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31Oct

Long gone are the days when our most capable productivity application was Microsoft Excel. We all know that, still it’s surprising to discover just how powerful these apps have become. Here, we show you thirteen of the finest apps out there that might just help you get through your work and personal to-dos more efficiently, without causing you any extra hassle.

Clear

clear-app

With Clear, simple to-do lists have become real eye candy: a gorgeous looking app, containing clever swipe gestures and multiple lists. With the recent introduction of reminders, it has every chance to become one of your go-to apps for keeping track of those important tasks.

Notes Plus

note plus app

While we love our mobile devices, many of us do miss scribbling in our notebooks sometimes. Notes Plus is here to the rescue. With a clever vector-based system, you can pinch and zoom inside your notes and organise information in ways not seen before.

GoodReader

goodreader app

No one likes to keep track of all the different apps you need to read different text formats. GoodReader solves the issue, as it is able to open virtually any text file format. You’ll never have to wait for a PC to read a text document again!

Vesper

vesper app

While there are quite a lot of solutions for taking notes, Vesper also helps you with organising them. With tagging, drag-and-drop organizing and an option for archiving, your mind will certainly end up less cluttered by the end of the day!

Paper by FiftyThree

papers 53 app

As annoying is it may be, we all need a piece of paper sometimes. This app provides that on a glass touch panel. With an optional custom stylus made for the app, you can sketch your ideas in a truly gorgeous manner.

Timeful

timeful app

Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of constantly checking our phones for what we should be doing, they would actually get to know us and come up with intelligent suggestions? Timeful provides exactly that. The 21st century might have just arrived.

Quip

quip app

Quip is a free app that combines word processing, to-do list management and simple collaboration. Writing and sending documents, saying “hi” to friends and sharing your shopping list – all in one place.

Day One

day one app

Back in the day, we had a separate notebook for our personal journal. It only seems logical that now we need a separate app for that. Day One is one of the best solutions for keeping track of private memories, thoughts and ideas.

Slack

slack app

Every now and then, there are initiatives that aim to put an end to email as we know it. Slack is not just another one of these. It provides a solution for communicating inside teams, which actually saves a lot of time for the team members.

Mailbox

mailbox app

If you are not ready yet to say goodbye to e-mails, you might want to check Mailbox. It is the same old e-mail you’ve known and loved for years, with a dash of intelligence from the age of iPhones and iPads. Quite a good marriage, one might say.

OneDrive

One-Drive app

Formerly known as SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage solution provides a decent 15 gigabytes of free storage, a shorter path towards Microsoft’s online ecosystem and a very good integration with Windows and Windows for mobile devices. If you are a cross-platform user, you should probably give it a try.

Sunrise

sunrise-app

We all love sunrises and sunsets – still, most of us have a problem with what’s between them: time. Well, the app called Sunrise aims to help you with that: it is one of the most beautiful calendar solutions out there. It is so stunning, no matter what’s in your calendar, you’ll enjoy opening it.

24X7 Diary Hero app

Productivity apps are always evolving, and chances are there will be more and more apps on the market for productivity developed in the years to come. It remains to be seen whether any of these currently popular apps are upgraded enough to stand the test of time, but we’re guessing you’ll still have at least some of these on your smartphone for years to come. But if you want to be a step ahead then it’s your turn to develop your productivity app. With Chupamobile app templates the process is hassle-free and you don’t need any coding skill. Here are some templates to get you started: Handy Utile, 24×7 Diary, Your Note Android, Offic suite, To do list Planner, Note Simple.

30Oct

Are you wondering how to carry out your own ASO marketing strategy? Here, you will find a clear step-by-step process to carry out your ASO and aim for results. The purpose of this article is to give you a practical guide to perform your ASO marketing strategy. Keep an eye on our blog for more ASO articles and tips.

ASO – App Store Optimizationis a fundamental marketing strategy to maximize the exposure of your app on the Apple Store and Google Play Store. Through research and analysis, and adopting your creativity and experience, you will optimize your keywords in order to improve your positioning in the search results. Without ASO, your promotional app activity is incomplete.

