Mobile app development

A Guide to Enterprise and Consumer App Development

Mobile app development industry is now well above a decade old. During this time, the industry managed to attain a number of remarkable feats which collectively lifted app development up to the contemporary level. The well-built apps are recognized by interactive theme, solid user experience, high efficiency, and strong compatibility with underlying platforms.

Over the years, a sizable number of categories have emerged with the two most generalized ones include Enterprise Apps and Consumer Apps. This article delineates the two categories including the subcategories in each before sharing Mob Inspire’s methodology toward mobile app development.

If you are already aware of your app category, jump to the methodology section.

Mobile App Categories

Mobile app categories

1. Enterprise Apps

These apps are organization-specific. In essence, they are designed to assist a company or its associates to perform official activities comfortably with optimized costs and in lesser time. These apps are usually unavailable in App Store and Google Play.

1.1 Enterprise Mobility Apps

Enterprise mobility is the practice of utilizing technology which enables employees to work remotely. Employees can access organizational data and perform a range of official activities using smartphone apps. It comprises mobile device management (MDM), Mobile Application Management (MAM), Mobile Security Management (MSM), and Mobile Content Management (MCM).

Mobility in organizations is attaining more attraction owing to the lightning fast internet speeds and sufficient security apparatus for remote working. Apart from the ability to work from anywhere, enterprise mobility apps also increases the collaboration between geographically distributed teams as well as team members working at the same workplace.

Read more: Essence and Impact of Enterprise Mobility

1.2 Information Systems

The owners and executives need to know the progress of businesses by assessing various departments and key performance indicators. Information systems provide the periodic reports enriched with graphs, charts, tables, and other dynamic data visualization techniques.

Apart from executive information system (EIS), enterprises also utilize management IS, and decision support systems (DSS). Data processing is performed at the stage of DSS whereas MIS defines the corporate strategy based on the outcomes of DSS. The IS app development for mobile enhances the productivity by manifolds.

1.3 Enterprise Resource Planning

You must be aware of ERP solutions if you are a business owner. The remarkable success of these solutions and research in it over the years pushed us four years back to introduce mobile ERP as well. Like desktop-based and web-based applications, mobile ERP also offers high visibility of core business operations. They allow efficient resource optimization and information flow between various departments of business.

Accessibility of ERP tools through smartphones and tablets provide remarkable portability. Mobile ERP ensures real-time access and lowers operational cost significantly.

Read more: AI for Business

1.4 Customer Relationship Management

Like ERP, mobile CRM was also introduced in the middle of current decade. The growth of internet traffic from smartphones and tablets increased multiple times every year. Consequently, smartphones make up the major proportion of internet traffic amounting 55%. This percentage does not include the traffic from tablets and other smart devices.

Availability of mobile CRM is not only productive for employees. It also facilitates customers to seek your services from anywhere. For instance, a customer can make a query or place an order while traveling. Either way, enterprises enhance their reputation by improving relationship with customers.

1.5 Human Resource Management

It attained incredible success as employees are able to access their monthly attendance and periodic performance audit reports on mobile phones. Mob Inspire performed HRM mobile application development with varying features for multiple clients over the years. The variation in features depends on the client’s business requirements.

For instance, one of our clients wanted to incorporate automated candidate search by matching the resumes with intended job description. Mob Inspire experts developed the solution which prevents HR managers from exploring through hundreds of resumes for a single position. It filters out the irrelevant candidates and shortlists those with suitable qualification.

1.6 Product Management Apps

The product units in warehouses and delivery vehicles undergo extensive security checks to prevent counterfeiting and fraudulent activities. Despite enormous time consumption and excessive spending of money, these checks are unable to ensure satisfactory efficiency. Nevertheless, the leverage of technologies including IoT, blockchain, and AI ensure remarkable efficiency – that too with high resource optimization.

One notable use case of IoT is the assistance in aggregate planning. Moreover, it also aids in transportation by verifying products without needing to unload them. Blockchain mobile app development makes money transaction highly transparent and secure with immutable distributed ledger technology.

1.7 Financial Management Apps

May it be invoice received at customers’ end or financial audit report at employers’ end, financial apps are vital for business processing. Although HRM and financial management applications are parts of ERP, yet Mob Inspire performs mobile phone application development for these software systems separately as well.

Financial apps provide the details of transaction and the shortcomings in the process. Fintech application development for mobile is bringing revolution to financial services and management. Most notably, Blockchain and Big Data modeling are the key innovations of the current decade and their integration within financial apps ensure substantially high efficiency in business operations.

