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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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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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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Apps to Help Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Apps That Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Apps help to streamline life in many ways, so it probably comes as no surprise that you can use apps to help you with your New Year’s resolutions as well. The top ten New Year’s resolutions for 2017 and 2018 weren’t too different, so we think it’s likely many of you will have eating healthier, exercising, managing money, or starting a new hobby somewhere on your 2019 list.

With that in mind, we’ve pulled together a collection of apps to help you with your New Year’s resolutions. The apps are organized into five groups: exercise, mental health, hobbies, money management, and healthy eating. We hope they help you to keep your resolutions on track, right from the start.

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Parental Controls for Screen Time

Parental Controls for Screen Time

With over 95% of teens having access to smart phones, and plenty of younger children as well, it’s no surprise that parental controls for screen time have become ever more important. The upcoming holiday break from school means kids will be tempted to rack up even more screen time, so now might be an ideal time to implement some parental controls if it’s on your to-do list.

There are a number of great options to help control screen time on phones, tablets, and computers. This post will review several popular options to help you find the right fit for your family. Some are oriented just for mobile devices, while others provide parental controls across multiple devices. Read More

App Performance Metrics

Top App Performance Metrics to Monitor

Even the most thoughtfully developed apps will need to evolve over time, and one effective way to spot opportunities for improvement is through use of app performance metrics.

App performance metrics fall into a number of different categories, and each one provides a unique look at app performance and areas for improvement. Broadly speaking, we believe it’s important to be keeping an eye on user acquisition, user engagement, and customer satisfaction.

User acquisition metrics reveal the success of your marketing efforts, monitoring things like the number of downloads and users. Engagement looks at how users interact with the app, from how long the average person spends in the app to user turnover rates. Customer satisfaction measures how successfully an app meets user expectations and the likelihood of a user recommending the app. We’ll look at each of these app performance categories and talk about some specific metrics to gauge how your app is doing in each of them. Read More

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

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

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

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