So you want to get into the smartphone app crazy, and you think you’d like to create and health app. The question is where do you start? What steps should you take to create a health app and get it published on Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store?
Well first and foremost you need to brain storm and sketch out your health app idea. The better your pre-planning the easier it will end up being creating the app. Get your app idea nailed down, and try to sketch out some different UI designs of what it’ll actually look like on a device like an Galaxy 3 or an iPad.
Next you need to go download the software development kits that both Apple and Google offer online. Both SDKs include an integrated developer environment, IDE, to write your code in. Apple’s SDK comes with Xcode, and Google’s comes with Eclipse. Now it’s time to right your code. There are extensive examples of projects to use as reference both from Apple and Google themselves as well as 3rd parties. It’s also worth noting both Google and Apple have documentation on how to use things such as the Accelerometer or GPS if say for your health app you are trying to incorporate say how fast you are walking or where in the world you are located.
Then once you have your health app completed it’s time to test. Always test before you go live with your app as much as possible as 1st impressions on the App Store and Play Store are crucial to getting high ratings and good buzz. Try out all of your crazy scenarios. Double check to see if your UI matches up with the iOS and Android user interface guidelines. Share it with your friends and family to see if they encounter any issues that you might have missed.
Then once your read with your Health App it’s time to publish. You have to pay a small fee to become an official app developer. It’s also worth noting the Android SDK works on Windows, OSX, and Linux where as the iOS SDK only works on OSX. Once your published you can work on getting the word out about your new health app, pushing bug fixes, and staying up on all of the latest health trends with your app!