Got an Idea for an App? Don’t Hire a Developer Before Reading This!
Generate as Many Ideas as You Can
The first results become visible within 4-6 months after the launch. If nothing happens, shift to another app idea and start developing it.
Get inspired by apps success stories. It doesn't matter if there are similar apps. Your app should just do more than any others on the market. The same happened to Prisma in 2016.
Though there are dozens of photo editing apps, Prisma cracked the market. It transforms images into works of art on the spot with the help of the unique mix of neural networks and artificial intelligence. Never stop generating new ideas, you never know which one will hit the mark!
Make A Sketch
A sketch can help define your idea and explain the mobile app idea clearly.
Visual communication takes place through pictures, graphs and charts, as well as through signs, signals and symbols. It may be used either independently or as an adjunct to the other methods.
If you're building an app for the first time, try to make it as simple as anything. And you're on your path, go on.
Conduct Market Research
There is a lot of research that you can do on your own without breaking the bank. Note, the absence of market research equals to the fail of your product. It's similar to doing your home assignment. You can get along without your home assignment, but with your homework done, you still get more confidence.
Don't forget to read the competitors' reviews and you'll find out what people like about the app and what features and functions they miss.
Compile A Product Roadmap
Define your target audience and go on to sales and marketing. Go back to your sketch and consider how you will make money with your app. Are you going to change the initial idea or continue developing it? What is your target audience - teens, adults, gamers, parents or travelers? Defining the audience will narrow up your roadmap.
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Think Over Design
There are plenty of online tools and services to develop a mockup of the application for free. Using such services, you can visualize your app, choose an icon and font i.e. convert your worded app idea into a digital representation.
Try Balsamiq Mockups or Adobe InDesign for wireframing your app on the go. The software has significantly eased the process of creating layouts. The main trick is to find one that you like.
Check out online tools for app design:
Awesome Mobile Designs
Adobe Color CC
Build Your App
Don't know how to find an app developer, read our how-to coverage. Don't forget about user interface and UI. Remember, the design and the navigation should reflect your app wireframe.
As soon as your demo or MVP (Minimum Viable Product) is ready, show it to your friends, friends and anyone else who can give you constructive criticism. And once the server, databases, and APIs are completed, sign up for stores.
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You need to create an account with Apple and Google Play to enter the market. It may take a couple of days to get through the registration process.
Test Your App
To test an app, you can use one of many online platforms to test the app. The platforms allow you add links to navigate the app. While running a test, pay particular attention to the final layers, design, and interactions. Fix the bugs and then go on for beta testing.
There are some online platforms where you can test your app:
Xamarin Test Cloud
Amazon Live App Testing
User Testing of Ap
Beta testing allows seeing how an app works in a live environment. Each OS has its requirements for testing. For example, Android greatly simplifies the process while Apple wants to hold the keys and run beta testing in a controlled environment. To test an Android app, you need only to upload a file with your Android device and check it. For beta testing of an iOS app, you should use TestFlight, a specific platform for testing iOS software. You can invite testers to review your iOS app. Beta testing is your last loop before launching the app.
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Release Your App
Again, Android and iOS have very different marketing policies. iOS has a more thorough procedure in comparison with Android. Apple reviews newly submitted apps before it goes to the market and it may take around a week to see the app on the AppStore shelves. And Android adds apps directly to the Google Store without reviewing. Learn the rules for both stores before launching your app.