How to create an app from scratch. A detailed Guide

Mobile app from scratch

Introduction

Almost every business wants to establish itself digitally in this massive period of competition, including eCommerce, Healthcare, Fintech, Property Management, On-demand, Service Providers, and many more mobile app. 

To get your platform published digitally in the market, it must meet industry requirements. But how do you go live with your app? How do you create an app from the ground up? We’ve all seen and googled this question, so here’s a one-stop destination for all we need to know when building an application from the ground up.

Top 10 prerequisites for creating a mobile app:

  1. Know your niche and Project Agenda
  2. Every company is going digital, but in the race to produce an app, evaluate whether you truly need an app for your niche. If so, what is the application’s agenda or future scope?
  3. Who are your competitors and targeted audience
  4. Once you’ve made the decision to create an app, you must identify your target market. If the app is launched but does not serve or meet the audience’s needs then it will lead to no success for the app.

    Additionally, one needs to be aware of its rivals in order to survive in the market. What new or different they are providing to the users? What makes them stand out? And how to compete with them to be successful in the long run, it is very important to be aware of your niche competitors. 
  5. What Technology Stack Should I Use to Create an App?

Choosing the best platform for your application is critical. One must decide whether they require an app in iOS, Android, both (Android/iOS), or Windows. The process of selecting the proper platform does not end there; once the platform has been picked, the user must subsequently decide whether they want their platform or say app in Native or Hybrid Apps.

  • Native App

Native Program Development is an option if you want your application to run on a single operating system, such as Android or iOS.

Native apps will only function in their native contexts, such as Android apps, that are written in Kotlin or Java. Similarly, iOS apps will be written in either Objective-C or Swift.

  • Hybrid App

If you want your application to run on multiple operating systems, such as Android and iOS, while also being developed, Hybrid Apps are the perfect alternative.

To develop a hybrid app we use either Flutter or React Native. Both are hybrid app development platforms that will allow us to design apps for both iOS and Android while using a single code base.

      When you need it to be live

Timing is extremely important in everyone’s lives. Similarly, if we want to develop an app, it is critical to launching it at the proper moment, such as introducing an app for kids during summer vacation to reach the most significant number of users.

      Needs for a domain and other things

Unless you are dealing with a database or need to communicate the URL via a web bar, most applications do not require a domain name.

 

The other prerequisite for development is determined by the industry and the scope of the project. APIs such as Payment Gateway API, SMS gateway API, and other chat/calling APIs are generally required. There are numerous APIs available for single use from various providers that are tailored to each task or place. One can conduct research or, if they have a development team, they can ask them to recommend one.

      Guidelines for Google Play and Play Store app registration.

One has produced the software, but launching it is also an important factor to consider. To begin, to launch an application on the Play Store or App Store, one must first create a developer account to host their app on the store. Google and Apple have regulations in place, and if someone violates those policies, their software is not allowed to go live. As a result, when developing an app, one must be completely familiar with the guidelines. 

      The development process- Developing, maintaining, and testing 

Once the app is live in the market, it must be maintained monthly to ensure that it is bug-free and that any new issues are identified. As the app goes live, new data, users, and traffic will expand, necessitating monitoring. As the world evolves, new features may be introduced. 

 

      Cost of developing an application

The cost of an app is entirely determined by the functionality that you require in your app. The platform in which you require the application. Its design, technological stack, and industry.

      Promoting the application 

It is equally important to market an app to your target users. Users are now a day more active on social platforms and once your app is recognized in the market you can just focus on improving facilities for users rather than focusing on the new user generation.

      Lastly is it future-oriented?

Is the app going to be scalable in the future? As technology advances, the platform should be able to alter in response to regular upgrades. For example, a user may initially create an MVP version of the app to monitor market progress, and once they have succeeded or reached a level where they can improve their needs.

What is the process of mobile app development?

Every software business can produce an app, but Appic software follows a 7-step development process to generate a successful application: requirement gathering, analysis, UI/UX design, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance. Let’s see what step Appic Software follows: 

Requirement Gathering: 

This is the very first stage of any project. At this step, we review the technique to be used and create targets to evaluate your ideas for adoption into an app. We extract all of the resources required at the start of the project but stick with the procedure until the project is completed.

    Analysis

Once all of the requirements are gathered, we freeze them in a written manner. We then examine the project’s feasibility and the need for future-oriented platforms. At this point, resources are also assigned for the specific project, and the flow is reviewed internally amongst the teams.

    UI/UX Design

We begin the design phase with the user’s perspective in mind, based on the client’s references and suggestions. When the design is finished, it is tested to ensure that it is compatible with all devices.

    Development

Our developers will write code for it at this point, once the designers have shared the finalized design. We will also incorporate third-party APIs and develop custom modules. In this stage, we will develop the backend and mobile app to test it with proper and multiple revisions. 

    Testing

Once the mobile app has been developed it needs to be tested with appropriate tools and manual testing as well. If the app meets the goal of the client as discussed in earlier stages we launch an app at the store and if doesn’t then we again follow the same process until it is fully functional and ready to go live.

    Deployment

Now is the time to launch a mobile app after it has been entirely designed and developed, as well as tested and approved by the client. We deploy the code, along with all app-related data, to the client’s live server.

    Maintainance 

Although the program is operational, we must continue to monitor and enhance it, as well as add new features to keep its users satisfied.

Top mobile app development frameworks and platforms

There are numerous frameworks on the market. Before learning about them, one first understands what a framework is. An application framework is essentially a tool that provides a development environment for applications. This section will cover the most common frameworks that belong to the Native, Hybrid, and Web App categories.

  • Native App Development

A native application is built in a specific programming language i.e they are also built for specific platforms. For Android apps are written in Kotlin/ava and for iOS are written in Swift or Objective-C. 

Apple and Google provide separate developing tools for the developers, i.e, Xcode and Android Studio.

  • Flutter

Hybrid apps, like web apps, are written in HTML, CSS, and Javascript, which runs in a browser within your mobile app called web view.  

  • React Native

Just out of competition and innovation facebook launched an open-source project of their own called React Native, which lets you build real, native iOS and Android apps with one codebase. While React Native does not give you access to all of the device’s functionality, you can embed native code if necessary.

  • Ionic

Ionic is an open-source framework tool used for developing hybrid application and desktop apps as well with one shared code base and open-web standards. The technologies used are HTML, CSS, and Js. 

  • Xamarian

Xamarin is a Microsoft-owned open-source framework that is used to create native and high-performance Android, iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS programs using the.NET and C# programming languages.

  • Apache Cordova

Apache Cordova is a mobile app development framework. It is a cross-platform app development framework that allows us to use technologies like HTML5, CSS, and JS. But Apache is now used very rarely and may also not exist in the market as other tools are emerging. 

  • jQuery Mobile

JQuery Mobile is a hybrid mobile app development framework that allows you to create platform-independent apps. The framework makes use of the JavaScript library and HTML to create responsive websites that work on a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers. 

What is the cost of developing an app?

Developing an app and choosing the right framework is not all that matters. The cost of application development plays a vital role in this process. There are several companies available around the world for application development, each with its own set of terms and conditions. It is often advisable to hire a company to develop an app because there are several resources available and you may seek dedicated resources under one roof for app development from inception to end-to-end delivery.

Appic software provides solutions to all of your problems under a single roof. Multiple factors affect the price of application development, they are:

  • Application Features
  • Application Platform
  • Developing company
  • Developing Country

Appic Softwares work on both hourly and fixed-cost projects. The rate of our cost ranges from $10 to $80 per hour based on the requirement and technology. Do you want to know more about our price and process then contact us, we provide complete transparency to our customers.

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