In our previous post on the topic, we mentioned the main aspects that determine what needs attention in order to aim high in the app store rankings. If you are new to ASO, I recommend you to read it.

Before moving on, let’s consider one simple statistic which reinforces the importance of ASO. As stated at the WWDC on September 9th 2014, there are now over 1.3 million apps on the Apple Store (and approximately the same number on the Google Play Store). It is getting harder everyday to compete in the rankings considering that, according to VentureBeat.com, roughly 60,000 apps are uploaded exclusively on the Apple App Store every month.

Today, we will focus on how to choose and optimize your keywords. There are two distinct ways to reference your app with the help of keywords: (1) app name and (2) keywords (see table below for Apple Store and Google Play Store characteristics):

Feature Apple Store Play Store
App name, maximum number of characters 255 30
Keywords, maximum number of characters 99 210

I will guide you step-by-step on a functional and result-oriented process.

Step 1 – Prepare your Excel sheet

Open a blank Excel sheet and name your columns accordingly: Keyword, ST Traffic, ST Difficulty (iPhone), ST Difficulty (Android), Google Traffic, Google Difficulty, iPhone Apps, iPad Apps, and Android Apps. On the right hand side of your Excel sheet, input these three words: App name, Keywords and Keyword length (add the formula =LEN(x) to sum the keyword characters).

App store optimization

ST is the abbreviation for Sensor Tower – a App Marketing and Mobile SEO Keyword platform. Today, we will be using this specific platform to analyze your keywords, however, other platforms exist such as: AppAnnie, Localytics, AppMind and MobileDevHQ which serve as the same purpose.

Using ST, you will monitor the traffic intensity and the difficulty level for each keyword on the different mobile devices, as well as on Google Search – since users also search for apps on the internet. The last three columns express the quantity of apps referenced for each keyword.

Step 2 – Brainstorm on Keywords

Your second task today is to make a list of about 30 keywords relevant to your app. Your focus for now is quantitative.

I have some tools to propose you which I encourage you to use. I do not have a preference for one or another as they all contribute positively in my research to find a diverse range of keywords. The list is here below:

  • Google.com Autocomplete – Visit google.com and start typing a word. You will notice Google proposes a series of suggested words. The suggestions are linked to the most common words searched. Select which ones are most relevant to your app and add them to your Excel sheet.
  • App Store Search Bar – Open the App Store on your iOS or Android device. Same as the above, the search engine will suggest you words which indicate words and phrases that are most popular. You might want to consider analyzing these further. Write them down on your Excel sheet.
  • Synonyms.net – Find alternatives to a word you have in mind. There are a lot of great suggestions here.
  • Thesaurus.com – Similar website as above, nice diversity of suggested synonyms.
  • Onelook Reverse Dictionary – Another great rubric of countless suggestions.
  • Amazon.com – Visit amazon.com and type in the category of your app and filter by bestsellers. You will see which products sell the most, and therefore, able to select the most relevant keywords that describe your app. You will have a high chance that this word is well ranked on ST.
  • Searchman.com – a similar service offered by ST called ‘Keyword Spy’, Searchman.com allows you to enter a competitor app and monitor the keywords used. Write down the ones you believe best fit your app.

Relevance – this is the most important criteria when choosing your keywords. Put yourself in the shoes of your potential user and start thinking about technical terms, abbreviations and phrases they might use. Once you have completed your list of keywords, you are ready to move on to the next step.

Step 3 – Analyze Your Keywords

It is time to select the keywords that you are going to use for your app name and for your keywords. Your focus has shifted to a qualitative analysis. Similar to the keywords used for SEO, the keywords used for ASO are evaluated in function of:

  1. Traffic – the number of users who search an app using that keyword;
  2. Difficulty – the number of apps that are referenced using that keyword.

At this point, two other criteria have to be taken in consideration, traffic and difficulty. The more a keyword generates traffic, the more reason to include that keyword in your list. However, the more apps referenced for that keyword, the harder it will be climb the rankings.

