• What’s New in iOS 11

    What’s New in iOS 11

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    iOS 11 sets a new standard for the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. Your apps can now become more intelligent using the power of machine learning with Core ML. You can create incredible augmented reality experiences with ARKit. And you can deliver a more unified and immersive user experience with new multitasking features, including drag and drop for iPad, the new Files app, new camera APIs, new SiriKit domains, Apple Music integration, and more.

  • What's New in ARKit 1.5

    What's New in ARKit 1.5

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    The latest update of ARKit in iOS 11.3 delivers new features that let you create an even more realistic user experience. With improved scene understanding, your app can see and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces, and more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces. Real world images, such as signs, posters, and artwork can be integrated into the AR experience, so your app can fill a museum with interactive content or bring a movie poster to life. And now, the pass-through camera view of the real world is higher resolution and supports auto-focus for a sharper view in more situations.

  • Wear OS by Google: AoG support and new enhanced battery saver mode

    Wear OS by Google: AoG support and new enhanced battery saver mode

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    At Google I/O, we launched the Wear OS by Google developer preview 2. This update added support for Actions on Google (AoG) and more power-related enhancements including a new battery saver mode.This developer preview includes updated Android Emulator images and a downloadable system image for the Huawei Watch 2 Bluetooth or Huawei Watch 2 Classic Bluetooth. This preview release is intended for developers only and not for daily or consumer use. Therefore, the preview release is only available via manual download and flash. Please refer to the release notes for known issues before downloading and flashing your device.Support for Actions on GoogleWe have revamped the Google Assistant on Wear OS to support features such as visual cards, follow-on suggestion chips, and text-to-speech. For developers, we added support for Actions on Google to Wear OS and existing Actions will work on Wear OS out of the box. Be sure to observe best practices for Actions on Google to get the best results such as short concise dialog and adopting to both visual and vocal feedback. This feature does not depend on Android P and is being rolled out to all Wear 2.0 users.Enhanced battery saver modeIn this Android P developer preview, we are launching an enhanced battery saver mode. While the watch is in this mode, the watch shows a power-efficient watch face and turns off a set of services including radios, the touch screen, and tilt to wake. Users can get the time by pressing the side button. A long press allows the user to switch back to a fully-operational mode and perform tasks such as paying with NFC or replying to a message. Developers should assume that their apps, watch faces, and complication data providers are not available in enhanced battery saver mode.Update on power saving featuresWe received much feedback on the power saving features in the last developer preview. As a result, we have updates on two features:Roll back of Wi-Fi off when BT is disconnected: To improve power consumption, the last developer preview would not connect to Wi-Fi when disconnected from Bluetooth. After listening carefully to user and developer feedback, we decided to roll back this change.Limited background activity and foreground service: A number of health and fitness developers have said their apps require background monitoring of the user's motion and other vitals throughout the day. The developers said their apps cannot perform background monitoring if background services are unable to set alarms and jobs. For these types of exceptional use cases, we recommend that the apps use foreground services to anchor alarms and jobs. For other use-cases, developer should look at both foreground service as well as limiting jobs and alarms to while the watch is on charger. We are still fine tuning this feature, your feedback and use-cases will be most helpful in helping us get this right.Smart Reply for bridged notificationsSmart Reply has been enabled for bridged notifications from the user's smartphone for some time. With the latest developer preview, we are introducing simplified Chinese support for our users in China. This feature is powered by an on-device model using TensorFlow Lite and the model is optimized for low-memory, low-power devices.To use this feature, developers should set setAllowGeneratedReplies of the reply action to true. Here's a sample code snippet with the important part highlighted in bold:In addition, for messaging apps, we recommend that developers use MessagingStylenotifications. This can give the algorithm a more structured data set on which to base its recommendations.

  • Smarter devices: a powerful platform for IoT devices

    Smarter devices: a powerful platform for IoT devices

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    Android Things 1.0 — Android Things is Google's managed OS that enables developers to build and maintain Internet of Things devices at scale. Earlier this year at CES, we announced Lenovo, Harman, LG, and iHome are all building Assistant-enabled productspowered by Android Things. After a developer preview with over 100,000 SDK downloads and feedback from more than 10,000 developers, we announced Android Things 1.0 this week. Four new System-on-Modules (SoMs) are now supported on the platform with guaranteed long-term support for three years and additional options for extended support, making it easier to go from prototypes to production. To make product development more seamless than ever, the accompanying Android Things Console is also ready for production. It helps developers easily manage and update their devices with the latest stability fixes and security updates provided by Google.To get started with Android Things, visit our developer site and the new Community Hub to explore kits, sample code, community projects, and join Google's IoT Developers Communityto stay updated. We introduced a limited program to partner with the Android Things team for technical guidance and support building your product. If your company is interested, sign up for our OEM Partner Program. In addition to all these new developments, we're on the ground in over 140 countries, growing and expanding the developer community through programs such as Women Techmakers and Google Developer Groups (GDGs). We're investing in training programs like Google Developers Certification, building more courses through Udacity and other partners, to help developers deepen their technical capability. Today, 225 Google Developers Agency Program members from 50 agencies in 15 countries, are Android Certified. As part of our Google Developers Experts Program, we also now have more than 90 Android Developer Expertsaround the world actively supporting developers, start-ups and companies to build and launch innovative apps. We also continue to recognize the great work from top app and game developers. This year, we held our third annual Google Play Awards. The nominees represent some of the best experiences available on Android, with an emphasis on overall quality, strong design, technical performance, and innovation. Check out the winners and nominees. During Google I/O, attendees and viewers have an opportunity to dive deep with 48 Android & Play breakout sessions. Thank you for all your wonderful feedback, and please keep giving us your advice on where we should go next.

  • Get your apps ready for the next level.

    Get your apps ready for the next level.

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XRfeature a trio of all-screen displays paired with A12 Bionic and the next-generation Neural Engine. A12 Bionic is the smartest and most powerful chip ever in a smartphone, and is designed for performance in mind with Core ML, ARKit, Metal, and more. And now Face ID works even faster than before to securely and privately unlock, authenticate, and pay.

  • Get Ready for ARKit 2

    Get Ready for ARKit 2

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Build unparalleled augmented reality experiences for hundreds of millions of users on iOS — the biggest AR platform in the world. With ARKit 2 on iOS 12, your AR apps can now be experienced by multiple users simultaneously, and resumed at a later time in the same state. You can also incorporate real-world objects into your AR experiences, giving your users even greater immersive opportunities.

  • Java vs. Kotlin: Which is the Better Option for Android App Development?

    Java vs. Kotlin: Which is the Better Option for Android App Development?

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Mobile app development is one of the hottest topics in the present time. To be up-to-date with the latest trends in mobile app development, one can find a plethora of tech blogs all over the internet.Whenever you have an urge to find something new about app development, it is obvious that you get one or the other blog. It must be hard for you to decide which blog you should read and follow.Well worry not; we have made a consolidated list of best blog portals which will enlighten you with mobile application development and its trends.

  • Biometric Authentication For Convenience in Mobile Banking: What Banks Need to Know

    Biometric Authentication For Convenience in Mobile Banking: What Banks Need to Know

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    By now, biometric technologies like fingerprint and facial recognition scanners are second nature to many mobile users worldwide. Our previous blog article, How Biometric Authentication is Shaping the Future of Security in Mobile Banking, explores the 2019 security landscape for biometric authentication, as well as the biometric modalities financial institutions can use to provide heightened security for their mobile app users. The demand for unparalleled security is still a headlining topic in the financial industry and biometric authentication certainly addresses the consumer demand for protection. This article, however, expands on what banks need to know about biometrics for convenience as an emerging must-have functionality for many financial apps and services.  Despite the ever-growing demand for convenience in mobile banking, organizations should note – rushing to incorporate innovation for innovation’s sake can destroy the entire mobile app development process and the final product. The bottom line is incorporating biometric authentication needs to add value to the target user and the benefits must outweigh the cost and complexity of implementation. When it comes to evaluating different biometric solutions for convenience, there are a number of questions banks must ask before adopting the technology.   TL;DR  Is it user-centric?  The level of depth for convenience in mobile banking apps is rising and to stay relevant in the market, banks need to push the boundaries of biometric technology to address highly specific user pain points. Financial institutions need to focus on using biometric authentication to address frequent in-app behaviors above and beyond the login process and remove friction from the mobile banking experience. Is it usable?  It’s crucial to make sure the product’s usability design addresses multi-factor security. If a user’s first biometric login attempt fails, the fallback option needs to be optimized for convenience. Don’t rush to do away with PINs and passcodes immediately if manual login can serve as a quick and easy option for users to access their financial information.  Is it accessible?  Many devices today still don’t have access to particular types of biometric authentication, so it’s important to conduct user research to understand what biometric modality best suits the needs of the intended user base.  Skip to a Section:Is it user-centric?Is it usable?Is it accessible?Addressing User Needs With Biometric AuthenticationIs it user-centric?Apple got the ball rolling for biometric authentication with Touch ID, and as a result, financial institutions are embracing the fingerprint login for mobile banking apps. Even though this is a step forward, the level of depth for convenience is increasing and to stay relevant in the market, banks need to push the boundaries of biometric technology further and resolve highly specific user friction points instead of offering just a generic login option.  Bank of America is one financial institution employing a biometric convenience strategy with its new App Linking feature. With fingerprint scanning, customers can easily switch between the Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Merrill Edge, and U.S. Trust apps without having to authenticate their information each time. The feature is implemented as a button inside the app that recognizes biometric data from the user’s fingerprint. Adding this feature shows Bank of America’s dedication to understanding their users’ in-app behaviors. Bank of America recognizes how often users switch between apps and eliminates the friction with biometric technology to make the mobile app experience more user-focused. Is it usable?User experience design is becoming more refined every day. New technologies and polished mobile apps are giving modern banking customers the leeway to demand just as much quality from financial institutions as they receive from other mobile app services. Mobile bank users want access to financial services on-the-go and as a result, mobile banking apps need to be limitless, but no technology is perfect. Biometric authentication doesn’t work every single time: some iris scanners won’t work with colored contacts, eye print ID doesn’t work if you can’t keep your phone still enough for the scanner, and ambient noise can interfere with voice recognition. For security, banking apps must have a fallback authentication method, but banks need to find the right balance between multi-factor security and mobile app usability. Implementing biometric authentication is meant to eliminate log-in pain points rather than present them to users in a different form.  With multi-factor security, if a user’s first login attempt fails, the alternative authentication option needs to be particularly convenient. For banks, this means the PIN and passcode could still be around for a while. Using biometric authentication and manual password entries to combine something a user is and something a user knows reduces the risk of creating user frustration if biometric login attempts fail; users can quickly enter a familiar passcode and access financial information and services. Mobile banking users will likely see biometric recognition paired with PINs and passcodes for two-factored authentication before manual logins are obsolete. Is it accessible?According to Spiceworks reports, roughly 90 percent of businesses will bring into action some form of biometric authentication technology by the year 2020, as of today, 62 percent of businesses are already using biometrics. Despite the upward trend in biometric technology, the financial sector is still lagging behind other industries.   Financial institutions are just starting to implement the initial phases of biometric authentication into their mobile banking apps, and fingerprint scanning is the starting point for many of these updates. However, consumers don’t look at fingerprint login as a luxury anymore, they view that functionality as a requirement for their mobile banking apps. On top of that, the ever-expanding list of biometric modalities appearing on consumer devices is challenging banks to keep pace with technology at the same rate as their customers, all while being mindful of accessibility.  Biometric modalities are growing at a rapid pace, but not every device comes equipped with facial recognition, retina scanning or palm geometry scanning capabilities. It’s essential for banking institutions to be aware of accessibility when considering offering biometric functionality to mobile users.  For example, HSBC is one of the latest financial institutions to offer Face ID to facilitate the login process for mobile app users. Through user research, HSBC discovered that a fifth of their corporate account holders used an iPhone X for mobile banking. With biometric authentication, HSBC is able to improve the login process for users with an accessible modality all while adding an additional layer of security backed by Apple’s 30,000 point-grid map that’s accurate to one in a million users.   Addressing User Needs With Biometric AuthenticationBanks still have work to do to become digitally proficient in the eyes of mobile banking customers. Looking ahead, the success of banking mobility will be measured by how well financial institutions select features that encourage mobile engagement and preserve trust through mobile app usability. Biometric authentication will play a huge role in this growth period by making mobile banking activities more secure, efficient, and convenient.  

  • The Definitive Guide to Mobile App Development Costs [Infographic]

    The Definitive Guide to Mobile App Development Costs [Infographic]

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Many companies face barriers to introducing a mobile app strategy into its current business structure: existing frameworks, legacy systems, development philosophies, and even undervaluing the importance of mobile app development overall. On top of these challenges, the costs involved in transitioning from current operations and building a successful mobile app also weigh heavy on the minds of management.  It’s easy to make mistakes, and when companies are looking at large-scale investments like app development, avoiding the missteps that can cause development costs to inflate is a must. So, the question is at the top of mind for many: how much does it cost to build a mobile app? How Much Does It Cost To Build An App?Is there a definitive answer?  Trying to resolve the slippery cost matter raises plenty of other questions about what you’re paying for: what development aspects are you including in the overall cost? What development approach are you going to take: native, hybrid, or web? Are you thinking about marketing? Are you factoring on-going maintenance and support? Have you budgeted for contingency? What is your change management strategy?  There is only one true answer – mobile app development costs range on a case-to-case basis. This answer is frustrating, but using the infographic above as a reference point will help illustrate which components of development affect cost so you can make the most informed decisions about managing your development project.This Infographic Provides:Price ranges for small, mid-sized and large apps based on product complexity  A money saving strategy Insight into the pricing models of development firms Hidden costs and other considerations

  • 6 Common Product Strategy Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

    6 Common Product Strategy Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Mobile app development projects fail to achieve market success for many reasons: poor UX design, lack of originality, inability to deliver value, among other reasons; but more often, product failure is attributed to a flawed mobile app planning phase.  Quality mobile apps begin with pinpointing a very particular user need the product aims to address. Proper planning clarifies that user need and guides the development team towards building a successful mobile app. Preparing a product requirements document (PRD) will help the team avoid common product strategy mistakes and is arguably the best starting point for a mobile project. Here is a list of six common mobile app planning mistakes and actionable tips to avoid them. 1. Taking Too Long To Get StartedMany mobile app projects simply take too long to get started. The high-speed rate of disruption can leave companies scrambling. Building future-oriented product roadmaps and continuing to deliver existing business value is a tricky balancing act, and in many cases, companies are unable to adapt fast enough. Additionally, technological change is notoriously difficult to predict, making it hard to convince stakeholders to invest in development projects aimed at addressing future scenarios.  The longer you sit with your idea, the more difficult it becomes to fully define a functional and feasible framework for development, as well as make a compelling business case. How to avoid it One of the hardest parts of the development process is getting started. To avoid taking too long to get your mobile app up-and-running, it’s best to put all your high-level information, research and specifications in one document by creating a PRD. With a PRD as your project foundation, you will be able to clearly communicate technical feasibility, implementation plans, as well as risk and change management strategies to all team members and stakeholders. Proper mobile app planning has many benefits and speeds up the process significantly by giving the product vision enough shape to start prioritizing a feature set. 2. Confusing Customer & Product RequirementsIn the early stages of planning product requirements, the overall product vision tends to be unclear and it’s difficult to determine what features and functionality are necessary to deliver user value. Similarly, it’s not always easy to see the full range of technical opportunities. It’s up to the product team to guide the customer through product requirements planning to discover the best possible solution for development.  A PRD document serves to translate your requests into indisputable product specifications. Initial ideas tend to be imprecise and non-technical in nature and communicating with your product team is critical. Without proper communication, you may not be able to identify the various implications of features on product performance.How to avoid it Weigh the requirements for building a good product against your product assumptions. It’s important to think critically about user assumptions, technical assumptions, and business assumptions to get a better understanding of the necessary requirements to achieve a successful outcome. 3. Crafting Requirements In a VacuumProducts are often complex incorporating multiple systems, subsystems and functionality; naturally, their requirements are complex as well. Product teams should be comprised of multiple people with different areas of expertise: product owners, product managers, developers, engineers, architects, and UX/UI designers to name a few. How to avoid it Get your team – product owners and product managers, designers, developers, etc. – involved in product strategy and conceptualization. Agile methodology champions an integrated approach, meaning different members of your project team cooperate throughout product development; this includes product definition.4. Mistaking Innovation For ValueThe rush to incorporate innovation can, in fact, cause development costs to explode. Just because you can include particular features or functionality, doesn’t mean you should. Emerging technologies and capabilities can sometimes create panic and cause the implementation of new requirements thoughtlessly. Again, this scenario stresses the importance of proper mobile app planning; a PRD allows for fewer mistakes between development handoffs and serves as a reference to determine the necessity of feature alteration. How to avoid it Remain focused on your product goals and remember that you are designing a product for a specific user base. Does this feature or functionality add undeniable value to the end user? Is it essential to the product? Do the benefits outweigh the cost/complexity of implementation? If the answer to these questions is no, you should exclude the feature or add it to the product roadmap for later execution.5. Ignoring Competitive ThreatsMarket viability is foundational to every product, and competitive threats will inevitably throw a wrench into your development plans. Not only do you need to continually monitor your competition, but you also need to keep your eye out for emerging trends and technologies.  Sometimes, your competitors will release products that rival your own with features too similar for comfort. In these situations, your team may have to pivot. Again, a PRD will be indispensable for these moments because you will have already brainstormed and documented alternative solutions to particular features that fit within the scope and budget of your project. How to avoid it Industry and competitor research is a mandatory part of your product strategy.  What is your competition offering? How will your product be different? What needs and problems does your product solve that other products can’t?Have you considered industry trends and competitive developments that could or will threaten the success of your product?  Failing to address these questions can reduce your ability to bring a viable, useful mobile app to market. It’s important to understand your competition’s strengths and weaknesses, so you can set your product apart. With competitive research, you can define your product’s unique value proposition and optimize user lifetime value over time.6. Failing to Prioritize Must-Haves vs. Nice-to-havesYou are not going to be able to implement every feature in the first version of your product. It’s essential to determine what core feature is best suited to solve your users’ central pain point and take that solution to market first. Without clear communication, it’s difficult to determine which features are must-haves and which features are nice-to-haves. How to avoid it Have a classification system for prioritizing features. Coordinate with your project team to determine which features are critical to include, versus features your product can do without initially.  While thorough product requirements planning will not automatically equate to market success, it does offer your mobile app a much greater chance. By avoiding the product strategy mistakes above, you can provide our team with the foundation needed to break into the market successfully.

