Thursday, 29 September 2016

No Interviews Only Reviews


When everything is changing in this world, then why should the recruitment process of app developers be the same?

We have seen a drastic change in the mobile technology over the last few years. With the drastic advancement and growth in the usage of Smartphones, there has been a huge demand for mobile applications. This immense demand of mobile application has given birth to mobile application developers.

Every company’s success mainly depends on its employees and this is the same in the case of the app development companies. If an app development company will not have an efficient group of designer and developer, it cannot think of a prospering future. To make their fortune bright and assured, companies practices a strict procedure of hiring developers. Such procedures require a developer to go through multiple rounds and most of them are even useless. Such recruitment process and methods make a developer feel like a convict as if he/she haven’t come for the job but is on court’s trial.

There are many advantages of following a strict selection process, but as we all know – advantages and disadvantages go hand in hand like an old couple. Don’t need to think of a name out of our mobile world and take an example of Steve Jobs, the father of Apple Inc. Being a dropout, Steve Job has made a significant mark in the techno world.

If qualification would have been everything, maybe we would have known Apple as a fruit only.
By this, we meant to say that qualification is not everything. One should also have the skill and more importantly - zeal to do something exceptional and innovative. And, this is what we aim to do at AppFirms.

AppFirms believes in encouraging each and every app developer (whether individual or a company) to contribute and innovate something unusual for the client and for themselves. And, that’s why AppFirms states – “No Interviews and Only Reviews”.

By this, we mean that an app development company (or individual) doesn’t need to go through all that interview web cycle at AppFirms. One just needs to enlist themselves at AppFirms and include some reviews from their existing or past clients. Moreover, AppFirms’ gates are not closed for beginners and startup app development companies.

AppFirms is like a family where everyone has a SAY!


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Dilemma Between Hiring an Agency or Freelance App Developers

When looking to develop an app for your business, there are certain questions that come to mind.

Whether to develop it or not?

Will it be profitable for me?

Which operating system to target for? And so on.

While there can be a lot more questions that can give you a headache, the answer to all these questions can be given better by a developer only. Although we may not clear all your doubts related to above and other questions, but surely we can help you decide whether to hire an agency or freelancers for developing a mobile app for your business. So let’s get straight to the point.

Hiring Freelancers

If you think of going freelance way, then you will need to assemble a team by your own as you probably might be aware that building an app requires more than just someone to write the codes. Then, you’ll also need a UI (user interface) designer with distinct expertise in designing mobile applications (Apple is known to decline apps with a user interface which is not up to their marks). Also, you will need to find someone who can test the application, and preferably, review the codes. Moreover, you will also need to hire a project manager to manage the vision and plan of your app.

Hiring an Agency

In case you plan to hire an agency specializing in mobile app development, you can easily get the team without much fuzz.

Usually, a small agency team may comprise of a user interface designer, developers, project manager, and a quality analyst. On the other hand, large agency teams will consist of multiple levels and an extensive variety of specialists.

So, it’s up to you as for whether to hire an agency or freelancers for your required project. Both have their merits and demerits. Hiring freelancers may be a tedious task but this way you can hire the best candidate for each profile while in an agency, you don’t have that option. Conversely, the coordination of team in an agency will be better as compared to freelancers.

Factors that Can Help Make your Decision

1.) Budget

In case you only have a budget of under $10K, it’s going to be difficult to hire a “GOOD” mobile app development agency. In such cases, you should go for a freelance app developer. However, if you have a $15K plus budget, you will be able to hire a “GOOD” agency.

2.) Timeline

Once the deal is signed and the payment is made, your agency team will begin your project with full speed. They generally have everything in place to ensure that development process moves swiftly and  
On the other hand, if you try to put together a team of freelancers. You will need to spend a lot of time just to find someone with excellent skills and experience. You may also need to test their skills before entrusting them with your project. They may also have their own pending work which could delay your project. If lucky, you might even expect an exceptional work from freelancers as each individual would be best in what they do.

3.) Vision

As technology is changing and evolving every now and then, mobile apps is not a thing that is developed once. You will always need to keep your updated with the current trends. Your app will be useless over a period of time if not kept updated.

