The mobile app industry is transforming businesses now. Regardless of the industry or stature, every organization is required to coalesce the in-trend mobile application development technologies in their existing technological infrastructure, to amass maximum potential for growth.
The advent of mobile phones has led to the steep growth curve of the mobile app development industry. The mobile apps are pretty high on use owing to the advent of smartphone that continues to penetrate everyone’s life at a rapid pace.
No wonder, the mobile app industry is thriving like none other!
Definitely, this is a great achievement for app developers, and a comes to as a challenge for those planning to. Yes, becoming a part of already a burgeoning industry can quite be promising for aspiring mobile app developers. But it is no cakewalk, owing to the fiercely competitive app market.
It is definitely not like opening a restaurant when you have foodies around! This is the world of technology, where the trends.
Do you know, 2.8 million apps are available on the Google Play Store!
There are already billions of apps getting developed every year, they cannot make it without achieving enough downloads.
So, even before you start designing one, you need to perform your own research, to determine the trends that need be followed, to create smart and performing apps.
1. Custom-Tailored Development :
Even for pizzas, people like custom toppings!
2. Creating Choice of Portrait or Landscape View :
The flexibility of viewing the app, both in portrait and landscape formats, enables the users to get the maximum visibility, the way they wish for greater satisfaction. The better user experience makes them use the application more and more.
3. Password-Free Login :
Numerous apps are downloaded and accessed by a single user on a daily basis, which makes it really cumbersome for them to memorize all the passwords or even note them down somewhere. Therefore, to reduce this unnecessary botheration, the password-free mobile apps are getting in trend. As there are many other ways to login to these apps with facial or fingerprint recognition.
4. More & More Visuals :
The larger display screens in mobile phones make it obvious for the users to prefer and expect image-based display. The designers need to present image-based navigation, that will get them rid of the large menu systems. Obviously, the user experience will be enhanced with interesting and colorful images and icons.
5. Illustrations to Connect Better :
Experimenting with various illustration types in the mobile apps is sure to render the app with emotional value, the users will connect with. The coming years will soon be witnessing various illustrations adorning these apps and adding to their capacity to engage the users better.
6. Enabling Voice Commands :
We say it better than texting!
The immense popularity of personal assistants like Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant, indicates the growing trend of voice commands, and that applies to mobile apps too! Owing to the precision with which the voice commands offer a great user experience, in the minimum time possible, the voice-enabled apps will quite be prevalent to make the lives easy.
7. Animation for Spicing Up the Experience :
The inclusion of animated actions in the apps offers a better user experience, as that not only makes the interaction more interesting but also adds brand value. Animation offers branding with an exclusive ability of story-telling and certainly spices up experience enriching with a movie-like presentation.
8. Infusion of Fun Elements that Engage :
Whether it is a website or an app, the fun element helps in inciting people and gets them engaged to them. This will be done more through animation that not only excites the user but also makes it easier for them to use the app.
9. Blending the Hues with Gradient 2.0 :
The growing need to add the new dimension to the mobile app designs is indicating the need for Gradient 2.0 inclusion in the mobile app design scenario. The range of vibrant shades promises to add depth to the app design and get it a more attractive look. Despite the growing trend of minimalistic designs and simplicity, this trend is expected to land on to the mobile app designing landscape.
10. Dark Base for Lit-Up Experiences :
The dark or dim-light base will also be a part of mobile app UI, as that benefits in two ways – saves the battery, and at the same time does not stress the eyes. The bright surfaces using the light pixels cause batteries to drain much faster and stress the eyes as well. The dark base renders the glamorous look to the surface, and so is liked by many choosy ones out there!
11. 3D and Faux-3D Design Elements for Life-Like Experiences :
The gaming mobile apps are already using 3D elements to provide realistic experiences. Now, even in the regular non-gaming apps, the 3D and Faux-3D elements will be added, to simply add life-like experience to the users.
12. Let’s Read It Better! :
When it comes to providing a meaningful user experience, content is what becomes the focus of mobile app designers. Content makes the design functional and easy to understand for the users. Please note, the content here, does not mean just for marketing or copywriting, it is for better readability and understanding, which makes the app design highly responsive.
13. Adding the AR/VR Appeal :
The technology of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) is being integrated into various technological innovations. These technologies add a great appeal to wherever they are applied, with their fictional components. They soon will be the trend in mobile app designing as well, to offer better UI/UX.
