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4 Mobile App UX Features That Decide The Quality Of User Experience Of An App

Sep 30th 2014 at 9:04 PM

When it comes to designing a mobile app, there are some important aspects that should be included as part of the user app experience. The two major qualities that determine the design quality of a mobile app are simplicity and intuitiveness. They are very important in ensuring that user's find the app easy-to-use, all the while enjoying the experience. However, to be able to implement these two intangible qualities, there are a certain tangible things that should be taken care of. These tangible features of an app should not only be implemented perfectly but also seamlessly integrate with the other features.

Following are the critical tangible factors that may make or break the external appeal of a mobile app for users:

1. Buttons (Clickability, Size, and Receptiveness)

It important that the iphone app developers melbourne design app buttons which are clickable, and are of the appropriate size. Mobile app users mostly use their thumbs to navigate through apps on smartphones. However, with 5inch phones now a norm, more are people are likely to use their index or middle finger to navigate on an app. So, it is important that buttons on the app are neither too large for people nor too small. The buttons should also be clickable with ‘emboss’ or other button animations, or be abled with arrows (as shown above) to let the users know whether the button has been clicked and where it will take them. Most importantly, the buttons should be receptive to touches on its border or edges, as some buttons only work if tapped in the centre which leads to a negative experience for the user.


2. Translucency

Translucency should be used extensively across the design of an app to keep the users aware of where exactly are they in the app, compared to say, the homepage. Using translucency also ensures allows users to check out additional features without leaving any particular page. Additionally, it makes returning to a page effortless, as it doesn’t involve changing the state of the app. They also go a long way in making the app successful by aiding in app marketing melbourne.


3. Navigation bars

The navigation bars are meant to navigate to the major sections of an app. But, many a times, the app design companies pack the navigation bar to the brim, and it appears cluttered on a smartphone with a smaller screen. So, it is crucial to keep the navigation bar simple, by putting only the major sections of the app as tabs. The additional tabs, if utterly necessary, can be put in a separate tab called ‘More’.


4. Segmented controls (Tabs in a bar)

The use of segmented controls can be limited in many of the apps, but they should be used wherever required. Segmented controls provide a list of options called segments to the user. The display or properties of the app change as the user clicks on any of these segments. So, they act like a kind of What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) feature. Since they provide several options on a bar that are implemented without leaving the page, they lend a touch of much-needed simplicity to the UI, while making the app incredibly efficient.


There are plenty of elements of app design that can make an impact on a user’s app experience. But, these 4 features primarily decide the quality of user experience as they make the app intuitive, simple-to-use and much more powerful. You can also decrease your app development cost by implementing these features since you are able to use the already available codes without having to write them from scratch.

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