An introduction to Mobile App Development in Dubai

People around the world, are shifting their attention towards the smartphones and tablets in the place of computers to gain maximum visibility for their business sites. The mobile app development companies Dubai are concentrating more on developing applications to reach out to the maximum user base since users prefer looking up for applications in the app store instead of seeking out the website in the web space. Designing an appropriate and user-friendly application necessitates its ultimate survival amidst the ocean of applications filling up the app store in the recent years. Companies can only gain increased visibility if they avail the expertise of dedicated mobile application developers hired to aid them in boosting their app downloads by exploiting their skills and experience.

Also Read: 3 factors to ensure app success

There are few important things pertaining to Dubai’s mobile application development process that you need to understand before embarking on the app development journey.

  • Incredible user experience- Too many clutter in the mobile application can drive away users from the application altogether. Users are mostly not interested in myriad features listed within the app interface. Rather they prefer such apps that can guide them directly to their sought-after objective. Hence to enhance the overall user experience with the application, a competent developer requires minimizing the complex and multiple navigation features in the application.

 

  • App designed with the touch interface- Time and again this point does come up and i.e to maintain a proper UX/UI of the mobile application that goes a long way in enticing users with the particular application retaining them for a long time. Also, the mobile developers have to pay attention to the touch interface from the UX and design perspective other than writing down the code of the application.

Also Read: Tips to get intuitive UX and UI

  • Location-based mobile application- The location feature has gradually become the must-have of each and every modern application. Dubai app developers seek to offer a personalized service to their end users and hence location-based applications are specifically designed to service them with offers that are unique to their physical location. Developers must be responsive towards new technical advents in order to grab the opportunity as and when they come along their path.

Also Read: Things to consider to gain benefit from geo-location based mobile app

  • Phone memory and network- Different smartphones have their own set of technical issues as far as the network and the memory of the phone is concerned. There are ways to deal with the limited storage area of the tiny handset when it is compared to that of a desktop computer. The network connectivity must not be saturated with the requests for images. The proper network connectivity, a memory of the device and battery life of the device must be kept in mind while designing the applications so as not to disrupt the entire functioning of the handset on installing your application.

 

  • Synchronization of data- Avoidance of accumulation of unnecessary or corrupted data, the synchronization of data is highly crucial for android app development services especially.

 

  • Web and native development- Mobile application developers must have a proper insight into the benefits that the applications can draw if designed for the web or native platforms. The proper understanding of the procedure will only guide them in their selection of the suitable form for the mobile applications.

Also Read: Debate between Hybrid and Native

Also Read: Comparative study of mobile and web design approach

In-conclusion

The mentioned points are highly crucial for proper functioning of a mobile application. The best mobile application development companies in Dubai if hired will aid you in tasting the fruit of their expertise in mobile application development incorporating the mentioned key factors into the development process.

So if you are planning to design an application for your business in Dubai, consider contacting any efficient app developer such as Fluper.

Fluper, one of the top-rated mobile application development companies, have time and again proved its skills in designing App store optimized applications incorporating all the mentioned points to give an incredible user experience with the mobile application.

Care to learn more about Fluper’s work, get in touch with the team at:

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5 Significant Parameters that are more likely Overlooked

Every startup faces their set of challenges but in the case of developing mobile apps, the set could be a little more intense in nature. After doing some initial brainstorming, a lot of brand new entrepreneurs often feel that they have overcome the DDD problem i.e. Design-Development-Deployment. But, forget that the pitfalls in the initial planning cause major challenges in the later stages. So if you are planning your own startup then you need to know what major challenges you are going to face in the process of becoming a successful one.

How to stand out from the rest

It is not a hidden fact that after the invention of WhatsApp many have tried their hand in the mobile app development business. Every day some 1000+ apps are being added on Google play store. So it is a clear indication that you are trying to set your foot in an overcrowded market.

