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Top Mobile App Development Companies In Florida 2019

top mobile app development companies florida 2019

As a leading provider of mobile app performance management software, Kumulos eat, sleep and breathe mobile. We talk to a lot of mobile app developers around the world and are fascinated by the incredible work done by app developers. Which is why we’re looking at the Top Mobile App Development Companies In Florida 2019

We regularly survey and assess the best mobile app development businesses around the world. In the past we’ve looked at businesses across the different regions in the US, Australia, Germany, UK and more. We reviewed Florida based mobile app developers in the past. But it’s clear to us just how much talent there is in Florida, so in our latest awards we turned our attention again to mobile app developers in Florida.

TOP MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES IN FLORIDA

top mobile app development companies florida 2019 kumulosThe southernmost state in the US is home to some of the biggest and most innovative companies in the industry. From AI to chatbots to AR/VR, IoT and, of course, mobile apps, just about any type of development you need can be handled in the sunshine state.

So, here you go… Kumulos bring you our pick of the crop for the Top Mobile App Development Companies in Florida 2019.

Atmosphere Apps

Atmosphere Apps is on a mission: to collaborate with organizations to create innovative products that help professionals work better. Their 200+ apps have had 2.4 million + downloads and 10 top rankings

Atmosphere knows that the app’s functionality and beauty are key to gaining and retaining your users and that user experience is at the root of both. They consider your business goals and the needs of your audience, which allows them to accommodate the way that your audience interacts with the app. Their team of designers will take the lead and provide high-fidelity, interactive prototypes that promote engaging user experiences and are customized for both iOS and Android.

Their built-in custom framework integrations allow Atmosphere to concentrate on the core business logic that is critical to your app’s success. They can handle your CMS integration, consumer integration, push notifications, storage, security, mobile payments, GPS, analytics, and virtually any other specification. Atmosphere also offers bolt on services like App Store Optimization and App Usage Analytics.

CLIENTS: University of Florida, Modern Healthcare, Konica Minolta
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Concepta

Far from being just a mobile app development shop, Concepta also creates intelligent solutions to solve complex problems. With their machine learning expertise, they can build chatbots and other AI applications that produce real business benefits. Looking for custom programming? Concepta can handle that too, from custom APIs to applications designed to sync your business. Concepta brings high-level experience to sophisticated mobile applications for every type of device.

CLIENTS: Walt Disney World, FEMA, GE, Warner Music Group
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Core Mobile Apps | Core Media Concepts

Core Mobile Apps | Core Media Concepts has been around for 11 Years now and was founded by Will G. Manuel & Michael Fiifi Deku. The company describe themselves as extremely detail oriented and customer centric. Core Mobile Apps spend more time in the discovery and planning stages than most app development companies, which has in turn lead to a lot of project successes. They believe in creating solid foundations of both project requirements as well as client relationships. In terms of industries, they focus on SMB,Non-Profits and Start-ups.

In addition to mobile app development, they provide website development and SEO. When it comes to technologies, they concentrate on  Native, React Native, Ionic, Firebase and LAMP. Core Mobile Apps use Agile project management. Congratulations to the team for being a new entry to the Kumulos Top Mobile App Development Companies In Florida 2019

CLIENTS: DHL Global, University of Florida, Clemson University

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Echo Interaction Group

Echo’s primary business is mobile application development. They design mobile apps with a fearless approach to what can be created. Whether it’s a new concept and you need Echo to help your business understand what’s achievable, or a salvage project to make improvements to an existing mobile app from a previous team, Echo delivers mobile innovation, on-time and on-budget. Echo’s development team has worked on over 100 iOS and Android apps for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small business worldwide.

Besides mobile apps, Echo has experience in developing artificial intelligence engines, VR/AR, chat bots and conversational design platforms. No matter what you’re building, Echo is there to help you design something amazing together.

CLIENTS: Ford, VOXX, Lincoln, Florida DOT
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Haneke Design

When the Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems were launched nearly a decade ago, Haneke Design made a significant decision to make native mobile app design and development core to their solution set. Since then, they’ve continued to collaborate with startups and enterprises to successfully integrate mobile applications into their business for marketing, product, and internal initiatives. With Haneke, there is no such thing as a final product. Users today expect their app to have constant updates and improvements to better meet their needs. You need a roadmap of feature releases and a partner that can execute it quickly. Haneke design and develop that roadmap with their customers and – as their website says – they move really, really fast.

CLIENTS: Vector Solutions, APKUDO, iMEDx
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Hashrocket

At Hashrocket, they have a passion for turning ideas into reality. Their world-class team is fluent in Ruby on Rails, Elixir, React, React Native, iOS, and Android. They’re ready to design, build, and train so your product is rock-solid and user-friendly. In addition to mobile app development, they can help with just about every phase of your project, from strategy and requirements gathering, design and development, to training and process consulting.

CLIENTS: Connectsense, Vegas.com, Regions Bank, ParkWhiz
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Leale Solutions

From idea, through app store deployment, to continuous improvement, Leale Solutions create impactful user experiences through creative UX and UI design processes. Leale focus on your envisioned customer’s experience. They then build these quality experiences through a series of processes and tools designed to produce optimal results.

Want to develop apps for multiple platforms? Leale is a Premier Xamarin Partner.  Using Xamarin enables them to produce a smaller code base footprint with no degradation in results. Producing native mobile apps with platform-specific look and feel is critical and Xamarin facilitates this requirement. Leale is then able to use the shared code base capabilities in Xamarin to save time and money by writing code once and reusing it for Android, iOS and Windows Phone apps.

CLIENTS: PLEXUS, University of Rochester, EPIC Loan Systems
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Mercury Development

Mercury Development has been creating apps for iOS, OS X, Android and Windows platforms since 1999. Yes, before the Turn of the Century, if you can believe it. Their very first app was for the Palm Pilot (for those of you out there who can remember that far back). But don’t get the mistaken idea that Mercury Development is living in the past. In addition to mobile app development, they’re also developing for AR/VR, BLE, bots, IoT and wearable tech including keypads, smart key fobs, fitness trackers and more.

