It is the process of understanding your whole vision and gathering requirements for your app before heading into app development.
Think of it like hiring a building architect to design a house before you hire the builder.
Native app development is the term used to describe the process of building an application to operate exclusively on a single platform, commonly iOS or Android. Native apps offer a more unique and refined user experience as they are designed to be compatible with the operative system’s unique hardware, language, and code, which provides a higher level of accuracy and overall performance. Apps that rely heavily on hardware features such as GPS, accelerometer, camera, and/or the microphone, are best suited to native app development.
During the Discovery Phase, our experienced team will discuss the pros and cons of using native app development and decide the best course of action for your project. In some cases, we may recommend a hybrid app for the initial launch, which is a cost-effective solution for companies who are looking to validate their project in the early stages of development. Businesses who are looking to launch a native app will be provided with an exclusive 1 – 2 year development plan, specifically tailored to the features and requirements of the product.
Our experienced team has spent years refining our development process to ensure that we deliver high-quality products that operate seamlessly every time. We take the steps necessary to create products that are seamlessly integrated with the chosen operating system, whether that is iOS or Android.
Check out our process below!
Refining the concept or idea
Every great app starts with a great idea. Once you have an idea in mind, the next step is to ask yourself, “What problem does my app solve?”. Understanding what your app does and how it can stand out from the competition, is the first step towards launching a successful product. This can take some time and our team is always ready to jump in and give you a hand to get this process started.
Native App Strategy
It is important to define your competition, understand your target audience, and research the current market surrounding your idea. By analysing where your project sits within this landscape, we are able to start making decisions about the future direction and planning for your native app development. This begins by deciding what development platform your app requires, this could be iOS or Android.
Native App Wire-framing
Wireframing involves mapping out the functions and features of your app on black and white screens. This is where the UX/UI designers will identify the specifications for development and whether any system integration is required.
Native App Branding
Working with you, our brand specialists create a brand that fits the needs of your business while ensuring it will be received well on a digital platform. We set up a collaborative mood board to understand the requirements and visual direction of the brand. The team offers multiple concept variations and refinement to ensure the brand meets your intentions. Finally, you will be provided with the brand guidelines and assets to ensure your brand is in the best position moving forward.
Native App Design – UI and UX Strategy
Next our UX and UI designers work to create the front-end of your native app development. This is when our design team will apply the branding elements, such as colour and typography to the wireframes to develop an intuitive user experience. Finally, the team delivers a high-fidelity prototype that can be used to promote your app to investors if required.
User Stories for Native Apps
Our business analyst works with the team to create the user stories, which is a detailed document that outlines each function or interaction the user has with the app. It outlines the functionality and technical requirements for your app and will be used for the back-end development of your app. This document provides the cost estimation for your final app and outlines a plan for future development.
Native App Development
We deploy techniques to code the functionality and usability of the app and ensure that the user interface is designed to an optimal standard. During this stage of our process, we can rely on the native features of the device to improve the quality of the user’s experience, this includes navigation, list views, and collating data silos to perform as a single unit. Our native apps are build using directly onto iOS or Android and make the most of the in-built hardware features of the platform.
We provide a number of quality assurance testing services during the development process. We check to see that the app functions correctly and that there are no bugs detected. Our testing processes include:
Deployment and Market Submission
App Boxer ensures that our products are delivered at the highest quality. The final step is to have your product assessed by the store provider, whether this is either Apple for iOS apps or the Google Play Store for Android. Once the necessary checks have been completed, your app is ready to launch into the market!
Our team monitors the app post-launch to ensure any functional and security bugs that may appear are fixed. This service is provided as part of App Boxer’s 12-month warranty for all our products.
This depends on your business priorities and the features of your future app. A native and hybrid app each has their own advantages and disadvantages so it is important to familiarise yourself with both and weigh up what is going to work best for you.
Native App Development
If you’re after faster and more reliable software for increased user experience, then a native app will be the best option for you. They have the advantage of interacting directly with a device’s operating system, however, they will require a larger budget if you’re intending to develop your app for multiple platforms (iOS and Android). Native apps also need to be updated regularly.
Hybrid App Development
If you’re looking to launch your app ASAP, then you may want to consider developing a hybrid app. They are faster and easier to develop and use cross-compatible web technologies and platforms. They can be built on a single base, allowing you to add new features to multiple versions without having to replicate every new feature on each platform. On the other hand, they will never run as fast and efficiently as a native app. Hybrid app development has evolved dramatically over the last few years and has become the chosen method for the majority of new startups in the market.
We understand that it can be overwhelming to determine what type of development is best for your project. That’s why our team is always here and ready to help.
Native app development costs anywhere from $50,000 to $500,000. Native Apps are more expensive to develop.
At App Boxer, our experienced app developers comprehend that every rescue project has unique requirements. No matter the challenge, we map out a 2-year cost-effective development plan tailored to your development needs, and weigh the pros and cons of a native app development plan with you. We ensure quality customer experience and use solid Ui/UX design and development to meet the exclusive needs of your market.
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