When you think about it logically, Candy Crush and Angry Birds aren’t exactly gaming novelties; one is Bejeweled with candy, and the other indulges a deep desire to see buildings crumble. Yet you’d be hard-pressed to find any mobile phone holder that didn’t have a serious addiction to either one of these games at some point. Of course, apps don’t have to fulfil gaming functions; some are useful for tracking your exercise, advertising a business, or making life more convenient for online consumers. Most of them are free, yet the creators still make a decent income from their creations. Whether you need an app to help advertise your business, or you want to create the next big fad, here are a few simple steps to help you launch a memorable app
All projects start off as doodles in a notebook. If you want them to transform from notes into a fully-developed system, you need to do a lot of planning and research to get it to the final stage. Reading articles like 7 SDLC Phases: An Insider’s Guide to the Methods, Tools & More will help you understand some of the methods used to transform a newly-developed project into an operational one. SDLC (better known as the System-Development Life Cycle) outlines seven stages to help you define clearer actions to achieve specific goals; planning is the first stage, wherein you determine the objective for your app. The following stages – analysis, design, development, testing, and implementation – will guide you through the process of making your app ideas a reality.
Find the right templates
You don’t need to be a tech expert to build your first app. Just as there are plenty of templates out there to make your own website, there are also templates to help you create your own app. Websites like Appypie.com and iBuildapp.com are easy to use, and they will work for Android and iPhone or iPad devices, although Appypie.com also claims to work for devices such as Blackberry, Windows, and Amazon Fire. This links back to your research into your target audience; would it be best to make several versions of your app so it’s compatible with everything, or is your target audience more likely to use Apple devices exclusively?
Design the look
The user interface is a very important part of your app because people are attracted to how things look and how easy they are to navigate. You will rely heavily on feedback from testers at this point to make sure the user interface you design doesn’t prevent people from enjoying your product.
Understandably you’ll want to make an income from your creation, but the reality is that people are more likely to download your app if it’s free. Fortunately, there are many ways that free apps can make money. The most obvious ways are from In-App purchases or advertising, but you can also get creative by offering a Lite version of your app for free to encourage people to pay for a full version in the future.Tweet