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Mobile App Checklist for Startups Part 1

In recent high-tech era, all sorts of startups have several challenges as well as opportunities too. If I am going to give some hints regarding opportunities, covering vast global audience is quite easy due to higher penetration of Internet and steadily increases in mobile usage. Internet is representing web-o-sphere while mobile applications have several faces to gain momentum.

This advent of technologies and presence of audience have obsolete traditional marketing and advertising practices. Today we have new words in the air like Internet marketing, SEO, SMO, PPC, in-app purchase, mobile app ads, and mobile applications customized for businesses, and so forth. However, ubiquitous presence of Internet across the devices in form of responsive web designs is solving many problems to address vast audience at a time.

Startups’ Dilemma

Therefore, when startups release or unveiled their business first time, they have a big dilemma that where to invest and how much. As, they have two ultimate options to select one or both and those options are whether creating web presence or going to mobile application development tailored to their needs and budget. However, temptations towards mobile app development are greater than simple or responsive web designing.

Since mobile app development is not rocket science, but also not easy to neglect and left only on the designers or programmers wits. There is a checklist like exercise that need to keep in mind before, while, and after mobile app development. Let’s see what are important points that need to check when we are going to mobile app development process.

Mobile App Design Considerations

For mobile apps, simple layout, graphics, and some images are not the part of the design as they serve mere presentations on the screen. User experiences specific to the mobile devices like smartphones and tablets matter more here. You have challenges in form of various touch gestures used on mobile or handheld devices.

Gestures on Mobiles

Modern devices are offering innovative gestures like speech, air, and body gestures. For instance, in Windows 8 like OS supporting such gestures along with common tough gestures are inducing more intricacies in mobile app design and development in order to address excellent user experiences.

Therefore, your first duty is to gather data of your audience and list which devices they use the most and what are their expectations with your mobile app. Thus, you can check whether you have some sample devices available for testing and other QA purposes during entire development process. Secondly, design layout and other interactions based on the device types and OS used on those devices. Therefore, thorough audience research prior to mobile app development is mandatory step and worth the process to invest in.

Hardware Constraints

Many CEO of small to big companies underestimate mobile app designing process and simply think it is just 2X factor for desktop design, particularly in case of responsive web designing. The third point to consider is resource constraints for mobile devices such as battery life that don’t allow anything to consume excess power or power for longer duration.

CPU processing power is limited in mobile devices so client devices side processing load is not allowed at all, while server side load is good, but connectivity and bandwidth issues need to mitigate further. Finally, memory consumption has many roadblocks despite steady increase in memory allocations in the latest mobile devices.

Content Constraints

Integration of multimedia content seems lucrative for developers as well as owners, but addressing support over highly fragmented mobile landscape put many questions at first place. Therefore, you need to determine rich media content inclusion and heavy interactions or animations according to the devices used by your majority of target audience, as backward compatibility of hardware and OS place many restrictions over your dream of awesome mobile app for all.

Lujayn has team of mobile application developers who have enough knowledge and awareness regarding the above given checklist for the design considerations for your mobile app development project.

Some Valuable Tips for Mobile Application Developers Part 2

In previous part 1, we have discussed about some distinct observations made in regards to mobile app development. Now, keeping thread continue, we will discuss some other aspects of successful mobile application programming.

Design for All Ages

Unlike web, mobile devices are vary in sizes and processing power as well as have performance issues altogether different than its big sister devices on the web. For instance, small texts are unreadable for middle aged to old aged audience where our team takes help of retina display and somewhat larger fonts as defaults. Scrolling is easy on touch devices so we expand mobile layout vertically instead horizontally.

Same the way image optimization is our prime concern so low capacity mobile processors never feel performance issues and our teen age and toddler audience can enjoy various games and entertainment application in engaging ways. We know the differences in the size of fingers of our audiences so our UI elements focus first on the biggest size fingers when drawing hotspots.

It is true that our younger generation is tech-savvy and quick learner against their elders so we keep these psychological and behavioral aspects during our mobile app designing and programming. We take through research of user experiences prior to and in between the mobile development process. Thus, we assure comfort for the all age people and make app self-learning and easy to operate without losing its charms by experimenting new paradigm for new generation.

Smart Prototyping

Today our mobile apps comes with enough intricacy in features as well as functionality therefore, translating them into drawings is tough and inadequate to understand the whole picture of the app. In due course, our team is banking on latest prototyping tools that allow designing click-through prototypes from the simple hand drawings or make all prototypes on the mobile devices showing all interactivities we want to design. We know excellent wireframing techniques and tools to offer nearly accurate simulation of app for the patrons who are seated faraway places in different time zones.

Balance in Design

Our team never makes extremely simple design that looks flat and boring using bit variations in UI components while we never make too complicated design that users either can’t use or feel frustrations. Our UX professionals spending enough brainstorming over each stage of designing and programming.

Take Gradual Advancements

We offer some special things to our first time users so they find app useful and valuable. Our design also offering some more utilities for the subsequent or repeat users so they stick with app with enough attachments. Moreover, we take regular updates of the mobile app so our loyal users find it contemporary and something latest updated features and functionality. Thus, we never leave our user to see at other apps in app store and fulfil relevant needs with the same app design by us.