How to Create Your Mobile Apps

by John YargoUpdated September 28, 2017
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Creating mobile apps draws on your creative entrepreneurial side and your technical fluency. There’s a wide variety of programming platforms, with Cascada and Iceberg being two of the most widely used. The mobile device you intend to design the app for will also affect the code you use (Java for Blackberry mobiles, Cocoa for Apple mobiles) and the outlets for the app (Blackberry App World for Blackberry, the iTunes App Store for Apple products). The most popular apps usually tap into common interests, but in fresh, easy-to-use ways.

Survey the apps that are available for mobile devices already. If you can find a common shortcoming between the apps for Apple and Blackberry, that might be an area you could cultivate and contribute to. Research the feedback for the apps on message boards and web sites.

Design your application. Among mobile device users, there is a premium on intuitive, simple designs that make using the app as easy as possible.

Write the code for your mobile app. Since learning to write code takes extensive training and time, many app designers hire freelance technicians to do this for them. If you want to make it available across several mobile devices, you will need someone who knows Java, Cocoa, and any other programming languages.

Test your application on multiple mobile devices. Ask other less tech-savvy people try to use the app. Debug the app, if any problems arise.

Upload your app to the Blackberry App World or the iTunes App Store. Keep an eye on feedback to your app in the app stores, on message boards, and on discussion threads at mobile device web pages. Handle bugs that arise immediately, and consider introducing new editions in the future.

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