Archive for February, 2016

Top Factors that Has a Great Impact on Mobile App Development Cost

Sunday, 14 February, 2016

There are two types of aspiring businessmen – one who executes their business ideas after estimating the development cost of their product, and another is one who put their product first, without even considering the development cost.

And, mobile app development is one of the expensive processes that require a lot of time and money. If you want to build a highly intuitive and feature rich mobile app, then you need to add hefty cost to your project.

There is no doubt that mobile applications are the powerful and advanced marketing technique that drives traffic, boosts the popularity of your products that in turn increases the sales and growth of your business.

However, development of a mobile app is not cost-efficient, and this is the main reason why most of the companies skip the idea of getting into the mobile application market.

In fact, there are various factors that are affecting the development cost of mobile applications; therefore, many business organizations face challenges while building their mobile app.

In this blog post, we will have a look at some of the key factors affecting the mobile app development cost. And, also give you some resourceful tips that will help you make the most affordable decisions, and offer you the best ROI of your development budget.

Factors Affecting the Mobile App Development Cost

Operating Systems (OS)

Developing a mobile application for internal user is comparatively less expensive than doing it in a bring-your-own device (BYOD) or external environment because here you can solely decide on how many mobile devices or platforms you will support.

But for BYOD or external users, you need to create an application that will work across every mobile platform and device. First, you need to decide on which operating system(s) you will support and latter you will determine on how to support cross-platform applications.

This wastes both your development time and money.

Mobile Devices & Platforms

Many web app developers find difficulties in deciding whether to support Android, Windows or iOS platforms or all of above. But by deciding this, you will easily estimate both the development time and cost.

As we know, all platforms available on the web market are different from each other. Native apps are developed in the operating system’s specific language such as Objective C or Java, while web applications are developed as web pages and thus not reliable on a specific operating system Language.

However, developing the HTML5 web applications are much cheaper than developing the OS-specific apps. But still, 25 % of app developers are using at least three different mobile devices or platforms to go online.

So, it is better to decide at the beginning of the development process if you want to save your development cost and time.

Functionality of Your Application

At the time of development process, you need to finalize the functionalities that you want to embed in your app. Well, the involvement of functionalities completely depends upon the category of the app and for whom the app is developing – potential customers.

For example, if you want to include two-dimensional games then it would cost you less, but if you want 3D animated games, with robust sound effects to attract more customers, then you need to incorporate extra functionality in your basic ones and thus you need to spend more money on it.

Backend Verses Native

You may need to pay more if your mobile application requires a backend. It is because another resource has been embedded into the project as it requires web based programming skills. Plus, the developers need to put extra efforts to build a backend that are reliable on the complexity of features.

Usually, a backend is used to store all the user-based information. Another example of a complex backend is when you require social sharing network fundamentals like sharing data, connecting two different users and more. In such a situation, you need to pay cloud hosting cost, along with development cost.

Content Management System

Another addition to the cost will be a Content Management System (CMS). If you want to update the content of your mobile app on frequent basis, then you need to integrate a Content Management system.

The CMS allows multiple stakeholders to add their content from the backend (managed and controlled by your or the admin). You can easily add/edit product information, categories, pricing on an online app, etc.

Social Media Integration

In the present day, it becomes essential to integrate a social media into your website and mobile app if you want to engage more and more web customers.

In order to integrate social media features into your mobile app, you need to spend more money during the development process. However, it is better for you to determine what type of social features you want to add into your mobile application.

You can opt for a feature that allows your visitors to share your content on their social media profiles or want a feature where your customers can share data with each other. Well, there are two ways that will enable your visitors to share your data – Twitter-type follow or un-follow or Face-type friend request management.

Distribution of Mobile Apps

There are various distribution channels for your mobile app deployment, and each channel has its own sets of costs. For an example, Google Play – a commercial distribution channel charges higher developer license cost. Therefore, it is important to choose the cost-effective as well as reliable distribution channel.

However, you can find other options on the web market such as corporate app store, which is administered via an enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform. Under this, all the mobile apps are deployed to the corporate storefront for authorized devices and users.

Use of 3D Animation/ Visual Objects

Today, most of the app developers want to integrate complicated UI components into their mobile app with an objective to give a high-end user experience to their potential customers.

Therefore, many of them are integrating real-time 3D animations/graphics, visual transitions to make their app more real and user-engaging. If you want to do the same, then you need to contribute more into your development cost.

Third Party Integrations

A mobile application either can be self-contained or connected with an enterprise system. If your mobile app doesn’t want enterprise data, corporate access, or enterprise system, or central business logic, then the cost of development will be reduced and restricted to app development procedure only,

But, if you want a mobile app with third party integration, the development cost will exceed to enterprise web services and data access, third party APIs and other integration tools.

Thus, it is important to consult enterprise architects before taking any decision. They will calculate your basic requirement and let you know about best deals.

Maintenance – After the Deployment of A Mobile App

Maintenance of a mobile application is crucial that needs to be done very cautiously. If you are thinking that your mobile app development cost will cease after its deployment, then you are completely wrong.

