Turning Your Mobile App Idea into Reality In 8 Steps
Every product you see in an app store started as an idea. You have the next killer app idea in mind, but you are stuck. You are stuck like the rest because you do not know how to make an app. In this article, you are going to learn how to bring your app idea to life in just eight steps.
Mobile app development should not hinder you from launching an app for use on your favorite operating system. There are certain things that you will need to learn, understand and do to make your app. One of them is putting your idea to paper.
Put Your Mobile Application Idea to Paper
An app idea is prone to be replaced and disappear if it stays longer in your mind. Furthermore, it lacks the attention it requires if it only remains an idea in an abstract world. You’ll only give it a physical or concrete existence if you put it to paper, it could be in words or picture form.
A tangible idea is easy to work on without distraction. According to developers and designers, you only need a pen and paper to sketch the app idea. Here, you will have to define how the app works and what features it will have.
A good app solves a problem, and it must do so well – other features are secondary. Your mobile application must be clear on what it does best.
Know Your Competition and Target Audience
Is your Mobile app idea viable? To get the best answer to this question, you need to do market research. Most people tend to skip this step and end up launching a product that most users shun due to lack of originality and purpose.
You need to ask yourself critical questions such as:
- Are there similar apps in the app stores?
- What does your target audience desire, want and need?
- What are your competitors doing to address demand?
- What gap are you filling in the marketplace with your app?
App Design with Mockups or Prototypes
Before you start building your app, you need to assemble your app idea into a mockup or prototypes. You can also use the information from the market research to optimize your app with features and design elements that improve user experience.
A mobile app mockup shows the basic features and spares you unnecessary details such as aesthetics. The prototype should display the functional parts of your application. The app layout, user interface (UI) and navigational flow are the three most important things that should feature in your sketches. You can do this with pen and paper or by using a mockup software.
Boost Your App with Graphics Design
This step takes care of the image, or visual representation of your mobile app is that you intend to use a GUI (Graphical User Interface).
There are three approaches for graphics design:
- Hire seasoned professional graphics designer
- Use a graphics template
- Learn how to do graphics design and do it yourself
The best thing about hiring an agency like 5280 Software LLC is that you do not have to worry about copyright, licensing and the quality of work. If you wish to create and customize your designs, then templates will spare you the time and cost of learning graphic design.
Develop with The Right Tools, Libraries and Frameworks
Now that you have your graphics ready and a clear picture of how it should like, it is time to build your app. The choice of tools and software depends on the type of app, Native or hybrid. For Native apps, you will have to be more specific with the platform you wish to use, iOS or Android.
If you are building an iOS app, then you will need to familiarize yourself with programming or coding languages such as XCode And Swift. On the other hands, to create an Android Native app, you will need to learn and build skills on using Kotlin, Java, C or C++ and C# languages.
The mobile app development you build and integrate parts of your app that you can see (front-end), and can’t see (Back-end). Here you will have to work on the layout, navigation, graphics, user interaction, animation, data processing, databases, networking, data storage, and user management.
If you wish to create the app on your own, then you will have to learn how to code. Hiring a professional coder saves time and gives you a quality product.
Testing Your Mobile App
Before you launch your app, it is essential that verify that there are no bugs. Android testing tools such as Experitest or Robotium Android are crucial in this stage of Mobile app development. You can also source a testing company that can use multiple devices and operating system versions to find bugs in your app. All mobile apps developed by 5280 Software LLC go through extensive testing to find bugs and errors. After these errors are corrected, more rounds of testing are done to make sure the app is bug free and performing optimally before launching on the app stores.
Launching Your Mobile App
Launching your app may not be the final step in turning your idea into reality. You should know that mobile app development is an iterative process, especially when you are using a Lean Development Methodology.
Launching your app is simple only if you follow the app store guidelines and get approval to publish the app Live. As you introduce your app to your potential users, you can focus on your target audience by using SEO and App Store optimization and making sure that it appears in the right category.
Improving with Marketing and Customer Feedback
A successful and productive app does what it is supposed to do, solve a problem. The high number of downloads and positive feedback are two indicators that your app is a success. Negative reviews will help you identify bugs and mistakes.
Marketing your app brings the app closer to your potential customer and get more people to use your app. You can do this by using a landing page on your website and applying the latest digital marketing techniques.
About 5280 Software LLC:
5280 Software LLC, located in Denver, Colorado is a premier software development firm. We have worked with a variety of clients over the years. Our expert team of developers have helped small to medium sized businesses, startups, as well as enterprise level clients such as RingCentral. If you are looking to build a mobile app, we can deliver flawless apple ios mobile apps as well as android mobile apps. These apps can be designed for smartphones, ipad and android tablets, wearable such as smart watches, and even smart TVs. We not only develop your mobile app using the latest coding technology, but we help you post and publish it in the Apple and Android App Store. We are here for you in every phase of the process; from scope of work creation, to mockup, wireframes, and graphics design, to updates of your mobile app’s functions and interfaces. We recommend cloud technologies such as AWS to allow your app to scale instantly when that time comes. We have the expertise in planning backend assets for all of our projects.
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