A Detailed Guide of Mobile App Development Timeline
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A Detailed Guide of Mobile App Development Timeline

Ajay Kumar By Ajay Kumar | May 8, 2019
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Are you tired of hearing about the “Mobile app development timeline” and had no idea what it is about? Well, if you don’t know about the timeline then it is the best moment to know about it now. 

At a certain point in life, we all have heard the phrase “Time is Money”. 

A single second is more than enough to lose thousands of buck or convert a lead. This makes it essential for business owners to think a lot before hiring a mobile app development company. The pricing is at risk with each hour invested in the development process. In brief, the mobile app development can cut a hole in your pocket if the timeline is not maintained.

On the other hand, putting your idea in the market before your competitor holds a lot of value. Either you can leverage the technology by entering the market at the right time and become the market leader. Or everything can take a major downfall – your competitor might work on your app idea first which will be a downfall even before entering the market.

Before understanding the need to set a mobile app development timeline, let us understand why we even need a mobile app.

Why opt for Mobile App?

I put up the question of why we need a mobile app, but as a matter of fact, there is no reason that might make you rethink your decision. 90 percent of the total global population spends more than 10 hours of their time over the phone. It is the first thing they see after waking up and last before sleeping, so why not have it.

Our customers are active over the smartphone that is more than enough for us to be on the phone as well. Whether it is an application like Zomato, Amazon, or Chatting app, in a way everyone is using it. So, if you are still not over the mobile then now is the right time to invest in one. 

Mobile App Development Cycle Stages

As a matter of fact, the development process comes after the set up of the whole timeline for app development. It includes different steps to develop an app that plays a vital role in managing the cycle of development in a given timeline. 

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Here are the vital stages that one must keep in mind while working on development and determining the mobile and web application building timeline.

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#1 Research

The first and foremost aspect that one must keep in mind is to research the market in which they are going to launch the app in. Behind the idea of an app, is thought to be in the market for the long-run. Hence, it is essential to know the market and issues that the market is facing before stepping into the planning phase.

In addition to this, know about your competitors and their shortcomings to outrun them in the market. This includes the buyer’s persona, requirement analysis, reviewing practices, stakeholder interviews, and competitors’ research. 

#2 Pre-Planning

It has a huge impact on the mobile app development timeline since it includes all the processes and scope of the project. 

This is the stage where all the formulation happens. Here, the app entrepreneurs sit with the team of mobile app developers to look back at the user demographics, competitors working in the same domain, and the basic vision that they have planned for their mobile application.

This is one of those stages of the mobile application development process that entails and defines everything about the application – who will it be used by, how will it be used, what changes would it bring in the mobile domain and the individual sector, etc.

The brainstorming and research that are required at this stage, take up somewhere around 1 to 2 weeks of the whole that is included in the mobile and web application building timeline. 

#3 Prototyping

Once the basic idea of the application is identified and gathered, the next step in the mobile app development project plan of the process is the creation of prototypes and wireframes.

At this stage, you have to convert whatever requirements you have gathered into a flow decided upon by the creation of user stories. The prototype you would create at this stage is something that would help ideate the designing and development stages next.

The whole wireframing and prototyping process takes up somewhere around 2 to 3 weeks to get a proper overlay. This is similar to the SDLC life cycle that gives an ideal approach for the development phase.

#4 Designing

Next to the coding and technical development is the mobile app design process. Usually, the ratio looks something like this – 1:3, with 1 part designing and 3 parts development.

While a good portion of the whole app UI/UX process is attended to in the Wireframing process itself, there are a number of other strung along the whole mobile app design, which ultimately clubs together to determine the mobile and web application building timeline.

Another thing to note when it comes to mobile app design and the time it would take is the ease of design. Although a no-brainer, entrepreneurs sometimes get disillusioned by the simplicity of the design and assume that because the design is simple, the time it took to get would be low too. While the exact opposite of this is what is actually true.

Time-wise, it usually takes 3 to 4 weeks to design a simple application, 6 to 8 weeks for a medium level app and some 9 o 12 weeks for a high complexity mobile app, especially those that use heavy graphics.

#5 Developing

The next in the list of app development stages that gets added in the time it takes to develop an app is the development stage.

All three main parts of the mobile app development process – UI, Frontend, and Backend are handled at this stage with the developers working on the coding of all three. 

The mobile and web application building timeline of all the three processes combined together is something that in turn is dependent on a number of factors – List of features and functionality, the complexity of the design, integration process, setting of architecture, kind of technology that the app would be powered on, etc.

Apart from these, the platform that you choose for your mobile app development also tends to carry its impact on the time it would take. While iOS app development is still in many ways less time-consuming, the time it takes to develop an Android app is much higher.

These and a number of factors decide the mobile app development timeline of an application. A timeline that usually looks like this – 2 to 4 months for a small complexity app, 6 to 10 months for a medium complexity app, and 10 to 12+ months for a high complexity mobile application.

#6 Testing

After the design and development process is attended, the next thing to plan for when accounting for the time it would take to develop an application is mobile app testing.