2. Consumer Apps

Apps for consumers make up an excessively vast domain. Google Play alone has 60 categories out of which 17 are specific to various kinds of games and 9 for content particularly for families and children. Rests of the 34 app categories belong to a wide range of fields including medical, magazines, and weather among others. App Store also has 28 distinct categories.

Statista reveals that Games category makes almost a quarter of total apps available on App Store followed by business and education apps at 9.76% and 8.52%, respectively. Google Play also indicates similar results. Thus, some categories are more significant than others. Mob Inspire redefines the app categories as follows.

2.1 On-demand Apps

The on-demand mobile app development has caused more disruption in various industries than any other category. The collective valuation of companies whose business model comprises on-demand apps such as Uber is markedly higher.

2.1.1 Ride-hailing

In a span of less than 10 years, the valuation of Uber alone is worth $82 billion – as per independent reports. Scores of ride-hailing startups are emerging every year with cosmic funding. This on-demand business will continue to attract money for a couple of decades more before attaining sustainability. On-demand apps have entirely redefined taxi business by providing facilitation to customers without charging more.

2.1.2 Delivery and Logistics

The two most notable aspects of on-demand delivery services that distinguish them from traditional logistics is the last-mile and same hour delivery. The availability of apps ensures that businesses can transport perishable items as well. For instance, Grubhub, Uber Eats, and other food delivery services deliver the ordered meal in less than 30 minutes in most cases. These services are not confined to food delivery. The startups offering parcel delivery and grocery delivery like Postmates and Instacart, respectively are making substantial gains.

Also read: 8 Sustainable Business Ideas with Low Startup Cost

2.1.3 Healthcare

Arranging a doctor’s visit to patient’s home instead of the other way round makes on-demand healthcare highly attractive. Moreover, it also enables patients to seek services of physicians remotely. There are multiple kinds of businesses emerging in on-demand healthcare sector. The most notable ones include on-demand nurses, ambulance, and telemedicine. Global healthcare market is projected to reach $60 billion by 2020 with the current growth rate of 60%.

2.1.4 Home Services

Although all on-demand services are offering impressive opportunities for gig workers, yet home services are on top. The startups like Handy and TaskRabbit provide a marketplace for gig workers where consumers can seek services from most suitable workers. The success of these startups is a sufficient indicator to convince investors for investment in mobile application development for home services.

2.1.5 Laundry Services

Many service providers place on-demand laundry in home services. However, laundry services make multi-billion dollar industry alone. Thus, Mob Inspire places it into a separate subcategory of on-demand services. The success of laundry service providers like Mama Wosh indicate that on-demand industry is capable of raising millions of dollars for a startup by merely targeting the most tedious home chores.

Also read: Also read: Significance of Platform Innovation in Software Industry

2.1.6 Beauty and Wellness

The earning from provider services to consumers is not the only revenue stream for on-demand beauty apps. Such apps are heavily sponsored by local and international brands which offer cosmetics and skincare products. They use in-app advertisement as well as collaborate with service providers to increase their product sales. Thus, this advertisement enables at-home beauty service providers to significantly increase revenues.

Structure of On-demand Apps Platform

The most successful on-demand app development for mobile platforms comprises of an app each for consumer and agent as well as desktop-based dispatch and admin panels. These panels are integrated with mobile apps to ensure seamless services. Dispatch panel facilitates the connection between consumer and service agent whereas admin panel provides dashboards and real-time information to get valuable business insights.

2.2 Entertainment Apps

The second subcategory in consumer apps is entertainment. While on-demand apps make the highest combined valuation, entertainment apps attract the most number of downloads owing to the presence of Games category.

2.2.1 Games

Games does not only make up the category with most number of downloads but also comprises multi-billion dollar worth of businesses. Pokémon Go currently values at $4 billion while PUBG Mobile made $1 billion in 2018. The size of these games is multiple gigabytes reflecting the fact that they require sizable investment for their mobile phone app development. However, many lightweight apps including Candy Crush and Angry Birds managed to remain on top of the charts as well. Some ultra-lightweight apps like Flappy Bird also made significant gains.

2.2.2 Music Player

A massive number of music player apps already exist on application stores. More such apps make their ways every year. Despite this abundance, some of the apps manage to attain millions of downloads. Consumers look for apps which introduce innovative features without compromising performance. For this reason, some apps winning consumers’ attraction in the beginning fail in the long term. Thus, Music Player category is highly attractive if the app is good enough.

