The Various Phases of Mobile App Development That You Should Know
The Phase on Mobile App Development
We all enjoy a lot of different applications. What I love about them is that there is pretty much an app for everything. If you want to listen to music, you can use the many mp3 players available on different platforms. If you want to watch videos, you can download Youtube or other similar apps.
Now, app development nowadays has become easier and more streamlined. There are two prevailing approaches when it comes to app development. One would involve the use of the “app builders” that allow you to create a mobile application as per your specs, given some templates. This is the approach many people want to do since everything is much easier. However, this approach does have its limitations such as the inability to implement unique features, solely relying on the builder’s own app profiles, among others of freelance app developers.
Another approach would be to rely on the tried-and-tested, albeit old-fashioned methods of app development. This is where you run through a multi-step process that will ultimately get you from an idea to app deployment.
Today, I am going to talk about the various phases of app development that you should know.
It should come as no surprise that the first phase of the process involves coming up with an idea for your app. However, this should not only come as something that you’ve completely thought about; it should be backed by research, examining factors such as demographics and behavior patterns, as well as learning the people’s motivations for downloading applications.
One of the best app ideas out there is one that solves something. For instance, Uber and Lyft solve the problem of transport for many individuals.
In other words, you just do not want the people to download your app, but you also want them to enjoy and continue using your application for a long time as well.
This is where you start sketching the design of your application and then ultimately creating wireframes that will help streamline the entire development process.
The reason why wireframing is important is that it is a very good communication and collaboration tool which allows both the frontend and backend developers know what to do to achieve your app goals.
3. TFA (Technical Feasibility Assessment)
Although you can pretty much sketch the design and the functionality of your apps in the previous stage, actually putting them into fruition is another story.
To make sure that the features that you’ve come up with in the wireframing stage can be safely implemented, you have to use public APIs for that.
An application is more complex than you think. It requires suitable APIs based on the format (phone or wearables) and the operating system as well (Android/iOS).
After using the different APIs available, the developers would then communicate with the design team if all of your previous plans will come into fruition or not. In some cases, where a feature cannot be implemented, it will be communicated to the rest of the team.
This is where the developers create an actual app that can be tested. The prototype is an application that is still in its early stages which means that the features that are present in it can be changed or enhanced depending on the customer’s needs.
Once the prototype has been refined, another application will be created based on the things that were changed in the prototype.
At this point, the developers would have to ensure that the design, as well as the user experience, is enhanced. This is where the app designers and developers would have to work hand in hand in order to create something magical.
The development stage is where the final application starts building. It goes through multiple stages where, in each stage, the application goes through testing to ensure that nothing is amiss.
Once the application is done (from a development standpoint), the app should be run through a series of testing phases to ensure that everything is working properly.
Look, developers can miss some bugs here and there, despite their best efforts to try every facet and feature available on the app.
Alpha and Beta testing phases might be required in order for the application’s stability and features be tested to the fullest.
After the testing phase, your application is now ready for submission! Take note that the Google Play Store and the Apple Store will run your application through a series of tests and if they find that something’s not right, they will hand the application back to you for revamping.
If the application gets approved, then you’re good! But, if we’re talking about app development, the process doesn’t end there.
The people who will use your app might find some bugs that were not found during the testing phase. In the event that there are app features that they want or there are game-breaking bugs that should be fixed, it is your responsibility to deliver a good and stable application.