In order to develop a mobile app, there is a phased and staged process that allows you to know what is expected at each step. By following this process, you’re much more likely to have a seamless application at the end of development.
6 phases of mobile app development
Mobile app ideation phase
Stage 1 is the mobile app ideation phase in which the concept and design of your mobile app are refined. Before you jump into creating a new mobile app, you should answer vital questions from both the viewpoint of the user and the developer. Questions can include thinking about:
- Competitive advantage of development
- Infrastructure integration
- User friendliness
- Value proposition
Mobile app design phase
In stage 2, developers actually design the app. Additionally, your developers will hone the app development tech platform they plan to use. Since your design and development teams will know the project requirements by this stage, stage 2 is also responsible for developing the workflow design, which helps to set boundaries for the project responsibilities. Having these in place further defines the role of your design and development team as well as the core responsibility and functions.
Mobile app development phase
Stage 3 is the mobile app development stage. While this sounds redundant, it is actually a phase that becomes more technical in terms of defining the architecture and technology stack of your app, while checking off developmental milestones. Most mobile app development projects go through 3 major parts: back-end/server technology, API(s) and app front-end. All 3 occur in this phase.
Mobile app testing phase
Stage 4 begins the testing phase of mobile app development. After successfully finishing the development stage, your team can perform a full test on your new app, which will ensure that your software works just like you programmed it to. Since the development phase is iterative, the testing phase is able to confirm that the app you’ve created is free of errors (or bugs) early enough that you can make changes if errors occur.
During this stage, many tests are run on your app and reviews are compiled so that you can ensure everything is correct. Your app will not be ready to launch until all of its components are harmonious and any risk of under-performance are eliminated.
Mobile app deployment stage phase
Stage 5 is the mobile app deployment stage. After all of your testing is complete and any issues have been fixed, your app will be certified for deployment. It is then on to your sales and marketing teams to ensure that your target market is excited and want to use your app. To drum up interest, consider having your team employ some of the following:
- Employ influencer endorsements
- Online ads
- Set up email promotions
- Upload videos to your social media accounts
- Utilize push notifications and/or subscriptions
Mobile app maintenance and updates
After your app has been launched, your team still isn’t done. The sixth and final stage is mobile app maintenance and updates. From time to time, errors will slip through the cracks and will need to be corrected. Additionally, all the planning in the world can’t predict how your users will enjoy your app. If there are features they don’t enjoy, it would be in this stage that you would tweak your app and issue an update.