  •  How Mobile Apps Are Transforming Travel Industry

    How Mobile Apps Are Transforming Travel Industry

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    With the technology industry continuously evolving, it has begun to have an impact on many other industries too. In this case, the travel industry.Direct and total contribution of travel and tourism to the global economy from 2006 to 2017 (in trillion U.S. dollars), Image Source – statista Technology, and more specifically the focus of this article, mobile applications, have had a tremendous impact on the travel industry and on top of that, have done so in a variety of ways. So without further ado, let’s jump right in and take a look at how mobile apps are constantly changing the travel industry.BenefitsIn order to draw potential customers away from their stores and their website, travel agents will provide users who decide to use their mobile application with benefits.Benefits such as discounts on their first bookings, or special offers on their next trip. There is a variety of reasons for attempting to draw more users to using their application, although a big one is free advertising.Let’s take the Apple App Store for example. The Apple App Store has a “Top Charts” section. The more users that travel agents get to use their application, the more “good reviews” that are left regarding the application, the higher the application will be on the “Top Charts” list.This may not seem like an important aspect of having an application, although this will show their application to a wider range of people and thus, it will have more downloads and inevitably increase their sales.AnalyticsLet’s look at this from a business perspective. A travel agents goal is to make as many sales as possible and simply maintain a high profit margin, while at the same time providing their customers with both a high quality service and a high quality experience.With this in mind, similar to what most businesses do with their websites, travel agents collect information about the users who use their mobile app. This allows them to pinpoint the most used features of the applications, collect customer feedback, and ultimately better the service that they provide their customers with.Not only is this important for a travel agent, but it’s important for customers too as it ensures that they are receiving only the best services.Why People Use Apps?Simply put, it is a lot easier for us to use an application rather than go through the hassle of accessing a website.To put this in perspective, applications are developed for a specific reason. Thus, specific features are included within the application to make the process easier for customers to do what they want. On the other hand, mobile browsers are focused on working with as many websites as possible, therefore certain aspects of travel agent websites may not work as well as an application can.Again, mobile applications are much easier for customers to use on their mobile phone rather than accessing a website on their mobile phone.Bottom line, it is a lot more convenient for people to use a mobile application on their mobile device rather than using a website, even if the website is optimized for mobile use.To Conclude…Mobile applications are constantly changing many industries, and the travel industries is one which is impacted the most. Mobile apps are allowing for a much smoother travel experience between both the customer and the employee.Nothing but good has come from mobile apps and given what we’ve discussed today, I think that it’s safe to assume nothing but good will continue to come from them.

  • 6 Features That Make Android 9 Pie Awesome

    6 Features That Make Android 9 Pie Awesome

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Android users have got another reason to rejoice as Google announced the 9th edition of Android mobile operating system named Android 9 Pie. This version has come up with the extensive range of features with Artificial intelligence to provide users with more personalized experience. This latest version of the android operating system is named as usual on their dessert theme concept.Android 9 Pie | Image © GoogleWondering: Can My Phone Get Android 9 Pie?Android rolled out its final version, but initially, Android 9 Pie will not support every phone. This feature-rich version will specifically support the smartphones that are manufactured by the manufacturers who participated in Google’s Beta program for Android 9 Pie.Here are following manufacturers who participated in beta:–> Oppo–> Nokia–>Xiaomi–> Sony–> OnePlusIf you have a recent Google Pixel smartphone, you will have an over-the-air update to download soon or wait for the notification to update.Go to Settings > System > Advanced > System update and click the “Check for update”button.Android 9 Pie has new features that will leave the android users with the new level of the automation & user-experience:Intuitive NavigationNavigation is one of the primary element that determines the user-experience and contributes to the success of an app. Google has come up with the slight changes in the navigation’s factor. Android 9 Pie allows you to replace the traditional three buttons – Home, Back, and Overview by the new gesture navigation button. This gesture navigation will enable the users to swipe anywhere around the device like in iPhone X. In this interface, the overview button is removed, and back button will appear.Navigation gestures settings are not in default as for now, and user needs to do it manually:Settings > System > Gestures and toggle the “Swipe up on Home button” option.Android 9 Pie – Navigation | © GoogleAccessibilityAndroid 9 Pie has brought innovation in accessibility and introduced a new “accessibility menu” that has made some actions like taking the screenshot, navigation easier & interesting. Along with this, Android Pie has brought “Select to Speak” feature. To achieve this, they integrate OCR support for S2S in the camera that enables the users to access the text more seamlessly. Users need to select text when using the camera, and then the text will be highlighted and read aloud.Android 9 Pie has “Sound Amplifier” feature that allows the users to adjust the sound or audio over 100 settings dynamically.Adaptive Battery & BrightnessAdaptive Battery is the most significant achievement for the Android. In this feature, Adaptive Battery learns the individual’s app usage patterns. Collaborated with the Alphabet’s DeepMind team in London, Google has built this feature. It mainly prioritizes your apps and directs the power accordingly.According to Guardian “users of the Android P beta Programme on Google Pixels have found an increase in battery life in the region of 20%, which bodes well for Android smartphones.” Along with this, Google has embedded AI into the brightness control that will automate the level of the screen’s brightness according to the situation.Android 9 Pie – Adaptive Battery & Brightness | © GoogleDigital Well-beingThe term Digital Wellbeing refers to the Google’s anti-smartphone addiction tools. It is categorized into four elements – Dashboard, App Timer, Do Not Disturb (DnD), and Wind Down.Android 9 Pie comprises the dashboard which allows the users to track the time they are spending on their phone and apps.  App Timer facilitate users to set time limits to app usage for specific apps. Do Not Disturb (DnD) feature will silence both audio & visual alerts. Wind Down function allows your phone to make itself ready for bedtime, and the screen fades to grayscale.Android 9 Pie – Digital Well-being | © GoogleNew in MediaAndroid Pie 9 has brought a lot of new things in Media including Multiple Bluetooth Connection, Sound Delay Reporting, HD Audio, High Dynamic Range (HDR) Videos, volume memory setting for each Bluetooth device. Along with this, Android 9 Pie addressed the picture storage issue and supported HEIF pictures that enhance the compression of images and reduce the amount of storage required.Privacy & SecurityGoogle has come up with the robust functionality that  strengthens the security & privacy of the app & phone efficiently. To achieve this, Google has revamped the capabilities of handling background apps and provide users with the ultimate level of the privacy. Android 9 Pie has also enhanced the security through encryption of Android backups.These are six brand new features that have set Android 9 Pie apart from other versions. Android 9 has not only provided users with easy-to-use Navigation, but they also harness the power of artificial intelligence to make your phone smarter & adaptable. Thus, with Android 9 Pie your mobile experience gets better and better over the time.TechAhead built the fate of Android mobile app development by creating digital form factors that are usable, functional and intuitive enough to make life better.

  • How Can the Android Oreo (Go Edition) Lead the Indian Market?

    How Can the Android Oreo (Go Edition) Lead the Indian Market?

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    In February at Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018, Google unveiled the new version of Android, Android Go. The purpose of launching Android Go, also known as Android Oreo (Go edition) is to target the audience using the entry-level smartphones. The go edition is a stripped-down version of Android design to run on entry-level smartphones. It involves three optimized areas — the operating system, Google Play Store, and Google apps — all three have been reimagined to provide a better experience on lesser hardware.Why Another Version of Android?We have seen in the past few years, that in a country like India the smartphone makers usually win over budget buyers by offering them impressive experience at a low price. The inrush of these affordable devices has contributed to India overtaking the United States to become the second-largest smartphone market in the world. Google expects its next billion users to come from these countries like India and Brazil, where the purchasing power is lower than in the West.Moreover, even after this tremendous growth, there is a vast section of our society who couldn’t be reached by these smartphone creators. The smartphone infrastructure is somehow the most prominent barrier to the adoption of online services, not handset ownership. Even though India is the second largest smartphone market, many Android users suffer from expensive, spotty networks that make it difficult to access the web reliably. Here, as a solution, Google proposed Android Go: a new platform for bandwidth-optimized apps. Google wants to provide the users with a new generation of affordable, sub-$100 smartphones that work faster, provide more storage, and help reduce data consumption.How Does Google Remove the Barrier for the Entry-level Smartphones?TakeawayEven though smartphones at an affordable price have been the primary target of many companies, the smartphones rolled out to the market failed to provide the satisfactory user experience. The Android OS and its apps require a decent amount of RAM and processing power to function smoothly.However, to pack close to 1GB-2GB of RAM and a powerful enough processor without breaking the Rs 3,000 barrier is something with which Google is winning the hearts of the Indian users.No compromise with the user experienceOther than the optimizations to the Operating system, Android Go also comes with a new version of Play Store that brings new apps designed to run smoothly on entry-level phones. In the Android go edition google has created an entire series of apps like Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard Go, Google Play Store and a new version of Chrome that works extremely fast, and works smoothly on mobile data. This optimization has been made in the interest of users in rural areas of the country where high-speed mobile data penetration remains low.The Android Go friendlinessAt the Google I/O conference 2017 the CEO Sundar Pichai revealed how the techies at Google made optimizations to the UI and core of the mobile OS, to build an all-new friendly budget phone platform, Android Go.At the Mobile World Congress, many manufacturers showcased the smartphones that cost as low as $50 (Approx Rs 3,000) and sport as little as 512MB of RAM. Let’s take a look at the newly launched Android Oreo Go smartphones.The Newly Launched Android Oreo Go SmartphonesThe first set of Android Oreo Go devices were displayed at the Mobile World Congress 2018. Total six smartphones were announced, but something was fascinating about Alcatel 1X that it made itself stand out. Other than the affordable price it came with 18:9 display. This Alcatel device is available as two alternatives, €100 for a single-SIM and €110 for a dual-SIM version and both available with 1 or 2 GB of RAM.Other Android go devices were Nokia 1, Micromax Bharat Go, and Lava Z50. Both Lava and Micromax are created to target the Indian market. Few of these devices are already out for sale while others are yet to come. These six smartphones are just the start, but the number will increase pretty soon as Huawei and Transsion have announced they are on board with the program.We at TechAhead are waiting for the new companies to take advantage of the new version. Let’s further see how the go edition of Android will present its significant impact on the Indian market.

  • Google’s Motion Stills App with New AR Feature

    Google’s Motion Stills App with New AR Feature

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Do you love AR objects? Well, who doesn’t?Google Introduces AR Stickers to Android Phones by Its Motion Stills AppAn app by Google, motion stills app was launched on Android last summer which proved to be a fantastic app for video capture and viewing experience on a wide range of Android phones. The Motion Stills technology was further refined to enable the new motion photos in Pixel 2. Google then dropped AR Stickers on the Pixel 2 in December.“I don’t have a pixel 2, how does it matter to me?” that’s what you are thinking. Right?So, for all the Android users, I have a crazy news. Google’s Motion Stills app brings augmented reality to almost any Android phone.Oh, my people at TechAhead are already going mad over it. To enhance google, ARCore augmented reality developer platform this AR mode has been one of Google’s first features for Android. Like Apple’s ARKit, ARCore senses surfaces and allows you to drop objects onto them. Unlike ARKit, ARCore doesn’t have wall detection yet, but given the fractured nature of the Android device landscape, product development is going to be a more laborious process now.Well coming back to the motion stills app, the new AR mode lets a user touch the viewfinder to place fun, virtual 3D objects on static or moving horizontal surfaces (e.g., tables, floors, or hands). Users can interact with a dynamic real-world environment seamlessly and can also record and share the clips as GIFs and videos. When you touch the viewfinder, Motion Stills AR “sticks” a 3D virtual object to that location, making it look as if it’s part of the real-world scene.Motion Stills relies on many of the same technologies, but with this latest update, Google is making moves to enable AR experiences that are good-enough so they can bring that technology to more people and devices.You can read more about the feature here. Future of Augmented Reality Apps for AndroidExperts predicted that the AR market could be worth £122 billion by 2024. So, this is the start of something massive.We, as marketers, creators, and tech evangelists, when talking about the Augmented reality, see the future as; one day AR will be used by every child. And that is an absolute expectation of potential in marketing on AR and in creating AR experiences.You know what’s fascinating about the current time? It’s the fast-changing nature of technology. Like flip phones saw their end over ten years ago and we might see the dying breath of the screens we use currently. ? Our smartphones, tablets, PCs, and TV monitors are in danger.And that’s the future of augmented reality. What you have today, may turn to be something big tomorrow.You know the truth well. Augmented reality from your assistant is now your favorite Pokemon. From productivity apps to lifestyle, utilities, and file managers. From the boxed in screen AR to glasses, contact lenses. Google, being the innovation itself has already come up with Google Glass which killed the device due to privacy concerns. But it looks like it is back and maybe soon we will see it.So, stay updated with TechAhead for the current trends and don’t forget to play with AR objects by Google motion stills.

