How To Build a Mobile Application?

In today’s rapidly changing world, the mobile application market is growing at the speed of light. At the same time, it becomes more and more competitive each year. Many people have a big idea to create an app and start profiting from it. And there are dozens of app building systems that can help them turn their idea into a reality. Just as all those people before you, you probably have a brilliant application idea burning in your mind. However, you do not know how to breathe life into it. While some of your friends tell you it is too risky, the others will advise you to hire a professional company, and invest a fortune in your dream.

However, it is not so easy to build a high-quality mobile application. First of all, you should be very specific and systematic on the approach being used for your mobile app development. Otherwise, your app will not be successful and/or even visible in the mobile app market’s complex environment. So in this article, we have decided to walk you through the process of creating a mobile app.

So let us start at the very beginning of how to build a mobile application.

Great Apps Start With Great Imagination

Your app should provide people with tangible benefits to bring enjoyment to their lives. That is why in order to build a successful mobile app, firstly you need to identify a problem which it will resolve (set a goal), and then determine what features it needs to do that.

Sketch Your Ideas

Create a sketch of what your mobile app will look like. Be clear about revenue model (pay-per-download,ads, etc.), devices and mobile platforms to be supported, and your target audience. Think about how much money you are ready to invest in it.

Design Your Application

Browse through and find what fits your fancy. Research the competition of your application idea. Only when finished, start blindly designing it. This step is crucial as it ensures usability of your app, while creating an instant impact on the people’s minds. Here is the article explaining what is UI design and why it matters.

Identify Approach for Developing An App

Choosing the right approach is highly important. This choice should be based on your time and budget. Take a quick look at different approaches to mobile app development.

Develop a Wireframe

Finally, we have reached the stage when you can take your idea and turn it into an app. A wireframe is actually the foundation for your app development. At the last stage, you will need to create a prototype. See how are they different.

Define the Back-End

Now, you should delineate your data diagrams, APIs, and servers. You can find several do-it-yourself application creators online to help you. But if you do not know what this all is about, you should definitely find a professional mobile development agency to do the rest job for you.

Integrate Analytics

This will provide you with a detailed picture of how many users use your app, who are they, and how can you keep them coming back. See some of the analytics tools:

  • Preemptive
  • Mixpanel
  • Localytics
  • Flurry
  • Google Analytics

Testing

This is the first opportunity to get feedback from your target audience to make sure that the look and the feel of the app meet their expectations. Listen to their opinions and eliminate device-specific bugs. Testing is crucial for improving your UX design.

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Release Your Application

Congrats, you have made it to the finish line! It is time to distribute your idea on Google Play or Apple Store! Undoubtedly, it is impossible to pen down the exact steps you should take to create an app. However, those were some of the basics.

The Cost of Building a Mobile App

Generally, it comes down to platform, development team, features, and overall application complexity. However, the price largely depends on your development agency. Show the same project to five different development studios, and you’ll get absolutely different pricing from each one.

What We Offer

At Loonar Studios, we create highly polished Android & iPhone applications for various clients. We have been building, developing, designing, publishing, and managing mobile apps for more than five years. Based on our experience, here is a quick guide to the approximate time for creating a mobile app (native development, iOS and Android platforms, backend based on YII2/Laravel frameworks):

Instagram app – about 1600-2200 hours
Messenger (like WhatsApp) – about 1800-2300 hours
Tinder (dating app) – about 1500-1900 hours
Marketplace (like Etsy) – about 1600-2000 hours
Uber – about 1800-2200 hours

We will work closely with you to handle all aspects of project development such as designing, wireframing, prototyping, testing, app release and marketing. That is exactly why many of our clients keep coming back to us!  We can take your unique idea and turn it into a reality by creating a custom application.

Need any help in building a mobile application for your business? Contact us to get a free quote!