How to solve the 4 biggest mobile software development challenges
A few years ago, cell phones were used only to make and receive calls. Today, even the less tech-savvy among us have started to use smartphones for all sorts of reasons: Ordering a ride, making dinner reservations, reading a book—even creating masterpieces and innovative developments.
Today, there are mobile applications for just about anything you can imagine. On the development side, however, mobile app developers face many challenges that can derail a high-quality application.
Following is a list of requirements that developers can follow to circumvent these challenges and prevent their next mobile application from getting off track.
Design a User-Friendly Interface
The interface of an app should be intuitive for every user from the minute they begin to use it. The app’s design should be clear and simple. All icons should be easy to understand and interpreted without ambiguity. If a user doesn’t understand how to use your app from the outset, it’s likely that they will move on to another application.
Ensure that the Interface is Adaptive
Apart from being user-friendly, an app’s interface should be adaptive. The same pages should look consistent on all devices, such as various smartphones and tablets with differing screen sizes. Support for viewing in different orientations is of no less importance.
Plan for Cross-Platform Compatibility
If you use technologies that allow you to develop mobile applications for several platforms, avoid duplicating logic. Put the general code into shared modules and use this code in your applications.
For example, if you are working on a mobile calculator, you may be tempted to take the easiest path and lay the logic of all computing operations into it. However, this approach will be more difficult to maintain in the long term and can lead to bugs and mistakes.
To avoid this, write the logic of expressions construction, addition and subtraction operations and so on in a separate module. If you work on a calculator for a desktop or web platform later, you only need to implement GUI logic (validations, design, etc.). At the same time, arithmetic operations will be implemented through a single module.
Putting the effort in at the beginning will pay off in the future.
Knowing the particular characteristics of your developed platform is a must. For instance, if you create an application for Android, you need to have a thorough knowledge of the features and capabilities of the operating system. If you are developing an iOS app, you should have a deep insight into its peculiarities. If you want to develop an application for both platforms, then you need to have a solid understanding of both platforms.
Make use of other developers’ experience and apply common patterns and practices. Leverage the features of the programming language you use. Do your best to optimize the code so that your application can run ideally in less-than-ideal conditions, but avoid going overboard: over-optimization takes a lot of time and doesn’t always produce beneficial results.
The path to the perfect mobile app may be a rocky one, but keep in mind that overcoming challenges is a sure way to victory. As Molière said, “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”