Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
The most common types of smartphones in Sweden are iPhone and Android. Development in the IT feld is constantly changing and Windows Phone is a new operating system that has been introduced on the Swedish market in 2010. However, Windows Phone user interface is quite different from iPhone and Android.
The numbers of applications for smartphones are increasing, and users are making greater demands on better usability. Users want the application to be easy to understand and fast to bring into play. If the application contains a bug or has other user problems, it can ruin the entire experience. If the user does not have a good experience of the application, the user will quickly stop using the application.
Companies that do not have any mobile applications would probably begin with an iPhone application. As a second step, they want to transfer the iPhone application to an Android and then maybe also to Windows Phone. All three platforms have different interface and different development environments. This means that in order to create the same experience for the user the concept and interface has to be adapted to the specifc platform.
To show what is important in the development of software and demonstrate how an application can appear in Windows Phone a major Swedish four brand named Kungsörnen has been chosen and their application Bakfickan as a prototyp for Windows Phone today. Bakfickan is a recipe application only available for iPhone and Android. The goal for the transformation of Bakfickan to Windows Phone is that the new application should have as good usability as the present versions for iPhone and Android.
In this project an expert review and several user tests were made on Bakfickan iPhone to see what worked well and what could be improved. Based on these results Bakfickan was developed for Windows Phone. Furthermore, a new expert review and multiple user tests were made on Bakfickan Windows Phone to find out if the usability was good.
The study also indicates that it is possible to redo an existing application to a new environment as Windows Phone with relatively simple methods. However, it requires that the work is done in close contact with the users in order to provide the best possible user experience.