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We have come a long way, haven’t we? Apps especially Mobile apps are all over the place from being in our Smartphone to playing a major role in our day-to-day life. But what makes these mobile applications so important!
The real reason for the popularity of mobile apps is their multi-purpose utilization by the end-users. The mobile apps allow the user to convert their hard work into smart work. For example Online Shopping, now you don’t need to go to the store to buy an outfit instead order it from the online store. So, just a few taps on the screen and your outfit will be at your doorstep soon.
Let’s start by defining the term, Mobile App Development – is a process of building mobile apps which are basically built for mobile devices and smartphones.
It has been over a decade and Mobile Application Development is still contributing to the rise of smartphones and tablets more than ever. That’s one of the main reasons why companies and brands nowadays are showing so keen interest in developing their very own mobile apps.
And this is becoming the constant need of the hour, as no one wants to miss an opportunity of their idea coming to life through a mobile application. Hence, these companies come into the picture.
Now, you can’t just hire the first mobile application development company that you lay your eyes on. A great amount of research is required from the client’s part before making the final decision of hiring the app development company.
If a client wants to covert his/her app idea into an app reality, then the client should also have knowledge regarding the process of app development. The client should know ‘How to build an app’ because this is a basic question that holds together some most integral processes.
As one of the leading names in this field, we at ChromeInfo Technologies (ChromeInfotech) consider it our responsibility. To enlighten our clients and also to those people who interested in technology, with the whole process of mobile app development.
There are no hard and fast rules behind the building of a mobile app. The essential part here is knowing the correct flow of the process. So, instead of going for a lengthy ‘How-To’ guide below are the steps to acknowledge you on the process of application development.
From the very beginning, our highly talented team interacts with the client regarding the app’s idea. They don’t just note down the client’s idea but also communicates about the goals that the client has set that led him/her to this idea.
After validating the goals, our team members initiate the thorough research phase and analyze the objectives of the app. We at ChromeInfotech, believe that the client should always back up his/her potential app idea with solid validation through the extensive market research of respective industry vertical.
Once the client has finalized the objectives and goals to be met by mobile app. Now, comes the step were wireframe are created. Wireframing can be done by various different profiles but we highly recommend wireframes to be made by the Business Analysts, here’s why:
Our Business Analysts have rich experience of working on several other mobile apps.
Our BA team is well aware of the latest and trending wireframing tools.
An app development company’s business analyst should mainly focus on Data Points,
Wireframes act as the skeleton and are often referred to as the blueprints that are responsible for providing a shape to the finalized app.
Many people are also not aware of advantages of wireframes as per various roles like – For Developer, Designer, Investor, and of course the customer. This is because people think that wireframes are only meant to fulfill the technical aspect of the project.
But the client can also share the wireframes with the investors to brief them out about the application’s flow and the summary of the concept behind it.
When the wireframes are approved from the client’s side and are finalized, our team moves ahead to the designing stage. An app’s design matters a lot! Whether it’s a web application or a mobile app, the one thing that can ‘Make or Break’ the app is the User Experience.
Without great UX i.e. User Experience your app won’t be able to successfully land among the top apps in the app stores. The thing about UX is that a majority of people mix it up with the term User Interface. But in reality these two are completely different from each other and can be defined as:
User Interface Design – UI design is an implication of the look and feel of the application. Because the User Interface is mainly focused on the presentation portion of the app, the UI designers’ highest priority is the Graphic designing of the app.
User Experience Design – UX design is the discipline that is concerned with all the elements that together make up the whole interface. These elements include layout, text, brand, sound, visual design, and interaction.
The above-mentioned description definitions of user experience design and user interface design, will help you to not use these both terms interchangeably.
At ChromeInfo Technologies, we pay high attention towards selecting our application designers. That’s why our app designs hold minimum 5 years of rich experience in designing apps for android and iOS platforms.
One of the key responsibilities of an app designer is to find and also maintain that perfect balance between the UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface) in the app. This is done to avoid any mess while designing the web and mobile app.
Selecting the color – Color selection is the first stage because after functionality, color acts as the second most crucial aspect of an app. So, explore the color scheme carefully from options like analogous, complementary, monochromatic, or customized as per your app’s requirements.