14. Giving Chatbots a Chance! :
The chatbot enabled mobile app development is soon to get a grip among app designers. The chatbots with improved capabilities will be in trend for enhanced user experience. The capability of handling queries in various language semantics, emotional diversity, understanding of complex language structures will surely contribute to the UX. Apart from this, the designers will be required to offer the users with free-flow interaction means.
15. Navigation at Easy Reach :
The larger display screens of present-day mobile phones have completely replaced the small ones with another part of the device meant just to hold the phone with buttons. Today, the phones more space for display screens present more content, however, they come with their own set of issues like distancing the navigation and interactive elements from the thumb’s reach.
Understanding the issue, most of the apps are positioning the navigation bars right at the bottom of the screen, close to the finger’s reach. The feature is becoming an industry trend to be followed by app designers.
16. Swipe-led Buttonless Design :
Gone are the days of mobile phone devices with buttons that were pressed for every single command. Today the digital buttons serve the purpose through swipes. With more screen space, the designers can present more content and data that is relevant.
17. Adding Seamlessness that Matters :
The trend-led by smartphones like Android and iOS with curved corners, calls for the need of designing the app to present the same rounded look and feel. The trend is to enhance user experience.
18. Designing for User Experience Irrespective of Device :
The dependency of the design on the device will not be there anymore, in mobile app designing. The reason behind this trend is the usage of multiple devices by the single user, at a time. So, considering mobile app designing for mobiles and desktops won’t help. Designing will be based and focused more on a seamless user experience.
19. Inclusive App Designing :
According to the major principle followed by the Internet Society, the “Internet is for Everyone”. Whether it is about education, travel, or even about using a mobile app, accessibility for the disabled, is one of the major factors considered in designing. Designers need to develop the right attitude for inclusive designing, to develop mobile apps, according to the requirements of disabled people. The factors like color combinations, easy navigation, highly responsive design, and the ability to capture gestures, will be the approach to be followed by designers.
If the inclusiveness or accessibility of the app is not considered, the designers will not be able to reach about 15% of the total users.
20. Opening the Avenues with Open Source Toolkits :
There are many open-source toolkits available that are used to create hybrid applications for high-end functionality. They will soon be used to develop mobile apps for iOS/Android phones and tablets.
21. Consistency throughout the App :
The more consistency, the better will be the user experience. Keeping all the parameters on the same platform ensures evenness across the entire mobile app. Therefore, it is important to make sure that every feature can be used in almost the same number of clicks, right from the time the user logins.
22. Incorporating the Feedback or Inputs Received from Auditor :
It is good to keep a track of, and follow the latest trends in technology, and to implement them in mobile app designing, to keep updating them to create better versions. Alongside, the regular testing of the app will also be performed, to know the value-add it is offering. A UX auditor will test the app, and be giving their feedback, to improve the better from various standpoints. This is certainly going to formulate an app offering more engagements, and better user experience.
23. Takeaways Offered by Vidhema Technologies in Mobile App Designing :
With the sole intention of expert and experienced team of mobile app designers, Vidhema Technologies is committed to offer value to the users through mobile apps with better user experience, to make their lives easier.
We create astounding custom designs to cater to the need of individual apps, following the latest trends in mobile app designing and implementing best practices to ensure these apps perform. We combine our expertise with research that allows us to create smart and effective mobile app designs for our clients, whether they are small companies, start-ups, or big enterprises.
24. Conceptualization & Research :
Vidhema coverts unique business ideas and concepts to reality, by including them in the strategy first, and then implementing them in the mobile app designing process. During this course, we perform market research and design the strategy accordingly.
25. Information Architecture :
We first determine the required features, navigation flow, functions, and the complete layouts of mobile app other mobile app design elements under information architecture.
26. Mobile App Prototyping :
After giving a roadmap to the concept, we take it from the drawing board to a model, that helps us to visualize how is it actually going to be. We develop the app prototype to ensure a strong foundation, on which the entire app creation will rest. Not only this, but we also determine future upgrades to enhance the user experience.
27. Functionality Audit :
To make sure, we deliver efficient mobile app solutions, we get our mobile apps audited by our UX experts, who fix issues that come in the way. They provide feedback from the users, implementing which we improve our app performance. This way we help our clients achieve their business goals and scale growth.
Vivek Chaturvedi is the co-founder and CTO at Vidhema Technologies. He is responsible for the overall technical operations of the company and has played a major role in bringing Vidhema up from its humble beginnings and, with his immense energy and drive, transforming it into a globally trusted name in IT solutions.