There are critical factors to be considered before the launch of any technological invention. In the case of popular mobile apps, before their design and promotion, developers should consider a variety of factors to ensure success of their apps. For example, app uniqueness which requires a lot of research, the cost of making the app, the target market and time it will take to perfect it.
Let’s focus on the time factor.
Coding is not for the faint-hearted
According to Brian Johnston, Chief Technical Officer at Solidessay, it takes about four months to successfully design and develop an iOS or Android mobile app, and render it ready for launching to the public. The engineering part of the process is virtually the development of the app.
To render a project effective, first of all, the product has to be clearly defined to the coding team. From there they, through coding, build a feasible mobile app and test it before it goes to the design stage. A lot of time is usually allocated to the coding team because the codes are essentially the building blocks of the game.
The creation timeframe of a mobile app building project will be greatly influenced by the team.
An assumption made here is that a back-end server will be incorporated into the mobile app through APIs, which essentially govern how apps can talk to each other. The APIs require software tools which can be already in existence or created in parallel.
The back-end team should always be given a head start if you plan to build out back-end and front-end. This ensures that the back-end team has time to fix their endpoints including their APIs before the front-end team starts their development.
The following features are usually incorporated to back-end engineering:
· Push: It assists with maintaining interaction with app users.
· Data incorporation: It allows users to access data as well as to publish it to third party sources such as social media networks.
· Version control: Apps usually have upgrades. Version control assists in making a newer version stable without crashing the old one.
· Server-side logic: It assists in coping with requests from the apps client side which is the front-end.
· Client management: It focuses on the creation of user accounts, authenticating user requests, access check and security.
· Data composition: These are the native and main components of any app’s back-end.
The following are features that pertain to front-end engineering:
There are 3 user Interface types:
UI design: It assists in building perfect UI presentations.
UI development: It transforms user interface presentations into functional user interface codes.
UI polish: It assists in creating unique user interfaces.
· Cache: It assists by saving data on the device to improve loading time.
· Wire framing: This is where planning for the user interface and experience take place.
· Sync: It assists in resolving data conflicts.
· Front-end logic: It describes what code can handle locally.
Kevin Jacobs, Head of iOS mobile app development team at Confidentwriters states, if the product’s minimal existence is appropriate and there’s availability of constant software development, 3 to 4 months is enough to ensure the app’s release time. The 3 to 4 month timeline, though attractive, is not easy to pull off. Before you start creating an iOS or Android mobile app, there are a few important factors you need to consider as well as attain:
1. Assemble a proficient team
Assemble the best developers and designers including assurance analysts. They have to document what they plan to do and set the timeframe. Have open discussions with the team about their progress as well as check if they are adhering to their turnaround times. Be involved in the process.
2. Ensure there is a correct sequence of operations
Ensure that all back-end operations are completed before front-end operations start. The back end supports the front-end thus if it is not ready it shall delay the front-end which is the design of the user interface. Ensure your development team is familiar with the software they are using as well as the timeframe they should adhere to.
3. Limit external dependencies
Third party technology interactions might bring about unknown complications thus ensure you test out their technology by using tester codes before engaging into business with them.