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Mobile Application Development Blog

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The design of the mobile application may appear extremely vague and represents many questions to companies considering asking it. How many Softbits design and app developers will be involved, and what will my role be in it as (app developer)”.

In this blog, I answer all of these questions and more by explaining what is behind each of the three main stages in designing a mobile app.

1.       Business Analysis

In the first phase of any mobile application development project, you need to define the target platform (iOS or Android or both), development method, and functional requirements. While it might seem too technical, to begin with, I can't stress enough that the next steps depend on the decisions you make at this point.  To make you pay your mind and make a calculated and safe choice, I recommend it completing this step with a professional business analyst, who focuses on mobile design.

To decide on the platform, you will need to define your target audience and analyze their preferences on the platform which depend on geography and income. For example, if you take into account an average US user, you will be able to win the public with a single iOS version. But if you want your app to go global, you won't be successful without a version of the Androidapp, which is extremely popular in Europe.

Once you have decided the platforms you need to reach, you need to consider the development approach. Your options here are:

Native Development: The UX and UI design of the application is customized for the original platform guidelines, looks exactly like any factory app for that platform. This development option involves high implementation costs but guarantees high user satisfaction.

Hybrid development: UX and UI design is the same on different platforms and therefore may seem unnatural to some users at first glance Implementation costs are almost 2 times lower than native development.

Cross-Platform Development: UX and UI design delivers a near-native look and feel on both platforms. this option requires around 70% of the native development budget.

The definition of functional requirements is the main objective of business analysis. The requirements help build a detailed concept of your future application and describe all the activities it will handle in the project of specifications. Without this document, UX designers won't even be able to start their work.

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2. UX Design

Once the functional requirements of your future application have been defined, the editor of your choice can proceed with the actual design action. The first step is the design of the user experience which is usually done by a UX expert in collaboration with a business analyst.

The Softbits team is working on creating fictitious profiles of future users of your mobile app (also called characters) and their interaction models with the application (also called user scenarios). Although it depends on the functionality of your app, designing mobile apps typically requires 57 characters with at least 2 different user scenarios created for each.

Softbits storyline members help a UX designer understand what goals users will want to achieve when using your app. This understanding, in turn, allows the designer to give the detailed shape of Wireframes, hander or digital, with interaction flows between a user and a mobile application.

The finished UX wireframes - averaging around 40 prototypes - go through rigorous UX testing in multiple rounds Aimed at getting early feedback, testing helps eliminate user experience issues while still being inexpensive to fix. I also strongly recommend that you (or someone from the project team on your end) take this test to see the first results for yourself.

3.   Prototyping UI Design

 UX wireframes, which usually look like monochrome patterns, are the foundation of the work of UI designers. By combining your company's branded book, platform-specific guidelines (the main ones being those from Google and/or Apple Material Design Human Interface), and latest mobile design trends, they transform the lofi wireframes into colorful, hifi digital prototypes. If you already have a webapp with a similar feature package, UI designers ensure that the appearance of the mobile app is consistent with that of the web app.

Once the prototype is complete, the UI team will contact you and ask for your Make sure to share all of your thoughts and doubts at this point. Even if some major fixes or additions end up being expensive, at this point they will still be at least 2 times cheaper than they will later be in code form.

It's only after your project team approves the final version of the UI prototypes that the design is complete and you can safely continue development.

Don't let hesitation slow down your design project

Even though I covered the most common choices and actions involved in the mobile application design process, each project has its own specifications which may ask more questions and require more decisions on your part. If you think these decisions are creating uncertainty, they are preventing you from launching your mobile app development project, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Softbits mobile design and development team for a consultation.