Therefore, it is important to consider both variables when choosing your keywords. To remain competitive, you should select the keywords that have a high traffic and a low difficulty. As specified earlier, the quality is nevertheless important so stick to keywords that are relevant to your app. The tool we will use today to evaluate your keywords is called Sensor Tower.

sensor tower

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Create yourself an account on Sensor Tower if you haven’t yet done so;
  2. Once logged in, move your mouse on the left hand side and a slide menu will appear – click on ‘Keyword rankings’;
  3. You will be prompt to insert an app. Since this step cannot be avoided, simply search an app you know well (perhaps in the same category of your current app) and select it – we will consider this app later on;
  4. Now, you are asked to input your keywords. Import the ones in your Excel sheet with the help of a comma to separate each keyword;
  5. Scroll down, you will see your list of keywords with all the data relevant to it;
  6. Simply copy & paste the data in your Excel sheet.

sheet

Now, you will analyze how your keywords are referenced on Google using Google Keyword Planner. Visit the website and sign in to your Google Account. Then, simply import your keywords all at once with the help of a comma – to separate each keyword – and input the relevant data in your Excel sheet.

Once you have input all the data in your Excel sheet for all the keywords, you are ready to carry your qualitative analysis one step further.

Start by highlighting in green all the keywords you believe are worth keeping. To help you evaluate this, select all keywords which have a traffic level above 5.5 and a difficulty level which doesn’t exceed the traffic indicator.

When this is done, you need to refine your list further by taking in consideration the last three columns: iPhone Apps, iPad Apps, and Android Apps. As specified earlier, these columns express the quantity of apps on the app store listed for each keyword. Here, the objective is to aim for keywords that have a low competition, hence, a low quantity of apps listed for the keyword. An acceptable number defining low competition is 1,000 and below. However, do not limit yourself to this. Exceptions exist when comparing the figures with the other columns. Imagine you have a keyword which has a traffic indicator of 8.5 (out of 10). Since this indicates a high traffic, you can base yourself on a higher competition level of 3,000 apps for example.

Your job now is to clean your list of keywords which you highlighted in green. You can use the numbers mentioned above as a guideline to selecting your keywords.

When this is done, let’s perform a last task before moving on. Your task here is to choose a few competitor apps which we will track in the next step.

To do this, go to ST and click on “Keyword rankings” on the left hand side of the web page. Then, look on the right hand side – you will notice a column of apps. These apps are the top ranking apps that are listed for the keyword you selected below. Hence, scroll down and click on another keyword to see which apps rank highest for the new keyword selected. If you want to add more keywords, simply scroll all the way down and click on the green button “Add New Keyword”.

Enjoy this process to discover which apps are ranked the highest for each of your chosen keywords. Copy and paste 5 apps on your note pad. You are now ready to move on to the next step.

Step 4 – Spy on your Competitor Keywords

An extended strategy to optimize your keywords is discovering the keywords of your competitors.

You are able to search the competitor app using Searchman.com as well as the ‘Keyword Spy’ tool on ST. Here, you will discover the keywords used for the selected app which is a great way to find new keywords. Search the name of your competitor app and immediately see which keywords the app is using. If you discover some new interesting keywords, add them to your Excel sheet and fill in the data.

When you believe you have a complete list of keywords, it is time to select the best ones. Read on to discover how you do this.

Step 5 – Selecting the Best Keywords

It is now the moment to decide which keywords will build your app name, and which ones will be your keywords.

Scroll up again to check what the character limit is so you avoid selecting too many words and having your app rejected during submission.

Regarding the app name, I suggest you use the main keywords that best describe your app. After your icon, your potential user will look at your app name so it is vital for it to be relevant. You do not want to mislead your potential user in an app that does not meet his/her expectations. You are simply losing potential users and therefore downloads. You need to be descriptive in your app name. Avoid using undescriptive words, for example: “a”, “the” and “is”.

Tip: if you have selected some keywords that score high in difficulty, place one or two in your app name. Why? Because the keywords in the app name are given more importance and weigh more in the keyword search algorithm. This will increase your chances to compete and succeed in the ‘ASO battle’. Use another color to highlight the keywords that you will include in your app name.