2.2.3 News and Magazines

Online publications are the main source of news for 44% of Americans. This percentage is above 60% in many countries. Moreover, these numbers are swiftly growing with rapid smartphone penetration and remarkable internet speeds even in the remotest regions. Apart from online magazines, blogs, and newspapers, eBooks are also making substantial gains owing to the availability of apps. With incredibly growing demand, there is a huge room for introducing more apps for news.

2.2.4 Video On-demand

The current market size of over $58 billion is projected to cross $91 billion by 2023. Although video subscription channels like YouTube and Daily Motion are the reasons behind initiation of this industry, yet Netflix and similar services are now the most crucial promoters. Mobile app development in VoD sector has the ability to earn more profits for entrepreneurs than social video sharing platforms because paid subscription generate a significant amount of money.

2.3 Education and Utility Apps

The apps providing online education and utility tools are rising in demand owing to the fact that students keep searching for ways that can optimize time. Consequently, the apps providing marketplace for tutors are also attaining consumer attraction. Utility apps are among the least costly when it comes to mobile phone application development.

2.3.1 Kindergarten

The excessive number of apps providing content specific for children and adolescents indicates their influence. Besides, the apps are also among those getting highest number of downloads. Although the presence in high numbers makes it tough to earn through paid subscription, yet advertisements work very well. These apps are now easier to locate since the introduction of Kiddle – Google’s search engine particularly for minors.

2.3.2 Health and Fitness

At-home workout training and guidance is one type of fitness apps which has already grown markedly. One of the most emerging types of health and fitness apps includes meditation for mental health. These apps are eliminating the need for keeping on-premises training centers. The business models also vary as many apps own the entire content while some of them offer marketplace for independent trainers.

2.3.3 Personal Task Management

One would barely use sticky papers when task management apps are capable of scheduling daily, weekly, and monthly plans. Mostly, these apps vary in the number of features with some app owners providing comprehensive management tools for social, academic, and professional activities. Thus, the investment does not carry any significant risk of failure even though failure probability is very low when app is built and marketed properly.

2.4 Marketplaces

Many categories discussed earlier mentioned marketplaces. These are platforms which provide a gateway for consumers and businesses to connect. For instance, two consumers can use eBay to buy and sell their belongings. However, there are some business models where marketplaces are essential.

Also read: Market Networks – Intersection of Marketplaces and Social Networks

2.4.1 Shopping

Marketplaces specific for online shopping can either sell company-owned services or it can be used by other retailers. Former is an example of B2C marketplace introduced initially by Amazon. If you are facing a financial crunch, it is wise allowing retailers to use your app to reach customers instead of spending extensively on starting your own retail store. Either way, marketplaces for shopping possess massive potential for global success.

2.4.2 Social Media

An impressive 89% of students in the US rely on social media for news (Statista, 2019). Although the concerns of fake news initially carried prospects that social media would not remain a primary source for news, yet the introduction of robust verification schemes by major networks including Twitter and Facebook are making these networks as reliable as traditional news networks. The widespread perception traditional media presents biased opinions push consumers more toward adopting social networks.

2.4.3 Real Estate

There are not only the real estate startups whose business model entirely stands on apps but traditional businesses as well. Realtor and Zillow are notable examples. Thus, the real estate professionals aiming to evolve their businesses need to invest in mobile app development for the purpose. Such apps do not only connect sellers and buyers but also provide gateway for safe, transparent, and quick transaction.

Mobile Application Development Methodology


The categories chart and its details indicate the wide variation in mobile apps. However, the app development methodology remains identical for each type of apps. The difference lies in the selection of frameworks and libraries. For instance, the apps integrating features of virtual or augmented reality require libraries of ARkit and ARCore for iOS and Android, respectively. Mob Inspire uses Agile Methodology for native app development.

Mobile app development methodology

Agile Methodology using Scrum Framework

Agile is the replacement of traditional software development methodologies. This methodology used by top mobile app development companies enables developers to carry out development and testing simultaneously so that there is least overhead of fixing bugs in the end. The traditional waterfall model is highly risky because the excessive number of errors may end the project in failure.

Agile is in practice at Mob Inspire for eight years. Our developers have made their own frameworks to cope with various situations. The 11 years long existence in mobile app development industry has allowed us to work on a wide range of projects in multiple industries.

Requirement Elicitation

The foremost stage is the understanding of objectives which you are trying to achieve. At this stage, the business managers would speak to you to seek every piece of information associated with the business idea. There is no feasibility study at this stage. Instead, the focus is to understand the goals. However, the managers duly inform you if there is anything wildly impractical in the tentative time and budget.

