‘They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself’ – A. Warhol
A stupid sounding idea has always been a major reason behind any innovation or progress in our world. The consequences of not nurturing such an idea could be huge. You can take a sneak peek at the following stone age focus group discussion to find out what killing an idea could cost us.
We, at App-Knit, are believers, creators and collaborators of ideas in a time when an average person uses a mobile phone to connect, buy, sell, play, learn, find places, inform and be informed. The small screen is her gateway to the big world!
Our goal is simple! We want to bring every big idea to this small screen!
Let’s go through the steps of how any dreamer can take an idea successfully to the small screen playstore!
Step 1: The IDEA
Ask a couple of quick questions to yourself: What need does your mobile app aim to satisfy? What aspects of the intended service can it provide? Who are the competitors in this space?
Do not forget to keep the consumer at the center of your mind all this while. What kind of an app will make her life easier? What would be her expectations from such an app? Why should she choose your app over your competitor’s? What elements are absolutely essential to get your app more downloads?
NEVER underestimate your competitors. Find out what apps in the concerned space are doing better than others. What is their operational model? What kind of work the creators are doing behind the stage?
Step 2: Design and Layout
A limitation of the human race is that people can’t see and read into the ideas inside someone else’s head. This is why a pencil and a notebook have greatly served many thinking individuals. You need to have an idea of what your app is going to look and feel like and draw them on a paper if you must. How is your app going to look? How is your app going to behave? What is the user interface going to feel like?
When you have everything on display, it will help you understand and explain your idea better! Plus having a repository of all your ideas and going through them will feel good when you’re old!
Step 3: The Nitty- Gritties
It’s time to dig into the technicalities!
Find out what niche your mobile app can satisfy, what monetization modes are available, what are the technical specs of your app, how much is its development going to cost and pen down all your research. Getting expert help can make a lot of difference while dealing with all these particulars!
Step 4: Basic Prototyping
Here, you need attention to detail to sail your boat!
From understanding the flow of your mobile app, to seeing how it works on mobile platforms – the prototyping process is crucial for the successful launch of your mobile app. There are a few web-based prototyping tools you can use. These aren’t rocket science, and incorporate a lot of options in terms of troubleshooting and design additions.
Some of the good ones are InVision, JustinMind and Marvel. For those who wish to take a soak in hands-on mobile app development, this is a good place to begin. Quite a lot of these don’t involve lines of code, are interactive and can be very easy to use for the entrepreneur in you.
Step 5: Markup and Assessment
Create a markup plan for the developer, now that you have the particulars and the prototyping frames at hand, so that there is no disconnect between what you want and what you get!This is a good time to get some feedback and reviews from your community and see if your app development has been hitting the right notes. It will help you gain some meaningful insight into your users’minds!
Step 6: The Geek Show
After all the surface level scratching has been done, we need to go deeper and beyond- to the skeleton of your app! This is where the developer comes into picture!
Finding an app developer that is reasonable (in terms of pricing, behavior or otherwise), and can understand your vision is a little difficult but definitely not impossible. Approaching design and tech firms can be heavy on the pocket for most independent operators, but it is always the better option since their services will be more targeted and efficient.
If you’re a technical geek and interested in the development process yourself, then you may consider one of these reliable options – AppMakr, GENWI, Mippin, Mopbase or MyAppBuilder!
The developer, or you for that matter, will also have the task of designing all the frames of your mobile app at this stage – they’re called ‘skins’ – and the flow from one frame to another has to be streamlined. The developer also adds servers, API’s and storage based processes to the back-end.
Step 7: The Final Touches
We never press ‘send’ on a love ‘letter’ without crosschecking, do we?
This stage majorly involves troubleshooting and testing -AGAIN!
We aren’t perfect of course and some issues would only arise when our app is subjected to rigorous testing. Live testing in iOS and Android environments is very necessary and highly recommended to monitor performance!
We hope that we were able to guide the dreamer in you a little into the world of mobile app development!
You could send in any queries that you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org. We promise you will be replied to on priority.
Happy Learning! 😊