Design the Logo – After you have finalized the color scheme for your mobile app, then you need to work on designing the app’s logo. Because the app’s logo is the symbolic representation of the app, it should be simple yet effective for the customer to understand the meaning behind it.
Follow Iterations – The app designer should create at least 3 to 4 options for logos and color combinations to choose from. If the client did not approve of any options created, then more iterations are to be followed.
Finalizing the Design – So, once the iterations have been stopped and the logo and color scheme for the app has been finalized. The last stage includes making some minute changes to the final look of the app and adding a couple of finishing touches as per the client’s instructions.
Tip for app designing: - If you take a look at some of the latest and trending mobile apps, you will notice that they bear a few common attributes like having an attractive them with an innovative design that is easier to navigate for the user and should not have any overflowing of information.
For a mobile application, the UX design should be very user-centric and the app designers should be focusing on how to make the usability of the app even better than before.
When the mobile app’s design is finalized, the next stage is the part where the core development and building of an app takes place.
Mainly there are two major approaches to proceed, which are Native App Development and Hybrid App Development.
Now, to choose between these two app development categories. The client should be aware about the business objectives that are to be met. So, let’s get to know these approaches in-depth:
Native App Development
The native apps can be defined as the most common type of applications. These native apps are built specifically for platforms like Android and iOS. Also, these apps are written in languages that are acceptable by the mentioned platforms. So of those languages are:
Java – Java is one of those languages that majority of people are familiar to. It is a general-purpose and object-oriented computer programming language that is also class-based and concurrent in nature. The language Java is a programming language that is used on Android platform for the native app development.
Swift – Swift is a complied programming language that is general-purpose as well as multi-paradigm. Some of the popular programming languages used for developing the native applications for the iOS platforms are Object C and Swift.
Apart from the iOS and Android platforms, the native applications can also be built using the IDE i.e., Integrated Development Environment for a specific operating system.
Hybrid App Development
The Native apps and Hybrid apps are not worlds apart meaning that the hybrid applications actually behave like native apps and also work across similar platforms like Android and iOS. We can define a hybrid app as a mix between the web app and a native application.
To use the hybrid app, the end-user, need to install the app on their device (similar to a native app) but in reality it operates like a web application. Although, the hybrid app development can perform everything the HTML5 does but it cannot incorporate the native app features in it.
CSS – The term CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets which is a style sheet language. The CSS is basically used to further describe the presentation part of a document written in a markup language. For example – HTML.
We at ChromeInfotech, are aware of the fact that there is not much difference between the native applications and hybrid applications but even this little difference can lead on to major differences.
With our expertise, our advice would be to opt for the Native Application Development approach instead of the Hybrid Application Development approach. But this decision also depends on the client’s projects and their business perspectives.
That’s why we are pointing out the plus as well as the negative sides of both the application development approaches.
Advantages of Native Apps
Native apps are much more interactive and intuitive also very smooth running when it comes to the input and output terms.
Native applications show the best performance.
These apps allow the app developers to access the complete feature set on a given platform.
Here, the internet connection is not compulsory if all the data is stored in the local space.
These native apps offer better user experience (UX) because the flow here is much more natural and is specific to the UI standards for each platform like android and iOS.
Disadvantages of Native Apps
In comparison to hybrid apps, the native apps are more expensive.
In native apps, complex languages are used thus you would require experienced app developers.
For simpler apps, native app development may not be the most efficient pick.
Advantages of Hybrid App Development
The hybrids apps are much easier to build.
In comparison, the hybrid apps are cheaper than native apps.
There is no need of a browser for hybrid apps.
The hybrid apps are faster to develop because of existence of just one code base.
Disadvantages of Hybrid App Development
The hybrid applications are slower than the native ones.
In case of high customization, the original hybrid model starts to unwind.
Hybrid apps are less interactive in comparison.
Once the approach is finalized, the next step is to move ahead with the segment of Frontend and Backend Development.
The segment of frontend development can also be referred to as ‘client-side’ programming. This is the part that happens on the browser and are basically the things, that can be seen as well as interacted by the user.
This kind of web development is the practice of conversion of data into a graphical interface for the end-users.
Here, is a brief description on the flow that frontend usually goes with:
Initially the site is loaded in a browser from the server. After that the client-side scripts starts to run in the browser and processes the request without making any call-backs to the server.
