Monthly Archives: October 2016

What’s Up With the Latest Mobile Apps?

30With mobile application trends taking over the market, more and more people are using their smartphones to access to the internet, thus eradicating the use of personal computers.

According to a recent study, using a smartphone for making phone calls is the fifth most popular use of the gadget.

So, if you are among those, who still think that mobile phones are all about making and receiving calls, then you definitely need to give it a second thought.

These days, people spend more time using their android phones to browse internet, check mails, social networking, gaming, music and downloading mobile apps. With smart phones gaining popularity, many devices and brands have started penetrating in the market. According to a recent analysis, more than 1.8 million mobile apps have been downloaded more than 70 billion times and the number is continuously increasing. Some of the best-selling mobile apps in the year 2013 are:

Whats App Messenger: This is a simple, spontaneous and a fantastic alternative to sending text messages, which are chargeable. It allows people to send messages, share photos, audio files and videos. But the best part is that it is completely free. According to a recent report, India is the 3rd largest smartphone market after China and US that has downloaded maximum number of messaging applications. So, the Japanese messaging application provider is aiming to double its user base in India to 20 million by the year-end.

Imo Messenger: This free app supports everything from Facebook to Skype and people can link up to multiple accounts. Voice calls, multimedia files or even group messaging sessions, users have endless flexibility to use this multi-platform solution.

Tapatalk Forum App: If you wish to browse and post on forums without any hassles, then this is the right app. You can keep yourself updated with all the threads in the simple interface of Tapatalk by just paying a few bucks.

Dolphin Browser: This is a competitor of Chrome that offers Sonar, add-on support and gesture. With these in your mobile, you can search, navigate with voice commands, bookmark and even share. It offers more than 55 add-ons to choose from and is absolutely free.

Best Apps Market: If you are too confused about choosing the best apps in the market, then this is the right tool. This is free and allows you to organize your downloads with the help of handpicked lists and tools.

This is not it. There are plenty of other mobile apps like GasBuddy, Widegtsoid, iTriage Mobile Health, Chrome Beta, Pulse News and Swift Key 3 keyboard, which are available for free of cost and are absolutely mind-blowing.

Make an Application and Earn Money From It

29Make an app and earn money from it

Mobile applications on smartphones are part of everyday life. Nowadays almost everybody has a smartphone. 79% of the people aged between 18 and 44 have a smartphone; 82% of these people download and play with the applications. People have their mobile almost 24/7 with them mostly for entertainment, news and social interaction so you could definitely say there is a lot of demand in this market. In this article I am going to tell you what kind of app you should make, if the application should be free or not and how easily you can create your own application and eventually make money from it.

Make a free application or priced app

Free applications are the most popular applications especially for Android mobiles. The safest and best option is to make two versions of a mobile application — a paid one and a free one, to see which one makes the most money. You can earn money from free applications with selling updates for a game (for example more weapons, more levels) there is always a group of people who want to buy these updates. If you want to publish your free application I would recommend you put it on websites like: Chart Boost, Playhaven and Revmob. Afterwards you can try to experiment with selling a paid application or continue using free apps, and then you will be able to see which application sells best.

What kind of application should you make?

Most popular applications are gaming apps, but before you go ahead and make it, I would suggest you check if there is a marketing demand for this type of application. You can check this on “USiTunes” store and “Checevery” and look at the top free applications and the top paid applications to see which kind of games or applications are the most popular. For example, if you notice that race games are always at the top 10 then you know that making a race game should be the best choice if you’re looking for popularity, and will get you a high rate of downloads. You should also play the most popular games yourself to get a better idea and you can improve on those ideas in your own app. It also pays to download and play a few games that aren’t popular so you can see what doesn’t work so you don’t make the same mistake.

So how do you make an application?

When it comes to making an application you have three choices if you’d like to own one yourself and earn money from it. You can choose to create all the applications by yourself or hire a professional. If you choose to create the app by yourself you need to know that it is not an easy task because almost all apps are written in JavaScript. JavaScript is one of the most popular coding languages nowadays. JavaScript is based on HTML which is the basic coding language for creating a website; it is definitely not easy to master JavaScript when you decide you want to create your own game. If you want to be a good JavaScript programmer you need to have a few years of experience with JavaScript before you can create a decent game. Below I have written a small part of a JavaScript file to give you an idea of what you will be dealing with if you want to create an application on your own.