The stage where you check your app for bugs is to ensure that it performs to its utmost best, no matter what the condition is and how users are working around the application. In order to achieve the best mobile app testing process, you will have to consider both automated and manual testing in both Alpha and Beta mode.

Checking every line of code and ensuring that there is no loophole whatsoever, will take you somewhere around 1 to 3 weeks space.

Read More: How Long Does it Take to develop an App

#7 Launching/Maintenance 

The last of the app development stages is the app launch in the App Store and Play Store. There will be multiple things that you will have to consider and cross off your checklist before you launch your mobile application in the market.

Things like – SEO for App stores, branding, curation of interactive content to make the app attractive for the users, and then following the submission guidelines of both the stores for a successful app launch in one go.

The whole last-minute preparation and app launch take up somewhere around 1 to 2 weeks of the mobile app developers’ time.

With this, we have now seen the complete software development life cycle and have seen how much time each of the processes takes up. Let us understand more about the timeline when it comes to app development. 

Tips To Manage mobile app development timeline

We are a part of a competitive marketplace that makes mobile apps a crucial addition to interact with customers. With the increase in market demand, mobile apps are becoming a core section of the industry. The users depend upon a convenient and faster service that can be achieved with rapid strategy. 

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Here are the tips that can help in managing the mobile and web application building timeline to launch an app in the market at the right moment.

#1 Wireframe Blueprint

The low-fidelity wireframe has a lot of impact when it comes to managing the timeline of an application development process. It is ideal to have a layout for the apps as per the architecture and design to get an accurate idea. The blueprint includes the basic details to keep it abstract and understandable for the mobile app developers. 

The wireframe is extremely famous in the market that gives an idea of several functionalities added to the app. It helps programmers to understand the whole concept and user interface before proceeding with the development phase. 

The development and design process can work smoothly in a sync environment. It is a vital addition to the whole cycle of the mobile app development process steps to achieve accurate results.

#2 Hybrid Mobile App Development

There are different ways to launch an application in the market. Hybrid app development is one of the ways that give the desired results to the owner. Ionic, React Native, PhoneGap, Flutter, and Xamarin are the major options that are popular with developers. 

The best thing about this platform is that a single code can run over different platforms saving time. This cross-platform app development is an ideal way to reach the target audience without worrying about separate codes.

#3 Release Cycles

It is ideal to go for the short release cycle in terms of mobile app design process to ensure that the app can be launched in the market as soon as possible. However, this is a bit tricky to achieve since it requires adding only the necessary features and putting it forth. This will help in getting speedy feedback that as a result can help in faster deployment of the final product.

However, the major concern in such a case is mismanagement that is mainly due to the lack of iteration distribution. This can be solved with the help of frequently app delivery to manage loopholes as soon as possible. 

#4 Automated Testing

When it comes to app security, many companies fail to offer it to the customers. It is vital to make sure that customer data is safe over the cloud with no loopholes. This can be achieved with automated testing that simultaneously runs the test for hours. 

Gradually, the testing phase speed up but with automation time will not have much effect. It is part of the standard app development timeline that helps in managing the overall time of development.

#5 Launch MVP

The competitive market depends a lot upon a fully developed and robust product. However, there is no need to launch the application with all features intact. WhatsApp just had the chatting feature at the initial stage and slowly added video and calling features. Similarly, MVP can be adopted to have an easier and faster process. 

In addition to this, with regular feedback, it will be easy to process the app as per user requirements. However, make sure to maintain the efficiency of an application while working on iterative cycles and functions. This cycle keeps quality requirements and customers’ demands in mind for ideal results. 

Factors that Increase the Standard App Development Timeline

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Here are a number of seen and unforeseen events that tend to bring the time to develop a mobile application, to a high extent. Here are some of the most common ones:

#1 Not Giving Feedback on Time

Not getting feedback on time is one of the biggest factors that tend to up the whole app development time. What happens is that the developers get feedback from entrepreneurs after the stage is developed, which makes them go right back to the stage instead of moving forward in the process.

#2 Hiring Inexperienced Developers

Another obvious reason that brings up the mobile app development timeline is the investment in an inexperienced set of developers or designers.

When the team you are investing in are very new in the domain, they will raise the hours of development high, while increasing the app development cost along.

#3 Expediting the Testing Process

When you hurry into the app testing process, you are bound to get back to the core of the development when something goes wrong (something that could have been avoided easily if you were more careful earlier).

With this you have looked at both – the average mobile app development hours that go behind every mobile app development process and the factors that increase the whole mobile app development timeline, thus bringing the cost to rise as well.

The last thing left for you to understand is the ways you can bring the time down. Let us help you with it.

Get in touch with our team of mobile app consultants to know the many ways you can bring the mobile app development costs down.

Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar

A young entrepreneurial technocrat who is the Co-Founder & CEO at Appventurez Mobitech. After completion of his masters in Computer Application, he dived into the world of technology as an iOS developer. As a CEO, he firmly believes teamwork and collaboration are the essential tools for any company’s success.

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