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16Oct

Are you thinking about buying some Android code but have never worked with Android before?

As with iOS, a lot of people buy code at Chupamobile and outsource everything – graphics, sounds, development, etc.  That’s great as it allows you to work ON your business instead of IN your business and will probably allow you to scale faster.

But Android is fairly easy to develop for, so that with a small investment of time you can master the basics and quickly take much greater control of your reskins.

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When I first started investigating Android programming, I was flustered by so many books and websites telling me I should have a foundation of Java.  I just wanted to get things going.  I eventually learned just enough to cobble together my first app, then to reskin it several times.  That is sort of my goal with this series – teach you just enough Java, XML and other aspects of Android so that you feel comfortable making (or attempting to make) a few basic modifications as well as:

  • Import images from your graphic artists into the project
  • Integrate ad networks
  • Identify trouble areas in your code
  • Make your conversations with developers more efficient and effective
  • Package up your reskin for submission to the app stores
  • And much more.

If you screw up, it does not matter as long as you have your code saved somewhere.  And if you get in over your head, there are lots of developers that can unravel things for you quickly and cheaply.  So let’s go.

Here is our plan, starting with this article and continuing over the next several weeks:

  • Download the software for Android development – Eclipse and the Android Software Development Kit (Android SKD or sometimes ADK)
  • Configure Eclipse (update it to meet your needs and set up a virtual device)
  • Create a very basic app – getting exposure to Java, XML, Android file structure, and some of the key files
  • Import an app into your workspace and address some of the most common problems
  • Explore how to set up some of the most popular ad networks – AppLovin, RevMob and AdMob
  • Set up a Google Developer Account – for app submission and management

Lets’ get started.

Download Eclipse with the Android SDK

Most Android development work is performed in a program called Eclipse.  It is completely free and works with Windows, Linux and Macintosh.  Eclipse is used for a lot of different types of development.  You will also need something called the Android Software Development Kit.  It too is free.  Both are now bundled in one easy download.  To ensure you get the proper version go to the following website – http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html.

When I go to this site, there is a big blue button for Windows users.  If you have a Mac or Linux system, click “VIEW ALL DOWNLOADS AND SIZES”.  Perform the download, unzip the files and open the Eclipse application.  You should see a screen similar to the one pictured below.

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Orienting you to Eclipse

When you look at Eclipse, it looks pretty innocuous – with some standard-looking drop-down menus and icons across the top.  The majority of the view is taken up by 3 major panes:

  1. The tall pane on the left is where you will soon see your directory structure for your apps and the folders and files within them.
  2. The pane that takes up most of the window is where you will see the code from a file you have opened. You can even open multiple files (of varying types) and it will show them in a tabbed view similar to a browser.
  3. The lower pane on the right has a lot of functionality that you should hope you never need. When things are going well, you usually do not need this pane.  But when things are going badly, it is invaluable.

Updates – SDK & ADT

Software Development Kit

It seems there are always updates to the Android SDK files.  You should perform this update now before going any further.  Click the icon at the top that shows a little green robot on top of a download arrow to open the Android SDK Manager.

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The little window that opens will list several options with checkboxes so you can select the ones you want to download.  Don’t feel obligated to download everything.  Many items will already be checked – I would keep those.  Then, scan through the Tools (top of the list) and Extras (at the bottom of the list) and select any that seem applicable to what you want to accomplish.  You will see several sections with labels such as Android 4.2.2 (API 17).  Depending on what you need to accomplish, you probably do not need anything 3.x or lower.  You can always come back here and download other packages if it turns out you need something that you did not download at this point.

Once you have selected all the options you feel you need, press the Install x packages… button.  Depending on how many packages you selected and your Internet speed, this could take a long time to download.  You should be able to proceed with the steps below while the download process continues in the background.