CLIENTS: Dow, HSBC, iBeacon, Grainger, Thomson Reuters
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SDSol Technologies

With more than 17 years of experience under their belt, SDSol Technologies prides themselves on being more than just a software development shop – they’d rather be known by their longstanding reputation as the best technology consultants in South Florida. As they say at SDSol, they don’t just launch apps, they launch businesses.  From concept-to-delivery, SDSol determines the best solution for your company. They’ve developed technology that has led to several Venture Capitalist acquisitions in the eight to nine figure range. Many of their clients have been with SDSol for over a decade, and some even become partners. SDSol has been serving Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and all of South Florida for over 17 years.

CLIENTS: Konica Minolta Cartier University of Miami Health System
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TEEPS

Through the lifecycle of every project, TEEPS considers the best way to build a piece of software that meets the highest standards of design and development. With a strong consideration of business goals, a talented team of creators, and thorough knowledge of their craft, TEEPS produces mobile applications that serve a purpose and are enjoyable to use. As an Agile shop with a client-centric approach, TEEPS keeps the client in sync with every step of the development process, driving the vision as they tailor a mobile app to meet specific business needs and creative goals. They believe in strong, regular communication and work with each client to fully develop their ideas into rock-solid and functional tools that people want to use.

CLIENTS: Orlando Health, Haulzi, Chili Billy
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ABOUT TOP APP DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES

So, there you go, all you need to know about the top mobile app development companies in Florida.

In order to be named a Top App Development company by Kumulos, a company must be an established mobile app development business which is growing fast and developing exceptional mobile apps for their clients. The company will either have broad expertise across many industry sectors or will have developed a niche expertise. Either way, they will have outstanding business results, evidence of client wins and good client retention.

Top App Development companies will be able to showcase a portfolio of mobile projects with recent case studies, backed up of course by the apps themselves being ranked well in the app stores and good user reviews. We look at the strategy for the app, what the app solves, the technology used behind the app, any use of AR / voice / IoT and it’s onboarding experience along with the UX/UI design and use of push notifications etc.

Overall, we’re looking for innovation that goes beyond the norm of mobile.  To be featured as a Top App Development company by Kumulos is a great achievement and shows that a mobile app agency is excelling at mobile strategy, design and development and in fact is thinking about the full app life-cycle for their clients by offering ongoing ASO services and app analytics.

Bob Lawson, Founder and Director, Kumulos says, “These app agencies impressed us with their close collaboration with clients when it comes to strategy, UX design, and ongoing services.”

Did you like our list? Let us know if we left out your favourite app agency!

Google I/O 2019 Conference – What You Need to Know

Google I/O 2019 Conference

Google I/O 2019 Conference is making the headlines. But, if you don’t have time to read all the tech blogs, we’ve summed up everything we think you need to know as a mobile app developer.

Google I/O 2019 Conference – Highlights for App Developers

Google has just announced a whole load of exciting stuff they’ve been working on during 2018. Everything from new phones, Google Home becoming Nest brand, to the next generation version of its voice-powered Assistant.  It’s this voice technology that has caught our attention and of course the way Google approaches privacy.

Google makes privacy a natural part of technology

Android has built many industry-first security and privacy protections. Just think about file-based encryption, SSL by default and work profile. In fact, compared to Facebook, Google make privacy a very natural part of building user-first technology.

Android Q – height of consumer privacy & security

Android is reaching version 10 and is now operating on over 2.5 billion active devices. Android Q takes things to a new level with almost 50 new features and changes focused on privacy and security.

There is a new Location section that gives you more transparency and granular control over the location data you share with apps. You can now choose to share location data with apps only while they’re in use. Plus, you’ll receive reminders when an app has your location in the background. This means you can then decide whether or not to continue sharing. What else is new in Android Q? Android Q also provides protections for other sensitive device information, like serial numbers. 

The Kumulos team particularly like this focus on privacy.  This is great when it comes to marketing and means mobile marketers can use the data wisely to geotarget push notifications and enhance the experience of mobile app users.

Adding to this, Google have ensured that much less information leaves the mobile device to deliver its state of the art machine learning features. This is great for performance and security.

Google’s Assistant

Firstly, it’s pretty impressive how Google has managed to shrink its voice recognition models to fit right on the actual mobile device. This local storage means they’re able to eliminate the latency involved and it makes conversations with the Assistant appear instantaneous. It even works in airplane mode!  The next-gen Assistant will be available on new Pixel phones later in 2019.

We also loved hearing about the contextual awareness of the Assistant which will make life a lot easier in many ways. Google’s example of the car rental booking  was pretty slick! This would certainly make our car rentals much easier when we’re attending events like TNW Conference, Mobile World Congress and App Promotion Summit!

Google Lens Upgrades

What can we say about Google Lens? With new tricks such as being able to point Google Lens at a restaurant’s menu so it can highlight the most popular items, to being able to point it at your receipts to automatically calculate tips and other totals. We particularly like the ability of the phone being able to caption video that hasn’t already been captioned. Just think of the benefits here for accessibility!

Duplex on the web

It was at I/O 2018 that Google first launched Duplex. This is an AI-powered customer service tool intended to help small businesses (like restaurants and hairdressers) field more phone calls, answering frequently asked questions and making reservations or booking appointments. For 2019, this is expanding to open up Duplex to the web.

Focus mode

With the advantages of mobile, also comes problems. Quite often, health professionals talk about the amount of time people spend using their mobile and how this is harming productivity, causing “text neck”, and adding micro-stress moments to people’s lives. So, the Focus Mode, which hits Android later this year, is a great solution. With Focus Mode, you’ll make a list of the mobile apps you find most distracting — switch to Focus Mode, and they’ll disappear until you turn off the mode.

