Today, one of the most important business development platforms is the mobile app world.
The platform has been growing significantly to even overpower the web world, which on the other end is dominated by growing business competition. Today, along with the growing number of internet users, the number of smartphone users are also increasing considerably and hence the audience of the mobile app world has grown as capable as the huge audience on the internet.
They almost have the same buying potential if not greater and have the same buying behaviour. And as a business, you can lead more easily in the app world as compared to the web development world. With this, there a lot more perks to the mobile app solution as compared to the web world. Some of these advantages include the great customer reach, a great number of marketing features, a direct marketing channel through the smartphone, an app can help you create a good presence in the mind of your users. With this, an app is more user-friendly and offers a seamless browsing experience when it is compared to a website. Therefore, the mobile app world is growing at a great rate as the best alternative to a business website.
Now when we talk about mobile application development, the two major operating systems dominating the mobile app world are Android and iOS. With Android dominating more than 80% of the mobile app world. While iOS dominating around 20% of the mobile app world. When it comes to the former operating system, i.e. Android operating system it caters to the universal customer base which involves the normal middle-class audience as well as the premium customer base.
While the latter, iOS platform caters to the premium customer base. But, most of the businesses wish to pitch to the universal customer base and gain an advantage of better customer reach. So, if you as a business are also looking to lead in the mobile app world with the help of an Android app development company, you need to go planned with the company you choose, the budget of your app and your project scope.
So, to know your app budget and calculate your mobile app development cost one of the most important things is gaining in more information about the workflow followed by the mobile application development company for the development of your business Android app solution. So, here is the detailed workflow of Android app development:
Android app development process is divided into several phases, these phases include-
1. The Requirement Analysis Phase
This phase is the most initial phase of the app development process, here the project management experts analyse your app idea and see if it is practical and feasible to be weaved into an app solution. With this, they would like to know about your purpose of the app and the audience you wish to cater to your app. Based on this, the main functionality parameters of your app are decided and all the concept documents are collected from your side along with the legal documentation and the initial payment deals so that the mobile application development company can kickstart the development process with your permissions.
2. The Project Scope Finalisation
This phase is about defining the actual project scope in detail. Here you as a business owner and your technology partner (Android app development company) stay in continuous coordination to finalise the detailed project scope. This project scope lists down the various functionalities of the app along with deciding the applications feature list. Based on the total feature list, the project scope is finalised and the final project scope decides the budget estimations and the time estimations for the development of your app. After the scope finalisation, you get a clear idea of the mobile app development cost.
3. The Wireframe Development Phase
This phase is the first phase where the work comes in progress and the project managers and developers design the wireframe of the app solution based on the project scope that was finalised. This wireframe decides the user journey. It includes all the basic functionalities that the user will get while he browses through the app, this will give a detailed idea of how the app will work and what would be the main functionalities of the app.
The second side of the wireframe would discuss the various functionalities that you as an admin get and it would show the list of features and interface that an admin gets for making changes in the app and managing it from the backend.
4. The Design Phase
This phase includes the actual app design process, where your Android application is designed by the designers dedicated to your app development project. Here the app designers will consider the wireframe and make the user interface design that best suits your app, reaches out to your target audience and makes the app look engaging.
It involves deciding the colour palette, the graphics, the animation, the pictures used, design elements, etc. along with designing the user interface, the designers would define the user experience or UX of your app. It would involve the animations, motion graphics, the storytelling approach, the content placement, and the mouse-over elements that would make the app look attractive to your users. Thus, inspiring them to take a call to action on your app.
5. The Development Phase
Now comes the actual development phase or defined as the actual coding phase, when the developers actually code the functionalities of your app using the most suitable native framework, react native framework, or the framework best suited for your app. In this phase, the developers follow the app design and code in the backend to make each of the functional element work according to your project scope.
This phase takes the longest time and this time depends on the number of code lines developers need to write to bring your app idea to life. With this, here the Android app development company include the various third-party integrations and other important features of your Android app. This process doesn’t just involve the development process but simultaneous testing also goes along to make sure the app goes according to the project scope.
6. The Quality Testing Phase
This phase involves the quality testing process, in this process the finally developed version is given to the dedicated QA (Quality Analysis) team and they test the entire application for its authenticity and its quality. Whether the app is developed along with the project scope and does it involve all the functionalities and features that are discussed in the project scope.
The quality analysists check the application for the various bugs and give back to the development team to resolve the bugs if any. With this, key performance indicators are created to check the application’s performance in the real environment and on different devices and different Android versions. The app is made compatible across all the platforms listed by the app owner and then passes the quality phase.
7. The Client Feedback Phase
In this phase, the quality tested app is delivered to the client and he checks the app on his part for its functionality and if it is according to the project scope he finalised. With this, he gets feedback for the app across his team and based on this he shares his feedback report, which may include minor modifications, corrections according to the scope, and he may highlight some bugs which he thinks might be crucial in application’s performance.
Based on this the app comes back to the Android app development company along with the feedback shared by the client. Now according to the client’s feedback, the final version of the app is prepared.
8. The Final Delivery Phase
After resolving all the feedbacks received from your side, the mobile application development company hands over the final deliverables (the final version of the app) to you. The app is delivered to you within the timeline estimates shared by you to the app development company and now the app is ready for the launch based on the launch schedule decided by you in the Google Play Store.
9. The App Marketing Phase
This phase is not included in the app solution development process but it comes just after the app launch and you as a business owner have to market your app on different marketing platforms like the web world, on your official company’s website, your social media channels, through paid marketing channels, and through in-app promotions as well. This will help you get your app to your actual customer base and boost its popularity.
So, this is the basic workflow that professional mobile application development companies follow for Custom Android application development. This will help you decide the right service provider for your mobile app development requirements. CIS is awarded as one of the Top AndroidApp Developers in the world and can help you bring your app idea to life at the best market price.