Android Development Tools

The last step in preparing your environment is to install something called the Android Development Tools (ADT.)  I’ll spare you the lengthy explanation; just trust me – you need it.  Follow these simple instructions:

  • Click Help in the menu at the top then choose Install New Software…
  • Click Add in the window that opens, which in turn opens yet another, smaller window
  • Type “ADT Plugin” (without the quotes) for the Name
  • Copy and paste the following URL for the Locationhttps://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/
  • Press OK, which takes you back to the previous window
  • You should now see “Developer Tools” in the main pane, select the checkbox next to it and click Next
  • In the next window, just click Next
  • Click Finish after reading and accepting the license agreements
  • Just click Ok if you get a security warning. You should be able to proceed.
  • Restart Eclipse when prompted to do so.

Congratulations!  You now have the basic tools you need to edit your code.  In the next article, we will create a basic app to learn some of the key elements of Android.  Talk to you soon.

If you ran into problems feel free to leave a comment below.  I can’t promise that I can fix your problem, but I promise I’ll try.

 

 

16Oct

HTC, the Taiwanese leading Smartphone manufacturer has announced the launching of its Zoe app to the Android and iOS markets. Zoe is an imaging social network application that allows users to edit videos and photos into one end product, creating “Zoes” that can be shared on social networks. The application, which was only available to the HTC app store as an open beta, will simplify the creation and sharing of short Zoes and music files between a wide ranges of users from different operating systems.

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How does it work?

Built by the HTC Creative Lab Unit, the Zoe app basically allows users to select long video files from their mobile storage and edit them to lengths of as little as 30 seconds. The process, which is termed as remixing, allows users to choose pictures and videos from different files, edit them, and then simply put a background track of their favorite music to give the motion picture an high end highlight reel effect. The end product can be in lengths of either 7, 15 or 30 seconds and the application also allows users to share the Zoes on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Friends who have received the remixed videos can also remix them to their own preferred choices.

It’s all part of the plan….

The release of the application to the Android and iOS platforms has been a great business venture, which will surely do more good to HTC’s reputation, and bank balance! The move has been seen as a great marketing strategy and forms the beginning of HTC’s plans to build its own social network and they will be hoping that iOS can contribute to a halo effect which will effectively bring in more iPhone users to the HTC platform. The Zoe application has also made history as having been the first HTC application to be made available to other mobile operating systems.

It’s time for an upgrade

On the Android platform, Zoe’s version 1.0 will only be available to Android versions of 4.3 and above. This means that, any Android user with a version below 4.3 will have to purchase a much more advanced Android mobile phone so as to join and enjoy the fun. Android users can also use the RE action camera to make the final images. To those users who are operating on the iOS platform, the Zoe application will be ready for use and download in the near future with HTC considering late 2014 as the ideal time for launch. This ties in nicely, as the RE action camera software, which allows users to produce the final products, will not be available until late 2014 to the iPhone users.

As sharing and photo/video apps become ever more popular, you may be wondering how to get involved with launching your own app. Perhaps you’ve beta tested Zoe and think you can do better? Well, if that’s the case, then head over to Chupamobile, and you’ll find all you need to launch your own app onto the market, starting with these two templates: Video/Photo app and SMS Picture/ Video sharing. Whether you’re a Sarah, Chris or John, an app bearing your name could soon be on the market!

15Oct

Today’s article was written by one of our iOS developer, Sebastian Dobrincu, creator of many apps among which Flatic , a full iOS blog application, with a great user interface and backend. With his experience in app development, Sebastian will guide you through 5 steps to a successful UX and UI in mobile.

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Before we get started, let’s take a look at the definitions of both.

UI stands for ‘user-interface’ and it’s defined as ‘the space where interactions between humans and machines occur’. On the other side, UX, short for ‘user-experience’ is the ‘user’s overall satisfaction level when using your product’.

We’ll mainly focus on those two user engagement models in mobile, exemplifying the good and bad use scenarios.

Good UI != Good UX

This is a huge misunderstanding. Most people think that a nice user-interface comes with an enjoyable user-experience. Most likely, good UI flows from good UX. If you have to choose between improving the UI vs the UX, definitely go for the user-experience as no amount of UI polish will make up for a bad experience.

