A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Mobile App

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 Step 1: Decide which operating system you want to build your mobile application for 


The Gartner´s report of the worldwide smartphone sales to end users by operating system in Q1 2017 reveals that Android and iOS hold the 99.8% share of the market, and all others have 0.2%. More specifically, Android has 81.6% market share, and iOS comes as the second with 13.7% (source: Gartner Says Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Grew 9 Percent in First Quarter of 2017). 


So, you need to choose whether you will focus on the biggest one(s), or you want to cover more operating systems.  


We recommend that, if you are building a mobile application for the first time, you focus on the most popular operating systems, and after completing this phase, move on to others. 


Another option to choose from is whether to develop the app for a specific operating system or go with one of the cross-platform languages (like Sencha, PhoneGap, Appcelerator Titanium, etc.).  


Developing natively ensures stability while using a cross-platform language brings savings and availability for more operating systems. 


Step 2: Think of how to attract the users with the apps functionality 


With so many competitive applications on the market, you need to show that your app is the one that makes a difference.  


Study how the most successful on the market did it. Incorporate the best functions that can work well for you, as they do for them, and add functionality that will differentiate your mobile application from others of the same kind.  


First, have in mind the market need for such application and above that, create an outstanding user interface to boost the positive user experience. 

Step 3: Lay out the flow and features


If you have validated your idea, you will want to take the time to go over the features you want to offer you in your app.


Be as detailed as possible when putting down your idea. Include the flow of how the user will navigate the app as well as all the features envisioned. This will help your developer to clearly understand your expectations.


Step 4: Determine which ones are your core features

After you have planned out the framework, take the document and determine which features are core and which ones will “catch the customer’s eyes”. Take out the unnecessary features and keep it in mind to have it added in the second iteration of the product.

With this in mind, you will be able to keep development costs low and bring your product to market much faster.


Step 5: Choose your mobile app development partner 


Now it is time to find an outsourcing company or a freelancer who will build your mobile application. Choose the one that will make your outsourcing experience smooth and cost-efficient, that will be agile and act as the partner, and not only as a supplier. 

Step 6: Create a developer account

You can’t acquire downloads if your app isn’t in the app store. Register yourself with a developer account on the Apple and Android store to start selling on their platforms.  Apple charges $99 annually and Google’s Android charges $25 a year.

Step 7: Introduce features

Your first version of the mobile app is your MVP, but you shouldn’t stop here. As you acquire customers, do analytics, and gain feedback, you will find the need to introduce more features to help your mobile application not only acquire more customers but keep the current ones that are using it.

Keep in mind that building the mobile application is only one part of the business. Don’t forget that you must validate your product and acquire customers as well.

Cafeto Software is a trusted software development company that has built mobile, web, and custom applications for their clients in both the enterprise and startup space. Contact us to see if Cafeto Software is the right fit for you.