AR in search

Some search results, for example, a search for a specific shoe, or a type of animal etc, will now include 3D models. Tap the model and you’ll be able to place it in a view of the real world via augmented reality.  If you’ve yet to embrace augmented reality and would like to know how to incorporate AR into your clients’ apps, contact us today.

Kotlin is the preferred language

With Google announcing that the Kotlin programming language is now their preferred language for Android app developers, Kumulos is pleased to remind mobile app developers that we’re Kotlin compatible. Google say that if you’re starting a new project, you should try to write it in Kotlin which is much less code for you to type, test, and maintain. The Kumulos SDKs are fully compatible with Kotlin so why not give it a go today!

About Kumulos

Kumulos Mobile App Performance Management platform comes with a comprehensive range of services covering the entire life cycle of the app. Its 5 integrated services include app store optimizationanalytics & reportingbackend hostingcrash reporting & endpoint monitoring and its award winning push notifications service, which received awards from Business of Apps, Mobile App Daily and The Tool.

It provides a management console that delivers comprehensive visibility on how the app is performing technically and commercially. It’s easy to setup and there’s no SDK required.

Start monitoring now by signing up for a free trial or book a demo!

Win-Back Strategies for App Retention

win-back strategies for mobile app retention

Win-back strategies are often high on the list of priorities for mobile app owners as they sadly witness users ceasing to use their app. In fact, with stats showing that a mobile app may lose almost 80% of its daily active users (DAU) within the first three days after installation, it’s evident why win-back strategies are high on the list of priorities for mobile marketers.

Often, app owners will contact you, their mobile app developer, for help. Therefore, it’s important that you have a good understanding of app analytics and how to use push notifications to boost app retention as part of a win-back strategy.

If you fail to act on a falling DAU, the stats get even more depressing with up to 90% of apps losing their users within the first month and over 95% after three months. So, here’s why you need to be able to provide the data analytics and reporting and offer push notification campaign ideas as part of implementing win-back strategies.

Why you need to provide win-back strategies

As a mobile app developer you always need to deliver the best possible outcome for your clients. Often, this means working within their tight budget constraints. So, it makes sense to focus on retaining users for their newly developed mobile app. Of course, it’s still important to put effort into acquiring new app users for growth. But, it costs less to retain users and the win-back strategies will also help retain any newly acquired new users.   Did you know it costs as much as 700% more, to acquire new users than it does to retain existing users? Bain and Company estimate that just a 5% increase in retention, can result in up to 95% increase in ROI.

Let’s face it, in order to have a successful app, it’s important to invigorate dormant users to reduce the churn rate and improve customer lifetime value. Basically, the number of new users must be higher than the number of users who leave. A win-back strategy is simply a marketing plan which will get those DAUs who dropped off to return to your app. This means you retain them as active users, and reduce your churn rate (the percentage of users who stop using an app during a given period). First though, if you want to learn more about how to measure mobile app retention check out this blog which will teach you more about MAU vs DAU.

How to create a win-back strategy

First, you need to identify why a user has stopped using the app. This will help you come up with the right strategy to recapture the attention of your inactive app users and encourage them to re-engage. There are many tools to help you come up with the tactics to bring your disengaged app users back on board. It may take a combination of using different analytics tools and crash reporting tools to find the relevant data.

To create a winning win-back strategy you will need tools for:

  • Analytics – especially Recency, Frequency & Monetary Stats
  • Crash Reporting
  • Push Notifications
  • Online Feedback Surveys

What you really need though, is one management console with all the integrated services in one place to cover all aspects of mobile marketing. You want to have complete visibility on how an app is performing technically and commercially and have the tools such as push notifications and app store optimisation (ASO) to deliver better results.  Kumulos mobile marketing automation platform does just that.  It comes with a comprehensive range of services covering the entire life cycle of the app. Its 5 integrated services include app store optimization, analytics & reporting, backend hosting, crash reporting & API endpoint monitoring and its award winning push notifications service, which received awards from Business of Apps, Mobile App Daily and The Tool.  

Use analytics data to inform your strategy

The first step in creating a win-back strategy is to measure the current app retention rate. Using an app analytics tool, like Kumulos, you will be able to view data for new installs for each of the last 7 days, 30 days etc.  You can then see what percentage of installs in each day were active in the 7 days after installation. You will also gain insight into the app audience and see who is using the app, how long for, typical user journeys etc. Using this data you can create reports which will help you make informed decisions on how to increase retention and drive more downloads too.

RFM analysis

Recency, frequency, monetary (RFM) analysis is a well known model used by all marketers, not just mobile marketers, to highlight segments of customer behavior based on their history with the product. Metrics such as RFM can help you create a win-back strategy by looking at who your best users are and which types of app users contribute to your churn rate.

With some decent RFM analysis you’ll be able to see who are the best and most active users, and which type of users have the most potential to become more valued users. You will start to get a feel for the types of customers who could respond to a win-back strategy. You might also spot some really loyal users who can be targeted with loyalty and reward push notification campaigns.

Crash reporting

Analytics tools allow you to drill down and see how retention varies between different groups of app users such as country or platform, which can highlight actions for your win-back strategy.  For example: if 7 day retention is much higher on iOS than Android, then you should check for crashes on Android using a good crash reporting tool.

Crash Reporting alerts you when exceptions occur in your app, providing all of the information needed to proactively prioritize and fix issues before they negatively impact retention rates.

Nick Jones, CEO, North South 804 Apps, Virginia says, “Crash reporting is a powerful tool to include in your win-back strategy – and it gives you the ability to actively and positively engage with a user in what would otherwise be a negative interaction with your app. With the Kumulos platform updating the crash report every 5 minutes, you can quickly send a personalized push notification to that user letting them know you are currently working on solving the issue they experienced – this can actually leave that user with a more positive impression about your app than if they hadn’t experienced the crash in the first place.” Nick and his team are one of thousands of global mobile app developers using Kumulos to help their clients retain and grow their app user database.

