Developing Web Apps that enable Device Change

Smartphone users do not use smartphones only. They use other computing devices such as full-screen laptops/desktops, or half-screen devices such as the Apple iPad and other tablets. Consequently, when working with SaaS or Web applications, smartphone users need a choice of the type of devices they can use. When they are out and about, they prefer to use their smartphones for the convenience of their portability and other advantages. When at home or in their offices, smartphone users do not want to be restricted to the small screen size and keyboard of smartphones. Instead they prefer to use their laptops for its full screen, keyboard and other conveniences. Also as, we noted in a previous blog Dealing with the Discontinuous Work Patterns of Mobile Users, smartphone users work in smaller, discontinuous chunks of time. They might start to do something when out of their office, get interrupted by a phone call or some other event, and get back to the unfinished task later in the day when they would prefer to use their laptop to complete what they started. The bottom line is that for an ideal experience, users need not only the ability to work in discontinuously but also the ability to choose the device that is most suitable for the moment.

Chatty Apps by Chatty Solutions provides an elegant solution for the need to use the device that is most suitable. Since a user interface for a Web or SaaS app developed using Chatty Apps can run like a native app on multiple smartphones and full screen devices, and since Chatty Apps allows you to work discontinuously, you can start a task with one device, stop at anytime in the middle of your work and then restart at some later time with a different or same device. This means that users of SaaS or Web applications have complete flexibility to choose the device that is most convenient for the moment.

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