Enhance Your Mobile App User Experience by Following These Tips

The success of your mobile app is not contingent, but is dependent in a number of factors. The most important factors is the user experience (UX). The user experience is the only difference between successful apps and the ones that fail badly.

In order to deliver the best user experiences to your users, it important for you to analyze user behavior patterns while they use your app. Unless you understand these psychological underpinnings, you won’t be able to build a product that specifically caters to the needs of your customers and meets their expectations. To begin with, you can gather user data and build hypothetical user personas. Today’s modern mobile app demand a lot more from mobile apps to keep their interest and urge them to come back.

Here are a few tips to help enhance your mobile app user experience:

Error free functionality

Perfecting your app before launch is the key. Many app developers fail to thoroughly test the app and regrettably end up launching a faulty product. Statistics show that 90% of the users stop using an app due to poor performance and 86% of the user actually deleted the app if it has a flawed functionality. If your app does not work initially, all other amazing UX features won’t matter. The functionality of your app must help users accomplish their tasks without too much effort – which is the motivation for downloading your app in the first place! So, prioritize your core features and categorize the others as ‘nice-to-have’.

Efficient On-boarding

The on boarding process is important when it comes to ensuring the success of your app. The point is, if the user has trouble with the first few screens of your app, they will likely drop off – with a little hesitation. Hence, providing users with an excellent on boarding experience is the foundation for attracting and retaining users. The aim is to show the value of your app to your customers by demonstrating how they can achieve what they want via your app – quickly and efficiently. If your app has a complex workflow, or hidden functionalities, it’s important that you use progressive on boarding. This reduces the abandonment rates.

Usability

Usability includes the layout of information, design, content and all the other elements that enable users to accomplish their tasks within you app. The idea is to make elements that can be clicked, tapped or swiped – prominent. It’s important that you remain consistent with gestures throughout the app to optimize its usability.

Reduce effort

You need to help users find their way quickly while they browse your app. Integrate search strategies within your app. Provide user with search options and filters to guide them.

Limit user input

User input such as user registration, credit card information while checkout or any other such information needs to be minimized. Entering too much information using the small screen space that is available could be frustrating and can totally mess up the user experience with your app.

Security and trustworthiness

Asking user too many – permissions while installing the app could be overwhelming. Studies show that privacy invading apps are easily deleted by the users. Make sure that you provide transparent permission policies with your app.

Finally, make sure that you design your UI for glance-ability. This means that a quick scan should provide the user with enough information to take a decision – to stay or to go!


How to build a Progressive Web App (PWA)



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Join Mike Hartington, Developer Advocate, as he demonstrates how transforming your existing apps into PWAs can breathe new life into them via enhanced user experiences.

You’ll learn:

– What PWAs are and how they can delight users, reach new audiences, and increase engagement and conversions.
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Build a Mobile App for Any IoT Product in Minutes with Blynk | Intel Software



Blynk helps people build mobile apps for connected products in minutes. Blynk is an IoT platform that provides developers with a drag and drop interface that works on iOS and Android and across multiple programming languages. Check out this short demo from the Makerspace at IDF 2016!

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Android App Development for Beginners

Steps to Build Your Own Android Application

If you are reading this tutorial, it means you are probably new to the Android app development services. Don’t worry, we will divide this tutorial into different parts to make it easy for you. The guide offers easy and useful information regarding android app development for beginners. Let’s get started by following these steps:

Before you start, there are three important things that you should know, such as:

Android OS is created using Java, so knowledge about Java is always a benefit if you want to develop an app for Android.

Then, you will need to get Android SDK, which is Android’s basic app writing program like Android Studio or Eclipse, the Java Software Development Kit (JDK). The built-in features of Android SDK provide the base needed to build some great mobile applications and providing a great opportunity for developers and entrepreneurs.

Now, you are all set to start!

Step 1: Start with Android Studio

The most common IDE for Android development is Android Studio, which comes directly from Google itself. The amazing thing about Android Studio is that it is designed specifically for Android app development services.

Step 2: Installation of Java Development Kit (JDK)

After the installation of Android Studio, it’s time for some more positive action! You also need to install Java on your machine to use Android Studio. The JDK is able to interpret and compile your code for the application development.

Step 3: Start Your Project

Choose ‘Start a new Android Studio Project’ option. Enter the name you want for your application and your ‘company domain’. All these elements will be used to create your package name in a format like:

com.companyname.appname

This APK (‘Android Package File’) that you’ll in the end upload to the Google Play Store.

