My First Mobile App

Are you looking to build your first mobile app? Well then you might be a bit nervous or tentative about what your first or next steps ought to be.

The app business isn’t just like any other business. Yes, there are similarities, but apps themselves have a few unique qualities that make a first-time app development project a challenge.

That’s why we’ve developed a special White Paper called “The Six Biggest Mistakes People Make When Building Their First iPhone App, And How To Avoid Them.”

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How To Choose A Mobile App Developer

With literally thousands of Mobile App Developers in the USA and overseas, what criteria do you use to find the one company that you will trust to carry out your vision and build a killer app?

The answer is “ask lots of questions” of your prospective developers. If you take the time at the very start to know who you are dealing with, you’ll be much more likely to make the right choice.

Here are the six most important questions to ask your Mobile App Developer.

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Mobile App Development Process

You’re about to discover why “how your mobile app is developed” matters more than “who develops your mobile app.”

If you think for a moment about what makes remarkable companies remarkable, it’s not because they “wing it” or are “creative” or have “really smart people”. Remarkable companies are remarkable because they have created a system that allows them to create consistently perfect results time after time.

That’s why Honda makes the most reliable and economical cars in the world. That’s why Coca Cola is the most recognizable brand — and most consistent flavor — in the world. That’s why Google is the top search engine in the world.

It’s all because of systems and consistency.

And it doesn’t matter who in the company is actually doing the work at any one moment. What matters is the process that they follow to get the work done.

It’s true for cars, drinks and search results. And it’s true for app development, too.

Consistency only comes as the result of systems and processes that are designed expertly and repeated perfectly.

That’s our goal here at Evolutionate, and the reason we’ve developed the “Evolutionate App Development Process”. As the people you are entrusting to develop your mobile application, and with each app being entirely different than the previous one, we know that it’s only by using our proprietary development process that we can guarantee your app does exactly what you want it too.

Here’s an outline of our process, and of course, we can explain our process to you in greater detail when we talk on the phone or on a video conference.

  • Discovery
    That’s our way of saying that we’re going to listen to you, look at all of the documents and designs you’ve created on your own so far, explore your ideas with you, and do some research on our own to make sure that we know exactly what you need and want.
  • Understanding
    The way we see it, there’s really two parts to “understanding” your project. The first part is the discovery. The second part is to provide documentation to you that proves that we understand your requirements. We care not only about what this app does for the user, but how this app fits into your business, both short term and long. And, we’ll put it on paper, to make perfectly sure that we understand each other…perfectly.
  • Improvement
    One of the highest values we bring to app development is our ability to translate your specifications into something greater than you’ve imagined. Some people call this “brainstorming”. We just call it “using our experience in business, marketing, technology and programming to suggest ways to make your app perform better for your users and for your company.” Making it better is just part of what we do.
  • Document
    Prior to writing even one line of code or creating a single image, we document everything we will do. We start with a “user decision workflow” so we can see how a user will navigate through the App. From there, we move on to a “wireframe” of every screen in your app. You’ll see, on paper, how your app will actually work, including every button, control, screen, message, video and sound. It will all be documented on our wireframe sketches of your app.
  • Design
    App popularity is not only a function of how well the app works, but how great the app looks. That’s why we apply an expert graphic design to each and every app we produce. Depending on their purpose, some apps are graphics-intensive while others should be minimalistic. Regardless of your type of app, our experienced team of mobile designers will develop an appropriate design that promotes your new or existing brand, and engages the user.
  • Coding
    Have you noticed that we’re five steps into our process and haven’t done any coding yet? I think you’ll find that the process of building a quality app is very similar to building a quality home — the architect, interior designer, plumber, carpenter, electrician and landscaper — these professionals all make their plans long before a single board is cut or hole is dug.

    That’s because it’s far easier to make changes in a design than it is to make actual changes to a finished product. We have teams of expert coders both overseas and here in the USA who are all participants in the Evolutionate App Development Process, and who will expertly code your project so that it matches perfectly to every piece of documentation we’ve produced, and every single expectation you have.

  • Alpha Testing
    No app is so simple that it can be perfect at the very start. Beyond that, we sometimes find small tweaks that can make huge improvements in usability or the functionality of an app. That’s why we thoroughly test everything we build extensively. And we test it to make sure that it’s as good as it can possibly be. If you’ve worked with another app developer before, and they haven’t focused on testing, it’s time to find a new app developer.

    Testing, along with design and documentation, are as much art as science. The actual coding is easy, by comparison, to thorough design and testing.

    One other note about testing. Even though it is listed here after Coding, we actually are constantly testing. We test our designs for usability. We test our coding as it is being done. Testing is built into every phase of our development process.

  • Beta Testing
    Our customers tend to exhibit an immense amount of pride when we get to this step. Not only is this is an opportunity for you, your associates, your family and friends (and whoever you decide) to take a look at the app and take it for a test drive, but it also our time to thoroughly test your app one last time. Unlike Alpha Testing where we test individual functions and screens, in Beta Testing we test the entire App and make sure that all of the individual parts all work together. Our goal here isn’t to be “done” with your app, but rather to be “done right”.
  • Release
    Releasing your app to the iTunes App Store, to Google Play or the other app markets can be tricky, but don’t worry, we’ll do it all for you. We’ll handle all aspects of the submission of the app until we get your app ready to sell. All you need to do is what you do best: sell the heck out of your new app.
  • Warranty
    Finding bugs in software is inevitable. Even with the most thorough testing, some user might use the app in a way we never thought of. Bugs happen. What’s important is how bugs are dealt with.

    Our development process minimizes both the number and size of these bugs so that when your app is released, it’s as perfect as possible. That said, if a bug does get through, we’ll fix it, free. That’s because we provide a 1 year warranty from the date your app is launched. That’s plenty of time for thousands — or millions — of users to use your app. And, if we find out about anything that doesn’t match the specifications, it’s OUR responsibility. WE will fix it.

So now you know how your app will get developed. And I’m guessing that you’ve got some confidence that it will be developed in a way that makes it work exactly as you want it to — or better — when you work with Evolutionate.

But you might also have some questions about what you’ve read here. So let’s get on the phone and talk about it. Better yet, let’s schedule a Free Mobile App Feasibility Consultation together. We’ll talk about your mobile app plans, and you can pepper us with questions and challenges about your project. Even if we don’t decide to work together, you’ll at least end up knowing far more about developing an app for your business than you do now.