Android

How & Why to Increase Readability in UI Design

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User interfaces designed with care should be able to guide the users and take them from one logical place on your application or website to the other. If an app cannot do that, the users will leave and never return. In short, the user interface should be so easy to use and ‘readable’ that it conveys the right information, enabling users to recognize and get that information effectively and maximize the user experience. So, how can you maximize this readability in UI design? Well, the core of readability is the visual hierarchy and the core of visual hierarchy is the logicality. Ultimately, the logic that helps the user traverse your app is the key concept that affects or influences the readability.

Let’s understand Logicality

Logicality consists of a number of things such as dependencies, similarities, and differences. Dependencies usually mean that the contents from the lower levels belong to the contents from the upper levels. Similarities include the content on the same level and differences mean the content which does not belong to the same levels.

Let’s understand Visual Hierarchy

Once the logical relationships are established, creating a visual hierarchy gets easy. Building contrasts and organizing them to provide a decent visual hierarchy is the aim.

Some of the factors affecting visual hierarchy are:

Size

Size is one of the most effective factors that help control visual hierarchy. The bigger the element, the higher the level – this concept works for both – text and images. Setting up of different sizes for the elements on different levels is very helpful to build basic infrastructure of visual hierarchy.

Font weight

Font weight is used to emphasize the text or reinforce the contrast. The bolder the text, the higher the level will be.

Color

Adding colors help highlighting or to classify the information. The elements in different colors are more eye-catching. However, there should be a limited number of colors and remember to add them only to the necessary parts.

Opacity

Altering the opacity enables you to build contrast in the UI.

Proximity

Elements that are close to each other are regarded as a group. Proximity can help classify objects in a group. This improves information recognition and enables users to respond correctly.

Similarity

Objects with a similar appearance are generally perceived as a group. They have similar functions and are on the same level.

Great readability makes the interaction between users and the interface smooth. Figuring out the logical relationships between the elements is the foundation of creating a clear visually appealing user interface!

Android

Mobile Security Tweaks For Enterprise Data

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As more and more employees go mobile every day, enterprises find it increasingly difficult to keep the security knots tight and save the enterprise data from being compromised due to cyber attacks. Employees using mobile devices also access data and sensitive information that is stored on enterprise servers and cloud. But, cyber attackers pave their way through backend systems and the cloud.

Some of the mobile apps intentionally pull data from mobile devices. This information is usually user location, calendar entries, access to iCloud storage, etc. Enterprise data that is accessed through such phones are at a huge risk of leaks. Mobile apps are considered as the easiest targets for security breaches and enterprise data theft. Even certain legitimate apps are of high risk when it comes to enterprise data. Here are a few mobile security tweaks for securing your enterprise data

Connect to secure networks              

When you use the same mobile device for work and home and other public places, it’s not a practical choice to connect to public wi-fi. Unsecured wi-fi is always a threat and data can be easily intercepted.

Downloading apps from app stores

Downloading third-party apps is the easiest way to put your mobile device and enterprise data it is connected to – at risk. It is advised to download only legitimate apps from app stores.

Prevent your device from getting rooted

Although this feature allows more access and control over your device, it also allows unsigned apps to access your data and leaves your device vulnerable.

Data protection measures

Mobile OS such as Android and iOS come with preinstalled security measures. There are also ways in which you can encrypt your device and protect confidential information as well as corporate data.

Security apps

It’s always recommended to use security apps specifically those that offer anti-theft features such as remote wipe out, tracking as well as locking.

Strengthen passwords and permissions

Passwords and app permissions are a great way of limiting access to the apps that have confidential information.

Caution and care definitely bring down the threat and keeps your enterprise data more safe and secure.

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10 mobile app mistakes to avoid

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Developing a mobile app takes a lot of flexibility and focus. There are just too many trends out there to follow and pay attention to – or disregard. The bottom line is, if your app does not appeal to your customer base, it may not even be worth your efforts. It’s easy to make mistakes. Be aware of the most common mistakes of mobile apps development and avoid them to build a great app:

Including Too Much

Brands tend to include everything that they have on the website into a mobile app. However, mobile apps require experiences that allow users to quickly accomplish a task that might take a really long time on a website. It’s crucial that businesses identify the key cases that really add value to user experiences.