  • Android Application Development Guide

    Android Application Development Guide

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    How is Android App Development the Most Beneficial? Let’s find out the answer to this question. These days, mobiles have become the mainstay device in society, and are evolving immensely. For these advanced computing devices, mobile apps have come into existence. Mobile applications are made using the most compelling and dynamic mobile platforms accessible today. These platforms include Symbian, Android, Windows, Blackberry, and iOS. Nevertheless, Google Android is growing with exceptional speed.We all know that Android is a mobile operating system by Google. It is based on the Linux kernel, designed fundamentally for mobile devices. Adding more, Google has launched Android TV for televisions, Android Wear for wrist watches and Android Auto for cars. Android is successful among tech firms that require a fast, low-cost and customizable operating system for high-tech devices.Not many of you know about its open source nature. Google released Android’s source code under an open source license.Android stackAndroid has an extensive user base and has simplified mobile app development process. Enterprises leverage Android and create custom mobile apps that solve customer problems and increase value for their business. With the open source and affordability features, Android has now become the choice of mobile App developers worldwide. If we go on to understand the benefits of Android development, Android applications are helpful in growing the business with comparatively fewer investments and is always the top preference for businesses.The future of Android apps is brilliant and expected to grow more, while it fulfills the customer needs and provides those apps which are more stable and easy to access. Let’s take a look why android app development should be prioritized for all businesses:High ROI, Low Investment in Android Mobile App DevelopmentAndroid application comparatively has low hurdles for entry into a market and also provides its SDK to the coder community which lessens the development and licensing costs. Being a JavaScript-based platform, it is also very easy to master and execute. The app development cost here is divided into three steps: application development, testing, and hardware cost for mobile applications. Therefore, it is highly cost-effective.To distribute the product the one-time fee, developers have to pay is $25 as registration for a Google Play Developer Console Account. And later, any computer can be used to develop an application and test it with their smartphones.Open Source Nature of Android App DevelopmentThe open source nature of Android has to be the most prominent advantage, which means the source code of the Development Kit (SDK) is entirely available for amendments as per the requirement of the developer. Developers can directly interact with the community. They have access to the best technology framework which results in faster development of applications and brings better opportunities for the app developers to earn more. Android supports Inter-Application Integration in which two different software can connect. This makes the Android platform attractive for handset manufacturers & wireless operators, resulting in faster development of Android-based phones.AOSP code and releasesEasy IntegrationInner apps integration is a supreme task which needs a proper platform and Android is a place that provides simple inter-app integration by offering multiple flexible tools. Business can integrate with each other and get linked through simple apps and benefit by connecting with the branches and members so that all the information can get transferred and updated quickly. The advance integration feature provides better connectivity and interaction between the departments. Android apps also allow customization as per the requirements of the organization. Businesses can also easily integrate their app with the existing system, to cater the needs of the company.Easy App Approval Process in AndroidThe Android app approval process is a lot more tender. The overall approval process takes a few hours. A team of experts reviews the submitted apps using automated tools. The primary focus of the team is to figure out violations in the app such as the appearance of malware or spyware, copyright violations and the insertion of sexually explicit content. The first round is of machine review and once done it goes to the second team of reviewers, who review the apps manually (the human study). Unlike iOS developers, Android developers enjoy much freedom on the general content of their apps. Developers can readily accept the policy and enter the Android market with their application, and the process is equivalent for startups and the existing App development companies.Easy AdoptionAndroid Applications are developed in Java language which is highly rich in libraries. It is quite easy and convenient for Java coders to build an Android App as compared to other language developers. It’s very beneficial for Java developers to transit the code script into a mobile application, and can also implement android application development services in the app. In android the primary prerequisite, to develop an app is the high knowledge of core Java so that the script can be converted into a highly interactive app. Therefore, developers need to have good command in Core Java for Android, and with least efforts, they can develop any application.High Security in Android App DevelopmentDuring the period when the Android market was becoming popular, a lot of Android mobile devices were affected by hackers. Overly concerned Google fixed this significant security issue and made Android a highly secure platform. An address space layout was added that protects the operating system from malware and it became difficult for hackers to find the exact location of data and significant code. Google further started sending out a cyclic notification to the user to change their smartphone’s setting. With this, all the passwords were changing continuously, and the data remained secure. With address space layout android has now become one of the safest mobile platforms in the market.

  • 5 Most Underestimated Factors that Play Vital Role in Mobile Apps Success

    5 Most Underestimated Factors that Play Vital Role in Mobile Apps Success

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Every app idea comes with a baggage of expectations with it. Every company and entrepreneur want their app to perform outstandingly on the app stores. In order to get business apps that can live up to the user’s expectations & achieve desired sales targets, companies and business owners are paying a huge amount of money. Presently, mobile apps design & development industry is having a great time out there in the I.T. market.With every passing year, the numbers of enterprise mobile apps are increasing rapidly on the app stores. As compared to the numbers of new apps uploaded per year, the success ratio is quite less. There are some genuine behind huge numbers of enterprise mobile apps failing to deliver desired outcomes. One such reason is companies’ misses to understand the user’s expectations and app marketing fundamentals. Let’s find out some of the important yet ignored factors that play an important role in app success –1. App Icon – App icon is the first thing being noticed by the users. Every app icon tells something about the app and is responsible for the first impression of the app on the users. It is very usually these days that some excellent apps didn’t perform up to their caliber due to lack of well-designed app icons.The one common thing in every app that created history in term of no. of downloads & ROI (Return Of Investment) is a logically designed app icon. Many of companies takes their app icon for granted and concentrate more of the functionalities of the app, ignoring the importance of app icon ultimately leads to app failure. In the nutshell, we can say that it is very important for every app to have a sensible & appealing icon for its success run on the app stores.2. App Description – Another major reason behind the poor performance of many enterprise apps is the badly written app description. In most of the cases, companies and entrepreneurs don’t pay much attention to the quality of their app description.Using copied contents from another relevant app confuse the users and results in lower numbers of downloads. That is why it is very important to have originally written content explaining all the features & functionalities of the app in the best possible way. A detailed app description help users in knowing every possible information of the app and thus boost the numbers of the downloads.3. App Size – Many of the innovative business apps fails to perform up to their caliber because of their size. Users simply hate the app that offer interrupted navigation, no matter how good or bad are its features.The size of the app is one of the main reason behind it’s interrupted user experience. Having great design and features are not enough for an app to make it to the million downloads mark. The size of the app is equally important and must be such that it can execute complex tasks without any interruption.4. User’s reviews and feedbacks – Companies and business owners usually take user’s reviews and feedbacks on their enterprise mobile apps for granted. Ignorance toward user’s take on the app is another factor that leads to its failure. In fact, user’s review is the best way of knowing the scope of improvisation in the app.Many of the success enterprise apps that didn’t get the overwhelming initial response comes into the limelight after release many updated versions on the basis user’s view. Taking regular follow ups on the user’s reviews and getting them implemented is the best way of developing the flawless enterprise mobile app.Introducing improvisation in the functionalities and other aspects of the app on the basis of user’s feedback is one of the best practices. In the nutshell, developing an enterprise app and uploading it on the app store is not just enough for better sales & business growth.5. App marketing – Most of the companies concentrate only on the design & development cost of their enterprise mobile apps. In fact, getting a business mobile app developed is not enough for better sales and growth. Companies need to invest in the marketing of the app as well for its better visibility among users. Marketing plays a crucial role in deciding the destiny of any enterprise app. Like every other new product, mobile apps also needs an initial marketing boost.It is very necessary to have a marketing budget also apart from design & development cost of the app. Companies and entrepreneurs can invest on paid banner ads, press releases, reviews, etc. for marketing point of view of the app.So, if you’re thinking of getting any of your enterprise mobile app developed, don’t forget to market it well. As marketing not only, help in getting more numbers of app downloads but also boost its brand value.We hope this blog post will help you to find out what small but vital factors are missing. At Whollysoftware, our team takes utmost care of every aspect small to big for the success of an app. You can share your queries or app requirements with our experts.

  • iOS 12 Officially Released: Best New Features For Your iPhone

    iOS 12 Officially Released: Best New Features For Your iPhone

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    iPhone users got another reason to rejoice as Apple has officially released the most awaited iOS 12 version on Monday. This new OS will beef up your iPhone, iPad, iPod for the coming next-generation apps. iOS 12 have brought various noticeable features including better notification, speed & performance, FaceTime, and much more that can make your iPhone experience even faster, seamless and more intuitive.  Wondering: Can My Phone Get iOS 12iOS 12 operating system runs seamlessly over every iOS 11 compatible devices including iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini 2 or later and 6th generation iPod touch or later.If you have above compatible devices, then your device is automatically prompted to install iOS 12 or else you can unroll your device for the update to appear. You can manually upgrade by navigating Settings > General > Software Update.Best New Features in iOS 12 For Your iPhoneImprovement in SpeedPerformance and speed are the two most important factors that determine the user experience. This OS release focuses on speeding up the things that user do every day, right from launching the camera to typing on the interface. Users will experience significant improvement in the speed of the device, and things will happen faster than ever.iOS 12 ensures 70% faster swipe to the camera, 50% faster keyboard display, and 2x faster app launch. Thus, enhancement in speed will improve the performance level of the device.Major Change to Face TimeChange in Facetime is considered to be the significant change in this release. According to Apple, FaceTime now supports video and audio with up to 32 people at once. Along with this, users will notice a change in the interface features, now the tile of the person speaking gets larger automatically. It will help users to remain on the track of the conversation. OS 12 enables users to start Group FaceTime right from a group thread in Messages at any time.Changes in Camera EffectsUsers will enjoy Liven conversation feature, where they can easily add any personality or FaceTime to the messages right from the in-app camera. Along with this, users can easily create videos or pics using new cool filters, fun stickers, new animoji, animated text effects, memoji, and much more.More Reality in Augmented RealityApple focuses on creating a more immersive augmented experience through iOS 12 release. It enables multiple users to experience the reality simultaneously by sharing or sending AR objects through message & emails. Apple’s AR app “Measure” can acknowledge the real-world objects just by pointing the camera at them.Smart Management of NotificationUnlike Android, iOS 12 finally come up with the smart management of notifications. Through this feature, users can efficiently manage their notifications in real time from the Lock screen, send notifications from a specific app to Notification Center, or turn them off altogether. Along with this, Siri makes intelligent suggestions about user’s alerts based on how they interact with them. iOS 12 facilitates users to set Do Not Disturb (DND), and it automatically turns off as soon as the event ends.Photo Search OptionFinding any photo on your phone is no more a daunting task. Thanks to iOS 12 that has revolutionized the way to search photos. This operating system facilitates users with the ‘Search Suggestions’ including Moment, People, Places that help them to find the exact picture they want. The smart search suggestion will display the images related to recent events, people, and places immediately.Convenient ShortcutsiOS 12 enables the users to smartly streamline all the task efficiently that they do with Shortcuts. Siri has done a lot to refine the user experience. It can now pair your daily tasks with the third-party apps that suggest correct shortcuts at the time you need. Along with this, users can run Shortcuts with the voice as well.For instance – If you daily pickup a vegetable on the way to home after work, then Siri will memorize your routine and suggest you when required.Screen Time Facility Screen Time feature of iOS 12 served with the aim to provide safety & security. This feature facilitates complete control to the users especially parents to track how their kids are using the device. Screen Time ensures a better understanding of the user’s behavior.Enhance PrivacyApple always values the safety & security of the users and make best possible efforts to tighten the security. iOS 12 has taken privacy & security beyond the level of the expectation. According to Apple, Safari has now stopped Share buttons and Comment widgets on sites from tracking you without permission.These are nine brand new features that have made iOS 12 a great release. Some excellent features like Smart notification management, enhanced privacy, convenient shortcuts, smart photo search will make your mobile experience more responsive and pleasing.

  • iOS Application Code Basics a Business Owner Should Know

    iOS Application Code Basics a Business Owner Should Know

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    A business person seems to be quite a busy person who is involved in putting efforts into various activities from generating cash flow, sales, financial, intellectual and physical capital that further fuels economic development and growth of his organization. Nowadays in business world, changes can be hard to predict as the world is changing with rapid pace than ever. Change has become a fundamental process in the present tech savvy world.Business persons are making their best efforts to adapt the growing technology. Now a days the technology is exponentially growing in the mobile world so we have jotted down some coding basics a business person should know when he is looking out for iPhone app experts for development.Basically there are two categories under which mobile application development can be done:#Application Built for Performance#Application built for Code FlexibilityLet’s discuss about the coding that is done for Optimal Performance of an Application.Tip 1: Lessen the Use of Memory–Don’t hold unnecessary objects in array or dictionary to hold data as the outcome of it is greater use of memory and degrading thereby degrading the overall performance off the App.Tip 2: Re-usage of Object Allocation–Reusing the objects that have been allocated so as to save time instead of creating it again and again. So as to minimize time, efforts and money.Tip 3: Maximize Table & Collection View–For a performance centric application we should maximize the usage of table view and the use of collection view. Focus should be given on performing re-usability of Table view & collection view.Tip 4: Usage of Timer and location on necessity–Timer and location if incorporated in an app drains the battery quite fast so its usage should be restricted and used as per necessity only.Tip 5: Maximize use of threading–We should maximize the use of threading in code while development of an iPhone application so as to enhance the speed of application.Tip 6: X code Instruments Usage–iOS applications should use X code instruments to find leakages and other necessary bugs so as to fix the issues in the code written for any application 7 even to enhance them.Now Let’s throw some light on ios app that is built with a Flexible Code so that it may later on be added with more functionalities and services.Tip 1: Usage of OOPS concept–While developing an iOS application which is required to have a flexible code, we need to lay stress on usage of OOPS Concept (Object Oriented Programming Concept) though the platform for iOS development is objective which is already an Object oriented platform.Tip 2: Usage of Design Pattern–For a flexible code we must use design pattern which is a concept of programming in objective C.Tip 3: Proper Optimization–Proper optimized code should be written so that in future if any service or functionality is needed to be added upon the application may withstand it.Tip 4: Re-usability of Classes, Database Handling & API Integration–A flexible code should involve maximum reusing of codes, classes, data base handling and Application Program Interface throughout the codes of application.Tip 5: Complexity & No. of lines–The complexity of the application and number of lines written for an application should be proportionate so that the code remains flexible and it may not create any problematic scenario in the future while the application is under enhancement stage.Its always better to decide whether or not your application may need enhancement in the future or not. So that it may give you an idea to whether ask your iOS Application developers to write code just for the performance of your application or to write code in such a manner that its flexible to withstand the functionality enhancement your application may provide to the users.

  • 8 Important Announcements Made by Apple During WWDC 2016

    8 Important Announcements Made by Apple During WWDC 2016

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    On June 13, Apple kicked off their annual (highly loved) Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, California. This was the first time the event was held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, earlier it used to take place a mile away at the Moscone West convention centre.While WWDC is majorly aimed at developers, and participants from around the globe come to learn how they can create better apps for upcoming Apple products, and it is also used as an opportunity by Apple to show off their latest software updates.WWDC 2016 is a 5 day event taking place from June 13-17. The important announcements however were made on June 13, during the keynote. The event was started by CEO Tim Cook who started by explaining a few points about how wonderful Apple is, after which other important Apple bigwigs took the stage and got down to business. Following are the Top 8 Announcements made by Apple during WWDC 2016.Siri is Open to Non-Apple AppsThis is one of the biggest and best news — Apple has now opened Siri to third-party developers. Our app experts are very excited to get their hands on it, and start integrating it for our client’s apps. Siri will now finally be able to interact with non-Apple apps. Users can now give commands like “Hey Siri, hail an Uber,” or, “Siri, play my playlist on Spotify,” and Siri would be able to do those things, rather than the boring response which opened a Safari search result.macOS SierraApple is changing the desktop and laptop OS branding. OS X 10 will now become macOS Sierra. With macOS, the Siri is also making its debut on the tradition Apple computers. Other important new features include the ability to auto sign-on (yes, you no longer need to unlock your computer with a password, given your iPhone is within reaching distance), Apple Pay is now web-enabled, and notification center has also been redesigned.iOS 10Craig Federighi said, “the biggest iOS release ever for our users.” The important updates include a redesigned lock screen with rich notifications, quick interactions with apps, and expanded use of 3D Touch. Users would also be able to remove the stock iOS apps, a feature requested by users from long. The other apps based updates we will discuss in other points.watch OS 3watchOS 3 was launched by Apple and will bring new enhancements to the Apple Watch experience. The third year update will allow watch apps to launch faster than before, and new set of watch faces has also been launched, along with apps for Reminders and Find My Friends. Another very important and new safety feature, watchOS SOS was previewed. watchOS 3 allows users to share your activity with friends. tv OS 10tv OS 10 is the name of next major version of the Apple TV’s software. tv OS 10 will offer single sign-on for the cable logins, and also now comes with its own dark mode. tv OS 10 will also include a number of Siri enhancements, as well as many improvements for watching live TV.Photos AppTaking a cue from Google Photos App, Apple has improved their Photos app. The update adds new object and scene detection for powerful search and sorting on Apple devices. Apple also stressed that all AI happens directly on the device itself – which keeps Apple’s claim of greater privacy compared to if the computation was done on the cloud.Apple MapsApple Maps has yet to give a serious threat to Google Maps, but Apple is trying hard and are making good updates. Apple Maps is getting an all-new design in iOS 10. Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue says the new Maps is “a lot more proactive.” Maps will offer nearby restaurant suggestions and its redesigned look is extending to navigation. If there’s a lot of traffic ahead, Maps will proactively offer an alternative route and note how much time it would save.Apple MessagesApple Messages was looking outdated from some time now and receives new features in new update. New functionality seems to have taken inspiration from the likes of Facebook Messenger and Snapchat. Users will now be able to embed YouTube videos, easily send “stickers,” convert their text into emojis, or send pre-written responses with a quick tap. Another big update include ability for developers to integrate third-party app functions into a chat.Do you think we missed an important update, or something which you would have liked to see during WWDC 2016, but didn’t. Let us know in comments below.

