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A Definitive guide to Mobile App Development

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Summary: Almost everyone is equipped with mobile services these days. If not the highly advanced ones, they know how to operate the basic applications in mobile phones. Mobiles have not only become a standard symbol but also a necessity in the world.

Mobile App Development refers to the process of creating software applications that run on mobile devices.

The small icons which you see on your mobile phones perform the functions of billions of dollars. These icons are called applications or apps. Mobile app development is the process of building those applications compatible enough to run on mobile devices, enabling backend services for data access through APIs, and testing the application on target devices. The applications could be pre-installed or designed by the developer. They use the network capabilities of the device to work.

With the advancement in micro-processing technologies, mobile applications could be run on multiple platforms. For example WhatsApp Web is a mobile-based application that could be run on browsers also.

The process of App Development:

The important steps in app development are:

1.       Understanding the requirement

2.       Developing the app

3.       Testing the final app

 Understanding the requirement and planning your strategy around it is the first requirement of mobile app development. Define the user requirements, for example, if the client wants to sell products or services, you need to make an e-commerce app for them.

Understand the need of the client by asking the age of your client, their mobile usage habit, their preference, or their sources to find your app.

By the clear deduction of this information, you could create a minimum viable product. Your goal is to deliver the most unique, authentic, and user-friendly app for your clients. Therefore, extensive brainstorming is required to level up or cancel out some ideas.

After you are done with brainstorming, conduct market research on the requirements of your technology. The minimum viable product is the next thing to be created. The key features of the MVP are functionality, design, reliability, usability.

Creating a minimum viable product is essential so that you can test the product using the minimum resources possible. This makes you learn what works for you and what doesn’t because the investors should get a clear approach to your idea. The MVP could be used to deliver the products faster and use it as a base for other products.

Now the next process is to start making the strategy and plan for app development. Define how you can use the functionalities to build cases and create a list of functional requirements. By having your MVP ready you can cut down the extra costs and prepare for the launch.

You need to list down the technologies required and choose your tech stack based on the requirements. Finalize your product by giving it a perfect name that is easy, searchable, and actionable.

The feel and look of your mobile application make a great deal of impression on the users. To get the highest level of user experience or UX, you have to develop a solid MVP and deliver top-notch smooth design. The user interface of your design should follow the trendy designs and be able to deliver a smooth working experience to the user.  

The designing process should consider the qualities, features, and functions of the app. The following are some methods that you need to follow for a designing process:

·         Building user flow- for smooth workflow of the user

·         Creating wireframes- they are digital sketches of the app’s features that are used as concepts to help you decide the visual structure of your app.

·         Choosing design, pattern, and elements- with the help of style guides

·         Creating mockups- the final display of your app is the high-fidelity design. The mockups combine the wireframes and style guide to send the final product for the prototype.

·         Prototype- sending the prototype of the model to your contacts could give you suggestions and feedback. It is like getting a real feel of the final product for pitching it to the investors.

When you move on to the phase of developing the app you need to keep in mind the three key aspects of development: Technical architecture, Technology stack, and Development milestones.

You can proceed on your own or take help from companies that offer a mobile app development services.


Mobile App Backend Development:


The development is done from the server-side to run the mobile app is called backend development. In short, it means the strategies to be executed from the server at the back to get results at the frontend from the user’s side.

The key uses of the backend are to store, secure and process the data. The development of the backend is used for sending information which the user is providing, back to the server for processing.

Apps like Gmail, Amazon, Netflix, Ola Cabs, and OneDrive require a strong backend to run.

With backend development, information is stored in a remote place. Then scripting is done to add logic to the interactivity. Also, designing and architecture are done to help it sort through the information.

Application Programming Interface (APIs) Development:


The mobile apps constantly communicate with the servers and for this purpose, they require a backend, web service, or API. They help to quickly interact with the user and make requests to the cloud data server.

You can either build yourself a particular API or purchase it from the already existing services.

    Purchasing an API is comfortable to integrate because it saves time and effort of the developer to integrate the services.

    Mobile App Frontend Development:

Frontend is what your users are going to see at the end of your development, i.e. your final product. Some applications need to figure out the local databases used for the development of the platform, while others require only the backend development.