So standing out from the rest will be your only solution which you can achieve if you pay little extra attention to the following aspects while planning your app:

  • Is your app really solving user’s problem?
  • How effective your app is in solving the problem?
  • Interact with your Target Group in the language they understand the best.

Need of the Hour: Investor

It is not a rocket science concept to understand why we need a constant inflow of cash to sustain in the market. Before getting into the competition you need to understand that developing an App is a costlier process which depends on app structure and size. So before approaching investors, we would suggest you get the help from your personal social circle. Otherwise, AppBackr and Kickstarter are the best funding platforms for you.

Important to attain Responsive Design

Today we have a wide range of devices available in the market. So it is very important to adapt responsive design since the beginning which can perfectly fit in different sizes and user do not face the issues related to resolution.

Device compatibility is another limitation. One need to be vigilant while focusing on design and keep different OS platforms in mind like the limitation of iOS and Android.

Simplify the UX of your app

Simple functionality which is easy to understand results in good user experience. Simple App navigation with unique user experience is one of the major challenges app developers face these days. For the development of better UI, one should strictly follow UI guidelines.

Marketing is the key to success

As we said earlier, you are trying to get into the already overcrowded market so right marketing is a prerequisite. If you feel you don’t have the expertise and not so confident on your marketing skills then it will be better to consult professionals who are expert in the same.

In such big market of apps, one can easily get lost without a right marketing plan. Someone rightly said, your product still can survive if it has been marketed right even if it is not the best.

Conclusion

These 5 points define the success of your app. if implemented correctly they can take your startup to a full-fledged company.  

 

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Top Mobile App Development Tools

We all know how bothersome multi-platform mobile app formatting can get. Each platform is unique and exhibits different features, capabilities and behavior. But then, multi-platform apps are truly “in” today, so you as the developer, need to find solutions to develop the best cross-formatted apps, without emptying up all your resources on developing for just a couple of platforms at one time.

Fortunately for you, there are some really great multi-platform developer tools in the market today, using which you can easily achieve your aim. Here is a list of the top 5 dev tools for cross-formatting mobile applications.

RhoMobile

RhoMobile offers Rhodes, which is an open-source framework based on Ruby. This permits the developer to create native apps, spanning over a stunning range of OS’ and smartphones. The OS’ include Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, iPhone and RIM, which pretty much covers it all.

The framework supplied by RhoMobile is such that you only need to code once. This code can be used to build apps for most of the major smartphones. Native apps are great for

working with available hardware, so your job gets done with ease, speed and accuracy.

RhoMobile also offers developers RhoHub, which is a hosted development environment, and RhoSync, which can be employed as a standalone server to keep all the app data current on the users’ handhelds.

PhoneGap

PhoneGap, which won great acclaim at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco’s 2009 Launch Pad event, is an FOSS environment that allows developers to create apps for Android, Palm, Symbian, BlackBerry, iPhone, iTouch and iPad devices. This platform uses standard web development languages such as HTML and JavaScript.

PhoneGap allows the developer to work with device hardware features such as accelerometer, GPS/location, camera, sound and much more.

PhoneGap additionally offers an Adobe AIR app and also online training courses to help the developer access native API’s and build mobile apps on its own platform.

Appcelerator

The Titanium Development Platform from Appcelerator, which incidentally has a formidable fan following in Twitter, aids the development of native mobile, tablet and desktop apps via web programming languages such as HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby and Python. It now powers over a 1,000 native apps per month. The best thing about Titanium is that if gives users easy access to over 300 APIs and location information.

Additionally, Appcelerator also offers customizable metrics for actions and events. Apps can be totally hardware-based and all app data can be stored either in the cloud or on the device.  

MoSync

Mosync , yet another Foss mobile app development SDK tool, is based on standard web programming. This SDK offers the developer integrated compilers, libraries, runtimes, device profiles and other useful tools.

MoSync offers support for various  types of OS’, including Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android, and even a linux Mobile distro.

