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23Jul

Google Acquires Appurify: What’s New for Android Developers?

If yesterday we talked about the new test platform for iOS apps, today we take care of the Android side. In a recent news release, Google announced that it has acquired Appurify. The mobile platform is oriented to developers so that they can test their applications. It has been reported that the mobile platform has raised over 6 million dollars since its launch in 2012. Over the last two years the platform has shown growth of a substantial nature which would explain the desire for the internet giant’s pursuit of the company.

There are five major areas which Appurify focuses. These are iOS and Android testing on devices, bug and data feedback, integration, jump start automations, and manual simulations. For developers this is a great tool. The fact that this App has both the iOS and the Android integration adds to the potential for the developer to work in whichever platform appeals to him or her and to be rather comfortable in ensuring that the mobile platform functions to the highest standards. One should also wonder if Google is trying to encourage developers within the iOS 8 platform to cater to their clientele. Surely, the acquiring of this startup is a major bridge to merge the gaps between Android and Apple based apps.

appurify

Appurify offers three major services:

  • AMP Auto – This offers automatic simulators and testing on developments to ensure that your app is running properly from the early stages and throughout development
  • AMP Mobile – This service is great for capturing video, crashes, traffic logs, etc on you local device
  • AMP Web – The best way to know if something will work is to test it across several platfroms. Amp Web ensures that your app will work by doing such.

Developer Considerations

Developers should consider that Google has been making several technological advances in the past month. It would appear that this application is an attempt to diversify their company even more while at the same time maintaining their dominant presence in the internet and app world. By acquiring the Appurify platform Google has greatly opened the market for new apps.

The main advantage of the Appurify acquisition is that a developer can have feedback on their app from the mobile platform prior to launching their app. For example, by checking for bugs and critical errors through the Appurify Robot app crawler, the developer can simulate thousands of users sessions without the users.  This minimizes the cost of having to go back and forth from the drawing board to the app. Furthermore, the developer will note that the framework of his or her app can be tested to ensure that such will withstand usability.

Developers would be wise to explore the Appurify mobile platform. Because of the functions offered, both the seasoned professional and those which are new to developing can be benefited. From the simulators and emulators to the AMP Auto which runs automated test on an application, there is something for every developer within the Appurify platform.

22Jul

App Trend: No One Dies Today, Are You Able to Keep Your Players Alive?

Helping one game character to run and jump over objects is one thing. But, have you got what it takes to control 5 characters at the same time? No One Dies Today is a real test of your finer motor skills and hand to eye coordination – it’s also a severe test of your patience, endurable and possibly the durability of your phone which is highly possibly to be launched in frustration! No One Dies Today has top rankings in the UK, US, Russia and Australia, it arrived to #2 on the U.S. App Store Overall chart;  it seems people are loving the idea! There’s different game modes, crazy challenges, simple controls and Game Center support which are all major advantages to the game.

Instead of playing the game alone, you can be in competition with other players and see who reaches the furthest and survives the longest. Your scores will be ranked and shown on a leader board, which contains the best players in the world – adding a whole new dimension to the game.

Make Your Own at Chupa Mobile!

Statistics show on the App Annie Rank History that downloads are actually in rapid decline. Is this your chance to create your very own No One Dies Today?

Choose from the following templates and create a game that’s not just an alternative version of No One Dies Today, but becomes its superior…

No One Dies Today with Multiplayer

This has to be the easiest game to reskin ever. The reskin options are vast, you could take the iOS template and turn it into a game to specifically target one age group, to be seasonal or to be simply unique and watch the downloads begin.

Features and Requirements:

  • Really easy to reskin
  • Very popular game
  • Chartboost integrated
  • Revmob integrated
  • Game Center integrated
  • Fun to play
  • Multiplayer via nextpeer ready

Hoppy Birds for iOS

Create unlimited hours of frustration and fun by taking the Hoppy Birds iOS template, and finely tuning it to be your own with the many re-skins available. Based on the concept of the incredibly popular Flappy Birds, this is guaranteed to produce a hit game. There’s plenty of room for creativity and endless options to ensure customer satisfaction.

