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February 2021

The Importance of UX in App Development

The importance of UX in app development

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Technology is developing at a really fast pace in the world. The ease of access to top-notch then makes the competition stiffer than it was in the early internet days. Hence, it’s no longer about who has the technology. Everyone now can build the same infrastructure. Thanks to this, the importance of experience can no longer be overemphasised.

In the world of startups and businesses that rely on technology, user experience is a term you will hear more frequently. In design, user experience has the acronym “UX”. 

UX (User experience) development is the process of improving the overall experience of users whenever they get on your product and interact with either the application or website. The aim of this improvement is to achieve better user satisfaction

The primary aim of any business or product is to increase sales and grow. UX plays an important role in achieving because it is that factor that determines if the user will stay long enough to even consider making purchase, subscribing or paying for a feature.  

The user experience also contributes massively in improving user retention. It’s the aspect of the product that helps you win the confidence and trust of the user. A great user experience helps them reach whatever they need as fast as possible.

You’ve probably heard the quote that “first impressions last long”. This is true in every sense of the word. What user experience the first time they are interacting with your product will form the basis of their opinion for as long as possible.

Also, a great user experience (in extension, the user interface) helps you better understand your audience and their needs. This saves you from wasting time and resources on things that don’t matter.

Hence, if you want to grab and keep the attention of your users, you need to continuously improve the user experience.  

Introducing .NET Multi-Platform App UI

Introducing .NET Multi-Platform App UI

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Numerous developer use .NET as the main platform they work on because you can build anything with it. Companies also invest heavily in .NET frameworks. While the .NET framework has been fun to work with across the different platforms, there is the need to take it a step further. Hence, the need for the .NET 5. With this, Microsoft brings together the functionalities of the .NET platform, .NET core and Mono/Xamarin. These come together in one base class library and toolchain.

This introduction is to mitigate the disparity caused by the different operating systems that there are; iOS, android, macOS and Windows. Now, with just the .NET MAUI, there will be no more issues of device differences.

What is .NET MAUI?
.NET MAUI is an evolution that allows for further cross-device capability for the Xamarin.Forms toolkit that several companies have used in powering their business over the past 6 years. With this evolution, multi-platform applications can be built easily, especially to be more compatible with the Microsoft Surface Duo.

This new framework makes the work easier for .NET developers. A single stack will support all the various operating systems – Android, iOS, macOS and Windows – when deployed.

Understanding that there are sometimes differing features for the various platforms, the cross-platform API allows for the seamless customization of user experience per platform. This allows developers to share more code than they have ever done.

The Unique Features
The development of the .NET MAUI started in a bid to improve the productivity of developers. It drastically simplifies project structure. Developers get to focus on just one project that can target multiple platforms at the same time.

The .NET MAUI grants you further access to underlying operating system APIs that makes platform-specific integrations easier. Everything is in one place with the .NET MAUI.

Final Take
There are many more features to note about this development. Some of these are the MVVM (Model-view-viewmodel), XAML, MVU, etc.

As expected, Microsoft has put everything in place to ensure that transitioning from the Xamarin.Forms to .NET MAUI is easy for developers, with try-convert support and migration guides. Previews of the development will surface this year, while the mass rollout begins in November, 2021.

The App Trends of 2020

The App Trends of 2020

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Mobile app development is always changing. The industry waits for no one. Keeping up with the trend gets tougher. There is so much going on. Technological advancements, changes in what users want, and so many other factors. As an industry expert, it’s only right to stay abreast with the industry, daily.

With everything that has happened in 2020, it’s amazing how the year has seen so much improvement as regards technology. New trends keep evolving, and this article details some of the interesting ones you should absolutely keep tabs on.

IoT (Internet of things) App Integration
IoT is not a new concept. It’s been around for quite a while. However, with recent developments in that aspect of tech, interesting things unfolded in 2020. From smart homes, to retail, to security systems, tech companies have leveraged the framework to make life albeit easier. The IoT market is currently worth almost $200 billion.

Foldable devices didn’t surface this year. However, this year has been used to prove that they are viable. With devices like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, it’s becoming more believable that we can have a device that doubles for being both a tab and a smart phone.

Also, there was a lot of development put into the software for these devices. Several apps are improved to be able to deliver this new experience. The challenge is out there, and several developers are crushing it!

Absolutely one of the most anticipated technologies of the year. The rollout of 5G in more countries this year is truly the start of something remarkable. With connections and networking executed at speeds never seen. It has since opened up a larger playing field for, with more opportunities and functionalities to be leveraged. The fact that it reduces latency about 10 times more is nothing short of exceptional. This is only an indication that the future is here.

Technology is constantly changing, with scientists constantly researching of improvements to already existing ones. A lot had been achieved in 2020, but there is more to look out for in 2021.

Single Project Cross Platform Development

Single Project Cross Platform Development

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“Cross platform apps or native apps?” Does this question sound familiar. It’s a hard decision to make. You probably have colleagues that are all out for cross-platform app. Just as you have other hell-bent on native apps. Then there is you, trying to figure out which side you want to be on. Well, in this brief article, we’ll introduce you to the advantages of cross platform development. 

Advantages of Cross-platform development 
There are several reasons why you should try the cross-platform development. These don’t make cross-platform development the absolute best, but they do hold their own.  

Developmental Ease 
Because a single code can work on the different platforms, it drastically reduces the cost of development – energy and funds. Also, it eliminates the need for a single developer to learn different languages to be able to create the app for different platforms. This makes things also faster for in-house developers looking to master app development. They only need to know one language – that fits all.  

Increased shipping rate 
Since developing the app for different platforms becomes faster, shipping products to market gets accelerated. Deploying updates and improving features also becomes easier and faster. 

Wider reach 
There are some apps that are only available on either android or iOS and not on both. This places a limitation on the audience that could be reached. As of now, Android has the largest market share in mobile in several parts of the world. However, in the US, iOS is fast gaining ground and further adoption. Hence, to be able to scale globally, properly, you need your app to be on both platforms. The idea of cross platform development makes this more feasible and at record time. 

Final Take
Of course, there are some downsides like performance challenges, issues with user experience, etc. for now. However, with the cross platform development ideology improving, these downsides will be mitigated. After all, isn’t that the whole idea of technology? – To try new things! 

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