FacileThings: Development strategy for mobile devicesAUTHOR: Francisco Sáez
Last month we sent our active users a survey to assess their interest in accessing FacileThings through different mobile devices. The aim was to have a real idea of what devices they are using (or they expect to use soon) in order to adequately focus our development strategy on smartphones and tablets.
We showed them the most common alternatives today and asked them to pick the 2 choices they consider most important.
The voting has been as follows:
|1||Smartphone with Android OS||58.4%|
|4||Tablet with Android OS||38.0%|
|5||Any mobile device with Internet access and a browser||13.3%|
|7||Smartphone with Windows Phone OS||4.4%|
Not a surprise. Clearly FacileThings users follow a trend that seems worldwide: They need to access their tool through smartphones and tablets, mainly based on Google’s (Android) and Apple’s OS (iOS).
We think that the use of the application on a smartphone should be different from the use on a tablet. You always have the phone on you, but you’d rather use it to do simple tasks quickly. A tablet, however, can be a fairly comprehensive work tool.
We will adapt the current web application, with full functionality, so it can be used nicely on tablets, whatever their size and operating system. It will be accessed through the browser, but it will be a complete application that can even work offline.
Regarding to our mobile apps for iPhone and Android, we are already preparing the second version, in which we will fix a few specific issues, improve some aspects of design and usability, and add some new features:
- Ability to filter the Next Actions by context/tag.
- Ability to edit list items.
- Processing stage.
We will wait to have a larger Blackberry/Windows Phone user base to add specific apps in these markets. I leave you a design detail of the next release:
Thank you for your participation!