Features and Requirements

  • Applovin, Admob and Chartboost Ad SDK’s integrated
  • Game Center
  • Chartboost more games button
  • Remove ads iAd
  • Rate button
  • Facebook and Twitter share
  • Universal App
  • Available for iOS and Android
  • Developed in Cocos2d
  • Well documented
  • Free updates and support

Hoppy Birds template is also available for Android.

No One Dies Today with Admob

Outstanding Features:

  • Universal Game (Design for iPad)
  • 4 Awesome Game Modes
  • You need quick – witted
  • Test your brain hand!
  • Full languages Support!
  • Simple Control
  • Easy & Fun

Whether you’re a fan of Hoppy Birds, or can see how it needs improving, why not create your own version with Chupamobile!

18Jul

App Trend: Timberman, the new Flappy Bird?

Remember when the Vietnamese cult game Flappy Bird was launched? The frenzy it caused and the absolute outrage when it was discontinued? People who had previously downloaded the game to their device were making a killing – selling their phones simply because it had the addictive game on it. It was a craze that couldn’t have gone unnoticed by anyone. It wasn’t going to be long before the next craze kicked off, and many believe it’s already here with the old school style arcade game: Timberman. Gamers, who are looking for a new way to kill time, show off their skills and beat friends scores need to check out Timberman - the newest indie game that’s taking the App Store by storm.

According to App Annie data, Timberman has made it’s way into the top 5 apps in over 20 countries and is the number 1 downloaded game in 8 of those. The game is incredibly addictive and extremely easy to get into – basically your job is to cut down trees by tapping each side whilst avoiding various descending branches. After a couple of rounds your character will frustratingly perish, due to it being difficult to determine just how close the branches are to you. Once you get into the rhythm of the game the ability to get a good run will be much easier, however improving your score becomes harder.

Timberman has been available for download since May, however the 10th of June saw its peak in downloads (see App Annie rankings history). The game was featured as an Editors Choice by Apple which led to a staggering 1 million of its 2.5 million downloads being done in just 3 days!

Why not create your very own Timberman with Chupamobile!

Timberman iOS Template

Timberman source code

If you love iOS games, then Timberman’s for you. Its charm is it’s ease of play and its addiction is the need to continually improve your score to showcase to your friends (synchronize with Facebook or Twitter for immediate showcasing). You need to chop the wood and avoid the branches, simple right?

Features:

  •      Revmob Ads
  •      Chartboost Ads
  •      Remove Ads In App Purchase
  •      Unlock characters IAP
  •      Facebook
  •      Twitter
  •      Game Center.
  •      Unlock Characters

App Reskinning:

  •      Very easy reskin, with just three character animations.
  •      Three characters
  •      Three backgrounds
  •      Three different trees
  •      You can add as many as you want

Timberman Game

Timberman iOS source code

This app template allows you to add as many of your own features that you like! Maybe you want to add more heroes, or different kind of trees or squirrels to kill: D it is all up to you.

Features:

  •      Universal game for iPhone and iPad
  •      Very popular game
  •      Chartboost integrated
  •      Game Center integrated
  •      Made in Cocos2d
  •      Easy to reskin

This Timberman game template is also available for Android.

Timberman for Android

Timberman for Android

We have as well another Timberman app template for Android.

App features:

  • Admob
  • Chartboost
  • Share feature(Facebook, twitter, email, text message)
  • Full video documentation(Step by step walk through)
  • Google play game services(Global leaderboards)
  • Unlockable characters

So if you want fame and perhaps fortune, why not try making a name for yourself with your own version of Timberman –  you may even gain a cult following!

11Jul

App Trend: Cinamatic, The Hipstamatic For Video Shooting

Vine has introduced a new era of quick, sharable videos that can be both shot and edited via a mobile device. Instagram – which currently has 200 million monthly active users – were quick to follow suit, but most recently there has been a new development – iOS app, Cinamatic, launched by Hipstamatic.

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The foundations aren’t what you would call ‘revolutionary’ but this works well for those who want something that’s easy to use, and very customizable. You can capture one shot or multiple shots in quick succession, which you can then stitch together for a smooth looking video. There is a catalogue of analog-inspired filters that can give a retro feel to the finished masterpiece. The capture process is the same as Vine and Instagram – you tap and hold to enable recording and to edit you simply release your finger. Currently the videos captured through Cinamatic can vary in length from 3 seconds to 15 and the app is compatible with Instagram, Vine and Facebook. The app doesn’t have its own feed or social network and is just for sharing through others, which makes it pretty handy for those with a good social media following on established platforms already!

