The mobile app development process is complex but can be broken down into three basic phases, not counting the original idea.
You don’t need a mobile app development team to have an original idea, but some research and consulting will be required to figure out if it is a feasible idea that can actually be brought to fruition. Assuming your idea is workable, your mobile development partner will then need to get to know your company through the likes of analysis of your core competencies, objectives, resources and rivals.
Informed by this information, an extensive strategy to develop the idea into a working app will be devised. The plan will be a roadmap detailing how the project is intended to be completed, and the budget required for it, as well as identifying any significant milestones along the way.
Usually, roles within the mobile app development process will also be assigned during this initial part of the process, though this can remain fluid according to the development team partnering on the project.
Phase 1 – Visual Wireframes and Fine-Tuning
Mobile app developers use visual wireframes to act as basic prototypes to give you an idea of which direction to go, regarding general design and branding. While somewhat basic in appearance, these visual wireframes can convey a general idea of how the app will look and feel, should it complete the configuration and coding stage.
This part of the development process will usually see the original idea fine-tuned before the full coding stage begins. Issues such as hierarchical and ergonomic components will also be finalised before moving into the next phase.
Phase 2 – Configuration and Coding
Once the full functionality of the app has been finalised, another more intricate wireframe is created that connects all the functions and features. Once everything has been defined and every screen of the app has been inter-related, the coding process begins.
Good app development will remain flexible during the coding process as there will likely be changes to the coding in order to achieve the expected final product.
Phase 3 – Testing and Launch
Once the app has been coded and created, it is time to examine its effectiveness via generational and client-based alpha and beta testing. The app’s reconciliation with external frameworks should also be subjected to rigorous tests, plus a long-term maintenance and development plan that will need to be devised during this phase.
Once the testing is complete, the app can be submitted to the Android and iOS app stores, which can also be a complex process. An experienced development team will advise and guide you through this step.
Going forward once everything is launched you should be offered an ongoing support and maintenance service. That way your app can constantly benefit from important updates and enhancements.
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