iOS and Android App Design Best Practices

iOS and Android App Design Best Practices

In recent years we have seen that a number of apps have registered a seat in the Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store. But even after such registration, it is not that all the apps gain popularity. The root cause of it is the design practice followed by developers. Well, designing for a desktop and for a mobile device is a completely different story. And this is especially more important when it comes to native apps. Good and bad apps are usually differentiated by the quality of user experience (UX) that they provide. In the fast-paced modern era, it is obvious that users expect an app to be fast and easy to use with some delight during the interaction, but it often happens that to make a mind-boggling experience, developers mistake in making the app more complex with reduced speed.

At Parangat, we believe “Power in Simplicity”. Let’s quickly catch up some of the app design best practices as recommended by our highly skilled eminent developers.

Understand the difference between desktop and mobile apps

At the very beginning, it should be clear to the developer that he/she is going to develop a mobile app which will have a completely different user interface than that of a desktop. It should be very clear to the developer how the iOS and Android interface looks like. Mobile apps are mostly used on the go (where desktop apps are generally made with the intent that users will spend more time than on a mobile app). So, this should be kept in mind that the user will spend a limited amount of time on it.

Minimize the cognitive load

As the processing power of the human brain is limited, so if an app provides excessive information all at once, then it can overwhelm the user which may ultimately lead to the user abandoning the task. So, here minimizing the cognitive load will minimize the amount of brain power required to use the app.

Avoid the clutter

Clutter is the biggest threat to all the hard work a developer does on an app. Cluttering overloads a user with too much information. It is terrible for a desktop, but it can be incorrigible for mobile devices. It is always a good practice to remove unnecessary things in mobile design to improve comprehension. It is a good idea to use progressive disclosure technique to show more options while keeping content and interface elements to a minimum.

Ask for permissions when required

It generally annoys a user if an app requests for all permissions at the first launch. An app should request for permission at launch only when it is required for the app’s core function, other than that it should ask for permissions only when required. Also, the app shouldn’t ask for unnecessary permission which is beyond its scope. For example, an alarm clock app asking for permission to access the call history would be irrelevant and hence be suspicious.

Minimize user input

This can be useful mostly when a user is filling out a form. Typing long texts on small mobile screens is not a comfortable experience. So, a form should contain only those fields that are absolutely necessary and some fields that can be converted to a drop-down list, e.g., Country field, should be done so. Using defaults for some fields and dynamic validation of field values can be even advantageous.

Avoid using jargons

When an app is designed it is intended for users; and if users are unable to communicate with the app, then the app stands useless. A designer should always use clear and concise language that is easily understandable to everyone.

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Make navigation efficient

Navigation within the app should be very clear especially the “back” button. Often a user may click on the wrong option leading him to the wrong screen. There comes the role of the “back” button to take him back to the original screen. Efficient navigation makes it easier to use an app.

Make touch compatible apps

The mobile interface in now mainly touch based. So, it gets vital to make targets big enough that they’re easy for users to tap on. For reference, designers can rely on the MIT Touch Lab’s study for choosing proper size for interactive elements. Other than this, it is also essential to have the right amount of space between targets so that the exact button gets clicked.

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Optimize push notification

A recent study has found that annoying notifications is the main reason why people uninstall a mobile app. The notification that an app sends should be well timed and valuable.

Design for both operating systems

While designing, an app developer always has the challenge of deciding how the app behaves on both iOS and Android devices. Where Apple’s flat design style has become very hot in recent years, the Material Design led Android app UI design has also gained appreciable popularity. To start with, developers can research by studying the material design guidelines and the iOS human interface guidelines – these are a great source of information for mobile designers.

Test your design

Howsoever carefully a designer design’s an app, there is always a change of an issue creeping in. A perfectly molded app that looks great on designer’s screen may not look even half as good when tested on a real mobile device. So, testing plays a crucial role in the design process. It can happen that at this stage the app may require re-design.

Create feedback loop

Wherever possible, a designer should encourage feedback. And to collect the valuable feedback, the designer needs to make it simple for users to provide it. Different users have a different mindset. A designer has to extract out the common path to be followed to satisfy users needs.