Statistics have shown that there is a huge demand for mobile apps that offer incredible results through simple tools. With Chupamobile you could create your own Cinamatic and become a leading competitor to the likes of Vine and Instagram, by using one of the templates shown below:

  • Social Network App – Instagram/Vine Style – Act now and purchase this template to receive free updates and $200 off standard price. With an unlimited amount of features this could truly allow you to rival the Hipstamatic Cinematic. Features Include: Camera Filters, Delete Posts, Draw on Pictures (like SnapChat), Add Vine Style Videos, Hashtags, Profile Pictures, Share Pictures, Follow Friends, Gain Followers and Search Users, to name but a few.

  • Snapify – Instagram Clone – This is a platform that is completely ready for App Store submission. If you know all about Instagram then you know about Snapify, it’s basically the same thing but not as popular – yet. It’s a platform that allows social image sharing and is compatible with Facebook to permit for sharing, commenting on and liking pictures.

  • Slow Motion Instagram Camera – This is a simple application, which has taken full advantage of Apple’s latest technologies and incorporates some of the best premium properties available to date. The platform allows you to record videos in slow motion, which can then be saved to your camera roll and edited or shared via Instagram. You can also add other social media sharing options and networks. Although this app doesn’t have the following that Instagram does, it’s well on its way with more than 1,000 users since its recent release.

  • GifaGram – Allows you to create animated gifs from pre-recorded videos or live and then to send them either through a text message of social networking post to Twitter or Facebook. The app includes a full website template which means you can create an entire library of animated gifs.

So what are you waiting for? Choose your template and use your knowledge to create something that might just send you viral!

08Jul

iOS 8 Extensions Explained In 8 Points

Third party app developers will be interested to know that the iOS 8 extensions have in some degree opened up the market. Where in the past Apple has been somewhat restrictive with their app to app communications, in the Apple WWDC 2014 the iOS 8 Extensions were explained in a manner which suggested that the company is becoming more relaxed where third party developers are concerned. There are 8 points which any developer (not just those of the third party) needs to know about the new iOS 8 platform. Cloud

#1: Defaults cannot be replaced

Apple has held on to the default applications and one can still not replace such apps with developed apps. Furthermore, there are certain areas where customization is not allowed. Apple has made it a bit easier to navigate to the areas which can be developed and manipulated, but any developer would need to check to ensure that the proposed app or modification is actually compatible with iOS 8.

#2: Today Extension

Much like a Windows update or the ever changing background for the Bing desktop, the Today extension are widgets (or apps if you wish to call it such) for the Today navigation center. It should be noted that the widget is still within the Apple “host” but not really a part of the defaults anymore. This is true for all the extensions. Basically, you have the apple, but you have plucked it from the tree. There is a separation, but the association is still with the apple.

#3 Share

Very similar to the other social media communication extensions, the share extension allows the user to post web content to servers or to “share” content with others.

#4 Actions

This extension is somewhat misleading. As stated in the Apple WWDC 2014, there is within the Actions extension the ability to manipulate, and in some cases replace, certain information within an existing app. Developers should be aware that the amount of information which can be developed is still somewhat restrictive, though greatly less than in earlier versions such as iOS 7.

#5 Photo Editing

This is perhaps one of the larger areas in which developers can explore, mainly because the extension does make use of third party applications. This means that third party developers can potentially offer photo editing apps to the apple market which could be integrated within the editing extension. As with any endeavor with Apple, developers need to keep a close eye on the restrictions and the areas for which an app or customization can be placed.

#6 Finder Sync

Simply put, the Finder Sync extension is a FTP or the equivalent of such. The extension allows for file storage and annotation. It does appear that this extension was developed as a test run to compete with the ever so popular cloud which is dominant on Android devices. It is not quite known the limits to which Apple will push which extension. Should the company be trying to overpower the popularity of the cloud one could expect to see further developments from within this extension. However, this is not definitive as Apple did not specifically address any plans to develop a “cloud” app or incorporate such a platform for the iOS 8. It would appear that they are slowly stepping in that direction.