To get a better idea of the difference between those 2, let’s take a look at some examples. Check out the screenshot below.

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You can easily spot on the awful experience you will stumble upon while browsing the page on a mobile device. Sure, the idea might work on computers, but a good user-experience, requires you to think of all the possible use cases and provide a fluent and easy to use UX, while maintaining the appealing interface.

Imagine launching for the first time an app with an amazing & unique interface, which takes 1 minute to load it’s data. Is your opinion as good as before noticing that ? Loading speeds aren’t the only factor that could effortlessly change your users opinion on your apps. Same applies to distracting (especially auto-playing video ads) or non-esthetical ads, not focusing on the content itself, unintuitive navigation and way, way more.

Know the priorities

Why did I decide to focus on mobile? Simply because mobile engagement is now higher than desktop. That means we spend more time on our smartphones than on our computers. The main reason for this transition is the information that is offered on the go, in a convenient manner. Both the UI and the UX play a big role in this mobile hype.

If you’ve been an iOS user, you might remember the days when most people were using the web version of Facebook on their phones, rather than the official app. Why ? Because it was just awful. At that time the app wasn’t native as it is now and the overall experience was just unsatisfying. It was incredibly slow, unresponsive and unreliable. Facebook switched to a native app in the end, which had a very similar interface as the non-native one, but the user feedback and engagement increased significantly, mainly because the overall user experience has been completely revamped. Now we can see that the app is fast, responsive and extremely enjoyable to use.

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A bad UI makes a bad UX

When I am saying that i am especially talking about the scenarios below:

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In those examples you can see how a sloppy user interface affects the entire user experience.

It’s true that among those two factors, i suggest focusing on the UX, but don’t ignore your UI, as it might reflect its flaws on your user’s impression, which of course may lead to less engagement. Start with the interface and then go over it, over and over again, till you’re sure that any changes you’ve done are not affecting the experience. Try to make it as intuitive as possible. Put yourself in the shoes of the user and never say that ‘they will figure this out’. That’s not their job, it’s yours. They just know that ‘it must work’. And they’re right. Don’t be afraid to make changes and ask for others feedback if you’re not sure.

Be original

It’s extremely important to be original and surprise your users with that little unique something that they’ve haven’t experienced before. Eye-catching animations, a great color scheme, interesting sounds, etc. All of those, combined with an enjoyable user experience, make up a great user impression and that’s what you should really focus on. It’s perfectly normal to follow predefined patterns, but never copy an idea as it is. Try to improve it any possible way.

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Don’t be afraid to fail

It happens. To all of us. At some point we’ve all failed, but we surely learned something from that. Learn from your and others failures. Use them to rise up as long as you don’t make the same mistake twice. Inspire yourself from different sources and spend time crafting your products. Challenge yourself at all times, and learn from every experience — good and bad.

In the end, you’ll realise that failure is the only path to success.

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Conclusion

The importance of UX and UI could always be an inexhaustible debate topic. It’s essential to understand that they both play a major role in the overall impression. You should really rock both of them if you want to succeed or to stand out with your products. Keep practicing, never be afraid to ask for suggestions or feedback and keep in mind that no matter how many times you might fail, it only counts how many times you get up.

There would really be much, much more to discuss on this topic, but i just wanted to give you a short overview of the most important things to have in mind when dealing with the user interface and the user experience.

15Oct

Smartphone users have already been exposed to a number of Emoji based mobile applications, but the newest one is a little different to the rest. A couple of days ago, an interesting Emoji based mobile application was introduced by Abdur Chowdury, who has been associated earlier with Twitter as Chief Scientist.