Regarding the keywords you highlighted in green, make sure you take advantage of the maximum characters allowed to fill up the character limit. Select the words that you believe are most relevant and start composing your selection by adding them next to the cell called “Keywords” on the right hand side of your Excel sheet. Separate every word by a comma without any space in between. Refer to the cell below – where we introduced the formula –  to count the number of characters you are using.

Congratulations! You finally have a quality App Name and Keywords. You are ready to submit your metadata on the app store.

Step 6 – Post Submission: Track your App on Sensor Tower

When your app is published on the Store, find your app on ST and start monitoring your keywords. The information which is interesting to analyze are the last two columns in the “Keyword rankings” section. Scroll down. You will see where your app is ranking compared to the total number of apps listed for each keyword. This indicates whether or not your app has a chance of being seen. Your aim is to have your app within the top 10 apps listed for each keyword. Obviously, this is not an easy task so even if you are in the Top 50, you should be satisfied. If not, your app has very little chances to be seen and therefore downloaded.

It is important you keep an eye on this information in order to keep optimizing your ASO – I suggest you update your keywords every 30-days. This gives the time for your app to stabilize for the keyword used so you can properly measure if the keyword is worth keeping or not.

Conclusion

It is important you spend time on your ASO. Finding keywords that score well in traffic and difficulty ratings is not an easy game. You will be surprised on how some words are sometimes barely used and have a high traffic! When you find one of these, you definitely want to consider including it in your app name or keywords. Use an Excel sheet to organize your keywords and input the data to draw your conclusions on which keywords you are going to use. Differentiate your app name and your keywords with two different colors. You need to track your keyword performance, using Sensor Tower or another platform, and update your keywords every 30-days – approximately – by resubmitting a new binary to the Store. This is vital to keep your ASO updated and keep aiming for maximum optimization.

Thank you for reading, I hope you found this useful. If you have any questions write them in the comments below and I will be glad to answer your questions!

In my next article, I will be revealing some more great information on ASO and how to make sure you stay in the game. Stay tuned!

Chupamobile offers an ASO service starting from $199. Contact us for more information: customization@chupamobile.com or ask your project manager directly if you are reskinning an app with the Chupamobile Reskin service.

 

30Oct

As if Facebook hadn’t taken enough room on your smartphone, they’re latest offering, the recently launched Rooms App, now aims to give you another addiction. In a throwback to chat rooms of old, this is one space where you won’t have to use your real name to enter, but can share content in the rooms, which can be invitation only, about certain topics or niches.

facebook rooms app

The app suffered some early issues, with many users not being able to get a download from the iTunes Store, which may have put some frustrated potential converts off, but we’ve taken a look at the app in full, and think it may be the next big thing.

Really? Why?

Let’s face it, your friends and family are hardly likely to be interested in your ongoing addiction to Twilight fanfic, or the ancient Japanese art of Origami, but chances are, there are other people about that might have just as much of an interest as you have.  Here you can find or create a space that’s purely for your niche, and leave invites with those who’d like to share interesting material on your chosen subject matter, effectively creating an upgraded “chat room” where you can indulge in talking about your favorite pastime as much as you like, without fear of alienating your uninterested friends.

Ease of use?

Creating a room is easy, and you can grab people’s attention by advertising on Twitter, or Facebook Groups to create these spaces. Invites are by the way of QR codes, which instantly allow you access to all the fun. Sounds great, huh?

Sounds good, what’s the catch?

One of the downsides of the App is the possibility that members could share the QR invite without permission, allowing more people to join a select group. However, moderators can ban anyone from a room, and it will ban people by device, so there’s no question of any bad behaviour being repeated, simply by changing their account. The standard community guidelines created by Facebook will also apply here so if something is flagged, Facebook can take over and take down whole rooms if it becomes necessary.

It is possible to restrict users from joining rooms that are marked adults only, but only if the potential user is honest and admits they’re under 18. Therefore this may be another app that parents have to worry about.

All in all though, it’s a pretty solid idea, and we can certainly see it catching on. A room to indulge in anything we like to talk about, could however see us ignoring Facebook and using Rooms more, which could create a downturn in custom for Facebook itself.

