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9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 7:05am On May 04, 2020
Mobile applications are a hot
commodity these days. The
technology is in perpetual
improvement loop and it seems
like nothing is static anymore.
New functions, new gear, new
design, new combinations of
ideas — all “neat, neat, neat.”

However, the more things change
— the more they stay the same.
The gimmick may vary, but the
essence is always the same old
same old.
No matter how hard some
companies try to differentiate
themselves and their products —
there are general conventions
every application are bound to

follow.
The trick is that while all of these
conventions are obvious — it is
still necessary to point them out.
Because some people tend to
have the ambition to reinvent the
wheel for some reason (which is
extremely counter-productive
and non-cost-effective practice.)
These conventions are not rooted
in hard science concepts or
marketing pitches — they are
based on common sense
regarding the use of tools of any
kind. You can’t go against human
nature.

Here are some things you need to take into
consideration while making
mobile applications.
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 7:06am On May 04, 2020
1. Make Your app Actually
Useful For Your Users

It is not a big deal to make an
application. However, it is a big
deal to make an application that
will be useful in any
comprehensive way and
ultimately profitable for the
developer. Some folks keep
ignoring the latter part while
pretending that banging head
against the wall someday will
come to fruition.

To make your app Useful, think of
your Users.
In order to create an actually
successful application, you need
to keep a target audience in
mind. Think about their needs
and preferences. That is the
starting point. With that thing
locked down, you have half the
job done.
Create use cases to explore what
target audience needs and wants
from an application. Count on
wide variety factors that affect
their behavior. Look at the
competitors — find a way to
differentiate yourself and engage
the audience with what you have
to offer.
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 7:06am On May 04, 2020
2. Secure lightning-fast learnability
This one is hard to pull off. When
we are developing an app, we
see and talk through ideas so
many times that it all seems
simple and obvious. Yet, it's not
always the case.

Imagine yourself a user. You have
just downloaded an app. It is the
thing you need. You start it up
and you have no idea what is
going on. While you understand
the concept and you are really
into it — you can’t really get a
grasp on it. What are you going
to do next? Delete that app and
look for another one, i.e. bad
news.

First and foremost thing you
need think when developing an
application is how fast it could be
mastered by the user. That is the
key to the loyalty of the users. If
it is easy to follow — it will be
used a lot. If the learning curve is
blown out of proportion — too
long or too complicated, chances
are the application will not be
used a lot by its target audience
and soon enough they will move
on to something handier.

There two solutions for this issue.
One is providing the user with
handy cues - so-called
onboarding experience. The other
is through audience insights —
you need to know how much
your user can take in one bite
beforehand. It may be discovered
through dry-run MVP or in close-
quarter test runs or simply by
looking at the competition.
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 7:06am On May 04, 2020
3. Make Your App Easy to Use/Navigate
your app might be
useful, but how easy is it to
use?
Another issue connected with
learnability is overall usability of
an application. There is no point
in making an app that is near-
impossible to use without
excessive frowning. The design
scheme for your application must
be goal-driven.

This can be achieved through
building extensive user stories
with various personas and
scenarios so that you will have
the complete picture of the user
experience in mind while refining
particular elements.

You also need to understand the
context of use — how and why
an application is used by the user
and what should be prioritized
for better performance.

Finally, you need to secure a
reasonable response time for
every function and proper
feedback. Every action should be
signified as such. For example, if
the sequence is done it is noted
through sound, image or text. If
there is some information that
can be lost upon quitting the
program — there must be a
notification with a warning. The
list may go on, but you get the
idea smiley

The main thing to keep in mind:
know the purpose of your app
and don’t try to squeeze all
features you can think of inside
the app. There is a reason why
dishwashers cannot be freezers and clock can not be calanders at
the same time.
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 7:07am On May 04, 2020
4. Your App should be Mobile Adaptable
Think various screen sizes
and devices.!
Next thing you need to think
about is the flexibility of design.
There is no set “end all be all”
standard for mobile phones.
There are hundreds of various
specifications on the market. All
of them have a different set of
features, display screens, and
resolutions, some have a button
while others don’t.

Because of that — you need to
make the interface of your
application adaptable to
variations. Sometimes it means
keeping the feature set to a bare
minimum, other times it allows
to add some more. Sometimes
you can relegate functions to
external buttons, in other cases
you need to make it a part of the
interface. Font size must be
readable all the time with the
function of manual adjustment.

Aside from that, the entire
interface scheme should
be adapting both to portrait and
landscape configurations of the
screen.

Also, — it is reasonable to include
a variation of an app for left-
handed people. While it may
seem superfluous in a big scheme
of things — at least it is a nice
inclusive gesture.
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 7:07am On May 04, 2020
5. Minimize User Action Sequences
How many times should the user click to reach
the goal.!
There is something inherently
wicked about an application that
requires sophisticated dance
routines for your fingers in order
to perform basic actions. While it
may be fun for those who like
such things — the majority of
users will be simply annoyed and
will probably move on to another
similar application.

The fewer actions it takes to do
something — the better. That is
the law. It is fair to say that it is
Judge Dredd kind of law —
beyond discussion.

Always look for a simpler way to
do something. That is the key to
making an application attractive
to the target audience.

"Making every page or screen
self-evident is like having good
lighting in a store: it just makes
everything seem better."