  • Top 5 Ways of Improvising an Existing Enterprise Mobile App

    Top 5 Ways of Improvising an Existing Enterprise Mobile App

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    In the present scenario, companies and businesses are investing huge capital in order to get top-notch enterprise mobile apps. But, the majority of the enterprise apps don’t get the expected response from the users. There are many factors that lead to a lukewarm response of the enterprise apps in spite of investing huge money and efforts. In fact, there are some basic aspects of mobile apps development that are very pivotal for making any app a successful venture in terms of ROI and numbers of downloads.Here are the top five ways of improvising an existing enterprise mobile app –1. Competitors Analysis – Competitors Analysis has become a crucial part of every successful mobile app development process. It needs the in-depth study of pros & cons of the top competitor apps, for developing an enterprise mobile app ahead in every aspect. Competitor analysis projects a clearer picture of improvisations needed in the app.An enterprise mobile app needs to be superior in every single aspect for ruling the charts of the App Store. And competitor analysis is the only way of knowing every possible detail of any successful relevant app. From user-interface to features, users wants everything to be the best in the app. In the nutshell, we can say that only the best enterprise app manages to deliver up to the mark. And for developing best enterprise app competitor analysis is very important.2. User’s Reviews – The best way to knowing the shortcoming of any enterprise mobile app is through user’s reviews. The real test of any mobile app begins once it hits the app store. Users share their true and honest reviews after using the app for some days, weeks or maybe a month.Apps get appreciations for its good aspects and criticism for its flaws. These criticism or negative review helps in improvising the quality of the app in its next version. Users usually like the enterprise app that keeps on improvising and come up with innovative changes on regular basis.Developing an enterprise app and launching it on the app store is not just enough for its success. It needs continuous improvisation in the quality of app by working on user’s feedback. Continuously improvisation in the app, ultimately leads to positive word of mouth and increase ROI and numbers of downloads.3. Regular Updates – The best way to knowing the shortcoming of any enterprise mobile app is through user’s reviews. The real test of any mobile app begins once it hits the app store. Users share their true and honest reviews after using the app for some days, weeks or maybe a month.Apps get appreciations for its good aspects and criticism for its flaws. These criticism or negative review helps in improvising the quality of the app in its next version. Users usually like the enterprise app that keeps on improvising and come up with innovative changes on regular basis.Developing an enterprise app and launching it on the app store is not just enough for its success. It needs continuous improvisation in the quality of app by working on user’s feedback. Continuously improvisation in the app, ultimately leads to positive word of mouth and increase ROI and numbers of downloads.4. Continuous QA measurements – Introducing new updates are just not enough for any enterprise app for its long run on the app store. With new changes in the app, the scope of new technical issues and bugs increases. It needs regular QA measures (manual as well as automation testing) to make sure that the new changes are working fine on the app.It is very important to maintain the world-class quality assurance standards along with the new features in any enterprise mobile app. Because sometimes, many outstanding updates and features went noticed just because of the poor quality of app standards.It needs to take QA standard higher with every single app update to ensure the flawless user experience of the app.5. Out of the Box Approach – Many of the excellent enterprise mobile apps starts losing its users after a particular time. The Reason being the high expectations of the users from the app. Whenever an enterprise mobile app succeed, users want something more innovative and resourceful in its next version.Users lose their interest in the mobile apps that fails in introducing new features that can fulfill their needs. An enterprise mobile app needs to be designed and developed in such a manner that it can offer multiple features to the users. In the present scenario, users hate to download different apps for their different business needs. All they want is a single app capable of offering multiple business features.That is why it is very crucial to come out with some out of the box feature that can entertain different needs of the users. For thinking of the box, it needs a lot of research for understanding the user’s expectation from an enterprise mobile app.We hope this blog post will be helpful to the companies and entrepreneurs who are facing problems in their enterprise mobile apps performance.

  • Top 5 Ways of Improvising an Existing Enterprise Mobile App

    Top 5 Ways of Improvising an Existing Enterprise Mobile App

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    In the present scenario, companies and businesses are investing huge capital in order to get top-notch enterprise mobile apps. But, the majority of the enterprise apps don’t get the expected response from the users. There are many factors that lead to a lukewarm response of the enterprise apps in spite of investing huge money and efforts. In fact, there are some basic aspects of mobile apps development that are very pivotal for making any app a successful venture in terms of ROI and numbers of downloads.Here are the top five ways of improvising an existing enterprise mobile app –1. Competitors Analysis – Competitors Analysis has become a crucial part of every successful mobile app development process. It needs the in-depth study of pros & cons of the top competitor apps, for developing an enterprise mobile app ahead in every aspect. Competitor analysis projects a clearer picture of improvisations needed in the app.An enterprise mobile app needs to be superior in every single aspect for ruling the charts of the App Store. And competitor analysis is the only way of knowing every possible detail of any successful relevant app. From user-interface to features, users wants everything to be the best in the app. In the nutshell, we can say that only the best enterprise app manages to deliver up to the mark. And for developing best enterprise app competitor analysis is very important.2. User’s Reviews – The best way to knowing the shortcoming of any enterprise mobile app is through user’s reviews. The real test of any mobile app begins once it hits the app store. Users share their true and honest reviews after using the app for some days, weeks or maybe a month.Apps get appreciations for its good aspects and criticism for its flaws. These criticism or negative review helps in improvising the quality of the app in its next version. Users usually like the enterprise app that keeps on improvising and come up with innovative changes on regular basis.Developing an enterprise app and launching it on the app store is not just enough for its success. It needs continuous improvisation in the quality of app by working on user’s feedback. Continuously improvisation in the app, ultimately leads to positive word of mouth and increase ROI and numbers of downloads.3. Regular Updates – The best way to knowing the shortcoming of any enterprise mobile app is through user’s reviews. The real test of any mobile app begins once it hits the app store. Users share their true and honest reviews after using the app for some days, weeks or maybe a month.Apps get appreciations for its good aspects and criticism for its flaws. These criticism or negative review helps in improvising the quality of the app in its next version. Users usually like the enterprise app that keeps on improvising and come up with innovative changes on regular basis.Developing an enterprise app and launching it on the app store is not just enough for its success. It needs continuous improvisation in the quality of app by working on user’s feedback. Continuously improvisation in the app, ultimately leads to positive word of mouth and increase ROI and numbers of downloads.4. Continuous QA measurements – Introducing new updates are just not enough for any enterprise app for its long run on the app store. With new changes in the app, the scope of new technical issues and bugs increases. It needs regular QA measures (manual as well as automation testing) to make sure that the new changes are working fine on the app.It is very important to maintain the world-class quality assurance standards along with the new features in any enterprise mobile app. Because sometimes, many outstanding updates and features went noticed just because of the poor quality of app standards.It needs to take QA standard higher with every single app update to ensure the flawless user experience of the app.5. Out of the Box Approach – Many of the excellent enterprise mobile apps starts losing its users after a particular time. The Reason being the high expectations of the users from the app. Whenever an enterprise mobile app succeed, users want something more innovative and resourceful in its next version.Users lose their interest in the mobile apps that fails in introducing new features that can fulfill their needs. An enterprise mobile app needs to be designed and developed in such a manner that it can offer multiple features to the users. In the present scenario, users hate to download different apps for their different business needs. All they want is a single app capable of offering multiple business features.That is why it is very crucial to come out with some out of the box feature that can entertain different needs of the users. For thinking of the box, it needs a lot of research for understanding the user’s expectation from an enterprise mobile app.We hope this blog post will be helpful to the companies and entrepreneurs who are facing problems in their enterprise mobile apps performance.

  • 5 Reasons Why Enterprise Mobile Apps Need QA Services

    5 Reasons Why Enterprise Mobile Apps Need QA Services

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Quality assurance is a very crucial part of any mobile application development process. Most of the mobile apps failing to deliver world-class QA standards don’t last for a longer period in the app stores. In today’s competitive world, users want every mobile app they use to be flawless and full of features that can offer them an amazing user experience.As a result, companies and entrepreneurs are taking no risk with the QA of their enterprise mobile apps. Apart from top-notch app development services, clients are also asking for uncompromised QA support nowadays. Many App Development Companies are charging separately for custom mobile apps QA and testing services. More importantly, clients are ready to pay them additional charges to make sure that their business app get appreciations from users & generate higher ROI for them.Let’s find out some more benefits of enterprise mobile apps QA and testing services that make them so demanded in the market nowadays –1. Branding – A bug free enterprise mobile app is one of the biggest resources for any business’s branding purpose. A business mobile application high on QA standards offers smooth navigation & performs a task in the least possible time. Users simply love the mobile apps with uninterrupted and engaging user interface. In a nutshell, we can say that mobile apps QA services help companies in establishing them as a brand in their respective domains.2. Higher Revenues – Users often spend more time on the bug free enterprise mobile apps that offers highly engaging user interface. Mobile Apps high on QA standards have a higher probability of generating better revenues as compared to other. As users avoid using those enterprise mobile apps that restrict them in buying stuffs because of bugs or any other technical issue.Buggy mobile apps have more probability of getting deleted by users because of their dissatisfactory user experience. Whereas, well-tested enterprise mobile apps enjoys a long run and don’t get deleted easily by the users.3. Lesser Maintenance – A buggy enterprise mobile app often goes out of the budget. The Reason being the regular maintenance it requires for fixing technical issues and bugs reported by the users. In most of the cases, the capital invested by the companies for the maintenance of the app get wasted. Usually, users lost their interest in the app because of their first bad experience with it.The chances of users coming back to that app again are very low. Users mainly prefer a business that can offer the best possible UI/UX. QA services ensure the mobile app sustainability and completion within the finalized budget.4. Cross Promotion – A bug free enterprise mobile app also work as a great marketing platform. Companies can use theirs existing enterprise app having good reputation among users for promoting their new business app. Introduction, a new enterprise through a popular existing app is a great idea. As, it adds creditability of the existing app to the new one.A new enterprise app promoted through a success app increases it chances of it becoming a successful venture on the app store and acceptance among users.5. More Numbers Of Downloads – Most of well-tested enterprise mobile app get positive word of mouth from the users. The positive review helps app in going viral among users and trending among the top apps on the different app stores.The positive user’s feedbacks ultimately lead to humongous numbers of app downloads. The huge numbers of app downloads help companies in maintaining user database that can be used in various ways for future endeavors.We hope this blog post will help our reader in understanding the importance of custom mobile app QA & testing services. At TechAhead, we make sure that every enterprise mobile app design and developed by us meets the world-class QA standards.

  • Mobile Web vs Native Enterprise Apps [Infographic]

    Mobile Web vs Native Enterprise Apps [Infographic]

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    One of the most FAQs that our clients usually asks us is, ‘How mobile web and native enterprise apps are different from each other?’For better understanding of this crucial question, we have created an Infographic. We hope this Infographic will present a clearer picture of differences between mobile web and native enterprise apps –For more Infographic, updates and, news from the mobile industry, stay tuned to our official blog space.

  • Ultimate Mobile App Stores List (2019)

    Ultimate Mobile App Stores List (2019)

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    At one time, social media consisted of just a handful of sites. Over time, however, numerous niche and specialty social media sites have proliferated, giving consumers more choices. The same is true of mobile app stores.App creators and consumers no longer find themselves limited to the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Many other options exist, and since they’re smaller than the Big Two, apps prove far more discoverable via these platforms.Mobile app stores designed for specific niches and industries or for particular markets deserve your attention if you want more app downloads and better visibility. No matter the nature of your app, you want people to use it and interact with your brand.Unfortunately, many mobile app stores have shut down over the last few years, creating confusion among both brands and consumers. That’s why we need an updated mobile app stores list so you know where to reach consumers in 2019.Android Versus iOSYou’ll notice that the majority of mobile app stores in our list below focus exclusively on Android devices. There are a few reasons for the imbalance between Android and iOS.For one thing, as of June 2018, Android market share stands at just over 54 percent. For another, it’s a far more open platform, installed on devices ranging from Samsung and LG to the Google Pixel Motorola phones. Additionally, Google Play has certain limitations and restrictions that the other app stores don’t have, which makes the alternatives more appealing to certain consumers.One of the exceptions, Cydia, is an online mobile app store designed specifically for jailbroken iOS devices. But we’ll go into that more below.App Submission and ListingsEach of the mobile app stores we’re about to share with you has different processing for submitting apps and getting them listed in their marketplaces. Some are more restrictive than others, and a few are more focused on hyper-specific categories of apps, such as games.Before you submit your app to an online marketplace or app store, read the submission guidelines carefully. Working with an experienced developer will ensure that your app meets minimum standards and can compete successfully against others of its type.The Ultimate Mobile App Stores ListWith those details out of the way, let’s look at our list of mobile app stores. We’ll start with the big two — Google Play and Apple App Store — and then look at the smaller, but no less viable, options for your mobile app.Google Play StoreThe Google Play Store, which hosts movies and other content as well as apps, was one of the first mobile app stores. It opened its doors in 2008 and exclusively targets the Android market. The platform boasts 2.6 million apps as of December 2018.While the Google Play Store has a robust search engine that makes finding apps easy for consumers, brands sometimes find that their apps get buried in search results. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t list your app here — you should — but you also want to explore other Android-specific mobile app stores.Apple App StoreFor iOS users, the Apple App Store is often the first place to look for amazing new applications. According to Lifewire, the Apple App Store contains 2.1 million apps, though that number includes apps developed specifically for Apple TV and Apple Watch, among other products.Building your app for both Android and iOS users gives your app the best potential for discovery. However, you’re looking at nearly 5 million competitors in these mobile app stores, which is why you might want to consider listing your app elsewhere.Samsung Galaxy AppsMany device manufacturers have discovered that they can integrate their customers more fully under their brands by offering mobile app stores of their own. The Samsung Galaxy Apps store is just one example.Since Samsung can preload its own app store onto its Android devices, customers have the apps they want at their fingertips. Far fewer apps exist on marketplaces like this than on Google Play, so discoverability increases for app creators.LG SmartWorldLG has a similar mobile app store, called SmartWorld, that is automatically installed on LG phones. This app store also offers applications that are designed for LG TVs and other devices.Huawei App StoreThis mobile app store is primarily targeted to the Chinese market, with most app names and descriptions written in Chinese characters. Huawei is installed on many of the company’s devices and allows people in countries without access to the Play Store to download the apps they want to use.Sony AppsLike several of its competitors, the Sony Apps market is designed for people with Sony mobile devices who want to search natively on their phones or tablets without turning to Google Play. It’s geared primarily toward entertainment, but you can also find plenty of brand apps that offer other functionality, as well.Amazon AppstoreIt’s no surprise that ecommerce giant Amazon has branched into the app space. The Amazon Appstore hosts Android apps and comes preinstalled on devices like the Fire Phone and the Kindle Fire in place of the Play Store.Remember that consumers take the road of least resistance to get what they want. If they already have the Amazon Appstore on their device, they’ll search for an app they want there first, before downloading another marketplace.When your app appears for these customers, you save them the trouble of downloading more stores to their devices, which can help not only with brand recognition but also with brand loyalty.Plus, consumers with any Android-powered device can download the Amazon Appstore. As we’ve seen in other areas of commerce, Amazon tends to dominate the spaces it infiltrates, so expect downloads to increase.AptoideMany Android users choose Aptoide instead of the larger mobile app stores because of the ways it displays app listings. It’s highly intuitive and easy to navigate, which makes it an appealing alternative.Additionally, Aptoide remains just as broad as the other mobile application stores. You can find games, productivity apps, store apps, and more. Since it isn’t niche-specific, other than catering exclusively to the Android OS, it’s a great choice for any brand with an app.F-DroidConsumers who appreciate open-source software feel magnetically drawn to F-Droid, which is, as of this writing, the only Android mobile app store to offer free and open-source apps in a marketplace.It’s not the ideal choice for many brands because it flags any commercialized aspects of the app in the store. Additionally, the primary repository lists only apps that make their source code available.However, F-Droid also allows users to create their own repositories, which might include apps from brands that enable features like user tracking with no pushback from the user base. Exploring the various repositories takes time, but it’s worth the effort if you want your app available to as many people as possible.GetJarThe GetJar interface might look a little dated, but the simplicity of its website and mobile app store makes it a popular choice for both app developers and consumers. It’s an open app store, which means that it offers apps for Android, iOS, Windows, and other OSs.This unique approach endears it to many consumers, especially those who own devices with different operating systems. For instance, Android phone users might have iPads or Apple TVs in their homes.Over the years, GetJar’s open policy has made it vulnerable to people who upload apps infected with viruses. As long as you have anti-virus software installed on your device and you investigate apps before you download, however, you should stay safe.ACMarketWhether or not you want to host your app on ACMarket, you should be aware of this mobile app store’s existence. It’s designed specifically for cracked, hacked, or modded apps, which means that the apps found here have been altered to remove so-called “undesirable” features.If you’re concerned that your app appears on ACMarket, you can investigate the situation and warn your user base should the need arise.SlideMEAs you can see, there are lots of mobile app stores for Android, and SlideME is no exception. It’s one of the most mainstreamed alternatives to Google Play Store and hosts both free and premium apps in its listings.When it first launched, users complained about poor downloading and installation processes, but those quibbles have dramatically decreased. App creators can make their apps available to hundreds of thousands of users who prefer SlideME to Google Play Store.Uptodown MarketThis is another Android-specific mobile app store that also hosts applications for the Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu OSs. In terms of mobile apps, it rivals Google Play in a number of apps, app descriptions, and editorial reviews.One of the primary unique selling propositions of Uptodown is that human beings filter all the apps submitted for listing in the marketplace, which can cut down on malware, viruses, and issues with fake descriptions.Uptodown only offers free apps, which might make users more likely to search for content here rather than Google Play, and it has worldwide availability. Certain countries, including China, can’t access Google Play without a workaround, so Uptodown caters beautifully to those markets.Itch.ioAlthough Itch.io caters almost exclusively to games and gamers, it’s still worth mentioning. Many brands have discovered that gamification makes their apps more appealing and more likely to be used, and incorporating gameplay into an app can make it more popular.The great thing about Itch.io is that it was built for both developers and consumers, so it covers both bases beautifully. The interface isn’t as intuitive as some of the other alternatives on the market, but it possesses a clarity of purpose that makes it ideal for its audience.CydiaAs mentioned above, Cydia is different from the other mobile app stores on this list. It’s designed specifically for iOS devices that have been jailbroken. Those devices can’t access apps on the Apple App Store, so consumers who purchase jailbroken phones or jailbreak their own phones often use Cydia.neXvaThink of neXva as a mobile app stores with many different mobile app verticals that others have developed. It was built specifically for developers who want to control how their content is distributed among consumers, so it’s a highly useful part of any mobile app marketing strategy.BemodiOriginally known as the Opera Mobile Store, Bemodi is browser-specific to Opera and offers mobile app downloads via the web browser rather than a self-contained app. Consequently, it’s more useful to consumers who use Opera exclusively and who don’t want to load yet another app onto their devices.AppBrainAppBrain is simultaneously a collection of app promotion tools and a browser-based mobile app store. Brands can use AppBrain to make their apps more visible in various mobile app stores, including its own, as well as to drive more traffic to their app listings.1MobileThis Android-only online app store has been around for several years and developed an almost cult-like following. Although it focuses primarily on games and entertainment, it doesn’t discriminate when it comes to the types of apps it supports.AppoliciousOne of the selling points of Appolicious is that this mobile app store has very strict requirements about the specific apps that make it through its gatekeepers. Its goal is to provide the highest-quality free and paid apps on the marketplace, so getting your app listed here can improve visibility significantly.KongregateKongregate is one of the many mobile app stores that focuses on games and entertainment, yet has a robust selection of apps in other categories. Many consumers find their way to app stores because they’re looking for games, but discover brand-associated and other useful apps along the way.ApplandAppland is designed for both app launches and app downloads, which makes it an ideal part of marketing any mobile app. It offers functionality for Android, Windows, and iOS.Chinese Market Mobile App StoresMany mobile app stores have been created exclusively for the Chinese market. Although people in China and in other countries that can’t access Google Play can get mobile apps using a virtual private network, or VPN, many find it easier to use a Chinese app store instead.If you plan to use these online mobile app stores, you’ll need to create Chinese-language versions of your app. Following are some of the most popular mobile app stores for the Chinese market:Tencent Myapp360BaiduOppoAppChinaVIVOPP AssistantWandoujiaHiAPKFlymeHiMarket2345CoolmartAnzhi MarketMaoPaoTencent is perhaps the most well-known of these, providing its huge user base to hundreds of thousands of high-quality apps from all over the world. It’s known interchangeably as Tencent, Myapp, and Tencent Myapp.However, many of the other app stores have consolidated over the years, and although you can still access them individually, they’re actually part of the other markets.This is where marketing your app in online app stores gets confusing because you don’t want multiple, competing listings. When you’re researching online app stores, check to see whether the parent company owns other stores on your list. That way, you’re not doing extra work for nothing.Most of the Chinese-market mobile app stores support Android. A few also allow iOS apps to be distributed and downloaded, as well, though most don’t support Windows phones.Designing Your Mobile App Stores StrategyYou don’t have to put your mobile app in every available store, but distributing your app widely can increase downloads by a considerable margin. Plus, when consumers switch phones — and perhaps OSs — they’ll be more likely to take your app with them because there won’t be any barriers to entry.Keep in mind, though, that all the submissions in the world won’t make your app discoverable. You have to optimize your app for search so consumers can find it easily.Start with the name and description of your app. Think about what people might type in the app store to discover your app — keywords that best describe what your app does.Make sure you fill out every field available through the app store you’ve chosen. Some app stores, for instance, allow you to attach keywords or tags to your app, while others do not. Customize your description and form fields for the app store you’re currently targeting.Ask people who use your app via specific app stores to rank and review your app. Many mobile app stores take rankings into consideration when it comes to search results, so you don’t want to miss this opportunity.Finally, optimize your thumbnail and images for the specific app store. Some publish recommended image ratios so that your images render properly. Pixelated or stretched images turn off consumers because they look unprofessional.Final ThoughtsBuilding your mobile app is just the beginning. You need to keep track of the back end, submit it to mobile app stores, and make adjustments as technologies change. At BuildFire, we help take the guesswork out of building an app and provide a cost-efficient way to get your app released into the world.Knowing what online app stores appeal to you most and making sure you’re submitting to the best ones will help your app spread far and wide. Ultimately, you want people to use your app for years to come, but first they have to download it.There’s lots of competition. Everyone wants their apps to be successful, so you have to take the extra step to ensure your app is available to anyone who wants it.Which mobile app stores are most appealing to you? Why?

