Mobile App Development Process – Step by Step Guide

While many companies try to exploit this trend, many do not know how to successfully create an app. Your company can only be successful in this competitive environment if it is supported by a precisely developed mobile app process.

An efficient process of mobile application development spans six important phases. We will examine each in more depth in this article.

Regardless of your project size and scope, your mobile app development initiative will be a success following this development process:

1. Strategy

The first phase of the process of mobile app design defines the strategy to turn your idea into a successful application. A more important part of it can be included in your overall mobility strategy for companies. For effective mobility, you need to:

  • Conduct market and competitors research
  • Set the objectives of the app
  • Choose a mobile application platform

2. Analysis and Planning

Your application idea begins to take shape at this stage. Start with the definition of applications and capture detailed functions.  Prepare a product roadmap once you have identified the application’s requirements. 

This includes prioritizing and grouping mobile application requirements into delivery milestones. In case of concern for time, resources or costs, define your objectives and prioritize them for the initial launch. In the planning phase, the skills required for your application development initiative will be identified. 

For instance, mobile platforms for iOS and Android use different development stacks. For iOS and Android mobile platforms, to develop a mobile app you need to include iOS developers and Android developers in your mobile development team.

3. UI / UX Design

The aim of an app is to provide a perfect look for a seamless user experience. The success of a mobile app depends on the way in which users take advantage of all features. The goal is to create excellent user experiences that make your application interactive, intuitive, and user-friendly. 

While polished user interface concepts help early adoption, your app needs to have intuitive user experiences to engage app users. For an impeccable UI/UX design, you need to keep into account the following elements;

  • Information Architecture & Workflows
  • Wireframes
  • Style Guide
  • Mockups
  • Prototype

4. Process of Mobile App Development

In the mobile app development process, you need to set a technical architecture, a stack of technology and define milestones of development. A common mobile app is composed of three components: back-end/server technology, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), and the front-end mobile app.

5. Testing

Applications are stable, usable, and secure with the complete quality assurance (QA) testing process. You must first prepare test cases that address all aspects of application testing to ensure comprehensive QA testing in your application. There are certain methods of testing discussed as follows;

User Experience Testing

One important step in the testing of mobile apps is to make sure the final implementation meets the user experience generated by the app design team. Your end-users can get a first-hand impression of your application with visuals, workflow, and interactivity. 

Functional Testing

The precise functionality of your mobile app is crucial to its success. Each end-user behavior and scenario is difficult to predict.

To cover as many potential test conditions as possible, the functionality of your app should be tested by as many users. If two different users test the same function but obtain various results, you might be surprised to find bugs. 

Performance Testing

Even if the application fulfills basic performance criteria, test the app, the API, and the load backend by simulating the maximum number of competitors. Even with spikes of use, your app should be able to deal with the workload.

Security Testing

For enterprise mobile applications, security is of utmost concern. A hack can lead to any potential vulnerability. A number of companies employ agencies outside of the company to perform thorough safety tests. A few simple steps to make your app secure can be taken by your QA and development teams.

Device and Platform Testing

Multiple mobile hardware companies such as Samsung, LG, HTC, and Motorola use the Android platform but customize their mobile device platform (since Android is open source). The devices are available in various sizes and forms.

Deployment & Support

Publish your app to your optimal app shops, Apple App Store for iOS, and Google Play for Android apps requires publishing a mobile application. However, before you launch your mobile app, you will need a developer account with Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Last But Not Least

The application development is a continuous process and will continue as user feedback is received and additional features are created after the initial launch. For all the mobile apps we create, we follow this same process. 

The successful planning, designing, and execution of your mobile application development will be ensured by the most prolific mobile application development company at Infinisys. Place your order and get started. 

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