Mobile applications are far more than the little brother of their desktop counterparts. A successful app will perform a variety of specialized functions distinct from your businesses website. Understanding how to manage mobile app project design and development is largely about recognizing these key differences.

This article highlights some of the most important mobile app requirements that should not be left out of your project brief.

Usability Comes First

Mobile devices are varied in size, shape, capability and connectivity. What unites them is their variety, and therefore applications should be designed to be as flexible as possible. When you know that you might have limited space on any given device, it is essential that users will still be able to perform all core functions of your application.

At Y Media Labs, usability is at the core of what we do. Every build starts with an assessment of the real needs of the user, and then we seek out design and development solutions to fulfill those requirements.

Security: Cover Your Users and Yourselves

Smartphones and other mobile devices are by their nature… mobile! This means that they are likely to come into contact with a variety of public spaces, and therefore public networks. If your app involves the storage of sensitive customer data, it is imperative that you can offer a security system that protects your users. Privacy is a hot topic in today's environment, so lead the market with a secure mobile application, and show your users that you respect their trust.

Our team is experienced in the development of secure systems that deal with sensitive client data. To learn more about how we created a secure, yet user-friendly app dealing with sensitive payment information, read our PayPal case study.

Speed and Connectivity

Everybody has a different payment plan, and the latest in mobile data tech is not always available throughout the world. If you design an app that can only be effectively used when the device has access to a wifi connection, it is probably too data heavy. Ask yourself whether your users would benefit from accessing your app on the road. If so, then work with an experienced team to cut the fat from your data requirements, without losing important functionality.

Know Your Market and Their Preferred Platform

Building for Android or iOS may lead to a different set of challenges. Each platform is unique in some ways, so make sure to learn about the preferences of your target audience and ensure that your focus is on them. An experienced development agency like YML will be able to build an app that looks and feels fantastic on all major platforms. It is important to keep track of updates on your platform and to have a team to fix any bugs or make any changes as the technology develops.

So there you have it! A guide to some of the most important requirements for mobile applications. To speak with a member of the YML team about your idea, don’t hesitate to get in touch using the contact form.