Thursday, 22 September 2016

3 Windows mobile app development mistakes to completely avoid

With too many apps available in the application store, it is not surprising to see most apps faltering in establishing their space. Thankfully, in case of Windows Store apps, there is not much of a competition since the user base is limited in nature, and so do the apps. That does not mean you take Windows mobile apps development for granted by any means. 

The hard reality is most developers do take things for granted, resulting in common mobile apps development mistakes, not realized by a majority of them. 

a. Message not conveyed appropriately 

Each app screen has a purpose to fulfill. Every component you see on the respective app screen corresponds to conveying right kind of information. Ensure that those elements are very clear, making their objective pretty obvious. Present clickable buttons or icons so that users know that there is a hidden functionality. The styling as well as theme of the app screens should be such, so that it reflects the entire idea of the app, in a convincingly unique manner. 

b. Poor use of text, typography, color, and contrast

Mobile screens are smaller, and so is the content size. Hence, it becomes even more prominent to have app content displayed in a crystal clear format. However, most apps fall flat in terms of the color contrast, the proper selection of colors, right kind of typography, and most importantly the textual content. 

c. Building cluttered app screens with everything messed up

It is not like that your app is good with too less content. I have seen apps that have too much content, and still they managed to garner nice reviews from users. Your app might offer too much content, but if you have them organized systematically, your app will look clean. Go for a detailed planning when sketching a wireframe regarding the positioning as well as placing of app elements and components. Apt white spacing between them will keep your app clean and things distinguished from one another. 

Concluding things

Windows might not still be an equally popular OS as in the case of iOS or Android. That doesn’t mean you should let go things considering a small set of users. Windows is slowly and gradually gaining popularity. So, be prepared by the time the operating system is on the rise.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

3 Tablet App Challenges that is Still a Big Deal

Living in a mobile optimized world, everybody is taking tablet apps for granted, and so do the usability. For those not aware of the tablet apps, tablet application development needs to be an arena that has to be emphasized upon. As such there are so many challenges surrounding tablet app design. However, let us shift our focus specifically to five of them, still challenging enough to deal with: 

1. Finding a perfect balance between having a feature rich app keeping simplicity intact 

You may have too many features running in the background adding complexity levels and depth; the foreground needs to be lot more simple to understand. You should try to incorporate as many features as possible, but compromising on simplistic user friendly approach may kill your app understanding, leading to users remaining confused throughout. 

2. Tablet search should be as good as a mobile search 

The search option should be intelligent enough to handle complex queries as you might have seen on a mobile. Mobile search have been such designed that it is not just handy with user fingers, but also have a clear view from a mobile user perspective. That is what required from a tablet app view, except that tablet screens are large enough to handle, not requiring your search function to be mobile optimized. 

3. Dealing with a crystal clear transparent display is a challenge 

How the hack you design an app that adapts to tablet sizes, especially when you have created for mobile first? With Phablets gaining prominence day by day, it is not surprising to see apps that serve the purpose both on mobiles and tablets. Do keep in mind that when dealing with resolutions and sizes, you have apps sufficing the pixel perfect demands. 

Consumer psychology should be always taken into account

Remember, tablet users can clearly see things within your app. So, a slightest mistake in UI/UX, and your app can suffer a lot. Avoid your app from having too many unnecessary screens and bloatware, resulting in users going back and forth, to navigate between pages. Let you app deliver a clear view for accessing almost anything. Make it easier for users to use gestures comfortably such as swipe, rotate, pinch, zoom, tap, click, or more. Do have appealing colors in place, and keep the simplicity to minimal limits, making it a smooth ride for the users.