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Planning to create a new Android App? Note Down these 4 Things

Having already observed a few trends and knowing that investing in Android App is rather a smart move, you must have started brainstorming about your app ideas seriously. That’s great! The best time to put your thoughts into actions is now. An Android app is your opportunity to make the lives of billions of people better thorough your creation.

But before you jump into Android app development bandwagon, there are a few things that you cannot afford to miss. This post is immensely helpful for the first-time Android app developers.

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Mobile Apps

Why PhoneGap May Not Be Suitable For App?

If I were to ask a developer two reasons why is she using PhoneGap, the answer might be – first, building a cross-platform app for multiple platform is quicker than developing a native app for each, and second, maintaining just a single project for an app is cost-effective in both short and long term.
PhoneGap provides an easy way for developers to deploy apps to multiple platforms. It enables you to utilize your coding skills and write code in HTML, CSS and Javascript, cross-platform web programming language, to develop natively-installed apps. Thus, PhoneGap is essentially an application container technology that renders HTML content through embedded web-browser, which is not Chrome or Safari. It is rather the web-view used by native OS. On Android, it is android.webkit.WebView and on iOS it is Objective-C UIWebView class.

According to the official website, PhoneGap has been downloaded over 1 million times and it claims that the framework is being used by 400,000 developers. The numbers suggest that it is a decent success, but it is definitely not for everyone for all the benefits it provides.

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Mobile Apps

How To Get Your Next Big App Idea?

The next big idea is what industries and investors are eagerly looking forward to, even if it is disruptive (or probably because it could be disruptive). Huge sum of money is splurged on the “Unicorn”, any startup that has huge potential and is a million dollar idea.

From where these ideas come? Is it pure serendipity, or are there some other forces at work? Well, if I say that the many money-making ideas are part “luck” and part “experience”, I wouldn’t be wrong. Granted, there have been startups by fresh college graduates and dropouts, but the experience doesn’t only come from corporate, right?

Do you want to make your mark in Entrepreneurship arena? How about getting a brilliant idea for an application? Here’s how to start!

Look Around

If you’ve got a lot friends, that’s a plus. Ask them what they wish their smartphone had or could do. Is there anything that can be coded and converted into an application? The point is, try solving the problem that users are facing with their smartphones or probably the app they are fancy about. The ideas are all around you. Some are in written form, while others are out there in the fresh air.

Search App Stores

Search extensively on Google Play Store, iTunes, BlackBerry World, and Windows Store. Your idea might be hiding in there. Go through the applications of the categories you are interested to create an app in, find reviews and carefully note the recommendations and complaints of app reviewers. Ask yourself, can your app address those issues? Can you provide existing services that aren’t available for free (everybody loves free stuff)?

Steal like an artist.

Join Mobile App Communities and Contribute to Forums

There are many communities and forums populated by App developers and users. This will not only help you learn new traits, but also keep you abreast with the latest happenings in app ecosystem. Don’t shy about sharing what you believe or feel about your idea(s), but you don’t need to sip all the beans. Getting validations is a huge motivation.

Follow Latest Startups

There are many founders and entrepreneurs that have emulated the business model of their (pre-existing) foreign counterparts and modeled their services as per their own country and people, for example, Sina Weibo, a Chinese micro-blogging website that is more of a hybrid of Facebook and Twitter and belongs to the Tumblr’s category.

There are no scarcity of websites that cover startups (and the content sells like hot choco-lava); TechCrunch, Wired, Mashable are some of the examples. You can also follow influencers, entrepreneurs and, founders on Twitter and LinkedIn. Networking is very important. Try to connect with them, tell your plans and get their suggestions. It is easier said than done, but who said businesses are easy to build?
Look for the opportunities that can be built into a viable business, and leverage the demography or laws and regulations unique to your country.

Conclusion

There is no dearth of opportunities. Innovations in technologies are opening new avenues for developers and businesses alike. Riding on the shoulders of smartphones, on-demand economy has fueled the growth of many startups and will continue to do so. You’re just an innovative idea away from changing the lives of people for the better.

iOS, Mobile Apps

How Not to Get Your iOS App Rejected?

Apple has a fine sense of design, thanks to the design philosophies of its founder, Steve Jobs. The products of this Cupertino company are often cited as the perfect example of how art complements technology. No wonder why Apple is the gold-standard for product design and delivery.

Apple has never licensed its OS to computer or smartphone manufacturers, unlike Windows and Android, in order to hold its control over the quality it delivers to end-users. Some appreciate this approach, while others call it counter intuitive. From whichever school of thought you belong to, you cannot deny the exemplary standards the company has set over the years.

