What Is The Mobile App Development Process Steps? 7 Main Stages of app development

App development process is very complex and involves many professionals. In this article you will find comprehensive information about each stage of software product development, starting with idea conception up to release and beyond!

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If you are ready to get yourself involved in the app development process, you need to bear in mind that there are over 5 million mobile apps available for both Android and iOS devices on Google and Apple App stores. In other words - if you have big plans for your mobile app, you need to start thinking out of the box.

With modern technologies, the mobile app development process takes far less time and an average app can appear on the iOS or Android market in a short time. The question is, will it become an app that people will search for and download? With this kind of competition and new apps appearing every day, making your app special will be quite a challenge. But does this mean it’s impossible? Certainly not!

With just 7 stages of mobile app development, you can make an application that is shared and installed on smartphones and tablets all over the world. Sound interesting? Let’s have a closer look.

Stage 1. Start from Idea

As obvious as it sounds - every app development process starts with an idea. If you’re lucky and you know exactly what you want, then you can move to the next step. If your plan is to develop an app but you don’t know where to start, ask yourself these 5 simple questions:

  • What is the purpose of my app?

  • What problems am I going to solve with my app?

  • What is the target audience of my app?

  • Are there other apps addressing the same problems?

  • How will my application be better than others?

  • What's the reason for people to download and keep using my app?

Answering these questions will help you define your goals and begin your development strategy on the right course.

Stage 2. Build Your Strategy through Research

Building a strategy for your future application development steps is like planning your vacation:

  • you research the market

  • you pick the best options

  • you calculate your budget

  • you set the timeframe

While it’s tempting to skip all these preparation steps and move to app development at the very beginning, the smartest move is to research the market and get to know the whole picture. It might feel like your idea is one of a kind and no one else could come up with it before. However, a simple Google research could bring disappointment and offer a number of even better solutions from potential competitors. But that can be a good sign.


Having serious competitors will:

  • give you an understanding of the app market in your particular niche

  • reveal potential customers’ interest in your mobile app

  • allow you to examine your competitor’s applications and learn from your “rival” by observing how they implemented certain ideas and responded to user’s needs

By doing this, you can discover the market, take the best and make it better.

When researching the mobile app development process, there are several places that are not obvious to check but that can likely give you the best possible feedback on your future mobile application.

Google Play and iOS app stores. The two biggest mobile app markets will give you the best idea of app popularity, demands, and competitors. Not only you can see the number of downloads, compare the most downloaded and most disliked applications, but also get a goldmine of actual feedback from real people. This will provide the best information on what people really want and what they really like. This allows you to eliminate your mistakes and decrease the number of obvious misses during development.

Kickstarter and industry-specific forums. Kickstarter is the most popular crowdfunding platform and one of the best places to see what people actually need. Check the top-funded Kickstarter projects in the mobile app development category. If you are still hunting for ideas, this might give you some fresh tips. Reading through industry-specific forums is great but might be challenging, and if it is, Reddit is always at your service.

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Stage 3. Create Quick Application Prototypes (or Prototype/Wireframe Design)

This is the part when your idea becomes a small project. It’s not a mobile app yet but rather a sketch of the future mobile application. In the app development sphere, this is called a Wireframe.

A wireframe is a simplified, basic outline of your future project that aims to

  • visually represent your mobile application

  • show how you want it to work

  • describe its basic features

  • show its inner navigation

Wireframes do not have to be beautiful and heavy on details. Consider wireframe to be a test field for experiments, where you try out your ideas, share your craziest thoughts and compare possible interactions, etc.

The simplest and fastest way to bring your wireframe to life is to get the Double P (Pen and Paper).

The biggest downside of using pen and paper is that it lacks practicality and is hard to share with your developers, designers, investors and other people involved in the app development. To solve this, the internet offers a number of software solutions that actually allow you to turn your paper ideas into simple but interactive animations. They can quickly become a stepping stone to your future prototype. The biggest advantage of those tools is the ability to share your wireframes easily with anyone and get a better understanding of the initial app development process.

We have prepared a big review of prototyping tools and techniques. And here is what you can try right now:

3.1. Prototyping Tools (Invision, Balsamiq)

When you have a firm and sturdy concept for your application, it’s time to work on a basic prototype. Consider this to be an advanced version of your wireframe that can actually show basic functionality and processes. Prototypes will help you understand if you are moving in the right direction and if your ideas look as good in action as they do on a piece of paper.

