Each and every step in mobile application development is as important and fruit bearing as the next. Cutting any of its steps or omitting anyone can cause the app its sequence, product stability as a result of which user friendliness and interest will suffer. As a responsible developer, you should understand the meaning and importance of each step involving the lifecycle. This will help you not to miss the vital aspects of the application and remain focused on the immediate task. A thorough knowledge of the lifecycle will help you whether you are doing it yourself or hiring a development company to do the job. Moreover, knowing the steps will definitely help you develop a schedule. The following are the steps:
Conceptualize- A concept is the first step in mobile app development lifecycle. The purpose of developing the app must be clear right from the beginning. Listing the app ideas will help you to create a sequence for the app. Brainstorming and rejecting bad ideas can lead you to the core and this can be derived by checking out your competition. In fact, research can lead you to fill a gap in the market which otherwise you could have missed. You can always shortlist more than one idea but make sure to store them for later stages. It actually helps a lot to write down all of the ideas post brainstorm. This step paves the way for the development of the mobile application.
Crisp Design- Focusing only on the codes part can help you to create a flawless design but it may not be catchy enough. The UX design has to be crisp and friendly to catch on. Of late users have an attention span of 8 seconds and any app requiring more than that time needs improvement. Also, do not forget to include device specific features in your application. Start with the graphic design once you have decided on the wireframe concept. Using great color palette to please the eye of the user is your duty.
Trial & Stabilization- At this stage the app is tested by a group which uses the app and tests it. Moreover, the app is debugged during this time. Seek the input from the group regarding features, design and overall user-friendliness. Whether you are putting in lot of features or you don’t it must be user friendly and this cannot be confirmed unless it goes out in the market to be used. Developers generally try to use the app and crash it to find out whether it has the lasting capacity. You can fix the issues if there is any at this stage.
Product Launch- This is where the marketing team enters into the picture for the commercial aspect of the development. The application should be optimized keeping in mind the platform on which it will be used. Also, the marketing team should be fully aware of what the application can achieve. They are the ones to find out the customer base and hence full information is required. Knowing the target base before uploading is mandatory.
Update and Sustain- Updating the app so that it can be sustained is one of the most significant parts of the mobile app development lifecycle. This primarily means using and repeating the steps 2-4. This is of paramount importance because it appeals to the lasting impact of the application. Appearance and functionality of the application should remain intact and also be improved to keep the users with it. In this phase you must keep interacting with the users and take their feedback seriously so that you can fix the bugs they refer to. Updates could be in the form of drastic changes or subtle alterations. Whichever you do it, doing it is necessary. In fact, changing the look and making it more user-friendly can only add to the value of the application. Again, just going on updating won’t help if the users do not notice it. Always make it a point to show the users that the app is changing for better user appeal. This keeps users engaged to the entire process as well as the end result. It is important that the users feel heard and it only makes sense that you d the needful changes to make them feel important.
All these steps constitute mobile application development lifecycle which includes everything from its conceptualization to user-friendliness and maintaining it. After all an app is not just about codes, it is also about user-friendliness and without proper features they wont be able to use it and if they do not use it then there is no point building it. Hence, there is a complimenting relationship between coders and users and hence knowing about the product lifecycle is very important.