This is another diagram from our enterprise mobile apps report, produced by Ark Group.

Smartphones and tablets offer opportunities for designing innovative solutions that go far beyond simply creating a form fitted version of a desktop app. To do this you need to combine an understanding of situated use with knowledge of what a mobile device is capable of doing.

These capabilities are divided into seven groups, with a special mention of screen orientation and dimensions. Email, mobile intranet and access to files is useful as a base line for business users, but these applications barely scrape the surface of the capabilities business users can access through their device. These attributes – particularly hardware and user interfaces –  can also create constraints too, which mobile app designers must also be aware of.

This diagram is shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license and is also available for download from SlidesShare. It is one of a series we have been sharing in recent weeks:

Preview the Table of Contents and Executive Summary [PDF] or order your copy of the report from Ark Group.


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