Seven Must-Have Features for Great Mobile Apps

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Responsive Design

Great apps have a responsive design. Responsive apps adjust their layout dynamically according to the screen dimensions of the device they're running on. While you can achieve responsiveness by having the app detect the screen dimensions and load a different layout for every brand of smartphone and pad computer, this tactic will make your app huge, unwieldy, and very hard to maintain. The smart way to build responsive apps requires a development platform that provides an automatically responsive user interface model and generates an optimized experience on every device from a single code base so that you don't have to worry about the details.

The amount of effort being put into developing mobile apps is staggering. When designed correctly, mobile apps become competitive weapons that can give a business the upper hand in the battle for market share. But there's an obvious problem with the majority of apps: They're not very good. They might do the job, but they're missing key features that distinguish a truly effective and addictive app with a great user experience from a just "okay" app. If your app is missing any of these features, you need to rethink how and why you're designing and building for mobile.

In this slideshow, Alpha Software describes the seven features that all truly great apps share in common.

Headquartered in Burlington, MA, Alpha Software enables developers to rapidly create and deploy robust and secure business applications for mobile devices and personal computers. Thousands of developers have built tens of thousands of business applications using Alpha's development products.

 

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