Building mobile application involves rigorous up-front design, QA testing, usability testing, a full beta lifecycle. This article outlines the process followed for mobile app design and development –
Step 1: Ideation & Research
All apps start with an idea, refine that idea into a solid basis for an application. An idea can only be converted into a successful mobile application if it solves a genuine problem of the target audience who will eventually download and use the app. Therefore, the idea has to be feasible, and the feasibility of the idea can be determined by conducting market research, performing a competitors’ analysis, and establishing well-defined goals and objectives within a timeline.
Step 2: Designing
Design the Code. This is a multi step process. The user experience (UX) designer architects the interaction between design elements, while the user interface (UI) designer builds the look and feel of your app. Form a blueprint and visual direction, informing your engineers of the envisioned final product and about how interaction should move, feel and flow.
Step 3: Building a Prototype
Build a prototype. Now that you have your target group, your budget, your features, and your timeline figured out, it’s time to actually start working on the visualization of the functionality of the app and its user interface. Even though the prototype is barely a minimum viable product, it is important that it is built with the utmost care because the prototype will be the foundation on which the developers build your app.
Step 4: Testing
Mobile app testing is something that you need to do early in the app development process because it becomes more expensive to fix glitches. Ensure that you test out every feature in every phase because something that worked in the alpha phase may not work just as well in the release phase, and it’s also important that you keep referring to the original planning documents for different cases. At every iteration, you can perform various types of tests such as Functional Testing, Usability Testing, Performance Testing, Regression Testing, & User Acceptance Testing.
Step 5: Launch
Your app is ready for a formal launch. As your application gets in the hands of users, feedback will pour in, and you will need to incorporate that feedback into future versions of the app. Every app will need updates and new features. Typically, as soon as the first version of the app is released, the development cycle begins anew.
Step 6: Post-Launch
Post-launch monitoring, analytics, constantly updating the app for fixing bugs and crashes, social media listening, checking reviews and responding to them – all of these are important steps that follow through after the launch of an app.