WHOOP

This one, though not really a top tool, is interesting. Whoop confidently states that they are “The one-stop mobile app publishing platform for non-developers”. Even if you are not a developer, you can still get some cross-formatting done with Whoop.

Of course, we cannot guarantee that your product will have the same glossy look as those of your geeky coder counterparts, but Whoop is still definitely worth more than just a look.

The Whoop Creative Studio is basically a WYSIWYG editor that lets you easily drag and drop mobile app elements onto it, to achieve desired effects. What is more, you can even export your app in many formats, depending on the OS, including Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Android, iPhone and more.

 

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Estimating The Cost Factors in Building Your Smart Phone Applications

“Tech will transform from something we actively use to a more seamless integrated experience that is ‘on’ all the time.”- Daniel Bæk, Co-founder of Nodes

Can we imagine a day without having a peep into our Mobile Phone Screen? Technology has transformed a small talking device into a highly upgraded gadget that practically runs our lives.

However, we do not ponder into the fact that an Application requires huge cost to get visibility in the playstores. We normally avoid installing an app which requires us to pay a certain installation amount or to access any of its features. But we do not realise the price, an app developer pays to make the app available for the end users.

There are numerous factors involved in giving a particular shape to an application. It is a gradual process and each step taken involves certain cost factors which builds up the overall  price estimation for the application development.

The Key Mobile Application Development Factors That Affect Overall Pricing:

Purpose & Functionality of the Application:

The type and the functionality of application that you are building must be taken into consideration while determining the development cost factor. Apps built for different purposes will have varied features and hence the price will differ based on such components. Eg: Gaming app require lots of graphics including 3D effects and make use of other built-in mobile mechanisms whereas a business app deals with content, database management systems and high security features. The costs incurred will be different for these two applications.

Platforms & Devices Used:

Different platforms, be it native or hybrid, plays a key role in affecting the cost factor. Some platform can be more expensive compared to the others. It depends on which platform, you  wish to develop your application, will determine the development cost. eg: iOS and Android, are two common platform that developers normally specializes on and they charge a different rate for each. Moreover, if you wish to target both the platforms then the price will rise high cause you require two different teams to work on.

Similarly, the type of devices for which the app is being developed can also impact the cost element. Building an app for devices (iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry or iPad) is different as all will have different sets of integration.  

Apps Testing:

It is extremely crucial to test the app for any bugs and system errors. Testing is one of the key in determining the cost. It is ultimately important to conduct an extensive testing before the launch of the app. At times, multiple testing activities takes place to keep the app running or making amendments or bug fixing as per user feedback. This comes at an additional cost which is unavoidable as it determines the success rate of the app.

Maintenance & Enhancement:

Successfull launching of the application in the apps store does not end the developer’s work. The immediate user feedback gives the developer an insight into the consumer preferences and ehance the features accordingly. Moreover, bugs and other errors are bound to occur when the application is in use. Again the customer feedback helps in fixing the bugs. It is a good idea to retain the development team for a period after deployment so there is quick response to negative feedback and error fixing. Hence Maintenance Cost is an ongoing factor that stays throughout the life cycle.

Apps Security:

Application Security is a major concern for developers and others. Safeguarding the product from hackers involves looking for tools that help identify vulnerabilities and secure apps. Security of a mobile app is critical while developing an enterprise app since they have many confidential and sensitive datas stored on the device. The cost of securing such data is high thus impacting the overall cost of mobile app. Still it is advisable to invest in a good mobile security tool to protect your business from malicious hackers.

Apps Distribution:

There are many distribution channels where you can upload your business application, depending upon the key concept of your business. Each channel has its own set of costs. For example, commercial channels like iTunes and Google Play have different charges for developer license costs. Of course, the app requires approval by its hosts to ensure security policies.

Integration With Enterprise System:

An app can either be stand-alone or integrated within an enterprise system. If your app is not integrated within any system, they it will not require enterprise data or corporate access thereby reducing the cost. However, the development price will remain restricted to app development only.