  • [2019] Mobile Ecommerce: Revenue, Usage, and Statistics

    [2019] Mobile Ecommerce: Revenue, Usage, and Statistics

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    The Internet has changed the way that we consume.Today, more than ever, buyers have the power to purchase items from virtually any retailer in the world. That’s why the ecommerce industry has been booming.Advancements in technology are also changing how consumers behave and how they purchase products and services.Look around you. It seems like everyone has a smartphone glued to their hands at all times.So it’s no surprise that more than half of all Internet traffic comes from mobile devices.But mobile users are doing much more than just using these devices to browse online. They are also using phones and tablets to buy.In fact, 62% of people who own a smartphone have made a purchase using their device in the past six months.Simply put, people are using mobile devices to buy.From a business perspective, you need to recognize the latest mobile trends and adapt accordingly.There are two main ways for consumers to make purchases from mobile devices. They can buy from mobile websites or directly from mobile applications.Some of you may already have a mobile friendly website. But that’s just not enough.You need to develop a mobile app to maximize your revenue opportunity.Use the data and statistics that I’ve researched in this post to help you make an informed decision about going mobile or launching a mobile app for your ecommerce business.Key Mobile Commerce Statistics82% of Internet users in the United States have used a mobile device to shop online35% of US consumers use only their mobile device to buy onlineIn 2017, the US had $156 billion in mobile commerce salesBy 2021, experts estimate that US mobile commerce sales will eclipse $420 billionConversion rates from mobile apps are three times higher than mobile sitesMobile shoppers spend twice as much money as other customers53% of smartphone users buy from company-specific apps42% of smartphone users plan to do more shopping from their mobile devices in the coming yearMobile Commerce Usage and RevenueMobile commerce is on the rise.It’s been growing and will continue to grow at a rapid rate in the coming years. Take a look at this graph to see what I’m talking about.What portion of your company’s sales comes from mobile devices?If you haven’t been targeting mobile users, the first thing you need to do is make sure that you have a mobile-friendly website.This will make a huge difference in your mobile conversion rates. In fact, a mobile-friendly site makes it 67% more likely that a customer will buy a product or service online.On the flip side, if a website is not friendly from mobile devices, there is a 61% higher chance that the customer will leave and go to another website.For those of you who don’t currently have a site that has been optimized for mobile devices, I’m willing to bet that you’re struggling to drive mobile commerce sales. People are going to buy from your competitors instead.Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this to discourage you. It’s not too late to implement a mobile-friendly design.In addition to the layout, your mobile site also needs to load fast to be effective.According to research from Google, the bounce rates on mobile sites increase to 32% as page loading times go from one second to three seconds.The probability of a bounce increases by 90% if that loading time reaches five seconds and 106% from one second to six seconds.If you’re not sure how well your existing site performs on mobile devices, simply take advantage of a free mobile-friendly test tool.Mobile App UsageMobile websites aren’t the only way for consumers to buy from their mobile devices.As I said before, mobile apps are the other method. Today, this has become absolutely necessary for all businesses.That’s because the majority of mobile time is spent using apps.On average, people spend 3 hours and 40 minutes using their mobile devices each day. Just 10% of that time is spent on a mobile web browser.So if you’re relying on a mobile site alone to drive revenue for your business, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity.The reality is that mobile users prefer apps over a mobile browser. The data is clear.51% of people open a mobile app up to ten times each day.25% of people open a single app between 11 and 20 times each day. An additional 16% of mobile users open the same app 21 to 50 times daily.As you can see from these numbers, not only are consumers spending the majority of their mobile time on apps, but they are opening those apps numerous times throughout the day.So if you can launch an app and get people to download it, the chances of them opening it more than once during the day is high.With each open, it also increases the chances of the user making a purchase.I know what some of you are thinking. Sure, people are opening mobile apps dozens of times throughout the day, but what kind of apps are they opening? Are they really going to buy products from these apps?Absolutely.In fact, shopping apps have the highest growth rate in terms of year-over-year sessions.Just look at how these types of apps compared to the other apps on the list.What’s even more impressive is where shopping apps rank compared to the average year-over-year sessions of all categories.The usage of mobile shopping apps is 48% higher than average. This is a great opportunity for any business that sells products and services online.Mobile App RevenueSo how much money is actually being made with mobile apps?As an expert in this industry, people often ask me if there is really enough of an opportunity for smaller businesses to generate revenue with mobile apps.There is plenty of money to go around.Average mobile app revenue per userIn order to have a successful app, you need to get downloads.As long as you’re able to get people to install your app on their mobile devices, those downloads will ultimately translate to dollars. The more users you have, the more money you’ll make.Exactly how much money are we talking about here?Let’s take a look at the benchmarks for different industries and types of apps.At first glance, these numbers may not seem that high to you. But once you start doing some math, you’ll realize that how much money can be made.For example, let’s say you have a shopping app for your retail business.In a three month stretch, the average revenue per organic user is $20.63, based on the benchmarks in the graph above.Again, on the surface, $20 doesn’t seem like much. But think about that number when you scale it. If you have 100,000 downloads, that translates to more than $2 million in revenue per quarter.At that rate, you’ll get $8 million in revenue annually.Those are modest estimates.Remember, we’re just using data from the average benchmarks. If your app can outperform the averages, you’ll make even more money. Those figures could easily double or triple.Plus, that figure was for 100,000 downloads. Just wait until you get to more than one million installs for your mobile app.Global mobile app revenueMobile app usage and revenue shouldn’t just be limited to the United States, although lots of the data we looked at so far focused on American consumption.But I wanted to give you a better idea of where mobile app revenue stands on a global scale.Mobile app usage is rising in popularity worldwide, which is translating to revenue growth all over the world.From 2016 to 2017, there was a 35% increase in gross app revenue. That’s a massive number, especially when we’re talking about billions of dollars here.I’m not expecting that growth rate to slow down at any time in the near future, and neither are other experts.In fact, it’s predicted that we’ll reach $189 billion in app revenue worldwide by 2020.Why is this important for you?Well, even if you’re only focusing on US markets today, you might consider targeting mobile users in other countries in the future. It’s encouraging to know that there is definitely an opportunity for you to be successful penetrating new markets across the globe.Mobile App vs. Mobile SiteOK, so we talked about the importance of having a mobile-friendly website earlier. I’ve also shown you how much money is being made with mobile apps.So which one is more important for your business? It’s time to compare the two.In short, you need both to be successful. But with that said, having a mobile app is definitely more important and necessary to drive the most revenue.That’s because 78% of people would rather access a store from an app compared to a mobile website. These are the top reasons why consumers prefer mobile apps.As you can see, consumers say that apps are more convenient and faster than mobile websites.Plus, their settings and stored. Not only is this easier for the customer, but it also increases the chances for them to buy. But we’ll talk about that in greater detail shortly.Here’s something else to keep in mind. Customers who buy from an app spent two times more than customers who shop from mobile sites and desktop devices.Furthermore, consumers also spend three to four times longer browsing on mobile apps than they do from desktop and mobile sites.There is a trend here. The longer they spend browsing, the greater chance they have of buying, and spending more money.Mobile app users will be your most loyal customers.That’s because they are twice as likely to return to your store within 30 days, compared to people who buy from a mobile site.This relates back to why customers prefer mobile apps over mobile sites. They get benefits and rewards for using the app, which helps personalize their experience.You can enhance your business mobile app by implementing a customer loyalty program through that platform.Conversion ratesUnderstanding your conversion rates is a key component to running a successful ecommerce business.How many people are navigating to your website each day? What percentage of those visitors are converting?If those numbers are too low, you’ll have to identify what’s wrong with your conversion funnel.The same concepts can be applied to customers accessing your store from mobile devices, whether it be from a mobile site or mobile app.Look at the difference between a mobile browser and mobile app.Users view nearly four times as many products from an app and add items to their cart at roughly double the date compared to mobile websites.Conversions are 130% higher on apps.Why? Apps are just easier and more convenient to use.Shopping cart abandonment ratesWith higher conversion rates, mobile apps also have lower shopping cart abandonment rates than both desktop websites and mobile browsers.Just look at these numbers to illustrate my point.As you can see, mobile sites have the highest abandonment rates of the three options.The reason why cart abandonment rates are lower for mobile apps is the same reason why their conversion rates are higher. Mobile apps simplify the checkout process.Here’s why.When a customer wants to buy something from a mobile website, it takes much longer.After they add an item to their cart, they have to input all of their information. I’m referring to things like:namephone numberemail addressshipping addressbilling addresscredit card numberThat’s a lot of information to type with your thumbs on a four-inch screen. Even if someone wants to go through this process, there is a chance that they make a mistake and have to start over.But all of this information is stored on mobile apps, so there’s less friction.Mobile app users have the ability to check out in just a few clicks.Plus, if they leave something in their shopping cart, you have a better opportunity of getting that user to ultimately convert. In addition to sending cart abandonment emails, you can reach mobile users with push notifications reminding them about items left in their cart.You won’t have this option from mobile browsers.Average order valueSo far we’ve established that mobile app users convert at higher rates than people browsing on mobile sites and have lower shopping cart abandonment rates.Now let’s compare how much money people spend on different platforms. Mobile apps have an average order value that’s 10% higher than mobile websites.So if you want customers that convert at high rates and spend more money, you’ll definitely want to use a mobile app to your advantage.This is a winning formula to drive business growth.Mobile Commerce Sales by DeviceNot all mobile devices are created equally.Consumers have different usage statistics and spending habits based on the type of the device that they’re using.Let’s compare some of the different devices to show you what I’m talking about. You can use this information to target your customers accordingly based on what they’re using.Smartphone vs. tabletFirst, let’s talk about the two different types of mobile devices.Smartphone users use their devices differently than tablet users. When it comes to mobile commerce shares, smartphones perform better.As you can see from this graph, smartphones generate more sales than tablets.It’s been a trend for the past three years, and it’s continuing to trend in that direction in the future.But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep tablet users in mind when you’re designing your mobile app. Tablets still account for a quarter of total mobile commerce sales.You have to be sure that your UX is great for every device.So make sure you understand why screen size and screen resolution is important. Then you can plan and design your app accordingly.Android vs. iOSApple and Android users behave differently as well.Most businesses don’t realize it, but the spending habits of these two groups of people are very different. Just look at the average amount spent per transactionfrom each operating system.Apple users spend nearly triple the amount of Android users.This is something to keep in mind when you’re deciding if you want to launch your app on iOS or Android first. There are more Android users globally, but Apple users spend more money.With this in mind, you won’t need to worry about which platform to build for first if you develop a hybrid app or progressive web app. This gives you the opportunity to launch on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store simultaneously.ConclusionWe just covered lots of data, so give yourself a moment to let it sink in.What exactly does all of this mean?In short, your business needs to focus on mobile users.Having a mobile-friendly website is important, but if you want to generate the most revenue and maximize your potential, you’ll need to develop a mobile app.Customers prefer mobile apps. That’s where they are spending the most money.Refer back to all the data we covered comparing the conversion rates, cart abandonment rates, and average order values between mobile apps and mobile websites.Apps outperformed mobile sites in every category.Now that you’ve recognized the need for a mobile app, it’s time to get started. This can seem a bit intimidating if you’ve never done this before, but it doesn’t need to be.For those of you who need help building a custom mobile app for your business, we can help you out. Just contact us, and we’ll help you increase your mobile commerce sales with an app.