This mobile application, strangely carrying the name Steven (named after one of the developers’ cat), helps users to register their daily activity in the form of a daily log. It also allows users to note down their location on a regular basis and add photos to their daily map.

steven app

How Steven Works

The main functionality of Steven is to change the emoji being attached to the user’s profile based on the user’s location. It continuously tracks the person’s location and records an emoji that is relevant to where they are. If you were to visit a shopping centre such as Waitrose, the application would generate a credit card Emoji, whilst if you were relaxing in a coffee shop after your shopping trip, it would create a coffee cup emoji. Once you return home from the coffee shop, it would generate an emoji home, and if you start early the next day at your office in London, it would create a small computer emoji… and so on, and so forth.

Creators of Steven

Steven was created by a company called Pushd, which is run by Abdur Chowdury, the former chief scientist at Twitter. Actually, Chowdury and his fellow engineers were planning to come out with a game that would allow players to collect different emojis pertaining to things that had happened throughout the day. For various reasons, this never came about, but this game soon became the inspiration for the team and led to the launch of Steven.

So how does it know what I’m doing?

If Steven is not sure of a particular location; it prompts you to provide the location information through a push notification, basically allowing user generated information to update the app. The different emojis that have been generated for the user can be sequenced in the form of a map that can track your daily activity, and illustrate how you’re spending your time.

In addition to the life-logging feature, Steven also lets users to add photos and share it with their friends. The user would be informed through a notification when Steven performs the status update of a person by attaching the relevant emoji. It would also help the user in getting updates regarding the status of their friends on a daily basis even if the friend forgets to update their status in Facebook.

Is it likely to be popular?

As the content is user generated, then perhaps. However a few people have expressed their dislike of the idea that everyone knows where they are at all times. It could certainly also cause problems if you check in away from home and then you’ll be basically advertising that your home is empty. However, since many other apps work in similar ways, it depends entirely on the way you wish to use it.

Location tagging apps are becoming increasingly popular, and many are trying their hand at developing their own. If you’re interested in developing an app (and can come up with a better name for it than Steven!) then why not take a look at Chupamobie where you’ll find thousands of app templates to customize. Launch your app to the world easily and quickly with these templates: Emoji Jojo, Places Near, Xmas Emoji.

14Oct

Apps spanning every category possible are found within the Apple App Store. Some categories perform better than others, and when it comes to revenue, some app categories do better when they offer in-app purchases, versus those that charge upfront for the app. We have gone through statista.com and gathered some interesting facts about the Apple App Store.

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Number of Downloads

During the first few months of the App Store’s life, from July-September 2008, the number of downloads in the store stayed relatively steady, with .01 billion downloads per month during that time period. However beginning in April 2009, when the App Store hit 1 billion app downloads in a single month, the popularity of the App Store downloads really began taking off. By July 2011, just 3 years after its inception, the App store was getting around 15 billion downloads each month. That doubled to 30 billion downloads less than a year later in June 2012, and finally hit 75 billion in June 2014.

Most Popular App Categories

Billions of apps are downloaded each month from the Apple App Store, and naturally, certain categories are downloaded more often than others.  Games top the App Store for downloads, with 20.38% of all downloads in Sept 2014, with the second highest category, education, topping in at 10.36%. While the highest downloaded category has twice the number of downloads as the second highest category, the differences between the second and third highest are not nearly as drastic, with business apps coming in third with 9.43%. While the data clearly suggests that games are what customers primarily hit up the app store for, it also suggests that many people are using their phones for education and business.

Revenue Distribution

Each category has its own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to revenue distribution. Games, for example, has the highest download rate of all categories in the app store, and the majority of its revenue distribution (92%) comes from free apps with in-app purchases, with only 2% of its revenue coming from paid apps with in-app purchases. Conversely, categories such as medical, navigation and catalogs get the majority of their revenue from paid apps without in-app purchases (68.1%, 51%, and 63.7% respectively).  Navigation is also the only app category that has a decent revenue stream from paid apps with in-app purchases (28%), with the second highest category (weather) having 8.7% of its revenue coming from that area.

The App Store is a very popular marketplace to sell any apps that you may develop. Billions of different apps are downloaded each month with the most popular app category (games) having nearly twice the number of downloads as the second most popular download category.  While each category has different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to revenue streams, the most popular form of revenue across the board seems to come from free apps with in-app purchases.

