Kotlin Android Development

Kotlin: A Powerful New Android Programming Language

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Android mobile app development is being shaken up by a newcomer – the Kotlin programming language – which in a few short years has gained enormous attention along with a small but growing share of the language market.

Kotlin was first officially released in February 2016 by JetBrains, the company behind IntelliJ IDEA, the heart of Android Studio, the tool used for most Android mobile app development. Less than two years later Google announced official support for Kotlin on Android at Google I/O 2017, and as of the release of Android Studio 3.0 a few months later, it is now built into the development toolset, officially making it a first-class Android language. It has made inroads into a lot of high-profile companies, including Amazon Web Services, Evernote, Pinterest, Coursera, Netflix, Uber, Square, Trello, Basecamp, and others. Read More

New Consumer Apps

The Newest Consumer Apps You’ll Want to Use

Despite the millions of apps in the app stores, entrepreneurs keep coming up with great ideas for fun new consumer apps. InspiringApps recently had the privilege of working with three young companies to design and develop some exciting new consumer apps: ēdn, Voxicard, and Ahaa!

Ahaa! and Voxicard are both image-centric social apps meant to get you back in touch with your surroundings and connect you with friends and family across states and oceans. ēdn changes the way you garden, leveraging technology to help you at every stage from planting to harvesting. Here’s an overview of each of these consumer apps – we think you’ll want to try them out! Read More

Siri Shortcuts

Siri Shortcuts Offer Benefits to Consumers and Businesses

Siri Shortcuts, available with the release of iOS 12, are Apple’s next advance in the quest to create a more robust product assistant across all of their product line.

Most of us are familiar with Siri, Apple’s voice assistant that utilizes voice queries and a natural-language user interface to answer questions and perform any variety of actions. Siri is built into every device they sell, and with iOS 12 she’s about to get a lot more capable, thanks to Siri Shortcuts.

In a nutshell, Siri Shortcuts are designed to help consumers streamline the things they do often. They will transform how many people utilize their smart devices, and businesses that are prepared can also reap benefits from this feature. Read More

Coding Bootcamps

Do Coding Bootcamps Deliver on Jobs?

Coding bootcamps made their debut around 2011 and these intensive software training programs are still running strong. This likely comes as no surprise, as code related jobs remain on the rise, and the industry needs more developers. Software developer jobs offer individuals exciting career opportunities and, in some cases, the potential to earn high starting salaries.

If you’re interested in joining the developer ranks, does it matter where and how you pick up coding skills? Computer Science degrees from four-year universities offer an obvious path to breaking into tech, but not everyone has the time or resources to pursue a four year degree – especially if you’ve already got one in another field. But are coding bootcamps worth it? Can they deliver the same promises of employment as universities? Read More

Cost to Develop an App

The Cost to Develop an App

Whether you are an entrepreneur with a new business idea or a CEO looking to increase productivity with a mobile app, a top concern on your mind is undoubtedly the cost to develop an app. Starting around $25,000 for a simple standalone app, and running to over $1,000,000 for a complex app with numerous integrations and features, app development costs depend on a series of factors.

What determines the ballpark cost to develop an app? As you would expect, app development cost is heavily influenced by the app’s features and functionality. A complex feature set requires additional up front work to understand the user experience needs, and also lends to increased complexity in visual interface design. Coding those features obviously requires time, and each piece of functionality must undergo it’s own quality assurance testing.

While an app’s features and functionality play a significant role in determining the cost to develop an app, there are other factors that impact the bill. These include things like the development platform, user interface, server requirements, and even the type of agency hired. We’ll review some of these factors before talking about typical app development costs. Read More

Austin App Development

Mobile App Development and More in Austin, TX

Earlier this year we announced that we opened a second mobile app development office in Austin, Texas. We’re extremely excited to be part of the Austin community and wanted to share with you some of the unique opportunities it offers, not only for app development, but in the tech space and life in general. Read More

Dark UX Design

Dark UX Design – Leveraging User Research to Mislead

As app developers we talk often of the importance User Experience (UX) design, but in this post our hope is to make you aware of its less noble counterpart called Dark UX Design. Dark UX design, or dark patterns, are features of interface design crafted to trick users into doing something they might not want to do, but which benefit the business in question.

As a refresher, UX design at its best anticipates users’ needs and objectives, as well as their assumptions and behaviors, in order to increase the usability, accessibility, and enjoyment of a product. Typically, creating such benefits for the user also ultimately benefits the company as the product is often more successful as a result.

Dark UX design also seeks to understand the the user, and make intentional, well crafted design decisions. Unfortunately, as noted, the aim of these decisions is often to persuade, mislead, or otherwise encourage the user to partake in the company’s objectives, perhaps to the detriment of their own.

As the rules of an ever-changing technology industry continue to evolve, we are seeing consumers push back against such design choices, essentially asking designers to hold to high ethical standards. They are demanding transparency and accountability – the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a perfect example of this, with its emphasis on privacy by design. Read More

GDPR Impacts App Development

How GDPR Impacts App Development

With the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) last month, many clients are wondering how GDPR impacts app development stateside. While there is, of course, no simple answer, this post will review some key implications of GDPR at a high level so you know where you might need to dig deeper. Read More

WWDC Keynote 2018

Apple WWDC Keynote and State of the Platform Highlights 2018

The WWDC keynote address, given by CEO Tim Cook, once again kickstarted Apple’s annual worldwide developer conference. In many ways, the upgrades announced in this year’s WWDC keynote felt like an extension of WWDC 2017, albeit with marked improvements and much welcomed additions. Let’s take a look at some of the most important bits of news across iOS and macOS. Read More

Inclusive Design

Inclusive Design at Boulder Start-Up Week 2018

Inclusive design refers to design that considers the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age, and other forms of human difference. Inclusive design seeks to make the best possible product for the largest number of people. We are passionate about this topic for a number of reasons, and were thrilled to be able to present a session on it last week at Boulder Startup Week.

While considerations for those with some form of disability is only one facet of inclusive design, we chose to focus our session on it for the sake of time. We shared a bit of history, talked about motivation, and showed several real world examples that demonstrated how designing for accessibility improved the UX/UI for all.

We can’t cover all the details in this post, but we’ll share some big picture concepts and include some recommended readings on this topic. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to see some of the demos we shared or talk more specifically. Read More

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