What does the timeline of the creation of a mobile app look like? Well, the true answer is that it will look different for every app that’s made. No story is the same, but there ought to be a set of general guidelines and events that most apps go through.

If you’re thinking about launching into the mobile app world, here are some general things you can look out for to experience, in this general order. Take caution: guidelines only ever go so far, especially in a creative industry. With that in mind, having an idea of what you need to accomplish can help greatly, so get on it!

1. You’re faced with a problem, or a lack of something, in the world. Maybe there are services out there to solve it, but they just aren’t good enough, and you can add something completely fresh and new for the public. This is when your idea is born—from the need to solve a persistent problem. Before you embark on your journey, do some research to see that there’s a demand for what you want to accomplish, and make sure you have the resources to get going.
2. This is when your idea gets fleshed out. Time to discover what exactly is going to be featured in your app, and to blueprint every single detail. How will the app be navigated, and what will it look like? Next, decide which features are more important than others, so you can focus on what will define your app. As a bonus, if you’re looking for a freemium service, this will help you decide which features to make cost extra.
3. Before developing the back end part of the app, focus on the design. This isn’t just how the app looks—which is crucial to keep in mind here as well—this also involves user experience, or how the user interacts with the app, receives feedback and much more. How will your technology be made useful for the people who employ it? It won’t be unless if the exchange between the user and the app is smooth and rewarding.
4. Now it’s time to get to it. Depending on what your skillset is, and who you already have on your team (if you do at all) now is the time to hire developers and designers, as well as marketers. Keep testing and seeking out preliminary feedback on your project, both from people within and (more importantly) outside your team. Another crucial thing to remember is to find ways to monetize your app. Above all, make sure to work with or hire people you trust, and you know will deliver. False promises on the Internet are abound!
5. Get on the developer train and create an account with the biggest app distributers in the world, so you can submit your app. While you’re doing this, deploy your marketing strategy to build up hype and a loyal user base.
6. Use analytics to track how your downloads are going, and how users interact with your app. Use these to tweak the way your app works, to make it work better with what users want. Furthermore, you’re going to want to pay close attention to reviews and feedback, as well as continuously test and update your product to keep working at it. Apps aren’t simply complete after they’re released!
7. Your app is now in the ecosystem! If it’s going well and you have a handling on potential and actual problems, you can add additional features to your app over time. How you do this, and whether you want to charge for a premium service, is up to you. Good luck!

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