Over the past few years, there has been rapid progress in the field of mobile development. With the advancement of technology, an increasing number of new mobile devices are being introduced every now and then. The room to develop innovative mobile apps for these devices has no doubt increased to a vast extent providing mobile app developers with the chance to show their skills and talent. However, in order to create an engaging, interactive and useful mobile application every developer needs to stay away from these frequently committed mistakes to make their apps highly popular among the masses.
Not Paying Attention to the User’s Need
The primary purpose behind developing a mobile application is to attract and engage the users thereby, increasing chances of conversion and profit. But, in most cases, app developers fail to understand what exactly is required to engage the user. There are different ways through which a user may approach a new mobile application. While some people are extremely curious about all the functions, some people hate to be guided step by step through the tutorials. App developers should always make it a point not to bombard the users with ultra registration forms and ads that block the screen.
The idea is to offer the users with a sense of value at every stage and enhance their experience by anticipating their needs and desires.
Complicated and Elaborate User Interface
The interface of a mobile application should always be intuitive, simple and easy to use. Users should be able to learn to use it quickly without much of an effort. It is important to remember that, the average person using the app doesn’t necessarily have to be a tech geek and a complicated user interface can definitely prove to be a huge turn-off.
Well defined functions along with buttons add to the overall interest of the users pushing them forward towards further exploring the app. There are of course plenty of apps in the present day market with complicated UI’s and plenty of innovative functionalities but, majority of these apps include a detailed section where the working is clearly explained. One more important point to consider here is that the user interface should remain homogeneous and consistent throughout all the versions of the application so that, users are not required to adjust according to the updates.
Developing for Multiple Platforms
With more than 1 million apps already present in Apple App and Google Play Store, app developers need to play within a very competitive space. Thus, while introducing a new app in the market, app developers should always keep their focus on platform. This is one of the crucial factors to consider for developing an app.
Costs related to developing and launching the app can also be reduced to a huge extent if, the focus remains on a single platform. It is good to test the performance and acceptability of the app by the users by launching it on one platform and then proceed gradually to other platforms.
Inefficient Coordination between Designer and Developer
The design created for an app by the designer is finally brought to life by the developer. There has to be proper coordination between the designer and the developer to make sure that the entire process is executed smoothly and finally result in the development of a stunning app.
The success or failure of a mobile application depends to a great extent on the decisions taken during the designing stage. That is why, it is important not to dive in towards the development phase without designing the interactions and the user-flows. The performance and functionality of a mobile app can increase by leaps and bounds if, the designer and the developer works in tandem with each other, solving every problem with a joint effort.
With a wide array of devices for every platform present nowadays, developing a mobile app is certainly no easy task. Let’s face it, predicting every action of the user is a next to impossible task. There has to be a constant effort to improvise and enhance the app features based on the feedbacks received. These are only some of the factors which a developer should avoid to develop a fully-functional, user-friendly app. Some app developers also prefer to start out with a mobile website before building an app so as to get an idea about the user-experience, functionality and design that is preferred by the target audience.