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Mobile User Experience Trends In 2016

Wondering What’s Next For Mobile UX?

© by Blake Patterson

Robust technology is indistinguishable from magic. While it flabbergasts us with miracles every now and then, it also changes as an ever-moving target that is hard to trail. As the future gradually takes hold of us, it becomes imperative not only to keep up with ever-changing technology, but stay one step ahead of it. And the same principle applies to mobile user experience trends.

As more enterprises invest in mobile applications for their core products, the need for mobile user experience expertise is growing. It is essential to carefully analyse the mobile user experience trends which will hit the tech market in 2016. So, you might wonder what’s the immediate future for mobile UX. Here are some important mobile user experience trends to watch out for in 2016:

2016 is the year of micro-interactions

If you were waiting for an app that really connects with you and keeps you engaged while creating unexpected delight, micro-interactions will solve your problem.

Micro-interactions are basically single task-based engagements with your device. These engagements are barely noticeable. For example, ending an alarm, skipping a song, being reminded of your turn in a game or even changing course based on traffic alarms. Each and every one of these tiny moments form a micro-interaction.

The UX of the native and hybrid apps in 2016 will be designed on the basis of human-centered design concepts. Digital tool working and functions will mirror how a user would actually do something in a simple, yet natural manner. In a nutshell, the future apps’ UX will feature interactions that will allow your device to behave as expected and more importantly in a ‘human way.’

Arrival of “touch first design”

In the past few years, designers and developers have focused primarily on “mobile first design” in order to address the growing significance of smart phones in digital landscapes. In 2016, however, the evolution of multi-device thinking will be centered on “touch first design” module. This is because now more and more laptops and desktop computers are coming equipped with touch screens. Designers are getting innovative about device capability detection. Concerning this, the practice of using screen width and device type to size and style tap targets will end as it fails to take into account the interactive nature of several devices.

More subtle interactions

Most of our handheld devices have become connected, requiring more interactivity. Some are even equipped with rudimentary. For instance, voice command is supposed to be a simply less-interactive UX module, yet you need to tap an icon to activate it and then again to deactivate it. The UX designs of the mobiles in 2016 will be adhering to the idea that not all interactions require a two-way response or a screen interaction. Upcoming devices will be equipped with interfaces that can be interacted in a more subtle way. Certain actions will be taken with just a glance, without the need of full engagement.

Mobile will control your home

In 2016, mobile will become, in certain ways, an invisible conduit for specific appliances behavior. Why we say this? Apps like Apple Pay have already taken a flight with features of triggering mobile-enabled experiences, setting into motion, a specific action. And what a flight it has been. 2016 will witness more of these experiences develop. The list includes using mobile through IoT to control your fridges, heating systems, TVs and many more appliances and devices.

Every year brings to the fore, many new features and innovations in the realm of mobile development. 2016 is predicted to be no different. The interesting thing to see in 2016 is – How many of these upcoming trends will eventually die out? How many will continue to grow? And, how many will stay the same? However, we can still keep the good hopes intact as we know that the best way to predict future is to create it.


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  1. You forgot to mention one very important trends bring followed.
    CUI or Conversational User Interface.
    UI/UX Designers are now a days trying to implement more conversational elements to make user getting engaged to the product they are using. This helps the user feel there is a humane element and generates trust on a sub conscious level.

  2. Yes, I could see that scene currently where mobiles are controlling your home. Thanks to the Infrared (IR) Blaster given at the top of smartphone that enables me to use it as remote control for almost anything. From TV to AC or music systems to security cameras. It not only serve as an alternative to remote but can be used as wireless mouse or keyboard for the PC. With the arrival of more useful apps like ScreenShare, Evernote and Uber to launch self driving cabs I think its not far that everything will be controlled by smartphones.

  3. There are some really great trend which increase the user experience like-

    Microinteractions:- Microinteractions happen all around us, from turning off the alarm on your mobile phone to liking that cat picture on Facebook.

    Responsive Design:-Responsive web design has become incredibly popular in recent years thanks to the rise of mobile internet usage.

    Motion animation:-Our eyes are naturally drawn to motion, which makes it the perfect tool for drawing a user’s attention. Motion can also help with visual hierarchy.

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