Balsamiq is like a Lego constructor with which you can build your app from various pieces. It’s great thanks to its simplicity and is reminiscent of advanced, interactive and super detailed pen sketching. The drag and drop functions are user-friendly and allow you to concentrate on functionality. If that's not enough for your mobile app ideas and you want to test both functionality and some design features, you might give Invision a try.

Invision is another prototyping tool that allows you to visualize your ideas and present them in an easy and understandable way. It not only allows you to go basic but you can also add heavy design ideas and try it out in web and mobile versions. Since you likely won’t be working alone throughout the mobile app development lifecycle, Invision allows other members of your team to comment and share their thoughts about the prototype and make edits on the go. Think of Invision as an advanced Google Docs for mobile app development and prototyping.

Your choice between these tools should be based on your needs and goals. If your future mobile application requires better structure and is simple in design, it’s best to stick with the Balsamiq. In this case, its simplicity is a win-win combination. If design is also an important part of your app development, Invision might be a better solution.

3.2. Think about Application Workflow

When mobile app development has already passed the wireframe and prototyping stages, it’s now time to look at the organizing process. Think of Application Workflow as creating advanced to-do-lists for the whole family with specific tasks, directions, and timeframes. Without proper organization of the app development stages, it is nearly impossible to successfully start the development process and keep it moving in the right direction.

Proper Application Workflow

  • Create, Request, and Manage the App Development Stages - Workflow applications allow you to proactively control and manage your development team, assign tasks, make changes on the go and ensure that every member of the team is kept up-to-date. While all of that can be done via emails and phone calls, having a live timetable and schedule is a game changer.

  • Budget Control - When you become involved in the app development process, budget control is key to a successful outcome. A well-organized and automated application workflow will help you limit the time required for budget approval, set priority expenses and regulate unnecessary spending. In the end, you will be able to see statistics on every department and reorganize the money flow (if necessary).

  • Development Team Management – The mobile app development process is always unpredictable and even with the best calculations, will likely require better resources, be it either money income or employee staffing. The ability to manage, control and follow the stages of mobile app development allows you to respond instantly to emergencies, redirect the money flow to required departments, and reduce or increase the number of employees to achieve an optimal app development process.

  • Marketing Plan. Marketing for your future mobile application is as important as its development. Proper marketing management allows you to draw the attention of potential investors, run better crowdfunding campaigns (Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, etc.), and activate interest in your future customers. A well-organized application workflow gives you real-time feedback from people, realistic expectations from investors, and draws attention to your mobile app.

Application workflow with a proper approach can make your app development process a lot smoother.

Being able to control every phase of the process gives you the power to be productive and optimize your workflow.

Even if you decide to skip this stage, sooner or later you will realize the importance of being in control of every mobile app development lifecycle.

3.3. UI/UX Design

What is the first thing users see when they open your application? It’s not the features your app offers but the way it looks and how it interacts with users. While the key element of your mobile application is the problem that it solves, easy and user-friendly control of its features is what makes a mobile app appealing to your customers. App functionality is useless if users aren’t able to actually implement it in real life and they either will choose another mobile app or will damage your reputation with hateful feedback. Usually, they’ll do both.

User Interface (UI) refers to how your mobile application represents itself to the user. User experience (UX) refers to how the user interacts with the app and gives corresponding commands to complete or solve the problems that the app was originally developed for. The effectiveness of your application can be measured by the optimal combination of its functionality and attractiveness. Considering this, make sure your app follows these 4 basic rules:

  • It’s intuitive

  • It’s simple

  • It’s engaging

  • It does what it says it will

When implementing trendy mobile app design, make sure that it not only looks beautiful but interacts with the user and makes the initial use of the application fast, comfortable and profitable. 

3.4. Which Style Guide Will You Use?

When asking yourself this question, it is important to understand the vagueness of the word “beautiful.” Every person has different ideas of beauty and these can change day-to-day. So, when you are in the process of designing your mobile application, consider if your chosen design:

  • Is trending

  • Is user-friendly

  • Matches your application purposes

  • Takes a lot of time to work on

It is a good strategy to choose a trending design since you know that it is something people like at the moment and enjoy using. But, when choosing trending designs, make sure to consider:

  • The time you need to develop your mobile app and if the chosen design will be trending at the moment of release.

  • If your design is user-friendly and easy to use. No one wants to use something that is overloaded with useless information and false functionality.

  • If your design matches your application purposes and stresses its functionality. The colors should represent your initial ideas and should be pleasant to look at and enjoy.