Push Notifications

For dormant or disengaged app users, you have a few options to reach out to them – including email or push notifications. Tailoring push notifications to a particular segment with a special offer is a great way to remind them why they downloaded the app in the first place.  If you’re using a Mobile Marketing Automation platform, like Kumulos, it’s simple for mobile app developers to personalize push notifications with customer information such as location, or based on their previous use within the app. For a list of power words to use in your push notifications, check out Business of Apps 2019 Guide to Push Notifications Statistics

To increase retention with push notifications you need to first of all be proactive. For example, use your analytics retention data to time push campaigns just before users typically drop off. You also need to be attentive and use push notifications to draw users back in when they fall out of the onboarding flow.  And, you need to be persistent – remind users why they have the app installed. Finally, be smart – use segmentation to target different audiences with relevant content. Increasing retention with push notifications is something that every good mobile app developer should be able to help their clients with as part of an ongoing app optimization service.  

Note however, that push notifications can also be a quick way to annoy and ultimately lose an app’s userbase. Statistics published by Business of Apps state that just one irrelevant weekly push will cause 10% of users to disable app push notifications. Therefore, push notifications must be planned properly. Analyse previous analytics data and possibly A/B test to find out what works most effectively. Overall, the effectiveness of app push notifications will come down to the right segmentation and personalization. The use of rich formats, emojis etc will make push notifications more compelling. In fact, using rich push notifications can result in increases in open rates of up to 56%.

Request feedback and take action

Mobile app user feedback is important for any company to continue optimizing their app.

In-app surveys, although often having a low response rate, can still be a great tool to gain feedback from active users.

Don’t forget, once you’ve gathered information, it’s important to let users know that their feedback was valuable. You could send them a push notification to thank them and mention  a new feature or provide a reason to keep them using the app.

Personalization is the key to success

After you’ve gained insight from your analytics and crash reporting and started to plan your push notifications, you need to factor in how personalization will further help to win-back users. Every user wants to feel valued. To keep users who are still actively engaged, continuously test, analyze, and improve your win-back campaign content and strategies by taking full advantage of customer data you’ve collected and making the most of personalization. If you leverage your customer data, you can learn when to send, how to send, and even when to let go. Even basic personalization increases open rates by 9%. In fact, if you personalize push notifications you could see retention rates increase by 7x.

How to implement win-back strategies

So, start using the RFM analysis to understand how long it’s been since users engaged with the app and think about how to incentivize them back into the app with a carefully crafted personalized push notification message. Don’t forget to ask for feedback and use the results to propose ongoing app optimization work. If you’re looking for further tips why not check out the Best 10 ways to keep your customer on board and improve User Retention

If you want to implement some win back strategies for your mobile app clients, the multi-award-winning Kumulos platform contains all the tools you need to measure and increase retention. Request a Demo or signup for a free trial.

Internal mobile apps improve business operations | NS804 Guest Blog

internal apps improve business efficiency

If you’re keen to help your clients improve their business operations and culture, then developing an internal mobile app for them might just be the answer, says our friends at NS804.

Rarely does a change in a business’ process relate to a boost throughout the entirety of a company’s systems and departments, but there is one change that can be made that will increase a company’s efficiency, communication, collaboration, training, and employee retention, as well as inventory management, accounting, service, and sales.  All of these facets of your business can be improved simultaneously by creating an internal mobile app for your employees and operations.

Continue reading our guest blog from NS804 to learn more.

90% of mobile traffic comes from time spent using apps!

Most companies understand the power of reaching out to their audiences using a consumer-facing mobile app. Global mobile traffic hovers at around 50% of all internet usage, and 82% of all mobile users in the U.S. made at least one online purchase through their mobile device as of December 2017. Out of all that mobile traffic, 90% comes from time spent using apps.

Stats like these are compelling – and make for good figures to show to board rooms. But here’s another stat to consider: A study conducted by the Society of Human Resource Management found that large corporations (~100,000 employees) reported an average loss of $62.4 million per year due to miscommunication, and small companies (<100 employees) on average report a loss of $420,000 a year for the same reason.

Those are the direct opposite of insignificant figures. Let’s look into the various ways a mobile app can boost your business’ bottom line and employee culture at the same time.

Improve your employees’ communication consistency

Have you ever called an employee’s phone, and not gotten an answer? Of course you have. Does your team struggle to keep on top of emails from other team members? More than likely, at least sometimes.

With your own internal app, you can keep all communication under one roof – a good way to ensure employees with multiple emails or phone numbers are kept in the loop. This also helps keep past conversations organized, which makes referencing data supplied by co-workers a much faster process for employees working on a project or being trained, lessening the amount of interruption in workflow they face on a daily, hourly, or even minute-by-minute basis.

Workers switching between programs or even devices might not seem like the massive time sink that it actually is – but consider the decision of UPS to not make left turns; they invested in a software that mapped the United States (as well as most of the world), in order to nearly eradicate left turns from their parcel delivery truck routes. This decision ended up saving the company over 20 million gallons of fuel every year – those seconds it takes to make a left turn add up, and the same is for employees waiting for that one program that always takes so long to boot up.

Email is the left turn of inter-office communication. An app keeps everyone, at all times (at least during work hours), in real-time communication with each other – no delays or time spent finding someone.

Your internal app doesn’t have to be limited to the four walls of your office, either – we actually include our clients in their own specific channel in order to ensure clear and quick communication, as well as transparency in the development process. Our business developer regularly sends us photos of cool things happening in the city during his client meet ups – or a photo of his passenger seat laden with donuts on their way back to the office.
If you work in collaboration with any outside teams, agencies, or freelancers, or have a sales or service team in the field, a mobile app keeps them in constant communication as well.