Side note: minimizing action
sequences doesn’t mean you
should put all possible banners
and buttons on your home
screen. It means simplifying the
general user journey, but it’s
never good to take it to the
extreme smiley
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 7:09am On May 04, 2020
6. Allow feedback
listen to users of your app.
Feedback is the most effective
way of polishing an application. It
deals with real people and thus
offers real results.

Usually, it goes both ways — you
tell the users what is going on
with an application and in return,
you get some friendly suggestion
on what is good and what can be
improved.

For some reason, many
developers are scared of
suggestions from actual users.
Nevertheless, it is a viable option
that must be used for your
benefit. Even bad feedback can be
used to make your app better.
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 7:11am On May 04, 2020
7. Introduce new features Gradually
The gradual expansion of an
application is a reasonable way of
marketing your application. You
start with an initial set of features
which is completely fine and
satisfies the majority of the
target audience. But you can offer
more with time.

Not only that strengthens the
engagement with the application
- it also is a sign of the good use
of users feedback.
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 7:11am On May 04, 2020
8. Monitor Battery Use
- keep those phones alive.
One of the most challenging
issues that exist in mobile
application development is
optimizing the use of battery
resource. It is one of the things
that plagues the majority of
mobile applications - over time
they simply drain the battery like
hungry vampires from
Transylvania. That is one of the
reasons why users are moving
away from some applications in
favor of more reasonable
alternatives.

How to deal with it? Through
trial and error. In order to reduce
battery consumption - you need
to go through every functional
element of an application and set
performance restraints on them
according to priorities. It hurts
overall performance so there
must be a balance.
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 7:13am On May 04, 2020
9. Make Your app Safe
- Handling users data Should be Pirotized.
Security is a sensitive issue of the
moment. The majority of
applications require user sharing
some sensitive data in order to
operate properly. So it seems
reasonable to keep that sensitive
data out of reach of some
treacherous individuals.

In order to do that you need to
secure consistent monitoring and
updates. Usually, back-end team
can work it out. It may be a
routine update performed on a
schedule or it may be a reaction
to the current security
emergencies.

Another issue comes with the
disclosure of the purpose for
collecting the information.
Keeping users in the know why
are asking their data is important
in building trust.

Check out the top security issues
for Android and iOS phones
according to WhiteHat.


In conclusion
With all that being said — you
can’t just go Twin Peaks S03E08
because “The Beatles — Because”
and expect commercial success.
Ain’t gonna happen. You need to
keep everything relatively simple
and consistent throughout. In
short, it means that the save
button saves and not something
else.



This Article was first written by AppSolution Modified by LordPeckxy

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Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 8:16am On May 05, 2020
Lalasticlala - its something, some people should know.
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 3:53pm On May 05, 2020
Hey.!!! Know how to Build apps, but You don't know what to build.? Poke me, Let me get you started with the most splendid Idea.!!
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by remi4ever(m): 2:11pm On May 07, 2020
Interesting article... �
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by crownedrookie(m): 11:02am On May 12, 2020
Big bosses. I just got contacted for a project that for now I got very little idea of how to start it. According to client its to be a web app. Any ideas that might be useful? Relevant information in screenshot below. CC pajosh pcguru1

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Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by remi4ever(m): 12:16pm On May 12, 2020
I would use android for this app.

Now it depends on the client if the backend would be on android on PC.

I'd create a client app that sends the images every Milliseconds to the backend via socket or websocket. This is inefficient. I could also capture the video every 10 secs and send it.

I can't explain the technicalities involved here, but It shouldn't be hard to develop.

Since it's over the air, you need to consider the Data involved when transmission is done steadily.

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Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by pajosh: 1:38pm On May 12, 2020
crownedrookie:
Big bosses. I just got contacted for a project that for now I got very little idea of how to start it. According to client its to be a web app. Any ideas that might be useful? Relevant information in screenshot below. CC pajosh pcguru1

DM
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 6:39pm On May 13, 2020
crownedrookie:
Big bosses. I just got contacted for a project that for now I got very little idea of how to start it. According to client its to be a web app. Any ideas that might be useful? Relevant information in screenshot below. CC pajosh pcguru1
....Its something u can do.....
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by crownedrookie(m): 8:08pm On May 13, 2020
Hmmm
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 9:24am On May 15, 2020
Crownedrookie? what can of Ideas do you need 4 this web app.? Get your APIs downed first, cox you are sure gonna need it.!!
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by crownedrookie(m): 9:28am On May 15, 2020
Lordpeckxy:
Crownedrookie? what can of Ideas do you need 4 this web app.?
Get your APIs downed first, cox you are sure gonna need it.!!
Client eventually wasn't serious. But you might want to be more precise when offering help next time or just leave off. Cos no one asks for help until he's lost.
Still love from here
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by Lordpeckxy(m): 9:46am On May 15, 2020
crownedrookie:

Client eventually wasn't serious. But you might want to be more precise when offering help next time or just leave off. Cos no one asks for help until he's lost.
Still love from here
.
Oooh sorry on that last comment, that wasn't me, just some random dude that wanted to read NL news on mah phone.
Ended up going through mah private stuffs.
Apologize 4 that unexplainable clause.
Re: 9 Things You Need To Do To Make Your App Stand-out by crownedrookie(m): 10:09am On May 15, 2020
Lordpeckxy:

.
Oooh sorry on that last comment, that wasn't me, just some random dude that wanted to read NL news on mah phone.
Ended up going through mah private stuffs.
Apologize 4 that unexplainable clause.
Peace and love breh cool

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