User Authentication:

This is an especially important consideration for enterprise apps. Most enterprise applications require user logins with secure access and a secure integration channel into the company’s application. This requires effort and cooperation between the app development team and the enterprise system development team to ensure seamless integration. This increases the cost of app development in turn.

Customer Add-ons:

For many customer-centric apps, you may want to consider revenue- and traffic-generating tools to enhance the user experience and boost your ROI. Eg: Social Media Integration, In-app Purchases, Web services etc.

Conclusion:

Apart from the above mentioned factors, there are others which arise once you start building your application, popularly known as hidden costs. Hence all the cost factors, including the unforeseen elements, must be kept in mind while preparing the Cost Budget to prevent any shortage of funds that may, in turn, hamper the development process.

Fluper clearly reveals the entire cost estimation picture before developing any application for its’ clients.

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UX & UI- Unveiling The Thin Line Of Difference Between The Two

Do you frequently come across two common acronyms-UX & UI ???

These two are the most commonly used and highly misinterpreted terms that have been doing the rounds for a while. Allow me to clear out your basic confusion here.

What does the acronyms stand for?

UX stands for User Experience Design

UI refers to User Interface Design

Both the terms are equally crucial to developing a product and work pretty closely to one another. However there is a thin line of difference that lies between the two.

Let me take you gradually through the basic concept of UX & UI.

“If the user can’t use it, it doesn’t work.” –Susan Dray

The above quotation aptly explains the basic fact that underlies every creation. In the world of Smart Phone Applications, if your targeted end users fail to utilise your apps properly then you loose the battle completely.

As per Wikipedia,” User Experience refers to a person’s emotions and attitudes about using a particular product, system or service. It includes the practical, experiential, affective, meaningful and valuable aspects of human–computer interaction and product ownership.”

Its main purpose is to increase the usabilitty of the product that you have developed for your users. It is the amalgamation of tasks focused on optimization of a product for effective and enjoyable use. The main aim is to raise the customer satisfaction and establish their product loyalty by improving the ease of use and pleasure provided in the interaction between the customer and the product.

Don Norman, a cognitive scientist and co-founder of the Nielsen Norman Group Design Consultancy, is the pioneer of the term, coining it in the late 1990’s quoting that “User experience encompasses all aspects of the end-user’s interaction with the company, its services, and its products.”

In Shawn Borsky’s words, UX is invented on this particular logic-“At the end of the day is how the user remembers the experience. Focus on key experiences.”

User Interface or UI

This particular term is used as a compliment to UX design. The look, feel, presentation, interactivity and all the other aesthetic features of a particular product or app sums up to describe the term ‘User Interface.’

Wikipedia describes it as,” the space where interactions between humans and machines occur. The goal of this interaction is to allow effective operation and control of the machine from the human end, whilst the machine simultaneously feeds back information that aids the operators’ decision-making process.”

The main goal of UI is to produce an user interface design that is self-explanatory, is efficient and user friendly. It is the UI’s responsibility to make the product aesthetically appealing to the end users.

To quote designer and expert Helga Moreno, the key point of difference between the two concept is:

“Something that looks great but is difficult to use is exemplary of great UI and poor UX. While Something very usable that looks terrible is exemplary of great UX and poor UI.”

This means that both are equally crucial and are used in compliment with one another.

Let us Sum up the points of differences:

The following keywords brings up the points of differences between UX and UI-

  1. Interface- UX makes Interface user friendly. UI beautifies Interface.
  2. Functionality– UX helps users accomplish goals. UI creates emotional connections with the users.
  3. Design– UX design is done first followed by UI design.
  4. Scope– UX is employed across products, interfaces and services. UI sticks with Interface only.
  5. Objective– UX design helps users accomplish meaningful tasks across platforms and services. UI design makes compelling and aesthetically pleasing interfaces that connect with humans.

Conclusion:

Designer Nick Babich stated that,“The best products do two things well: features and details. Features are what draw people to your product. Details are what keep them there.”