Conclusion

While there can be better ways for mobile app designing, whether it be on an iOS device or an Android device, it is solely up to the developer to make his design worth for users. Today, with the growing market, people expectation is also growing. Everyone needs an app that is “simply the best” and the hunt for the best is an ongoing process. It’s true that the best app practically doesn’t exist but it’s the “strive for the best” that keeps the market moving.

Amongst Top 20 App Developers in Australia 2018

Amongst Top 20 App Developers in Australia 2018

Parangat Technologies: A Paradigm of Tech Talent!

In just over eight years of operations, Parangat Technologies has quickly become a dominant force in the development industry. With the exceptional experience and high-quality service and work that our team provides to clients, Parangat has become one of the top app developers in Australia. As evaluated by Clutch and The Manifest, two business research companies in Washington, D.C., we boast the no. 2 mobile and wearable app development services in the country, ranking highly in a field of nearly 200 of our peers and competitors within the industry.

This recognition of our work, which is also featured on a Medium article that highlights the top 15 mobile app development firms in Australia, means a lot to Parangat Technologies as an affirmation of our team’s talent and their tireless commitment to helping clients excel. Clutch and The Manifest review multiple aspects, ranging from market presence and previous experience to client reviews and customer satisfaction, of businesses’ operations and processes in analyzing the performance of different companies, so Parangat appreciates having the strength of our portfolio and products professionally validated.

In more than a dozen reviews shared on our Clutch profile, previous Parangat customers also raved about various facets of our project management style and successes.Parangat amongst Top 20 App Developers in Australia 2018

“The performance of the team is good and what I really like about them is that they have a ‘never say no’ attitude. They cheerfully accept all changes and try the best to fit even the last minute requests,” praised one client.

“I can’t say enough about the excellent work that Parangat Technologies has done on our product. They started with us in the ideation phase and transformed it into an appealing and informative product. It was an absolute pleasure to work with them,” enthused a second partner. “There was never any question about the schedule or any variance on the budget. We always felt that the scope and conceptualization were so perfect that they left no room for any variations. They have shown enormous skill and vast domain knowledge, and their IT expertise is reliable and trustworthy.”

“The solution provided by Parangat Technologies was perfect,” underscored a third. “Parangat Technologies helped us accomplish the objective of producing a high-quality product, while at the same time, avoiding the need to onboard permanent employees to handle this major project. The team involved was good at thinking out of the box and they owned the product completely.”

We pride ourselves on the development solutions that we create and offer, and we thank Clutch, The Manifest, and our clients for acknowledging and supporting our efforts and the quality of our work and customer service. If you’d like to hear more about the details of our involvement or approach here, feel free to reach out to any member of our team. Parangat is always excited to discuss potential partnerships or plans, and we look forward to collaborating soon!

Parangat Named as Top Performing App Development Company

Parangat Named as Top Performing App Development Company

We here at Parangat Technologies are top Performing App Development Company serving all of your web and mobile application development needs. With offices in India, the US,  and Australia no matter where you are in the world we can help your company reach new heights with your next project.
We are also proud to announce that we were recently ranked among the top Mobile App Development companies in India in 2018. The Manifest is a company that looks into the top companies in several different business to business service industries and feature the best in each industry across the world. Thus we are very happy to have been recognized for our hard work.

The word of our clients say it better than we ever could. One client said “I can’t say enough about the excellent work that Parangat Technologies has done. They have shown enormous skill and vast domain knowledge, and their IT expertise is reliable and trustworthy.” Another happy customer had this to say – “The performance of the team is good and what I really like about them is that they have a ‘never say no attitude’.” This is absolutely true! Our firm believes that if a customer has a request we have a duty to fulfill it and go beyond their expectations as well. No matter where you are in the world, and no matter how big or small your project may be- Parangat Technologies is your one-stop solution for all your web and mobile app development needs.Parangat - Top app developers 2018

Drop us a line at your earliest convenience and we will get to work on making your next project a reality. We look forward to working with you very soon and eagerly await to connect with you. Thank you so much for your support.

How are Peer-to-Peer Payment apps changing the Commerce and Mobile banking Industry?