JavaScript coding:

“Ariable – Var x = 15;

Unction – Var name = John.getName);

Loop – for (Var x = 0; x < 10; x++)

Conditional – if (x == 20)

Array – Var things = array (“dog”, “cat”);”

These are just a few lines but in reality there a more than 1000+ lines you need to remember. Now you have an idea of how hard it can be when working with JavaScript, especially when you have a full-time job, or you study from 8 to 5 and, you will not have a lot of spare time to learn all these rules and lines. So if you don’t have the time to master the coding languages you can go with the second choice to hire a professional programmer. You can find these programmers on websites like Odesk and Elance. A professional application programmer can create a whole application for you but it will cost you about $500 to $3000, depending on how big the game is and how many functions it has. You can count on it starting at $500 if you want to hire a good professional.

 

Free Smartphone Apps

28When you have smartphone applications on your smartphone, the usefulness and entertainment value can increase measurably. With today’s technology it can be very hard to download free smartphone apps. After reading this you will be able to harness the full ability of your smartphone.

If you are on iPhone you will want to open up the App Store. This is a built in application standard for all iPhone firmwares 2.0 and above. Once you are in the app store find an app you like. There are various ways to find some free smartphone apps you enjoy. Once you have located the app simply tap the “free” button. After tapping that button it will turn green and say install. Tap “install” and the iPhone will do the rest for you.

If you are running Windows Mobile, things will be much different to get free smartphone apps. First find an app on a website that distributes free smartphone apps. Once you have found an app you have an interest in, simply download it. Once it is fully downloaded you have a.cab file in the Downloads folder. Open up another My Computer window and find your mobile device. Now transfer the.cab file to a file on your smartphone. Now go on your phone and go to the File Explorer application. Once you have done that select the file you just transferred. When you tap it the.cab file should then install by itself. If you did everything right you will have some new free smartphone apps.

If you are running Android then you will want to open up the app titled “market.” Next find a/some apps you want to download. Once you have located an app that you have interest in simply tap the “install” icon. Next a window may pop up, depending on the app you have selected. If a window does pop up just select “okay.” Once you are done downloading you can find your application in your menu.

With more applications you can really improve the experience of your smartphone experience. Hopefully, this article taught you how to download applications to your smartphone.

A Few Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring An App Developer

27In today’s rapidly growing IT world, almost every programmer or coder claims to be an app developer. But when a company or an individual needs to hire one, the goal should be to hire experienced and reliable Mobile App Developers who can provide quality work promptly.

The reason people look out for an app developer is that app development process involves a complex coding framework which cannot be executed by someone who doesn’t have any knowledge of programming.

Before you hire someone for your app development project, it will be good that you chalk out a set of questions for the developer. Make sure you check their previous projects and clientele before hiring them for your work. It’s obvious that you know what you want the product to do, so it will be good that you share your ideas with the app developer so that he can provide you with the right costs involved in the development process.

There are plenty of apps that have a pretty interface or a cool design, but that doesn’t mean the product will work fine or is stable. To make your app a huge success, make sure your app consists of quality codes which should be error-free. Besides this, the Mobile Application Development Company should also comply with the guidelines laid down by the various mobile operating systems. And make sure that the app works within these parameters.

Nowadays, almost all the companies are outsourcing their app development projects. It is a cost-effective method of getting a quality & fully-functional mobile application. Well, outsourcing these app designing projects has its benefits but in this post, you will read about some steps and questions you should be asking to the Mobile App Developer for hire.

Which framework is used by them for app development?

If the app developer says that they rely on an open-source quite heavily, then you should think twice before hiring that firm or designer. It’s not that using open-source will cause any issue, but it should be only used for certain purposes and if used then it should be removed from the coding framework later on.

When the whole app is designed on an open-source framework, it becomes both complicated and fragile. Xcode & Swift are the most commonly used open-source app design software for building iOS apps whereas Live Code 6.0 is used for the Android app development process. In case, you don’t have any knowledge about these then you can take help of someone who has good experience in coding mobile apps.

How long have they been developing apps?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions by the people who are looking for an app developer. It will be good that you hire the services of a professional and well-experienced app development company. The reason behind hiring experts is that they have a proper system of executing each and every step involved in app development process.

Make sure that you go through their portfolio and clientele before hiring them for your project. It will be good that you hire someone who is known for designing fully-functional, error-free, feature-rich and easy to use apps that not only fulfill your requirement but also fit into your budget too.

Ask for references

To determine whether the app developer is truthful about its previous projects it will be a good that you ask for the references of their previous clients or employers. To a get feel about the type of work they do you can contact their previous clients and inquire about the developer’s performance. It will give you a complete idea about the capabilities of the developer which you will be hiring for your project.

What about the API Capabilities?

You will also want to know if the app developer is familiar with and has used the Apple’s and the Android’s API. There are tonnes of ways by which a developer can use these API’s to enhance the functioning of an app. You can ask your developer if the app can be integrated with some of API’s. It will be good that you hire an experienced developer who possesses good knowledge about the API integration work.

