Designing The Ultimate Mobile App Architecture

The strength of a building lies in its foundation. Similarly, architecture is the backbone of any mobile application. Building better app architecture is vital for the success of an app. Even the smallest fault in the architecture can undermine the quality of the app. 

Factors to Consider While Developing Mobile App Architecture

Before you dive deep into building the right architecture for the mobile app, there are few factors you must consider

#1.Determine the Device Type 

It is pivotal to have complete knowledge about the devices that you want your app to support. The team must evaluate the device type and its characteristics before choosing/building a particular app architecture. During app architecture development, determining the device type is essential as every mobile app has its own software and hardware requisites

Important device characteristics to consider are:

  • CPU characteristics
  • Resolution (DPI)
  • Screen size
  • Memory
  • Storage capacity 
  • Availability of development tool framework

#2.Consider Different Bandwidth Scenarios

Don’t forget to take into account the internet connectivity scenarios in the demographic region where you are targeting the audience. Fluctuating internet speeds and limited net access negatively impacts the user experience with the user eventually abandoning the app.

Therefore,  it is essential to consider the worst possible internet network conditions during mobile app architecture development. Design your data access and cache mechanism keeping in mind slow and poor internet connectivity. Also, consider factors like power consumption and speed while choosing hardware and software protocols.

#3.Choose Optimal Navigation Method

App navigation plays a big role in determining the success of the application. It has a huge impact on user experience. Evaluate and analyze from the different navigation methods to find the best fit for your app while prioritizing customer needs. 

Some popular navigation methods are:

  • Stacked navigation bar
  • Gesture-based navigation
  • Modular controller
  • Single view
  • Scroll view
  • Search-driven navigation
  • Tab controller 

#4.Define User Interface (UI)

You can explore the horizons of creativity and imagination when it comes to developing user interface design of an app. However, the thumb rule is to keep the UI simple, interactive and intuitive. Avoid clumsy and confusing UI lest the app might fail.

How to bring a consistent flow to the app architecture?

A multiple-layered structure, app architecture design is executed in three different layers namely:

(Layers must be named in the actual image)

Presentation Layer

This layer mainly focuses on how the app will be presented to the end-user. While designing this layer, the team must:

  • Find the correct end-user type complacent with the app infrastructure and design
  • Consider deployment constraints of client 
  • Boost app security with robust data validation process and accurate data format

Business layer

As the name suggests this layer defines the way business will be presented to the end-users. It covers aspects like:

  • Logging
  • Caching
  • Validation
  • Security 
  • Exception management

Data Layer

This highly functional layer targets app security and facilitates secure data transactions. It should offer scalability to meet future business requirements. The data layer:

  • Encompasses all the data access functionalities 
  • Manages all the data connections needed by the mobile application
  • Handles CRUD (Create, Read, Update and Delete) operations and data sources

Tips to choose the right architecture for your mobile app

With over a decades experience in mobile app development our team has come up with some vital tips that will help you choose the best architecture for your app.

  • Conduct a detailed audience analysis
  • Understand the type of experience the user is looking for 
  • Identify key functionality requirements of the users 
  • Determine whether the app should focus on any particular platform or if all platforms are equally important
  • Plan offline app functionality
  • Consider factors like development time, skill set of the development team and industry-specific requirements the app should meet 

Designing the right mobile app architecture is imperative for developing a successful app!

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