Mobile applications nowadays have become more reactive than ever. Reactive, in this context, refers to the app’s ability to integrate certain functionalities like device synchronization, immediate changes to the user interface, and so on.
If you want to design apps that do just that, here are some tips that can be really helpful to you:
- Use the Right Programming Language
Developing an app makes use of different programming languages. An example of this is Apple’s new Swift Programming Language. It is touted to be the operating system language to use in the future.
Make sure that you use the right programming infrastructure so that you can incorporate the functionalities that you want using a modern programming language.
- Choose the Right Operating System and Stick to It
Currently, there are two popular mobile operating systems: Android and iOS. If you are still starting out as an app developer, it would be wise for your time and resources to develop an app that is solely for a particular operating system.
Of course, if you have a bigger development team, you could look into expanding to cater both of the aforementioned operating systems, but if not, stick to one.
- Stick to Core Functionalities
It is easy to get tempted into implementing multiple functions in your app at once, but this can actually be detrimental. It makes your app convoluted and harder to navigate.
Before development, ask yourself first what the app is supposed to be doing. Then, make sure to implement only that functionality and cut out the rest that is not entirely needed.
- Make Your App Offline-Compatible
Although many smartphone users have data plans, not all of us have them. To keep people from using any other application, make sure that you make it so that they can still use the software even without the internet.
For example, if you’re developing a dictionary app, make it a point to make it usable even though there is no internet connection.
- Keep Things Simple
I have made a point earlier stating that the app should only retain the core functionalities instead of adding a lot of unnecessary things, right?
Well, that principle also applies to the overall design. Make the UI components as simple as possible. You could just make use of one menu with multiple options for easier navigation.
- Implement Device-Synchronization
When you look at popular apps like Facebook, for example, it has a device-synchronization feature wherein whatever the user does on one device, it will be reflected on the other.
Implement this feature so that it will be more convenient for the users. Also, make sure that any changes that were made on one device should accurately be reflected on the other device and vice versa.
- Read User Feedback and Implement Changes Accordingly
When you submit your app to Google or Apple, they will review it and they will create a page dedicated to it.
Make sure that you have user comments enabled so that they can provide you with some much-needed feedback. Whatever it is that they’re saying that helps improve the application, be sure to implement the changes as you see fit.
Making your applications reactive is now a must to meet the growing demands of your consumers. By employing these tips, you are well on your way to designing and creating an app that suits their needs.