Step 4: Select Activity

Moreover, you’ll be given the option to pick the way you want the app to look at the beginning. This will be the look of your main ‘Activity Module’ which is basically the main page of your app. There are various fields available which you have to choose according to your app needs, such as templates, title, access to Google maps, full-screen activity, blank activity etc. As per my view, it’s better to go for ‘Basic Activity’ to keep things as simple as possible and for all intents and purposes.

Step 5: Selecting the Layout

Now, you have to choose a layout name for the selected activity. This will define that where elements like images and menus go and what fonts you’ll use. Choose a name for the menu and title as well. Pick something attractive for the title, as your users will be able to see this at some points.

Step 6: Edit the Welcome Message

Go to the activity_main.xml tab if it is not open. Click and drag the “Hello, world!” from the upper left corner of the phone display to the center of the screen. Then go to the values folder, and double-click the strings.xml file. In this file, find the line “Hello world!” and add “Welcome to my App!”

Step 7: Adding Button to your Activity

In the Palette menu to the left of display, find Button. Click and drag Button to be positioned beneath welcome message. Afterward, go to properties and find the field for text. Change the text from “New Button” to “Next Page”.

Now go back to your content_main.xml and click on the button. In the right corner, where you have your parameters for the button, you will catch an option called ‘onClick’. Click on this and then select the ‘onClick’. By doing this, you have told Android Studio that you want to associate the section of code with the button created.

Step 8: Test your App

Finally, all that’s missing to do is run the app you just made. Simple go to ‘run’ along the top and then select ‘run app’ from the drop-down menu. Follow the steps to launch the emulator running your app.

I hope the above information will surely help in android app development for beginners. Besides, there are numerous ways to develop Android apps. With a lot of information and services at your disposal, you have the opportunity to make your “dream app” a realism!


How to Build Enterprise Workflows with App Maker (Cloud Next '18)



This technical session demonstrates how you can use App Maker to build enterprise business workflows. It will start with a Google Sheet and show how to easily transform it into a fully viable enterprise business workflow application.

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Build, Deploy and scale apps with Azure App Service



Applications are changing the pace of business today – from delivering amazing customer experiences, to transforming internal operations. To keep pace, developers need solutions that help them quickly build, deploy and scale applications without having to maintain the underlying web servers or operating systems. Azure App Service delivers this experience and currently hosts more than 1 million cloud applications. Come to this session to learn how App Service can help increase developer productivity with its broad support of application stacks.  We will share real use cases and demos to showcase how you can use built-in CI/CD capabilities to get your applications to the end users much faster and run your application at scale in virtual network with App Service Environment.

The Rapidly Changing Landscape of Mobile HTML5

According to the latest usage statistics posted on W3Techs, more than 54% of all websites currently use HTML5 as a markup language. The effectiveness of HTML5 can also be determined from the fact that it is currently being used by YouTube as its default video player. Likewise, Facebook has also switched from Flash to HTML5 for all its videos. A number of surveys have also highlighted that a large percentage of developers nowdays prefer HTML5 mobile applications to native and hybrid mobile applications.

HTML5, along with CSS3 and JavaScript, helps developers to build responsive websites that look good on each device. Also, the HTML5 applications deliver optimized viewing experience on desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets and phablets. Unlike native and hybrid mobile apps, the HTML5 mobile apps run on web browsers. Major operating systems and web browsers currently support the fifth version of HTML. Here, it becomes easier for developers to manage, update and distribute the mobile applications without any hassle. There are also a number of reasons why many analysts believe that HTML5 is changing the mobile app development landscape consistently.

Why HTML5 is Transforming the Mobile App Development Landscape?

Simplifies Cross-Platform Mobile App Development

To generate more revenue, developers nowdays build mobile apps by targeting multiple mobile platforms. The features and native programming language of individual mobile platforms vary. So developers have to put extra time and effort to build native apps for each targeted mobile OS. But HTML5 makes it easier for developers to create cross-platform mobile apps using commonly used web technologies. The programmers can further write a single codebase and reuse the same code base across different mobile platforms.

Overcome Mobile Device and OS Fragmentation

While developing mobile apps, developers find it daunting to address key challenges like mobile device and OS fragmentation. For instance, they have to build apps by targeting a variety of devices powered by the latest versions of iOS or Windows Phone. Similarly, they have to ensure that the app runs flawlessly on a wide variety of devices powered by different models of Android. HTML5 enables developers to build apps that run seamlessly on each mobile device, platform and network. Here, it becomes easier for HTML5 developers to focus on the features and functionality of the app, instead of worrying about device and operating system fragmentation.

No Need to Learn Native Language of Each Platform

While developing native apps, developers have to use the native programming language of each targeted mobile platform. For instance, they have to write Android apps in Java, and iOS apps in Objective-C or Swift. But HTML5 enables developers to make the web application available on many mobile platforms without using multiple programming languages. They can simply use commonly used web technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript to build a variety of cross-platform mobile apps and responsive websites.