Not considering how your users will use it

Businesses need to understand the ‘need’ for the app from a user’s perspective. Think about whether your app actually addresses some kind of need or is simply an extra tool to engage with your customers. Look into your customer base and understand what they need and how they wish to engage on mobile. That will give you an idea of what to include in your mobile app.

Not enough testing

The market is getting fiercely competitive by the day. So, avoid making the mistake of not testing your app thoroughly. The quality of your app reflects on your brand too.

Focusing on more downloads

Getting too many downloads without retention is of no use to your business. Users must not only find your app worth downloading, but also find it worth using repetitively.

Not planning ahead

Before you begin, ask yourself a lot of questions. Why are you building this app? Who is your target audience? Why would they want an app as opposed to the current website? After that, you can create a plan for the development of your mobile application.

Multiple platforms

Developing for all possible platforms is obviously a tempting option, but it’s important for brands to put in a little effort to ensure which platform is most widely used by their customer base. It’s best to figure out what works and which platform needs to be focused upon.

Not considering retention

Usually for a new mobile app, gaining maximum downloads is the aim. It’s important to understand that retention is as important as downloads. A ton of downloads with single-use may not prove helpful in the long run.

Expecting immediate ROI

It’s easy to have a positive bias while developing a mobile application. However, it’s important to have a marketing plan ready to be able to realize the ROI sooner.

Not having a marketing plan

If you do not have a marketing plan, all your development efforts are in-vein!

Optimizing your app for the app stores

It’s important that your app appears among the first few search results in the apps store. Optimize your app to ensure that.

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Challenges of Testing Mobile Apps

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With the rapid proliferation of mobile devices in the market, a whole new set of challenges has been introduced in the world of mobile application testing. Mobile users download apps and expect to use them in a certain way – finding an issue out in the wild might mean – leaving the app for good! It’s imperative for mobile apps and websites to be rock solid before they are released for final implementation.

Here are the most common challenges faced by the mobile application testers today:

Multitude Mobile Devices

There are millions of mobile devices in the market, ranging from handsets to smartphones to tabs to iPads and wearable tech devices. Mobile applications need to be compatible with such diverse environments. The quality testers cannot guarantee that if the app is tried and tested on one of these devices, it will work a 100% on the other too. It is important for businesses to research their customer base before they finalize an environment for development.

Device Fragmentation & Various OS Platforms

One of the most challenging aspects of mobile apps testing is device fragmentation. The iOS device matrix is growing and Android already has a spectrum of devices which makes fragmentation a greater issue for Android apps. The variety of mobile operating systems also poses a challenge for development and testing teams whose goal is to provide a consistent user experience across platforms.

Mobile application testing is also challenging, due to compatibility issues as a mobile application can be deployed across devices which have different-

  • Operating systems like iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows, etc.
  • Versions of an operating system such as iOS 4.X, iOS 5.X, BB 4.X, 5.X, and 6.X.

Different Mobile App Types

Mobile apps could be either native apps, web apps or hybrid apps. The implementation of each of these apps is different than the other and the testing is hence a huge challenge! As we observe each of these apps behavior from installation to functionality, they are distinctly different – hence the testing and test coverage is also different.

Numerous Test Interfaces

Mobile emulators and simulators are some of the most important testing tools. With these tools, general functionality can be verified and regression testing can also be performed. But the challenge here is that these are after all simulators – far from the real environment that these apps will run in. These tools hence have a limited scope and can never be substituted for the real world. Additional real-world testing is hence imperative for mobile apps.

Variety of Testing Tools

There are a number of free and paid mobile test and automation testing tools in the market. Selecting from such a sheer variety is quite daunting.

For better mobile apps testing, create a proper sampling of effective mobile device availability which appropriately covers the larger segment of the variety needed. Also, make sure that you have to cater to the variability of OS, device type, fragmentation, screen, memory and other factors that can impact your application functioning on the mobile device. Make an informed choice about the approach and solution your mobile test needs.