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Creating the mobile experience

While the features of computers and smartphones are converging fast, they are not the same. A click is not the same as a tap, a monitor provides a much larger canvas than a mobile screen and mobile internet sometimes seems to have more in common with dial-up than with broadband.

These are the trade-offs that the designers and developers on my mobile team deal with. They need to take features from the browser-based version of Xero, then condense them into an intuitive, positive smartphone experience.

We talk about these challenges all the time, so I took a couple of the guys down to a local coffee shop to have a chat about a few of the things we’re working on.

These guys have their work cut out for them – but they’re up for it. We’re working hard at adding things like bank reconciliation and an Android app to the Xero repertoire. More news soon. In the meantime, you can download the latest version of Xero Touch from the iTunes appstore.

 

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5 comments

Robbie Dellow
5 July 2012 #

Great to see Xero taking the mobile space very serious, realising the disparity between mobile and PC, and having a gameplan mapped out.
Something that FB has hiccuped on, imho.
Mobile cloud solutions will be huge in this space – going global, go big Xero. BHAG.

Dona Skaife
5 July 2012 #

Great to see behind the scenes of the new Xero touch developments. When the first version was released I was quite giddy with excitement, but still had a list of must haves which I just had to feedback via the LinkedIn forum which I felt were needed to make it a truly useful app. Already two of them have been incorporated and knowing how Xero listen to their users, I’m sure the rest will follow! Keep up the good work, it’s great to work with a product so frequently updated and willing to work to set itself apart from the rest of the market!

Lise
3 September 2012 #

Glad to see that you’re working on an Android app!

Jenni
20 September 2012 #

Looking forward to the android app. Any word on a development timeline?

Matt Vickers
22 September 2012 #

Hi @Jenni – we just posted an update: http://blog.xero.com/2012/09/apples-androids/

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