It is possible that your target audience is not a dedicated user of a particular platform. For instance, there could be some users who use an Android phone and uses their iPad to play games or vice versa. For the users who own both Android and iOS devices, they tend to compare the two platforms. Obviously, they like both the operating systems for certain reasons and to impress such users; you need a prolific application with a stunning design.
Keeping the users, who love both the platforms, in mind, the operating system agnostic design makes a viable choice. Thus, you don’t need to do a lot of brainstorming to choose a particular platform, but you can drive greater profits by targeting both operating systems.
No doubt, it will offer better opportunities by doubling your audience, while making your job arduous. This certainly leads to several design blunders as designer focuses on two different platforms at a time. Thus, to ensure a remarkable device-agnostic and platform-agnostic application, I have unleashed a few of the common design glitches and tips to handle them appropriately.
Let’s explore them thoroughly.
#1: Concentrating On Consistent Navigation
Design mistake: Different device form factors and screen sizes demand different ways to support navigation. If you try to embrace complete consistency across various layouts of a platform-agnostic app, it will ruin the design, and thus, the user experience.
How to handle: There are certain interface elements (like button size, visual layout, etc.,) that are required to be modified while keeping the targeted screen size into mind. One must maintain the consistency between typefaces, color scheme, and button labels or links to ensure a responsive navigation.
#2: Not Considering The Individual Design Needs Of Platform
Design mistake: Most of the designers often try to port an Android app into iOS or vice versa without thinking that both the platforms have certain specific design needs that are meant to be considered individually.
How to handle: If your application possesses limited features that are not that complex, you can go ahead with a platform agnostic approach. However, if you are offering some top-notch features that add to the complexity of the application, it becomes clunkier to follow the same approach. In such cases, native app development is advisable; you can integrate the native UI components of the targeted platform conveniently.
Spending some time in designing the flow of actions, while shunning away the common UX blunders can help you deliver a valuable design. Once you are satisfied with its UX, carve a detailed UI of the app with suitable fonts, hues, and graphics. This process demands great precision and may consume some time, but it is absolutely worthwhile as it delivers a great visualization of applications on different platforms.
#3: Offering Links To The Content That Is Not Mobile Friendly
Design mistake: You can let your users move from a piece of content to another in a flawless way by simply adding appropriate links to it. This is something that makes mobile web applications so powerful. However, to ensure a seamless experience, it is imperative to ensure that the linked content is also platform friendly.
How to handle: This is something that is hard to be avoided. One can control this only if the link integrated into the app corresponds to content that is device and platform friendly.
#4: Depending Upon The Device Size
Design mistake: One thing is for sure that the mobile market will keep expanding with new devices unveiled every now and then. This will certainly introduce various screen sizes in the design landscape. Designers who restrict their design to a particular screen size make things complicated and limit their reach to only a few devices.
How to handle: It is recommended to create a flexible design and ensure flexible development so that the design and functions can be upgraded as and when required. If you have designed for a specific screen size, you won’t be able to target the upcoming devices. It is always better to begin with designing for the smaller screen size; you may also choose to include the micro-screens for smaller resolutions if your target devices include wearable devices.
Once you are satisfied with the design on the small screen, scale it for larger screens slowly. As things begin to become complicated, you can use media queries to make the requisite alterations in the layout with a flair. This way you can ensure a smooth performance of your design by introducing breakpoints according to the design, not by the screen size. Therefore, with this approach, you can proficiently make your design easily scalable for the future devices.
#5: Don’t Test Their Design Before Launching It
Design mistake: One can’t ensure a surefire performance of his product until he tests it for various conditions. Many designers forget to test their designs beforehand and release them in the market without cross checking. Doing so can leave you with flawed designs that are not usable.
How to handle: Usability testing is paramount to ensure a noteworthy design, and it would be great if you can let real users test your design on real devices. Doing so will help you ferret UX and UI issues, if any, before releasing the application. Therefore, you should keep some budget for testing aside and invest some time in performing usability testing on your product. There are several third party services that allow one to test their design to ensure its great usability. You can seek such service providers and get your design tested at an affordable price.
Designing a platform-agnostic application can offer you amazing opportunities. You can reach multiple platforms and earn hefty profits. However, it becomes easier to commit design mistakes while creating platform-independent applications. I have enlisted some useful tips in this article while keeping the common design blunders in mind. I hope this guide will help you create an incredible design and outstanding application to boost your business.
Guest Author Bio: Addison Cohen is a mobile app developer working with Appsted Ltd, the leading mobile applications development services provider which delivers most comprehensive mobile application solutions. He loves sharing latest information on mobile technologies like iOS, Android development processes.