Now, imagine the issue involved in maintaining your app with a new group of freelancers every time as there can be chances that your original team may not be available always.

But, in the case of an agency team, you can be assured of everything. No matter the changes are external or internal, you will always have the agency at your disposal. With an agency, you don’t need to run here and there to make changes in your apps.

In a Nut Shell

Whether you go for hiring a freelancer or an agency, it all depends on your budget. To ease and make things simple for your business, AppFirms has introduced a platform where 90% of your worries and queries regarding your app will be on them. Here, no matter what your budget, business or requirement is and no matter whom you are looking to hire – you will have the options of hiring “GOOD“ agency and freelancers as per your budget.   

Friday, 23 September 2016

Different Types of Mobile Experiences


There are numerous ways to craft applications for different mobile devices, each having their own advantages and disadvantages. Generally, there are three basic types namely, mobile websites, native apps, and hybrid apps.

Mobile Websites Applications (Web Apps)

Mobile websites are apps which function well on a mobile device but are usually accessed through the mobile browser. Sometimes they are called web applications. In simple terms, they are websites viewed on a mobile device browser, with the exception of being created to fit a mobile device screen size. This is what we call web responsive design.

Advantages of Web Apps
  • Great compatibility on devices.
  • Easy maintainability, easy to update without the urge to go through an approval process.
  • No installation required
  • Cross platform benefits

Native Mobile Apps

Native applications are created using the default language for the said mobile platform, which is Java for Android and Swift or Objective C for iOS. Native apps are compiled and implemented directly on the device. Using the SDK Platform (API), the app can interact with the platform to access device data or load data from an external website.

Both Android and iOS offer a set of tools to allow developers to make use of the platform features in a systematic manner through predefined APIs. There are both official and unofficial tools, which can also help in the native apps development.

Advantages of Native Apps
  • Native APIs can be used directly in the app, making the strong connection to the platform.
  • Native apps enjoy highest levels of performance.
  • Helpful for developers familiar with the languages used.

Hybrid Applications

A hybrid application is a mobile app which contains a web view to run a web app inside of a native app, using a native app wrapper which can interact with the native device platform and the web view. This means web apps can run on a mobile device and have easy access to the device, such as the GPS and camera features.

Hybrid applications are feasible because of tools that have been created that smoothes the interaction between the native platform and web view. These tools are not associated with official Android or iOS platforms but are actually third party tools like Apache Cordova. When a hybrid application is developed, it will be compiled, converting your web app into a native app.

Advantages of Hybrid Apps
  • You need to build your app once and deploy it to multiple platforms with nominal effort.
  • This enables you to develop mobile apps using the same skills that are used to develop websites and web apps.
  • As the web view is covered in a native app, your app has access to all features of the device available to a native app.
  • Hybrid apps are fast and easy to develop, without the requirement to frequently rebuild to preview. Plus, you have access to the same development tools that are used for building websites.

All these different applications have their own importance. Considering this fact, we at AppFirms are creating a community of developers who are well-versed with the above mentioned platforms and are capable of delivering quality results as per the client’s requirements.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Google’s Allo Says “Hello”


Those who've opted from iOS to Android are well aware of the nuisance that comes with FaceTime and iMessage. Fortunately, Google has brought an answer in the form of its own indigenous messaging apps named as “Allo”.

After a recent launched of Duo video messaging app in August, Google has now announced that its smart messaging app, Allo, will be released globally in coming days.

Allo enables users to send messages, images stickers, doodles and much more to each other, despite the fact whether they use it on an iPhone or on an Android device.

Along with the above-mentioned features, Allo also features Smart Reply, a function which enables users to reply to messages without typing a word. It does this by learning the way you chat, so it will prompt templates for common messages and save your time.

Those concerned with security feature will appreciate Allo's Incognito feature. Incognito mode will allow users receive personal notifications and send messages with end-to-end encryption just like WhatsApp.

Download it right away and decide whether you want to switch from WhatsApp and iMessenger or not. Coming days are going to be interesting when more and more people try their hand on ALLO. 

