The process of developing an app will include the pre-development phase, which is pitching an app idea, creating and development phase, which will include all processes from conceptualizing the base blueprint of frame of the application to testing, and the final phase is the app post-deployment. To make this easier for you to understand, let's take these three phases into an eight-step process that can be applied to any android application development process. These eight steps include:
Every app always starts as a thought or an idea in anyone's mind. It could be the developer or any random person's idea for a business, day-to-day personal tasks, or maybe even a gaming idea. Turning this idea into a well-thought grounded concept, which is the foundation of development, is the first step in developing an app. The question of "What purpose or solution does this app serve" should be answered in this step. The intrinsics of features present in the application and the necessary groundwork necessary for all other steps are foresighted in this step process.
Developing A Wireframe
Like building a home, a blueprint is necessary to view the architectural structure of the building. This is the same purpose developing a wireframe for your app serves. It is a blueprint which maps out the general vision of the app and helps you see the integral aspects and cost-intensive processes that will occur.
After developing a blueprint of what your app will look like, a feasibility assessment is sourcing for the tools and looking into the technical complexities that are required for the development. It is all research done to measure the possibility of development. This is like where the fairytale idea of a blueprint turns into a full-fleshed process that is either feasible or not. Here, every aspect of the app, from software to hardware, is looked into. Extensive research is done on the functionalities and the technical requirements the app will require. Once a feasibility assessment is carried out, then the app is ready for design.
Every app is a cumulation of a back-end and front-end designing process. The app's design is building the visual outlook and user interface of the application, usually by a User Experience (UX) Designer and UI Designer. You get to see how your app will look like in this phase. This multi-step process is quite essential, especially before functionality and prototype development. It is the customer satisfaction step process of app development, be it mobile application development or not.
All the lines of codes put into creating the functionality of the design created are done in the development proper. This is where the actual writing takes place. This phase comprises various cycles and test processes to ensure that the application "functions" in the tasks it is built and developed for. Usually, the development process is such a broad scope of work, especially with multifunctional applications with a broad scope. So, developers are keen to break down the process into smaller bits, tackled and tested in a repeated cycle till the development is complete.
Knowing how the user interface, security, speed, and other functionalities of the app are fairing in relation to its use and stability is what testing is. This will aid in the discovery of bugs that require fixing. It is necessary to test an application before deployment to eliminate avoidable issues and save costs. Deployment may be delayed, but skipping the testing phase is setting your app up for failure.
A lot of mobile apps are deployed on Google PlayStore for accessibility for download. Deployment is the release of the application for use. The deployment stage will involve the submission for approval, rights, and policy development and implementation amongst many other plans that need to be systematically planned before it is then released to the public for download for use. Take note that this is not where development ends.
Apps are like children, as children grow, so do apps too. Continuous updates for an improved user interface, better security, faster processing, and additional features are necessary to keep the functionalities running. In a sense, developing an app may never end, as updating is a continuous process.