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The Sourcebits team use Slack, that oh-so-popular team communication tool, to pass around our favorite industry news and stories. Many are related to design and mobile app development – others are just plain fun. Here’s a roundup of interesting stories we’ve uncovered this week around the mobile metaverse.
By Kevin M. Hoffman, An Event Apart
In this 60-minute video, UX Consultant Kevin Hoffman describes the difference between what he calls “co-design” and “redesign.” He explains that companies are under intense pressure from consumers who demand easier and quicker access to their services. That pressure pushes companies to make broad changes to their existing mobile platforms, or rush to create new mobile apps to meet demand. The backbone of Hoffman’s argument is that collaboration between designers and developers during mobile app creation leads to a “whole is greater than the sum” effect. He cites various examples, proving that meetings increase understanding on both sides of the table, leading to more cost-efficient mobile app development and better user experience.
By Bree Brouwer, Tubefilter
On July 23, 2015, YouTube revamped the design of its mobile app to make finding and subscribing to videos easier for users. YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki first announced the changes in her speech at VidCon last week. First, she touched on the new features which allow users to upload videos directly to YouTube from their mobile phones. The app now supports vertical video playback, basic video editing, and can add filters or music. Additionally, Google’s mobile app designers gave special attention to improving the subscription process. There are are three tabs across the top of the app: home, subscriptions, and accounts. A simple tap of the subscriptions tab takes users directly to their favorite videos and channels.
By Adi Robertson, The Verge
Windows 10 is here and it promises to bring back the desktop-friendly usability that was lost in Windows 8. For starters, Microsoft brought back the beloved start menu, but they also created a new mode, called “tablet mode” specifically for use with mobile devices. Tablet mode represents a step forward in mobile app design for Microsoft but still comes with a few hitches. On the plus side, the transition from desktop to tablet mode is smooth and tablet mode allows for the mobile use of desktop programs. However, just because it allows programs to run, doesn’t mean they run smoothly, but the thought is there.
By Nina Wei, Sourcebits designer
Sourcebits designer Nina Wei shares her thoughts and ideas on mobile app development, especially for event focused applications like Eventbrite and Meetup. As a regular user of both apps, Wei has experienced various problems in their design and function. The bloated and redundant groups of Meetup make any organization difficult. While the problem with Eventbrite seems to be a preoccupation with events as opposed to the people they are trying to recruit. Furthermore, Wei hypothesizes about the future of event-specific mobile app design and how app designers can improve the experience for organizers and attendees.
By Pasquale D’Silva
How does an app designer make the most of the two-dimensional display that they work with? One idea is to use tactics that imply a three-dimensional space to the human mind. After all, humans are spatial creatures living in a 3D world, so it makes sense that a 3D app would be easier for a person to use. D’Silva follows his line of logic with advice and examples of mobile apps that make use this technique. He says mobile app designers can use visual models in their process to anticipate the best use of space. For example, the Tinder app features a ‘stack’ of pictures that people swipe through which implies a virtual depth.
By Chris Ciaccia, The Street
Yahoo! unveiled a new instant messaging services (in a very competitive space) with their new mobile app Yahoo! Livetext. The move was unveiled on Wednesday by Yahoo! senior vice president Adam Cahan. Cahan says that Yahoo!’s goal with Livetext is to, “Bridge the gap (between) the simplicity and ease of texting and the expressiveness of video.” Livetext promises to do this by incorporating soundless live video into the text messaging experience to allow users to see each other’s reactions. With an app design similar to Snapchat, Yahoo! Livetext joins a thriving multi-billion dollar industry that continues to impede on the SMS monopoly of years past.
By National Institute of Standards and Technology
Theft of medical records not only costs the health sector billions of dollars a year, it also puts patients at risk. Altered health records can lead to potentially dangerous misdiagnosis, incorrect prescriptions, and delays in treatment. The storage and transmission of medical data on mobile devices is the primary concern of The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence who wants citizens and health organizations to download, read, and provide feedback on the first draft of their guide. The guide shows how mobile app designers and developers can use technologies to increase the security of electronic medical records.
By Kimber Johnson, Business 2 Community
Mobile apps for businesses are now a necessity. People spend more time online on their mobile devices than they do on traditional computers, making mobile app development ultra important. Well-designed mobile apps are easy to use, tailored for mobile devices, and convenient for consumers on the go. Apps also offer an unrivaled social media platform to keep customers up to date and engaged with the progress of your company. All of these advantages add up to better marketing, better services, and ultimately higher sales for a company that invests in mobile app development.
Sourcebits Assistant VP of Engineering Harsha Sn shares his opinions and insights into the mobile app development industry. He cites the growing use of mobile devices to conduct business as the number one reason companies require mobile apps to be competitive. Sn touches on the difference between iOS and Android mobile operating systems, and how those differences provide advantages and disadvantages to companies in mobile app development. From his 14 years of experience, Harsha Sn offers examples of businesses whose apps make use of hybrid solutions, iOS, and Android. The underlying theme in all his case studies is that a well designed and effective mobile app drives business and advertising and will continue to grow in the future.
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