Contrary to its software and hardware department, Apple doesn’t have a major contribution to make in its App Store as independent app developer community is the key player. But the company has its gatekeepers in place. There are algorithms and moderators that review an app before accepting it for app store. There are strict guidelines that must be followed by developers if they want their app to the lights of the iPhone (or iPad).

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5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Android Apps

This is the second blog of our series of Android App Development articles.

The internet users on smartphones are increasingly preferring native applications to the traditional web browsing or web app. Hence, this doesn’t come as a surprise when startups and enterprises sometimes go to the app-only mode for mobile platforms.

Applications allow businesses to maintain a close relationship with their customers or clients or even employees (in the case of enterprise apps). Responsive apps, which are imperative rather than a necessity, offer great experience to mobile or tablet users and may turn customers into brand loyalists.
Android and iOS are top two markets in terms of app users and revenues, while Microsoft Store comes a distant third.

According to Statista, there are 1.6 billion apps on Google Play Store, the highest among app store of all Mobile OS platforms, but the stat that makes Android an enticing option for developers is the number of users of this Mobile OS. Android has more than 1.4 billion 30-day active users globally.

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Trends in Business Mobile App Development [Infographic]

If a company aims towards a mobile-first strategy, it cannot afford to miss the opportunity an app presents for a better customer engagement. There are more than 1.6 billion apps on Google Play Store and more than a billion apps on iOS. In fact, 85% of the smartphone market is dominated by iOS and Android.

There are two major categories of applications, i.e. Native and Hybrid. Native apps are platform specific apps written in native language. On the other hand, hybrid apps are written in web language and thus, supports multiple platform. Hybrid apps are put in native containers so as to extend native like features to apps developed in cross-platform language.

Apart from the distinctions between app, there is clearly a new emerging concept of enterprise apps as more and more companies are concerned about data safety and employees’ productivity. Focus on big data analytics and popularity of cloud-computing is fueling the rise of enterprise apps and mobility.
Amid this app-frenzy world, we tried to find a few trends.

mobile app development - InfoGraphic

Conclusion

Hybrid apps are on the rise, and the same trends holds true for enterprise apps. Companies are increasingly trying to stay ahead of the technology curve to stay relevant.

Mobile apps are the future… and the present.

Is Developing A Windows App a Sensible Decision?

Windows Store seems like a work in progress, always. The app gap (a commonly used term to refer to the difference of applications between any two mobile OSs) is huge. Having replaced BB from its position a few years back, the OS now comes third, after Android and iOS, in terms of mobile OS’s market share, but it is a distant third indeed. Microsoft has always been vocal about its plan to woo developers to build apps for the Windows platform, but such claims seem vacuous if one sees the number and quality of applications in its store.

Having said that, I cannot assume that the future of Windows Mobile is bleak. At least, the Redmond company has taken its hardware department seriously and its flagship model, Lumia 950, is promising.
Is Windows a viable store to park your application?

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Android Apps’ Trends To Look Forward to in 2016

The world’s largest app store has come a long way since its launch. Android fanboys (the name Android loyalists normally referred to as) may have seen the transformations unfolding before their eyes.

During the initial phase, most of the applications (even Facebook’s mobile app) on Google play store were hybrid (natively-installed and cross-platform apps written in web language). They were seriously lacking in the performance front and were definitely not known for delivering a good user-experience.

Source: Mobile App Survey Report
Source: Mobile App Survey Report

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Mobile Apps

Why Not to Ignore Web Apps?

According to Gartner, by the year 2016 the total units of device shipment of Mobile Phones are expected to be 2,062 million compared to 233 million units of traditional PCs. The demand of Desktop PCs and Notebooks is falling year after year, if the number of shipping units is any indication of the same. So it comes as no surprise why applications are the hot-favorite of developers and entrepreneurs. Many startups are going the “app-only” way and ditching mobile web browser. As developing and maintaining a web app needs a separate project of its own, a company might condone its “app-only” move, but is it a right strategy? Are apps the future of mobile-first businesses or startups? Are web apps redundant?

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Is PhoneGap Right For Your Application?

There has always been a debate between which is better: Hybrid apps or Native apps.

Developers for long have voiced their opinion that hybrid can never match the performance of a native app, and Mark Zukerburg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, said that using HTML5 for mobile app of Facebook was its worst mistake.

(Facebook’s mobile app was a hybrid one until 2012.)

That being said, there are many advantages of hybrid applications and thus, at many instances PhoneGap can be a savior in the app development process. The devil lies in the details so let’s find the devil.

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