How To Build Your First Mobile App In 7 Steps

Why do you want to make your app? Do you think the appearance of your app can resolve some problems? Answering these questions you surely will define your future success.

I write this article based on my 7 years experience as the mobile developer, entrepreneur and a man who helps startups get their first income. This does not work for all, but I believe it can be useful for startupers and business owners who want to make their first mobile app. After reading this article you will have the idea of how the app is built and what factors can influence on the development stage.

Step 1: Idea. You obviously should have the idea that worth it. You need to be sure that your idea is unique or you have some fresh vision of the app available already.
Go to the app store/ google play or simply make a search using google.
Describe app main features in some doc. If you have skills of writing the project documentation – write a specification which includes as many details about the app as possible.

Step 2: Choosing the contractor. You should find someone who will help you with development the idea. There are two options freelancer or development team/agencies. Freelancers cost you peanuts, but you have a risk not to finish the development and waste your time & money. So I suggest finding the team/agency with a strong portfolio and good communication skills.

Step 3: Collecting the requirements. If you previously do not write the specification, you can do this together with the developer.  Also, even the more important is to create design wireframes.
    At this stage, the Senior developer should define the architecture of your future app. On how well he can do it depends the time of development and supportability app in future by another developer that you decide to hire.
    One more important thing is to cut non-core features. The common mistake is to put “nice-to-have” features in a first version of the app. This can be a cause of long development and late coming to the market.

Step 4: Design. Designer makes the final version of design. Here I want to pay some more attention. It is better to have the designer at the side of your development contractor because such way the designer has the best communication with the development team. So the design will have fewer pitfalls for implementing.

 Step 5: Development stage. Black box for every not technical guy, but I try to define what can affect it:
– complex algorithms, for example, photo-recognition algorithm on OpenCV
– 3d parties API integration (social networks, payment systems etc.)
– business logic, billing systems
– use camera, GPS, gyroscope etc.
– UI complexity and animation

Step 6: Quality Assurance. QA engineer tests your app searching for bugs before release.
Yep, you should have these people on the project. 
They make your app reputation after release, finding the bugs before your app will be seen by users.
Some entrepreneurs think that software should be developed at once without bugs (problems). No matter what skilled developers you hire, they probably make mistakes. And to find them on time for fixing, you need the QA engineers in the team.

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Step 7: Publishing to app store/google play. For publishing, you need to be registered having the developer account with the respective app stores to be able to sell your app through their platform. Google’s Android charges $25 a year and Apple charges $99 annually. You have the option of registering as an individual or as a company if you already have one formed.
Congratulation, you create your mobile app. Oh not so fast! After release, you should know you have the app not alone. So to go through other 2 million apps in store you obviously should spend some time and money for marketing. This is very important if you want to earn money within your app.

In the next article, I will outline how monetize your app step-by-step. Subscribe to get more.


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