How are Peer-to-Peer Payment apps changing the Commerce and Mobile banking Industry?

In recent technological advancements where everyone is looking to mobile and web solutions for their businesses and brands, Peer-to-Peer payments apps are playing a crucial role. In the world where the popularity of online and mobile banking and e-commerce mobile solutions is increasing enormously, P-2-P payment apps are playing an essential part in the technological world where we are living. Peer-to-peer payments applications are leading us to have more “wallet-less” economy than ever before.

And in this growing trend, the retail industry is evolving beyond person-to-market and person-to-person. If we talk in terms of peer-to-peer payments, nowadays, Paypal is dominating the market for the last many decades. And now a lot of companies are finally starting up to catch up the race. According to Business Insider, within next 2 years, mobile peer-to-peer transactions are expected to reach $86 billion in the US. Before understanding these rigorous stats, let’s understand what Peer-to-peer apps are:

What Are Peer-To-Peer Payment Apps?

To understand P2P service, you need to understand the concept of a middleman. Like middleman service, peer-to-peer payment services help people in easily transferring the funds from one bank account to another account or card by leveraging competent mobile apps. These apps are popular among young users who are tech-savvy and are comparatively less worried about the potential danger of sharing the person’s financial information with any third-party software tool. There are a lot of mobile solutions available in the marketplace that allows people to send money to their friends that are outside of the established business context – for example, when you pay back to your friends including those friends who lent you money for watching a movie ticket, or that group of friends who want to split the restaurant bill. However, Peer-to-peer app marketplace is still immature, as it is offering multiple services that are strongly competing for the same segment of the marketplace.

If we keenly observe that the current marketplace of P2P payment apps is basically divided among two major groups:

  1. First- Payment services or mobile apps launched by huge brands and big companies including Google Wallet launched by Google, Paypal.me launched by PayPal, and SquareCash launched by Square.
  2. And Second – Payment services that are a result of a product start-up or a separate payment service organization. And this type of P2P payment apps is often represented by mobile apps that partner with a lot of banks or easily integrate payment solutions with social networks including Circle, ClearXchange, and PopMoney.

Being the trusted and reliable technology partner of our clients, we at Parangat are helping a lot of companies and brands in implementing their P2P payment mobile solutions. Our team of expert and experienced web and mobile developers are helping brands and businesses in meeting their business expectations and goals. Since inception, we are serving clients across the world. Our experience and expertise along with the well-versed team of web and mobility experts are helping brands in reaching newer heights. To know more about P2P payment app development services, shoot us an email at [email protected]

Why P2P Payment Apps Are Gaining Traction and Earning Customer  Engagement?

Why P2P Payment Apps Are Gaining Traction and Earning Customer Engagement?

Tim Cook once said that ‘the next generation will not know what money is’. That’s what being proved correct with the emergence of P2P payment apps. Nowadays, P2P apps are in huge demand. And use of paper currency is gradually decreasing at a huge extent. With the increasing usage of online transactions especially mobile wallets, Peer 2 peer apps demand is increasing at a huge extent. According to reports, by the year 2020, users of mobile P2P apps are expected to reach from 6 million to 126 million. And in the US only, P2P transaction is expected to reach $86 billion in next 2 years. That the reason why app development companies have become more interested in P2P payment apps and are indulging themselves and coming up with the unique and market-centric P2P payment apps.

Today more and more people are moving towards being wallet-less by using P2P apps. And if we see the results, top 25 apps are from P2P payment apps. So you are required need to understand how important these apps are in user’s life. But these apps are not something that gets a welcoming entry in the market space; like PayPal. They have to face a fierce competition. As this is one of the dominating categories in the market.

Why the demand of P2P apps is so high?

Many of us are wondering that, why P2P apps are so much popular? And the answer is, if you have used P2P apps, you must know the answer. If you are looking to send cash to someone, your family and business partners, then P2P apps can help you send the cash just in the blink of an eye by using your Smartphone, or email address or via online banking. There are a huge number of systems, which support Peer to Peer apps but only few of them allows transferring money to their customers. Speed, ease, and comfort are a few of key features, which allow flawless payment. All you need to do is to simply link your existing bank account and instantly send money to whoever you want to send that too without the need of any kind of paper works. Let’s take a look at a few key examples of P2P payment service providers:

  1. PayPal

Being one of the most popular and widely used online payment platforms, P2P payment apps are being used by a lot of audiences and users. Peer to peer was first launched in the year 2015 and it was launched aiming that to make payment processes simpler and easier.