14Oct

You may have noticed that  there is not a single device being developed that doesn’t take photos. From your mobile phone to your smart watch, a camera is an essential item of today’s technology. And  for every device’s camera there is an app to beautify, edit and share your photos. All those people that are involved in making these apps or that are somehow related to the photography world will be attending the second edition of the 2014 Mobile Photo Connect Conference. Will you be attending it?

Event Photographer & Conference PhotographerWhat is it?

The mobile photo connect conference is a 1 day event where entrepreneurs, appreneurs, investors and executives will gather to discuss the key technologies that drive mobile imaging and visual communication. The event will have 7 different sessions starting with the mobile app show and tell. During the event experts will talk about storytelling, photo organizing, photo chatting, mobile photography startups and much more.

The second edition of the event is tomorrow, October 15th, and it will take place in Fort Mason, San Francisco.

Who will attend Mobile Photo Connect?

The conference will see guests from all the big players in the photo industry, Kodak being the main one. If photography always intrigued you this is the right place to meet the right people and start networking. Over 130 mobile app developers,  imaging companies, mobile vendors and other photography participants representing their countries will also attend the event. The event will also function as the launch of many apps as well as the  upgrade of existing ones.

To attend the event one should register and pay a quite substantial amount of $499. The registration will be open until the end of Tuesday (Pacific Time), so if you happen to be around San Francisco and you are planning to attend the ceremony, you definitely need to hurry. If instead you can’t or don’t wish to attend it but you would like to cultivate your interest in mobile photography, you can always become an appreneur and create your own app. Chupamobile will help you do so, letting you chose among thousands of app templates and guiding you along the entire process. Here are some templates to start with: Photo Text, Video Photo App, Photo Text Editor.

14Oct

There are exciting moments that are captured in life and those that just need to be shared.  These moments are sometimes captured in photos and videos. There are many picture and video sharing apps on the market today but one that seems set to impress is the newly released Seahorse. Seahorse was launched with sharing memories in mind. It helps you to create and collaboratively own photo and video albums with your friends and family and create a place called a “scene”. After sharing, the videos and photos in the scene can be deleted regardless of who posted them, as long as they are in this shared scene,  as effectively the photos and videos are co –owned. This aspect of co-ownership is unique and reserved to Seahorse only. seahorse app

Why use it?

The app is freely accessible for Android and iOS devices which means it’s not something you can only share with certain people using the same OS as you. The app provides you with an opportunity to share group experiences with those who were there, such as weddings, christenings and other events, which may save money on professional photographs. The app further helps to document the event and share with those who were not present but can associate with it such as family members and friends. The app succeeds in bringing together varying perspectives of the participants in one place. When someone is invited to collaborate, they can add photos and videos when they wish. They can make comments and add likes while also being in a position to get notifications incase a new addition to the scene takes place. At times such as a wedding, photos can be uploaded almost immediately, which means family who couldn’t be there, can feel like they have been part of it.

Going back in time!

Reminiscing is a great thing, and with Seahorse it’s even more fun. Seahorse allows you to discover older photos and videos just like other photo sharing apps. You can also view photos in the timeline, search photos using a map and by using the shoot location, get reminders of things you did in the past and pull past images randomly by simply shaking your phone.

I don’t want to be in the scene

If you decide to leave a scene completely, you have the freedom to do so and take a copy of the scene with you within seven days. If you leave after seven days have passed, your contribution to the scene remains. In both scenarios, communication, notifications, updates and comments pertaining to the scenes are stopped and you won’t be able to rejoin without another invite.

To get started with Seahorse, you can import your photos and videos either from your camera, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Dropbox and others. This process is quick and easy and the app has brought a new dimension to video and photo sharing.

Photo sharing apps are certainly not going out of fashion anytime soon, and if you’re thinking you could do better, why not launch your own app? Perfect for any appreneurs, Chupamobile gives you all the help you need to ensure that your own app is on the market as quickly as possible! If you are intrigued to do so, here are some templates that might just suit your taste: We Like, Photo Album Android, Insta Shape and Clean Photo Album.

