How much does it cost to develop a Mobile App ?

Today almost everyone owns a smartphone and I can bet most you reading this would have played Angry birds, Temple run and other most popular games. Not alone games but also apps like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Whats app and so on.

Mobile apps are categorized into

  • Games
  • Utility apps
  • Fun apps
  • Social media apps etc

Now to the main question, how much does it cost to develop a Mobile Application? To be honest the answer would be “it depends”. The cost would entirely depend on the type of mobile application one want to develop.

Recently happened to read an article on OS X Daily about iPhone Development Costs which suggests that the development cost for small apps (apps with basic functionality) would be around $ 3000 to $8000 and more complex apps (which might have to deal with database management system) and game apps the development cost would vary from $50000 to $150000 or more.

As said earlier it all depends.

Also there are plenty of do it yourself tools available online but one would need to have the enough knowledge of mobile application development to get it out there in the app world. One can develop the mobile app with DIY methods or hire someone or outsource the development to an experienced app development house.

Also it would be a mistake if one thought the design and development of the mobile app is a one-time affair.  A mobile app developed today needs to be updated according to the future change in the requirement and also the operating system updates.  If the strategy is to develop a cross platform mobile app then it is very important to identify the right frameworks for the same.

The Future Of Shopping Is Mobile

With the rate at which people are using mobile platforms to swap the traditional shopping malls, the future of traditional and ecommerce is certainly mobile. Thanks to the boom in the smartphone industry, shops now are located in mobiles. In fact, apart from a sharp change in the conventional shopping trends, the number of people logging into the laptops and desktops for shopping is also falling drastically.

With the launch of apps like Google Wallet, people are getting used to the mobile platform like never before. According to Forbes that listed 10 trends to watch in online shopping, the use of mobile apps was listed at number three. While many of us are still unknown to the tricks and advantages of online shopping on mobile apps, it is equally true that we are somehow getting absorbed to these technologies that make shopping much easier than any of us imagined a decade back.

Amidst these changes, it will be difficult to say where the brick and mortar retailers will stand in a few years. Many popular retail chain outlets, such as Best Buy are planning to shut many stores for investing in larger and luxurious retail settings. These changes are clear indications that driving sales is some sort of a necessity for these stores.

As we start predicting that shopping will someday be all about mobile apps, there are still a few hiccups for the mobile platform. The immediate sales and quick delivery system that traditional sellers can offer is something that mobile shopping platforms will still have to think about. Online retailers are, in fact, in quest of the delivery options that will give them some edge over traditional sellers with regards to delivery.

Will this mean that traditional retailers will be complete wiped-off in the next decade? Well, certainly not, at least not in many markets. Many retailers are offering new options such as payment through mobile, easy billing and quick delivery through express delivery services. Also, the new mobile shopping platform may significantly take on the retail jobs that had increased with the increase in chain stores and shopping lines. This may now seem insignificant, but the situation will have its impact on the society soon.

In spite of the hiccups, the future of mobile apps for shopping is certainly bright, and it cannot be denied that online retailers will retain the lion’s share of customers. As more and more, retail stores launch their mobile outlets for customers in the smartphone brigade, the coming days will only witness increase in online shoppers who will use tablets and phones to make the most of their shopping choices.

What has also contributed to the trend is the decrease in smartphone and tablet prices, which has drastically improved their sales in all key markets of the globe. The paradigm change in the trend is certainly not for a short term, and it remains to be seen how the scenario will take impact in the retail market in the coming days.

Mobile Apps Are Challenging TV

The smartphone generation have their own ways of doing things, and for them, using an app on their phone is a much better way of communication than sticking to the television. Studies have revealed that the use of mobile phones has almost doubled in the last decade, and thanks to the burgeoning telecom industry and unprecedented growth in technology, the use of smartphones will only increase in coming days. The main question is whether mobile apps will actually override TV in terms of popularity and usage, and for this, many people have many answers to give.

Current data shows that the amount of time that a person spends on the internet is as low as 70 minutes, while the amount of time spent on television watching is around 168 minutes, which is a mere marginal increase from the earlier average time of 162 minutes. However, checking the usage of mobile phone apps (127 minutes a day!), one would be startled to see the increase, which is almost double than before (earlier the usage time on average was 66 minutes).With the smartphone prices being slashed every month along with the introduction of new applications every other day, the time is not far when the time spent on mobile apps will be higher than television.

