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A guide to mobile application development

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Mobile application development can be quite an exciting activity, especially when you have a great idea and want to covert it into a mobile application. But in case you have never built a mobile app before, then here is a simple guide to the whole process of mobile application development.

To begin with, you need to have a clear cut plan or goal about what your app will be about. The subject of the application needs to be very clear right from the beginning, only then can you take the other steps towards app building.

Once you are clear about the goal of your app, the next step is to develop a rough sketch of your mobile application. The rough sketch will make it easier to for others in your team to understand your idea, and how do you want it to look like. Sketching should be followed by in-depth research. And when you do research look for:

  • Apps which deal with the same subject matter as yours.
  • Try to get as much information as possible on the technical aspects of your app.
  • Right design is the quite crucial to make you mobile app a sellable product. Thus it is highly recommended that you research on various kinds of designs and find ideas and inspiration for your own mobile app.
  • Most of all try an collect information on how can your mobile application be marketed and converted into a viable commercial product.

The research part is very important because it is not just enough to have a great idea. You need to also find out how practical is your idea and what are the chances of its acceptance among the general public or your target group.

As by now you would be clear about converting your creative idea into an usable mobile application, you need to build a wireframe and storyboard. Wireframing basically gives a skeletal framework to your mobile app concept. It is process through which you can create a prototype of your app. You can make use of prototyping tools like ‘HotGloo’ which allows you to drag and drop all the representative graphics and place holders into place. With the prototyping tools you can also add button functionality to your app.

Usually wireframe and storyboard goes hand in hand. A storyboard allows you to line out how should each screen be made and what way should the navigation work in the app. The wireframe and the storyboard in fact are the foundation on for the mobile apps back-end structure. You can draw the APIs, data diagrams as well as servers in order to define the back end of your mobile application.

Once you are done with the above given steps, the next step is to test your prototype. This can be done by giving access of the wireframe to your friends and colleagues who can use the app and give feedback on the same. This is also the time when you can modify your wireframe and storyboard according to the technical limitations. Based on the experience of your peer group, you can make changes to the UI/ UX design.

Now that all the loopholes of your app has been fixed, your mobile app can go into the designing process. Ask your developers to set up servers, databases as well as APIs and storage solutions. This is also the time when you should sign-up for developer accounts at the apps market places. As it might take several days for approval at the apps market place. Thus it is advised that you do not leave sign-up work for the last minute.

The next step is to get ‘skins’ for your app. Skins are basically individual screens for your app. At this point ask your developer to come up with a high resolution version of your wireframe as well as take all the feedback from prototype testers in perfecting the UI/UX- user interface. After this process, you need to test your app yet again, to see if all the loopholes are actually plugged in and inputs given by the prototype testers have been taken into account.

Once you are done with these steps, all you need to do is revise your app, rebuild it and refine each detail of your mobile application. As all the sections are duly revised and refined, the next natural step is to release it. The app marketplaces has different policies for publishing a new mobile app on Android and iOS platform.

This way your very own mobile application can be developed. So convert your idea into a successful mobile application and see it receive maximum downloads.

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