  • How to Value a Mobile App?

    How to Value a Mobile App?

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Today, thanks in no small measure to platforms like BuildFire, there are more successful mobile, SaaS and marketplace apps in the market than ever before.While there are numerous different kinds of monetizable applications that can be sold—for instance, marketplace apps like those for Shopify and Magento which are often third-party “add-ons” and SaaS apps which are typically hosted in the cloud and accessed through a browser or proprietary client—mobile apps tend to be more universal in nature and refers to any application deployed locally on a laptop, desktop or mobile device.Here, we will refer to these universal apps as we focus on how to value an app.If you’re the owner of a profitable app with a proven track record of success, chances are you’ve wondered how much your app is worth. It’s a difficult question to answer, as each app business requires a detailed understanding of its unique complexities.Certain valuation drivers are industry or macro-related, so exit planning should be a consideration from day one to ensure that when you are ready to sell, your app is in the best possible position.Some crucial factors, such as the age of the business and niche cannot be improved after the fact. In this article, we will focus primarily on the drivers that influence an app’s value while also improving the operations and profitability of the business in the meantime.Many variables go in to accurately valuing app businesses and you can explore them in a greater detail here. Typically, some of the most important tend to be: While you may not yet be considering selling your business, understanding what makes an app attractive to potential buyers can help you build value—not only at the time of sale but during the time you’re operating the business.No matter which stage of your business journey you are in, taking action wherever possible to positively impact the valuation drivers we outline in this article can substantially increase the value of your app.Establishing Baseline EarningsThe first step to determining the value of an app is to evaluate earnings. Earnings will be the baseline to which other valuation drivers will be applied.Depending on the amount of gross revenue and overall structure of a business, we apply two different methods to establish baseline earnings: SDE and EBITDA.Let’s take a quick look at both:Seller’s Discretionary Earnings, or SDE, is typically applied to apps with an estimated valuation of under $5 million with an owner-operator model. With the owner leading the business, it is common practice to charge personal expenses to the business entity for tax purposes. Additionally, an owner will often pay themselves a salary.The combined amount of salary and personal expenses may comprise a significant amount of gross revenue. When using SDE, this gets “added back” to the final earnings determination. This helps determine the true underlying profit potential of the business, which might be obscured without the “add-backs.”Earnings determinations of apps whose estimated value exceeds $5 million and are typically not owner-operated are calculated using the more complex Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) formula. EBITDA is an industry-standard method of analyzing the operational performance of larger companies.By discounting expenses like interest and taxes, EBITDA provides an accurate snapshot of the operational efficiency and earnings of an app business.Larger, more strategic acquisitions often use revenue multiples for high-growth businesses in order to account for one-time investments and provide an accurate picture of the earning potential of the business.Once a clear picture of earnings is established using either SDE or EBITDA or a combination of both, the following valuation drivers help determine the true value of an app business.Mobile App Valuation DriversAbandonmentRelated to the number of downloads, and of similar importance, abandonment refers to customers failing to use your app after downloading it. Abandonment is a significant challenge for app developers and marketers. It is estimated that, on average, one in four mobile apps are abandoned after a single use and lose 77% of Daily Active Users (DAU) within three days of installation.If your abandonment rate is high, conduct a thorough examination of your onboarding process. Look at drop-off points and use them to determine ways you can optimize the process to entice downloaders to use your app. Elasticode can help you optimize your user onboarding experience. Clevertap gives you powerful insight into how users are utilizing your app and aids in developing drip email campaigns to keep your app’s users engaged.FinancialsIt should go without saying that having complete and verifiable financial records is a requirement when valuing any app. Despite this fact, many owners neglect to follow accounting best practices, especially in the early stages.Accounting packages like Intuit’s Quickbooks eliminate virtually all the friction involved in keeping your books up-to-date. Quickbooks syncs with your bank accounts in real time and offers instant access to valuable reporting such as cash flow forecasts and profit-and-loss statements.Using Quickbooks, or similar software, and following accounting best practices from the start is one of the best investments you can make in the long-term value of your business.GrowthOne of the critical factors any potential buyer will look at is growth. It is virtually a given that an app with growth figures that are trending upwards will be a more attractive target for acquisition than one with stagnant or declining growth.Growth is another area where documentation is imperative. From as early a stage as feasible, your business should utilize industry standard tools like Google Analytics for Mobile Apps to measure your app’s growth, as well as go beyond basic Google Analytics functionality.The more detail you have when measuring your app’s performance, the better. Look into building custom reports that will help you get the most out of your analytics.There are various tools to help you get even more granular with your analytics. App Annie for iOS and AppsFlyer for Android are two of the most popular and powerful.Owner InvolvementAs an owner, are you spending more than 20 hours a week operating your app business? Limiting owner involvement in favor of outsourced assistance (or employees) is one of the best ways to increase the value of your business as most buyers are looking for passive income.With few exceptions, buyers are typically not seeking to acquire a business that requires their full-time involvement, preferring that there be some help in place, even if this reduces the baseline earnings (note: this can lead to higher multiples to more than offset the decrease in earnings).Quality of Code and DocumentationCode is the backbone of any app. Any potential buyer will insist on doing a thorough analysis of an app’s code, data architecture, and supporting documentation as part of their due diligence process.Building your app using industry-agreed coding best practices from the ground up is one of the best investments in value you can make.Any compromises could lead to considerable expense in future if the code or documentation needs to be substantially rewritten to comply with a buyer’s requirements.Concentration of Earnings and Platform RiskConcentration of earnings can be explained as having “too many of your eggs in one basket.” While this a concern for most businesses, it is of particular concern to owners of apps.Many apps are dependent on a single product, monetization method or niche, making them particularly vulnerable to unforeseen change.Apps are also unusually susceptible to platform risk. The vast majority of mobile apps are reliant on two platforms: the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. This dependence makes app owners highly vulnerable to change in either platform’s policies and technology.At a minimum, this reliance on third-party platforms means apps will require frequent updates to remain viable. Of less likelihood is the concern that changes to either one or both of the platforms will render an app redundant or unsellable.This is a risk to which developers of cloud-based apps, for example, are less susceptible.Active UsersWith apps, a user’s level of activity and engagement should be measurable on a very granular level. For many apps, this metric is even more important than the number of downloads as it gives a more accurate picture of how the target market is using the app.Not only will this information lead to a more accurate valuation, but it should also prove invaluable when it comes to updating and improving the design and performance of your mobile app.AgeWhile this is a driver that can’t be artificially improved, the age of an app is nonetheless an important factor in determining its value. Buyers value stability and sustainability, and verifiable financials reflecting consistent profitability over time speak for themselves.This is especially true where platform risk is a concern. With this in mind, it typically follows that the younger the app business, the higher the likely risk profile required, and therefore, the smaller the pool of buyers.The effect of age as a valuation driver changes after the one-year mark, but most sellers choose to wait until the two-year mark before selling, using the period between the first and second year to exit plan. After three years, the age of the business becomes an asset and can lead to a premium valuation.App businesses with longer track records of success may fetch a higher multiple, particularly if the growth of the business is still trending upwards after three years or longer.CAC and CLTVYour app’s customer acquisition cost (CAC) plays a vital role in establishing the value of your app, particularly as it relates to customer lifetime value (CLTV). CAC refers to the amount of money you spend in acquiring a new customer.CLTV refers to the amount of revenue a customer provides over the lifetime of their use of your app. If your CAC markedly exceeds your CLTV, it will be difficult for your app to enjoy long-term success.The general rule of thumb is that a CLTV/CAC ratio of 3 is ideal for most app businesses.Streamlining sales and marketing processes is one of the best ways to improve your ratio of CAC to CLTV.Regularity of RevenueAgain, related to a potential buyer’s desire for sustainability and stability, is the importance of regularity of revenue.Have there been periods of anomaly where the earnings of your app business have spiked or dipped significantly? Have you identified the reason for this and taken steps to help ensure it won’t happen again?If it can’t be prevented is there at least a trend, such as seasonality, that makes the regularity of your app’s revenue easier to predict?Number of DownloadsThe primary metric most universally used for evaluating the performance of an app is the number of downloads it has from the relevant app stores.If your app is not experiencing sufficient traction with consumers based on the number of downloads, it will be difficult for it to succeed.Be proactive in addressing this vital concern. Start by examining the volume of traffic to your app’s webpage on the relevant app stores. If you’re receiving an acceptable volume of visitors but they aren’t converting into customers, your traffic acquisition is likely not at fault.The average app store page conversion rate varies widely by industry. One study of over 10M app users found an overall average conversion rate of 26.4%. The study further revealed that the most telling factor of app store conversion rate was traffic source; more than 50% of app users found the app via app store search.There are three likely factors responsible for a visitor’s failure to convert:Your app doesn’t appear to solve a big enough problem for its audience or doesn’t appear to solve the problem well;The content on your app store page isn’t compelling enough to convince visitors to convert; and/orNegative reviews and ratings are having a harmful impact on consumer perception.You should always be working to improve the performance of your app and your sales funnel. Proactively address any legitimate concerns from negative feedback by responding to reviewers and making the necessary revisions to your app’s functionality.Another step you can take to address a low app store page conversion rate is A/B testing the various elements of your app store page, such as app screenshots, descriptions, icons, and videos. Splitmetrics is designed to help you do just that.Reviews and RatingsOne of the best and most cost-effective methods to boost adoption of your mobile app is to build social proof through positive ratings and reviews. Encourage your active users to leave ratings and reviews on the relevant app store by incorporating reminders into your app.Be sure to keep them unobtrusive—the last thing you want to do is frustrate users with endless requests to rate and review the app. If a user is actively using and enjoying your app, they are unlikely to hold an occasional reminder to rate the app against you and are more likely to leave a positive review.Positive reviews can have a dramatic effect on your conversion rate. Recent changes to the Apple App Store’s search engine algorithm take user reviews into account and affect an app’s discoverability on the platform.Google Play also utilizes user reviews to determine app quality which will also impact your app’s search ranking.Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)Even if your app business runs like a well-oiled machine, it’s important to thoroughly document every single operational activity and process using industry standard methods.SOPs will render the transfer of operational responsibilities to a new owner much more feasible and reduce the amount of time you may spend training a new owner.It also has the additional benefit of helping you to streamline and standardize your processes, which is a must when delegating responsibilities to others and scaling your business.SweetProcess is a SaaS app designed to help you systemize your processes and greatly facilitates the creation of thorough SOPs.TrafficTraffic is the lifeblood of any online business—the same is true for most apps. You need to drive traffic to your site and/or the relevant app stores, convert visitors into leads, and convert leads into customers.Whether you do this primarily through organic or paid search, it is important to document where your traffic comes from. At a bare minimum, utilize Google Analytics to track and document your traffic, right from the start.Your traffic data is vital not only for an accurate valuation but will prove invaluable for monitoring and improving performance.Final ThoughtsThanks to plug-and-play platforms like BuildFire, creating a successful mobile app is easier than ever. Having an understanding of the factors that go into valuing an app can help you build your app business with value in mind right from the start.Many of the processes outlined above, from keeping accurate records of financials, traffic, and growth, to developing your app using coding and documentation best practices, are much easier to implement in the early stages of your app business.Not only will these measures help prepare you for a successful exit from your app business in the future, but they also provide a solid framework for making crucial decisions throughout your business journey.Looking for further information? FE International, a leading M&A advisory for online businesses, offers an in-depth of exploration of how to value a mobile app.About the Author: Since founding FE International, the leading M&A advisory for online businesses, in 2010, Thomas Smale has consulted hundreds of digital entrepreneurs on exit strategy, growth, and business development. He is a highly sought after speaker at digital conferences worldwide. Thomas knows what it takes to bootstrap a business, growing FE International from nothing into a global concern with offices in New York, London, Boston, and Singapore while consistently doubling annual revenue and average deal size.  He writes a weekly column for Entrepreneur, and is a regular contributor to the FE International blog as well as many other prestigious online outlets.

  • The Major Benefits of Choosing Meteor.js for Creating a Start-up

    The Major Benefits of Choosing Meteor.js for Creating a Start-up

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Meteor or MeteorJS is one of the popular free and open source JavaScript web frameworks that are based on the isomorphic model. It is written in the Node.js and employed for building web and cross-platform mobile applications for Android and iOS platforms.The developers can also implement it with MongoDB. Furthermore, it also helps to publish-subscribe pattern along with the usage of the Distributed Data Protocol. With Meteor, the developer’s job gets simplified as he does not have to write the synchronized codes.This is because this web framework allows automatic propagation of the data changes to clients. So, it can be said beyond that Meteor.js is one such framework that offers the luxury of saving both times as well as effort.It accelerates the development process and provides access to wide-ranging libraries, which makes the prototyping of difficult applications look simple. Since the developers have to indulge in less coding, there are fewer chances of committing mistakes in the project.Let’s now discuss further the various other pros of using Meteor.js and see why it is considered the optimal framework for your web development project.1. Meteor.js Allows Usage of Single LanguageWe have already discussed earlier that Meteor.js has played an important role in simplifying the tasks of the web developers. Previously, the developers had to undertake the painstaking job of using both the front-end as well as the back-end languages along with the database.However, the developers feel quite relieved after the arrival of Meteor as they have to now use only one language and that is JavaScript for implementing the front-end, backend, and the database.This can be further illustrated through an example. Suppose if we are building ‘collection’, which is equal to a SQL table using Meteor thenBlogPosts = new Meteor.collection('posts');Thus, it lets you develop a collection through a known syntax and you can control the collection with that known syntax as well.BlogPosts.insert({title: 'Hello World',content: 'This is the content.',published: true});The use of a single language to build an app is also advantageous from the point that a single line code runs on both front-end and backend to do things differently.It must be noted that if the code is running at the backend or server, it creates a collection. However, when the codes run at the front-end or the client side by default, it becomes a pure local collection.2. Offers Facility of Real-Time Applications by DefaultThe mobile and web development industry is transforming with the emergence of new trends at regular intervals. One of the popular trends witnessed these days is the introduction of real-time web applications.In fact, social media king Facebook and Twitter have already started offering this benefit to their millions of users. The real-time applications work instinctively and as such the user do not need to open a separate page for carrying out different tasks.Before the arrival of Meteor.js, building a real-time application was regarded as a tough task but the framework has diminished that thought process. It has got the real-time feature built in its core.The user template data will upgrade automatically if the database gets updated. If a user is filing and submitting a form, the action takes place in real-time with much ease. So, when you are creating a web application, you get real-time apps by default.3. The Smart Package Option is Time SaviorThe Meteor.js also offers the benefit of Smart Packages that help in saving a lot of time. Let us know how. Take, for example, you are building a user accounts system using another framework where you have to follow a long process. But Meteor.js is an exception. Here the accounting system can be created by following codemeteor add accounts-passwordWhen you would run the following code, the Meteor framework would add the smart package to your project. This package needs user sign through their email and password. For all Twitter, Facebook or Google the basic command remains the same and only the name changes at last.In addition, the Meteor also offers the accounts-ui package that builds the client-side for the accounts system with a single codemeteor add accounts-uiOnce the accounts system gets the setup, it allows you to undertake any task such as the verifying the signing of current user using your templates.Apart from that, you can use utilize the smart packages for conduction other functions such as use CoffeeScript for creating applications, the compilation of LESS files into CSS automatically, and implantation of extras including D3.js and Bootstrap.4. The Extensive Support from Large CommunityWell, if you ask any mobile or web application developer, he would probably say that his greatest support lies at the hand of the community of experienced developers related to that specific framework or language. It is a pleasure to note that Meteor.js has been in the frontline for its extensive support from the large community.The fact that it offers the advantage of detailed documentation along with rich and helpful resources turns out to be the biggest positives of using this framework. The resources include Crater, Evented Mind, and Kadira etc.Since it is an easy framework to work on, you don’t have to spend much time learning the basics and Meteor.js is there to stay in the future.5. Meteor.js Makes Developer’s Life EasierOne of the other bonuses that make Meteor.js, the favorite framework for web developers is that it is tailor-made for them and quite easy to use. For instance, if we talk about a usual interface of the Meteor app along with the inclusion of template, it would be seen that the developers don’t need to include html tags, JavaScript files, and CSS files.Also, note that Meteor.js uses Spacebars or Handlebars-supported syntax for the template work. So, Meteor is playing a key role in reducing the work pressure off developers.And if this is not all to make you delighted, then these details would certainly bring a smile on your face. Firstly, it has a built-in LiveReload feature allowing refreshing the browser on a manual mode. Secondly, the developers are free to structure their projects according to the requirements. There is no hard and fast rule that they have to follow. The meteor also allows you to go for mix and match component due to its modularity.6. Faster to Build and Easier to LearnToday is the age of cutting-edge technology and clients look for an approach which can offer them their product in least time with maximum output. This is where Meteor.js proves to a real asset for developers. You can create a web app within a week or so.In fact, it is possible as JavaScript is loaded from both sides; client and server. The availability of the Smart Packages also speeds up the development of apps.As far as learning of the language is concerned, you would find it simpler to learn if you are a fresher. Yes, it’s true that you need to be familiar with a few of JavaScript variable loop conditionals such as JSON but you don’t need to be a JavaScript proficient.And what’s more important is that you also don’t need any previous experience for learning and using the programming language. Mere familiarity with one language is sufficient.7.  Converting Web Apps into Smartphone AppsIf you are looking to convert your web apps into Smartphone apps, you can take the help of Meteor.js without any hesitation. The web apps turn into Smartphone apps using the Cordova platform.Besides, you can even create native apps with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. It allows you to implement native functions such as camera, GPS etc.The Bottom LineAlthough Meteor.js has received a positive response from the worldwide developers it is still new in the dictionary of JavaScript frameworks. It is slowing and steadily gaining the ground and offers a spectrum of benefits.One of the major aspects is that it has simplified the work of developers and offers wide support from the community.  It makes development faster and project more scalable.