Scope Refinement

This stage involves development of feasibility study to ensure more clarity in the business model. The development team craft specific and distinctive use cases which can ensure achieving objectives. They define project workflow to associate responsibilities with each team member and time-scale network to estimate completion of project. Time-scale also includes the tentative deadlines to develop each module. In essence, scope refinement stage is a comprehensive blueprint of entire project.

Prototypes and Wireframes

The availability of scope enables designers to develop tentative designs of app pages. These designs called wireframes allow you to approve the appearance of pages including color scheme and theme. Wireframe development saves you a considerable cost and time which is consumed in making frequent changes to design. However, wireframes are only static images which are unable to demonstrate behavior of buttons and links. Prototypes enable you to evaluate behavior as well.

Development and Testing

Once you approve prototype, the stage of development kicks off. Under Agile Methodology, Mob Inspire experts perform development tasks in sprints. The total number of sprints depends on the scale of project. The experts aim to develop a predetermined number of modules in each sprint. One notable and highly effective strategy of Agile is the parallel testing. The testers and quality assurance team members work in collaboration with developers to perform testing side-by-side with development.

Launch and Maintenance

The deployment and launch of app must ensure that it integrates well with the existing business architecture. If there is an existing database, the datasets should be efficiently transformed to be accessible from app. Mob Inspire experts do not only ensure smooth launch but also provide limitless maintenance of app. Moreover, you can also assist you in scaling up the app with more features as required in future.

App Marketing

The years of experience in various industries enabled us to understand dynamics of a range of industries. Our marketing strategies ensure that you reach maximum audience from the relevant niches. Mob Inspire marketers help you in defining user persona and run the most effective business oriented marketing campaigns.

Native App Development

Although developing cross-platform apps is easier and less costly, yet Mob Inspire stopped offering such apps few years back. Platform independent apps have significantly less efficiency. The competition in market and the benchmark set by top apps indicate that efficiency in terms of speed and size is the top factor in success of apps. Thus, development of separate apps for Android and iOS platforms – usually referred to as native app development – is the suitable approach.

Kotlin for Android App Development

The developers at Mob Inspire use Kotlin language for Android app development. Google also recommends Kotlin as this language is highly compatible with Android Operating System. One of the most attractive features while using Kotlin is the ability to use Java libraries without wrappers and adapters. Thus, developers attain the simplicity of Kotlin and the power of Java. Moreover, Kotlin allows development with both object-oriented and functional approach.

The comprehensive app development approach of Mob Inspire enables it to consistently feature in rankings for app developers issued by credible firms.

Swift for iOS App Development

Swift is completely replacing Objective-C as the de facto language for iOS app development since its launch in 2014. Its widespread acceptance by global iOS community enabled it to make into the list of top 10 most sought-after software development skills as rated by TIOBE. Consequently, the number of apps annually developed using swift would bypass those by Objective-C in less than two years. The upcoming Swift 5 is about to release as iOS developers at Mob Inspire look forward to it.

The businesses from a wide range of industries are in collaboration with Mob Inspire to fulfill their software development needs. We would love to become your partner too. Contact us so that our professional mobile app development teams can assist you in aligning your business to the path of success.

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Mob Inspire: Top Technology Solutions Provider

Clutch recognizes Mob Inspire as one of the most emerging technology leaders.

PALO ALTO, CAClutch lists ratings, research output, and reviews of IT and B2B tech solutions providers is renowned for its research intensive approach toward listing the top tech enterprises, leaders, and startups. The reputable firm issues ranking in a wide range of services and solutions including mobile app development, AR and VR, IoT, Blockchain development, Robotic Process automation, and among other advanced technology solutions.

Mob Inspire is the leading technology solutions provider for Startups, entrepreneurs, and consumers employing the latest technologies.

We are playing a significant role in the IT market since 2009 by establishing a strong reputation as a technology solution providers that provide cutting edge solutions. We helped hundreds of enterprises in enhancing their business architecture with efficient software systems. Besides, our platform innovation services enabled over 20 startups to attain sustainability.

Technology experts and niche-specific skilled engineers manage complex and challenging tasks to transform businesses with digital solutions. As part of the leading service providers in the US, Clutch identified Mob Inspire as one of the top emerging IT experts in California. Today, Mob Inspire’ mission is to help businesses in the adoption of new technologies.