#7 Storage Sync

Storage provider is close to the Finder Sync, but is oriented to the data within an app. Where the Finder Sync is focused on file storage and annotation, the storage provider is focused on the internal data found within the app. The sharing of the data would be from one app to another app. The restriction to this is that the sharing is only applicable for an app on the same iOS 8 device. The good thing about this is that (potentially) the information that is customized for one app can be easily shared with another app (such as the login information or personal preferences). The disadvantage of this is that should a set of preferences be established on one device and more than one device is owned than it would be needed to reestablish those preferences.

#8 Custom Keyboards

Being able to customize the keyboard has greatly helped the overall functionality and desirability of the iOS 8. Past versions were very limited and the user was in general stuck with what the system had to offer. Yet, with the iOS 8 Extensions, especially that of the custom keyboard, users are given more flexibility and personality to their device. Keep in mind that this extension is a basic customization and not a full replacement of the default. Therefore, any developer wanting to explore the spectrum of this extension needs to be aware of the limitations which the default program may put upon the customization desired by the developer.

Putting it all together

Regardless of whether you are developing apps for the iOS 8 system or not, any developer would be wise to keep track of the developments and extensions that Apple is implementing into their devices. From the iOS 8 developer’s view the information is critical to expanding their features and customizations into new areas previously not accessible. For the Android developer, it is critical to understanding the potential completion within the market. Could these extensions lead to a more diversified app platform in the future? It would appear so.

08Jul

Android Wear Smartwatch: A First Overview

The much anticipated Android Wear Smartwatch, which we have been discussing as a part of Google I/O conference in our preceding blog articles, has been launched and is available at Play Store. The Android Wear Smartwatch was introduced in Google keynote at this year’s Google I/O.

This Android Wear Smartwatch was expected to be introduced at Google I/O as a part of Google’s new wearables that were to feature in the Google keynote. Though, the Google keynote featured a collection of Android wearables, but perhaps the Android Smartwatch was the only completely new wearable. It is now available as LG’s G Watch and as a part of Samsung’s Live Gear, and was distributed among the attendees of Google I/O. Though, the Android Smartwatch still has much room for improvement, but the first edition itself is quite a flattering one in terms of novelty of idea and operation.

LG G Watch

LG’s Android Smartwatch, becoming popular as the Google watch, comes with a display of 1.65 inch and a resolution of 280 x 280. Though, the G watch might be appreciated for its functioning, there is still room for improvement in design and appearance. The relatively bigger bezel dominates the wearer’s wrist and the overall design defies all standards of present trends and fashions. Google watch might be a handy gadget supported with impressive technology, but the product lacks in aesthetics.

LG-G-Watch

Source: play.google.com

However, in LG’s G Watch, care has been taken to maintain a square shape for dial rather than a circular one so that the users are provided with close-to-real experience of looking at a screen. Considering the minor shortcomings that are still a part of LG’s version of Google Watch, the product managers have ensured that the wearable is to be introduced with improved features in the future. We may get upgraded versions of Google Watch.

Samsung Gear Live

The Gear Live version of Google Watch is similar to its counterpart, G Watch, though more refined in design and appearance. The Gear live watch too is relatively bigger in size with a bezel of considerable size. The square shaped display is big enough and is of sufficient brightness with a screen of 1.63 inches. However the screen can be difficult to read in sunlight due to its washed out appearance.  The wearable is compatible with Chrome and also accompanies a heart-rate monitor.

Source: play.google.com

Source: play.google.com

The big dial is supplemented by a rubbery wrist band of complementary size. The Gear Live watches also have pins located beside the heart-rate monitor, at the bottom, to be used for wireless charging.

Google watch is designed to work on the basis of notification system and can be synchronised with mobile phones and other Android devices. It then can be used to carry out a number of Android functions without the need for the user to have access to linked Android devices. It can also be used to monitor and present data such as the number of steps taken by the wearer while walking and wearer’s heart-rate.

Google watch is surely an exciting product for the users and developers and supports various applications, which will be discussed in our next blog article.

