Guide to Building Your First Mobile App

Why do you want to build a mobile app? Do you want to ride the wave of other entrepreneurs, or did you come across a problem that you feel you can resolve? The answer to this question will determine whether your app will be successful or not.

Here is a guide to get you started, but note it may not work for everyone. This is drawn from our experience working for years with entrepreneurs, helping them build and market their mobile apps. Take from it what suits your strategy best, or follow it to the hilt. The important part is to get started.

Get an idea or a problem:

If you already have an app idea, move onto step two. If not, read on. Want to build an app but don’t have an app idea? What you really need are problems, and they’re everywhere!

Successful entrepreneurs solve problems in a way that we could not have imagined. When you look around you, every product and service you use were all created to solve a problem. You wanted to get from one place to another faster, you got a car. You wanted to get from one country to another faster, you got planes.

So look for problems in your daily life and list each one of them. Once you have an exhaustive list, then start to think on how you can resolve them and shortlist the ones that make most sense.

Identify the need:

Validation will prove that a demand exists for your app. You can validate your idea by using the Google Keyword Planner tool to look for the number of people seeking out what you’re trying to do. You could also build a landing page that broadly highlights your app idea and seek user interest through an email signup.

Lay out the flow and features:

Validation of your app idea means that you’ve got something that people want to use. Now is the time to detail your product onto a document, or if you want to go the extra mile, use a wireframing tool.

When putting your idea down on paper, remember to be as detailed as possible. Include the flow of how the user will navigate the app as well as all the features envisioned. This will help your developer to clearly understand your expectations.

Remove non-core features:

From the flow and features document you prepared, start looking closely at features that you can remove. Offer only the core value of your app idea. Do not build features in the first version that are “nice to have” and can always be added later as an update. This will help keep the initial costs of development down and also help you get to market quicker.

Put design first:

I have heard many entrepreneurs saying they want a very basic design and want to focus on just developing an app. They are so wrong! Design is not just about how your app looks, but it’s about how a user will experience the app. Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures best explains it: “Design is a way of making technology useful.” So look for a developer who puts design (user experience and graphics) first.

Hire a designer/developer:

Seek a development company that has great design talent and a solid development team. While hiring a developer, go online to check on their credibility and the apps that they have created. If you really liked an app they created from their portfolio, chances are, they could be the right one for your product.

Create developer accounts:

You must register for a developer account with the respective app stores to be able to sell your app through their platform. Google’s Android charges $25 a year and Apple charges $99 annually. You have the option of registering as an individual or as a company, if you already have one formed.

Integrate Analytics:

Analytics help you track downloads, user engagement and retention for your mobile app. Make sure you use tools such as Flurry, which is available for free, and Localytics, that has a free and paid version.

Get feedback quickly and improvise:

Once your app goes live on the app store, the first set of customers’ usage and behavior will give you insight into how to improve and enhance your app. Enhancements and changes are constant, so keep an eye on user feedback and keep building.

Introduce features:

You built version one with limited features and only the core offering. Now is the time to evaluate and introduce the remaining features that were left out in the initial version. You will know through analytics and feedback whether the features are relevant anymore.

These steps are not sacrosanct, but rather a guideline to building your app in the most effective manner based on my experience. Once you’re ready to start, you must also know that building a mobile app is the easiest part. Getting customers is where the challenge lies.

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Taking the Step to Becoming a Mobile App Developer

We all know that the application industry is doing not just well but exceptionally well. We see that Apple and Google have reached more than 700,000 mobile apps each and have turned a revenue of $46 billion in 2016 — up nearly $40 billion from 2011. Since of late many have started focusing on mobile application development and have even have started taking it serious in making it their career. Mobile app developers who have the right set of skills can make it in this multi billion-dollar industry. Though many are confused on a way to get it done, there is one reassurance that it can happen in more than one way.

Let’s take a look at the few but good ways to becoming a Mobile App Developer:

  1. ) Start by choosing a platform
  2. ) Get to understand the Language and Software
  3. ) Write Programs using
  • Java
  • C++
  • SQL
  • Objective c
  • C#
  • JavaScript
  • Swift

4.) Find and Create a Career:

The thing about mobile app development is that companies that you apply for develop applications for more than one platform. The more you learn, the better your choices.

Platforms Languages Environment  

Devices

 

iOS Swift, Objective C Xcode iPhone, iPod, iPad
Android Java C++ Eclipse Multiple Vendors
Symbian C++ Multiple Choices Multiple Vendors
RIM Java Eclipse Blackberry
Windows Phone C++ Visual Studio Multiple Vendors

 

5.) The industry is expected to grow 32% more within 2020, and most popular platforms are expected to be iOS and Android

6.) 2020 will see 300,00 new openings for application developers

7.) Android has shot over iOS showing a growth of 110% in comparison to iOS which is only 54%

8.) A fact that Android developers are faster placed than iOS developers with a stats of 165% for Android and 54% for iOS will give you the right shove in the right direction.

