What is a good app?
It is the one that fully satisfies the end user's needs, and does it quickly and effectively, quite often in a matter of several taps. It might do just one thing, but do it exceptionally well. That said, what makes an app good, or even the best one in its niche? Well, besides a catchy name and visual identity. Let's see...
#1 Simplicity for the End User
A convenient user interface and simple navigation, based on design guidelines for the selected platform. Keep in mind this main quality of any mobile application that ranks among the best. If your app embraces simplicity, users will have no reason to go looking for a similar app. Whatever the functionality is, the simpler it's delivered, the better, and you will not be losing users. That is one of the essential qualities that help popular mobile apps gather and maintain a loyal following.
#2 Both iOS & Android Supported
These are two essential platforms. It's worth noting that modern cross-platform app development frameworks—including PhoneGap, ReactNative and NativeScript—have become the cost-saving solution to proof of concept. Cross-platform development saves startup budgets, allows for early market entry with an MVP, and effectively achieves the following, third characteristic..
#3 High Performance
Your mobile application must launch quickly for the first time and never keep users waiting since that very moment. Keep in mind that your app should be continuously optimized, and high performance will be verified by quality assurance.
This characteristic is vital to specialized app development in such industries as healthcare and mobile device management, where data confidentiality is protected on the legal level. Provision of data security is one of the most discussed IoT trends. It is one of the primary requirements discussed with your team.
#5 Work Offline
Access to features and content in the offline mode is a must-have even in complex corporate systems.
#6 Regular Updates
For lasting popularity, you need ongoing software product development cycle – regular updates and evolution. Ensure that content is up-to-date and relevant. Update the app with fixes and new features. Evolve your product, increasing the value to the end users.
#7 Feedback & Contact Method
Be open to every user. Create means of mutual communication for suggestions, ratings and reviews. Include contact means and click-to-call, if required. Make it all as quick and simple as possible, with a minimum number of taps and minimum text input.
#8 Personalization options
Use it where it's possible. Personalization is undeniably loved by everyone. Flexible settings, fonts, colors and sizes are a winner, when it simply comes to picking an app among similar ones. Let your users make the app look and work the way they want to. Positive emotions can easily tip the scales in your favor.
Create an intuitive searches and specific filters. Search is essential when the app delivers complex content. Make every page and every service easily accessible.
Essential as air, this feature allows to track users and get the full information about their behavior. This is how you can measure the success of your app. ?ou can see where you can make it better during further development.
App can be a part of a bigger ecosystem, such as an integrated Internet of Things product that seamlessly comprises hardware and software. Your team will suggest modern technologies, standards, and protocols to ensure the required interoperability.