  1. Google Wallet

It was re-launched in 2015 by Google. And it was revamped as the Google wallet, which is exclusively designed for P2P payment while on the go. The best part of this mobile app is it could be used by just using the phone number.

  1. Square Cash

It’s a free platform, which makes the P2P payment owned by the company Square. It includes one of the key dazzling features, called Cashtags, which allows the user to use the link for doing money transfer.

  1. Transfer Wire

Being one of the popular money transfer services, Transfer Wire lets the students and foreign businesses make services popular and excel on the global level. It is a low-cost option, which also provides an option to transferring money internationally.

Being the leading web and mobile app Development Company, we at Parangat are working on a lot of P2P payment apps. Our technically well-versed team of mobility experts is helping a lot of brands in meeting their business value and revenue. To know more about our services and solutions, shoot us an email at [email protected]

How Google’s HEART Framework Is Helpful for Measuring User Experience and UX?

How Google’s HEART Framework Is Helpful for Measuring User Experience and UX?

If you are struggling to adopt a key and useful metrics in terms of user experience team – you should consider Google’s HEART framework.

The idea behind this is a simple one; it lets you deliver a series of user-centric metrics. It allows you to properly measure the user experience on a very large scale. And these metrics could be used for decision making, which is required in the product development process.

What is Heart Framework?

Measuring user experience on a small scale is comparatively easy. That’s what user experience designers do regularly. It helps you in observing users, talking to them, asking questions, etc. to get a rapid feedback and suggestion on this.

So what does the research team from Google noted was that while small scale frameworks were common place measuring the experience on a large scale via automated means had no framework in place. Thus the Heart Framework is specifically targeted at that kind of measurement. However, the principles are equally useful at a smaller scale. And processes and methodologies are used to derive the measurements at a comparatively smaller scale and are expected to be substantially different.

The Heart Metrics

There are basically five metrics that are used in the Google’s HEART framework:

    • Happiness
    • Engagement
    • Adoption
    • Retention
  • Task Success

The research team notes that not all the projects require metrics and those metrics should always be chosen (in combination), which is entirely based on the results required from the metrics. Engagement thus, has a little relevance while exploring such kind of systems.

Happiness

However, you all might think this is a measure of your attitude or satisfaction level. And you’re most likely to properly record satisfaction on a larger scale projects through some kind of user survey.
With all these metrics, a snapshot in time is not enough to be based on decision making. Long-term and enduring observation of metrics provides better and crucial data for decision making.

Engagement

Engagement is a correct measurement of how much a user could easily interact with a product. We’ve already discussed that it could be a poor metric for enterprises because there’s no specific usage patterns.
Real measurements in this domain might properly examine the usage regularity and the intensity of use or the overall level of engagement over a period of time. However, the right metrics and stats may vary from product to product.

Adoption

Adoption is calculated on the basis of total number of new users started using it over a certain time frame. It’s the proper measurement of how successful you are captivating new businesses. However, it is argued between the measure of user experience and customer experience.

Retention

Retention is keeping your existing users for certain amount of time. However, there is not certain time limit for this. It could be any indefinite amount of time. Few days, few weeks, few months, a quarter, or a year, every interval is reasonable interval depending on the ROI.

Task Success

The final metric “task success” could be understood as the more delicate components. You might want to examine the time spent on any given task. You should look for – How to improve the process? Or check for the percentage of successful completions of a specific task.

Experts recommend remote usability testing and benchmark studies are for properly measuring these metrics on a larger scale.

Summary
The Google’s HEART framework is a flawless and efficient framework because it’s simple and easy to understand. It makes the communication easy, efficient and flawless. However, the framework is designed for big projects; but nothing could stop it from being implemented on smaller projects either – it’s just that the medium and methods used for data collection may vary. Hope you like the article and find it interesting and useful.