What do they know about design guideline laid out by the Android and Apple?

Apple is known for their strict design guidelines, and they reject all those apps which don’t pass their design tests. The reason iOS apps are famous for their elegant design, and simple functions are because of the strict design guidelines laid out by the Apple. But in the case of the Android, they are a bit lenient in their design tests and they accept almost all types of apps.

Nothing could be worse than paying for the app development only to have the app rejected. Make sure the developer is aware of all the guidelines written by these two major app stores of the mobile industry.

How will they be testing the app?

Usually, the freelance developers opt for software like TestFlight to locate any bugs and errors in the app. Whereas, the development firms have software like GitHub which is a highly professional software used for app testing. Additionally, it will be totally worth it to opt for QA services before releasing the app on the app stores, so inquire whether your development team has the expertise in that too.

What all do they know about IDE Tools?

There are several IDE (Integrated Development Environment) tools that all the developers are familiar with and will be using too. The developer which you will hire should be able to explain the benefits of using these tools in the app development process. Be aware of the developers who are not using these tools, because without these tools, you cannot detect the security issues and bugs which will hinder the functionality of your application. Makes sure your developer is using these tools because finding vulnerabilities & bugs at the end of the process will elongate the entire app development process.

Do they have any idea about making money from the app?

If your goal is to make money with the app, then it is essential that you must hire someone who has real expertise in infusing money making features in the app. You can opt for pay-per-download revenue, or you can provide a free app that comes with an integration of subscription services, display ads, or in-app purchases. Be certain that the developer correctly explains to you how they will going to build these features into an app.

Will they add any special features in the app?

Apps that consist of unique features grab more attention and buzz. So before you begin with app development process, it will be good that you have a clear picture about the unique features which you will be going to add in your app. Things like social media sharing, GPS based check-ins, coupons or some 3D augmented reality features which will give a boost to the popularity of your app. Look out for the developers who have expertise in adding innovative features in the app.

How to deal with the ownership or contract?

If you are hiring someone for an app development, this means that you will be the rightful owner of the finished product, the app design, the source code and the entire content mentioned in the app. Be sure about the ownership matter. It will be good that you have a written agreement about the ownership details, deadline parameters and the cost penalties if the deadlines will not be met. You can also seek services of a lawyer while writing down the agreement.

So what will be the overall costs?

There are so many variables involved in the hiring of an app developer. If you are planning to outsource the app development project, then you can easily get this project done at affordable prices. And if you are hiring someone from the native land then this project may cost you a little over your budget. You can take help of internet in finding the affordable app developer for your project.

Build Futuristic Mobile Applications

26The smartphone explosion has brought about a new revolution in the field of development. Mobile application development has become very popular. Well, the benefits are undeniable. Businesses can tap a greater customer base and see greater profits.

Before you begin, it is very important that you know about the latest trends that shape the future of mobile application development. This will help you align your long term business needs with the application you develop. This will not only serve your current requirements, but will help you be prepared for the future too. Building futuristic apps hence requires a thorough understanding of the technology trends that shape the future of mobile apps development.

Here are some things to consider:

Application security

One cannot build a successful app by overlooking the security aspects. As the access points to the internet increase with web, mobiles and wearable devices the danger of cyber attacks also increases. It is hence crucial that your app be built with appropriate security features so that you do not put your business data at risk. Application security is becoming more and more important as newer mobile devices enter into the market and more and more people download your app. Securing your app gives the user a sense of confidence that your app will not interfere with the working of any other app on his device, or that any other app or virus for that matter will not interfere with the working of your app. A customer should be able to use your app hassle free and worry free.

Location based devices

The increasing use of the Beacon technology has enabled websites and mobile apps to fetch user data based on the user’s current location. This data is used to provide users with personalized information to attract their attention to your business. For example, if your store at a particular location has some amazing offers, you can send notifications to your customers if they happen to be in and around that area at that time! These notifications can be based on what these users searched for or what they had previously purchased at your store. Such amazing technologies enable businesses to provide their existing customers with exemplary experiences while interacting with their businesses and at the same time enables them to attract new customers too.

Mobile payments

The incessant growth of mobile payment providers has forged the way towards a convenient life. Using Google Wallet or Apple Pay provides users with card free way of making payments. Businesses can make use of such payment integrations so that users can quickly make transactions and complete their purchases instantly.

Overall, while you work towards a mobile future, make sure you understand the trends and technologies that will shape the future of mobile application development. This approach will give you a long term solution for your mobility requirements. You will also be able to provide your customers with a quick and convenient way to interact with your business anywhere, anytime!