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06Mar

We are sure you are going to love the App and Game Templates we have selected for your portfolio this week! Social networks, Top Ranked Games and much more!

Take a look and pick yours!

iOS App Templates

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Peekee for iOS

This is an anonymous location-based photo-sharing community. Features: No sign-up needed, share images anonymously, upvote or downvote posts, add captions to images, see what is being shared around. Users can also set a location if they don’t want to use GPS.

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iOS – SpeedTracker

A Swift App Template to help users track the speed of their car, bike and even bus!

Android App Templates

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Feed the Shark for Android

This funny and retro-arcade-style game is fast-paced and has an addictive gameplay: shoot the enemies and eat all the meat, small fishes and sea stars to collect points. AdMob and MoPub ad networks included!

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Android – SnapSecret

A Parse backend is included to help you create the best social photo and video sharing app!

Unity App Templates

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Unity – ZigZag

An incredible addictive game with rate buttons and AdMob included!

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Unity – Crossy Street

Move the character across river, rails, car, London bus, airplane landing and more in this endless game!

03Mar

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They have just announced it at the 2015 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco: Unity 5 game engine is now available globally for all game developers out there. That’s exciting news for devs but also for gamers and app entrepreneurs.

Some of the new features introduced by Unity Technologies in this new version will notably change the 3D gaming panorama and allow indie developers and agencies make even more realistic games. The engine update contains “massive graphics improvements and an expanded editor feature set.” Graphically, the engine now has physically based shading, “real-time global illumination with Enlighten, and reflection probes.”

On the conference they also announced their partnership with Oculus;

… and the Unity Cloud Build, which it says will enable developers to increase their productivity by “leveraging the power of cloud computing.”

With this new release, Unity affirms its position as the leading multiplatform game development engine. Unity 5 supports 21 different platforms, including of course iOS and Android.

Let’s see now some of the first impressions of the indiedev community about the news just announced:

CEO John Riccitiello explained they want everyone to have access to Unity 5 “which is why we’ve increased the value of our royalty-free licenses.” The professional version ($75) of Unity 5 includes Unity Cloud Build Pro and Team License, while the personal one offers the engine free of charge.

You can download Unity 5 for free from Unity’s site.

But… what I liked the most of the whole conference was to see it in action! The short film The Blacksmith made in Unity 5 is simply amazing. Check it out below:

03Mar

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Today I have chosen a winning mix on the App Stores: Food & Social Media! I’m sure you know how trendy food pictures are on social networks like Instagram or Tumblr. Now I’m giving you the chance to combine both concepts and to make your own Food Social Network.

I’m proposing you a high quality App Template worth $399 for only $99.

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Food Spotting is an App Template with a huge reskin potential as it can be used for other topics like fashion, sport, pets or tourism. Now, let’s talk about its main features:

  • Includes a project together with scripts to create a MySQL database and a PHP backend with API files
  • User types: person and restaurant
  • Register option for new or login option for existing user
  • Geolocation data for restaurant users
  • Timeline view/posts of users you follow
  • Overview of user likes for each post
  • Tab-based application navigation
  • Single post view with post details and all comments, recent posts feed, popular posts feed
  • Each post consist of user avatar, full name, time, photo, number of likes, options to like/comment post and description
  • Nearby map view with display of restaurants location and option to view their profiles
  • Edit profile data view, restaurants users have additional options to edit geolocation data
  • Following and follower users view
  • Search users with options to follow/unfollow
  • Twitter-like follow system
  • Photo editor (effects, tools, adjustments, stickers, etc.)
  • Logged-in user view user details and options to search users and logout

This offer lasts 48 hours only: Get Food Spotting App Template at 75% off now. Don’t miss the opportunity to launch your own Food Social Network for $99!

