By end of 2022, mobile apps are projected to generate approximately $693 billion in revenue via app stores and in-app advertising. What’s more, enterprise mobility is estimated to be worth $810.39 billion by 2023.
While many companies are trying to take advantage of this trend, many doesn’t concentrate or focus on creating a successful app. To create a successful app you have to create a robust mobile app development process.
Creating a mobile app development process is a guarantee for a robust mobile app. Broadly we have broken down development process in following steps:
1. Define your idea precisely
The first phase of the mobile app development process is defining your idea precisely. On an average mobile apps cost somewhere around $100,000 – $150,000 and can take anywhere from four to six months to develop. A precise idea will help you to focus your vision on a clear picture of your app.
At this stage, your app idea starts taking shape and turns into an actual project. After you have identified the requirements for your app, prepare a product roadmap. This includes prioritising things to be launched in alpha and beta launches respectively.
Part of the planning phase also includes resource planning as for example, iOS and Android mobile platforms use different development technology stacks. If your goals are to build an app for both iOS and Android mobile platforms then, your mobile development team should include iOS developers and Android developers.
3. UI / UX Design
The purpose of an app’s design is to deliver seamless and effortless user experiences with a polished look.The success of a mobile app is determined based on how well users are adopting and benefiting from all its features. The goal for mobile app UI / UX design is creating excellent user experiences making your app interactive, intuitive, and user-friendly.
4. App Development
This is the most important phase where you actually start the development process. Implementing some tools like CI/CD which helps in faster app deployments.
Continuous integration (CI) & Continuous deployment (CD) are software development practices born out of the DevOps movement. They make the process of building, testing and releasing apps efficiently which helps to distribute apps to users more quickly than traditional methods.
A CI/CD pipeline enables teams to deliver apps at faster pace & get timely feedback on their latest changes. CI/CD pipelines make it easy to monitor your apps and also help team to perform app functioning at a high level.
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5. Rigorous Testing
Performing thorough quality assurance (QA) testing during the mobile app development process makes applications stable, usable, and secure. To ensure comprehensive QA testing of your app, you need to check it regularly. Also, creating some test cases can reduce the effort and improve productivity. Below are some questions one can use for measuring the performance app.
- How well is the app responding to the user requests?
- How fast are the app’s screens loading?
- Is your app draining the phone battery or causing memory leaks?
- Does your app leverage network bandwidth efficiently?
- Is the size of your app bigger than what it should be?
Once everything above is done you are ready to launch your app. Once submitted in the Apple App Store, iOS apps go through a review process which may take from a few days to several weeks depending on the quality of your app and how closely it follows Apple’s iOS development guidelines. There isn’t any review process with Android apps, and they become available in the app store within a few hours of submission.
After your app becomes available in the app stores, monitor its usage through mobile analytics platforms and track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for measuring your app’s success. Frequently check crash reports, or other user reported issues.
Encourage users to provide feedback and suggestions for your app. Prompt support for end-users and frequently patching the app with improvements will be vital to keeping users engaged.