And if you would like to launch your own chat room style app on the market here are some easy templates to reskin: Chat?, WhatsChat, Chat View, Chatt Android. To reskin any of our app templates you won’t need to be a coding expert, pick your template and we’ll make your idea come to life.

29Oct

Apple’s Healthkit competitor, Google Fit just made its official debut with the launch of its app. After its first reveal back in June, the platform promises to help people keep track of their fitness and health goals. So, what does it has to offer?

google-fitSimilarly to the Apple Healthkit, Google Fit app is a set of APIs that allows developers to sneak into other apps that use the Google Fit SDK to gather enough data to come up with in-depth insights. It’s a good system for users to get an overview of what’s going on with their health and fitness habits.

How does it work?

The Google Fit app uses a sensor to detect any type of movement you do throughout the day, whether it’s walking, running or cycling. You  also have the option to enter manually additional information like your workout schedule, your height, your weight and much more.  Your heart rate info can also be sent to the app from other compatible devices like smartwatches.

It’s an all in all competitor to Apple’s Healthkit but what it aims to do different is a completely diverse UI that puts simplicity above all. The platform works not only on mobile but also on the web and on tablets, so if you decide to bring your tablet to the gym you will still be able to keep track of everything.

google fit app

How can you use it?

To make it work, all you need to do is install the app on your smartphone or tablet and connect it with your Google account. Google fit will do the rest by  automatically tracking everything and bringing up personalized statistics from a weekly or daily base.

We’ll definitely see more in the future as developers start to explore Google Fit and come up with interesting apps.  As for now, you can download your Google Fit app from the Play Store and enjoy using it.

Try it, and let us know how it is.

29Oct

You may be getting sick of reading about what people had for lunch or looking at pictures of babies you only barely know, but the times are changing and now Facebook Paper has been hailed as the benchmark for mobile news apps. The app embodies both the look and feel as well as the functionality that would appeal to mobile users and looks to be converting even the most reluctant of Facebook users.  The offering is one of the first from Facebook’s subsidiary, Creative Labs.

How does it work?

As its name suggests, Facebook Paper is set up much like a newspaper and its launch was hailed as the savior of the News Feed, which for so long had defined Facebook. Paper has revamped the news feed, making it slicker and easier to navigate. Users can browse the interface by swiping from left to right, tapping to unfold something that they want to discover in more detail and pinching a story once they’ve finished with it to return to the main Paper feed.

facebook paper app

So it’s Facebook with style?

Although Paper has been spawned from Facebook, it looks less and less like the social media network, instead forging its own sense of identity and purpose. Paper puts more emphasis on News. Not just news that would normally appear in your News Feed via your friend’s status updates, but news that you decide you want to see.

When registering with the app users highlight areas that interest you, these are then added as ‘sections’ to your paper. You can choose from Technology, History, Science and anything else that takes your fancy, although Paper has its own unique titles for these sections. You’ll see. Items that appear in these sections are sourced from a variety of places including bloggers, industry experts, and members of the public as well as traditional pundits like the New York Times.

Who writes the news?

Paper seeks to bring news that you wouldn’t normally have found yourself, and it aims to recreate the newspaper experience. That feeling of turning the page and finding something interesting is exactly what Paper is aiming for. The app does this by bringing to the surface articles and stories that have high ‘like’ counts or is considered an excellent read by one of Paper’s own editors.

Paper has tried to keep clutter free with regards to adopting all of Facebook’s features. However its most recent update reintroduces back into Paper two of the social media site’s most important features – Birthdays and Events. However unlike the main app, in Paper these features can be found in the Notifications area rather than embedded within the News Feed.

Paper’s independence from the main app continues to be strengthened. Recently it was announced that Facebook may be taking away the messaging element of its main app which has caused some uproar amongst users.  Paper has no plans to do the same, and its developers maintain that they want to focus on what they do best instead of getting caught up in any wider Facebook strategy.

With this in mind, if you’re a Facebook user who’s getting sick of reading people’s drama and wants to see the news that’s most relevant to your Paper may well be worth a look.