Monday, 19 September 2016

“FREE” Ways To Promote Your Business Mobile App


“FREE” will, was and is one of the most delighting words. It certainly makes one pause for a moment when noticed anywhere. This might be the reason in the case of this topic also. You read the “Free” word and couldn’t control your desire to go through it.

Prior to the Internet, there were only a few ways to market products or services cheaply. Now with the vast expansion of Internet, mobile and mobile applications have flooded the gates for almost every business whether small, medium or large.

At present, as the Internet is swarming with marketing platforms that don't cost a single cent—you just need to know where to look.

You might yearn to invest on the marketing of your neonate app, but your pocket might not be allowing you to do so. This doesn't mean that there aren't any effective ways to get your brand out there. Below are numerous “FREE” ways to promote your mobile app that won't cost you a cent.

1.) List Your Mobile App

Listing your mobile app on Google will allow it to get noticed more easily on Google searches. Yahoo and Microsoft's Bing are other places where you can promote your app for free.

2.) Social Media

Social media isn't just for Selfies — it has now become a crucial time investment for every business app to make. You can advertise your app on your Facebook page and have a direct channel with your customers on Twitter. LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram are other potent means to promote your app for free.

3.) Blogging

A blog will not only help your business app get its name out through followers, but it is also an excellent way to connect with your consumers more directly. But always remember to keep your blogging stream updated more frequently. A latent, abandoned blog is worthless.

4.) YouTube and Flickr It

YouTube is another free way to promote your app by distributing creative promotional videos. Almost everyone visit YouTube every day, so it is strongly recommended to be there.  A Flickr profile can also be quite helpful as you can link it to your website and app through images.

5.) The Power of SEO

In the world of consistent Googling, Search Engine Optimization cannot be underrated. Search online how-to-guide on SEO and ensure your site gets indexed by search engines. This will, in turn, make more customers get aware of your app.

6.) Press Releases

When you develop an app for your business— make sure you do a press release for it. It is a powerful media tool to generate publicity, and having a free distribution of them is an additional benefit. There are more than a dozen websites which you can use for your press releases.

Last but Never Going to Be Least

Apart from these above “Free” ways, there is another platform which can help your business app get worldwide exposure. AppFirms is that platform which has the potential and reach to worldwide app developers.

AppFirms is soon launching You just need to post your business app requirements and you will get access to a large number of mobile app developers. You can choose and hire services from the one who suits and fits your requirements.

You can either register yourself as a free client or can go for paid listings to avail additional benefits. Visit https://www.appfirms.co/ to know more!

Monday, 12 September 2016

Samsung’s Loss, Apple’s Gain!

Samsung Galaxy Note 7, one of the most anticipated phones of 2016 is under the cloud these days. As Samsung recalled the Note 7 last week after reports emerged of the phone exploding during or after charging.

Note 7 was unveiled in August 2016 as the successor to the Galaxy Note 5, and competitor for Apple’s iPhone 7 which launched last week only. The Note 7 has all the top-end specifications and an enhanced stylus which is the USP of this device. However, soon after the shipping of phone started, there were reports that some phones were catching fire or exploding during or just after charging. The Note 7 has a lithium-ion battery of 3,500 mAh with fast charging.

Samsung confirmed that battery issues were the reasons behind the phones catching fire, but as it was difficult to determine that which phones were affected among those sold, the South Korean company said it would replace all Galaxy Note 7 devices.

This embarrassment even affected the shares of Samsung Electronics Co. which dropped the most in last four-five years after regulators and airlines from the U.S. to Europe warned the passenger against the use of this Smartphone.

The troubles come at a crucial time for Samsung. The company launched the Note 7 last month to give it a head start against Apple’s new iPhone 7, which got unveiled last week. But that advantage has now fallen in the Apple’s court after Samsung has shed about $19 billion in market value.

And, now the questions remain on whether consumers will be really keen to buy this Android fueled Note 7 or they will turn their back on it and go for the latest iOS 10 powered iPhone 7 and 7Plus.