13Oct

Survival of the fittest – a phrase with many meanings, it is fair to say that the one who can code is bound to survive. Coding is a great skill to master and acquire under your belt, and it is easier to learn than ever with many websites offering coding education with lectures and hands-on practice. Whether you’re a beginner starting out, or you’re a developer looking to update your skills, it is highly advantageous to enrol yourself on these online courses from designing websites, building applications, fixing and preventing bugs or even a career change. Here is a list of the top 10 websites offering these services.

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Treehouse

Treehouse

This site has amazing user experience with over 100 courses on different programming languages and over hundreds of hours of video. They update their content on a regular basis, so you’ve always got fresh information and knowledge. Along the way, you can test your newly found skills with quizzes and code challenges, which is a great way to practice and enhance your abilities. Treehouse should definitely be on your list, particularly if you’re looking to forward yourself in a new career.

Codeacademy

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What is so appealing about Codeacademy is that all their content is absolutely Free. Codeacademy has great user functionality, with a light hearted approach to learning, allowing you pick up the basics quickly with projects you can complete at the end. As long as you have a good memory, Codeacademy will work for you, as it speeds through the tutorials pushing you to becoming a coder.

Code School

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If you’re looking for a fun interactive site to develop your coding skills then Code School is the one for you. With over 34 courses and over 1700+ challenges, Code School displays great teaching methods and a user-friendly interface, which is expectable since its parent company envy labs provides training in programming and development consultancy for many companies. You also earn rewards and badges as you progress through your learning.

Udacity

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Some courses at Udacity are designed with Google, Facebook and Cloudera, which allow you to gain real tech skills that companies look for. You get your own personal coach who supports you in reaching your goals by providing feedback on assessments and projects along the way.

Coursera

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Like Codeacademy, all the courses are completely free. You’ll get problems and assignments along the way that you are required to complete, and every week you get fresh new lectures. Coursera works with top universities and organizations to bring you high-quality educational services, and you can become a coder in just 6 weeks.

Ruby Monk

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This is a great platform for those looking to update their knowledge on Ruby. These are free, interactive lessons that offer problems along the way allowing you to test what you’ve learned. A great website, but for deeper learning, you may have to combine this with another course platform, as Ruby speeds through the process teaching you exactly what you need.

Khan Academy

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Khan academy’s programming courses are designed to be fun and interactive, and guide you through the course really well. Like most websites, there’s a mix of lectures and challenges to test you, which you can save along the way, as well as allowing you to share your projects with other users, who can see your approach to coding.

Google Code University

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This is an official learning website designed by Google with courses on mobile, web development and various other programming languages. All the courses are free and are structured with lecture videos that train you along the way. Though, unlike other sites, there aren’t any challenges or problems along the way, so you may have to combine your learning with another site to test your skills.

Orientation to Android training

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If you’re looking to learn how to build Android app, then what’s better than the official learning website from Android. It takes you right from the basics all the way to building your first app. What’s even better is that the training provided is absolutely free. This is a great opportunity to get involved in app development; you could have a revenue-generating app within a few weeks.

Phpacademy

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A vibrant place to learn web development having over hundreds of videos to help you get started. It takes you from the basics right through to all the advanced features. They also have detailed lesson plans on their YouTube channel for more support. Though, you would have to get premium membership to access their features in full.

With all these great sites offering top quality educational courses (some even for free), you would truly be at loss if you don’t take advantage of their learning material. Most are very simple to use, with user-friendly web experience and problems and challenges along the way to test your newly found skills. Having a working knowledge of web and & app development can definitely be a huge financial motivator and you are likely to find success through it. So what are you waiting for? Advance your career by enrolling yourself on any of the hundreds of courses open on offer. Master the skill of coding.

