In 2020, there were around 218 billion app downloads, which means you must find ways to cut through the noise.
Developing an app lets you capitalize on your passion, solidify yourself as an industry expert, and earn a fortune. Perhaps you’ve been toying with the idea of developing mobile apps, but you’re not sure where to start.
Sounds like you? Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know.
The first step on your mobile app development journey is brainstorming ideas. A great place to start is improving apps that are already on the market and adding a twist to them. For instance, you’ll notice Candy Crush is a remix of the classic Bejeweled.
Or, write a list of problems that an app could potentially fix. Check whether one exists and if not, figure out whether it’s realistic and in demand.
Do Market Research
A crucial part of developing apps is understanding your market. There are probably several apps like yours, which means you have valuable data. Go through each one and note down their ratings, reviews, and how many downloads they have.
This will determine whether it’s worth developing a similar app or if you should find a new angle.
List Key App Features
Arguably, the most exciting part of app development is choosing the features. Don’t be surprised if your vision transforms during the process, as you’ll realize what does or doesn’t work.
And check out competitors to see which features they have as you’ll see if it’s realistic.
Create a Monetization Strategy
Every mobile app must have a solid monetization strategy, otherwise, your hard work will go to waste. Figure out whether users should make a one-time payment or if it’s free, but with ads.
Or create a freemium app. This is when it’s free to download but users must pay a small fee to access further content.
Make Design Mockups
Apps must be clean and easy to use, so spend time designing a mockup. You can either produce a storyboard or show how each screen will work when the user downloads it.
When you’re happy with your mockup, transform your app into a prototype so you can tweak it.
Test, Test, Test
No app is perfect which means you must regularly test it. Once you’ve got a prototype, test the user experience, functionality, and quality assurance testing to ensure it’s enjoyable for your clients.
Again, performance testing requires special skills, so contact a professional and they’ll guide you through the process.
Develop Mobile Apps Today
Hopefully, you now know how to start developing mobile apps.
Start by brainstorming app ideas, conduct market research, and decide which are the key features of your product. Then, choose a monetization strategy and a mockup so you can transform your dream into a reality. Good luck!
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