Kotlin Android Development

Kotlin: A Powerful New Android Programming Language

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

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

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

Avoiding App Store Rejection

Top Tips to Avoid App Store Rejection

After spending considerable resources to develop an app, no one wants to experience app store rejection. There are a number of common issues that cause apps to get rejected by the Apple App Store or Google Play, so it’s important from the outset to be familiar with the design, content, and tech requirements that are used to evaluate apps. Read More

App Development Buzzwords

Decoding Software Development Buzzwords

Software developers have their fair share of development buzzwords, lingo, slang, and jargon. Walking into a developer’s office can sometimes feel like stepping off the plane in a new country. You think you know which direction you are going but can’t read the signs because your phrasebook is still packed in your suitcase. We hope this post helps to decode some of those development buzzwords and provides you with a basic understanding of common software development terms. Read More

App Development Process Infographic

Mobile App Development Process Infographic

Mobile app development has exploded over the past decade, with over five million mobile apps now available for download between Apple’s App Store and Google Play. While that number is daunting, individuals and businesses continue to come to us with exciting new ideas for mobile apps that could change how people live, work, and play.

Despite the fact that most people are familiar with how to download and use a mobile app, many don’t understand what it takes to build one. We created this infographic on the mobile app development process to help provide an overview of the stages involved. Please feel free to share it if you find it helpful – and, of course, contact us if you have questions or want to learn more.  Read More

App Accessibility for All

App Accessibility: Valuable for All Apps

App accessibility refers to the concept of building an app in such a way that it is usable by people with the widest possible range of abilities, including those who are living with disabilities. While the ADA’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2 standards do not specifically address mobile apps, we think app accessibility is the right thing to do on many levels. Even from a pragmatic perspective, one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability, so overlooking app accessibility reduces your potential user base significantly. Read More

Hooked book

Getting People Hooked on Your App

Happy 2017! We hope this year holds prosperity and success for you. We’ll do our part to advance your success by including content in our blog that is interesting and informative to people like us: people inspired and energized by technology and all its nuances. We’re kicking off the year with a review of a book that we think you should add to your reading list for 2017.

When someone comes to us with a new app idea and says, “I know nothing about app development,” we always encourage them to get a free copy of our book. It provides a broad overview of the business and technical considerations involved in an app development project. We have recently come across another book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, that we think is an excellent companion to it.

Why do some apps succeed while others do not? Author Nir Eyal would suggest it’s because use of the app has become a habit. Habit creation is both an art and a science, and Eyal unpacks the science of it through explaining a design pattern called “the hook.” A hook is an experience designed to connect the user’s problem to the company’s solution with enough frequency to form a habit. Read More

Social App Development

Key Features of a Successful Social App

We love developing apps of all kinds, and social apps are no exception. Our most recent foray into social app development started with a visit from two entrepreneurs looking to build an app to create conversations through music. The result, Chime It lets users communicate with friends through music by snipping parts of songs from their music library to send to friends. About the same time, we partnered with another start-up to build an app called Empath. This social app allows users to share feelings anonymously but also build deeper relationships with people they care about.

We learned a lot and reinforced some previous lessons in the course of developing these two social apps. While the basic principles for mobile app development remain the same, there are some unique development considerations when building a social app. In our experience, the most successful social apps share some common features. Read More

iOS or Android: Which First?

iOS or Android: Which platform first?

A common question we receive is whether we recommend building both iOS and Android versions of an app at the same time or just one at a time. And if they are built at different times, should iOS or Android app development come first? We touch on this question in Chapter 3 of our book Inspiring Apps: A Business Perspective on Building Mobile Apps, but will provide more insight on this debated topic here.

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