Communication is the key to a strong & collaborative culture

Everyone likes being heard – and from reasons ranging from remote workers to introverted employees, it can be difficult for some of your employees’ voices to be recognized. According to a Gallup poll, 70% of the work force is disengaged – and reasons reported include:

  • Lack of feedback or direction from their manager
  • Lack of socialization with their team
  • Lack of understanding of their company’s mission and values
  • Lack of proper communication between them and their manager

All of these issues can easily be solved with an internal business app. For example, a few months ago, I experienced a death in my family; in the following weeks, the messages and encouragement I would receive from our CEO and my team members were enormously beneficial to my productivity, my well being, and my connection to NS804.

All of our communication is done through this channel. The connection it provides is the backbone of our culture – it’s surprising how empty even a small office can feel without some form of instant communication available.

Our CEO can randomly quiz us on our core principles, and give out rewards to the person who responds the fastest; non-punitive competitions like this help keep employees engaged with your core values, promote healthy, lighthearted conversations between managers and employees, and empower introverted team members that might not be comfortable shouting out “Humble, passionate, unified, grateful, service!” In the conference room.

If your app is hosted through a platform like Kumulos, your company can send out push notifications alerting employees to emergency meetings, updating your team about a new initiative, or even sounding the alarm on the cookies that were just put in the break room.

It’s a level playing field for all types of communication, and keeps employees focused on your goals, and engaged with the work necessary to achieve them. Remember that figure of 70% of the work force being disengaged from their employer? They cost organizations $450 – $500 billion annually – with an internal business app, those organizations could re-engage with a portion of that 70%. Even an employee engagement rate increase of 10% would be equivalent to a $50 billion increase in revenue for those organizations.

That’s not a paltry sum.

Efficiency

An internal business app doesn’t just provide your employees with a new way to talk to each other – it gives them the knowledge and tools of your entire company – and it’s all just a few inputs away.

There’s one word that will make any retail or manufacturing company shiver: inventory.

Between your accounting, sales, and service departments, there’s bound to be a discrepancy in numbers eventually – or, for example, a service employee could grab a part from your stock for a customer in your store, but accounting isn’t made aware of it in time to warn your sales rep that they can only guarantee that new client of yours 49 parts instead of the 50 they were just promised.

An internal business app can stop those handshakes from happening. With an internal business app, your business developer will never again make promise your company can’t keep because you’re one part short from a full order – instead, they’ll impress their client with: “Oh, looks like we just had another sale from that lot. I can get you the partial order right now for a discounted price, or get that order to you in full tomorrow.”

When a client sees that your business developer is that in tune with your company, and that knowledgeable about your capabilities, they are subtly shown that your company will be the most attentive to their needs. Rather than saying, “We take care of our clients,” you can show them in real time.

Internal business apps give these systems (inventory management, accounting, service, and sales) the ability to work off of the same number sets, the same SKUs, and the same reports. If your service department accesses inventory, accounting, sales, and the inventory manager are made aware of the change instantly. With the growing on-demand economy, the ability to report accurate numbers in real time will be imperative to your growth and success.

Internal business apps boost your workflow, make you more adaptable, and improve your client and customer relations

Mobile apps have undoubtably had an enormous impact on the way customers and clients engage with businesses – the companies that migrated to mobile engagement are reaping the rewards right now. The same will be true for companies that utilize internal business apps – they will be more efficient, providing a better customer experience, and they’ll boost employee retention and culture.

Win more projects by providing an internal mobile app for your clients

So, why not reach out to your clients today and let them know how you could help them improve their efficiency and culture with an internal mobile app. With Kumulos, you have all the tools you need in one place to develop an awesome internal mobile app with push notifications, analytics and a whole load more! Why not take a free trial of Kumulos today and see how easy it is to get started. Or, contact us, and we’ll be happy to arrange a free demo.

6 benefits of proximity marketing and how to execute a campaign

proximity marketing - 6 benefits by Kumulos

Proximity marketing is one of the fastest ways to gain a competitive edge when it comes to mobile marketing. Why? Because personalization is the key success factor for any digital marketing campaign. Moreover, personalization is the foundation for providing an awesome mobile experience for app users.

Proximity marketing – what is it?

Proximity marketing simply refers to communicating with customers at the right place, at the right time, with a personalised mobile message. It bridges the gap between offline and online marketing. Beacons, geofencing and push notifications play a vital role.

There are so many benefits of proximity marketing – far too many for one blog post. According to Beaconstac, proximity marketing is 16 times more effective than Google Pay per click! From easy geotargeting to improve app engagement and improved retention, you’ll be compelled to execute a proximity marketing campaign soon!

The power of proximity marketing

For years, we have seen the power of proximity marketing.  In particular, the retail sector is notorious for geotargeting each other’s outlets. Even back in 2014, Dunkin Donuts delivered discount coupons to people near Starbucks. Needless to say, this gave them substantially higher coupon redemption rates. Recently, the initiative from Burger King is a great example of how to use the power of relevance and immediacy by offering customers something highly relevant and timely. Their proximity promotion was designed to retain customers that may be tempted to a competitor and promote a new feature in their app.

It’s not just retail which is benefiting from proximity marketing. Beacons are effectively used across all industries including airports, events, hotels, real estate and more. In fact, they work anywhere that there are people with your app on their mobile device.

So, before executing a proximity marketing campaign, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of adopting this personalised mobile marketing.