  • What Factors Influence the Cost of Web Application Development

    What Factors Influence the Cost of Web Application Development

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    It is true that with the escalation in the numbers of Smartphones and other devices, the mobile applications have also seen phenomenal growth in the current scenario. However, the prominence of the web applications cannot be subdued as they would also play a crucial role in generating more traffic towards your business.One of the significant reasons why mobile apps are dominating the web applications is because of the two most high-flying players; Google and Apple, which have captured the majority of the market.But it does not mean that mobile web apps are out of the race, they are still in much contention. According to a report of the SimilarWeb’s Mobile Web, around 56% of the user traffic from the popular websites has now gone mobile.The Major Gains of Web AppsThe web applications can prove to be a power booster for any business enterprise with a set of few advantages. It is important to brief it out before moving on further.Budget FriendlyThe web apps are cost-effective in comparison to the native mobile apps development because you don’t need to develop and test all operating systems and configurations. The web trouble-shooting also gets simplified.Can Be Accessed AnywhereThe web applications can be accessed anywhere and anytime either using a mobile device or a personal computer with internet connectivity. This also helps the team to coordinate with each other in real-time while working from remote locations.Customization with EaseThe user interface of the web applications can be easily customized making it much simpler to update the application.Can Be Accessed from Various DevicesThe web apps can be accessed through various devices such as a Smartphone, tablet or a PC. Therefore, the user can reach out to your products and services using any device that suits him best.Easier to MaintainThe maintenance of the web apps are much simpler than the traditional apps. In addition to these benefits, there are some other plus points can web apps can handle the increased workload more efficiently and offer better security and interoperability.The Category of Web-Based ApplicationsWe are here to throw some substantial light on the cost of developing a web app. But you should be aware of the different types of web-based projects, which summarily is categorized into four categories:Basic Web AppsAs the name suggests, these apps are the entry level sites having the usual features and functionalities. They have simple landing pages with minimal content. Their UI is also quite straightforward and takes less time for development; about a month. The cost would vary according to the project.Pro-LevelThese web apps are more interactive and offer much more features to get developed proficiently. Yes, it’s true that you can even place someone as e-commerce web apps within this category.The difficulty level is moderate where a developer also needs to create a prototype for various small business groups and multi-functional Internet portals. The development time is three months.The Complicated ProjectsThe third group is the complicated projects where the web apps tend to get customized as per the project requirements. It also comprises of a unique Content Management System (CMS) platform along with intuitive UI and UX design techniques.This type of web app primarily focuses on stabilizing the project and automating the business process. The time frame for complex projects is slated to be around six months.CorporationThe clientele of these types of web apps are basically the corporate houses and big enterprises who are ready to invest a good sum of money and time for the development of such apps.Factors Taken into Account for Developing the Web AppsWell, once you have decided upon the development of the web apps, it’s time to think about various important factors that are taken into account.Generating the IdeaAny application development starts with the formulation of the idea where you have to consider the future of your web product.ResearchOnce you have stuck with a business idea or plan move on further with the research. You need to find out who your target audiences are, the major competitors, and market demand.List of RequirementsThe list of requirements usually would stick around the features that you want to integrate into the web app. Apart from that you also need to decide what type of web app will be suitable for your business operation.Developing a PrototypeIt is important for you to first create a prototype for the concerned web application before going on for the final development of your product. This would rather give you an idea about how your final app would look like.UI and UX DesignYou don’t need to be told that UI and UX design is an integral part of the web app development process. Make your app simple but visually appealing and sophisticated. The interface should be comprehensible for the users.The Web DevelopmentThis part mainly comprises of developing the front-end i.e. the client-side and backend i.e. is server-side. Your experienced web development team would decide which best programming language is best suitable for implementing on both sides.App TestingThe web app must be tested for sure before its final launch to verify that it is fully operational and that there are no bugs whatsoever.The App ReleaseOnce you are satisfied on all the fronts that your app is working all and you think that’s time to make it public, you can release the app. Now it is up to the audience whether they prefer or reject your app.Key Professionals Playing Role in DevelopmentWhen you are hiring the services of a hands-on experienced web app development company to cater your project requirement, there are some key professionals involved in the development process.The Project Manager who manages or guides the entire project and the team.The web app developers; numbers depending on the choice of platform and complexity of the project.The User Interface and User Experience Designers in collaboration with the graphic designers.The Backend DeveloperQuality Assessment Engineer who tests the app to check its functionality.The System AdministratorFactors That Influence the Cost of Web App DevelopmentFinally, we need to consider and analyze the essential factors that can influence the cost of web app development.Type of App and Platform ChoiceWe have discussed earlier the four main types of web apps and also seen that their prices and time frame would differ from each other depending on the complexity of the app.For example, the basic web apps are the most affordable and the corporation apps the most expensive. The cost would also depend on the choice of platform as well.Implementing the FeaturesThe choice of the features should be done with care as it plays a large part in impacting the cost of web apps. Of course, you need to integrate the common features such as user registration, admin panel etc. It depends on the nature of the business.Choice of Web Development AgencyThis is another vital decision on the part of the client to select the right web development firm to assign the project. Here the price largely depends on the geographical location or country where that company is located.If you are outsourcing the project in the US or Europe you need to pay more in compression to a company based in India.The Choice of Pricing ModelYou also have to take a stance on the pricing model that the web development company is offering. There are two types of pricing models; the fixed price model and the hourly rates.This is something you need to decide depending on your specific needs, the time frame and most importantly, the budget in the pocket.The Aftermath Support and ServicesDon’t think that your job is done once your app is launched. You would require the aftermath service and support as well, specifically when the app would need an update or it some bug fixes. Apart from that you also have to incur some infrastructural cost including registration of domain name and web hosting charges.ConclusionWe have discussed the various imperative factors related to the cost of developing web applications. But at the same time, it must be remembered that it is a tough job to estimate the exact of building the web application. Web app development is a complex task considering the fact that takes many twists and turns during the process and passes through various pivotal phases.If you are planning to create a web application for your business insurgence, do let us know more about your project. We are here to transform your ideas into reality.

  • How Biometric Authentication is Empowering Bank Security

    How Biometric Authentication is Empowering Bank Security

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Whether you believe it or not, but the cyber threat is posing real challenges for both government as well as private organizations. However, the financial institutions always remain a crucial target for the cyber hackers.As technology is transforming, the nature and mindset of cyber-criminals are also changing. They have become shrewder and know the technical aspect of unlocking a door without even having access to its keys.We have already witnessed one of the major cyber threats in the form of Ransomeware Attack in 2017 affecting more than two hundred thousand people globally. Therefore, bolstering the security arrangements for the banking and Fintech industry should be the topmost concern for the IT sector. According to a reportpublished by Global Market Insights, the usage of technology would upsurge up to 22% within a span of 2017 to 2024.Yes, one may think of various options to tighten the security screws but of late, biometrics has become a viable choice to achieve one’s end. It is ahead of its time technology that literally does not focus on passwords, PIN numbers, and lock patterns but instead identifies an individual through his physiological or behavioral trait.This may include scanning the face, the fingerprints, iris, matching the voice sample, and handwriting etc. This makes the job quite difficult for hackers to indulge in any kind of illegal or scam activities.The cyber experts tend to believe that security norms like passwords or PINs would soon be replaced by a more reliable and authentic process such as the biometrics. In fact, Apple has already taken a giant stride forward and introduced the Touch ID and Face ID authentication in new versions of the iPhone models. Even the Android manufacturing devices are not lacking behind and the same technology is also being initiated there too.The banking sector is seriously pondering over implementing the biometrics to boost up the security loopholes. It’s because this technology has already made a successful mark in mobile devices and applications. So, it’s the right time to take this technique forward and offer a much secured environment to their customers.In this fast-paced world, most of the banks are offering online banking services through websites or mobile apps. And certainly, this number is going to surge in the future. Therefore, customers are searching for more assurance and fortification when it comes to conducting online transactions. The biometrics will allow to login into one’s account quickly without the stressing of typing password and memorizing it.According to a statistic report, the biometric authentication market is expected to reach about $24.59 billion by 2023 with around 2.6 billion biometric users worldwide. Indeed, a survey says that biometric authentication process has received a positive response from the users with 56% people trusting on the fingerprint technology.Some of the major financial service providers such as MasterCard and Citi Treasury have already planned to integrate the biometric technology in the following year with fingerprint face detection. However, the old methods like PIN are not going anywhere and will stay to offer security.The Reduction in Use of PasswordsAs told earlier that financial institutions and organizations need to pull their socks up as they cannot merely rely on passwords and PIN numbers. No bank wants to take any change and compromise on the security front.Tech giants such as Microsoft and Intel have already begun creating and incorporating the biometric id where the integration of biometric Single Sign-On (SSO) password management technique has become the focal point for future. It helps in securing and managing the confidential data from the hackers.Increase in Numbers of Biometric Enabled DevicesAlmost all major Smartphone Manufacturing Companies such as Google, Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, LG, Honor, HTC, and more have already implemented the biometric authentication feature in their devices.According to Gartner, about 30% of the Smartphone devices already have this bonus facility as a robust secured system. Not to say that this figure will only hike in the future and therefore, the banking industry should take full advantage of this facility.Other Platforms Embracing Biometric TechnologyWith the increment in the popularity of the biometric technology, it is no more restricted to banking apps, but has got other payment gateway integration apps on the forum as well.One can certainly cite the example of Apple Pay, implementing the Apple Touch ID and facial recognition to identify the user. Credit goes to Apple for starting the Touch ID, which indeed has spread to the other platforms as well, specifically the banks. Some banks initiating this advanced technology include HSBC, American Express, and Tangerine.The Option of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)There are various other options that are strictly under the process of consideration such as the Multi-Factor Authentication or MFA. This alternative is apart from PINs and passwords, which have become vulnerable and can be targeted easily by the cyber pirates.In this process, the two techniques of biometric authentication is combined; it may include fingerprint and iris scan. This is one of the hardest nuts to crack for the hackers and access the customer’s account details.Biometric Identification MethodsThere are two different approaches when it comes to the biometric identification methods. In the first case, you have to take the help of the built-in biometric sensors and the attaching portable biometric hardware using a USB cable.In the second option, you can do the same using Wi-Fi connectivity. Some extensively employed techniques or methods include:1. Fingerprint ScanUndoubtedly, the fingerprint scanning is one of the most popular and widely used biometric authentication processes. This technique is followed on several devices.2. Face IDThe facial recognition or the face ID is widely used at the bank ATMs and while conducting the transactions on mobile apps or online. However, the other factors such as lighting condition and position of the face also play a vital role in authentication.3. Iris and Retina ScanThis method has also become common especially when you are applying for any important document such as the passport. Here you would find about more than 200 unique points of data that are stored at the server database. This has also been identified as one of the most reliable biometric authentication modes.4. Voice IdentificationThe voice identification process biometric authentication will offer the optimal results when it is paired with some other method such as retina scan or face recognition. HSBC Bank had announced that it would be implementing this technique and customers don’t need to memorize passwords any more.5. Vein Pattern AuthenticationAlthough Vein Pattern Authentication is one of the best methods to go for the biometric authentication, this game isn’t that easy to play. This is because it usually needs the veins of the individual’s palm, eye, or finger to unlock the system.ConclusionThe biometric authentication has gained the spotlight and is regarded as security cover for the financial assets and institutions including banks for the near future. The PINs and passwords are no more secured and with the threats looming large, you need a robust tool for implantation to safeguard your hard earned money. There are different methods in the biometric authentication and so the customers can trust on it; although it is not an ideal solution.

