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.

Do you need a mobile application for your business to stay competitive?

Number of mobile applications in each stores Google Play, App store, Windows and Blackberry continues to rise with the front-runners being Google Play and App Store. Having a share in the market place, Blackberry and Windows have a lot of catching up to do and that is going to be very interesting the coming years.

Looking at the statistics Google Play Store has around 13,50,000 apps and Apples App Store has around 13,00,000 apps. As a business owner when you glance through the above statistics it can seem that each and everyone (even your competitors) has a mobile application except you.

That’s when you feel that you are left behind while your competitors are eating up major junk of the market share. As a business owner your main concerns would be

  1. Do I need a mobile application for my business?
  2. Building a mobile application is expensive.
  3. Building a mobile application is time consuming.

Users are now moving away from laptops and desktops and are relying more on their smart phone or tablets. From ticket booking, paying bills and buying grocery is just a click away, it is fast and very convenient. As more and more apps are downloaded from the stores, business enterprises are moving towards having their own mobile applications.

Ok! Now you are ready to join the apps bandwagon but then being an entrepreneur you would look into all possibilities and think…

“Cant users access the current website through their smartphone?”

A tricky question and it is important to know if the website is mobile friendly and has been built keeping in mind the compatibility factor with smartphones. If not be ready to face some challenges when the website is displayed in the smart phone.

Keeping these in mind you can build

  1. Mobile Optimized Website
  2. Stand alone App
  1. Mobile Optimized Website

This can be done with minimum fuzz if the current site has been developed using the mobile responsive design. One of the main advantages of mobile optimized website, it will work universally in all mobiles as the Internet browser opens a web page reliably in all the smartphones.

  1. Stand alone app

From a business perspective the stand alone app is much better than a mobile optimized website. The app is always there in the users smart phone and just a click away, no need to launch the web url in the browser which can be felt time consuming now a days. A study suggests that 82 percent of time spent with Mobile media happens with apps. If you are looking to engage customers with your product or service it is better to build a mobile app. You can be constant touch with them through notifications, be it a new product launch or a new service that you offer.

Choice is yours to decide :-)

Did An Apple Mole Just Leak Out an iPhone6?

A few days ago the blogosphere reported that Apple may be planning to release the iPhone 6 (or probably the iPhone5S) really soon.  Speculations are rife that the next big thing in the iPhone series could probably be around this year, keeping with Apple’s traditions there has to be a new product this year as well.

Besides, let’s face it … the iPhone5 wasn’t even half as exciting as its predecessors. Tim Cook and his team are under tremendous pressure to come up with something unique and exciting. And this time around, they have to make sure that the dreaded Maps issue has been sorted out.

While some say that iPhone5 sales are record breaking, there are others who say they’re even half as exciting as the previous models. And each team seems to be pulling stats left right and centre to prove their point.

Times have changed from the days when the Company launched its first iPhone in 2007. Back then, competition was nonexistent, but today, things have changed. The iPhone5 with its screen size of 4.5 inches isn’t too impressive comparing to the screen size of the Samsung Galaxy S3 (4.8) or the Samsung Note (5.5). Sales of both these smart phones have proved that people are indeed happy with a bigger screen size. But that does not certainly mean that the taller versions are likely to be accepted. Wider screens are useful to type and read, but taller phones are uncomfortable to hold and talk as well.

The Company also needs to review its pricing policy. Agreed that Apple products come with a premium tag, and you pay for the quality. But it doesn’t really make sense to pay so much money for an iPhone when it can be replaced with an Android version (a better one) in another six months after the release of the iPhone version!

Among the list of innovations expected in the next version, there is a high possibility that they’re planning to introduce the Wireless Power Utilization system where it is possible wirelessly charge your phone with the help of a near-field magnetic resource.

So let’s just wait until news comes straight from the horse’s mouth!

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.

Apple Lists Top Apps Of 2012

As the year gets closer to its end, we have the list of top apps for iPhone and iPad announced by Apple. With more than 7,00,000 apps listed on iTunes store, it must have been a tough task for editors to name the best among all. Back in the year 2011, Apple had announced Instagram to be the top iPhone application of the year, and it was Snapseed that received the honour of being the best iPad app. This year, however, Apple has managed to stun users to an extent. While some of the names on their list are obvious, others are pleasant surprises.

