How to transition from a desktop product to mobile? (Infographic)
Written by GoodBarber Team on
Restructuring / rethinking
A mobile product should be more than a mere declination of the desktop version of your product. When creating your mobile app you really should think mobile-first and foremost. Some businesses are even going mobile before they launch anywhere else, even in the physical world. This gives you an idea of how powerful mobile is nowadays, in case you needed a reminder ;)
So, what are the specifics of creating a mobile product? It starts with screen sizes, which, whether you like it or not, are going to dictate your every decision. You might have to reorganize content and features. Design is key when it comes to rethinking your product for mobile: a storyboard can come in handy to define usability. Also bear in mind the mobile gestures you wish to implement. Whether you want to enable portrait and landscape mode (both or one or the other). Finally, remember that you are building a product for different OS, devices requirements, and finally the app stores requirements (more on that below).
Pleading our own cause here, but this is actually where an app builder can be a great asset as it generally covers most of those specifics!
Updates are also inseparable from the mobile experience. For your app to stay on top, you need to incorporate new mobile gestures as they surface, integrate new features, shake up your design from time to time. You need to constantly find ways to put your app on the map, in the stores for one thing, but also in your users' phones. Because once your app has been downloaded, the race isn’t over. You need to find solutions to retain them .
Timing is everything
For a mobile application, you have to go through the grueling submission process to the stores. A process that you will have to comply with for updates over time as well. This is a factor that you must take into account when scheduling the launch of your mobile product, especially with the App Store and its rather extensive set of rules to avoid rejections . To avoid delays make sure that your app complies with the store's requirements. All in all, it is an imponderable, sometimes unpleasant business, but the view at the top is worth the effort!
Mobile isn’t something that businesses nowadays can afford to do without. As Benedict Evans puts it: "Mobile is eating the world". So it’s time you cut yourself a piece of the cake ;)