Benefits of Decoupling Application and UI
Autonomous UI design is not just another way to subdivide application functionality. It actually offers developers benefits that emerge directly from decoupling UI and application code. These include:
- Shorter development time to create brand new, unique user interfaces without modifying application code
- Ability to add intelligence to existing UI code, e.g., to make decisions and process events unforeseen in the original design
- Ability to create a family of products based on a single application code base. High-end devices can have different user interface presentation and reactions from low-end phones.
- Shorter time to market for product iterations as the Q/A time and software development time is reduced
- Enhanced brand retention -- the ability to build devices with unique look and feel, even on commodity software (and hardware) platforms
This article has explored the concept of decoupling UI and application design principles. This capability expands the market and extends the lifetime of application code by offering developers and other ecosystem players new opportunities to brand, differentiate and refresh device software. In today's dynamic landscape of multiple application OSes (especially in mobile), it's important to build a strong base product that can be easily tailored for different packages, channels and markets.