27Feb

This week our catalog has been literally filled with a lot of amazing Game Templates for iOS, Android and Unity – a wide selection to choose from! So, if you are a #gamelover as we are, do not miss the six Best Templates of the week!

iOS App and Game Templates

Trampoline Jump for iOS

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This is a physics-based trampoline game entirely written in Swift! Game Center leaderboard is integrated, and many monetization ways have been thought to make you monetize: in-app purchases to unlock characters, Chartboost interstitial and AdMob banner ads!

iOS – CoreHeart

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A Swift App Template to detect the user’s heart rate. Downloaded more than 500,000 times!

Unity – Radical

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Dodge the walls and score as many points as possible! Six ad networks and IAP integrated.

Android Game Templates

Crazy Viking for Android

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About the gameplay: The island is a vast hostile Viking world where the users will have to fight against enemies. Features: 4 different worlds and 32 levels. Boost your earnings with AdMob and MoPub banner and interstitial ads!

Android – Cricket Worldcup 2015

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For cricket lovers, this Template will help users stay connected, even offline, and follow the tournaments!

Unity – Skate Runner

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The player has to run through different worlds and find coins, avoiding enemies. AdMob integration included!

26Feb

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Whether you’re waiting for a train, plane or lift at home, chances are you’ll be found, bored, fiddling with your phone. Whether you’re checking Facebook or looking for something to read online, you’re probably likely to have at least one or two time killing apps sitting there for times like this. From the funny, to the downright addictive, selling time killing apps is a really good way to kill some time you may have on your hands, and with some of the great app templates around, it doesn’t take long to get started. Here we look at some of the top time killing app templates from Chupamobile that you can use to make some serious income, and it’ll still leave you some time to kill!

Super Commando Ops for iOS

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There’s nothing more fun than running around shooting things, and if you’re a fan of these types of games, you can’t go wrong with the Super Commando Ops template. Built for iOS, this fun, yet addictive game has plenty of power-ups to find, along with a big bad boss at the end of every level. This app is extremely easy to customize, and the graphics can be changed quickly, giving you a whole host of options to go with. With the ability to add a multiplayer option, and for an extremely good price, you could have on your hands the blueprint to creating a great time killing app.

Killer Cross Platform Game Template for iOS and Android

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If you’re into cute games that end up driving you crazy, they’re so addictive, then one of the best templates you’ll find is Flying Flea, a killer cross-platform game. This popular template works on both Android and iOS so you’ll be able to double your income from the get go. Of course one of the most important things about this is it’s Facebook integration, which will mean you’re far more likely to be able to grow your app’s reach, and with consumable and non-consumable in-app purchases, you’re likely to grow your bank balance too!

Funny Picks – Funny Pictures App for iOS with Admin Panel

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Some of the most popular posts on social media are funny pictures. Whether they’re cartoons or memes, people go nuts for social sharing, and when your app is the one that’s producing the pics that people share, then your reach could be widened further than you ever thought possible. Some of the most popular apps on the App Store are now pictorial ones, and this app template allows you to simply change the icon, splash and background image and you’re ready to launch. This is great for those developers that want to get their app into the App Store quickly, and requires only limited development knowledge. You’ll likely make your money through banner ads on your app, and it’s worth telling your advertisers that these apps are in high demand at the moment!

How Much My Body Costs? iOS App Template

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Ever wanted to know how much you’re worth? Then How Much My Body Costs could tell you. These kinds of apps are absolutely brilliant, as people take the quiz to find out how valuable they are, and then get their friends to do the same to find out who’s the most expensive of their social. It’s a great time killer, and can really become a great talking point too. This template comes in iOS only, but with the ability to share their score with their buddies, you’re likely to find word spreads like wildfire, and your downloads should benefit.

Heroes – New Killer Game for iOS

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Want to kill some time by being a hero? Who doesn’t? With this fantastic app template, based loosely on the mega-popular Flappy Bird, you’ll be amazed at how many players you’ll have. The game itself has the three elements you really need to get those downloads, it’s cute, it’s difficult, and it’s addictive. Interested? We bet you are! With in-app purchases you can count on people buying, and the fact that it’s available for the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, the only time you’ll be killing once you’ve reskinned this app, is the time you’ll be spending in the queue at the bank to draw out your earnings!