While there is a concern for the television business, there isn’t actually any threat. This is mainly because fans and followers, who like to stick to the TV, will still check their favourite programs on their phones right on the apps. This is obviously one of the smartestway for television producers to ensure business and continuity, and exactly, this is what most television channels have in mind.

Before talking of future possibilities, it is wise to understand why mobile apps are here to stay. In the fast paced world, people hardly spend time at home, and when everything is available right on the phone, who bothers to switch on the TV. Obviously, there will be an increase in the number of smart phone users in coming days, while there is no unexpected increase in use of television.

However, what is worth noticing is the fact that there still exists a part of the population that enjoys being at home and glaring at the television on a daily basis, and the scenario would need at least a few years to change completely. By the time, the television industry will itself see an increase in style and technology, and that would probably help to retain its share among a number of families. While mobile apps still continues to pose a major threat to television, the numbers of television users and the amount of time spent on television still remains undisputed and significant.

Citizen based Disaster Management Platform by Xminds – CDMP

cOcOn 2012 is an annual event hosted by Kerala Police. cOcOn is aimed at providing a platform to discuss, showcase, educate, understand and spread awareness on the latest trends in information, cyber and hi-tech crimes. This year held at Taj Vivanta Hotel in Trivandrum from 2nd – 4th August, it attracted delegates and presenters from across the nation and from overseas. Xminds was especially impressed to see the number of senior police in attendance: the Chief of Police of Kerala, Rajasthan and Jharkhand and a wealth of other really impressive individuals from the Indian Police Service.

The quality of the presentations was universally high. If we were to single out anybody it would be Federal MP for Trivandrum Dr. Shashi Tharoor. His opening address was noteworthy for its insight but also for the depth of knowledge the MP showed on the subject. Many speaking live and breathe the business of technology everyday. Dr Tharoor evidently has more than tech on his plate but showed a mastery of his brief and for this we commend him for special mention.

Xminds was invited by Kerala Police to present and showcase our Citizen-based Disaster Management Platform – an integrated solution for citizens and emergency services when faced with a distress situation.You can read what The Hindu said about our platform in the paper on 6th August 2012.

Much effort and innovation has going into this turnkey solution and it was gratifying to see the response to the presentation made by  Jagadeesh Vijayakumar and Alexander von Kotze. Xminds now has to wade through a deluge of enquiries from state police forces across the country.

We think this is a nice problem to have!

And if you are reading this as a representative of a Police or other Emergency service and would like more information about this turnkey solution, please do not hesitate to email alex@xminds.com

Now Android apps can run on your PC

If you do not own an Android device & you wanted to access an Android app, you can do it now (from your PC) by using BlueStacks App Player. i.e., BlueStacks App Player lets Windows users to access apps only available for the Android platform.

BlueStacks app player is free software that lets Windows users run Android apps on their computers, phones and tablets. BlueStacks App Player lets you run 10 preloaded apps, install up to 26 others, and sync apps from an Android phone to your PC.

The app places an Android gadget in the upper right corner of the screen. Clicking on the gadget opens a menu where one can choose to launch any of the preloaded apps. If you look at the apps in a full screen mode, you can see how the app works and navigate around the app to see, if you want to download it to your Android phone.

Check out the video below to see how it works:

Since the apps are designed for a touch screen device, running them on a PC with keyboard and mouse is not a welcome experience. However, when you use a laptop with a multitouch pad, the experience is better. Overall, the integration with Windows via a desktop gadget is nice.

BlueStacks App Player enables fast playback of Android apps meant for Smartphones as well as tablets.With the help of the app, you can even share content between Android and Windows platforms using BlueStacks Cloud Connect App.

You can use the BlueStacks App Player, to play a game app at home, when you do not want to use your Smartphone. BlueStacks is presently working to create a Mac version of BlueStacks app Player.

You can download BlueStacks app player from: http://bluestacks.com/download.html

Why Android Application Development?

Android is an operating system for smart phones and other mobile devices. It was developed by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google.

More than 550,000 Android devices are activated every day in the world. Also, the number of Android-related applications downloaded is a whooping 3 billion applications.