6 Benefits of Proximity Marketing

  1. Geotargeting is easy with proximity marketing
  2. Proximity marketing increases app engagement
  3. Beacons help to improve app retention
  4. Proximity marketing helps you gain a competitive edge
  5. Proximity marketing gives you immediate conversions
  6. Proximity marketing = a personalized experience

1: Geotargeting is easy with proximity marketing

It’s so easy. Just pick a precise location so that when someone enters, exits or lingers within that geofence, a push notification is sent to that person’s mobile. Geofence technology can also send messages to anyone present within a geofence immediately or with a preset delay. If you use segments and channels you can send different messages to different customers who enter the same geofence and/or are near to a beacon. What’s more, beacons provide more detailed location data than GPS or WIFI tracking.

2: Proximity marketing increases app engagement

Keeping users engaged is one of the most important ways of ensuring the commercial success of any app. For any business where the location is important, geotargeting in conjunction with push notifications is one of the most effective app engagement tools.

3: Beacons help to improve app retention

Improving app retention is a priority for all businesses with a mobile app. Setting up proximity marketing campaigns with beacons is a sure way of increasing brand loyalty and improving customer retention. It’s important to have app analytics in place so that you can create reports on the open rate and engagement rate for push notifications.

The average clickthrough rate (CTR) for beacon-based push notifications can be as high as 80%. With this high CTR, it’s easy to see why beacons can help transform the customer experience.

 4: Proximity marketing helps you gain a competitive edge

By creating an interactive environment for your customers, not only will this help engage them and retain them but it will give your brand a competitive edge.  However, there is a fine line between improving customer experience and appearing creepy with too many disruptive messages. This is why you need to analyse your target audience and spend time on your mobile marketing automation strategy.

5:  Proximity marketing gives you immediate conversions

By increasing app engagement, a proximity marketing campaign will help you with your conversion goals. With proximity campaigns, you immediately connect with prospects when they are most in a situation to purchase from your brand. Retailers can prompt customers, at the perfect timing, with enticing offers such as discount push notifications.

6:  Proximity marketing = a personalized experience

Personalization is a key aspect to any customer experience. In retail, for example, with proximity marketing, not only can businesses send personalized messages to app users…but at the same time, the store staff can be alerted if a loyal customer walks in, enabling them to offer the best in-store experience to regular customers.

Planning a Proximity Marketing Campaign

When it comes to planning a proximity campaign, there are a number of things to take into consideration. Firstly, there’s identifying the target audience. Secondly, the content strategy requires attention. Thirdly, you need to think about the metrics you’ll track to measure the success of the campaigns.

But, most importantly you need to think about the digital technology required. A mobile app developer will need to incorporate a beacon solution along with a push notifications service. With many options available, it’s important to find a beacon solution provider and push notifications provider with a great fit.  The partnership between Beaconstac and Kumulos is a great example.  These solutions provide mobile app developers with great options for location triggered push notifications and proximity marketing using beacons and geofence technology.

Implementing a Proximity Marketing Campaign

As mentioned, selecting the right technology is key to implementing your proximity marketing campaign.

Beacons

Beacons came on the tech scene in 2013 when Apple announced new iBeacon technology.

But buying beacon hardware is not always the most efficient answer as you also need a developer on board with plenty time. This is why many businesses prefer a complete proximity marketing solution. Proximity marketing companies like Beaconstac are not only cost-effective but they have robust integration with app performance management platforms such as Kumulos.  

Geofencing

Geofencing has become a standard practice for plenty of businesses. It is a location-based service that allows you to set up a virtual boundary around a specified location such that whenever a device enters or exits the defined boundaries, an alert is sent to the administrator. Geofencing software along with SMS marketing systems and push notifications tools allow businesses to use a customer’s location to send out messages when they’re near a defined boundary, such as their shop.

Push Notifications

Regardless of the technology you use, your push notifications are the most important part of your campaign. Timely and relevant push notifications have a great influence on customer behavior. A good mobile marketing automation platform will enable you to schedule push notifications and manage geofences. For example, mobile app developers can easily provide app clients with proximity marketing by accessing both Kumulos’ mobile app performance management platform and our technology partner Beaconstac’s comprehensive proximity marketing solution.

Proximity Marketing is here to stay

Remember that proximity marketing isn’t just limited to mobile devices. Wearables can also receive beacon notifications. So, if your clients are seeking new ways to gain a competitive edge, it’s time you suggested proximity marketing. Whether you developed the app for the client, or not, there’s room for you providing a proximity marketing solution.

About Kumulos

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Top Mobile App Development Companies in California 2019

Top Mobile App Development Companies in California 2019

As a leading provider of mobile app performance management software, Kumulos eat, sleep and breathe mobile – so we talk to a lot of mobile app developers around the world and are fascinated by the incredible work done by app developers of all shapes and sizes.

top mobile app development companies california 2019We regularly survey and assess the best mobile app development businesses across the world. In the past we’ve looked at businesses across the different regions in the US, Australia, Germany, UK and more. We reviewed LA and San Francisco based mobile app developers in the past, but it’s clear to us just how much talent there is in California, so in our latest awards we turned our attention to Californian mobile app developers.

This is what we found!

Top Mobile App Development Companies in California

 

Appstem

Appstem has been in business for 9 years and was founded by Robert Armstrong who is the company’s CEO.  With 20 staff, Appstem is a full-service mobile strategy, design and development agency. Based in San Francisco, Appstem has delivered over 200 apps with a team of experts. Their clients range from leading brands like Tesla, Enterprise, Zendesk, Intel and Johnson & Johnson to high-growth startups like DUFL, Hubbub and EmployeeChannel.

What makes Appstem unique is their team’s enthusiasm for an agile development methodology. The Appstem team believe that the combination of the right process and a complete team of software experts is the right way to build successful apps. They are not siloed into a particular vertical and have experience across many industries delivering strategy, ideation, UI/UX design, hosting and on-going support. When it comes to apps, they build native and hybrid as well as web apps. Mainly though, they concentrate on native app development, MEAN stack, React and React Native technologies.

The company was featured in the Kumulos 2017 Top San Francisco Mobile App Developers and has grown a lot since then to now feature in 2019 Top California Mobile App Developers.