Easy to Maintain and Update Apps

As noted earlier, HTML5 enables programmers to write the mobile application once, and deploy it across multiple mobile platforms. Here, the developers are required to maintain a single code base. They can easily make changes to the code to make the app bug-free and flawless across many platforms. Similarly, the single code base makes it easier for programmers to add new features and functionalities to the application, without pushing users to update their apps. They can even change the content of the applications easily to keep the users interested and engaged.

Improve Visibility of Apps

At present, users have the option to choose from millions on mobile apps available in the App Store, Google Pay, and Windows Store. Here, the businesses must implement a robust marketing strategy to improve the visibility and discoverability of their apps. Likewise, they must promote the paid apps effectively to convince users to prefer them over similar free apps. But businesses often find it easier to distribute and market HTML5 applications. Unlike native apps, HTML5 applications need not be submitted to various app stores. The open distribution mode further helps businesses to improve the visibility and discoverability of their applications, while decreasing competition.

Option to Use Many Robust HTML5 Frameworks

The developers also have the option to reduce the mobile app development time significantly by using robust HTML5 frameworks. Based on the nature and requirements of the project, they have an option to choose from several HTML5 frameworks including Kendo UI, Ionic, Intel XDK, Sencha Touch and Framework 7. The developers can also use PhoneGap to package the HTML5 applications natively, and distribute them through app stores.

Curtail Development Cost

HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript are open source web technologies. So these technologies help businesses to reduce cross-platform mobile app development cost significantly. An enterprise also has the option to build hybrid mobile apps by leveraging the skill of its existing web developers. Any developer familiar with these commonly used web technologies can easily build a variety of mobile applications. Also, HTML5 frameworks enable developers to build robust applications without putting extra time and effort. The reduced development time and simple distribution model further help businesses to reduce time to market significantly.

However, the developers still need to address a number of challenges while developing HTML5 applications. For instance, the slow execution speed of HTML5 impacts the performance of mobile apps as most mobile devices have limited processing power. Likewise, HTML5 mobile apps can not take advantage of features specific to devices and operating systems. Also, these applications lack monetization and marketing options as there is no centralized store for these mobile apps. Many developers still prefer developing HTML5 mobile applications to make new applications available on multiple platforms within a shorter amount of time.


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Build A JavaScript & jQuery Movie Info App in 30 Minutes



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5 Dynamic Ways to Get Your iPhone App Featured on the App Store

Apps play a critical role in intensifying utility of the iPhones. Though, it means much more than a mere smartphone for the mobile aficionados however, an iPhone without apps is similar to an engine without fuel. Adhering this fact, developers and entrepreneurs are trying it to hard to bring new feature-laden apps for catering multifaceted purposes of users.

With the recent upgrades of the iOS 11 App Store, the menu bar now hosts a Featured tab, which will help them to feature their work and acknowledge quality-oriented products. With the newer improvements, it will now show more product information thenby, making them more visible for the users. So, you must keep in mind that you need to build a great product which, will address the needs of your users. Following here are some of the significant ways to make it properly featured in the App Store.

Being Native is the Safest Bet

Apple wants to feature those applications which, are specifically built for iOS. You must try to build a native product. Moreover, the company looks for native ones because they will deliver high quality and enhanced user experience. With hybrid ones, you need to typically compromise with the user experience as it can not be deployed on other platforms. Thus, building a native app and offering a unique user experience will increase your chances of getting featured in the App Store.

Error-free Functionality

The product that you develop must boast the highest quality, which is intuitive, simple and useful. Thus, before featuring it, you must fix all the bugs of it thereby, making it flawless.

Boost Visibility with ASO

ASO is the technique of optimizing it so that it scores a high rank in the search engine results. Furthermore, it is helpful for driving more traffic by increasing its visibility and boost the number of downloads. You must place the keywords strategically through all the sections of its listing. Furthermore, it must also include the main keywords. Furthermore, you must find balance between keeping the title lucid and including the keywords.

Leverage the App Store Page

With the upgraded version, redesigned product pages for all the applications highlight the most significant details of products. You need to optimize the App Store page for increasing the number of downloads. Check whenever the store page can persuade the user well for downloading it. All the elements of it play a critical role in determining whether the users will download it or not. Thus, the more enticing its description is, the higher are your chances of getting featured.

Final Word

Deploying these above-mentioned tactics will certainly help you to raise your chances of getting featured. With experienced iPhone app developers, it becomes easy for your develop a quality product which, stands unique in the market and highly useful. This, in turn, works as a great opportunity to boost brand awareness and increase the engagement and retention rates.