With the recall of all 2.5 million of the Note 7 which Samsung has already shipped, bearing a cost to the company estimated about $1 billion, it is really going to be a must and tough ask for Samsung to keep its consumer engaged.

Below are the features and specification of Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Apple iPhone 7
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Display
5.7 inch SUPER AMOLED,
2560 X 1440 pixels
4.7 inch IPS LCD,
750 X 1334 pixels
5.5 inches
1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi pixel density)
Dimensions
153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm,
169 grams
138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm,
138 grams
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm,
188 grams
OS
Android v6.0 Marshmallow
iOS 10
iOS 10
Processor
Snapdragon 820, Exynos 8890
Apple A10 Fusion
Apple A10 Fusion
RAM
4GB RAM
2GB RAM
3GB Ram
Storage
64 GB, 256 GB micro SD support
32 / 128 / 256 GB
32 / 128/ 256 GB
Camera
12 MP f/1.7 aperture primary,
5MP front camera
12 MP f/1.8 aperture primary,
7MP f/2.2 front camera
Dual 12 MP, (f/1.8, 28mm and f/2.8, 56mm),
7 MP, f/2.2
Features
1/2.6″ sensor size,
geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection,
simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording,
Auto HDR, panorama
1/3″ sensor size,
geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection,
simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording,
HDR (photo/panorama)
Phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, OIS, quad-LED (dual tone) flash
1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama
Networks
 GSM / HSPA / LTE
GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE / EVDO
GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
Others
Iris scanner, fingerprint, accelerometer,
gyro, proximity, compass, barometer,
heart rate, SpO2
Fingerprint, accelerometer, USB v2.0,
gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
Battery
 3500 mAh non-removable
Non-removable
Up to 2 hours longer battery life than iPhone 6s
Non-removable
Up to 1 hour longer battery life than iPhone 6s Plus


Friday, 9 September 2016

Make Your App A Savior, Not Failure!


More than half of all mobile applications on the market today will need to be replaced or rewritten completely in coming years. This daunting fact indicates that there is a complex, resource-rich and troublesome process involved in crafting a successful mobile application. After observing stories from hundreds of app developers, here are some reasons that are accountable for the failure of apps.

Making a Complicated Mobile App

Business websites and web-apps function in a similar fashion - user sign in, browse through a couple of pages, finds the page that he/she is looking for and access data to perform a required task. However, the mobile application is somehow quite different; they are built keeping a limited set of tasks in mind and allow users to quickly perform the desired tasks with minimal effort. Mobile apps should always be made simple. When you build your app like your website; your app is more likely to fail.

Security risks

One of the hardest aspects of the mobile app development process is creating a user-facing API which allows consumers to access your data and functionality.
Once you launch your app through app stores, it means you’ve literally provided a part of your business in the hands of your users. You have permitted everyone to have access to your business. This allows cybercriminals to get to your application’s code easily and peruse it to find weaknesses, making their work simpler and increasing the threat to your organization.

Low App Downloads

Most of the time, app developers spend a significant amount of money and time developing a mobile app only to find that there is hardly anyone using it. As per SAP, it has been found that more than 75% of apps are downloaded once and are never used again. It is important to collect feedback and resolve issues (if any) immediately after they are found. The more frequently you provide updates, the higher the rating will be.

Tough Mobile App Marketing

We know mobile app development is a time-consuming and expensive process. Even after the completion of this long and complicated route, you are only halfway through. Gaining publicity in a competitive market is not an easy task and requires even more resources in terms of time and money. CPC ads are generally a first step taken when launching a new app in the market. You can also go for print-ads in magazines and, TV spots on popular networks (if your budget allows).

So, the moral of the topic is that developing a mobile app for your business is not the end of the story. The moment your app is live, is the moment the story begins!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The Power Of Custom Mobile App Development



Nowadays, businesses of all kinds, whether small, medium or large are taking benefits from the customized business mobile applications, as it helps them stay gung ho and enhance productivity. In this post, we have tried to arrange some of the most popular rewards of custom mobile app development for businesses.