About Mob Inspire

Mob Inspire is an innovation platform and an enterprise development company based in Palo Alto, California. We are developing, testing, deploying, and maintaining industry leading software and mobile application products for over a decade. Our core services include enterprise mobility management, Cloud and mBaaS, big data analytics, IoT integration, extended reality development, and blockchain development.

Learn more: Mob Inspire

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Top App Development Companies – Comprehensive Selection Criteria

What makes the selection of an app developer far more challenging than choosing a fast food brand? Unlike food outlet, you have thousands of options for mobile app development. Internet is swarming with the companies advertising to build an app for you. To make an appropriate choice, you need to make a list of top app development companies.

The criteria for evaluation widely vary depending on the parameters. However, some of the criterion points measure the efficacy of a company more precisely than others.

How to determine top mobile app development companies?

None of these criterion elements alone are sufficient to decide the best app developers. However, they make a truly comprehensive evaluation criterion collectively.

Noteworthy Case Studies

There is no evaluation criteria as good as working case studies. The more the number of successful cases, the higher is the probability for the company to be good enough.

Nevertheless, one cannot rule out exceptional cases. Many nascent companies do have a decent workforce which enables them to flourish in the long run. However, you will have to be trustful to the utmost extent to put your time and money on stake for an inexperienced company.

Case studies are the shortest ways to distinguish top app development companies from ordinary ones.

Beware! The listed case studies do not necessarily suggest that the company successfully built those apps. Following are the tricks to grab your attention unlawfully.

  • The app was never built. Only a logo of fake app appears on the site. This trick works because most visitors barely go into details of each case.
  • The app is a huge failure. However, the developer presents it as a comprehensive success.
  • Most enterprise apps are unavailable on app stores because these apps have only specified users. Thus, the developer may justify the absence of case study with unavailability of the app.

Also read: User experience design process

Feedback from Previous Clients

Fake reviews account for the primary reason which holds the investors from trusting independent feedbacks. Multiple PR sites allow the users to give feedback without whittling down the criterion for evaluators. This factor enables company owners disguised as clients to place fake feedback.

Getting the take straight from the horse’s mouth may serve as the evidence of the claim. This approach presents workaround when you suspect the developer be playing one of the last two tricks listed earlier.

However, the challenges may trickle down but are not over yet. The feedback sharing body may just be another partner of the developer. Thus, you may require further research to find the underlying truth.

Mob Inspire takes pride in establishing the businesses of aspiring entrepreneurs. Each of the projects we worked on speaks the volume of our expertise. We consistently feature among the list of best app development companies by credible ranking sites including Clutch and GoodFirms

Apart from startups, we have also worked with numerous established clients. Most of our clients are well-known companies in their respective regions. This factor of wide recognition eliminates the possibility of influencing the feedback.

Culture of Research & Development

There is no single tool, framework, and coding language fitting for every kind of app development. The requirements of app vary at times. Thus, the app development companies require extensive research into the selection of appropriate apparatus.

The selection of apparatus affects the business of developer as well as yours. Developers intend to keep the cost as low as possible to enhance their profit margins. In doing so, they often compromise quality.

In sharp contrast, your primary objective is to ensure that the app remains a success. Cost of development also concerns entrepreneurs, but it has to be second to performance.

Apart from business need, your app also needs to target the correct market. Almost every app requires research to determine the targeted audience. Therefore, the developers need to collaborate with the marketing individuals to ensure that the app reaches and attracts intended market.

Market research also involves the investigation into competitors’ approaches to attract the audience. Knowing your competitor is as significant as customers.

There are two most effective ways to find out if an app would make a decent show in among consumers or not. Although surveys are also useful, yet behavioral analysis is more effective in case of mobile apps.

Therefore, the top app development companies ensure to create a culture of research and development in their enterprise architecture.

Signature Products and Services

The experience of working with a range of clients enables top developers to incorporate in-house developed products. They also use some of these products as subscription-based services.

The development of these products enables the developers to cut down the development costs substantially. Conversely, if a company does not have in-house products, they end up charging clients highly to cover the excessive costs.

One major challenge for companies working with in-house products is the apprehension of developers’ unavailability. For instance, a developer working on a product for years resigns. Consequently, the company would lose not only an employee but also an experienced user of company’s product.

Nevertheless, the top companies minimize the impact of losing an experienced developer by extensive documentation of their products. While interviewing various prospective developers, you may ask them about the in-house products and services.

Therefore, working with these products over the years eliminates the need to build apps from scratch. Besides, such developers also understand the factors affecting performance and hence make sure to prevent them.

The choice is yours!

