WWDC Keynote 2019

WWDC Keynote 2019 Highlights

Apple’s annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) is one of their annual special events, and the WWDC keynote always sets the stage for the rest of the week. During the conference, they publicly introduce new hardware, software, and services, and arm developers with tools to build fantastic apps that take advantage of new capabilities of each of their platforms— iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS. Seats are always limited, so we were excited to have the opportunity to attend in person this year.

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Blockchain Technology

Blockchain and Mobile App Development

Blockchain is an emerging technology that has the potential to reshape numerous industries, including mobile apps. Among other things, it offers the ability to secure data, reduce intermediaries, provide global transparency, and keep an immutable record.

In this blog, we’ll provide a basic overview of how the technology works, the benefits it can offer in a variety of industries, and some opportunities within the mobile app economy.

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Google I/O Keynote Highlights 2019

The annual Google I/O Conference conference got off to a big start Tuesday with a keynote session rolling out new hardware, software, innovations, and upgrades that had attendees and media observers on their feet with excitement.

The biggest – and most anticipated – hardware announcement at the Google I/O Keynote was the new Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones, which trade performance and extras for affordability, coming in several hundred dollars under their more feature-rich predecessors. And the audience was very appreciative of a 3.5mm headphone jack, missing and sorely missed from earlier Pixel phones. Google dropped the processor’s strength, put a 64GB limit on available storage and removed waterproofng and wireless charging capabilities to get the price down and free up space for the headphone jack.

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Tips for Pitching An App

Tips for Pitching An App to Potential Investors

One challenge that many start-ups face is obtaining finances, so we put together some tips for pitching an app to potential investors. Outside investment can accelerate the development of your app, support programs to market it, and provide a powerful endorsement of you and your app.

Your app idea might have all the elements needed to succeed, but how you share your idea can make a big difference in the kind of funding you receive. These tips for pitching an app highlight some elements that can make your idea attractive to investors. They focus on differentiating yourself from the competition and presenting realistic — but inspiring — goals.

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Generation Impacts App Design

Designing Apps for Different Generations

The generation in which we were born influences many things in our lives, including our relationship with technology. As a result, it’s valuable to consider generational demographics as you design and develop your app.

We’ve written before about market considerations for app development, noting the importance of defining your product vision and objectives prior to launching into any technical work. One of the most critical items to pinpoint is your target user — the person for whom your app solves a problem or meets a need.

The work to understand a target user is typically called customer segmentation. Customer segmentation is a strategic process of identifying a narrowed customer base with similar differentiators – demographic, geographic, behavioral, etc. The process not only helps your marketing efforts, but also allows you to better understand the behaviors and expectations your customers will have when using your product.

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IoT Apps for Business & Home

How IoT Apps are Impacting Business and Personal Life

The Internet of Things (IoT) is reshaping industries, and an increasing number of IoT apps are being built to leverage this technology in both business and personal settings.

The idea of the “Internet of Things” dates back to the late 1990s, but the opportunities have been multiplying rapidly in recent years. McKinsey estimates it will grow into an $11 trillion industry segment by 2025. The term IoT is mainly used to reference extending internet connectivity to devices that would not normally be considered “smart.” Sensors are imbedded in everything from natural to man-made objects, enabling these devices to transfer data over the network, independently of any sort of human action.

IoT apps collect and leverage this sensor data, providing an interface for businesses to do everything from operate more efficiently to improve customer experience. IoT apps are also enabling consumers to take better control of their health, home, and more. In this post, we’ll review some of the ways IoT apps are being used to manage health, increase workplace efficiency, and customize your home.

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App Integration

App Integration: Building Apps that Interface with Others

App integration, in a general sense, is the process of bringing resources or capabilities from one application to another. As the world of apps continues to evolve, app integration is becoming expected in many contexts. For example, if you’ve ever used your Facebook credentials to login to another app, you’ve taken advantage of an app integration. The developer of the second application spared you the hassle of providing personal details by integrating their authentication process with Facebook.

Not only can the creation of your app benefit from your developer leveraging app integrations, but you can also create your app in a way that allows it to be integrated into other apps. This could either lead to a revenue opportunity for you or help to broaden the reach of your app or platform.

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Discovery Phase of App Development

The Discovery Phase of App Development: Key for Success

We believe the discovery phase of the app development process is key to the success of your mobile app. Those of you new to app development might wonder what on earth we are “discovering,” so we’re going to devote this post to a deep dive into what’s involved.

Comparable in some ways to strategy development, the discovery phase aims to create a shared understanding of your product vision and objectives through detailed research, discussion, and analysis of your idea. The end goal is visualization of the entire scope of the app, defining a feature set that will drive app goals and create real value for users. Discovery is the first part of the app development process, and it lays the foundation for the design, development, and deployment that follows.

Most mobile app development companies utilize a workshop style meeting to get to the heart of (or “discover”) your idea. While this is a critical piece of the discovery phase, there is important work that needs to be done prior to the discovery workshop to make the time most effective.

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Augmented Reality (AR)

How Augmented Reality (AR) Can Benefit Business

Augmented Reality (AR) applications have grown significantly in recent years, and if you are in business leadership, this emerging technology should definitely be on your radar. It has the potential to revolutionize the way many companies operate.

To understand how augmented reality works, it’s helpful to take a step back and think about how we understand “reality.” In many ways, your senses define your physical reality. What you see, what you hear, what you touch and smell and taste, all combine to create your perception of what is in your world. In the case of sight, you make sense of what is in front of you by comparing what you see with what you’ve seen before. You know what a tree is, what a person is. You can tell an adult from a child. You know that stores sell things. But is a certain store you’ve happened upon open right now? You don’t know, not without more information.

What if, while looking at that store from your car, your reality included their store hours? If you saw in clear text (or a clock face) the time they open or close, hovering over the building? It wouldn’t be real in the physical sense, but as part of your perception it would be real information you can act on. With that addition made, we could say that your reality has been augmented. You would have experienced AR.

Augmented Reality is technology that adds new information to what your senses perceive. While there is some audible AR tech, today’s augmented reality technology is mostly focused on the visual. It enhances or expands real life by superimposing computer images on top of your view of reality. It’s important to note that this is distinct from Virtual Reality (VR) which replaces your world with a computer generated one.

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Mobile App Quality Testing

Mobile App Quality Testing

Mobile app quality testing is an essential part of the mobile app development process, yet we find many clients are largely unaware of what it is and why it matters.

Quality Assurance (QA) testing is the process where a person or team validates an app’s design and verifies its functionality. Simply put, it means the app development company takes the time to make sure that the app is easy and intuitive to use, and that it actually works the way it was intended — without the app crashing or acting weird.

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