This article gives you an overall view of the two most commonly used concepts and reflected the key points of difference that exists between the two.

The link below will give you a visual narration on this particular topic and will definitely clear out all your remaining doubts.

 

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Develop Your Mobile Application in the Shortest Time Possible

Are you an Entrepreneur and looking for an easy way to maximize your business operation?

Mobile Applications can be the best solution for you to target a wider customer base and increase your ROI.

However, if you are not a developer and new to this field, then the entire concept can be a bit tricky for you. The process of developing a Smart Phone Application is quite a lengthy process. The link below describes the entire application development process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEK8Hpontiw

There is huge competition in the market. Someone or the other is coming up with different innovative ideas. Hence you cannot waste time on the lengthy pocess of developing the application. So you require ways to shorten the process.

This article will give you a detailed idea of the steps that you can take to simplify the Mobile Application Development Process and launch your product before anybody gets a chance to steal the idea away from you and encash on it.

7 WAYS TO SPEED UP THE MOBILE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS:

  • Get your guiding blueprint ready:

It is very important to chalk out a simple, less complicated Wireframes or layout of your mobile application right from its design stage to architectural view. It is a rough blueprint that gives your developers an idea about your basic concept and help you to stage your future steps accurately. Through the simplified blueprint, you can easily let everyone in the development team understand the direction of the app and the steps to be taken to reach there. This will save a lot of time by getting everyone on the same page as early as possible.

  • Make use of Agile or User-friendly Technology:

Agile technology simplifies the process of development for the developers. Post launching of the application will lead to many future updates and require quick addressing of bugs. This technology helps developers to issue such changes quickly and keep the apps updated.

  • Launch your MVP on the field soon:

Rather than entering the market with a fully formed and robust product, it is always better to launch a minimal value product or MVP into the market and draw user feedback on it. Start developing the rest of its features based on the useful customer feedbacks. This will increase the user connectivity, who will provide you with valuable inputs on how the app will develop from here onwards. It is always better to release continuous short updates, say, every day which will ensure a better quality product overall.

  • Consider Cross-platform Hybrid Solution:

Cross-platform hybrid solutions, like Adobe Phonegap and Xamarin, allow you to use a single codebase to target multiple platforms, rather than writing native code for each platform separately. You build once and get two apps, for both Android and iOS platforms. However, they have few drawbacks. Hybrid apps fail to handle animations smoothly and often occupy a substantial amount of memory.

  • Offload the extra and raise work efficiency:

You have to find out ways to make your mobile application engaging to your end users. Mobile engagement platforms are full of pre-made tools or applets examples that you can choose from and add to your core product without the need to spend time on additional coding.

  • Outsource the non-core activities:

It is always better to outsource the non-core elements, extra features or small elements that individually bite away the apps launching time. Hence you can easily complete more work within a same frame of time.

  • Automated testing to ensure security:

It is always better to go for automated testing. You can run a series of tests that would otherwise take hours to complete manually. By speeding up testing, you will be able to expand test coverage in the same amount of time, and you’ll be much more confident that your code is bug-free. Eg: Automated testing software on the market is Appium.

CONCLUSION:

The above steps will guide you to properly develop your Mobile Application and launch it in the market within the shortest time possible.

Time is a very important asset. You need to grab the opportunity while it is still there for you. So if you have an idea to encash upon, the above described steps will help you to quickly convert your idea into a reality before someone else steals it from you.

Fluper believes in streamlining the apps development process, thereby concentrating only on the core aspects of the process and outsourcing the subsidiary elements from external processes.

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Top 4 mobile UX trends to invade in 2017

The first essentiality for an exemplary user experience is to meet the ultimate needs of the customers without any bother. It is followed by simplicity and elegance that produces a product that are a joy to use. But a true user experience goes far beyond what they really want or rendering checklist features.  Hence in order to achieve high-quality user experience considering company’s offerings, there must be seamless incorporation of the services of multiple disciplines including engineering, graphical, marketing, industrial design as well as interface design.