13Oct

One key trend that has been gaining focus the past few years in app design is simplification. Mobile design has gone very simple in the way color, fonts, character sizes and move have all been used. This means app designers must utilize styling in a way that is both simple and attractive at the same time. App optimization is very important when dealing with simple apps, so to keep users enjoying the experience, developers must pay close attention to key metrics that measure engagement within the app. To simplify it, here are 3 steps to improve your app design.

how to improve app design

The Onboarding Experience

Onboarding is paramount to app success. If the onboarding segment is choppy and difficult to maneuver, many users will expect the rest of the app to be that way as well, and will be less likely to continue using the app. By closely monitoring and optimizing the onboarding process to be user friendly, app developers will be more likely to see users sticking around and engaging much more with the app, driving up retention rates.

Drop-off/Retention rates

There are multiple funnels in most apps, which means there are many different places to measure retention and drop-off trends. If you notice that more users are dropping off, or discontinuing use of the app, around the same point, then there is a good bet that something is off with the screen they are looking at during that time period. Whether it be something not loading correctly, or an image that seems like a call to action that does nothing. It’s best to review what the screen looks like at this segment of the funnel to see what is causing the drop-off. Usually something as simple as making the call to action stronger or doing a simple A/B test on new call to action placements can lead to less drop-off. Also, follow retention rates closely. If you notice that people are sticking with the app just fine at certain points, then be careful not to change too much in your design with those areas. Noticing high retention rates means that you are doing something right, and changing it up could cause that retention rate to drop.

Screen Flow

Analyzing how users move around from screen to screen is another important metric to analyze. If you notice that some users are having issues purchasing products during the checkout process, or are skipping entire steps by accident, it may be time to redesign how the process goes at that junction. By smoothing everything over, you could exponentially increase conversions.

Carefully monitoring various metrics in your app design and flow could improve your app design greatly. Noticing what spots work well, and what areas cause friction or high drop off rates point you exactly where you need to go in terms of app optimization. In some cases, a few minor tweaks here and there could mean the difference between a great user experience and a terrible one, thus increasing user retention and conversions.

13Oct

With time always being of short supply, any opportunity to use it prudently and save it is always welcome. We’re all very busy people, with little free time, so why spend it waiting around in a restaurant for your food order? It’s with this understanding that the aptly titled Square Order has been created. This app is meant to save you time when ordering food from your favorite restaurants.

square-order app

How does it work?

The app allows you to place an order from a whole host of local restaurants well in advance of your arrival. The app saves you, the customer, from wasting precious time waiting in long boring queues to be served and it allows you to grab your order and get home in time for your favorite show!

You can order your food at any time, as long as your restaurant is open and your order is prepared only when the app informs the shop you are coming. This means that not only do you get your food right away, but also you are assured that when you go to pick them, they won’t be cold. The app has an arrival prediction feature to ensure that the drink or food is prepared moments before you arrive so that you find it fresh and hot.

The app further simplifies life by making paying for the orders easy. With Square Order you don’t have to pay at the register for your order but rather, you can make the payments directly through the app since the app has linked your debit or credit card attached to their Square account.

The app also knows the user based on their popular orders and can suggest you an order, depending on those previously placed, which saves you the trouble of having to specify your order every time.

Does it help restaurants?

For sellers, it’s necessary to set times for preparation of different items. It helps in organizing orders and ensuring they are prepared when the customer is about to arrive. Square Order can help restaurants with their time management too! The app can easily be integrated with the register app of the restaurants and cafes, this makes it possible for pre-orders made by customers to appear just like those placed at the counter by regular customers. Depending on the restaurants preference the orders can be set to print automatically after placement for the kitchen to prepare them, or to show on the register.

The Square Order app is available for both Android and iOS, and looks likely to be the next “Just Eat” which is sure to net its creators a fortune. If you’ve a great idea for an app but don’t know from where to start, you can take a look at out thousands app template among which you will find: Restaurant App template, Restaurant App Template For Android, Delivery App Template. Launching your app has never been easier; and you never know, you might be the creator of an innovative app like Square Order!