9.) Skills Expected of a Mobile App Developer:

  • Designing a UI (Create a Design for people on the go)
  • Capability in performing general computing skills (Security, database management, hardware interaction and more)
  • Design to be visible (Prepare to make your app visible amongst the first 100 of a category)
  • Achieve specific programing skills: Classic Programing languages, Cross- Platform Suites, and Web Development Languages

10.) Become a Developer:

  • Take classes on programs you decide to learn and continue to keep yourself updated using tutorials.
  • Create an app yourself and make sure you present it in a developer program

Lay your plans out and prepare to hit the industry in the most professional way. Good luck to you.

 

Mobile Marketing is on the Move!

The time is here to concentrate on getting your websites more mobile friendly. If your intentions are to reach as many customers as you intend on, and to beat the competition from your contenders, the infographics below will help you with it.

Let’s take a quick look at what’s happening in the mobile marketing world.

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It’s an App’s World!

Technology is on the move and it’s very clear that we are heading into a world that’s being overtaken by apps. To make things clear, and to give you a bird’s eye view on the point, we have put together a few statistics to prove the same.

Statistics that prove we are living in an App’s World.

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How to Qualify your Mobile App Development Partner

Does your company have a mobile app yet, you could be missing out on a golden opportunity to tap into new revenue streams. Smartphones and tablets are where today’s consumers live. The majority of the 2 BILLION smartphone owners across the world use a shopping or retail app at least once a month, according to a recent report (Entrepreneur.com).

If you’d like a Mobile App that lets customers buy your products / Services — or simply access products reviews, videos or coupons — you’ll need to partner with an experienced development firm you trust to custom build it.

Here are Few Key Tips to Qualify a Mobile App Development Partner to help you choose the right one for the job:

1. Ask for Mobile Apps developed by the Mobile App Development Partner?
Qualified Partners should be eager to provide you with a list of apps they have Developed with the complete with links to each in Apple’s iOS App Store or Google Play, Google’s Android app store. That way you can begin to gauge whether or not they have the skills, experience and vision to produce the type of mobile app you’re looking for.

2. References: List of current and past clients? 
Unlike reading movie credits, there’s typically no way to tell who actually developed an app. This is why speaking directly with Qualified Partners’ current and former clients can be essential to verifying that they have actually created the apps they claim to have worked with. Checking references also gives you an opportunity to ask how reliable, responsive and results-oriented the partners are. For example, you might ask whether they delivered on deadline and within budget, and how well they work under pressure.

3. Development Process & Communications (Project Management)? 

The quality of your app often depends on how clearly and often you communicate your app design and functionality requirements throughout the development process.

Does your Qualified Partner prefer to chat in person or via phone, Skype, instant message or email — and how often? Ask about the Project Management tool which will help you understand the quality of their internal processes. Ask about the Project Execution Plan and the frequency of Project Progress Call / Meetings.

4. Technologies Used (Native or Cross-Platform) 
An App’s success is truly based on the user experience and the performance of the app. This is an important factor to be considered as the technologies used will be reflected in the performance of the developed app.

Upon sharing the Scope of the Project, ask the Qualified Partner on what technologies will your App be built. Usually, most of the Apps are built using native coding (For iOS, best technology practices are Objective C, SWIFT & Cocos2D and for Android, its java respectively). If the Qualified Partner prefers Cross Plat-form coding, ask for reasons to make sure there is no compromise on performance of your app.

To save the investment cost, most of the companies make mistakes on opting cross-platform development which has lot of limitations. Be clear in choosing the right technology for you app.

5. Quality Assurance & Testing? 
Generally, the best way to test an app is simply to run it on the smartphone it will be used on. The Qualified Partner Company should provide a thorough explanation of how they will conducts an extensive beta test to weed out any glitches. If bugs are found, how will the candidate fix them — and how quickly?

6. How can my app make money? 
If your primary goal is to generate revenue with your app, the Qualified Partners Company should know exactly how to build in features that will allow you to make money. You could opt for a pay-per-download revenue model, charging, say, between 99 cents and $4.99, depending on how many features your app offers.

If you opt for a free app, be sure the candidate is well versed in how to integrate mobile display ads, in-app purchases or paid subscription services.

7. App Ownership? 
Typically the individual or company paying for a mobile app will own the finished product but to be sure you own all the rights to the app you commissioned, you and the Qualified Partners Company to sign a written “Specific NDA / copyright assignment” or “work made for hire” contract. The document should establish confidentiality and state that you own the app’s design, source code and all of its content.

8. Launch of App in Stores? 
After you’ve approved the beta-tested version of your app, the last step is for the developer to submit it to an app store for approval to be sold there. App submission is often a long, multi-step process that your Qualified Partners Company should already know how to successfully navigate.

9. Payment Terms? 
Draft a written agreement specifying that you will pay the developer by proposed agreement with a flat fee. Mostly, Qualified Partners require a deposit at the beginning of a project, often for up to half of the estimated total cost, with the balance due when the app is completed.

Do you have an conceptual idea to create an App, contact Urbansoft for a free quote. Urbansoft has delivered 15+ Apps starting from 2000$ to 100,000$ for US clients.

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