Things to Look for in a Mobile Application

The mobile application development market is constantly growing and improving.  With every passing moment, another developer is building a mobile application to be used by millions on the current arsenal of smartphone platforms.  As more companies dip their feet into the water, many are discovering the benefits of today’s computer technologies.  Businesses from all sectors are thus left wondering what the next big technological advancement will bring to the mobile application development industry.

The number of smartphone users is increasing faster than the staggering number of apps that hit the mobile market.  Worldwide, that number is fast approaching one billion.  The average smartphone features 23 applications, with many users adding to that list on a daily basis.  The demand for custom mobile apps is greater than ever before, as is the demand for the mobile application development services that design and develop them.

Successful applications have one particular thing in common – they are unique.  Still, it’s easy to see how despite a massive mobile market that so many mobile apps are able to find and maintain a certain level of uniqueness.  Mostly, this is because the options to choose from in today’s mobile app development industry are just as great.  When it comes to mobile games and programs that use, manipulate, save and send data received by the peripherals built-in to a mobile device, the possibilities are literally endless.

With so much to consider, what should a person look for in a mobile app?

To start, the app should be smooth with an unnoticeable transition from one section to another.  Features are important, but mobile apps should still be as light as possible.  A fine line exists between powerful features and keeping the mobile app light.  A developer’s job is to tread carefully along that line. Bulky apps that boast too many features often take away from the overall user experience.

On the contrary, the mobile app should be straight-forward, easy to use and not cluttered by thousands of useless features or options.  Clutter tends to make mobile applications more difficult to use as many operate on a small touch screen.

Most people would agree that taking a full-blown version of Photoshop on the road through a mobile device would be something worth trying.  The problem with a scenario like this is that most users would not be able to work with such a feature-rich application on a smartphone.  An app that can do basic manipulating and conversions to prepare files for editing on a large computer would be a much better suited app for a device like a smartphone.

Mobile apps today mostly cater to audio, video, imaging, organizational and games.  Most mobile devices have excellent built-in media players that accommodate audio and video files, although simple apps can make these popular features even better.

The most important element to mobile applications is a useful and beneficial design.  We can’t put every single feature into a mobile application that we wish to include.  We can, however, design apps in a manner which allows us to manipulate files and later export them to a proper computer app for the complete job.

Mobile games are different than most other apps as we don’t use them to manipulate files.  Mostly, games serve the purpose of entertainment and wasting time.  For mobile games, a successful app is generally lightweight, addictive and fun but without skimping on graphics.

Akehs Gupta is President of Light Speed Solutions.  Light Speed Solutions is a custom software development company specializing in mobile application development services.