The effective application development process flow includes six main phases. In this article, we will check every person in depth. Regardless of the size and scope of your project, following this development process will make your company’s mobile application development initiatives a success. Modern smartphones have changed the way we interact with the world around us. Millennials will find it difficult to imagine that they only use their smartphone to make calls or send SMS. Store apps have created an economy that requires every product or service to be available to you at all times.
The first stage of the mobile application development process is to determine a strategy for developing the idea into a successful application. It may include a more important part of a company’s overall mobility strategy. Because the targets of one application may be different from another, there are still application -specific influences for mobility strategies that will be pursued during the development process.
At this stage, you will:
- Identify application users
- Competition research
- Create app targets and targets
- Select a mobile platform for your application
Your strategy helps focus your vision on a clear picture of your application's idea. With that in mind, you can delve deeper into the next mobile app development process.
2. Analysis and Planning
At this stage, the idea of your application starts to get started and turns into a real project. Analysis and planning begin by identifying use cases and taking into account detailed functional requirements.
Once you understand the requirements for your application, prepare a product map. This includes prioritizing mobile application requirements and grouping them into delivery milestones. If time, resources or cost are an issue, then define a minimum usable product (MVP) and prioritize this for early launch.
Part of the planning phase involves identifying the skills required for an application development initiative. For example, iOS and Android mobile platforms use a variety of development technologies. If your goal is to build mobile apps for the iOS and Android mobile platforms, your mobile development team should include iOS and Android developers. Did you choose the name of your app? Mobile app names are similar to domain names and must be unique across all app stores. Search each app store to see if your app is already in use.
3. UI / UX design
The goal of application design is to provide a neat and easy user experience with a sleek look.
The goal of UI / UX design for mobile applications is to create a great user experience that makes the application interactive, intuitive, and user -friendly. When polished. The success of a mobile application is based on how users use and benefit from all the features. UI design helped early adoption. To maintain application user engagement, your application needs an intuitive user experience.
Information architecture and workflow
The first step in the mobile app development process is to define the data that your mobile app will display to users, the data that will be collected, the user's interactions with the finished product, and the user's path to the app.
For companies, enterprise mobility solutions have users with different roles and privileges, and it is important to include these rules as part of your application's information architecture. Workflow diagrams help identify all the interactions a user might have with an application and its navigation structure.
Mobile application designers often start designing applications with sketches on paper. Wireframes are the digital form of sketches. Wireframes are conceptual layouts, also known as low-fidelity models - they provide visual structure for your application's functional requirements. With wireframes, the emphasis is more on aesthetics and user experience, not on schemes and colors of styles. Creating wireframes is a quick and cost-effective approach to designing application aspects and iterating through the design review process. When creating fireframes, you need to consider the specific design of your device. Therefore, if your app is used on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone and tablets; provides intuitive and device-specific user experiences.
A style guide is a “dynamic document” that documents application design patterns, ranging from company brand rules to navigation icons.
The style guide includes:
- Which font family will your application text use?
- What is the color scheme?
- How will your company’s brand be reflected in the design of the application?
The style guide contributes to the application development strategy. The creation of an initial style guide is part of the mobile application development process with the aim of increasing the productivity of mobile application developers. At the same time, following the style guide will help the app to look consistent. When developing your app, you should consider Apple's design guidelines for iOS and Android apps.
Mockups, or high quality designs, are the final visualizations of your app's visual design. Mockups are created by applying your style guide to the wireframes of the application. As your application's design begins to complete, expect further changes in its information architecture, workflow, and aesthetics. Adobe Photoshop is the most popular tool for creating high fidelity layouts.
While mock-ups represent the functionality of your mobile application using a static design, they can be turned into prototypes with transparent functionality using tools like Invision and Figma. Prototypes are very useful for simulating the user experience and application workflows expected from the finished product. While prototyping can be time consuming, it is worth the effort, as it provides initial testing of your app's design and functionality. Prototyping often helps identify changes in the proposed functionality of an application.
4. Application development
Planning remains an integral part of this phase in the mobile app development process. Before starting development / programming, you must:
- define the technical architecture,
- select a technology stack and
- to establish the stages of development.
A typical mobile app project consists of three parts: the back-end / back-end technology, the API, and the front-end of the mobile app.
Application development is an ongoing process and will continue after the initial release, as you receive user feedback and create additional functionality. Invonto is a leader in mobile application development in the US. For many years, Invonto has provided mobile application development services to companies in the financial, healthcare, construction, retail, consumer products, logistics, industrial engineering and entertainment sectors. We follow the same process for all mobile applications we create. The subsequent development process for enterprise mobile applications will also ensure the successful launch of your application.