5 Tips to Develop Usable Mobile Apps
Mobile applications are software that can run on a smartphone or a tablet. That being said, the application’s performance relies heavily on the hardware of the actual equipment.
So, a new midrange or even flagship smartphones come with the latest and greatest that will provide the best possible performance to the end user.
But, because of so many hardware configurations, it would be difficult to create a mobile application that will become the “standard” when it comes to its overall usability.
One application might work great on other platforms while, whenever it is used on older (legacy) hardware, it won’t run optimally.
Sure, there are things that you cannot change as a group of mobile app developers, but there are certainly some things that you can do to improve the usability of your mobile apps.
Today, I am going to give you tips on how to create a very usable app (for most hardware).
- Use Punchier Colors
Using vibrant and very contrasting colors will ensure maximum visibility no matter what the lighting environment the user is in.
You have to remember that using subtle colors will not be the best approach given that the user might use their phones in a very bright, outdoor environment.
As a developer, you must use punchier colors because they do not only look good; they also provide maximum visibility as well, guaranteed.
- Add Features Based on Screen Resolution
For the most part, screen resolutions have become quite big nowadays. In fact, most of the phones sport a display panel that supports the 1080p resolution (or higher). You can safely add no matter how many features you want so long as it doesn’t truly convolute the user interface.
But, do keep in mind that there are still people who are sporting phones that have a much lower resolution. So, if you want to cater to all of the people, then you may want to scale down your app’s features to accommodate the general population.
- Consider Using a Larger Font Size
Most smartphones today sport a large display. But, since you do not have control of the display size of the phone your customers are using, then it would be best to just stick with something that makes everything legible.
Since 1080p screens have become the norm and display sizes have increased to at least 6 inches, then you probably want to use a font size that adheres to the said screen ratios.
- Make Your App’s Navigation Intuitive
By now, most people would know where the back button is as well as the home button of their phones. Despite this fact, always ensure that your app’s navigation is as intuitive as it can be. Make the navigational icons big so that it will be easier to click, but also incorporate some measures that will hide it in plain sight if the user intends to read something on the screen (so as to not make the navigational buttons distracting).
- Think of Removing Keyboards
Smartphones nowadays make use of a digital keyboard that follows the qwerty layout. Even though it has become a standard for so many years, this might still not be the best approach when it comes to your app’s usability.
Perhaps ditching keyboards in favor of gestures would be much better for the end user. You might want to experiment with that.