March 2, 2018
Mobile Apps For Everything! When You Want It to be Fast
General how-tos on fast mobile apps development: it is all about concept orchestration with the right instruments
The pace of life is fast today.
Everything is geared to speed, and mobile serves that mission like no other technology.
According to eMarketer, users spend about 84.9% of their total mobile time in apps. That’s a lot of competition, so it becomes paramount to develop new apps with a thorough plan and meticulous adherence to development processes that will satisfy your need for speed.
Every venture starts with an idea, and the process of app creation is no different. The process encompasses concept, planning, design and phasing and, finally, testing and deployment to varied mobile platforms. In parallel with app development are the development of marketing strategies that will play a vital role in launching and growing user popularity.
Here is a closer look at these developmental stages.
1. The Plan (Architecture)
The first step in development is building a fully structured and smooth mobile solution through the utilization of standard techniques and methodology in architecture. For example, to build an app you must determine
- the device,
- OS (as well as platform adoption choice),
- screen size,
- CPU characteristics,
- resolution (DPI),
- storage space and memory,
- development tool environment availability,
- presentation management (UI components, views and controllers, theme, etc.),
- business requirements (domain model, workflows and application functions, business entities and components) and
- data layers (data components, service agents, network), which can orchestrate the flow and enhance speed.
Here are some other considerations.
- The app’s features might have special requirements for hardware or software, which is why you need to know what devices the app will support from the beginning of the architecture build.
- The app architecture should also take into account the available bandwidth and rate of data transfer.
- Take into account network and intermittent connectivity, as well as how to reduce and optimize each byte and server transfer to reduce wait times.
- Understanding the customer’s user interface and navigation requirements will directly influence the quality and speed of the app.
- The simpler the UI, the easier it will be for the user to understand your app.
- Navigation is the combination of design, frontend and backend ideas. You must decide on navigation methods like single view, stacked navigation bar, tab and model controller, search driven or gesture-based in the architecture phase.
- Security configuration and connectivity are integral to mobile app architecture.
2. Proof of Concept (POC)
A good decision driver for architecture is the creation of one or even several POCs. They help ensure that your selected approach is the best fit for the app’s intended functionality. They can be simplified versions which demonstrate that the app idea is viable. Depending on the goal, e.g., user interface requirements or a business problem or consumer need that must be solved, etc., a good POC can serve as a crude prototype, or high fidelity mockups, or even working prototypes that resemble the nearly finished application with final designs and functionality.
POCs also reduce wasted time and effort. App wireframes allow you to gauge flow and functionality before you put in extra effort on pixel-perfect designs, mapping and pathways users can travel within your app.
During the development stage, the team realizes the vision of the mobile app. Among all the technologies, programing languages and approaches for implementation, we’ll focus on the basics which include:
- Front-end development (native, cross-platform, or hybrid approaches).
Native apps are written separately for each mobile platform. Code cannot be reused between Android and iOS, but these apps can be fully optimized for each platform. Native is the app development of choice for flawless performance and app speed. Whether it is a business app or graphics intensive app, ensure a good user experience and reach your audience.
Cross-platform apps are developed using some shared code with the help of React Native, Xamarin, or Native Script, but still run natively. This is a comfortable medium between the various approaches that is cost-effective, perfectly suitable for the BYOD environment, and can still be optimized for each platform. This provides you with an audience and consequently maximizes both your impact and sales. The tricky part here is that app speed and performance are totally dependent on some crucial factors like OS compatibility, GUI wrapper uniformity, etc.
- Back-end development (server and API responsible for app scalability and performance).
The quality assurance (QA) job is a necessity for the overall speed of any project and even more so for mobile app operation. We typically apply the following:
- Performance testing during the development process to check for agility and speed.
- Functional testing to ensure desired app behavior and that the features work.
- Usability testing with the device and OS-specific testing to check the user-friendliness and intuitiveness of functionalities.
- Regression testing of software enhancement and patches after every sprint.
- Beta or user acceptance testing to receive feedback from end users in the real environment.
After the job is complete, your mobile app is ready to be deployed. You must ensure that your app is configured for release and complies with all platform submission requirements. When that’s done, it’s time to go viral!
We live in a society where technology is expected to solve problems. Mobile apps have already become the dominant and fastest form of information sharing. When there is an app for almost everything these days, your next world-class mobile application will need a remarkable idea, thorough planning and quality code.