What is an app prototype?
In simple words an app prototype is a basic version of your application. With that model of your product you can show its main functionalities and test them with your target audience. It gives you and your potential customers a better idea of the product you have created, such as its features, shape and much more. Obviously, it’s just an initial sample of your product, so it can be still a little rough around the edges, but it should be at least enough to play with. Fortunately, you’ll find certain amount of helpful app prototyping tools. The final version of the app can come later, after you’ve collected feedback and made sure the app is properly tested. Implementation of the final changes and improvements might bring you to a great business start.
Why do you need an app prototype for your startup?
A prototype enables you to collect customer feedback which will surely help you in better understanding of your audience’s preferences and needs. It’s not a complete system yet, but it gives you and the users and idea about the overall functionality. With a prototype your users would be actively involved in the development process of your app and know more about the system being developed. You can also define problems or errors which will definitely crop up faster this way. Then you can upgrade your product at the early stage with lower costs & less time spent on fixing bugs and making changes. Remember that implementing changes when your app is ready involves a much higher budget and more time spent. The most important thing is that the sooner you get user feedback, the better your product might be. And a better product leads to success and business development.
App prototyping tools
This is an all-in-one cross platform which enables you to design and prototype, both websites and mobile apps. It comes with many tutorials (videos and guides) which perfectly show you how to use the tool. You can connect the previously designed screens to each other to create the user flow and user experience and then share it with others to get their feedback and make necessary improvements.
Using InVision Studio, in less than 1 hour you can create a completely functional app prototype. The software comes with advanced animations for dynamic motion design, so your time and effort spent on creating a prototype drops to almost a zero! Moreover, can check your designed screens right away on multiple screen sizes (laptops, tablets, phones), since InVision Studio is fully responsive.
With UXPin, you can build apps with lightweight interactions provided with libraries that support both wireframes and mobile apps. For your prototypes you can use already existing mockups from Sketch or Photoshop. It’s perfect for designers who want to move smooth through every stage of their designing process – all in the same file. And one more thing – UXPin enables collaborative work on the project, so many users can collaborate.
Last of app prototyping tools we chose, Figma gives you a number of features and functions that make the process of prototyping easy as pie. You can create any graphic component fully in your browser. Moreover, you can adjust the number of frames and/or add more screens and prototype with other users in real time. The system is integrated with Slack too, so communication among designers is smooth and fast.