Making an application for smartphones may not be that uncommon, but that does not mean it comes easily.
If you are an avid smartphone user, then you know the value of using applications that help you every day. From getting to work or travel anywhere, or ordering food, mobile phone applications play an undeniable role in our lives. Moreover, while using these applications, sometimes we think of ideas about how an application can improve our lifestyle further. In other words, a unique idea that lacks an existing application.
If such is the case with you, then you might be thinking about following through with it and making an application. However, while application development might be common and happening around the clock everywhere in the world, it does not make it easy. Yet, if you are determined to make an app, then there are certain tactics and elements you need to understand before you dive into its creation. Therefore, let us understand how one can create an application.
- Think Of A Unique Idea
As mentioned above, you need a unique idea for your application to stand out. While there are many social media applications, some just stand out. For instance, some names like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter all have something in common. What is that? They are social media networks. However, what helps them stand out is their unique purpose and idea. Snapchat is practically named after its key feature, Facebook was meant to connect students, Twitter is named that because its primary future is “tweeting.” Whereas Instagram is about taking pictures and uploading them instantly. Sense a pattern? That is what you need in order for your application to stand out: a unique idea.
- Research Market
Another important thing you need to understand is your target market and audience. For instance, if you wish to create an app like Uber, then you need to understand the key demographics. Some of them you can think of right off the bat, such as students, office employees and travellers. Either way, what makes applications like this successful is the fact that their developers understand their target audience. The primary benefit of that is it helps them understand the key features towards making an application that stands out and delivers.
- Understand Features
An application relies on an intricate set of features and an ability to use them collectively. So, if you have a unique idea for an application, then it is obvious that you might have thought of unique features as well. However, some of the key features you need to be thinking about are login and accounts, APIs like maps and payments if your app requires that. Then there are various other visual features, such as animations, buttons and overall UI & UX design. To provide an immersive experience, your app needs to feature these.
- Design The App
Let us get on with it and design your application first. The reason behind many developers designing the applications first is the fact that it makes the rest of the development easy. Working without a mould is relatively more difficult than working with one. Therefore, having a visual idea for an application helps quicken the development phase.
- Develop & Test It
Then move on to, finally, the development stage. Make sure you employ all the right APIs, frameworks and platforms if you use them. However, the key to understanding here is the type of application you develop. In other words, native or hybrid. Many developers would prefer native, mainly because of its stability and performance superiority. However, some would recommend hybrid apps for better compatibility with various operating systems. Then, make sure you test it out properly before moving on to the next phase.
- Upload & Promote
Last but not the least, you need to upload your application to its pertaining application store. Then, employ ASO elements to ensure your application shows up in search results. Moreover, you also need to promote your application through various means for it to find its target audience. That is why you need to ensure its proper promotion and advertisement.