Now that you have the weapons to find the top app development companies, we recommend conducting independent research. Meanwhile, our app development team equipped with the most fitting tools and skills prepare to get you on board. We are certain that you will reach us back after research because Mob Inspire meets each of the above criterion points.

Mob Inspire believes in the show don’t tell approach. You may take a look at the case studies of some of the happiest app development clients in the world.

Contact us today to fulfill the utmost realization of your mobile app development idea.

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5 Emerging Trends For Software Developers In A Digitally Driven World

Every year introduces innovative software development trends. Similarly, 2020 will be an expansion of existing technological solutions. Let’s take a look at the emerging trends for software developers in a digitally driven world.

The software development market is continuously growing because of advancements in technology. Several changes have witnessed in 2018, which are continuing in 2019, ranging from cryptocurrency, augmented virtual and mixed reality, mobile computing, artificial intelligence, and blockchain.

In the future, different mindsets and skills will be required for people to navigate their careers. Software development enthusiasts are assuming 2020 will be an exciting year for innovative advancements in software application development and software developers will play a significant role in every domain.

1. More Generalists Than Professional Experts:

In the data-driven world where innovative features add value to the customers, it is essential than ever to have more people who are not afraid of unfamiliar technology and have a passion for employing the latest technology in software development to accomplish things. It does not mean that there will be no longer the need for specialists.

The need for specialists will always be there. However, there will be a greater need for generalists in the software development industry. People have started seeing this change already with the rise in demand of developers for innovative technology.

2. Significance Of Collaboration/Cooperation Over Qualification:

In the future, collaboration skill will be required more than it is currently required. There is more demand for collaboration than qualification. It is important to have collaborative people who are team players than those who excel in academics.

Collaboration skill is a must because the person needs to be able to express ideas well to progress fast as compared to another person who qualifies but unable to express ideas. Moreover, speed is another significant factor to consider.

3. The Universal Mindset:

Having a global mindset in the software development career may require for developing products for the customers of different regions, languages and different devices. Moreover, the other part of the global mindset is flexibility to work with the co-workers that might be working from multiple locations or remotely.

According to the research claim, 50% of the workforce will be remote by 2020, showing the importance of having the global mindset, being able to work well with people whom you may have never met in person, having different backgrounds, and openness to welcome diversity of thoughts will become mandatory.

4. Lattice Career Progression:

Previously, career progression was largely linear; whereby a person would be moving upward through a traditional way from a junior role, to a mid-level, senior level, manager and then possibly retiring as a senior executive.

However, the career progression in the future will be lattice, where you will progress throughout your career by adopting new skills and performing innovative tasks.

According to the estimates, 60% of all new jobs will require skills that 20% of the current workforce possesses. It means you will need to be flexible, adaptable, learning throughout your career for growing in the future.

5. Creative Self-Starters Rather Than Task Implementers:

In the current digital age, creativity is the key to success rather than implementing someone’s else solution. Self-starters who come up with creative solutions will be more valuable than tasks implementers as creative minds have become the need of the hour for future success.

Having an entrepreneurship passion will become the need of the hour and companies will encourage this characteristic as humans are innovative and they can do quick work as compared to the robots.

Get ready for Achieving Future Goals:

The future of work is not too far off as we are already seeing its glimpses today in the software industry. Get ready for the most significant change in the software industry trends. This change will bring the best and open more chances of success.

We offer outstanding software solutions and mobile app development services for our clients all across the globe. Our team of developers employs the latest technology in software development and provides outstanding solutions to customers. If you are interested in reliable software solutions for your business, contact us today.

Prerequisites and Components of IoT Application Development

The growing interest of businesses in IoT apps is reasonable considering the functions that one may achieve through them. IoT application development is far more complicated than the usual DIY projects. The concerns of data security and streamlining of functions are the primary reasons making development highly challenging.

This article will enable you to get a head-start for IoT app development. Mob Inspire loves to assist businesses and individual aspirants to flourish with technology and development expertise. You may request our IoT application development services for assistance.

How to develop IoT application

The approaches to IoT development vary depending on the selection of tools and frameworks. Before jumping on to the development section, one needs to confirm that the prerequisites are fulfilled.

Prerequisites for IoT app development

Like any other software engineering project, scope of business model keeps the central role in IoT app development.

While reading this piece, the readers might already know about their targeted industry. Although IoT applications are applicable in every industry, yet travel industry, healthcare, on-demand services are benefiting the most by far. Thus, you can determine the industry to which your system belongs.

