Building a Mobile App: 5 Good Reasons to Prototype
So, you have the “Next Great App Idea” and you’re sure it will stand out from the crowd. You’ve done some research and you’re confident your investment will pay off. You can’t wait to jump into the development process and go from concept to market in the shortest amount of time. If that sounds familiar, let’s take a step back for a minute.
According to Kinvey study on the State of Enterprise Mobility, 56% of mobile leaders surveyed say it takes from 7 months to over 1 year to build one app and 18% say they spend from $500,000 to over $1,000,000 per app. From this group, 50% thinks the process takes too long, with 24% admitting it as a source of frustration. The remedy to avoid such enormous expenses is, as you may have guessed, to put your ideas in a mobile prototype so that later you are able to transform it into a flawless app. This process is extremely powerful because a working prototype allows you to:
A prototype is an early model that is created to test the functionality of an idea. It helps to encounter technical flaws, design issues and challenges. With a prototype, you are able to detect the approaches that don’t work and focus on the ones that do.
Get feedback from users
Observing the user’s reaction to your app prototype will help you to resolve critical issues and reduce post-release bugs. Without a prototype, it’s hard to get valuable feedback, as many people find it difficult to conceptualize a product before they test it.
Gain stakeholder’s attention
Wireframes and mockups aren’t the best solution anymore. A clickable and interactive prototype helps you better explain your product to stakeholders and investors. By demonstrating the feasibility of your idea, you lower the risk of investment, increasing the chances of getting funding for your mobile project.
Make the right decisions
Repetitious back-and-forth is inefficient and can easily increase development time and costs. With a prototype you can test different approaches of a feature and analyze the results of each option. This method saves time and ensures you make the right design decisions.
Save time and money
A prototype saves time for everyone involved in the design and development process. Developers are aware of what needs to be done and can clearly decide if a feature is possible or not. If not, they can request for design changes. This transparent process gives clients a clear idea of what the final product will look like, avoiding frustration and extra development costs.
To make sure your mobile app development project succeeds and all your efforts don’t flop, you need to go through the prototyping process in a professional manner. Our team at Exaud can quickly transform your sketches into interactive prototypes for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. And we do it at a very special price – only $50. Why? Because we support the entrepreneurial spirit and want to help new business ideas on the road to success. There are no hidden costs, no bureaucracy, and no surprises. Learn more.