The first thing to think about when you decide to engage a mobile application developer is that good usability is even more important for apps than for web sites and other desktop experiences. It is crucial you engage a usability expert for custom built mobile application development projects. While usability is certainly important for every product, it is crucial for mobile applications where users have very little commitment and often, several other options. Basically your mobile application has to be the easiest and friendliest to use to stand out in this situation.
Many studies confirm that users regularly have several mobile applications that they’ve used only once or have forgotten downloading them at all. While well-done push notifications can help overcome this obstacle, they won’t take the place of excellent usability in terms of regularly bringing users back to your application. Beyond that, there is also a lack of focus. Whatever your customers are doing on their phone, your application is most likely not their primary activity. They may be dining and checking in or shopping and texting, but whatever the activity, your application will most likely have a secondary presence on their device.
What are the keys to building a successful mobile application?
1. Make it easy to touch and use. Your eyes are more agile than your fingers. Often you can see links but your fingers can’t select them, use larger touch targets that are easy to find and identify to make navigating your app easy for users. Opt for fewer commands and a few basic options on the first screen to allow users to get into your app quickly and from there use progressive disclosure to build the experience, rather than try to put every option up front. More screens are better, with each being simple and focused.
2. Don’t try to do too much. Usability experts are always very vigilant with design to keep a laser like focus on what is important. Often companies want apps to do everything, but when everything is prominent, nothing is prominent, so eliminate those items that are just nice-to-have and not key to the apps’ purpose. When it comes to copy on mobile applications, short is too long. It must be shorter than short. People will not use mobile for comparing large amounts of information. Don’t require a user to read much or remember things from screen to screen.
Enhance your brand with exceptional usability in the mobile application experience. Enlist usability experts to develop your iPhone application, Android application, iPad application or other applications for other system or you maybe just inviting one-star comments in the app store.
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