One of the primary steps in outlining the business model is to perform budget analysis. The cost of related hardware varies widely depending on the objectives of end-product. Following factors have a significant influence on cost.

  1. If you understand microcontrollers well enough, the Arduino board should be your primary choice. Although there are multiple alternatives, yet Arduino has a vast online community who can assist while you are stuck. For reference, Arduino is a company that manufactures microcontrollers with embedded varying ports.
  2. The selection of cloud-platform and the degree of underlying security for safe data transfer is crucial.
  3. App which serves as an interface for users is the final cost factor. Again, the cost of app also depends on the extent of details that the owner wishes.

Thus, hardware embedded with relevant sensors (Arduino in this above example), data storage infrastructure (cloud-platform), and software app make the three essential components of an IoT app. Whether you want the app to streamline business operations or use it as a product, the cost will vary widely.

Selecting Cloud Platform

The cloud service provider is one of the key stakeholders. The transfer of data between hardware and mobile app occurs through this remotely located server. If your device needs to store records for longer periods, cloud provides the requisite storage.

The significance of cloud lies in the fact that it holds sensitive data app users and functionality of application. Any breach may affect the confidentiality of users or working of the app.

Yahoo data breach presents one of the famous examples. Over a billion accounts of this web services giant were compromised. However, this incident does not reflect that cloud services are vulnerable. The number of incidents indicates that hackers are more likely to penetrate through web-based storage.

Most independent tech analysts recommend Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, IBM Watson, and Google Cloud for IoT apps. However, you may not necessarily need to acquire one of these because your local cloud provider can serve you too.

Apart from security, some other elements also affect the choice of platform. These factors include bandwidth, data recovery, and scalability.

Bandwidth affects throughput (rate of successful data transfer) and latency (time before data starts transferring once requested). Data recovery is essential to ensure availability of duplicate data in case of corruption in the primary set. Scalability provides the capacity to increase the scope of app by introducing more features over time.

Designing the App

Designing the user interface for IoT follows the same principles as any other mobile app. The design also depends on the expertise of IoT application development company. Experts at Mob Inspire recommend AngularJS for developing entire frontend considering its flexibility and smooth running. React Native, Xamarin, and Ionic are some of the examples of cross-platform frameworks.

Selection of framework also relies on developer’s area of expertise. Regardless of the framework used, the ultimate objective is enabling users to navigate through the app easily. The app should have clearly-labeled relevant buttons. Moreover, user experience (UX) must be flawless if you intend to sell this app as a product.

It is crucial that the app design is compatible with various platforms. One may not assume that the app will run on a single OS. Besides, it should provide a seamless experience on every screen size.

The apps with more flashcards instead of lengthy texts are likely to ensure better experience. Moreover, the monotone scheme for color combination also serves to enhance experience.

Connecting the Devices with cloud

Similar to design frameworks, IoT integration with cloud also uses pre-built APIs. Companies follow multiple industry-level standards defined by manufacturers of microcontrollers.

The foremost objectives include developing an interface each for data processing and functioning of IoT devices. A data interface should be able to share information to a mobile app via cloud collected from device. Appropriate functioning of function interface is must to ensure that data transfer happens correctly.

For instance, a connected home appliance system provides a decent example. When the owner requests to switch off lights through mobile app, the request is transferred to IoT device via cloud in the form of data. In response, the functional interface processes the request and performs required action.

In many cases, including the one mentioned above about home appliances, cloud may not be the middleware. Many developers use a networking hub too.

IoT application development platform

The teams at Mob Inspire use a range of technologies, computing languages, and frameworks. Kotlin remains the first choice for native IoT android app development whereas swift serves for iOS devices. Moreover, we also employ hybrid platforms. The choice of technologies depends on the nature of project.

Contact us today to share your app development idea. Our professional team will enable your business to stand out with unparalleled mobile apps.

Android Development Trends

Android Development Trends

The total number of Android apps crossed 2.1 billion before the end of Q3 of 2018. This humongous figure reflects massive user-base and interest in Android development. This is why the developers keep on exploring Android development trends. Many innovations are stirring up a change in developers’ approach and enhancing app’s performance. Some of them are causing revolutionary changes.

Analysts at Mob Inspire compiled a selection of trends shared below which are worthy enough to cause a remarkable evolution before 2020 ends.

Go Apps with Android 10

Android phones offer a range of pre-installed apps besides billions of apps available on Play Store. The requirements of storage and processor vary depending on the complexity of the app. However, very few smartphones are capable of running each app smoothly. Even some fundamental apps including Google Mail and Maps take unpleasantly longer on devices with single processor and lower RAM.

