7 Mobile App Development Blunders You Must Avoid For Sure
Posted On June 4, 2015 by Akanksha filed under
There is no doubt that mobile applications have paved the way for a wide range of innovative and exciting business ideas popping up into the minds of entrepreneurs residing in different parts of the world. Whether you're running a small firm or a large enterprise, a well-designed business app can enable you to grab the attention of targeted audience on an instant basis. While mobile app development brings along a pool of benefits, making some minor blunders during developing one can ruin all your mobile marketing initiatives.
Today, through this post, I intend to highlight some of the common mobile app development blunders which must be avoided by every mobile application development company for affirming flawless operation and brilliant visual appeal of your mobile apps. So, let us know more about seven of these commonly committed mobile app development mistakes.
1. Failure in accommodating user's fingers on mobile applications
Since mobile applications are touch based interfaces, it is vital to pay special heed to the process of accommodating user's finger in the right manner. As an app developer, do remember that the average width of index finger is 1.6 i.e. around 45-57 pixels while that of the thumb is 72 pixels. Hence, ensure that the 'hit zone' that's being assigned for the mobile app meets these basic standards appropriately, thereby adding excellence to the overall user-experience.
2. Ignoring the significance of using APIs(Application Programming Interfaces)
Great mobile apps always urge for data from SaaS repositories to enterprise systems and public source like Internet of things etc. It is here that APIs have a special role to play. These APIs offer app developers a simplified access to all the vital data and services that are required for building great mobile apps. Some developers tend to ignore the role of these APIs and hence refrain themselves from delivering an excellent app. This is something you shouldn't do as an app development professional.
3. Forgetting the fact that One-OS, One-Device WordPress is Dead now
Gone are the days of creating apps that used to run using a single operating system, on a single set of devices with fixed screen sizes. The contemporary mobile app development involves the creation of apps that can run on multiple operating systems and different mobile devices. Still, there are some developers who aren't familiar with the changed face of mobile app market and hence focus on a single operating system. Do away with committing this mistake for ensuring the development of a perfect mobile app.
4. Stuffing the application with loads of features
This is perhaps one of the most common mistakes made by mobile app developers. They try stuffing the app with loads and loads of features, resulting in getting the user confused about the main purpose of the mobile application. Hence, as a developer, you must pick only the most critical features that would allow your target audience to grab a better understanding of the app. Instead of adding multiple ordinary features, it is better to add just one feature that would grow the download rate for your app.
5. Opting for a wrong method of engaging users for your application
It is quite daunting for a mobile app designer and developer to find a method of engaging new users for his/her application. He/she is quite confused when it comes to choosing between a stepwise app tutorial and a simple one-step sign-up process. Hence, it is necessary to find an intermediate way of engaging different types of application users. Make sure users aren't required to fill up ultra registration forms. Also, ascertain the non-existence of brands which continuously splash up on the screen, leading to blockage of main content.
6. Building an elaborate and highly complicated User Interface for the application
For an app to score well with the users, it is vital to pay special attention to its user interface. There are developers who end up creating a difficult-to-operate, non-intuitive user interface for their apps, thereby losing the opportunity of wooing the targeted users. Hence, while developing an app, it is recommended to build a UI which allows the developers to learn the app quickly without the need for referring to the user manual. Do remember users prefer downloading apps with a simple interface and not one that's over-the-top and difficult to understand.
7. Beta testing the app on your own
While developing a mobile app, a good majority of developers turn to be beta testers for their app. This is something that can ruin all the efforts invested into ensuring the flawless nature of the app. Beta testers have a special place of their own. It's not just catching the bugs, a beta tester would also serve you with ideas that are crucial for affirming utmost user-friendliness of your app. By having people outside your office, best test your app, it would become more comfortable for you to deliver the app to the general public.
Your plan of becoming a vital part of the mobile app fraternity purely depends on how good you fare in developing the app. Hope the above post would have helped you get familiar with mistakes you need to stay at bay, while developing your next app.
Addison Cohen is a mobile app developer working with Appsted Ltd, the leading iPhone application development service provider which delivers most comprehensive mobile application solutions. He loves sharing latest information on mobile technologies like iOS, Android development processes.