28Oct

Yesterday was the day of the pre-orders for the new best handset available on the market. No, we’re not talking about Apple or Samsung it’s the OnePlus One. If you haven’t heard of it yet, than you’re missing out a lot!

one plus one

We have seen OnePlus enter the smartphone industry earlier this year. Apparently it succeeded and we must admit, it’s no easy job entering a market that already over-competitive.

But as the company motto states ‘never settle’ is the path they chose. The OnePlus is all about ‘understanding our users’ root problems and making the best product decisions to solve them’ and if that’s not enough it is one of the cheapest smartphones.

Let’s talk about specifics

But what so special about this phone that everyone raves about? At first glance, the design of the phone is nothing unique but if you compare it to the best smartphones that are currently out in the market, you’ll realize that this handset just nailed it!

The OnePlus One has a Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, similar to the one that is used by the Samsung Galaxy S5; it features a display of 1080 pixels; a camera of 13 megapixels supplied by Sony that can shoot a 4K video; 5MP front camera; 3GB of Ram; and a battery of 3100mAh.

The best part? The price of course. The OnePlus comes in 16GB at the modest price of $299 and of $349 for the 32GB. Nexus should definitely keep its eyes wide open.

The launch

You’ll be wondering when will this smartphone will be available, well, you might have to wait a while. The device will be  available for the end of the year. The company has just closed a pre-ordering round that lasted just one hour.

To prepare itself for the launch the company sent out over 50,000 invites just during the first half of October. OnePlus will be surely expecting a large volume of orders. It’s an important factor to consider as often, companies are not enough prepared for success and for that they fail.

We will patiently wait for the release and keep you posted!

28Oct

While ART was experimentally launched with KitKat 4.4, Google has made it clear that ART will be replacing Dalvik as the Android Runtime for all apps. Currently, users do have the ability to switch back and forth between the two. Fortunately, ART has a faster runtime than Dalvik, as well as better performance.

runtime vs dalvik

Installation and Performance

Apps being installed on devices with ART runtime do initially take a bit longer to install. The reason being that the AOT compiler must first translate the information (DEX bytecode) into machine code during the installation, which causes the longer install time. However, since the DEX bytecode was translated during installation, it does not need to be translated again each time the app is run. This makes the app run faster overall on ART than it does on Dalvik. The performance time itself makes up for the longer installation time, as installation occurs only once.

Battery life and Storage space

Because the ART runtime uses AOT compilation (Ahead of Time), the CPU of the unit is free from translating DEX bytecode into machine code while the app is running, which leads to much less energy consumption and a longer battery life. The time between recharges can last substantially longer on ART than Dalvik, depending upon the apps used. When it comes to storage, however, apps on ART require a bigger footprint than on Dalvik. This is because the machine code that was translated by the AOT compiler is stored in the device’s storage.

 Benefits for Developers

ART runtime comes with many benefits for developers. By translating the DEX bytecode during installation, it allows for all apps to be run faster. ART also has improved bug fix issues for developers as well. ART has support for dedicated sampling profiles within the apps. These profiles give an accurate view of the execution of the app, without any of the slow down that those using Traceview have experienced. ART has also improved garbage collection, such as allowing for one pause instead of the normal two, and will allow for a collector with a lower pause time. That will be for special cases of cleaning up the short-lived objects within the app. While ART currently doesn’t use compacting garbage collecting, the feature is under development in the android open source project, and will be made available once it is complete, making GC even easier. On top of these benefits, ART is also providing the app native crash reports in both Java and native stack information form, which allows for improved context information.

While there are some drawbacks to Google’s ART runtime (such as the longer app install time and the higher storage space), overall this update is better for developers and users alike than its Dalvik counterpart. ART allows for apps to run faster, and since it has the AOT compilation, also allows for a longer battery life for the device. The benefits to developers in terms of garbage collection and debugging improvements, really outweigh the drawbacks mentioned earlier.

