Have you ever heard about the phrase: “mobile first”? If you haven’t, or know nothing about it, you can find all the information you need in this article.
“Mobile first” is a term that emphasizes the importance of mobile app development in the whole software developing process. Mobile apps should be developed before developing the desktop’s version. Here is a question that all of us may be confused about: why is mobile first? Firstly, turn our sight to the customers, the time during the day they use their smartphone will absolutely dominate the time they sit at a table and use their PC, or table computer. As mobile phones are very convenient to them, whether surfing the internet on the train in the morning, checking emails while waiting for an appointment, reading daily news, and checking stock market when having breakfast, or listening to music in the gym, they can easily do all of these activities by using their cell phone. Moreover, mobile first is beneficial to Developers as well. With it they have the flexibility to scale up rather than scale down. For instance, when you start designing for a desktop platform, with advantages of more real estate, the main design elements may be fascinating on a desktop platform, and bring the user great experience. However, when the design is adapted on mobile phones, it has a subpar experience compared to the desktop version. On the other hand, scaling up designs present a lot more freedom in the way you’re able to adapt your design, this helps enhance mobile platforms to fit the requirements for desktop that gives you another opportunity to be creative about how to engage users.
Some important phases of a mobile first design:
Planning & Vision Crafting: Researching and planning your app functionality, design, and purpose. It means that you should combine, organize, and structure a plan for what problem the app will solve, who will be the target audience, and what capabilities are its vital functionalities. Detailing scale of work, prototype, vision board, timeline table, etc.
Technical Assessment: In this phase, analyze the system you want your app to rely on. Answering some questions: How will it source data? Will you rely on public APIs or private ones? What platforms will you build your app for?
Design & Prototype: Transforming a set of ideas on papers into visualized, tangible representations of what you want your app to look like. In this stage you need to concentrate on user experience, remember to design the interface that is intuitive, and easy for mobile users.
Development: Here is where you can bring your ideas, and design into life, at this stage all you need to do is coding for the app.
Test: During the test phase you may choose one of these options: automate tests, manually test, release a beta, or hosting a user group to get feedback and fresh eyes on your app. This step is very essential because it helps you have insights of your app performance overtime, and understand the viability of the key user journeys.
Deploy: After your app has been tested, it’s time for you to release it, and launch it into the market, where it can directly interact with the users.
Monitor: To guarantee the users are satisfied with your app, you need to verify that your app version is delivering the design you envisioned. Monitoring provides insight about its performance, availability, and functional correctness.