Common Practices for Mobile App Development
Google Play Store has 2.8 million apps whereas iOS App Store has 2.2 million apps. We won’t be seeing a decline in revenue generation any time soon. Revenue forecast for mobile app development is predicted to reach $80.6 billion in 2020 (it was $44.6 billion in 2016).
We are familiar with the notion of ‘cross-platform’ or ‘mobile-first’ but the patterns or the guidelines and key points are crucial for understanding. While designing end-to-end experiences, we must remember the platform and the rules coming along.
Respect the Platform for Mobile App DesignNative platform guidelines keep on changing, so it’s a good practice to stay on top of recent practices. Hire mobile app development services as good companies have documented patterns and components for each platform (iOS, Android). Designing interface for whichever platform requires understanding of the user. The niche business is planning to target. Get hold on user behavior and then the platform.
Use App Store for MarketingGoogle Play Store and IOS App Store are goldmines for researching user flow. Read surge reports and top charts as they will help in better withholding with user mindset. There are stats and tools for extracting the user data, utilize it for the app marketing and virility.
User Benefit Comes FirstDesign for user benefit, not all use cases are alike, sometimes usual use cases bring exceptions. Avoid approach of designing certain feature or app element for reusability purpose.
Mobile apps offer fast results than mobile web browsing, plus they increase brand visibility.
Don’t Skip Scalability FactorA mobile app should offer scalability across different mobile devices. A uniformity in design and behavior of the mobile app is necessary. A fundamental rule in designing mobile apps is, display only the relevant information. Don’t burden user with too much information which he may not need.
Smooth Transition between ScreensOne of the core features in mobile design is screen transitions. Mobile content navigation through different screens is a big part of user experience. Proper transitions/animations can communicate many features subtly. Reinforce user action by utilizing animations, this is an excellent way to motivate user for CTAs on the screen.
Given above are just few common practices for designing user-friendly mobile applications. Before market launch of an application, ask yourself some real questions such as ‘what is this app meant for?’, ‘Is there truly a user need?’, ‘how this app will solve user problem?’