How To Understand The Mobile App Development Lifecycle: 8 Steps For Beginners

Mobile App Development Lifecycle

Gone are the days when mobile phones used to be a luxury. Today having a smartphone is essential for everyone. The functionality of the phone is upgraded every hour. There are newer apps entering the online stores now and then. There are over 9 million applications in the world today.

Apps give your phone power and add benefits to it too! They tend to make your life easier in many ways. When you download an app and use it, you get to know how it runs, its special features, and the way it looks. All the elements of the app are added or created by professionals of a mobile app development company or you can even go ahead and hire mobile app developers on a freelance basis.

Before you get on with it, you must understand the mobile app development cycle. Here we go!..

1. Product discovery

We know that an application is the result of an idea. An idea that is distinct, realistic, and also profiting as a full-fledged business venture. To get on with the app idea first you must analyze the need for the app and also the competition that it has to stand through. 

Do not forget to conduct a market study, swot analysis, feasibility, and the scope studies required for your business to succeed. This will help you set business goals and also clear out the purpose of your application. Also, try eliminating as many foreseen risks as possible.

2. Execution pathways

Now that you have an idea of your app’s surroundings and the treatment expected towards your app. You need to club the outcome onto paper or just document it, then run it through the crowd, get feedback. Make modifications to your prospective app accordingly. Do all the elementary operations along with that. 

Planning in this way helps you take fruitful and calculated risks and also makes your app user-centric. Go for use case graphical representation to understand the interactivity, functionality, and seamlessness of the app.

3. Technical check

Technology is the mother of an app. Ensure that you go for the right set of tech stacks and toolkits to build your application. Not only that, even for technology, conduct a market scan and figure out which technology is trending, list the pros and cons of technologies you shortlist, also check the availability and future scope of the technology before you harness it into your app development process. Remember different tech platforms have a different set of guidelines and specifications to adhere to. Knowing your tech will save a lot of time while prototyping.

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4. App design

The app design is the face of the application. The looks of the app and the graphics are the ‘wow’ factor of the application. The app design is known as the UI/UX in the technical world. The UI is the user interface through which the user interacts with the app. It consists of the different buttons, screen controls, and navigation elements of the app. The UX is the user experience that your app gives the user an attractive experience. It consists of the architecture, graphics, fonts, and different styles. Remember to keep it interactive, brand-focussed, and consistent.

5. Development

Giving the app the design is also known as prototyping. Once it’s done, you can go on with the development procedure. First up choose a programming language to script out your app, then select the different features you want to apply to your app.

While selecting the language check out the security, dependency, maintenance, readability, and also ease of application of the language. Also, remember if you aren’t doing it yourself you must work with the right people to get desirable and quality results.

6. Testing and debugging

The app is ready. But, the process isn’t over yet, it is very important to check if everything is in check as you want it to be! Testing is a must, here you rectify any bugs and glitches that you might have made while writing the code from the source code.

First, the software tester shall perform the testing then it goes to the developer again for debugging where all the errors are corrected from the software as a whole. The most popular testing types are beta testing and user-acceptance testing.

7. Launching

We’ve done all the necessary testing and everything is all set, now you can launch the app to the public. For this, you need to deploy it. There are two ways you can make your app accessible to the public. You can deploy it to the web server or the server of the app store that you want to make it available on. 

You can either go to the play store or even the Apple App store, whatever suits you and the target users the best. Once you launch the app, it will be live in the time frame in accordance with the app market you go for!

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8. Monitoring

Your responsibility with the app isn’t over when it is launched. You must monitor it from time to time so that there are no crashes and bugs, whether the application requires any new features, performance-amp-ups, or updates. Also, check analytics related to your app, so you can make changes according to the user audience and also extend the app’s shelf-life. While monitoring the app also go through the different user requests and reports of the different issues they may face on their device or the operating system they use.

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