  • If your design is easy to work with and does not require a lot of time. This doesn’t mean you need to make it simple, but the longer it takes for designers to work on it, the longer it will take you to release your application.

Google Material vs iOS Human Interface Design

Today, the mobile app development process involves developing for two of the most popular mobile operating systems: Android and iOS. Sure, you can concentrate on the one you think will be a better platform for the services you offer but remember that the core aim of your mobile app should also be considered.

For proper coverage of your potential audience, the best option is to develop both Android and iOS versions of your application at the same time. While they will be the same application and share the same purposes, different operating systems and designs offer different approaches. Copying and transferring the same design most likely won’t bring successful results.

iOS Human Interface Design is the guideline for all iOS application developers. The beauty of the app development process when using an iOS human interface design lies in the line of iOS devices produced by Apple. Unlike Android-based gadgets, which are impossible to count, you can name the exact number of Apple devices, old and new. This minimizes the number of tech specifications being used by these devices and does not require you, as a developer, to spend too much time optimizing your app for all the possible touchscreen sizes, core architectures and more. Human interface aims to make every iOS application look alike and provide a similar experience for every user.

Google Material Design might become the best solution for both Android and iOS applications because Google Services are being used by users of both platforms and Google itself is a leading trendmaker. With decades of experience creating user-friendly servicesб Google is a good example to follow.

One of the main reasons that development teams choose Google’s Material Design is that it matches the 4 basic requirements mentioned above:

  • it is trending and ages well

  • it is user-friendly

  • it rarely does not fit application purposes

  • it is easy to work with as it leans towards simplicity, not complexity

On top of that, while being simple in the details, Google’s Material Design is easy to use and rarely complicates the user’s experience. Google services are well-known among smartphone users, so apps made with their Material Design are associated with something users already know.

Moreover, Material Design is often used for hybrid mobile app development, allowing you to combine development for both operating systems into one process with only a few edits based on OS peculiarities.

3.5. Design Creation

The app development process can be easily built around popular design trends and design databases like Zeplin or Sketch are increasing their popularity. These offer a rich variety of design solutions, components, and elements, allowing your development team to spend less time creating application elements from scratch and build almost entire if not entire applications with pre-existing elements.

It is important to understand that using design databases does not break copyright policies: both Zeplin and Sketch share design solutions with no royalty limitations. Libraries like these help app developers speed up the process of designing a comfortable and familiar UI by using already tested and approved by millions of users trends and solutions in UX. Moreover, Zeplin and Sketch are built around simple drag and drop principles and require little effort to use.

Motion Design

One of the best ways to make your mobile application stand out is to develop a beautiful design with motion. Motion design allows users to see and feel the feedback of your mobile app. Creating a simple application with minimal motion is also possible but navigating through menus and submenus will remind users more of a slideshow rather than a comfortable interaction between the user and the app itself.

Material Design is a great example and has managed to create a strong interaction between static material design and motion material design. The simplicity of Material Design allows it to be presented smoothly to the user. Pretty much any Google application is a good fit as a practical example of good motion design.

People have always been attracted by motion. It catches their attention and delivers messages a lot faster than static pictures.

The main purpose of motion design is to make a mobile application look engaging and help users feel that there is communication between the app and their commands. 

Stage 4. Search for a Developer/QA Team

Choosing the best development team is never easy. You can either search for them locally, which is nearly impossible or outsource the necessary tasks to either an agency in any part of the world or to solo freelancers that will become a team under your control. Of course, the best option is to find an existing development team with proven experience in your industry and direct all your requests to them.  There are several reasons for that:

  • They know each other and are solid as a group.

  • They have already developed communication channels and work in the same time zone, minimizing delays.

  • You will be able to direct all your requests to one person (project manager) and this person will be responsible for the project.

Another great advantage of choosing an already formed development team is that they will provide you with the final product and will process all the app development stages themselves. Moreover, professional teams can provide you with a better understanding of the app development process itself, advise on optimizing the workflow and, based on your initial goals, help you choose between a native or hybrid app.

4.1. Choice of the App Development Approach 

At some point in the app development process you will have to decide what kind of app you would like to get:

  • hybrid application

  • native application

  • web application

All three have their pros and cons and require different approaches.

