The popularity of smart phones has developed an incredible demand for mobile applications that can enhance the mobile user experience and mobile apps are becoming more and more popular.
These applications rarely have any borders, they are globally useful, however, to get the most of them localization is required.
Localization is the process of adapting a product to a particular country, market or region. This process nearly always involves language translation and therefore has an extremely important role in the success of the app.
If it is the first time you are localizing we can offer some helpful advice that can help you save lots of time and money.
The most important advice that we can offer is:
Take localization into account at the development stage!
When you design an application adapted for multiple languages you avoid problems that may arise further on.
Mobile display screens are limited size-wise and an app that looks great in English may not read well in languages that require more (or less) space.
Important Things to Remember
Different languages act differently. An example is that your mobile app could require double-byte characters (for East Asian languages) or have to support bi-directional display (for Middle Eastern languages).
You may also have to consider:
- The use of international images, photos and icons;
- The choice of colours that are not associated with cultural, religious or political statements;
- Avoiding the use of abbreviations as much as possible, translators may not always understand what they mean;
If you want to localize your app you have come to the right place!