Mobile App Development for Beginners – The Definitive Guide

Mobile apps have become the very necessity of everyone using a smartphone. There are apps that are required for basic necessities of life such as ordering food, groceries, paying utilities, booking travel tickets or planning your day, while there are others that help you kill your boredom, the ones like games, phone interfaces, books, magazines, and many others. Success is kind of sure shot when it comes to mobile apps. Android’s Play Store boasts of over 2.4 million apps as of September 2016, while Apple’s App Store houses around 2 million apps.

Mobile app development is a budding industry in countries across the globe. A remarkable growth in this industry has been seen in the Asia-Pacific region. The rate of increase in mobile app development in Singapore, in particular, has been high.

It all starts with a great idea

It makes sense to create an app that is actually needed. In order to find such an idea, it will help to look close to home first. Your idea should be something that should click with the population in general. To create a quality app, you need to come with an innovative idea, something that solves a very basic problem, which is certainly not out there right now or you could also come up with a better model, with easier UI for an app which is already there. Create something that makes your users’ life easier in general.

Choosing the platform

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Once you have an awesome idea for your app, the next step is choosing a platform on which you will execute it. There are 3 platforms, iOS, Android, and Windows. Here are some pointers that will help you make your decision.

• If you have profit on your mind then just close your eyes and go for iOS. App Store apps are known to be more profitable than Android apps. This is made possible only because of the absence of piracy on the iOS platform, something which is high on the Android platform. However, this will require you to have a Mac and you will also need to pay $99/year to Apple.
• If you would like to make your app popular, you can offer it free of cost to users. This can be done best on Android platform. Free apps will promise more downloads, which in turn will make your app popular and then you can make it a paid app.
• If you would like to work with an app which is already there on App Store and Play store, you can try to check if it’s there on Windows 8. Your app could enjoy better discoverability on the Windows marketplace.

Design

One of the most important cornerstones when it comes to app development is designing it well. It does not matter which platform you choose, never compromise on the design element.

iOS offers free templates that help you move your prototype to the real app easily. It also gives a consistent look to the app. However, if you wish to write codes from the scratch, you can use the UIkit code.

For Android apps, Google provides a complete kit with color swatches, stencils, and icon packs.
For Windows, you can create apps using CSS3 and HTML5.

Next steps

Register as a developer on the platform of your choosing. Download an SDK for the platform which helps you create the app.

Learning the language

Once you have what you need to develop the app, you will need to know how to do it. Here are the languages you will need to learn for the following platforms:

• iOS: Objective C
• Windows: CSS3, HTML5
• Android: XML, Java

Testing the app

You can test your app post-development in the IDE simulator. You will need to take into consideration the different screen sizes and internal hardware of different smart devices. This is same for each of the three platforms. You can use testing services like uTest, Testflight or Mobile App Testing.

Publishing the app

Post-testing you need to submit the app for approval. Once approved you can go to your app developer

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