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8 Stages of Mobile App Development Lifecycle You Should Know

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Mobile apps are continuing to evolve with every passing day. These applications have taken almost every day to day operations. Not many people know that app development process is not that simple. App development process can be a daunting task that requires all the efforts to bring an app into existence. An extensive pre-planning is required in the making of a successful app.

With so much competition in the app market, there’s a dire need to develop an app that stands out from the competition. Since it’s important for an app to stand out, it automatically becomes important for developers to follow the step-by-step stages to develop an app.

Stage#1 Pre-planning and Research

The first stage in the app development process entails research to find the answers. During this process, research and analysis are done to get the answers to few questions such as, what is the aim of the app? Who should be the targeted audience? Is the app going to be free or paid? After you have received the answer to the following question then you can start planning to see how much time will it take you to develop the app. In addition, you need to plan the features you think should be present in the app to make it stand out. Lastly, you need to do is estimate the cost and time it will be required to develop the app.

Stage#2 Building a prototype

Build a prototype to define the app concept to see how it works and flows. To do this, you need to get the app experience in user’s hand as soon as you can. This will determine whether the app is going in the right direction or not. Use rough and exhaustive wire frames. Include stakeholders in this process to allow them to touch the prototype and to give their feedback and implement it into work. In addition, prototype will give stakeholders a different view of the first look of the app to help them validate the information that you have gathered.

Stage#3 Technology viability

Having complete knowledge about back end technology is important to know if will be able to support the app functionality. In order to whether the idea of your app is feasible, you need to get access to public data by sourcing public APIs. Every different platform has different requirements, therefore, it’s important to select the preferable platform in order to make all the functionalities operations.

Stage#4 Actual prototype

In order to see how the app works and interact with the user, you need to build a real prototype to see how it works and interacts with the user. Simple wire frames can be used to get the product is user’s hand as soon as possible. This will help to get to know about user’s feedback to enhance or revamp the app performance accordingly.

Stage#5 App Design before development

Development of an app involves several processes. A great design should be developed to serve the best user experience. A user experience designer will integrate features that will enhance and enrich the app experience. The design and the interface need to be executed with the aim to attract the customer’s eye. This is a multi-step process and the end result will be blueprint or visual directions that will give you an idea of how your app looks.

Stage#6 Developing the app

The core of app development stage in the development process is coding. You’re all set for the research and pre-planning and the design for your app is ready to be created. At this stage, the developer starts creating the app on the app development platform. There are certain steps that the developer needs to follow when developing the app. One of the most preferred method is Agile method as it allows to make changes, add new features, and stay updated with the latest trends.

Stage#7 Testing

Now that you’ve created an app, it’s time to test the app. Apps should be presented to the users to check the user experience. One of the recommended ways is to do Beta testing which is a proven technique to detect errors. This version will help determine user’s feedback and help you revamp your app and add whatever is missing in your app.

Stage#8 Launching

The last and final stage is the launch. You need to decide the respective store you’ve decided to submit the app, it can either be Apple Store or Google Play Store. Before submitting the app, you need to ensure you’re following the rules and guidelines to save your app from getting rejected. The app should get regular updates to fix the bugs and errors. Once the app is ready to be launched start promoting the app, it will definitely get your app downloads.

In the End

The app development process doesn’t stop at the last stage. The process of the promotional period begins after the launch. Put your hard work and efforts into the launch of your app and make it successful.

Author Bio

Lara Jason is a Content writer currently employed by a Mobile app development company in Singapore. Lara has a considerable experience in the writing field and she has been associated with this company for 4 years now.She loves to serve businesses by providing quality content. In her spare time, she likes to read novels and watch sitcoms.

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