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6 Most Common Blunders While Developing SmartPhone App

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Developing an app requires focusing on several factors such as user-friendly interface, touch-enabled gestures and features that pretty easy to use. But as a novice, we have a tendency to overlook some of the key aspects of app development, which could eventually make the app doom to failure.

In this article, we have shared some common app development mistakes, which must be avoided while developing an app. Without any further ado, let's have a look at them.

1. Compromising on mock-ups and wireframes

Developers often rely on static wireframes, which are not enough for precisely demonstrating the smartphone app functionalities to client. It would be great if you can facilitate your client with working model so they can conveniently visualize the application before beginning development.

This can be done by designing interactive and impressive prototypes while wire-framing, Prototypes is useful to visualize ideas, something that is very important to discuss when you are working in a team. It can be difficult to explain what you have running in mind by just using words, and a visual prototype will help your and your clients to be on the same page before moving forward, avoiding possible misunderstandings in the process.

Include at least two or more cycles of design model in project timeline, to ensure clients satisfaction. Luckily, there is no dearth of designing tools that can help you create prototype (like Frame, Atomic, etc.) and wire-frames (like Sketch.io, Adobe Photoshop, etc.) efficiently.
To showcase complex animations, replace the static images with highly interactive prototypes. This will help you stand up to your clients expectations and leave valuable impression. if you need to make “advanced” animations, then you have choice between a variety of options that have an interface similar to other design tools, such as Pixate (introduce by Google).

2. Forget To Involve A Formal Change Request Process

One must expect a simple to complex change in the application throughout the development process from his clients. If you do not plan any strategy to deal with such changes in between the development, it can dramatically impact the development cost and time.

To proficiently deal with this issue, it is better to create a formal request process to introduce any change to the pre-decided project scope. This will allow you to push back on changes easily and explain upfront that the requisite changes will influence the app development budget and the project deadline.

3. Rely On Wrong Platform

It is essential to brainstorm before beginning the SmartPhone app development process and choose a viable mobile platform. Don't rush into development as soon as you get an application idea. For instance, if your prime goal is to drive profits via simple application monetization and you choose iOS platform while assuming that monetization will be convenient in the Apple App store, wait! You must rethink about it.

There are several mobile platforms, but the Apple iOS and the Google Android are the most popular mobile operating systems that are extolled for their awesome features under the sun. Both platforms have their own pros and cons, you must consider the upsides and downsides of the platform, and your business objectives while making a suitable choice. Some of the essential factors that must be taken care of include target audience base, monetization model, development cost, technical specifications, future prospects and so on.

4. Avoid irrelevant push notifications

No doubt, offering push notifications can amazingly revamp the UX and enhance the app usability. But, at the same time, one can't overlook the fact that not every application demand push notifications. Embedding them where they are not relevant, can annoy the users and hamper the user experience.
Since, making an ideal use of push notifications in an application can improve the retention rates and user engagement, one must plan the “what, when and where” about the notifications beforehand.

5. Asking users to disclose their personal info.

Think of a basic utility application like a calculator. What would be your reaction if a calculator application will ask access to your contact list and emails? I will abandon such application without giving second thought, if you want to ensure successful application, make it certain that your application doesn't ask irrelevant and extraneous permission that have nothing to do or not necessary.

6. User Acceptance Testing (UAT) isn't well defined

It is imperative to define the scope of UAT (User Acceptance Testing) properly in advance to ensure project completion within the scheduled time in an efficient fashion. For this, it is better to involve the app testers and QA (Quality Assurance) team timely in the project. Receiving feed back or in installments could be useful to give better app environment to clients.

Thus, it is advisable to make use of an effective and efficient UAT process by including the bug trackers and testing groups, and scheduling the revision before beginning the testing process. The best bug tracker will be the one that your client will use, it could be a Google Spreadsheet or Github.

Conclusion

One of the best ways to ensure that your app will go viral upon release is to run the beta testing and involve as many people from your target audience, and those involved in the app development process as much as you can. The key of successful development is to deliver an app that can augment the UX and offer a valuable feature to the users while adding value to their lives. The aforementioned are a few of the common mistakes that most of the developers commit during the development. You can learn from others' mistakes and keep these blunders at bay to deliver an incredible user interface.

Author Signature: Addison Cohen is an app developer working with Appsted Ltd. It is the leading app development service provider which delivers the most comprehensive mobile application solutions.

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