Mobile application development is one of the flourishing businesses in the present age. The popularity of smart phones and mobile applications does not mean that application development is a cakewalk for developers and applications owners. There are various stages of development life cycle and every stage poses different issues in addition to the already comprehended aspects. There are 5 key considerations that ensure successful mobile applications creation and that cannot be ignored.
- Analytic : Some applications are created by developers but owned by others while some are owned by their developers alone. Cost is a significant factor to be considered by the owner, whether he is the developer or the client. Development analytics is a very helpful to determine cost and even to reduce it. However, analytics requires investment that could be as much as 20% of the total estimated cost of project. Obviously, most developers and clients bypass it avoid seemingly unnecessary cost. However, analytics rather helps to reduce the overall cost of the full development lifecycle as developers are aware of what they need to add subtract from the project to keep its cost without compromising its functionality.
- Screen Size : Mobile applications are significantly different from web applications that are meant for PCs. One of the obvious differences is the size of the display. Developers, especially beginners, often forget that they are developing for devices that are not more than the size of users’ palm. In effort of showing their skills and creativity, they incorporate so many functions into the application that the usability gets affected. A smartphone user will agree to have multiple easy-to-use applications for different functions rather than have one complex application with many functions.
- Navigation : Smartphone users deal with small interface, which makes navigability a prime consideration for both mobile website development and mobile application development. Navigation is directly related to screen-size. Developers must make navigation menu simple so that users can use various functions of the applications with minimum number of touches. Clarity is also very important as cluttered navigation options are difficult to use with finger-touches. Users may intend to touch-access an option but end up accessing another one. Functions of an application can be appreciated only when they can be used effortlessly when needed.
- User-Environment : Mobile applications belong to different niches, which is defined on the basis of functionality of the application. Therefore, the application-design has to be streamlined for the environment in which it is expected to be used the most. For instance, there are many applications are primarily used while the users are moving. Such applications have to be designed to allow single-handed use so that users do not have to engage both hands while driving or commuting via public transit system.
- Testing : No mobile application or website should be released to public without being tested. Once even a minor glitch is caught by a few users, its news will spread like wildfire through communication media and restoration of the confidence becomes very difficult for developers.