Of course, these are just a few examples of time killing apps from Chupamobile that you could develop. If you’ve time to kill – why not check out the whole range of app templates offered at our site. You could find it’s time well spent.

24Feb

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Feeling lucky? You should! The App Template we have selected this week has a great potential in terms of reskin. I’m talking about The Ultimate Quiz App for iOS. Quiz games are highly demanded on the App Store and this one has been built with monetization in mind.

Get this Top App Template now for only $69 instead of its original price of $249.

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Now, you will understand exactly why I say it has a great potential. Here are some of its features:

First of all, The Ultimate Quiz App includes a web-based Admin Panel that will allow you to configure everything, from ad networks to questions content and time. But that’s not all;

  • Multiple choice questions
  • iPad and iPhone ready (Universal app)
  • Unlimited categories and questions (1,500 questions included!)
  • Settings option for the user to select mode (easy/medium/hard)
  • Music on/off option
  • Random Questions option according to selected mode
  • User high scores for each category saved automatically
  • Option to submit high scores in server
  • Difficulty bonus for medium and hard modes + speed bonus for quick performers
  • Report a Question option
  • Facebook fan page and About us page
  • Sharing: Share App option and Share High Score with Screenshot option
  • Rate Us option
  • Advertising: Admob banner and interstitial, Applovin interstitial, Startapp interstitial
  • Local notification to bring the user back to the app
  • iOS 8 and 64-bit ready

This offer lasts only 48hrs: Get The Ultimate Quiz App Template at 72% off now. It’s worth $249 and now you can have it at only $69! I’m super excited to see what you can do with it, share it with us on the comments below!

20Feb

Wow! This week we have published so many awesome app and game templates! It has been extremely difficult to choose the 6 best products among all of them but, here they are!

iOS App Templates

Photo Stitch for iOS

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Apply filters, stickers and doodles to your collages and share it in Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Features: 4 free starter packs (backgrounds, borders, doodles and quotes), 244 free collages. To monetize: 15 in-app purchase packs and Applovin integrated!

iOS – Block Up!

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A simple and challenging tap game! Chartboost, AdMob and IAP to remove ads are included!

Unity – Crossy Highway

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Make it as far as you can! With Chartboost, Vungle ads and in-app purchases to monetize!

Android App Templates

Yip Yap App for Android

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After the resounding success, this app is finally available in its Android version! Some features: post comments or news and share them, join new conversations, upvote or downvote and look what’s happening at other places. Chartboost and RevMob are installed to boost your earnings!

Android – Photo Editor

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Many editing features are included. Google IAP, AdMob and Tapjoy to monetize.

Unity – ZigZag

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Stay on the wall trying not to fall off the edges! With four ad networks integrated and IAP to remove ads.

19Feb

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Most native Android development these days occurs in either Eclipse (with plug-ins) or Android Studio.  Eclipse has been around forever and has a much bigger installed base.  Android Studio, which was first announced in May 2013, was in Beta for about a year and a half.

1As reported here in December, Android Studio is now considered Production. In fact, Google strongly encourages developers begin using Android Studio, calling it “The official Android IDE” (Integrated Development Environment) for Android.

While this is definitely good news for Android developers, moving to a new platform is sure to cause some angst as other activities are put on hold as we climb the learning curve and work through inevitable issues.  Not having a strong development background myself, some questions I have include, will Android Studio be easy for me to learn?  How easy is it to import projects?  If I purchase a template at Chupamobile and the available instructions are based on Eclipse, are there enough similarities that I can follow along and efficiently perform a reskin?