Enhances Efficiency

As the business mobile applications are custom-built keeping your business needs in mind, it works like All-In-One app executing diverse functions and countering the multiple apps’ requirement. In addition, since these apps are customized to match your working style, it augments the productivity of the employee and in turn, ROI of business.

Easy to Maintain

By using normal apps for your daily business operations, you are risking your business at the helm of an unknown mobile app developer. In case the developer chooses to discontinue the app, then you will need to find a new app and suspend your on-going operations. However, by crafting your own custom business app, you have a complete control and will need not to depend on others for anything.

Provide High Scalability

Regular mobile apps are developed to handle a confined number of processes and resources. In the case of your growing business, these regular apps may not be able to hold the load. Whereas custom made apps are tailored keeping in mind all these factors, and thus, are scalable easily when the need arises.

Encrypts Your App Data

Regular business mobile apps may or may not have a dedicated security feature, which can make your business data at risk. Having a customized mobile app made exclusively for your business can strengthen your data security system, as pertinent security measures will be engaged according to your business requirements during app development.

Integrates Well With Existing Software

Custom made mobile apps are tailored taking into consideration your present business software and hence are assured to integrate well and function flawlessly.

Enhances Customer Relationship

Customized business apps enable you to send latest updates associated with your products and services to your current customers instantly. Moreover, it enables you to access client details and receive feedback, which can be useful to enhance your long-term customer relationships.

Facilitates New Client Data Retrieval

Including simple forms and surveys in your custom app can help you have the required information about clients. Apart from being an ideal way of gathering information, it also saves the time of employees and clients, since they need not have to physically provide the documents.

Provides Real-time Project Access

Having a customized mobile app for your business, you can synchronize your phone with your desktop easily. So, while you are traveling, you can have easy access to all your work.

Ease in Project Management

Custom-made mobile apps can be useful in keeping a real-time check on the progress of your projects. Updates can be easily sent after completion of every phase, giving a clear picture of everything.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

The Pros & Pros of Outsourcing Mobile App Development



Till 3rd April 1973, no one would have expected a prototype, weighing more than 1 kg, measuring about 20cm long, and taking 10 hours to recharge, will lay a solid foundation for shaping today’s digital business.

At present, the total number of mobile apps available in the two most leading app stores—Apple Market and Google Play Store are more than a million. This figure indicates that almost everyone is looking to build an app and/or shift their business to the online market platform. You might get in a dilemma when planning to develop an app for your business thinking whether to employ an internal team and develop it in-house, or look for the freelance company and outsource your project to them? This is an important matter and through this article, I am going to defend as why it is better to go for outsourcing mobile app development and not to build it in-house.

The Pros & Pros of Outsourcing Mobile App Development
  • As per my view, the main advantage of hiring a freelance mobile app development company/individual is the PRICE! Working with a freelance team can be the most convenient and cost effective way. In fact, as per some studies, it has been found that it's relatively cheaper to outsource a project to Europe instead of developing it in-house in the US. The main reason being the difference in living standards.
  • Another benefit of hiring freelance service is that you need not put the effort in searching or hiring proper experts. All this will be managed by the HR team of a company that you will be planning to hire.
  • If you hire service from a reputable company, you will need not to be concerned about training your employees and keeping a constant check on their progress.
  • Also, you will be relieved from the micromanagement, which is generally one of the most time-consuming factors. Development companies take care of that by employing expert Project Managers. This helps you focus on your own business and evaluate other aspects of the outsourced project. Plus, you will be able to socialize more with your friends and family.
  • As there is an immense talent scattered all over the world, you will have a wide range of option for countries and people to business with.
  • You have the opportunity to hire the best talent from anywhere in the world. Theoretically, you can work with any professional in the world who knows his onions.
  • If you hire the right people, you can expect transparency and full authority of the development process.
So, these are the reasons that I suggest hiring freelance services to develop a mobile app and save your precious time and hard earned money. In fact, I would suggest AppFirms, an upcoming platform which will cater to all your requirements regarding mobile app development. At AppFirms, you will be able to hire the best talent across the world for your business project.