Mobile App Development Process

Remember the sensational ‘Snakes’ game on Nokia phones. It was introduced in 1998 and came preloaded in the Nokia devices. That was the really definition of getting “hooked” to something. There was no mobile app development company back then, it was designed by Taneli Armanto, an engineer at Nokia in 1997.

There are two most important factors that made this game immensely popular. The first being the novel and innovative concept of the game, considering the time we were in and the second–there was no other app or a game for that regards other than Snakes.

In all, if we go back to the history of mobile app development, we can go as far as snakes, for a popular, internationally recognized app. Cut to today, there is hardly any need to explain why, how or which mobile apps are popular. Any mobile app development company will tell you how in-demand the app development service is.

On the other side, will they tell you how to avoid the dreaded slow app development lifecycle by not burning your pockets? Let’s focus on the less-talked-about aspect of mobile application development.

How to speed up your App Development Process with an app development company ?

Asking the right questions

Before heading on the path of app development, it is imperative to ask the right questions. Introspection helps derive more concrete solutions. Hence, it is always recommended to ask the correct questions before starting out something important.

  • What is the aim of your mobile app? 
  • Will your customer open the app at least once in a day?
  • What are those features that will make the app stand out amongst competition?
  • Android, iOS or both?
  • Will the app also support offline mode?

Such questions helps one identify the amount of time, money, and effort involved in the development process.

Focus on the Swiss Knife approach

When you need a knife, you look for one in the kitchen. You need to open a wine bottle, you search for corkscrew. You need to replace a screw, you go in search for a screwdriver in the tool box. What if you had a swiss knife instead? All the tools packed in one. This sounds like a great way to save time and effort.

Today, when you want to get an app developed, event the most basic one, there are multiple layers of verticals involved in the app development process. There is the design department, the backend team, the platform specific development team like iOS or Android, and then comes the client who then reviews, verifies or provides feedback on the output.

To tackle this time consuming approach, go for a mobile app development company following the Swiss knife approach.

To give you an example, we have created an application development platform Configure.IT, the Swiss knife of app development.

It cuts the clutter making the app development transparent yet agile. The only resources one needs in this case are the design team and the development team. Everything from initial stages design to the final stages of development are taken care by the Configure.IT app development platform.

Understand the importance of MVP

It is always, let it be repeated, always advised to not go into the market with a fully formed product ramming right into the gates of app stores. Start lean. Start with a minimum viable product (MVP) in mind. Launch the few most important aspects of the app first.

Start by collecting the feedback and data diligently. Send the feedback to the development team or to the mobile app development company so that they can tweak the app and make the necessary changes.

Keep the cycle going for the next few weeks during the app development process or even months if needed. Gather the feedback, update the team, and add the required layers on the app. This process, even though sounds time-consuming, on contrary is quiet path-breaking.

When you go full swing into the market, there are chances that some of the features in your app do not catch up among the users and need retouching or an update. This may cost you more money and time than you anticipated.

Set up automated testing

Why we, as humans, evolved from manual work to automation? The main purpose being? To save tremendous time and effort. The prime reason why we rely on automation is because it leaves us with a lot of time to complete other tasks that need attention and reduces effort greatly.

Automated testing involves various testing methods applied simultaneously to save time entirely during and after the app development process. In a rapidly growing competitive market, time is your greatest asset. Most of the times, due to lesser time available to enter the market, apps are often pushed live before testing each and every aspect. This can be the harbinger to a lot of problems.

Even if one is sure about the code and algorithms, they can still fail. That is why testing is important. Setting up automated testing allows focusing on every aspect of the app, making you more confident about the app; confident that it is entirely bug-free.

Go for Hybrid mobile app development process

Hybrid App Development 

  • Less time consuming
  • Allows you to build app faster for Android and iOS both
  • Write code for the core app and launch it across multiple platforms
  • Viable option if you want to penetrate the market with a simple app
  • Has limitations

Native App Development

  • Time consuming
  • You need to write separate source codes for different platforms
  • Viable option if your app is large, has various robust functionalities
  • Less chances of revisions or finding bugs

That was a simple breakdown between hybrid and native mobile app development. Any mobile application development company today follows both these methods depending upon the client’s requirements.

If you do not have much time, want to spend less dollars during the initial stages, and penetrate the app market as early as possible, hybrid application development is recommended.

Use Low-fidelity Wireframes

In order to make a good app with perfect interfaces, it recommended that one uses lo-fi or low-fidelity wireframes in order to get the app developed. Low-fidelity prototyping helps in discovering the underlying issues of the core design with less and time effort being involved.

It becomes much easier and faster for the designers to iterate the design ideas with the help of lo-fi wireframes. One can simply give rough sketches which takes just few minutes to create. During the initial phase, rough stages are easy to understand and put to work. Focusing on pixel perfect sketches from the very beginning becomes painful.

During the early stages of app development, the stakes are more into quickly transitioning the ideas into visualized prototypes, deploying and collecting user feedback. Using low-fidelity prototyping helps during these stages.

Conclusion

Do not rush for things. Keep it calm and progress step-by-step. The need to be in the market at the right time is definitely the need of the hour. And the wise chooses the path to long-term success which is guaranteed by choosing the correct methodologies that create a strong foundation for the app to thrive.

    1. Ask the right questions
    2. Focus on the Swiss Knife approach
    3. Understand the importance of MVP
    4. Set up automated testing
    5. Go for hybrid mobile app development
    6. Use lo-fi wireframes