How Long Does It Take to Develop a Mobile App?

Josiah Humphrey
Oct 23, 2017 · 15 min read
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Originally published on http://www.appsterhq.com/

How much time and effort does mobile app creation require?

Existing Data: App Development Takes 3–5 Months

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(infographic by: Kinvey)
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(infographic by: GoodFirms)

Key Stages of Mobile App Development

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PHASE 1: RESEARCH AND PLANNING

PHASE 2: FUNCTIONS AND FEATURES

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(image by: Apple Inc.)

“iOS is typically a preferred platform to launch the app first, with a small number of target devices and OS versions.

It is much easier to make sure your app runs flawlessly on each one of them than to tackle multiple operating systems at once.

Plus, with over 12,000 Android devices out there, it is practically impossible to optimize for each one of them. Thus, an Android app development and testing tends to take more time, unless you limit the number of supported devices and screen resolutions.

If you want to build apps for both iOS and Android, the duration and budget of your project might effectively double.”

“Traditionally, Android applications are developed in Java, and iOS ones are written in Swift and Objective-C.

Nevertheless, there exist plenty of other alternate tools that can be used instead. Xamarin, React Native and Ionic are popular examples of such tools.”

PHASE 3: TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY, DESIGN, AND DEVELOPMENT

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“Front end development is mostly focused on what some may coin the client side of development.

Front end developers will be engaged in analyzing code, design, and debugging applications along with ensuring a seamless user experience.

You manage what people first see in their browser or app. As a front end developer you are responsible for the look, feel and ultimately design of the site.

Back end development refers to the server side of development where you are primarily focused with how the site works. This type of web development usually consists of three parts: a server, an application, and a database.

Code written by back end developers is what communicates the database information to the browser or app.

Anything you can’t see easily with the eye such as databases and servers is the work of a back end developer.”

“If you are developing the front end of your mobile app along with the back end infrastructure, it’s important that you prioritize what functionality you build.

Give your back end engineers a head start so that your front end engineers can build functional code.

If the back end isn’t well defined and isn’t functional, it’ll render the efforts of your front end engineers less efficient” (source).

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(infographic by: Papdan.com)
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(image by: Lucidchart)

PHASE 4: TESTING AND REFINEMENT

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Final Words

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