Mobile app development requirements
Mobile app development is changing constantly. Typically, every six months or so, a new version of an operating system rolls out with unique features that mobile apps can utilize. Developing for a specific version of the operating system, or even for a native operating system, usually requires developers to try multiple solutions to find the one that suits their development needs.
Failure to keep up with development updates could cause catastrophic cybersecurity issues. Consider the costs of developing an app, which can range from $5,000 to $15,000 to start, plus the costs for continued development and maintenance. If Android or iOS releases a new OS update, you can be delisted quickly for being incompatible.
Developing an app is only worthwhile if it’s a great app. A poor user experience will drive customers away. Be mindful of the user experience and realistic about your budget.
App development process
Regardless of the type of project you want to bring to life, the app development process has six key steps. Breaking the project down into these simple steps will help you develop your app quickly and efficiently.
Idea: When brainstorming app ideas, put some research into answering a few questions about it. What problem does this app solve? Who is the target audience? Why are these features important? Do your competitors have similar apps.
Design: Next you’ll design a user interface (UI) and to navigate the user through the app and make it easy to follow.
Development: During this stage you’ll write the code for your app, develop the code and start preliminary testing.
Testing: By testing your app, you’ll determine its quality, any malfunctions and what you can improve.
Launch: Once your app is bug-free and ready to go, you can publish it on marketplaces like the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Marketing: Create a marketing strategy to get users to download your app and give you feedback on how to improve user engagement.
Best platforms for building a mobile app
Just a few short years ago, if you wanted to develop an app, you had to either know how to code or pay someone to develop the app for you. Fortunately, low-code and no-code apps and services have appeared over the past several years to help you bring your vision to fruition. Here are five platforms to help you build a mobile app:
Appery.io: Appery is a mobile app builder that entirely runs in the cloud, meaning there is no software to install or download. The platform offers a visual editor where you can drag and drop new components into your app and auto-generates code for these components.
Mobile Roadie: For brands looking to build a very visual app, Mobile Roadie is a platform that works with various media, including RSS feeds, Twitter and Google News. The builder allows you to send out push notifications and pulls data from a variety of sources, such as XML, JSON, PHP, CSV and HTML.
GoodBarber: If you want to control every aspect of your app but don’t have much code-writing experience, GoodBarber is a great platform for you. You can build an app for either an iPhone or Android device and even use the app to replace your current website, as the apps can be optimized for desktop and tablets.
Appy Pie: As a cloud-based DIY app builder, Appy Pie allows you to create and publish an app for any platform without any programming skills. Since the platform is based in the cloud, you can drag and drop all the elements online. Once your HTML5 app is complete, you can send it to be used on iOS, Android, Windows and even Progressive platforms.
AppMachine: Another easy-to-use platform with a drag-and-drop interface, AppMachine allows you to easily build an app while adding your own unique style to it. You can choose your own fonts, pictures, colors, and paths and be in complete control of your layout. It also offers in-service app testing abilities, so you can see how it’ll work on computers and mobile devices and note what changes need to be made.