Your Guide to Building an App in 2022

These days there is an app for almost anything.

You can order a takeaway, do a workout, and even find where you parked your car, all from your phone.

Over 90% of time spent on our phones is now spent within applications so It’s no surprise that there are over two billion available on Apple and Android devices, with more being added all the time.

So if you are curious about how to make your own app, keep reading to understand the process of creating one.

 

 

Generate App Idea

 

Arguably, this might be the hardest part of the whole app process.

 

With so many apps already in existence, it is difficult to think of a 100% original app idea. The good news is it doesn’t have to be original! Many successful apps are evolutions, improvements, or renditions of apps that already existed.

 

App ideas

 

If you are in the brainstorming stage, try thinking of an app you love. Is there anything you feel is missing? Is there a feature you would love to see added? You might even think of combining two apps to create something new. If you add a new spin to an app will create something new!

 

Another option is to problem solve. Have you ever had a problem and thought “There must be an app for that” only to find it doesn’t exist? If you have a problem or need that hasn’t been catered for yet, others will have it too. Congratulations, you’ve found your gap in the market.

 

Conduct Market Research

 

 

This is where you find out if your idea will cut it as an app. As mentioned before, there will likely be apps out there similar to your concept. But what you are really searching for is how well these other apps are fulfilling the needs of users.

 

Take a look in the app stores and write down some notes on each app. Here are a few main things to note:

 

How many apps are offering similar services? (If any) – If you don’t already know, you’ll need to figure out if other apps out there are doing what you want to do. Is the market already saturated with apps doing what you want to do? Who are your competitors? Or is there a huge gap in the market for your offering? It’s best to know this information before starting out.

 

App Name – Get inspiration and ideas for your own app name. It’s also just good to keep track of competitor apps.

 

Features – Are your services already being offered? HOW are they being offered? Could you improve on this?

 

Publisher – You’ll want to know who you are going to be competing with. Big Silicon Valley app development companies are going to have a much larger budget and resources than a one-man-band starting up a business.

 

Platform – Are they on the Play Store? Apple App Store? Samsung Apps? You’ll have to start thinking about whether you want to build for a certain platform or build for both.

 

The number of downloads – The number of downloads is available on the Google Play store and gives a great indication of how popular an app is and the size of your potential target audience.

 

What are reviewers saying about it? – This will help you identify improvements you could make on the current offerings in the app stores and how you can differentiate yourself from them.

 

 

Read as many reviews as you can. You’ll discover what people love and hate about existing products, this can help you shape your own user experience.

Define your Minimal Viable Product

Now that you’ve got a better idea about what others are doing it’s time to flesh out your own app idea.

 

You’ll want to clearly define your MVP (Minimal Viable Product). This is the most stripped-back version of your product that will still be appealing to users. Maksym Babych explains that “the primary purpose is to test a business idea at minimal cost to find a response from the target audience and determine further iterations to enhance the value development.”

 

Minimal Viable Product

 

 

It’s important in the first stages not to try and do too much. This doesn’t mean you have to get rid of all grand ideas for your app, just start with its core functions. Think about what your apps primary purpose is. By starting small you will be able to make your app usable faster. This way, you get feedback from users early on, allowing you to build upon your app with the user in mind. You can then add extra bells and whistles if you wish once you’ve got your MVP just right.

 

 

Wireframing

 

This is where your app starts to take shape. Wireframing is basically the blueprint of your app. It’s a basic sketch of the layout and screens which helps you map the user flow, information architecture, and functionality of your app.

 

 

 

 

You can flesh this out with a pen or paper, or use one of the many great wireframing tools online to sketch out your app. These wireframes usually start as a series of boxes and minimal text to establish the layout, information architecture, user flow, functionality, and various pathways.

 

It can be very tempting to draw out your idea in intricate detail including styling, colour, and graphics. Instead, try to only focus on the functional aspects like button placement, screen order, and user movements. There will be plenty of time to consider the aesthetics of your app after you have established your wireframes. Your design will likely evolve as you are building so making it look pretty at this stage could be a waste of time.

 

 

Develop App

 

Now comes the actual building of your app!

 

There are a few ways you could potentially build and it really depends on your budget, time, and experience. An individual who is building for fun will have a very different experience than a large global company looking to expand its business with a complex app.

 

Do it yourself

Building an app yourself is a great way of learning to code. This is a great option if you want to learn code as a way of pursuing a new career, or just as a hobby. Coding yourself will be the most time-consuming method of building and will need a lot of patience. Aside from that, an app is a cool project to work on and there are lots of free resources, courses, and videos out there that can teach you the basics.

 

Freelancer

Hiring an experienced freelancer is an easier option if you aren’t fussed about learning code and want it finished quicker. It is pretty easy now to find developers on sites like Fiverr and Upwork but be sure to research and read their reviews before hiring someone. This is best if your app is a simple app and you have the budget to hire someone.

 

Hire an app development company

This is the most surefire way to get a well-built, well-executed app. You don’t just have experienced software developers working on your app. You’ll also have consultants and project managers guiding and supporting the project. The finished product is a custom app that can compete with top apps on the market.

 

This option is best if you are building for your business or want to monetise your app and have a larger budget. Do your research before approaching an app development company.

 

Hiring a company like LuminateOne can save a lot of time and stress. We build agile software, meaning your app will be flexible and easy to make changes and improvements in the future. We can take care of the whole process for you from research to publishing your app. Our dedicated project managers manage the whole project to come in on time and under budget. We also offer support and training after we’ve handed your app over to you.

 

Cookie-cutter app builders

 

If you need a simple app with basic functionality, a code-free app builder could be a good fit. Many app builders have a drag-and-drop interface that is easy to use. There are also app templates you can buy and customise. Apps built with these platforms are quite limited in what they can do outside of their core functions, so if you are looking for something quite complex this is not for you.

 

 

Publish App

 

The day has finally come to launch your app!

 

Depending on where you are publishing your app, you’ll need to follow the rules on uploading and submitting your app. Follow these guides on how to submit your app to Apple and Google Play stores.

 

If you are using an agency like LuminateOne or a professional developer, they can handle this step for you.

 

 

There you go! You are now an app creator.

 

Your next steps will be making improvements on your first edition, marketing your app, and thinking about monetising (if you wish). We’ll be delving into more aspects of app development, coding tools, user experience and more in our upcoming blog posts. Stay up to date by following us on LinkedIn or Facebook.

 

If you are looking for a professional development agency to build your app, get in touch with us at LuminateOne we’d love to hear your ideas!

 

 

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