Since the rise of smartphones, mobile devices have emerged as the dominant platforms over traditional systems. The dominating applications designed for these mobile devices have revolutionized the way we socialize, shop, get entertained and so on. This is the main reason businesses have started focusing on mobile quite heavily right now. Making the shift from the web to mobile world is advisable for creating apps that result in an entertaining user experience.
The enterprise market is greatly admired with mobile app development because these apps are highly useful and have the potential to generate immense revenue. Switching from web to mobile app development requires struggling with some basic things. Here are a few things you need to understand while making the shift from web to mobile space:
Being updated with the platform
On one hand, developers usually start with the blank page while while building for web. On the other hand, mobile development doesn’t begin with the same blank slate. Instead, it starts with a set of guidelines that vary across platforms. Ignoring those guidelines will definitely end you up with an app that won’t function well.
Taking example of the navigation structure which is different on both Android and iOS. With iOS, the navigation utilizes tabs or navigation controllers. When using tabs on Android, the behavior is different. Android also has a navigation based on ActionBar and native slide-in drawer. It is important to understand which platform uses which type of navigation but it is even more important to recognize that there is a navigation structure provided to you by the native SDK.
Unlike the web, you should not just go without understanding the user guidelines for each of targeted platforms.
- Design Keeping The Multiple Platforms in Mind
Developers need to consider how their sites will function on multiple browsers, however, the experience remains the same. One uniform design across browsers is an ideal choice. This is not the case with mobile apps because every single mobile platform is unique and apps should be made accordingly.
The app designed should offer the same capabilities for any device but these features need not look the same on every platform. The functionality of device should nowhere be compromised regardless of the device. Mobile apps should be visually engaging and function well across multiple platforms.
- Understanding User’s Context
Mobile apps offer users a great deal of context, therefore, it is important for users to design accordingly. Having knowledge on the same can mean the difference between an app that simply functions and an app that goes way beyond creating an anticipating user experience.
- Knowing Your Business Objectives
A well-designed app needs to serve a single purpose. If you app tries to do offer a wide range of functionality like a website, it is definitely going to frustrate users. Therefore, business applications should be incorporated with features that people want to access on-the-go.
In a nutshell, designing mobile apps with a truly mobile mindset leads to designing mobile apps that better align to users needs. The ideas given above will definitely help you make a wise move from web to app development.