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ArcTouch

ArcTouch has just celebrated their 10 year anniversary! The company, which now has over 200 employees, was founded by Eric N. Shapiro, who is CEO, Adam Fingerman, who is CXO and Paulo Michels, who is EVP of Engineering. ArcTouch focuses on consumer and enterprise apps, and also blockchain and smart IoT products.

ArcTouch is obsessed about creating lovable apps that are both useful and delightful to use. They provide strategy, experience design, development, and growth and optimization services, and follow an agile methodology. Many of their clients have been with ArcTouch for over 5 years, including 3M, Audi and Marriott. ArcTouch has expert Xamarin app developers and blockchain developers.

ArcTouch was highlighted in the Kumulos 2017 Top San Francisco Mobile App Developers and is proud to be featured in the 2019 Top California Mobile App Developers.

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CitrusBits

CitrusBits was founded in 2005 by Ammad Khan and is currently led by Harry Lee, CEO. The company has grown to 70 employees and thrive at the intersection of mobile development, UI/UX design, and emerging technologies. They practice an agile methodology for all design and development work.

CitrusBits is proud of their capabilities in emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT). The team work across all industries, but say they have recently taken on a lot of new clients in Augmented Reality (AR), Healthcare, and Entertainment/Media. Clients include Johnson & Johnson, UCLA, Burger King, Quiksilver, Harman (a Samsung company), IrisVision.

CitrusBits build native and hybrid apps and responsive web apps and overall provide services from product strategy to app marketing, support and backend services. CitrusBits work with most platforms used today, including Swift, Java, Kotlin & React Native on the front end. They can work with almost any backend service providers, including Firebase, AWS, and many others.

The company was featured in the Kumulos 2016 Top Los Angeles Mobile App Developers and has grown a lot since then to now feature in 2019 Top California Mobile App Developers.

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Dogtown Media

Dogtown Media was founded in 2011 by Co-Founders Marc Fischer (CEO) and Rob Pope (CTO). It has around 49 employees including some contractors. Dogtown Media was conceived as a custom mobile app development company and has expanded into an award-winning mobile technology powerhouse. Partnering with VC-funded startups and enterprises like Google, Harvard Medical School and the United Nations, Dogtown Media create powerful digital products. Apps which they’ve developed receive millions of downloads and have featured on international TV programs.

What makes Dogtown Media unique is that they integrate themselves holistically with clients. They augment custom app development with emerging technologies such as AI, Machine Learning, and IoT. Their main focus for 2019 includes Healthcare, FinTech and they act as a technology incubator for enterprises using their AI subset of Machine Learning, connected devices based on IoT frameworks, and wearables that assist with medical care.

While Dogtown Media advocate for native iOS and Android development from a user experience standpoint, they are experienced in cross-platform development through React Native. For back-end development, they offer full stack solutions on a foundation of node.js and react technologies. All of this is done in an agile, scrum-based methodology

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Mokriya

Mokriya was founded in 2010 by Sunil Kanderi and Pranil Kanderi. The company now has 100+ employees in 4 continents with remote staff. Mokriya describe themselves as a software product consultancy. Their unique approach to solving tough problems means they design compelling experiences and ship solutions fast. The company offers many services from innovation and ideation to visual design, market research, testing & validation and big data & analytics. Mokriya customers include Verizon, Intel, Google, Sony, Twitter and Salesforce, to name but a few.

Using rapid prototyping with their agile methodology, Mokriya concentrate on mobile (iOS, Android, React Native) and application development (React). They also cover connected devices (Cars, Home, Automation, Wearables, etc.), Machine Learning, AI, Chatbots, AR and VR.  

Mokriya was in Kumulos 2017 Top San Francisco Mobile App Developers and has become so well known to now feature in 2019 Top California Mobile App Developers.

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Sidebench

Founded 6 years ago by Kevin Yamazaki, Sidebench now has 50 team members and is a full service product strategy, design and development company. Working in an agile methodology, they have an expertise in enterprise scalability, enterprise systems integrations and multi-user platforms.  This allows them to offer product strategy, user research, technical architecture, rapid prototyping and user testing, development and implementation.

Sidebench are particularly proud of their design team in Los Angeles.  Overall, the team deliver native, hybrid, responsive web apps and cross-platform apps. They concentrate on React Native, Swift, Kotlin and Firebase. Industries which they deliver projects for include healthcare & government, media & entertainment, financial services, consumer products & retail. Their impressive list of clients include Red Bull, Oakley, Sony Entertainment, United Talent Agency and Children’s Hospital LA.

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Swenson He

Swenson He was founded 5 years ago by Nick Swenson and Chao He. With 30 staff, Swenson He designs and engineers custom mobile and web solutions. As a full-service firm based in Los Angeles, they have unique, multi-faceted expertise to aid the growth of  companies at every stage, including strategy, design, development, support and on-going product evolution. They specialize in healthcare & fitness, media & entertainment, e-commerce and IoT. A few of their clients include simplehuman, Stanford Medicine and Power Music.  

Using Agile and Waterfall methodologies, the Swenson He team develops solutions for iOS, Android, and hybrid mobile platforms, each serving a distinct market segment and particular client needs with technologies including: Swift, Objective C, Kotlin, Java, Angular/Ionic, React/React Native, and Javascript. They have broad experience building for a variety of web-based applications, working with clients to identify the ideal frameworks and platforms using technologies including Magento, Shopify, MS Great Plains, Videos, Images and AWS. Swenson He has additional expertise in Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR) and Machine Learning (ML).

For more information contact David Hirschman, Vice President, Sales at 424-465-2525

Utility

Utility was founded in 2013 by David Cohen, CEO. The company has grown to 53 employees. Utility specializes in crafting custom mobile applications and web software with innovative partners, from startup ventures to Fortune 500 brands. Founded by digital leaders from companies like Major League Baseball and McCann Erickson, Utility is built by folks that have been on the other side of the table. The team treat every project as if it were their own, from startup ventures to blue chip brands.

