Mobile app development life cycle
I am writing this article to share my knowledge, as we all know Mobile app development life cycle is a process of developing the apps for the mobile devices which we use in our daily life . The applications which we use in our mobiles can be pre-installed on phones during constructing platforms, or deposited as a web applications using server-side or client-side processing to provide an application-like experience within a browser.
Now lets look at the lifecycle of the mobile app development which I am clearly going to discuss below:
Planning and Research:
- The 1st phase is the most important because as it captures your whole application ,you have to be clear with some of the things and should have a proper search on the particular application on which you are working upon.
- You have to be clear with some of the questions like:
- What is the main aim of this App?
- Who is the target audience?
- Which platform should you target first?
- Is the App going to be free or paid?
Phase 2: Mental Prototyping:
- Once you are done with the whole research in the phase 1, You need to do a mental prototyping of your App and draw your ideas in the form of sketches on a whiteboard.
- This will be your visual representation of the ideas which you have collected in Phase 1 and it will help you to uncover usability issues.
- Also take the maximum feedback from the suitable people of get an perspective about what they think about your idea.
- Discussing with the people will help you to find many solutions.
Phase 3: Technical feasibility
- Get technical access to public data by simply sourcing public API’s
- determine the platform on which you are building your App for the first time.
- App should be build according to the requirements depending upon its platform (Android/iOS) as well as its format (tablet/smartphone).
Phase 4: Architecting a prototype:
- You must build a prototype and get the experience of the App into the users hand before starting actual implementation of the app.
- This will help you validate the information you’ve gathered for building the application.
- Prototype will be the base developers use to start building the actual app.
- There are a number of tools like InVision, Justinmind, Marvel, Origami and Proto.io which allow you to create high fidelity prototypes without the need of coding.
Phase 5: Designing and development of App
- Before moving to coding you must design your App.
- A User Experience designer create the interaction architecture of the design elements while a User Interface designer can create the look and feel of your App.
- It informs you on how an interaction should feel, move and flow of your app.
Phase 6: Building the App using Agile methodologies
- Agile methodology is the best approach for mobile application development as it allows you to make changes, add new features and keep evolving with the changing trends with the world.
- Agile method proposes incremental and iterative approach to software design.
- The agile process is broken into individual models that designers work on.
- The customer has early and frequent opportunities to look at the product and make decision and changes to the project.
- Error can be fixed in the middle of the project using this methodology.
Phase 7: Testing the mobile Application
Now after building the application, the very important step which you need to do is testing of your app. The following types of testings can take place :
- UAT Testing: UAT testing is basically defined as user acceptance testing , this is a testing where the software is tested in the real world. Here you will give the app in the hands of the user and the user will test it accordingly and check whether you meet his expected requirements.
- Beta Testing: Beta testing is where you make your app available for the beta trial by allowing it for the open participation of people to test it.
Then the feedback from these beta users will help you determine if your App’s functions work well in the real world environment
Phase 8: Launch your application
- After successful completion of all the above mentioned steps, now is the time to launch your application by submitting it to the App stores for approval.
- Although, every Application requires regular updates and new features to be added to it during the mobile application development lifecycle.