So before we even install Android Studio, let’s review what others are saying about it:

  • Starting a Project – new Code Templates and ability to bring in Google code samples from GitHub
  • More Efficient/Effective GUI – since Android Studio is focused on Android development, it does not carry all of the legacy baggage of Eclipse
  • Better Management of Workspaces and Projects – a Project in Android Studio is sort of equivalent to a Workspace in Eclipse. Within your Project, things are considered Modules which can be your code or some libraries or even build scripts. Also, Android Studio’s installer sets up the correct SDK and development environment with a better emulator and set of code templates.
  • Code Editor – better code completion, refactoring and analysis
  • Dynamic Layout Preview – gives you the ability to see apps in multiple screen sizes with drag and drop functionality. This gives you the ability to see what your app would like not just on different phones and tablets, but also Google Glass, Android Auto and Android Wear.
  • Gradle Integration – Gradle is a set of build tools that you could use with Eclipse, but it is an integral part of Android Studio
  • Google Cloud Platform – Android Studio has native support for Google Cloud Platform which does allow some cool things. You can access Google Cloud Platform via Eclipse, but apparently things are more straightforward in Android Studio.
  • More robust integration of build system, Lint tools (to deal with performance, compatibility and usability), ProGuard and more!

Can you still effectively perform your Android development work with Eclipse?  Yes, but Eclipse is an old platform and now that Android Studio is in production, the contrast between the two platforms will become clearer and clearer as Android Studio receives more of Google’s attention.  If you are planning to develop Android apps for some time, you will probably eventually migrate anyway.  You might as well migrate now, and start reaping the benefits sooner and longer.  As with anything, there will be a learning curve.  But once you have spent some time in Android Studio, it sounds like Android Studio’s ease of use will allow for a more efficient and pleasant Android coding experience. So let’s give it a try.

Step 1 – The Download

Step 1A – Check System Requirements & Click the Download Button

Android Studio supports Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.  To get started go to http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html to verify System Requirements and when ready click the appropriate download button.

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The webpage should recognize your operating system and word the button and tailor the installation itself to the correct OS. The remainder of this article describes my experience based on a Windows system.  Experience with Mac or Linux will vary, but most information should be common across the three platforms.

Step 1B – Terms and Conditions & The Download

After clicking the download button, you are taken to a Terms and Conditions screen.  If you already use Eclipse with the Android plug-in, I THINK you have already agreed to these terms of service.  They are dated November 13, 2012, and indeed the word Studio does not appear in the Terms and Conditions at all.  After reading the Terms and Conditions, I checked the box that says “I have read and agree to the above terms and conditions” and clicked the “Download Android Studio for Windows” button.

3You will be prompted to designate a location for the downloaded executable file.  The file is named android-studio-bundle-135.164.1136.exe. It is 828 MB and took several minutes to download.

Step 2 – Java Development Kit (JDK)

While the Android Studio executable is downloading, you should take care of your Java Development Kit or JDK.  If you are going to develop for Lollipop (Android 5.0) you will need to be using version 7 or higher of the JDK.  Go to http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html to download the latest version.

Apparently a common problem is the Android Studio launcher script cannot find Java even when using the correct version of the JDK.  To avoid this problem, open Control Panel > System and Security > System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Environment Variables > New.  For your Variable Name, type “JAVA_HOME” (without quotations) and for Variable value, type the path where you placed your JDK (see my example pictured below.)4

Step 3 – The Android Studio Installation

Once your download of the Android Studio executable is complete and you have updated your JDK and the JAVA_HOME Environment Variable, you are ready to launch the .exe file.  For me, this simply meant clicking the button that Chrome showed me.  This launched the set-up wizard pictured below.

5After clicking “Next”, the steps you are taken through are pretty straightforward and you will probably accept the defaults and recommendations that Google offers:

  • You will first be asked to choose components (Android SDK and Android Virtual Device). Both are checked by default, which I left as-is.
  • You are asked to agree to the License Agreement. I read the agreement and chose “I Agree”.
  • The next screen is called “Configuration Settings” and it asks you where you would like
    • Android Studio Installation Location – my installation defaulted to C:\Program Files\Android\Android Studio. I accepted this default.
    • Android SDK Installation Location – my installation default location was C:\Users\dan\AppData\Local\Android\sdk. Again, I accepted the default.
  • The next two screens (Emulator Setup and Start Menu Folder) are straightforward and I accepted recommendations and defaults.