At last, the server-side scripts process the data then update the site according to it. Segments like updating the user profile, loading products to a page, populating the drop-down menus, and much more.
For a front-end developer the main role is in creating great user experience and high interactivity. Their job also consists of checking how the client side scrips are working in terms of delivering much enhanced user experience.
Skillset for a Frontend
HTML – Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is known as the standard makeup language that is used for creating web apps and web pages along with CSS also known as Cascading Style Sheets.
The backend development is also called the CMS i.e. Content Management System. This is the portion of a mobile/web application that is hidden from the end-user and is just visible to the app developers.
Below are some points that describes the need of back-end:
To get access of the data/information that the users require through the app.
Then the combining and transforming of that data takes place.
To return the collected information to the requester in its new form.
Skillset for a Backend Developer
PHP – PHP is also known as Hypertext Preprocessor which is a general-purpose server-side scripting language that is designed for the web development purpose.
ASP.NET MVC – ASP.NET MVC is an open-source web app framework that was developed by the company ‘Microsoft’ by implanting the Modern-View-Controller (MVC) pattern.
The basic definition of agile methodology is – A practice that further promotes the continuous iteration of the app development and also app testing throughout the entire cycle of the app.
Our team of professionals suggest opting for agile methodology instead of other methodologies because here both the development as well as the testing activities function in a concurrent way.
Agile Methodology’s Core Values:
To emphasize on the customer collaboration over the contract negotiation.
To Respond to the changes while following a certain brand.
It also focuses on individual and team interactions with tools/processes.
To accentuate towards working on software over the comprehensive documentations.
If you have reached here, this means that your development stage is completed and next is t he step where the testing part comes into action. Here, you will come across the end-to-end process to test the application development till now.
“Testing is the stage that refine the quality as well as the performance of the end product”
Below are some of the best agile testing methods to move ahead with:
SCRUM – Scrum is a quite famous agile development method which known to mainly focus on how the managing of tasks can be done within a team-based application development environment.
XP/eXtreme Programming – The extreme programming also known as XP is a very helpful agile testing method that also supports the highly frequent product releases that takes place in cycles of short development. This testing is responsible for improving the overall productivity of the process.
Major types of Testing
Internal Testing – The term internal testing can be defined as the testing which is done in terms of several sprints which are divided by the team itself. The testing done with sprints are known to be much more simple and easier to look for the errors in divided portions.
Beta Testing – Another main type of testing is the beta testing and in this testing the motive is to monitor the mobile/web app’s performance.
Here, once the testers completely test the app, all the sprints are combined together and is sent to the client for the trying out the final output received.
As one of the leading mobile application development company, we know the true value of testing phase for the mobile or web app. Here are few of our suggestions of top testing tools:
Backlog – This is an online project-management solution tool that basically is made for the app developers. Backlog also includes the bug-tracking feature with which you can easily find the bugs in the app’s flow.
Redmine – Redmine is more than just a pain bug-tracking tool and that’s why ChromeInfotech recommends it. This tool has been in the market for over a decade now and is compatible with a series of languages.
At this point the actual ‘building’ part of an application is complete. The next stages that comes after the testing step are – Beta Version, App Launch, App Marketing, and Maintenance. You can get in depth knowledge on these steps from our blog ‘11 Simple Steps To Help You Create An App’
After reading the above-mentioned points and analyzing them – Do you think your Business need a Mobile App? If it does seem like you need a mobile application for your startup or enterprise. Then tip us on your app idea and we can take it ahead from there.
The thing with hiring of a mobile app development company is that you need to get a clear look at the previous work done by the company. For example: If you want to hire a company to create an innovative cooking app for your business. Then have a look at some of our best works in the Food App section like Live Streaming Cooking App.
What really makes us stand out from thousands of other mobile application development companies is ‘Our focus on the need to develop as well as design mobile-friendly websites and mobile applications’.
Since our inception, ChromeInfotech has come a long way and in this journey of several years. Our highly-skilled developers and designers have successfully build hundreds of Android as well as iOS mobile apps. Out of these hundreds of applications a majority of mobile apps have been featured on app stores.
The main reason why our apps end up getting features on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store is – Our dedication towards the delivering the best outcome possible to the client in terms of Innovation, Quality, and Reliability.
And ChromeInfo Technologies excellent work is not just limited to Mobile App Development but we also equally focus on the Web App Development.