However, the process for developing a mobile app can sometimes take more than the estimated timeframe, due to lack of technical know-how and other relevant factors. In this blog, we give a step-by-step guide on everything you need to build an app for your business.
1) What are the different phases of app development?
The Pre-Design phase involves identifying the core concept and objective of the project. This may include one or more sessions with your team to understand the project requirements and create a tentative roadmap for the project.
The Design phase takes care of architecting the UI/UX for your app. The designs for all the screens of your mobile app, along with a working prototype will be submitted to your team which can be installed on your device/s to give you an actual sense of the app.
The Development process then handles the actual build of the mobile app, preferably in several phases called “sprints”. At the end of each sprint, a build is internally released to you for review.
The Testing process ensures that each functionality is working fine, and the bugs are resolved, if any.
The Deployment process initially involves deploying your back-end server into a scalable production environment to ensure seamless data transfer to and from your app. The second deployment involves submitting your app to the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
The Maintenance process ensures smooth functioning of your app through regular updates involving fixes, performance upgrades, enhancements, and new functionalities.
2) What kind of a team is required to build an app? Depending upon the app complexities, the kind of software professionals involved in the process may vary. A basic app development team consists of a UI/UX Designer, App Developer, QA/ Software tester, and a Project Manager.
In the case of a complex mobile app, a need for some additional skillsets/expertise may arise, such as Backend Developer, System Administrator, etc.
3) What are the different kinds of apps that can be built?
Native apps: Native apps are specifically designed to be “native” for a mobile device’s operating system (OS), beit iOS, Android, or Windows. Owing to it being built specifically for one platform, these apps are faster and more reliable in terms of performance.
Web apps: Web apps behave like Native apps but are accessed through a web browser on your mobile device. These apps redirect a user to URL and offer “install” option by creating a bookmark on their browser page. The best example for this is PWA (Progressive Web App).
Hybrid apps These are web apps that give the user a feel of a native app. Hybrid/Cross-platform apps use a mix of web technologies and native APIs. These apps are faster to build, and are more economical than a native app.
4) How much does it cost to build a mobile app? It all comes down to cost after you have realized what kind of an app your business needs. However, it is difficult to estimate the cost of a mobile app, unless the features and complexities of the mobile app are analyzed. The cost range of a mobile app may vary from a minimum of $5,000 to more than $100,000 depending upon several factors such as nature of the business, app platform, design type, custom functionalities, etc.
The Software development team at Aress possesses years of experience in developing mobile apps for lifestyle, utility, entertainment, as well as enterprise-level apps. We assist our customers during the entire app development cycle; from concept to deployment. Get in touch with one of our experts to know more.