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Mobile App Development

Top 5 Methodologies Used In Mobile App Development

With the rampant use of smartphones, it’s no wonder spending in app stores is exploding. According to Forbes, global spending in app stores climbed to $50.1 in the first half of 2020. So choosing the right development approach for your mobile app development is crucial.

To find out the best practices in app development and what kind of planning and reporting goes into the work, carry on reading!

Why Do Different Mobile App Methodologies Exist?

With so many apps out there we can’t expect a “one size fits all” solution. There are intricacies to every app that determines how it’s made. While some applications need to be particularly responsive, others need to have full hardware access to achieve that rich visual display required.

The development methodology used will also depend on the team working on the app. After all, different approaches are employed to help teamwork efficiently and communicate clearly. So if an app fails, you should also keep in mind that the team structure, various analyses, and market research are also players to keep in mind.

Before we dive into the best methodologies for mobile app development, do bear in mind that combinations of different approaches can be great for one project.

Agile Development Methodology

Let’s start with the absolute star in the mobile app development methodology roster. As the name says itself, Agile development is a flexible method that lets teams implement changes throughout the project. That’s the key benefit – you can adapt without sacrificing discipline and workflow. Also, various types of risk are reduced this way.

The Agile methodology relies on:

  •  Iterations which last between a week and a month. 
  • Constant communication between the team and customer takes out the guesswork.

One of the main drawbacks of the Agile methodology is that bigger projects can be harder to estimate in terms of documentation and time needed to complete the product

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Waterfall Methodology

But before Agile, there was Waterfall.

Before UX (user experience) was crucial in determining the success of mobile application development, Waterfall was the way things were done. The name itself describes the approach: phases are executed sequentially and completely. Teams don’t move on to other phases before the previous ones are done.

Waterfall’s big downfall (sorry-not-sorry for the pun) is that once you move on, you can’t go back. So there is no typical MVP (minimally viable product). Instead, you can make changes once more only in the maintenance phase, which comes after the product launch.

Waterfall Methodology

The Spiral methodology is great for big projects and for those project managers that focus on the risks. That is because the main benefit of Spiral is the practical way of spotting and lowering risks in early project stages. How is this done?

Mainly, developers work out the kinks, which leaves the team with a good risk management plan. Also, project managers will love that their web developers will be working fast since all features are implemented systematically.

Key drawbacks include:

  • The Spiral methodology is costly since any flaw in risk-management can veer the team off course.
  • The Spiral methodology requires a tedious approach to documentation and patience since you can’t easily predict the length of the process.

Prototype Methodology

If you see some similarities between the Prototype and Waterfall approaches – you’re correct. The main difference is that the Prototype methodology is the next evolutionary step of the Waterfall since it fixes one huge drawback – it lets you make changes during the design phase. 

That is done with prototypes (hence the name). It was created with the assumption that the team and the client benefits from a prototype to understand the scope of the project before the development carries on.

As with Agile methodology, Prototype allows the client to quip in and give an evaluation. It’s clear now why this methodology is also smart for reducing risk.

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Lean Development Methodology

Lean development focuses on quick and cheap product development. While this sacrifices efficiency, it also lets you develop mobile apps that are easy to change afterward. So if you are down on time and money, going for lean development can be a great strategic move.

Also, your team can be extra motivated working this way since they have a bigger say. But be wary of choosing this approach if you lack a good business analyst and suffer from poor communication in the team. But if your team has a good track record of working together and your analyst is experienced – they are less likely to lose their focus and sight of the goal.

Final Word

It’s more clear now that there isn’t one correct methodology for mobile app development. For a customized approach, you may find out that a mix of Agile and Spiral methodology suits you the most while developing an app. The most important thing to note is that one strategy won’t apply to building all of your apps.

So instead of wasting time and other resources, go for a trusted mobile app development team that you can lean on while waiting for your perfect product.

Submit Your App

How To Submit Your App To the App Store in 2022?

App development and launch are both crucial components of the process of establishing your app as an enticing one for users to download. But all of that goes down the drain if you gloss over app submission. After all, what’s the point of a great product or feature if people can’t find it or don’t even know about it? To submit your app successfully to app stores, you need to go through certain steps.

We’ve listed the steps down below – find out how to submit an iOS app to the App Store.

Make Sure Your Prerequisites are in Order

When writing the guide below, we’ve taken the approach of assuming you took some actionable steps beforehand. More precisely, these:

  • Having a developed app that passed Apple’s App Store Guidelines
  • Joining the Apple Developer Program
  • Access to a computer that can run Mac OS X
  • Installing these programs:
    • Xcode 13
    • Keychain Access

The other moves you need to take to enhance app experiences and make your application faster and more responsive are listed out below.

Gather All the Needed App Information

Before you submit your app, you need to prepare all the relevant information about your app. For a full rundown of app information. you need to provide.

Some of the data you need to present are:

  • The app name as it will appear on the App Store, between 2 and 30 characters long.
  • A 30-character long summary of your app
  • Keywords separated by a comma
  • A URL link to your Privacy Policy
  • A bundle ID, a.k.a. a unique identifier used in the system. It must match the one you set in Xcode. 
  • Screenshots for every device screen size your app supports.
  • Your app’s logo in the JPG or PNG format in the RGB color space, with a minimum 72 DPI resolution.
Submit Your Application

Open an App Store Connect Record for the Application

To create an App Store Connect account, you need to:

  • Make your App Store Connect organization and act as the team agent. The same Apple ID you’ve used to join the Apple Developer Program will be applicable here as well.
  • If you don’t want to make your organization, then you can be added to an existing one. Still, you will have to hold an Admin, App, or Technical Manager role.
  • If your app is a paid app, you will need to deal with some additional paperwork. For starters, you will need to sign a contract that deals with terms of payment. After you choose the Agreements, Tax, and Banking tab on the App Store Connect dashboard, you will need to fill in the info and submit needed forms in the “Request Contracts” section, as well as the “Contracts In Process” and “Tax Info” sections.

Adding a New Application

We’re still in the App Store Connect dashboard, mind you. From there, follow these steps:

  • Click on My Apps
  • Click the + sign in the upper left corner
  • From there, select New App

At this step, you will need to submit some of the information we mentioned beforehand, such as app name, bundle ID, SKU ID, etc.

Use Xcode to Archive and Upload the Application

Installing Xcode is one of the pre-requirements because you need to upload the build through this software before you submit the app for review via App Store Connect.

To do this, you need to go to the software and:

  • Click Generic iOS Device.
  • Go to Product in the top menu and click on Archive.
  • From the Xcode Organizer that opens, select the current build of the app and choose the Upload to App Store in the right-hand panel.
  • Click on Choose after picking your credentials.
  • You will get moved to another window, where you will be able to click on Upload at the bottom-right corner.

Success!

After you get the rest of the details in order in the App Store Connect account, it’s time to submit your app!

Submit Your App to app store

Submitting Your App for Review

To submit your app for review, remain in the App Store Connect account and go to the “Build” section. From there, pick the build you have uploaded via Xcode and save your changes.

Then you will be able to select “Submit for Review” which will mean you’ll also need to answer Export Compliance, Content Rights, and Advertising Identifier questions.

Final Word

And now, you wait. You can check the App Store Connect while you get approved. It will usually take 1 to 3 days to get approval. Following the approval, your app will be visible in the App Store. If you don’t see it right away, don’t panic, it can take 24 hours to appear.
Don’t forgo the App Store Connect dashboard after getting approved. After all, that’ll be the place where you will be able to view downloads, sales, ratings, and reviews!