Thursday, November 20, 2014

10 Steps To Make A Successful Mobile App!

Building apps to
make profits out of the Android and iOS
markets is a trend today. From Silicon Valley
to Bangalore, developers everywhere are
looking for opportunities to enter the markets
and make the best of their skills. If you have
dreams of becoming a developer too, then
here's what you need to do!
1. Get a Feel for the Market
When creating a mobile application, you need
to know the market and how it works. Your
market in this case refers to the Google Play
Store and Apple iTunes Store. Both of these
stores have material showing the top paid
apps, top free apps, top grossing apps etc. You
would do well to study them and mould your
app in a way that would get you money.
2. Align Your Ideas with Successful Apps
This is an arguable point, but while many have
benefitted from it, many argue against it as
well. Some people go for innovation based on
apps that are already succesfull and they have
gained accolades and cash for their efforts.
But coming up with something entirely new is
also a good way to go. Proponents of both
these approaches exist.
3. Design Your App's Experience
Lay out a design for your app, either by hand
or by using software like Photoshop. Having a
visual aid for designing the app is most
important, so make sure that you have also
placed your designs on paper. You could use
other apps as a reference too.
4. Register as a Developer
When you're done laying out the groundwork
for your application, you need to register as a
developer on the platform that you have
chosen to build for. The word developer is
often confused with one that has programming
knowledge. This is not true, a developer is
simply a person who publishes apps on an App
Store. Many say that the iOS platform is more
profitable than Android. Android though has
more users.
5. Find Prospective Programmers
Whether you lack programming skills or not, it
is important to hire other programmers to
work with you. The more minds that work on a
code, better are your chances of building a
very good app.
6. Sign NDA, Share Your Idea, Hire Your
Programmer
Every programmer that you hire should sign a
non-disclosure agreement. It is important to
protect your code and ideas and the work that
you and your company are doing.
7. Start Coding
Icon: Your programmers need to first create
an icon for the app that you're creating.
Hello, World!: This is a simple program that
takes a programmer less than 10 minutes to
write. This will give you an idea of how
efficient and dedicated they are. They should
deliver it to you along with the icon.
App Delivery: The first test version of the app
is an ad hoc, which gives you an idea of how
the app will perform on a smartphone. You
make changes to this and eventually reach the
final stage.
8. Test Your App
Testing your app is very important, considered
by many to be the most important step in app
making. You will find bugs, fix glitches and
only after thorough testing can you launch
your app.
9. Post Your App to the Market
This is the end of your app building cycle from
the programmer and coding point of view. It is
advisable to allow your programmer(s) to show
you how to post the app to the concerned
market. This is because they are better versed
in the process.
10. Market Your App
Without marketing your app will stand
nowhere. This means that your app needs to be
seen amongst the millions that there are on
the Play Store or iTunes Store. You need to
spend on marketing endeavours in order to
accomplish this.

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