Got an App Idea? Here’s what to do Next
The internet revolution across the globe has been closely followed by the evolution of the mobile phone. That has resulted in the vast number of applications used on smartphones and tablets all the time. The craze for mobile apps keeps growing with each passing day, which has resulted in the exponential growth of apps the Android, iOS, and Windows platforms.
This has made creative minds start thinking about the next app idea! So, if you have an idea for a mobile app and strongly believe in it, then here’s how you can proceed further. You need not worry if you don’t have any technical skills as you can still get your app built!
Let’s go through some tips you can follow implement your app idea.
Fine Tune Your Idea!
Thousands of people out there think they have a great idea for an app. You have immense competition in their form, as well as with the millions of apps that already exist.
You need to make sure that your idea is unique and will be something people want to keep on their phones. Keep working on the idea until you are fully satisfied with it.
You can try to share it with a few trustworthy people from your family or friends who can help you wrinkle out the flaws.
Once you’ve done that, though, implement the idea quickly. Someone else might have gotten a similar idea as well, and might have started work on it already!
Do a Lot of Research and Read!
You might not have the requisite technical skills to build an app and might need to get the app built by professional mobile app developers.
However, before you approach such a team, it is necessary for you to gain some basic knowledge about mobile app development. These skills will stay with you for a lifetime.
If you are planning to develop the app yourself, the following tutorials will be very useful.
Thus, start reading relevant articles and app development tutorials online. Here are some links to help you get started:
Decide the Platform and Type of App!
Once you have gained some basic technical knowledge about mobile application development, you can decide what type of app you’re making.
This decision needs to be broken down into two levels:
- The first decision is whether you want a native mobile app, or a web app that is fully optimized to work on smartphones.
- The second decision is about the mobile platform you’ll design the app for; whether it is for Android or iOS or Windows, or all of them.
Ideally, if you are building an app for the first time, Android and iOS are the preferred platforms.
Meet the Hardware Requirements!
You need to have the right computer if you are developing the app yourself. For Android and web apps, you can do with any Windows, Linux, or Mac systems.
However, for iphone application development, you need a Mac. You also need to have access to your own or a borrowed smart device (Android, or iOS, or Windows), depending on the type of app that you plan to design.
You need an IDE or Integrated Development Environment to write code for your mobile app. A few free, developer tools for different mobile platforms are listed here:
- – Eclipse for Android
- – Xcode for iOS
- – Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows
- – PhoneGap for Android, iOS, and the web
- – Titanium for Android, iOS, and the web
Expect to Spend Some Money!
While you may not have to spend at all on the developer tools, you definitely need to consider the cost for registering and publishing your apps in different app stores.
Apple and Microsoft charge an annual fee of $100 to keep your app account active, while Google charges a one-time fee of $25 at the time of account registration.
You also need to note that most app platform companies (Google, Microsoft, and Apple) will charge you 30% of the revenue generated from the sale of your app.
Whether you make the app yourself or hire a professional mobile application developer to turn your idea into reality, make sure you participate in every stage of the mobile app development process by going through various tutorials and blogs available online.
It will help you to get all the requisite knowledge about developing a mobile app, and you might gain the necessary confidence to develop the next app yourself (if you are not going to develop the first one).
What platform interests you the most in terms of mobile app development, and why? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!