It is impossible to deny that the world is becoming more and more mobile. Games, shopping, training materials, dates, cooking, entertainment - just one device can help solve many different tasks. That is why so many people of different ages and interests want to develop their mobile application that satisfies one of the needs of a modern person. It is expected that in the near future the income of the mobile application industry will reach an incredible figure of 189 billion dollars.
However, it is not necessary to inspire too much. If you do not seriously treat the creation of your application, then lose not only priceless time and effort, but also money. It is not worth starting this project if you are going to do it in prison.
Want to change the world? Or just learn how to create an application that is analogous to one of the popular social networks? Whatever your reasons, there are some important things about which it is necessary to think before creating your own mobile application.
1. What exactly do you want to develop?
First, you need to answer 2 important questions. What do you want to create? And why do you need it? This not only helps to successfully determine the target audience but also to optimize the entire application development process. When you have a clear answer to these questions, it is worth moving on to solving the following problems. What should be the project budget, which platform is worth using, which programming language you need? Without visualization of the final product, it is difficult to compile a competent plan for developing a successful application.
2. Mastering the necessary skills
If you do not know how to program to create your own application, you will have to master at least key skills. Whether it is Java, C ++, or HTML, you need to start with something. Of course, you can always hire a team of professional developers, but it will require additional financial resources. Since the profession of the programmer, today is one of the most popular on the market, on the Internet, there are many educational resources, both paid and free, which will help you explore any programming language and successfully use it when creating real programs.
3. Using IDE
IDE, or Integrated Development Environment, is software used by developers to combine various aspects of writing a computer program. If you are a newcomer in programming, then it will be useful to study the capabilities of this environment, as it helps generate automatic code, track errors and perform many other useful operations. And you can do all this on one single platform. Many experienced programmers still use IDE. The reason is a convenient development tool that allows you to completely concentrate on the encoding process.
4. Creating MVP.
This term is often used as part of technological startups. MVP, or a minimal viable product, is a kind of demo version of the final product. It should include 3 important components:
1) initial, but at the same time fully useful functions;
2) the potential for further development;
3) feedback loop for testers.
Some novice developers refuse to create MVP and continue to work on a "real" product to avoid additional costs. But it is worth remembering that the process of developing something new is always associated with errors and permanent search for optimal solutions. Therefore, MVP is not only a way to demonstrate to your potential customers the possibility of future applications, but also an effective tool for optimizing the product and eliminating all flaws.
5. Prioritization of the interface and functionality
One of the most effective ways to conquer user confidence is to create a functional application that even people are easily able to use, far from technology. The successful applicant should be comfortable and understandable, work without failures on any mobile platforms, be not only functional but also visually attractive. Even if your application is still under development, it is necessary to produce a good first impression on users. The mobile application market is characterized by a high level of competition, so it is often that the first impression becomes the criterion for which potential customers evaluate your product.
Ensuring reliable data protection is particularly relevant for applications that collect personal information about users (name, email address, photos). An even greater level of security is needed if you are going to accept payments. Before creating the application, it is worth thoroughly think about how you will collect, process, and store user data.
7. A sufficient amount of time to work on the project
If you are tuned seriously and want to turn the application into a successful business project, it is worth highlighting a sufficient amount of time to create a really high-quality product. In addition, if you have never studied programming, you need to be a realist and understand that achieving the goal will require a lot of resources and desire.
If you decide to create an MVP (about which was stated in one of the previous points), then this task is already solved for you. If you immediately started to develop a final product without a trial version, then you need to find good testers who will be able to provide you with constructive feedback. Ideally, it must be comprehensive and detailed reports that describe in detail all the shortcomings of the application and show how it can be improved. Here are a few questions that you may want to ask people testing your application:
- Would you use this app every day?
- Do you quickly mastered all the functions and navigation?
- Do you have any difficulties when using the application? If so, what?
- What is the reason to prompted you to download this application if you saw it on Google Play or App Store?
- What additional functions would you like to see in the application?
When working on your own application, you must be open to proposals. Changes and improvements are an integral part of creating a successful product. If these are your first steps in the development of mobile applications, then you have many growth opportunities.