Although in 2016, various innovations from anticipatory designs to personalisation invaded the domain of mobile app designing. It should not be merged with the mobile app development since their challenges and aspirations are quite different. Since the minds of mobile app developers are occupied by Artificial Intelligence, responsive designs, chat-oriented designs, augmented and virtual reality. Hence mobile designs are expected according to the innovations in mobile app development. Considering last year innovation where we witnessed Pokémon Go, the augmented Reality game that has become the top grossing app within few hours of its release, must be a source of inspiration for mobile app developers.

Conversational Interface

In case you are concerned with conversational interface then it is any UI that is capable of mimic chatting with a real human. The real idea is that instead of communicating on its own in human terms with a computer by entering syntax-specific commands, you can interact on your own by just telling what it supposed to do. According to recent comScore study which says that the average user only uses three apps frequently and atleast one of them is a messaging app. So, the best way to leverage the situation that people are now dedicating considerable time on chatting that was still quite difficult to imagine even few years ago.

That is why it can be concluded that chatbots and all other voice-activated communication platforms empowered by artificial intelligence will be dominated in the next couple of months both as an integrated features but even as a standalone product too.

Although we have witnessed different virtual assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana, Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Echo can do. Simultaneously we have seen some fascinating features of chatbots. Hence as the technology is progressive as well as turning sophisticated, hence conversational interface can be considered as the most desirable one.

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Personalisation in UI design

Both companies and users do love personalisation. Although users get perplexed between the terminologies personalisation of UI design with responsive design. The key difference is that responsive design revolves around adapting a layout to a wider range of devices whereas the personalisation in UI designs revolves around adapting layout to a person, hence it is also considered as age-responsive design. By just tapping to the information provided by the users, apps can modulate if they increase the font size, reducing screen brightness or eliminating flashing images or sound. Hence in 2017, UI designs are more likely to move away from device-focused and are moving one step nearer to user-focused by personalisation in UI designs in 2017.

Expansion of UX roles

For this, the difference between UI and UX must be elucidated. Even though there are various companies that are still looking for UI/ UX designer, but few companies are still looking for some specialised talent. While considering the past, specialisation revolved around UX disciplines such as CRO or IA. While in 2017, specialisation will converge towards new technologies as well as industries such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and industries revolving around the automotive or health and fitness.

While undergoing the development to form a product, it is quite significant for the companies that UX is not the only role of a UX development. All other elements that plays a role in building a user-facing is a part of UX.

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Navigation

Navigation has been one of the objectives of mobile application development companies to enable the users to move through the app which is one of the trends as far as mobile design predictions in 2017 are concerned. There are three navigation issues that are blighting apps: Linear navigation, one-handed navigation and the hamburger menu.

Linear navigation means that the users can navigate the way round following the same path although consider it as a herding cattle. Here Uber is regarded as a good example. What is expected in the year 2017 is to see creative solutions which will enable the users to move in a quite free manner. This sort of ideal condition can be found in Amazon shopping.

One-handed navigation:

The main issue lies that smartphones are nowadays are quite large screens that many people cannot reach the other corner by using just one hand. Hence implementing the navigation on the basis of the screen size will be highly appreciated by the users.

Hamburger menu is still a matter of despised since it is still considered as the main culprit behind low discoverability as well as smarter navigation solutions.  Hence new navigation have the potential to intensify the user experience. A non-linear approach must be adopted for a more personalised experience as each user will have the unique way to navigate around. Removal of hamburger can somehow expected with more discoverability meaning important features are no longer hidden. What can prove to be a boon as far as navigation is concerned, then it must be thumb-friendly navigation to make the lives easier, especially for those who are travelling to work.

Wrapping up:

Aforesaid are few predictions that must be adopted by the mobile application designing and development companies so that all loopholes that were faced last year can be solved in order to achieve richer user experience.

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