  • Native applications require much development time being a solo product for either Android or iOS. But the development time and costs are rewarded with exclusive performance. 
  • Hybrid applications require a shorter app development lifecycle because much of the app code is reused for Android and iOS operating systems. The performance of a hybrid app is not as impressive, but in most cases it's enough to satisfy the target audience

  • Web applications are the simplest approach in the app development process. They work in a browser on every device, so even the users of some exotic OSs can access such an app. But the limitations in UI/UX and basic functionality make it compromise solution.

Unless your mobile app is targeting a small group of people with a specific age, location, social status, and operating system, it might be a good idea to invest your development ambitions into hybrid app development. This will allow you to cover a wider target audience without huge initial investments in app development.

Hybrid mobile app development is based on web technologies like HTML5 or CSS. Due to having a web-based interface, hybrid development is easier and faster to work with, although not all code can be shared between different operating systems.

The best-known frameworks for hybrid mobile app development are those that are easy to manage, understand and work with. Moreover, if they require close to none or no expenses, this could relieve your app development budget. Among the variety of frameworks available, these are the ones worth mentioning. In addition, based on their popularity, these frameworks will be trending for the next couple of years.

  • Ionic/Ionic 2: based on an open source project, Ionic apps can be run on all the popular operating systems (iOS, Android, Windows. Ionic perfectly works with ANgular, React and Vue.js, so you will be able to choose the right technology stack for your project.

  • Cordova/PhoneGap: open source, flexible, does not require the knowledge of multiple development technologies. The apps build with Cordova are iOS, and Android compatible, the development process allows shared coding.

Cross-platform mobile app development is also worth mentioning. This approach is based on using a language that suits both mobile iOS and Android. One of the most popular examples is JavaScript. While it is not native for either operating system, its code, fully or partially, can be shared when simultaneously developing two mobile apps for different systems. The most popular tools for cross-platform app development are:

  • React Native: shorter development time, allows full or partial reusage of codebase between Android and iOS, has simplified UI and supports “hot reloading” (updates can be implemented while the mobile app is still running).

  • NativeScript: full API access from the very beginning, solid database of plugins, decent variety of architectural options (JavaScript, Angular, TypeScript, and Vue).

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4.2. Backend Development Planning

Backend is basically all the processes that happen behind the frontend and the user’s direct interaction with the application.

Choosing the technology stack for backend app development is dependent on your needs and application features. Node.js, PHP, Python, Java, and Ruby are among the most common and popular languages among developers. When choosing the base of your backend, make sure the language corresponds to 3 important criteriums:

  • Security: this is always important but even more important when talking about sensitive information. If your mobile app stores personal info, logins, passwords, and/or payment information, protecting this sensitive data is a key element to every mobile app development. Failing to do so can lead to unpredicted and unpleasant consequences. Build your security around encrypting databases and use secure connections like HTTPS.

  • Strength: during the app development process, you should also consider the ability of your app to work in extreme conditions. While 95% of the time working conditions will be idle or close to idle, the remaining 5% might bring down the servers, “break” the application or even give access to sensitive information. Make sure your application is ready to respond to unpredicted requests, inappropriate behavior and unauthorized attempts to break in. This also includes updating and maintenance processes.

  • Flexibility: eventually, your mobile app will require further attention in terms of updates, implementing new features, and fixing bugs. It is crucial to make these procedures as easy to implement as possible and to integrate this principle at the very beginning of the mobile app development lifecycle. If the base of your app makes integrating new codes and features easy, you will be able to keep the app up-to-date and trending a lot longer and troubleshoot issues a lot faster.

4.3. Sprint Planning

Agile is one of the most favorable and productive methodologies for proper project management of app development stages. Intuitive in its nature, Agile methodology provides better quality management by increasing business value and providing greater team transparency. Every sprint has its own lifecycle that depends on the tasks given and amount of backlog that has to be processed. By the end of each sprint, the development team is expected to present a working mobile app and continue to polish it and work on existing bugs.

Every sprint is based on communication between the product owner, scrum master and scrum team.

  • Scrum Team: people actually working on the mobile application, completing set goals and testing everything (entire design, development, testing, and management team).

  • Scrum Master: the person responsible for agile scrum and ensuring that it is being processed correctly by the scrum team. Usually, they are based locally if that is possible.

  • Product owner: head of the app development process. Is responsible for giving clear tasks, team workflow, and backlog updates.  

If  your sprint planning has clear and direct commands, the initial process should look like this:

  • Agile Scrum Backlog Processing and Planning: before the next sprint starts, it is important to have a list of tasks in backlog ready. Usually, this is handled by the product owner but it can also be modified based on offers coming from the development team.

