For an application to become successful, a good design is not enough. It should be comprehensive and instinctive. The best way to make an app user friendly is to incorporate touch screen gestures in the app.
As apps have less space available for elements like buttons, CTA’s, etc. so providing gesture functionality can help the user to use the app smoothly and also gives the freedom to the designer for making the interface more attractive and interesting.
Advantages of Gestures
The way humans interact with natural things gets associated with the gestures. Like when we read a book, we tend to turn the pages from right to left. So if we include this gesture of turning pages in a book reading app or similar app, swiping from right to left changes the pages, this will surely enhance the user experience of the app.
There is certainly more space available for valuable content to be added in the app by reducing elements that are replaced by gestures.
Gestures also reduce the number of steps to perform an action. Like if we wish to delete a notification, just simply by swiping on that notification, it gets deleted.
According to a study, the fewer the clicks, higher are the conversion rates.
Common Mobile Gestures
Some commonly used mobile gestures are:
- Double Tap
- Drag and Drop
- Two Finger Scroll
The link below shows a feature in iOS for a way to go to the top of the page by just tapping at the correct location at the top of the screen.
The future of mobile app development is incorporating new gestures in the app and developing the app such that they prove beneficial both for the user as well as the developers.