The actual installation then takes place.  For me, it took about four minutes. Click “Next” when notified of its completion and you are shown a screen allowing you to close Setup.  It defaults to launch Android Studio.6

Step 4 – Opening Android Studio the First Time

This is the point where you will know if your instance of Android Studio is correctly finding and interacting with your Java Developer Kit.  If you get errors, perform a Google search of the specific error message you are seeing.

Upon successfully opening Android Studio, you are asked whether you have settings from a previous version that you would like to import.  I chose no.

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Android Studio then begins downloading the SDK Tools.  In less than ten minutes the download was complete and I pressed the Finish button.

You then see a Welcome screen that gives you several options, including start a new project, open an existing one, import code samples and more.  Congratulations – you’re in!

8Each of the options of the Welcome screen has its own flow and nuances that will be explored in detail in upcoming articles. In the meanwhile, have you made the switch to Android Studio? Do you have any tips you would like to share with the Chupamobile Blog community?  Please comment below.

17Feb

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I’m sure you have already heard about it as it’s in everybody’s mouth. They call it “the dumbest app ever” and there are right; it’s so simple and so brilliant that it seems absurd nobody had this idea before. I’m talking about LookFor, the recently launched app that helps you find the people you are looking for in a crowd; one of those first world problems we face every day. And do you know another great thing about LookFor? It has been funded and entirely developed by Chupamobile! Once again, a Chupamobile app is climbing the top app store charts! Now, let me tell you the whole story behind it…

We found the project on Kickstarter one afternoon and, as we love this kind of crazy ideas, we thought it would be awesome to help Logan, LookFor’s creator, to develop and launch the app. Five minutes later we contacted him – you can imagine how excited he was about the news! We were all Look-ing For-ward to having that amazing app on our phones, so we got down to work! The goal was to bring Logan’s idea to life in the fastest and most effective way possible.

Logan didn’t have coding skills, so we contacted one of the top authors of our customization service, Planet1107, to take care of the project. Their team arrived #1 and #3 on two of our App Developer Competitions – we couldn’t find better devs for the job! Starting from one of our templates, they customized it with new features and graphics to fit Logan’s requirements for the app.  As Logan said, “Developers who contribute to Chupamobile bring top quality work. Planet1107 literally exceeded all of my expectations!”. The process was fast and easy, and the result speaks for itself: LookFor for iOS is now on the top 10 of the most downloaded apps ion the Netherlands and has reached the top places in the Navigation category in countries like the U.S., China or the United Arab Emirates. Not bad for such a dumb app!

Since it has been live on the app stores, LookFor has become almost a celebrity in the app ecosystem. Featured by magazines like Cnet, Business Insider, BGR, Engadget, ProductHunt, Daily Mail or Techcrunch, and on its way to the trending topic prize on Twitter. We are so happy to be part of this exciting project and to have made Logan’s dream come true.

Everybody is getting it so, if you don’t want to get lost in the crowd, it’s your time to download LookFor, which available for iOS and Android.

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17Feb

Today I bring you a classic type of game loved by all kinds of users: a Word Search Game for Android. Word Games mean a good bet for app publishers looking forward to targeting specific user groups. Think about interest categories, topic targeting or geographic and language targeting.

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Wosega – Word Search Game is a simple and funny Word Game very easy to customize. It contains over 3000 words which will help your users overcome boredom while training their brains. If you want to know more about this Game Template, read the features below:

  • Unlimited new puzzles
  • Large database of English words
  • Colorful display
  • Pause and resume feature
  • Banner and interstitial ads
  • Easy to reskin and customize
  • Built in Eclipse
  • Easily add words in SQLite database

It’s an app template worth $199 and we are offering it for $59. Remember that the offer lasts only 48hrs! Get Wosega now at 70% off!