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What makes a mobile app tick? Why are some wildly successful, while others go into wilderness? Is there a process which can ensure that your mobile app becomes darling of the masses? Let’s look at the seven essential steps required for creating great applications.
Mobile technology has invaded all the fields be it pharmaceuticals, manufacturing sector, oil & natural gas, food industry and investment & finance. Consumers of mobile apps are equally varied in composition. It is therefore important to identify factors which make mobile applications attractive across the board.
Today’s mobile environment is complex. Devices work under different operating systems like Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows. The hardware also varies across platforms. Developing mobile apps for multiple platforms can therefore become a tough proposition. Testing procedures and processes must be in place to ensure smooth operations under different conditions.
This is perhaps the most challenging aspect of mobile app design. Users must find it easy to use devices. Intuitive design comprises of elements in which users can find the navigation buttons with ease. The look and feel of a mobile app is critical. To be effective, app developers should test their interface with a live audience. People, who regularly use mobiles, play games and solve puzzles, usually know what really works. The first step therefore should be to design a fabulous user interface.
Customers are likely to use and view your mobile application on multiple devices. Mobiles, hand held devices, tablets, phablets and laptops are a few which are commonly used. Mobile apps should be able to seamlessly adjust screen size with ease. Screen resolution is another area which requires close scrutiny. You must make sure that your app can work on different resolutions. Sometimes you may have to test many times and with numerous devices to ensure that no customer goes away disappointed because you app does not fit into their screen properly.
Since your mobile app is likely to be used with different devices, you must ensure that its look and feel remains unaltered with changing DPI. The pixel density can vary from a basic minimum of 72 dots per inch a high performance screen with over 500 PPI, which is picture perfect. If your app cannot match the screen density the navigation buttons may not be properly visible or accessible. This can cause customers to abandon your mobile application.
Compatibility with Cell Phones
Modern mobile phones are capable of everything, including doing a somersault. It’s a magic device and certainly a technology wonder. Users are almost addicted to their mobile phones because it performs like a charm. You can play games, watch video, text and of course talk to others. The center of your attention, as mobile app developers, should therefore remain on ensuring that your app works on every mobile device without fail. You must test with as many cell phones as possible to make sure that your app is ready and available on each one of them.
Managing Processor Performance
There are a variety of processors in use. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and Intel processors are probably household names. Mobile applications use processor resources intensively. Sometimes, your app may lead to freezing of device because of the inability of processor to work efficiently. This may be because of multi-threading requirement or simply caused by memory issues. You can imagine the reaction from users if your mobile app causes their device to freeze and stop working. It is therefore necessary to test mobile devices with different processors.
Each new operating system demands high energy consumption. This means that battery life for each recharging cycle becomes less. This can be frustrating for mobile users. Some mobile apps drain battery faster and this is usually unacceptable to users. Battery consumption by applications has now become critical. Low power usage is an important feature of a successful mobile application. The above seven steps must be followed to ensure that your mobile app is robust, consumes low power and works well in multiple devices and environments.
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