Accessibility is mobility. Bring-your-laptop-everywhere is old fashion; access-everything-in-your-phone is the new trend. With the heightened number of mobile users, the number of mobile apps is also elevating.
Mobile applications are huge game-changers in the world of business. They improve transactions and increases customer engagement. Mobile apps are the best platform for brand awareness and promotions.
How do you build an app from scratch? Everything you need to know is all in this blog. But before we get started, it is vital to note that creating an app doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve got to have high programming skills; you just have to willingly invest in costs, time, coding, publishing, and so on.
Here are important aspects of creating an authentic and user-friendly native mobile app:
Usability of the App
Your mobile application should fulfill two purposes: productivity of your business and the satisfaction of your target market.
Research on the current problems and demands of mobile users, and create a useful app out from the data you have gathered. Facebook, for example, was created for social networks and communication. It did serve its purpose and is the most widely used social media platform across the nation today.
In developing your app, you should have a careful assessment of what it was made to do to execute it efficiently.
Feedback on Your Idea
Just like writing a book, you need to hear insights from your family, friends, and experts about your idea. Never let a lack of vision fail your ambitions.
Give them an overview of the app and let them enumerate what things should be added or removed. Their inputs will help you analyze what would be the key features of your mobile application.
Remember to focus on the major ones first, you can always add or remove any aspect in the future when necessary.
Design and Layout
Design and layout is an integral stage in creating a mobile app. This is when you look into the functionality of your app features. Make your mobile app simple and easy to navigate. The less complicated the mobile application is, the better the results would be.
Focus on the different UX aspects of iOS and Android. Showcase all valuable functionalities of a mobile app including forms, chatbots, push notifications, and social media and website links.
Design your user experience in a way that is engaging, enjoyable, and significant to the needs and interests of your target audience. Make sure also that your app is safe to use.
Again, look for references. This time, not from your circle but your competitors. Evaluate how they have designed their mobile apps, what are the components, and how are they promoting them.
Use the app firsthand and based on your experience, evaluate the following:
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the mobile application?
- Is it designed creatively or poorly?
- Is it convenient to use or is it confusing?
- Does it have bug issues or how often are ads popping up on the app?
Also, do not forget to look at the mobile app’s ratings and reviews. Considering that you now have all the data, reflect on what should be the outstanding feature of your mobile application over other existing apps online.
Draw inspiration from your competitors’ strengths in creating your mobile app; pull out suggestions from app users, collate the ones that would complement your ideas, and apply them to your mobile app.
Remember, the audience will buy your product when it is useful to them.
Wireframing is the visual presentation of the user interface of your mobile application. It shows a framework of how your app will look like, what information will be integrated into it, and how the navigation should work.
Your wireframe should generate the feedbacks and research that you have gathered from your circle and your competitors. Go back to the people who have provided you insights and walk them through the structure of your mobile app.
Be open to alterations. Ask feedback about your wireframe. You are a few steps closer to creating your mobile app, so be extra cautious and attentive to even the smallest detail.
User Interface Design
If you think your designs are just minimal and are doable by yourself, then work on it. Customize your mobile app and use a uniform template to avoid complexity and confusion. Remember, your mobile application should be a complete package – attractive and accessible.
On the other hand, if you are not really into designing, then it is best to ask help from an app designer.
Building the App
Also, you must have both Google Play and Apple Store accounts so you can target all Android and iPhone users. Set a timeframe and keep track of the development process to ensure that the application matches your visualization.
Coding is the most crucial part during mobile app building so make sure your developer does it efficiently.
The bug fixing stage comes right after the development phase is done. Test your application from errors and anything that can “break” your app.
Go back to the people who assessed your wireframes and let them use the actual application. Ask for feedback, and make adjustments when necessary.
Releasing the Application
Your mobile application is now available in the market! Grow your audience using powerful marketing tools such as email campaigns and social media marketing. The goal is to help your app get more reviews and downloads.
The aspects are all laid out. Keep them in mind and see how your app from scratch reaches the peak in a quick stint.
About the Author:
Charles is a writer for GoNative.io. He is a tech enthusiast and an avid fan of Apple who spends most of his free time browsing the web for tech news and playing video games.