The entire process of developing an app is hard. It takes a lot of time, resources, and effort to pull everything off, but once it is done, you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
That being said, what do app development companies do whenever they build applications? If you want to know, read on to find out.
The first stage of the app development process involves the planning of the application. This is where the company would talk to the client about the specifications of the application.
They will ask questions like what the main purpose of the app is, who the target audience is going to be, how do you plan on building the app, among others.
The company will have to ask all of the details of the application so that they can design and develop an app as per the client’s specifications.
In this stage, the app development company is concerned with two things: the user interface and the functionality of the app.
The user interface involves every element that the end-user will see. Things like the menus, the features, and anything that is tangible is part of the UI.
For everything to be detailed, the designers would have to create a wireframe of the tentative application so that everyone that is on board the project will know exactly what needs to be done.
At this point, the development team will spring into action. There are two phases of the development stage and that is the prototyping and the building phases.
In the first stage, the team will create prototypes which are quick builds of the application. This is by no means a finished product, which means that the prototypes are created solely to introduce new features (and scrap the ones that do not work).
The second stage will mainly revolve around the actual building of the application. The developer must learn what works and what doesn’t during the prototyping stage so the builds that are created from here on out will be the beta versions of the app.
That being said, the developer may choose either no-code or low-code development platforms. Depending on the complexity of the application, they may have to use more robust platforms instead.
Testing and QA
Mobile app testing is the fourth and most crucial part of the building process. This is the part where the application will be run through a series of testing phases to ensure that everything works fine.
Quality assurance engineers and beta testers would be needed in this phase to test every nook and cranny of the application. A detailed report may be needed to highlight all of the bugs that need to be fixed.
The last stage is the actual release of the app. At this juncture, your application is polished with all of the features working.
That being said, if you want to monetize your application, you can either sell it as a single purchase (where your users will pay you upfront before downloading the app), a freemium model (where you impose in-app purchases), or a subscription-based model where your users can download the app for free and subscribe to the different tier services you have on offer.