8 great tips to help mobile developers make user-friendly apps
Regardless of what OS powered mobile devices are heavily trending nowadays, app stores to them all are densely crowded; they even appears to be flooding. Two leading platforms – iOS and Android – now individually have more than a million apps. And as it’s naturally supposed to be, there are only a handful of apps that can really be called hit ones.
Forget about the type of an app but if it’s not user-friendly, users have all the rights to discard it just after downloading it. An app must come with the most comprehensive user experience. Mobile developers should consider it as a top priority while development an app; however, not all mobile developers are aware of this fact. So here are some tips that can help mobile developers create user-friendly apps.
Test the app
Before you launch an app, do one thing more than one time. It is testing the app. Of course no software is 100% bug free but if you noticeably let bugs go in an app, it’s all about you deliberately compromising app’s success.
Enable Offline Support
An app should not entirely depend on internet. There must be some features that app should support even if the device isn’t connected to the internet. You need to create offline experience in an app so that in case users are not connected to web, the app can deliver some of its features.
Keep it simple, stupid.
The principle of KISS (Keep it simple, stupid) applies here too. Even if app’s idea is the complex one, mobile developers should try to make the UI as simple as possible. Unlike PC which requires its users to have some level basic training, smartphones and tables can generally be used without help of anyone. Developers should put such capabilities into app at every level so that users can learn to use it on their own.
Be well aware of the platform
Not all platforms work the same way. There are major differences between iOS and Android. Same enforces on Windows Phone and BlackBerry. They all are different from each others. Even users to these platforms are different. You must figure out the differences among all the platforms and then initiate a mobile application development.
Know Your Users
A mobile application development project implemented without knowing users at all will fail. Success is neither a coincident, nor it’s the matter of lock. If your app fits the choices, needs and requirements of users, it will succeed. But it will meet all expectation of users only if it’s based on proper research of market, audience, domain, and lots of other aspects.
Make Navigation Simple
An app has chance to turn out to be successful if everything it has, is available 1-3 tap away. Navigation of the app should be planned in a way so that things can quickly be accessed. If it has user’s detail filling area, do not put too many fields as nobody likes to fill multiple-field form on mobile devices. Touch screen typing bores and thus there should be no or less operations added related to inputting any sort of information.
Implement grids in design process so that everything in the app looks uniformed. By the use of grids you can avoid the app getting misaligned.
Make the app for multiple platforms
You cannot expect huge response for your app if you are implementing only to platform. Cover as many popular platforms as possible. By covering multiple platforms at once, you can give the app a universal appeal.