Six real-time features for a mobile app

Real-time features on your apps supply information updates about any activities as they happen. Real-time technology has joined the list of the core app features. Some vivid examples, where you interact with real-time technology include Facebook notifications, Google Docs editing and Uber’s location tracking.

Mobile apps where users are looking to receive frequent updates, news and stories, using real-time technology are the key interaction element to answer their needs. Actively utilizing mobile apps enable premier user experiences. As a result, users can track live updates on a map (food order delivery or taxi apps), follow schedules (train departure apps) or get instant notifications from their friends (social media apps) without having to go back and refresh the page they are viewing.

What features are most useful for mobile apps using real-time technology?

1. Alerts.

Sending immediate signals that report problems with system components is crucial to keep apps running. These alert features might be invisible for a user, but adding them to the list of functionality helps start a new workflow once an alert is received by the app’s system.

2. Notification messages.

Notification bars and pop-ups (Twitter, Facebook, InVision) inform users about live updates and are often used by social media apps. Short messages let users know that there is new information in which they might be interested, but do not “flood” users with relevant notifications without permission. When a user is ready or wants to see any of those updates, they click on the notification bar to see the update details.

3. Social media streaming.

Being able to inform a user about the most recent activities of people on their contact list or adding events that have just happened or are happening is probably the most essential aspect of using real-time data for a user’s convenience. Activity stream feature is best used for news, live events updates, and current information from smart home devices.

4. Visual effects.

Sometimes presenting information in an image format is more effective than utilizing text. Visual representations help make information easily understandable to perceive changes in data and add to the ability to react to them immediately. Some of the examples include the use of different colors on a map, making visual elements bigger or smaller or trending representations that display increases or decreases.

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