If you are a company that needs to offer a new digital product to its clients, or if you are an entrepreneur with a business idea that wants to have a presence on mobile devices, you are about to enter the world of mobile development.
Many are unaware of the work behind the creation of a mobile application, the stages that this type of project has, and the human team necessary to make it happen.
Next, we will make a count of the main stages that the development of a mobile application has and we will mention some key points to consider at each stage.
Only if we carry out adequate involvement in these phases, we can perceive the evolution of the application, correct certain deficiencies, recognize new opportunities, etc. In other words, to launch a quality application, it is essential to develop the project by following a series of steps.
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Once we have an idea for the realization of our app, it is time to determine the need or the problem that the application can solve. That is, we must establish the added value that our application can offer, its usefulness for users, and the objectives we want to achieve with it.
It is also vital to investigate applications that already exist in the market that may be similar or be a competition for your idea, to study the sector to which you are going to target, the behavior and habits of the target audience, etc. In this way, we can identify the opportunities for our application.
After the conceptualization step comes to the definition phase, where we will specify and determine all the characteristics of the application.
At this stage, the functionalities that the application must have to achieve the proposed goals and fulfill the purpose for which it was created will be defined in detail. Thus, the technical specifications will be delimited.
Likewise, in this phase, it will be possible to know the approximate cost of the application, the time required for its development, the complexity of its production, the actions for its implementation and programming, etc.
Before venturing out to search for specialized companies and request quotes, it is advisable to have a clear idea of what is needed. From now on, we will call it requirements. The requirements are a textual description of the characteristics that you want your mobile application to have.
The more detail you have of what you want, the more precision you will have in the quotes you can receive. It is very valuable that you have supplementary information such as reference applications and some sketches of how you would like your application to look.
TIP # 1:
Do not request a quote with the following message: "I would like to know how much it would cost to develop an application like Tiktok." It is a recurring error in some people who only limit themselves to requesting the reference application. This just shows that you are not taking the project seriously or have no idea what you want.
In these cases, the quotes that you will receive will have a very high cost or far from reality because the applications that exist in the market have too many characteristics, which have been developed over long periods in different iterations and based on metrics of the behavior of their users.
With the scope, you can now request quotes and evaluate these proposals to start the development of the project. Once you have decided which company you are going to work with, the initial step will be planning the project.
In this phase, the list of activities to be carried out until the closing of the project is generally reflected in a work schedule. This schedule will have important milestones such as the delivery of advances in a certain period that allow you to visualize the progress of the development and in turn give feedback to the team that has been developing it. It is also important to define the deliverables that the project will have, such as the documentation generated, the design file, the source code, among others.
The agency or consultant will make available to the project a team with certain roles to cover all stages of development. In the same way, you, as a client company or project leader, must assume a monitoring and control role, which is summarized in giving approval of the deliverables and giving timely feedback at each stage of the project.
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At the beginning of the project, designate the people who will have the function of approving the proposed design, deliverables, and others. Do not try to involve many people in decision making because it will negatively impact the duration of the project. For example, leaving app design approval to 5 people will cause the design stage to take an additional 7-15 days.
As the first activity, we have the analysis of the requirements at a super detailed level, to define the requirements and be clear about the main and secondary flows of the application. In the same way, the particular rules of the application associated with the business or the differential value of the application must be clear.
At this stage, it is necessary to arrange meetings as many times as necessary so that the agency team and you as the client or owner of the product are aligned. At ESKA, we use user stories as a tool. That is, the characteristics of the application are detailed, and as a result of them, the activities that will be carried out by the team are broken down.
When we already have total knowledge about the idea to be developed and the different functionalities and characteristics of the application, it is the ideal occasion to start with the design.
The UI / UX design team proceeds to make a visual proposal of the main screens of the application and create a flow with them. This is done to present it to the owner of the product and receive their approval or feedback to apply the necessary improvements.
At first, a wireframe must be developed where we can visualize how the different screens of the application would look, before starting to design. Thus, we can see if it is necessary to make any changes before the creation of the app.
Once approval is received, the secondary flows and complementary screens are designed. In the end, you will have a complete design of all the flows that the application will have; This will be a main input for the software development team.
It would also be convenient to carry out a test with different users who are in our target audience since they will give us the keys on whether we have to add or delete any of the established elements.
The requirements defined in the project scope and the graphic flow of the entire application will serve to define a set of tasks that the programming team will develop. The project management team together with the programming team will define the deliverables to have progressive advances. These will be shown to the client as the application is built until having the final version.
The development stage is characterized by shaping our application and creating the basic structure for its operation.
It should be considered which programming language will be used, for which operating system it will be available, graphic resources will be integrated and the functionalities of the mobile application will be established.
At this point in the project, it is vital to pay attention to the user experience and usability of the application.
Prototypes will be made that can be tested as the creation of the application progresses to be able to review it, and improve the app.
Once the programming stage is completed, a series of functional tests will be carried out to review the correct operation of the application and detect possible issues that will be reviewed before publishing.
Then, a demonstration of the application is carried out to the client. Besides, joint tests are carried out to have your final feedback before publishing the application.
Once different tests have been carried out and it can be verified that the application is working correctly, it is time to publish it.
The required information sheets are filled out and the applications are digitally signed to be uploaded to the store.
In the case of Google Play, the time it takes from when the application is sent until it appears in the store is on average 24 hours, if it is the first time; future updates usually take an average of 3 hours. In the case of the Apple Store, the average is 3 days.
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It is important to process your account in Huawei App Gallery, Google Play, and App Store in the name of the company at the beginning of the project, since platforms such as Huawei and Apple request information about the company to validate and register it.
The application must be published in the main application stores such as Apple Store or Google Play.
After the publication of the app, control, and monitoring of it must be carried out to correct and solve the different problems that may appear or updates that must be made.
An application, like all software, needs maintenance because the software industry is constantly changing. Specifically, in the mobile market, new models of smartphones or new versions of operating systems are usually launched. In both cases, it is necessary to extend the support of our application for these new versions.
On the other hand, the policies and conditions of the app stores are usually updated. So, our applications must be aligned to prevent them from being withdrawn from stores. In some cases, the conditions of third-party services used in the application may vary and it will also be necessary to update these components.
As we have seen throughout the post, it is essential to dedicate time and effort in each of the stages of app development since in each phase a series of actions of great importance are carried out to create a successful application.
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