  • Regular and Daily Scrum Meetings: aimed to set goals and clear tasks for the day. Also used to provide feedback on the previous day’s work, initial progress and changes in backlogs, if any.

  • Sprint Review: provides feedback on the work done, reviews the most complicated stages of the app development process, targets stages that require additional attention or that, on the contrary, were completed successfully.

  • Increment: final stage of the sprint based on end scrum results. Concludes the goals set for a particular sprint and compares expectations with final results. If completed successfully the team moves to the next product backlog.

Stage 5. Test Your App

The testing process allows the development team to finally see if the mobile app meets expectations and executes the set goals. While theoretical calculations and predictions have been promising and show that the application is useful, practical testing reveals spots that require additional attention and show if the main features are being processed correctly. For that matter, there are two stages of mobile application testing - alpha and beta testing. These do not have strict time limits and their aim is to find and solve all the possible bugs and issues that were addressed during the app development stages.

5.1. Alpha Testing

You have gone through almost all the app development stages and your app is almost ready, but you are not 100% sure that it works the way it should. Alpha testing allows you to test your app like an average user would, note the most obvious and less obvious bugs, and then report and solve them. No matter how genius the development team is, bugs and missed spots are inevitable, so proper quality assurance processes mustn’t be skipped.

Alpha testing is rarely taken outside the development team and aims to roughly polish what has been done as well as ensure that the mobile application gets as close to the desired aim as possible.

Alpha testing can also involve a software QA team for additional testing and feedback. For the most comprehensive analysis, alpha testing can consist of black, grey, and white box testing stages.

5.2. Beta Testing

Following the internal (alpha) testing phase, the mobile app is released for beta-testing. This is considered to be a final testing phase and usually, at first, is offered to a closed group of testers outside the company for a fresh look and detailed bug reports. It is mostly based on user feedback and suggestions.

After closed beta testing is performed by the target group, the app is released for open beta testing to an even wider audience. Data is then gathered for a final polishing and pre-release testing. Beta testing is done when the mobile application is almost ready but requires special attention to details.

 

Stage 6. App Deployment

Depending on your key goals, you will be directed to either Apple’s App Store or Google Play Market for application deployment. To be approved and receive confirmation from these services, you need to follow certain procedures that are based on the number of rules and requirements of each platform.

How to deploy an app to Google Play Store (Android)

  • Create a Developer Account. This can be done by using your already existing Google account or it can be based on a newly created one if you want to have a separate reference email for your mobile app. After accepting the Developer Distribution Agreement, Google will request a one time 25$ fee for you to be able to use Developer Account on their platform. Registration is fairly easy and straightforward due to clear guidance.

  • Link Your Merchant Account: If you plan to sell your application or offer in-app purchases, you’ll be required to link your merchant account. This can be done by signing into the Play Console and choosing to set up a merchant account. Fill in the necessary financial info and you're good to go. It will be automatically linked to your developer account.

  • Create an App: This does not refer to actually creating the mobile application. You, obviously, have already created one. However, you need to create an app on the Play Store and upload your product to the store.

  • Store Listing: This includes all the details about your application, its functionality, and funny references if that’s what you want people to see. Make it unique and recognizable, be careful not to spam, and don’t give false expectations. This information also includes:

  • product details

  • graphic assets

  • categorization

  • languages and translations

  • privacy policy

  • contact information

  • Upload APK to an App Release: The Android Package Kit (apk) is basically your application for Android devices. This is the stage where your mobile app goes to Google servers. However, before doing so, you will be requested to create an app release. This allows you to test your app among users based on various criteria that you select.

  • Provide Appropriate Application Ratings: Depending on the type of content your application handles, you will have to set a proper rating. If you fail to do so or provide false information, your mobile app won’t appear on the market.

  • Set Up Pricing & Distribution: Set your app’s monetization strategy, desired price, paid or free distribution. Please, note: it is possible to change your app from paid to free but impossible to change it from free to paid.

  • Rollout Release to Publish Your App: Finally, check if the app is running, all the information required has been provided, all the stages are complete, and that there are no issues or warnings from Google. Then, click “Publish.”