This year the editors have chosen Action Movie FX as the iPhone App of the Year, which is a bit of a surprise. This is an app that allows users to add Hollywood style video effects to their videos. From adding cracking missiles to car crashes, this app from Bada Robot Interactive is free to use with a host of addable special effects, even some with HD.

The top app for iPad has been given to Fifty Three’s Paper. This is a notebook app that had also received a design award as well at the Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this year. Again, this is a paid app that comes with varied kinds of purchases that will enhance its use. The second spot was bagged by Action Movie FX.

Among the free apps for iPhone, YouTube managed to get the top spot, pushing Instagram to the second slot. Draw Something Free, Flashlight, Facebook, and Pandora Radio bagged third, fourth, fifth and sixth spot respectively. Others who made to the top-ten list included Twitter, Skype and Temple Run. As for iPad free apps, Skype retained the top slot with Temple run remaining a runner up, and Facebook finished on the third spot.

Angry Birds Space managed to remain on the top of the list of paid applications, while the second paid app that garnered positive reviews was WhatsApp Messenger. Draw Something managed to retain the third spot. Other apps on the paid list of app include Camera+, Where’s My Water?,Angry Birds Star Wars, Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds and Bejeweled. Game of the year was given to Rayman Jungle Run, which the editors felt was a game worth the excitement. Among the paid iPad apps, Angry Birds Space HD again topped the list, while Where’s My Water? And Pages finished at second and third spot respectively.

For many the list was surprising because Apple giving the top app for iPhone to a special effect app was certainly unexpected. Among the others, Instagram that is with Facebook now remains at the second slot, to be expectedly topped by YouTube. The popularity of Angry Birds is probably the most unprecedented ones among all apps, and in spite of being a paid app, it continues to rule the chart. With the new list, some of the much unexpected apps are expected to see a boost in downloads in coming days.

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The iPhone 5 – Is it really the biggest thing to happen to iPhone ?

Last week we promised to run a post about the features of the iPhone. But I decided to add my own tweak to it. There’re so many articles about the phone’s features that we didn’t want to add to it. Here’s what we think about the iPhone5:

Apple is really good at putting up the captions. Take the new iPhone 5’s caption for instance – “The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since the iPhone.” But the question is, if iPhone 5 is the best thing apple can come up with right now considering the huge competition from the android arena, 000-080 especially from Samsung? The public reception of the features of the new iPhone is not so exciting. Unavailability of Google maps, and very poor integrated maps app that is bundled with the iPhone is forcing many make a second thought from saying “Wow” to the iPhone 5. Here is a nice iPhone 5 parody which made me LMAO . Even here, the maps is criticized along with Apple’s approach in bringing only tweaks such as a bigger screen, a lighter design and a faster connectivity to the new iPhone. Still no widgets? Come on apple, we are all bored to see the same old boring menu screen on the iPhone AND the iPad since 2007.

Does this mean you shouldn’t buy an iPhone 5?

Poor maps integration and the absence of widgets are just the 2 things that seem to be really missed by many of them. Apart from these two features, iPhone 5 is still a class apart its competitors.  The design of the iPhone 5 is completely brilliant. The increased screen size doesn’t make it uncomfortable to hold as in Samsung’s Galaxy note or the S III. And the build quality of this perfectly crafted iPhone is simply superb. Check out this video of a drop test comparison between the new iPhone and Samsung galaxy S III where the S III is shattered while the new comer stay bullet proof. For the design and the build quality, this is the best one you can get in this planet.

Other best features include the faster A6 chip which is claimed to offer a better battery life to the already best scores set by the predecessor. Now about the camera, the perfect 000-017 iSight camera now has the capability to take panoramic shots. The redesigned ear buds doesn’t have much for a story to tell but if you are a music lover, you are gonna love the new ear phones. Apart from these, there isn’t much to say about the new iPhone 5.

iPhone 5 doesn’t seem much because the iPhone 4S was the best already and Apple had to make the best “better”

Certainly iPhone 5 isn’t the biggest thing to happen to iPhone but it has filled the missing feature gaps of the previous iPhone and simply became perfect!

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