Generally, user feedback is immediate and that includes problems, issues, suggestions and modification requests and much more. Therefore, it is better for you to hold up your entire development team for some more time after the deployment, so that you can instantly solve the issues and make quick enhancements.

Conclusion

With the help of this blog post, you can easily determine the multiple factors affecting the development cost of a mobile application. Now, you can strategize your plan and estimate the budget before getting into the mobile app development procedure.

This article is written by Tracey Jones, a front end WordPress developer at HireWPGeeks Ltd., a leading custom WordPress development company across the globe. She is a passionate blogger and has been actively writing excellent blogs and articles about technical stuffs.

Integrating Alpha Anywhere With PhoneGap Build: The Why and How of It?

Thursday, 4 February, 2016

App Development is no longer a buzzword and has become one of the most important mainstream components. Simply put, having a mobile app is a necessity that is getting difficult to ignore for businesses and individuals. After all, 60 percent of digital media time is spent on apps.

When you decide on developing an application, you’ll to choose between a native app or a hybrid application. The hybrid or native app debate is not new, however, choosing the right option to play a vital part in a project’s success and failure.

While building a native application is an excellent choice for users wanting to have a dedicated iOS or Android app, but for creating a cross-platform app, you need to opt for a hybrid app. The majority of users prefer creating a hybrid app over the native one since the former helps provide the advantage of a web application and device features.

Besides, several tools such as PhoneGap helps in performing hybrid application development in a breeze. But the agenda of this post isn’t merely discussing the differences between native and hybrid app. Instead, I would like to cover information about the integration of new software called Alpha Anywhere with the PhoneGap Build.

But Before We Start

Let’s talk about what is PhoneGap Build. As you may know, Adobe’s PhoneGap helps save time and money in comparison to native application development. However, it still needs to work with SDKs – that consumes a lot of time and requires expertise in setting up. To reduce the time spent in setting up the SDK, PhoneGap Build was created.

What is Alpha Anywhere?

In order to automate PhoneGap Build and save even more time in developing cross-platform apps, a new software Alpha Anywhere is integrated with it. Below are the  key points that will help you understand how the integration of Alpha Anywhere with PhoneGap Build can save enormous amount of time:

  1. Alpha helps in locating the PhoneGap Plugins that you may need and add them to your project automatically.
  2. It helps users access the apps created using the inbuilt manager screen quickly.
  3. Alpha enables you to produce icons and splash screens in the app for all the main platforms according to desired resolutions and more.

Let us now discuss the main advantages (as discussed above) that Alpha Anywhere integration offers in detail:

1. Managing Plugins Becomes a Breeze

Plugins let your HTML5 apps interact with the device hardware to get access to the files, Geolocation, etc. At present, Alpha Anywhere comes with 72 built-in plugins and several other plugins are in the development phase. So, you don’t need to find out the plugins yourself, and rather can locate them by getting the checkbox next to the plugins checked as shown in the image below:
Alpha Anywhere for PhoneGap

2. PhoneGap Apps Are Easily Accessible

Developers just need to login to their PhoneGap Build account right from the IDE, and they get the ability to create an entirely new business application, update already existing app, or delete an app on PhoneGap Build.

What’s more? You can view all of the PhoneGap Build apps listed in the PhoneGap App Manager. The app manager comes with buttons that showcase the QR codes that enables users to install the business app on their mobile device for testing instantaneously.

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3. Generate App Icons and Splash Screens Quickly

Another great benefit of Alpha Anywhere is that you can produce all of your application icons, as well as, splash screens automatically. Also, splash screens work well with all of the supported platforms and at needed resolutions. This helps in handling device displays, such as: retina and non-retina. Performing this process can take an entire day, however, Alpha let you pick required images, and get the task done in just minutes.

4. Access to “Pre-written” and “Tested” PhoneGap Code

Lastly, Alpha Anywhere contains written and tested code that can be used for extending your plugin features. Below are some examples that will demonstrate this process:

Images: Alpha Anywhere allows to access the “exif “data of your device pictures, which includes details of where the image was clicked, the camera orientation at the time when the photo was taken and other data.

The File System: Alpha comprises of code that enables you to work with the massive amount of data (more than 5MB) in the offline mode. For this purpose, Alpha make use of a simple/complex nested database query when the device is connected to a network. For example, a product catalog or selecting a customer account to access mobile field in the online mode may be sporadic or such functionality might not be available.

Audio: If you need to build an app with functionalities such as voice dictation and audio capture, you can find the Alpha code to include such features. The best part is that the code is saved in a standard format, making it run on various platforms like iOS, Android, and many others. Also, the code can help in controlling compression for saving storage space, lets you control functions required for audio recording.

Summing Up!

Integrating Alpha Anywhere with PhoneGap Build is an excellent approach to performing mobile app development, as it lessens the amounts of time needed while setting up the SDK and during the beginning phase of app development. Also, it helps shorten the time you’ll have to invest in iterative development of an application to fix any bugs and to enhance features. Hope that the post will provide you a good understanding of the benefits of integrating Alpha Anywhere software with PhoneGap Build.

This guest article was written by Ella Cooper, who works in a leading web development company as a programmer. Apart from programming she has a penchant for writing and thus she shares her development experience through blogging.