How to deploy an app to Apple App Store

The procedure is similar:

  • Register for the Apple Developer Program: To gain access to additional Apple tools and post mobile applications on Apple’s App store, you will have to be approved for the Apple Developer Program. Unlike Google, the pay is annual (99$ per year for individual developers, 299$ for development teams).
  • Create an iTunes Connect Account: As a member of the Apple Developer Program, you can use iTunes Connect to manage and submit mobile applications. iTunes Connect is a powerful management tool for all Apple products and can also be used to create a record that is necessary for app distribution on the Apple Store.

  • Prepare Your App for Distribution: Based on Apple’s requirements and Human Interface guidelines, prepare your mobile app for release by creating icons, templates, metadata, an app name, description, relevant keywords and more.

  • Upload Your Application: Once all the necessary information about your application has been added, you can use Xcode or Application Loader to upload a build of your app. If everything is done correctly, your mobile app will be sent to Apple servers for a detailed investigation and further approval. If you think additional testing is required, you can use Apple’s TestFlight for beta testing.

  • Submit the Application for Final Review: Usually, it takes 1-3 days for the Apple team to review and approve applications, as well as confirm that it complies with their policies and is ready to appear on the App Store. If your mobile app is not approved, check the error log, resolve the issue and resubmit the same build.

  • Release Your Application. After Apple reviews and confirms your application, you can post it on the Apple Store. Here you will have two options:

  • post the mobile app

  • post the mobile app automatically

6.1. API Deployment

In order for your backend and frontend to communicate with each other, you need to deploy the API on either independent or Amazon servers so that users can communicate with the core of your app. Since API is a key element for every mobile app development process, Amazon created its own API Gateway. It works as an AWS service and allows you to

  • create

  • publish

  • maintain

  • monitor

  • secure

WebSocket and REST APIs of all scales.

The process of getting an API on Amazon is summarized in the following 5 steps:

  • Configure access to the Amazon API Gateway by granting all the necessary permissions to AWS and a secret key.

  • Configure Amazon API Gateway integration by entering the integration parameters and select how to handle APIs in API Gateway.

  • Push the API to Amazon API Gateway

  • Testing API proxy calls by proxying APIs to the associated back-end server.

  • Deploy the API on AWS.

6.2. App Analytics

Your mobile app development lifecycle does not end with the application release but includes further support of the mobile app as well as relevant updates based on app analytics. Collecting data on your app, how it’s being used, and which part of the app is most commonly being interacted allows the development team to react accordingly and implement appropriate changes if necessary. Unlike actual feedback via email or in the comments on the App store page, app analytics allows you to identify user interaction with the app and specific patterns that occur during real-life usage. This insight information will allow you to analyze the data and improve your product by adding new features or optimizing the existing one for better user experience.

The best thing about app analytics nowadays is that it requires almost no effort from your side since, thanks to pre-existing software, the process of analyzing mobile app usage is fully automated. Modern app analytics tools include features like:

  • User Recordings

  • Touch Heatmaps

  • Crash and ANR Recordings and Reporting

  • Conversion Funnels with Drop-off Videos

  • Retention and Engagement Analytics

You can receive 100% accurate log info as every user session is recorded automatically, and you can see exactly where and how users are interacting with each panel of your mobile app.

Stage 7. Further Support

Congratulations! Your mobile application is up and running and now it’s time to sit back and listen to what users say. Keep it in mind that, even with successful and super detailed alpha and beta testing, there are still going to be bugs and missed spots in your mobile application. These simply require adequate feedback and quick response in case the bugs are crucial.

Reading through the comments on Google and Apple App Stores provides you with important live feedback on the application and can highlight the most obvious misses.

However, not every user demand coming should be taken into consideration and implemented in future updates. People do not always know what they want and, while the offer may seem valid and to the point at first glance, in reality, action on it can bring harm. So make sure to filter advice at every crucial change in app design and carefully consider functionality.

You app development process is over now, however, your application lifecycle is still relevant. The final stage of your mobile app relies on collecting user feedback, concentrating on new features and trends, and implementing changes and improvements with every new update. As long as you support your app and communicate with your audience, your product will be relevant.

Conclusion

Throughout every stage of mobile app development, you need to accept one important thing: it is impossible to predict and control every single step. However, organized workflow, fast responses, and detailed planning will limit the number of unexpected issues during the app development process. Creating a mobile app sounds scary and complicated but when the work is in progress, every member of the development team knows their job, and all the sprints are being processed within the set goals, you can be sure that your mobile app will become a decently successful product on any of your chosen mobile platforms.

We at Clockwise Software have solid experience in the industry. If you are looking for a guide to the fascinating world of mobile app development, we are happy to help.

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