Updated: Aug 18
Have you ever been sitting at the dinner table, talking with your family and friends and come across a thought that made you go: "Hey, that be a great app idea!".
The chances are that most people have. In fact, I think that sometimes the easiest part of building an app is coming up with the idea. So what exactly is the hard part you ask?
Well, the hard part is answering this question - "So I have an app idea, but what do I do next?"
Here at Atsap, we answer this question for clients all of the time. Big or small, we help people take an app from idea, to concept, to development, and finally to market.
Below we have outlined these four steps in more detail to help our readers better understand how to get their app from an idea, to the App Stores!
1) The App Idea Phase
This is the phase that most people are familiar with. At this phase the app is just an idea. At this point, what we at Atsap can do for you is help you better define your idea. We do this by helping potential clients to develop a scope of work and a list of app requirements. This is a document that outlines all of the app features and functionality in writing.
Some clients come to us with this information already, but others do not. It does not matter where you are in the idea phase, we can help you put together everything you need to progress to phase 2: The App Concept Phase.
2) The App Concept Phase
Once a project is past the app idea phase, we move into the app concept phase. In this phase we work with clients to help them design app color schemes, app logos, as well as the app’s UI/UX design.
By the end of this phase, we build a clickable prototype for our clients in which they can see the design and navigation of their app.
We recommend doing this phase before going to the development phase because it allows you to get a visual view of your app idea. Visually seeing your product means that the app is no longer just an idea in your head, but a visual product that you can show to others. This can help get investors or business partners involved, because you now have a visual concept to show people.
The other reason we suggest doing phase 2 before phase 3, is because having this visual aid will give developers everything they need to develop a fully functional app for you.
3) The Development Phase
Once the app's design (UI/UX design) is completed, and the app concept phase is done - we can move onto our favorite phase. The development phase!
We get excited about this phase because this is the phase in which we truly bring an idea to life. Here at Atsap we use a suite of different programming languages and technologies to help bring these ideas to life.
This is the most important part to get right, because if the development of the app isn't done right then the app idea remains just that - an idea.
4) The Publishing Phase
The fourth and final phase of the app development life cycle is the publishing phase, in which your app is put on the Apple and Google App Stores. This final phase is fairly straight forward, but there are a few things to remember. First, you will need to make sure that you have created an Apple and Google Developer account before you can upload your app to the App Stores (a lot of people forget to do this part).
Secondly, you will want to make sure that you do not violate any of the Apple or Google App Stores terms of service with your app. If your app violates any of their terms of service, it will not be allowed to be published on the App Stores. Likewise, once on the App Stores if the app then violates any of these policies, it can be taken down.
So it is important to understand what these policies are before submitting your app to the App Stores.
If you are interested in having us help with any of these phases, you can book an appointment with us today!
Let's build together!