Developing Successful Mobile Applications

H. Oinas-Kukkonen (USA, Finland) and V. Kurkela (Finland)


Mobile applications, software engineering, designprinciples, evaluation.


This paper discusses issues related to developing successful mobile applications both businesswise and in terms of user satisfaction. It shows that despite the many limitations mobile devices have, it is worthwhile considering developing them. Mobile commerce may become the key driving force for developing mobile applications, just as electronic commerce catalyzed the development of Web applications. This paper puts special emphasis on goal-driven applications, and suggests seven key principles for developing highly goal-driven mobile applications. Finally, the importance of mobile usability evaluation is emphasized.

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