07Jul

Google Glass: What App Developers Need To Know

Perhaps you have heard about the latest and greatest in the gadget industry, the Google Glass. The new technology has surely made its presence on the digital world, and both developers and consumers have flocked to learn more about what some have described as science fiction made reality. A general overview of the capabilities of the device can be seen here:

As a developer, the first question which may come to mind is how to get your app products integrated into the Google Glass market. Being that this technology is still in its infant stages, the app developer would be wise to understand the existing apps within the market as well as the Google Glass specifications.

Are you right?

The Google Glass offers the apps on the right side of the device. Keeping this in mind, your app needs to be developed so that users can easily see and use the device accordingly. The best way to test your app is to of course have Google wear devices to test the apps upon. Since the technology is unique to the device, this is a cost which must be budgeted into the overall development cost of the app if one does not already have the device.

google glass apps

Google has also specified that the apps for the Google Glass have to be only for the Google Glass device. There are strict restrictions in the specifications as well as in the publication rights and distributing which developers must adhere to. Ensure that you are developing things right by reading over all of the specifications and submission guidelines set forth by Google. Since the Google Glass is in the early stages of development and production, it would not be unreasonable to expect evolutions in the methodology in which the apps are developed, processed, and marketed.

No Advertisement and No Fees

Developers should consider before taking on the process to develop an app for the Google Glass device that at this time apps can neither charge for their downloading nor implement advertising into the app to collect fees. Basically, you have to offer your app for free. This restriction has greatly minimized the available apps for the device (as the majority of companies want to provide apps that make a profit). However, companies which are well established will find that catering to the new device offers a level of technical sophisticated marketing that cannot be obtained through traditional methods. In other words, if you have a free app for the Google Glass, consumers will be more open to seeing the other apps which your company offers.

Notification Savvy

The main attraction with the Google Glass Apps is their notification status design. For example on the Google Glass cycling app, as on the video below, you can see how the information is updated as the user cycles further and faster along the track. What developers need to keep in mind is that the information needs to be current and that it needs to be relevant. Because Google Glass apps cannot be offered on any other platform or device, you need to also ensure that it is unique. Where the functionality can be very similar to other apps which your company develops, ensure that the name and the actual app has enough differences within it to be considered solely a Google Glass App.

One app that is currently available for the Google wear devices is Word Lens. As you can see on this other video, Word Lens is much like the Google Translate or Babylon translate applications but with the merger of Google Glass notification standards within it. The app offers the user the functionality of saying of viewing material and translating such. This is a great example of taking the common app and making it exclusive to the Google Glass App platform.

Your app in the world of Google Glass

Apart from the notification aspect of the apps for Google Glass device is of course the augmented reality aspect of the device. By allowing viewers to see building sites prior to the construction of a building, interactive children’s books where the characters literally come off the page, and maps which work as an interactive GPS app, the potential functionality of the Google glass apps are left to the imagination.

Developers of apps regardless of whether they are made for the notification or for the interactivity aspect of the device, should be aware that the platform, though Android based, is greatly different from the platforms of other smartphones and tablets. Where the traditional applications use Android in a somewhat sequential sequence with an overall definitive starting and ending point, the Google Glass App is time sequence related. This means that the apps are dependent upon location and the “time triggers” for the application. For example with the Preview app (on the video) is dependent upon being in a location that has movie poster or movie information available.

By keeping to the standards which Google has made as well as ensuring that your app are uniquely catered to the Google Glass platform, your app can and will become an intricate part of this ever growing technology platform.

07Jul

Android vs iOS: What’s New On iOS That’s Old On Android

In our earlier blog articles, we provided you with an overview of this year’s Google I/O conference and how it was mostly dedicated to upgrading the Android. Resultantly, Google has introduced Android 5.0 at Google I/O, along with other amusing technology and gadgets like Smartwatches, which most probably we plan to elaborate on in our next blog article.

However, technology was not all that was talked about in the Google keynote. The Google I/O also had its share of controversies with alleged accusations interrupting the Google keynote and Sundar Pichai retorting back to intensify the age old Google vs Apple rivalry. With the introduction of Android 5.0 and launch of iOS 8.0, the Google vs Apple rivalry is now more of an Android vs iOS conflict.