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28Oct

This Halloween, entertain your kids with some great spooky-themed apps. After a night of trick or treating, young children might be too full of sugar to give you any peace and quiet. However, they might be tired of walking and trick and treating but they’ll surely have some energy left. So sit down with them to play any of the ten best Halloween apps for kids. It’s a great way to end the night without having to move around too much and by having everyone in the family involved. Have fun playing!

Math Vs Zombie 2

math zombies

An eerie zombie themed app that teaches kids basic math. You and your child can transform zombies back to human form through simple addition, subtraction and greater than/less than math quizzes. There are 84 levels of play that cover 7 topics!

First Words Halloween

first halloween words app

An amazing spelling and phonics Halloween app. Kids can listen to each letters sound as they drag and drop them to form words. There are over 50 words to learn, which will be beneficial for kids who have problems identifying letters of the alphabet.

Mystery Math Museum

mystery math museum app

This game app has over 8 museums to explore together with a friend. The player has to move from one museum to the other collecting dragonflies and bonus coins. The only catch is they have to answer some math questions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and so on) to get to the next museum. Addictive and a great way to learn.

Spooky Letters

spooky letters app

A great Halloween app to teach your child upper and lowercase letters as well as lower case cursive writing. The child is given a series of letters then is guide by dots to predict the correct word from those letters. The game is fully animated with spooky Halloween effects when a correct letter is formed, as well as the graphics.

Peekaboo Trick or Treat

peekaboo app

There are about 14 costume creatures in the app which the player has to find. A puppy could be dressed like a princess or fire-dragon disguised as a friend. This game is all about fun and keeps your child busy when not out trick or treating.

Spooky Playtime

spooky playtime app

This Halloween app is designed for kids between 2 to 6 years but parents can also join in the adventure. The player will guide the spooky friends through seven fun activities involving counting, puzzle solving, color skills, shape recognition and motor skills.

Grandma Loves Bugs

grandma loves bugs app

Grandma may not love bugs in real life but in this game she cheers the kids on as they complete each spelling, counting, coloring or matching quiz. All of the puzzles involve different kinds of bugs.

Jigsaw Puzzle with Monsters

jigsaw monster app

The kids will love the Halloween theme and the chance to complete puzzles to reveal several different mythical creatures. The game has over 12 puzzles to play with varying difficulty. That should keep the kids busy for a while.

Mystery Math Town

mystery math town app

This Halloween game is designed for 6 to 12 years old. Your character goes from room to room unlocking different numbers which they will use to solve future math problems in the game. Not only with your little adventurer answer math problems, they will also have to think strategically and critically throughout the game.

Halloween Heroes

halloween heroes app

Halloween heroes teaches kids about the importance of recycling through interaction with different adorable characters in the game. There are over 5 missions to play and 10 bonus activities, which the kids will enjoy.

This spooky season can be both fun and educational for your child. There’s no better way to combine learning and gaming than using these top ten Halloween apps!

halloween app templates

And if you’d love to have an app made for your kids, or if you are a developer looking for a great app opportunity, these Halloween app templates might just be what you needed. Reskin them to your preference without the need of having coding skills, Chupamobile will help you through the entire process! Here are the templates: Pumpkin Maker, Halloween Pumpkin Crush, Scary Halloween, Halloween Booth, Scary Booth.

 

27Oct

Are you tired of battling every day with your mail app? Luckily for you, Google has joined the group of companies that tried to solve the problem of e-mail overload and it might just have succeeded doing it with its brand new Inbox app.

Gmail Inbox

Our smartphone’s e-mail inbox it’s surely a chaotic place to be, having to look for an e-mail can become a nerve-racking hunt among plenty of worthless messages from socials, shopping sites and much more. So trying to find an important e-mail from a co-worker or a friend could sometimes demotivate you. Many apps have tried to fix this problem but no one succeeded, or at least until now. Gmail has recently built an app that is supposed to be better than any previous attempt. The app is called Inbox and it launched October 22nd for the web, Android and iOS.

Is it truly different?

