a mobile app displayed on a smartphoneSuccessful mobile apps are those that provide practical yet beautiful features to users. However, like everything else in this world, the mobile app industry is also vulnerable to the influence of design trends, especially as it relates to the user interface or UI.

That said, Cloud Xtension suggests that you consider the following if you are planning to develop or update your mobile app this year.

Hide the Navigation

While hidden navigation isn’t particularly new, it’s only recently that custom app developers began to hide the navigation to save valuable space for mobile users. Essentially, the menu should only be viewable when needed and remains hidden when it’s not.

Think Wearing, Not Carrying

According to reports, over 200 million wearables would be sold by 2019. Simply put, you have to think smaller and try to adjust your mobile app to smaller screens fit for wearable devices.

Keep the Background Diffused

Because mobile apps can be seen on smaller screens, it’s extremely important to help users focus more on the app features. While having a great background is vital, consider diffusing it so as not to overshadow your app’s features.

Touch ID

Before, this technology was limited for unlocking electronic gadgets. Now, you could use touch ID to verify online accounts and mobile apps. As a bonus, this technology offers a safer and easier verification process.

The Return of the Card Design

Cards simply make navigation easier for users. They help place and divide content properly, and show users that they could select actions, which makes the app design more responsive, useful, and engaging.

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Material Design Still Reigns Supreme

Since its introduction in 2014 by Google, more websites and mobile apps have adopted this design aesthetic due to its speed-loading and simplified effects when used with animation, layering, and gradients.

Intelligent Use of Color

Just look at Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and other successful mobile apps. You’ll notice that they all stick to a single color palette with just a few hues. This does not mean, however, that you have to change your brand’s colors. You could still use them, but in a more elegant and subtle way to enhance your app and keep the user’s focus on its features.

If your mobile app doesn’t keep up with the latest design trends, it’s not too late to incorporate them in your future updates. After all, your mobile app is meant to help your users and it’s essentially up to you to make sure that your app is beautifully designed, feature-packed, responsive, and practical.