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Futuristic Approach for Mobile App Developers with Contextual Design

Posted On Tuesday 19th July 2016 2:51 PM

The future of mobile app development depends on a smart user-centric interface that makes the user feel her mind has been read by the system. It may seem bogus to a few but folks who are in the vocation of app development know how true this is. This magical user experience can be provided by creating a circumstance that meets a user’s needs with as little inputs as possible. In order to implement this technologically, developers have to count upon contextual design.

It is only through contextual design that it is possible to create a context-aware user interface that continually adapts to the ideal form by:

  • Leveraging available data and

  • Anticipating the requirements of users

 Contextual Design: An introduction

This interface incessantly presents the most relevant content and functions upfront. This leads to reduced clicks as well as the flow is controlled. In addition to the factors mentioned above, both clutter and stagnant empty states are avoided in the process as well.

Apps that are context-aware, unlike the ordinary apps, do not sit and wait for user input to come to life. Rather, this category of apps evolve with the user. Thus, when a context-aware app is tap-opened, it knows what it is expected to perform.

Contextual design takes a lots of factors into consideration. However, as experienced mobile app developers will agree, it is never limited by these factors. The factors include the following:

  • The users and their roles

  • The task at hand or the step in a process

  • The user’s location

  • The date and time and

  • The device being used, etc.

To put it in short, contextual design is thoroughly data driven. The importance of each of these factors is described below.

 Importance of users and their roles: There are many apps that have two different aspects based on a user’s role. Unique UIs are designed for each of the roles as the functions and priorities of each type of user are different.

 Importance of task or the role: There are many ticket booking apps that show a large ‘call to action’ to book a ticket on their home screen. As such, booking tickets is the main function of these apps until the user has a valid ticket.

Moreover, when the user has an upcoming trip, the home page adapts itself to exhibit those details. The apps also provide fast access to ticket so that one is prepared to travel the moment one opens one of these apps.

 Location: Infinite number of apps ranging from travel, transit, weather, news, mapping, sports, retail to restaurants, etc. rely on location data. At a higher level, your app knows whether your home or at office.

 Date and time: As a user you constantly receive prompts or reminders through push notifications during the day. The notifications may pop up at specific time of the year as well, to facilitate servicing of your furnace or any other household gadget.   

 Device: Device awareness is crucial in implementing the concept of contextual design at granular level to mark the limitations along with the potential pitfalls.

 GetAProgrammer is a prominent IT-solutions provider that has its operational base in Sydney. This organisation maintains a robust team of mobile app developers to deliver state-of-the-art applications for handheld devices. Teaming up with GetAProgrammer invariably exposes you to a unique blending of innovative approach  with profound knowledge on evolving technology.    

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