  • The Entire Process of Integrating Siri in the Third-Party Apps

    The Entire Process of Integrating Siri in the Third-Party Apps

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Ever since Apple introduced its voice recognition assistant in 2011, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) based technology is going great guns. Following its successful launch, there were further enhancements and the WWDC Apple Event in 2017 saw the vital announcement of Siri integration with the third-party apps.However, this integration was limited to a few apps only such as messaging, payments, photo search, and booking apps. With the release of iOS 11, this list was further extended and one also witnessed the introduction of SiriKit.The introduction of SiriKit has added another feather into the cap. This framework has simplified the task of the iOS app developers to a great extent. It has become much easier to add new customized features to Siri, which is then integrated with the third-party apps. But it must be noted that you can get access to the benefits of SiriKit only if you are using iOS 10 or the advanced versions.One of the major factors that have led to the increment of the popularity of Siri is that the users’ just need to give a voice command and the task is performed. So, whether it is paying a monthly electric bill, or adding a new item into your online shopping cart, use voice command to get the work done.If we talk about the stat and figures, then according to Business Insider, about 70% of the iPhone users agree that they have used Siri sometimes or rarely. On the other hand, Statista, reports that 51% of Americans comprehensively and clearly understand the usage of Siri in their devices.In fact, the addition of functionality has indeed become easier as it needs to be implemented with the help of SiriKit.Here we would have a detailed discussion on how to integrate the Siri with a third-party app.Selecting a Particular NicheFirst things first, you need to choose a particular domain or niche or the app based on the app activity. However, it must be noted that SiriKit does not support all app domains; so, you have limited choice. For example, you can choose messaging apps, payment, workouts, image searching, climate and radio etc. You can find more options from the SiriKit Programming Guide.Siri makes use of the intents to perform the tasks. When the user wants Siri to fulfil a task, it would send the user intent with other details to the handler of that intent. The intent comprise of its own protocol, which the manager incorporates for that intent. You also get the advantage of expanding the default User Interface in the Siri window.Building a Cocoa Touch FrameworkOnce you have chosen the app domain, the next task is to build a Cocoa Touch framework for the application. You should remember to receive the Siri support through the integration of the Intents Extension and that you cannot use the codes directly.Therefore, you need to take the help of the Cocoa Touch framework. For this, you have to first visit the Xcode menu and then choose File–>New–>Target. This will set up the Cocoa Touch Framework.In the next step, you would be asked to choose the template that you want to use for the target. Then you would get across a window where you can change the template option and name your framework. You need to verify carefully that the framework contains the similar project and check the insert in application field.The Addition of Classes to FrameworkUpon the completion of the above task, the next job in hand is adding the classes to the framework. You can add the classes, which highlight your domain of the user request sending the requests for the backend development process.In case, your class is already integrated move on to the name of your framework. Now, you need to eliminate the class from the key target and add them manually to the framework target.The Integration of the Intent HandlerNow we have reached the most crucial step of integrating the Siri in third-party apps. Here we have to implement the intent handler. But before you go into the details, the first job in hand is to add an intent extension target to your app.You can do this by the following process- File–>New–>Target. Next choose the Intents Extension. At this stage you will be required to fill out a name such as the SiriIntentExtension.”Now you also have to add a few data to the Info.plist” file of the “SiriIntentExtension”<key>NSExtension</key><dict><key>NSExtensionAttributes</key><dict><key>IntentsSupported</key><array><string>INSendMessageIntent</string></array></dict><key>NSExtensionPointIdentifier</key><string>com.apple.intents-service</string><key>NSExtensionPrincipalClass</key><string>$(PRODUCT_MODULE_NAME).IntentHandler</string></dict>You need to denote the supported intents list. In case you are reducing the accessibility of the intents for the locked devices, it is important to detail out the restricted intents list with the help of IntentsRestrictedWhileLocked button.On the other hand, we have the NSExtensionPrincipalClass key offering the name of the class in the IntentsExtension deciding the name of the handler for the intent. You can name this class as IntentHandler.This is an easy step to follow:import Intentsclass IntentHandler: INExtension {   override func handler(for intent: INIntent) -> Any? {     return MessagesIntentHandler()   }}As we can see there is a return of instance of MessagesIntentHandler for the specified intent as we focused only on a single intent type. But in case of various intents, you need to check the intent handler forif intent is INSendMessageIntent {  return MessagesIntentHandler()}The name MessagesIntentHandler is a class and the happening place. So if you want to incorporate this class you can follow the code below.class MessagesIntentHandler: NSObject, INSendMessageIntentHandling {...}You need the support of NSObjectProtocol if you want to run the INSendMessageIntentHandling protocol. This protocol has one compulsory and four other optional functions. If we talk about the four optional functions then these are:The first is known as the resolveRecipients(forSendMessage:with:) where you have to specify the name of the recipient for the given intent. If you are using single intent, please acknowledge the entire suggested recipients. This will prevent Siri from asking the users to resolve the recipient issue.func resolveRecipients(forSendMessage intent: INSendMessageIntent, with completion: @escaping ([INPersonResolutionResult]) -> Void) {  guard let recipients = intent.recipients else {    completion([])    return   }   let resolutionResults = recipients.map {   INPersonResolutionResult.success(with: $0) }    completion(resolutionResults)}Using the code above you have chosen the recipients from the intent to offer a solution for each of these.The second optional function is resolveContent (forSendMessage: with . It helps in the validation of the input test. Check out the following code which is for filtering empty requests.func resolveContent(forSendMessage intent: INSendMessageIntent, with completion: @escaping (INStringResolutionResult) -> Void) {   if let text = intent.content, !text.isEmpty {     completion(INStringResolutionResult.success(with: text))   } else {     completion(INStringResolutionResult.needsValue())     }  }The users have to get authorized before they can use the app and get access to the SiriIntentExtention’s functionality. If you want to check the authorization of the users make sure the INSendMessageIntentHandling protocol has the confirm(sendMessage:completion:) function.func confirm(sendMessage intent: INSendMessageIntent, completion: @escaping (INSendMessageIntentResponse) -> Void) {   let userActivity = NSUserActivity(activityType: String(describing: INSendMessageIntent.self))   let responseCode: INSendMessageIntentResponseCode   if !NetworkReachability.isReachable {     userActivity.userInfo = ["error": SiriIntentError.noInternetConnection]     responseCode = .failureMessageServiceNotAvailable   } else if !UserSession.hasAuthorizedSession() {     userActivity.userInfo = ["error": SiriIntentError.notAuthorized]       responseCode = .failureRequiringAppLaunch   } else {    responseCode = .success   }   let response = INSendMessageIntentResponse(code: responseCode, userActivity: userActivity)  completion(response)}You need to verify the authorization of the user along with checking the internet connectivity as well. Do remember that NSUserActivity is accessible only if the application is opened. If you are unable to verify you get an error such as failureRequiringAppLaunch.Siri will prompt the user to open his application. Once the app gets opened, you would sort out the userActivity and probably retry for authorization. We can how get the code for the last main function such asfunc handle(sendMessage intent: INSendMessageIntent, completion: @escaping (INSendMessageIntentResponse) -> Void) {  MessageResolver.resolveSiriRequest(with: intent.content) { message in   self.apiClient.send(message: message) { error in    let responseCode: INSendMessageIntentResponseCode    let userActivity = NSUserActivity(activityType: NSStringFromClass(INSendMessageIntent.self))    if let error = error {      userActivity.userInfo = ["error": error]      responseCode = .failure    } else {      responseCode = .success    }    let response = INSendMessageIntentResponse(code: responseCode, userActivity: userActivity)completion(response)    }  }}Here we try to solve the user domain issue by sending a wrapped message to the server intent.content. This is the user-recorded text message. In case you do not succeed in the task, you can send a failure response code. In such a case the Siri would inform the user that their request wasn’t successfully sent.If you want to get more information on integration of the MessageIntentHandler, do consult the GitHub. Don’t forget to add the NSSiriUsageDescription key to the app’s Info.plist.The TestingNow the last task is testing whether the integration of Siri in third-party app was successful or not. In order to do so we have to imagine any app name for example, say Beautiful and the NSSiriUsageDescription.After this try using Siri and say Beautiful a message saying test message. You get across to the next screen as below:Well, there is another alternative as well in which you can access the functionality with the process of authorization, which will lead you to the screen below:Topnotch Third-Party Apps using SiriIt is noteworthy that some top-notch brands are using Siri in their third-party apps. Some worthy names include Uber, Skype, Lyft, Pinterest, Whatsapp, LinkedIn, and others.Important Tips for Developing the ExtensionIn case, you are using the network requests, make sure to compulsorily add the domains for both the app as well as the SiriIntentExtension to extensions for availing the App Transport Security Settings.The Apple docs offer you the scope to integrate your own tailor-made dictionary of app-specific and user-specific words that Siri can actually misinterpret.By using the command INPreferences.requestSiriAuthorization, you can manually ask for permission for using Siri.Siri will only identify the app through its name. In case of two languages such as English and German app localizations, the Siri will not be able to help out user without specific localization name if the user chooses German as Siri language. But you can sort out this issue by offering the CFBundleDisplayName” key for localization with exact value.The Concluding LinesSiriKit is still a new feature that has made its inception in the recent times. Therefore, the iOS app developers may take some time to have a better understanding of the framework. One of the aspects that can create problems for user is limitations of words. However, Apple is trying to address this issue and upgrading the framework to make it more flexible.We know that Apple has launched its latest iOS 12.1 version with several new features and functionaries. The company is planning to expand the range of app domains and add a few more into the list.If you want to integrate Siri in the third-party apps, then you can rely on one of the proficient App Development Company and get in touch with the experts.

  • Why You Should Develop an Own Radio Station Mobile App

    Why You Should Develop an Own Radio Station Mobile App

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    You must be wondering why you need to develop a radio station app when people have a wide spectrum of options to get worldwide news, listening to music, watching videos and movies, etc. But as they say Old is God; and radio is one exclusive and vintage medium that people have fond memories of. At a time when there was no television or the internet, radio was the sole source of information and mass entertainment.Yes, whether it is listening to the radio news bulletin or the live radio cricket commentary. It is altogether a totally different and unique experience. You cannot compare that excitement and thrill with television.Ever since radio broadcasting made its inception during World War I, it has become the most vital medium of mass communication. The first radio stations were set up in Pittsburg, New York, and Chicago in 1920. By 1923, there were as many as 450 radio stations sprouted across the United States.Without any doubt, radio broadcasting has traveled a long way ahead of becoming almost a century older. As the technology digitally transformed, the radio stations first went on to go online and then with the advent and flourishing of mobile applications, it saw another important transition. They are available in the form of mobile apps; meaning you can tune to a radio station using its particular app.Now, let’s figure out a few specific reasons why creating your own radio station app has become successful trend in the app market.1. The Market Trends and StatisticsIf you think that social media, YouTube and television channels have dried out the radio market and listeners, you would be amazed to find out the interesting facts through these statistics.Statista reports that an average listener tunes to the different radio stations for about 13 hours and 40 minutes approximately in a week.In fact, according to another website, the radio’s streaming ad is expected to hit around $2.3 billion by 2022. And if these numbers are still not convincing to change your mind then please note that 45% of the users usually recommend favorite radio stations or apps in person.The report presented by Nielsen Music further excites story. It informs that the audio has performed better in comparison to the video as far as streaming activities far concerned as 54% of all online streaming activates takes place through the radio. In fact, the demand for the music has also increased by 9% as compared to the previous year.According to Edison Research, the popularity of the online radio constantly surges in the recent few years and this growth is visible in different demographic regions of the world. The Report on Internet Radio Trends indicates that 95% of listeners are tuning to stations by mobile apps.2. Allowing Additional Access of Audio StreamThe mobile radio application offers you the widest choice of stations to a listener that a traditional radio set or transistor cannot provide due to analogue signaling system. The users also receive high-quality audio streaming, which enhances their experience while listening to music or any other program.In order to offer that optimal experience, it is recommended to choose AAC+64Kbs streaming quality or higher. The radio app will also let the user to get an access to the additional live radio streaming created to target a particular domain. In short, the users get more access to your content such as the articles, blogs, and interviews etc.3. Compete in the MarketSince you are a mobile app owner, you have to face a stern competition because the numbers of mobile apps have increased excessively specifically in the on-demand market domain. This competition is getting tougher as new players are entering the field.For instance, Apple’s entry with the music streaming app has already created a lot of buzz around. However, if you want to surpass every other app then make sure that you offer something extraordinary that draws the attention of the listeners and plan your strategy differently.4. Acts as the Best Promotional ToolWe all know that radio has been one of the most important medium for advertising products and services. Now with a radio app, you would be able to send targeted messages to potential listeners if there is any promotional offer or customer reward. The message would reach each listener and you don’t need to employ any other marketing tool.If you want you can restrict the geographical boundary of your target listeners to whom you want to send the message. Another method is employing the tactics of similar to beacon technology wherein you send the message to the user if your promotional campaign in close proximity with the user device.5. Radio App a Revenue Yielding BusinessEvery business entrepreneur who literally invests in the mobile application expects to get optimal Return on Investment (ROI) from the app. And be rest assured that if you are banking on the radio app, you would reap good profitable revenue.We have already discussed earlier that the revenue of online radio app have amplified in the recent years. One of the major reasons leading to this increment is the app monetization plans and policies.According to a statistic, the Internet radio ads will comprise 20% of all radio industry revenue by 2020. In fact, a column has been published in the renowned magazine Forbes which says that advertisement on internet radios will be the next big thing for the businesses.6. Radio Apps Better Than WebsitesIn a debate about which is better; a radio mobile application or a website; the former excels over the later. This is because websites are less responsive and have few features in comparison to the apps.Secondly, the apps tend to offer far better User Experience (UX). The radio apps built on native platform provide advantages including background streaming and notifications. The apps are also more interactive as well.7. The Facility of App CustomizationOne of the major factors that can push more traffic to your app is adding the element of customization and making it more personal. The radio app offers that facility where you can customize a large number of playlist configurations. The app should be able guess the user preferences.You can redefine the feature of customization with the addition of AI-powered algorithms so that it can guess more appropriately.8. Offering On-Demand ContentThe radio app also provides the benefit of on-demand content such as listening to live streaming music or renowned DJs on the floor. The app also provides the option of streaming podcasts that have gained popularity in the recent times. According to an estimate, about 57% of the Americans said that they prefer listening to podcasts on the monthly basis.Summing the DiscussionRadio has been and will remain very special for the worldwide listeners and its craze is never going to fade out. Walking shoulder to shoulder with the advanced technology will always offer the optimum outcome for your business and therefore, ending up with the decision to build a radio station mobile app is viable considering the bright future of online radio industry. It’s your turn now to tune to the right radio channel!

  • Top Mobile App Development Framework in 2019

    Top Mobile App Development Framework in 2019

    Saturday, January 12, 2019

    There has been a paradigm shift in implementing the rightful business strategies. Most enterprises are switching from desktop websites to mobile applications, which is a fast-track passage to reach the targeted audiences. However, the mobile app industry is also going through one of the most competitive phases where the selection of the right framework along with an apt platform and development strategy becomes pivotal.Over the years there has been a steady increase in the number of programming languages for both Android as well as iOS Operating Systems. In fact, the cross-platform app development has also gained momentum and one can certainly credit the best of the frameworks for this major transformation. The frameworks also play a crucial role in converting an Android app into an iOS app and vice-versa.Let’s have a look at some of the popular mobile app development frameworks that will become a major tool for the developers in 2019 and beyond.1. IonicIonic is one of the widely used frameworks employed for the development of mobile apps. What’s more interesting to note is that it is free of cost. It is usually a client-side framework that helps in building native-based apps with a combination of HTML, CSS3, and JavaScript.The Ionic framework also supports the latest mobile devices and prepares a robust ground for the mobile app before its final launching in the market.The element of HTML5 helps in building hybrid apps as well. There is no doubt that it is regarded as one of the best assets for the development of the Progressive Web Apps. It can function well with the powerful Software Development Kit such as the Angular. It also works best with PhoneGap and Cordova.Read also: Why You Should Choose Ionic Framework To Build Your Next Mobile App?2. React NativeIt is one of the other popular cross-platform frameworks that have been launched by social media king Facebook. Although it made its inception about three years ago in 2013 it has become one of the preferred choices for the mobile app developers.React Native is basically an open-source framework offering ample support to the IDEs and the other mobile app development tools. It is supposed to be one of the optimal JavaScript frameworks for creating native apps for both Android and iOS platforms. You can choose the React for the web and React Native for the mobile app development.Read also: What Makes React Native the Future of Hybrid App Development?3. XamarinSoftware Giant Microsoft introduced Xamarin, which is based in San Francisco. For making the best use of the Xamarin, the developers must learn to carry out the C# codebase and develop useful apps for Android, iOS, and Windows.You can even share these codes with the help of Windows and Mac OS platforms. Since it allows the benefit of code sharing, the developers can save a lot of their time.4. Adobe PhoneGapIf there is any alternation or change in the mobile app development, you can view it instinctively with the PhoneGap. This is yet again a cross-platform app development framework using which the developers can develop apps in JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS. In case, you are planning to develop a hybrid app, it should top your priority list.This amazing framework is not only offering best-in-class performance but also offers the freedom to the developers so that they can work without any hardware restrictions. It can develop apps for almost all the major Operating systems in addition to Android and iOS. You also have the leverage to add more functionality with the addition of plugins.5. FlutterFlutter was launched recently by Google and is an open-source mobile application development SDK. It is a popular cross-platform app development and is written in the Dart language.However, when it comes to the choice of framework, it is best suited for the development of the hybrid apps. It makes use of the 2D rendering engine called Skia to develop the visuals. The visuals resemble like the Material Design and Cupertino style. It is also much easier to test your project in Flutter. You don’t have to restart your project if there is any mistake.Read also: Google Launched Flutter to Simplify App Development: Let’s Know More About It6. Corona SDKCorona SDK is ten times quicker as compared to the other mobile development frameworks. One of the important aspects is that is supported by Lua, a light-weight programming language that offers speed, ease of usage and flexibility to develop apps.So, if you have to code at a good speed without comprising the app quality, then this is your choice. Moreover, it is also free and supports Windows and Mac OS as well.7. JQuery MobileThe jQuery is an HTML5 based development framework. One of the facts that make it unique is that it can run across all the devices with just a single code version. You can use this framework to built both mobile apps as well as websites and get extensive supports for all types of operating systems including Windows, Mac OS, Blackberry, Firefox, and Kindle etc.You can download the jQuery version in two variants; as a customized framework or the latest stable version. This readily shows that its popularity and demand is surging higher with faster app development in combination with the plugins.8. Intel XDKThis is also a cross-platform mobile app development framework that can help in creating meaningful apps with the presence of plugins. You can develop responsive and interactive apps for all devices.It also makes the task of testing, debugging and emulation easier apart from developing the app. The Intel XDX framework also supports the futuristic technologies such as IoT and popular framework like Node.js.You also get the advantage of previewing your project live if you are making any changes. You also get the option of drag and drop to develop the apps despite getting unwanted codes.9. Native ScriptsThis has been ranked as the top frameworks for the development of the hybrid apps. Telerik, a Bulgaria based software company, which supports this framework and the creator is Progress.The apps using the Native Scripts utilize the same APIs similar to using Xcode or the Android Studio. You will get sufficient help in the form of tutorials from the official website.10. Mobile Angular UIThe Mobile Angular UI combines the implementation of the Bootstrap and Angular framework. It simplifies the process of development and you can build the apps using HTML5. The developers can also make use of fastclick.js and overthrow.js offering a seamless experience. This is a free framework.ConclusionThe frameworks are the most important driving tools for building any mobile or web application. It must be remembered that every project or app has a different requirement and so the choice of the framework must be made carefully and after ascertaining the other essential factors. The year 2019 will see the emergence of many popular frameworks but these will top the priority list of the developers.

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