Android application development is getting popular and the reason behind it is the versatile and reliable features it supports.

Key reasons why you should go for Android Application Development:

1) Android is an open source mobile operating system, which means that there is no licensing fee to use it & thus gives everybody the opportunity to develop applications. Therefore, the cost of development of Android apps is less.

2) The development time of Android apps is relatively less.

3) Android developers can easy understand and utilize Android SDK for building innovative Android applications.

4) Android is supported by thousands of Android Developers around the world. There is a dedicated development community that supports and updates Android OS.

5) The development of Android and Android app development is led by Google.

6) C/C++ and Java programming language is used for Android Application Development. Hence a Java programmer can easily learn and work on Android apps.

7) Android supports connectivity technologies including EV-DO, UMTS, Wi-Fi, GSM/EDGE, CDMA, IDEN, LTE, WiMAX, and Bluetooth.

8 ) Alien Dalvik 2.0 enables Android apps to run on non-Android systems.

9) As millions of Android users access the Web from handheld devices, business owners need to make their websites Android-friendly. i.e., they want development of appropriate Android applications so that they do not lose Android users.

iOs V/s Android

As Steve Jobbs mentioned in his Stanford commencement address to do what you love and follow your heart no matter what. Even if there are some hassles, if you follow your heart it would definitely take you to your goal.

It is exactly true with him that he is traveling the path he loves and trying to make iOs one among the best.
So when Android is doing the same (to do what they love) where would the app war lead to, in the case of iOS and Android. Or will there be an app war?

It seems that Android has taken 53% of the market share and is growing rapidly and with consumer electronic companies manufacturing mostly android products it seems that they are going to the make a big leap in the coming years.
For now, forecasting is a challenge month-over-month

Does good project mean good output.

With the implementation of LPG; liberalization, privatization C2010-657 and globalization and incensing competition, the service industry has boosted up to an unexpected level. Earlier, the industry used to have people assigned to particular tasks but with the growth of technology, expertise in the particular field became a benefit over time.

Success of the business depends upon performance. Organizations are realizing that the critical source of competitive advantage comes from having & managing its people. Hence employees are treated as an asset of the firm.

Intellectual human capital in a volatile work environment C2070-585 proved to be a biggest lifesaver of the companies to stay in the market. With this, the employees have become a big problem as they are becoming more career-oriented and they demand meaningful work with their involvement in the decisions which affect them.

Compensations are what impact an employer’s ability to attract applicants, retain employees, & ensure optimal levels of performance. Thus incentives, rewards, fringe benefits etc come into picture.

It was believed that if company gets a good project then the outcome of the project after completion should be very effective. But with time, it is now understood by the corporate that a project will abide quality output and high productivity with skilled employees and not with huge projects.

If a company holds a very huge project but have workers who are not skilled enough for the tasks and are not motivated enough to work towards the goal then the project won’t fruit desired outcome.

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Challenges in closing a project development (Is the end always the end or a new beginning)

When a project matures and you see it as conclusion of a project, it actually is not closing of the project. It is like an inauguration of a new project. An accomplished project gives ideas of new projects where data can be used as a record for the upcoming projects. Fiscally, it helps in scheming fertility of the project and business. It helps in determining budgets and project estimates for probable projects. A matured project acts as raw material for the subsequent projects. Thus closure of a project is remains a challenge in the industry.

A sapling is planted, nurtured with care, unwearyingly waited to cultivate and then the tree bears flora and sweet fruits.

Conglomerates also operate in an analogous style where the trees are the projects and they are to be given proper assistance and effective resources and expertise. A well accomplished project is the fruit that we avail. And outcome, identification and position of the firm are the fruits of the project.

Projects are the bread and butter of a firm. For a diminutive firm an effective outcome escorts to client generation and growth whereas for a huge company, projects are for revenue generation and brand building. But in both the situations vital component remains to be effective project completion. Projects are stepping stones for firm’s success.

When you begin to see the final tasks coming into focus, it is perceived a signal to ease off of the project team and the project. Thus the project managers are handed all the accountability for the rest of the project without any surveillance. This is where the managers overlook that an accomplished project sets as a point of reference for the imminent projects.

It involves many troubles, hindrances and risks at different levels of the project. Thus, one of the major concerns is project closure and it is rightly said that first and last impression makes an impact.

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