Pichai’ s retort, though wasn’t specified, but has been guessed to have come in response to Apple’s Tim Cook’s insulting the Android. Pichai presented a slide in Google keynote suggesting that what others are adding to their devices as new technology, like widgets and custom keyboards, has been introduced in Androids much earlier, probably four to five years back.

The Google vs Apple debate is an old one that has now shifted focus to Android vs iOS. With the introduction of iOS 8.0, in the presence of Android 4.4, many had predicted that it was the beginning of Apple surpassing Google and many deemed that Google’s long lasting superiority, in terms of mobile phone handsets, might come to an end. However, the introduction of Android 5.0 has put all the speculations to rest. Though Android 5.0 may not be accessed by masses before the fall of this year, the Android vs iOS debate has become a heated discussion among many.

Android 5.0 features an updated user interfaced that is named as Material Design. Material Design brings with itself numerous features which have been added to the latest Android version to upgrade its design feature, to compete with iOS design features. The iOS 8.0 features are a continuation of flat design elements and so are those of Android 5.0. However, Material Design has incorporated the flat design with depth and layered flatness and allows smooth transitions by supporting animation.

The android vs iOS performance is purely judged by their runtime features. iOS 8.0 introduced Metal Graphics API that allowed the developers to design games that are run faster. Google’s answer to this technology came in the form of AEP introduced in Android 5.0, which allows the developers to enhance the applications’ performance in terms of time. Apple probably will not be able to hold onto its uniqueness any longer.

android vs apple

However, probably the only area where Google may lag behind Apple may be battery life. In iPhone vs Android discussions, iPhones have always had an edge in terms of longer battery life. However, Android 5.0 features Project Volta, which is Google’s initiative to introduce technology which supports longer battery life.

The discussion of Android vs iPhone or Android vs iOS or Google vs Apple- whichever way you put it- has been going on for many years and might continue for years to follow. Android has been efficient in introducing new technology and iOS feature better design element. Favouring one over the other is to remain an individual choice.

07Jul

Essential Things To Consider When Developing An App

As the market for mobile apps has grown, so has the potential for developers to create iconic apps for these devices. Creating an app takes a bit of consideration in order to ensure that upon launching it is successful. Where it is true that the overall functionality of the app plays a major role in determining if it is successful or not, the planning and considerations implemented throughout the development process make success possible.

Consider your targeted market

Before you begin the development process, you should consider the market for your desired app. Your focus needs to be on whether you want to develop your app for Android or for iOS. Both markets are aggressively expanding in the variety of programs available. This is largely due to the dependency on smartphones and other mobile devices. However, there are some major differences in the way that apps are marketed from these two groups.

Android apps are for the most part free. From an app selling perspective this is a major flaw. There are a few Android apps which are for a minimal fee, and I would encourage the app maker to cater to this market. Android compatible applications which are offered for no costs are dependent from sponsorship ads. Consideration should be given here. If your app has high production costs or desires to have a large financial return, you may want to either have your app for a minimal cost or produce your app for the iOS market.

iOS users are generally used to spending a few dollars on apps. There are very few apps offered that do not have a minimum fee attached. If you are an app maker or an app reseller, this is the area in which to focus for higher financial potential. Keep in mind that when offering an app for any cost that there will be a percentile taken as a fee from the seller of your app.

Design Considerations

Once you have determined your intended market, a responsible app maker will ensure that the design maximizes the desirability for the app. Consider Flappy Birds (since the app has had a viral following). There is really not too much complexity to the game, but there is a design aspect that takes users back to the days of Mario and the “retro” games. When designing an app there are three major considerations to keep in mind.

Mobile App UI

The user interface is the key to any mobile app. If there is too much complexity the users will not buy it. Greatly reduce the clutter and confusion by eliminating menus and multiple pages that are not relevant to the program. For example, if you have an app that sends emails, you can have a simple trash, forward, save option instead of a whole menu of functions. As a general rule, simpler is better.

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Data Usage

Uploading time for an app is the make it or break it factor. If an app takes too long to load on a smartphone or tablet then il will not be loaded. The user will go to another one. When you design for the mobile market, it is crucial that you keep your loading size below 15k. This will allow for quick loading and usage. The industry standard has been no more than 20k. You may get away with a larger size, but if so your app design needs to be something that greatly encourages user interaction.

