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M. Sai Gopal
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A great idea sparks a great app. This is a walk through on how to get one working.

Developing applications for smartphones has become a much sought after craft. Upstarts, however, sometimes tend to stray from the methodical approach needed to develop apps. At least this is what seasoned app developers in Hyderabad believe.

Experts point out that young developers should not lose focus and must adhere to the actual process of app building. So what is the process of app building?

The process, essentially, has four basic stages including ideating, designing, development and submission to the app market for acceptance.

A great idea sparks-off a great app! Whether one is developing a killer gaming app or a business application, a great idea is vital.

“Mobile apps should have utility value. Young developers must question how many people are going to use their app? Mobile apps should be of some use,” suggests B. Raaga Sudha, a developer who set up a start-up Anjani IT Solutions in Hyderabad.

Consistent and Compatible

After zeroing-in on a great idea, the next stage is designing the app. Apps can be built on a host of mobile platforms. There are several mobile platforms such as Android Operating System (OS), iOS of Apple, the upcoming BB10 of BlackBerry and Windows Phone 8. Developers should have a clear idea about the mobile platform on which they are going to develop the app.

“The design should be consistent and compatible across all devices. For instance, an Android based app should fit seamlessly in a three-inch Android phone and a ten-inch Android tablet also. Instead of creating a lot of clutter, design should be minimalistic,” suggests S. Nithin Reddy, a developer working for US clients.

Young developers should keep an eye on negative reviews by users.

“An app with a multicoloured background invites negative reviews from users. Nobody will download the app if it has negative reviews,” Mr. Nithin adds.

Development stage

After the design stage, comes the development part, which involves coding. Developers should choose a software language that will meet their requirements. “Android apps are Java based while iOS is based on Objective C software. Mobile platforms provide these software tools free of cost to students. Then there is the independent HTML 5 language, compatible with all multiple mobile platforms,” says M. Upendra, another developer who already has apps in Windows app store.

Young developers need to pay a minimal fee to mobile platforms while submitting their apps, which will be put up in the app stores.

“The submitted apps are thoroughly tested by expert developers in Android, iOS, BB and Windows. In case of bugs, the apps are sent back and developers are given an opportunity to debug,” experts said.

The submitted apps are thoroughly tested by expert developers.

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