You might be wondering, is it really different from all the others or it’s just another mail app? Well, it is different! In fact the app, despite the name, doesn’t look like a mail inbox at all. Instead it looks like a social network’s feed. And that’s exactly what the lead designer of Gmail and Inbox, Jason Cornwell, wanted. “It looks different because we are trying to solve a different problem. We’re trying to be the best place to get back to the things that matter to you.” said Cornwell.

The Inbox app is free but only works if you have a Gmail account. You will obviously still see every single mail you receive but what’s different is that each mail will be scanned an just the most relevant one will surface. This app won’t mean that Gmail will be compromised, it would practically be like having an assistant reordering your e-mails by priority.

The functions

Among the features that allow you to prioritize the mails you’ll find: Bundles, which will automatically group your similar mails together; Highlights, which will bring up all your travel information, event details and media from friends and family; and other functions similar Google Now which include Reminders, Assists and Snoozes that act just like a to-do list.

How can you get it?

Initially the app was available to a limited user-base. Now if you are an owner of the Inbox app you have 3 invites at your disposal to send to your family, friends or whoever you like.  To send out the invites all you have to do is to click on the golden ticket.

By doing so Google wants to create a sense of exclusivity around the Inbox app. People even started to sell their invited on e-bay for about $50.

So if you have already tried the app let us know in the comments how you liked it. But if instead, you’d like to create your own mail app we have a template that will just help you customize it to best reach you ideal app. Here is it: Mail app template.

27Oct

Technology makes dating a little easier today. You don’t have to do all that walking around just to find that special someone, and as most of us carry smartphones, it makes perfect sense to have your dating life with you at all times, and certainly increases your chance of finding the right match for you. With this in mind, we introduce the best 6 dating apps around, that could help you be luckier in love!

Grouper Social Club

grouper app

Created by Grouper Inc and compatible with iOS 7 or later, Grouper is simply a social hub that connects between two groups of friends, i.e. 3 girls and 3 boys and vice versa. The people behind this app say you just need to press a remote and partners will show up. To get a feel of how this app works, sign up with Facebook, wait for your ideal match, grab your friends, pay for the first round of drinks, and let the rest become history.

How About We

how about we

This is one of the apps that practically guarantees the fact that you’ll go on real dates in the real world. As we speak, there are over 2 million dates that have already been posted, plus there are thousands of new members joining the app every single day. This app is free to download and use. But you’ll pay when you need to use advanced features.

To get started, all you have to do is post a date idea. Give a description of what you’d like to do and who you’d like to do it with. View other people’s ideas, their photos and profiles, then connect with them. When you find your match, you’ll have some great dates planned for sure.

Are You Interested (AYI)

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AYI is simply a mobile dating Facebook app which was designed with mature singles in mind. It’s the only dating app that is 100% integrated with Facebook. With AYI, you can chat, flirt, or meet new people. This app boasts of over 2 million active users, so it’s one of the largest mobile dating apps on Facebook you’ll ever find. It doesn’t matter whether you’re divorced, widowed or separated. This app will organize your date virtually and deliver it in the real world.

OkCupid

okcupid app

This is based on the website of the same name. However, when you’ve registered your information you can download their OkCupid dating app to make it easier for you. The app is also highly rated by real users at Google Play stores – a good sign that it has gained popularity. With OkCupid, you can meet and chat with new people, rate their profiles and find new people based on your preferences. And the best thing is that it’s free.

POF Free Dating App

pof app

Dating is an expensive business, so why spend more on finding a date. The advantage of using POF is you don’t pay for most of the advanced features you’d pay for in other apps. POF’s advanced matching algorithm is free to use. Checking out other people’s profile is free. You can even send unlimited messages to one another for free. Statistics even say that in every 2 minutes, a couple makes a connection using POF.

Tinder

tinder app

Tinder is a great way of connecting to people who are interested in you. You just swipe right to like and left to pass on photos. When someone likes you, it’s a date! You can chat with all your matches, or even snap a photo and share it with them. With Tinder, you can find a number of dates lined up waiting for you.

social dating

As you can see, there’s such a vast choice of dating apps you can try for free. However, if you’d like to create your own app, and think you can do better, why not use this location based social dating template to create a better way of meeting Mr. or Mrs. Right.