed. At this step we prepare SLA reports, defect logs and patch delivery plan.
7. Further Development
We track performance for various parameters of effectiveness by using app metrics. Conversions at various stages are aggregated into data that helps us improve and enhance the performance of our mobile application.
So, once the app is developed you need to ensure that consumers discover and download your app in the face of such a large crowd. To learn, go through the app marketing strategy by DesignRush.
Let's see some Best Practices for Mobile Apps Deployment
Once the user has installed the app, you should try to reduce uninstalls, provide the best user experience, keep up with the competition, and maximize long-term financial rewards.
Maintaining your mobile application on a regular basis in order to establish a long-term brand picture in the eyes of your users.
Here's a rundown of long-term app development recommended practices:
1. Know your mobile app's performance: Keep an eye on the different loading kinds, as well as any lags or responsiveness concerns. This will assist you in staying prepared for your analytics report. Examine your retention and churn statistics, as well as your usage trends.
2. Keeping your user interface up to date: It is another strategy to keep your mobile app in good shape. Customers align themselves with changing fashions, trends, habits, and other critical app elements that must be updated on a regular basis. Customers may increasingly favor other competitive apps with identical functionality if you maintain your app interface the same.
3. Test app compatibility: Make sure your app is compatible with the most recent software and hardware changes. Every year, a new version of the mobile operating system is introduced. Consider how many mobile devices, and thus your software, can be upgraded to the current version of that operating system.
4. Keep the Bugs away: Bugs are an unavoidable component of mobile app development. Fixing issues demonstrates your trust and commitment to your users, as well as your mobile phones.
5. Keep your app updated with fresh features on a regular basis: It can be done by watching how consumers engage with your software. With the information you've gathered, you can figure out what's working and what isn't for your user.
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