Today, with the prevalent use of portable devices, no one can be ignorant of the fact that we are living in a digital age where buyers are looking for handy options. Looking at the staggering demand of mobile phones, mobile internet users are expected to outdo the number of users accessing the web through conventional mediums such as PCs. This shift in consumer behavior has made it binding on various organizations to harness the potential of the proliferating base of mobile internet users. Therefore, the need for almost every business is to build a custom mobile app to outperform their competitors. Having said that, it is often challenging to build a mobile app, especially if you do not have a technical background.
Building a mobile app requires numerous steps such as design, and backend connection, among others. Compiling it with features like cloud storage, identity, push notifications and management should also be considered. Further to the aforesaid, it is also important to ensure that your app support different platforms including iOS, Android, Windows and others. In this article, we have mentioned a step-by-step process that may help you in the process of custom mobile app development.
There are 3 basic steps that will help you develop a mobile app from its commencement till the end.
Step 1: Planning
Planning involves three large groups of mobile apps and each one of it has various trade-offs.
A Native mobile app is a specifically coded program language built on JAVA for android OS and Objective-C for iOS. This type of application runs directly on the device and integrates well with mobile device specific features such as camera, GPS, or offline storage.
Hybrid app, as the name suggests, is a combination of native and web apps; it makes use of web app wrapped up in an app-store-friendly system and is delivered as a native app that runs directly on the device. The added advantage of such apps is that they offer more security to the user than web apps. These apps are gaining popularity among various enterprises, as they are easier to develop in comparison to native apps.
Step 2: Designing
If you want to develop mobile app in-house without having to outsource it, several techniques can help you build design of the applications for diverse platforms without having to rebuild the apps from scratch for each platform.
Cross platform native
Designing different apps for the different platform can create confusion among users and may cost heavy on your pocket. Therefore, you need to design an app that is easy to integrate with all major operating systems such as iOS, Android, and windows platforms.
Hybrid and web
Hybrid and web design have an edge over cross platform native design, as they are easy to develop and come with numerous tools to help design mobile applications effectively for various platforms.
Step 3: Back-end-services
Back-end-services are essential for mobile apps. Such services include features like— cloud storage, identity management, database integrations, and push notifications. Another important factor required at this stage of development is to register an account at the app marketplaces that you are developing your app for. Getting the account approved may take some time even several days, don’t leave it for last minute.
Time to Test Your App
Once you are done with designing, you should now test and try the newly developed mobile app. As you have suitable graphics inserted, and all texts etched in place, as they should, you may now find out the technical difficulties if any.
Last but not the least, get your app registered on an app store of your choice, and go live with your newly developed custom mobile app.