Ideally, both of these apps should not take longer than 2 seconds to load. Users feel annoyed when an app takes more than 5 seconds. However, running one of these apps on the phone with 512MB RAM is likely to consume more than 10 seconds.

Android released Go Apps development kit with Android 8 Oreo. These apps allow building lightweight applications which consume far lesser space and run with significantly better speed. The kit finds further improvements with Android 9 Pie. With the latest update, developers build Go apps with remarkably better connectivity, compatibility, battery consumption, and interfaces.

Pew Research Center reported in 2017 that over 64% of Americans with under $30,000 income owned a smartphone. Moreover, low-income households tend to purchase a relatively less-costly smartphone. This number is even higher in developing countries. However, lower cost is a trade-off with speed and storage capacity. Thus, the trend of Go Apps will continue to grow in 2020 and beyond.

Kotlin 1.4 – More Power to Developers

The adoption of a new development language is a conundrum that developers face at times. Github reported that the number of Kotlin contributors was growing 2.6 times faster in 2018 than previous year. This rate is greater by some distance than any other computing language. Moreover, this growth rate is expected to increase in 2020 too making it one of the Android app development trends. There are undeniable reasons for Kotlin 1.3 to become an Android developer’s primary choice.

  1. The language is flexible enough to allow development with functional as well as object-oriented approach.
  2. Java developers can effortlessly adopt Kotlin. They can refactor, auto-complete, navigate and search the code as in Java. Developers can comfortably ensure interoperability of IntelliJ IDEA while using Kotlin.
  3. Kotlin developers can use Java libraries without adding wrappers or adapter.
  4. This statically typed language provides the ability to declare JavaBeans in single line. The codes of Java and Kotlin can coexist in same modules.

The only apparent downside for Kotlin developers is the smaller community as compared to Java. Nevertheless, the remarkable community growth rate enables analysts to believe that Kotlin Android development community size will surpass Java soon.

Rewarded Products – More Money to App Owners

App owners often complain about lower earnings due to lack of subscriptions. Google recently announced a way that would allow owners to earn without having to make users subscribe or upgrade. Users may watch a small video while using app instead of subscribing for more features. In return, owners earn a part of video advertisement labeled as “Rewarded Products.”

Although developers are already using advertisements as a way of earning, yet Google makes it official with this announcement. Rewarded Products is one of the Android development latest trends because almost every developer will use this facility. Now, Google facilitates developers by providing the ability to integrate Rewarded Products with Billing Library in every app. This integration does not require additional SDK.

Consequently, tech experts forecast that Android app development will see a significant attraction. This prediction follows from the fact that app will ensure base earning with Rewarded Products.

Android Jetpack Continues among Latest Trends in Android Development

The introduction of Android JetPack in the mid of 2018 is all set to yield impressive outcomes. Despite the fact that it is optional, JetPack received an overwhelming response from development community. This combination of existing components and support libraries triggers significant improvement in architecture, UI, and behavior of applications.

Slice is a feature of JetPack which reorganizes search result to prioritize installed apps. WorkManager is a flexible task scheduler for deferrable background tasks. Apart from app performance, JetPack also enables the developers to minimize the repetition of code. It also ensures backward compatibility and empowers Kotlin developers with a corresponding design.

The number of apps using JetPack is relatively far lower than for those built with traditional architecture since JetPack release is still a recent event. However, most developers in 2020 and ahead will switch to JetPack.

Progressive Web Apps

If you are a developer, PWA may not be one of the latest trends in android application development. However, most users are unaware of this term because PWAs have not spread swiftly enough until the end of 2018. The introduction of these apps by many major companies encouraged developers to invest time in it. Consequently, experts predict that 2020 will witness the most revolutionary adoption of PWA approach. The developers at Mob Inspire are developing PWAs for businesses for more than two years now.

These are web applications providing user experience of native apps. The apps run in a remote setting while remaining on the user’s home screen. Thus, PWAs integrate the best features of native apps and web applications. Forbes, Twitter, and Alibaba are among some of the companies which have already introduced PWAs.

Why Should You Care?

As a company owner or an independent Android developer, knowledge, and implementation of innovations stand your business needle out in the haystack of companies. By utilizing one of these innovations, you can create one in billions of apps that makes an incredible impact.

The drawback of skill deficit for Android development should not stop you in achieving your goals. contact us today to have us develop the mobile app that enables you to stand out of the crowd.