Functionality

Above every other consideration that an app maker needs to have is the simple question “Does this make since?”. It may seem like a great idea to make an app, but the overall functionality of the program needs to be addressed. If the app has no apparent purpose or function you need to ask yourself how you can make it function or give it purpose. Even if your app is purely entertaining, there has to be an overall purpose to the app. For example: If you have a simple pong game, is there any level advancement? Does the background change to unlock new things? Is it unique? If the program is just a black screen with two paddles hitting a ball but no levels or changes then there is no purpose. A user will not buy an app that does not have some incentive to engage in the app.

Selling your App

After your app has been made you need to consider how you will sell your app. Will you go through a reseller, post the app yourself, or put it on an app store? You should keep in mind that most sites which sell apps have requirements as to the size and the content of the app. Ensure that you meet the requirements by looking at each sites requirement pages. With over 2 million apps available ensure that your app is made properly and with the latest layouts and designs. Ensure that you have the best layouts and tools by looking through all that we have to offer at www.chupamobile.com.

Looking forward to grow your app portfolio in an fast and inexpensive way? You must check out Chupamobile, the largest app source code marketplace. Choose your next app between more than 1,000 app templates ready to be customized and launched on the App Store! Get your new apps monetizing in only a few days!

 

04Jul

6 Tips To Create The Perfect App For Kids

Have you ever considered to create something for kids? We live in a fast-paced world and, sometimes, our hectic way of living forces us lay by the little things that make us smile. We, hard-working adults, tend to forget that kids are an important part of everybody’s life, as they are our future (it sounds very typical I know, but it’s the truth!) and they need to have access to all the tools and means that allow them to grow smart, healthy and sensitive.

This can be applied to what concerns us, the app development. There are some rules that you will have to follow if you want to create the perfect app for a kid as there are good few factors that you would have to consider: the real possibility of the child to learn something through this app, the kid’s reaction to it, the approval by the parents… As we’ve done in a recent post we are going to suggest you 6 tips to create an excellent app for kids:

1. Understand your (young) audience

The first step you will have to consider is that your target is very different to the adult audience. The new generations come to know well technological tools almost from birth. As a group of researchers of the University of Wisconsin found out: children aged between two and three are more likely to respond to an interactive screen than to a video screen that demanded no interaction. So, the more similar to the real world the tool is and the more it reacts to their impulse, the more familiar it is to them (this research was presented in last year meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development). Kids are curious, restless and open minded and these features are certainly a plus for developers.

confused boy with tablet. isolated

2. Design an easy and jazzy interface

Maybe you love colors, but children love them more. You have to think that when a child is looking for an app to download he or she will surely choose an eye-catching design. So don’t be afraid to use colors, funny animals and hilarious faces. Take a look to some of the apps suggested by the English newspaper The Guardian in their last list, “30 best Android Apps for Kids in 2014”. As you can notice, the first app is about maths but it combines the boring numbers with a battle against a monster. Funny, isn’t it?

3. Don’t use too many settings

Children want to learn while they have fun so they are not going to dedicate any time to set the app (specially the youngest ones). Make the game easy and try to be spontaneous, like children are. Don’t forget about parents as settings are normally used by them; you can create a separate app settings panel for them so kids won’t be troubled by it.

4. Interact with your audience

Children may be small, but they want to be considered and heard just like the adults want it. Try not to lose their attention and interest in your app, make them a part of it by introducing audio-visual elements, voice-off, surprise items… everything you can in order to intrigue the child.

5. Don’t forget the parents

You have to think that many times, specially when children are less than 6 years, are parents who download apps for their kids. They normally look for educational or creative apps, like for example the app for kids launched by @tate_kids (the Tate’s Museum educational department) announced just today.

6. Always offer a smile!

It is important for children to feel that their merits are recognized. So while developing your app think not just about making it challenging but rewarding too. Don’t forget to include an smiley face or a clap to congratulate the child when he or she has been able to complete the game or solve a task. This will keep the kid’s interest and will encourage him to return to your app.

Of course there are many other things that you could use to create an appropriate app for children but if you want more ideas or you think you are ready to develop one, take a look into our section “most popular apps for kids” and enter in a world of “pure imagination”.