OK, first things first—what are real-time features? Why you should be using them? And how do they help in making your app unique? All your questions will be answered in today’s blog, so let’s get started!
What is a real-time app?
Well, as the name suggests real-time features are the ones that enables the app to run in the actual-time scenario. This way all the action that happens is live, or in “real-time”. To understand it better, let’s take an example; you must have used the app Ola or Uber. There, before you select the location and confirm the ride; you see various cabs moving on the screens of your mobile. These cabs are said to moving in “real-time”.
Reasons Why You need to Have Real-time Features on Your Apps:
- Real-time apps are engaging. It gives users a sense of joy while they are on a real-time app. Remember, the time of your users is the most important; and you need to respect that. If they are not enjoying the time spent on your page, it is very unlikely that they will ever visit it again, forget recommending it to one of their friends. Plus, real-time features promote multi-tasking. Since these apps are fast and error-free, this allows the users to work on something else, simultaneously.
- After the tremendous response it has received, mobile app development companies are focusing on more technological advancements in this sector. As these features enable the developers to focus specifically on the core competencies of the apps. These include innovative features of inbuilt apps, upgraded user interface, interactive user experience Also, since the arrival of cloud delivery networks, the developers don’t need to keep the maintenance expenses and other costs in mind and can work on other aspects, while the features do the job for the users.
- Using these features, the users can connect in a more genuine way. This allows then to send live location, follow friends and message online and so on.
Some of the real-time features that you could try for your mobile app:
1. User Notifications
It is one of the most commonly used features for a reason. Their job is to inform the user about current information that can prove to be of any use to them. This makes your users an informed one; and hence less confused. Which in turn leads to an increase in time spent on the app. One of the features under this is the push notification. It is the information that is sent to the device from an application server without the request form the user. It is a highly recommended feature, if customer satisfaction is what you looking for.
2. Activity Streams
This one is a must have. It is the one that shows what is happening at the moment. For all your activities on social media platforms, this is responsible for getting you live information and filter the older one down to the bottom. Twitter, Google+, Facebook; you can find these everywhere. These are also, most popularly used by news and sports websites, where live information is the bread and butter of the industry.
3. Real-time Messaging
It is a great feature if your app has got a communication issue. It is the foundation of an instant messaging app, but nowadays you will see it in every mainstream app’s checklist. This allows one user to connect with others and also get in touch with the support team, if faced any problem. This way, it not only makes it easier to navigate for the users but also creates a sense of connectivity among them.
4. Live Streaming
Now this is something that needs no introduction. Considering the popularity of it, it is safe to say that you must have used this feature at least once. Its popularity in modern apps can be credited to its ability to deliver information to the user at high pace and that too live. This one is commonly used in gaming apps and for movie and video streaming. It is a go-to feature if you want user entertainment and the transfer of data in real-time
5. Multi-User Collaboration
Yet another very useful user communication feature. This one enables multiple users to simultaneously add, delete, update and edit data. Also, by providing the option to give instant feedback regarding the updated data, it makes tasks where more than one users are required quite easier to execute. Google Docs is a good example of a multi-user collaboration app, where many users can come together to work on a single, common task, with increased productivity.