hands holding up mobile screensIn the last few years, we’ve seen web sites become increasingly responsive to different displays as more and more people access the web from mobile devices instead of desktops – but what about responsive apps? Here are the things your company needs to know about adding responsiveness to your mobile solution.

1) Mobile devices display in many different resolutions

Mobile devices, including tablets, may display in resolutions ranging from 1080 pixels down to 600 pixels – just 55% of what a better screen shows. That is a huge loss of display space (regardless of the actual size of the device), and continuing advancements in technology mean that we’re likely to see continually higher resolutions in the future.

Responsive design allows for a mobile solution that actually works as intended on devices with different resolutions. Unless you know for sure that your entire company will be using one resolution for the foreseeable future, responsiveness is required for getting the most out of your app. This is doubly true if customers are the ones using it. 

2) Input methods matter

When people interact with a mobile app, they want it to be as simple and intuitive as possible. They don’t want to spend all of their time looking through instruction manuals or making abnormally precise movements – they just want to get things done. Responsive design for your mobile solution takes this into consideration by figuring out how people would use the app on each type of device and adjusting the layout accordingly.

3) Native apps can utilize the full capabilities of each device

Programming a responsive website is easier than programming a responsive app – but websites can’t take advantage of many of the features that mobile devices have to offer. In fact, there are many cases where websites are explicitly forbidden from accessing many of the device’s features, and that’s a problem if your company wants to make use of cameras, location tracking, or many of the other features available on mobile devices.

Companies use smartphones and tablets because of the capabilities they offer – and responsive apps are the best way to use those capabilities to the fullest.

4) Functionality is the most important thing

The best mobile solution is one that’s functional – a piece of software that actually gets the job done as quickly and effectively as possible. If an app isn’t functional, then you might be better off not even using it in the first place. Apps that aren’t responsive tend to be lacking in functionality – they might be able to function at a basic level, but that’s nowhere near the high standards of quality and performance that businesses expect these days.

Responsiveness is a key part of any good mobile application. From properly displaying in different resolutions to finding the most practical layout for any given user, responsive app design can create a functional program capable of using each device to its fullest. Contact Ethany today for more information about how you can get a responsive app for your business.

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