May 21, 2012. One comment.
Smart phones have made the cellular experience more fun filled for the users and the credit goes to the applications for smart phones that have made the lives of the users much easier. Mobile application development market is on boom and a number of apps are introduced each day, how to make your application stand out depends totally on the user experience it is providing. As a simple rule of thumb don’t forget the easier the learning experience of the users the higher the ranking of the app would be. Follow the following set of tips to get a user friendly application designed:
- Try and conduct a user survey on your idea so that you can have some functional requirements in front of you before you proceed further. These functional requirements will define what functionality to expect from the mobile application.
- Next define the non-functional requirements clearly. This includes the performance of the application (speed, precision and capacity etc.) and technological support needed for the application in terms of software and hardware and communication interface needed for the application. Trust me! Lay out your plan and you can do wonders.
- It is always wise to draw the follow of your application on paper and then on computer even before opening Photoshop or any other text editor that you are using. There are a number of free tools available online which can help like Google Drawings. Remember! the disturbed flow of application annoys the users, so at this stage make sure every single click makes sense.
- Never complicate the application by inducing various ideas in one. You can always develop a new application for a new idea.
- While making the actual application makes sure the user interface is interactive and simple. There are certain guidelines stated by Android and iOS don’t forget to follow them.
- Test-run the application and try to remove the bugs on the spot. Also trail run the application on various users’ cell phones and record the reactions. Incorporate the feedback given by the users before the launch, to make sure application does not lapse any major functionality.
One of the applications that I thoroughly enjoy because of its UX is LinkedIn app for android. Those who have seen and used it know well how interactive and user friendly it is. However recently I got to use Pin Share for Blackberry, the application is weird in terms of its UX, it is slow and would get stuck up a number of times. The look and feel and fonts everything somehow irritated me to bits. Try some of the applications and share your experience, it is always good to learn.