They work in an agile methodology across all industries and their services include strategy, UI/UX design, app development – native, hybrid and responsive web, app launch, and more. Their impressive list of clients include Airbnb, Toor, Bleacher Report, NBA and Samsung to name but a few.

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Visual Demand

Visual Demand has been in business for 2 years and was founded by Jay Balderas, Senior Developer, and Pavel Parkhomey, Senior iOS Developer, and Lindsie Herring, Marketing Director. The full service digital team has 5 employees who focus on quality code and staying ahead of the tech curve. Visual Demand prides themselves in providing clients with the latest UX transitions & hottest design trends. This is because the founders come from one of the top Code Academies in Seattle and all have backgrounds in design.

What makes Visual Demand unique, is that they are the only full service custom software development company that offers several forms of payment plans. They work within budgets and offer payment plans, along with full & partial equity plans. Visual Demand says there is no job too big or too small & the openings to collaborate are endless. The company specializes in Mobile App Development, Marketing, Web Development, SEO, PPC & SMS campaigns. They use a broad range of technologies but mostly Swift, Kotlin and React Native. Visual Demand does a lot of Venue Software & custom business apps in Firebase, Realm and Node JS. They also step in and build custom apps for companies that can’t find current solutions with SaaS companies. Clients include a top night club in the heart of Hollywood, along with the most exclusive recreational mobile delivery in the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles area; a Board Certified Medical Group; a super trendy E-commerce membership platform. And, they have a special high profile Natural Gas client in Equatorial New Guinea and clients on the East Coast, Canada and Asia.

The company was featured in the Kumulos 2016 Top Los Angeles Mobile App Developers and has grown a lot since then to now feature in 2019 Top California Mobile App Developers.

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Wildebeest

Wildebeest was founded in 2014 by Ran Craycraft and Kevin Ng. The company has 15 team members and describe themselves as a boutique product shop for brands. They work closely with their clients to wholly understand their business challenges then find solutions that incorporate great design with technology. In addition to mobile and web apps, Wildebeest also build Alexa Skills, Google Assistant Actions, Chrome Extensions, desktop apps and IoT apps. They love React and React Native but work on all technologies. Their methodology largely depends on the project – sometimes agile, while other times it just makes sense to have a waterfall approach.

Wildebeest enjoy working with a variety of businesses including banks, automotive, entertainment, cities, non-profits, consumer products, as well as health & beauty companies. They do a lot of business consulting to help small businesses and new organizations grow. Wildebeest analyze performance, understand business challenges and audiences/users, then imagine the right product for the job. Their clients include some very creative startups like Bouqs, Teckst, and Gem and they’ve worked with many of the world’s most trusted brands like YouTube, Hulu, GM, Microsoft, Google, and Disney.

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Y Media Labs

Y Media Labs was founded in 2009 by Ashish Toshniwal,CEO and Sumit Mehra, President and CTO. They have grown the company to 300 staff. Y Media Labs describe themselves as a design and innovation agency. They have partnered with many of the world’s most recognizable companies to build dynamic, enduring digital experiences. Using data science and emerging technologies like AI, AR and VR, Y Media Labs consistently creates award-winning and revenue-driving digital experiences across various channels and platforms.

Y Media Labs serve across pretty much all industries, but specialize in retail, e-commerce, healthcare, consumer technology, financial services and consumer goods. They delight in focusing on customer experiences using digital products, innovation and harnessing the power of data too. Clients include State Farm, Credit One, Epson Moverio, Google, Apple, Molekule. The team follow a version of the scrum process which is customized for each client and their products.  As YML were born in the mobile age, they claim that mobile, and more specifically native, is in their DNA. Of course, depending on their clients’ needs and timelines for mobile apps, they support either hybrid or native.

YML was in Kumulos 2017 Top San Francisco Mobile App Developers and has become so well known to now feature in 2019 Top California Mobile App Developers.

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ABOUT TOP APP DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES

So, there you go, all you need to know about the top mobile app development companies in California.

In order to be named a Top App Development company by Kumulos, a company must be an established mobile app development business which is growing fast and developing exceptional mobile apps for their clients. The company will either have broad expertise across many industry sectors or will have developed a niche expertise. Either way, they will have outstanding business results, evidence of client wins and good client retention.

Top App Development companies will be able to showcase a portfolio of mobile projects with recent case studies, backed up of course by the apps themselves being ranked well in the app stores and good user reviews. We look at the strategy for the app, what the app solves, the technology used behind the app, any use of AR / voice / IoT and it’s onboarding experience along with the UX/UI design and use of push notifications etc.  

Overall, we’re looking for innovation that goes beyond the norm of mobile.  To be featured as a Top App Development company by Kumulos is a great achievement and shows that a mobile app agency is excelling at mobile strategy, design and development and in fact is thinking about the full app life-cycle for their clients by offering ongoing ASO services and app analytics.

Bob Lawson, Founder and Director, Kumulos says, “These app agencies impressed us with their close collaboration with clients when it comes to strategy, UX design, and ongoing services.”

Did you like our list? Let us know if we left out your favourite app agency!

Mobile App Development Trends 2019

mobile app development trends 2019

Mobile app development trends for 2019 have made the Kumulos team excited! It feels like yesterday that we pointed out the top mobile trends for 2018. It’s interesting to review our previous predictions and see how they’ve developed into new mobile opportunities for 2019. The world of mobile app development is developing at a formidable pace. New trends come and go every year, but some are pretty consistent. In fact, if you checked out the top mobile app trends for 2018, you’ll not be surprised as we outline the mobile app development trends for 2019.

Mobile app development trends 2019

Take note, embrace these trends and grow your business by making the most of emerging technology! If you’ve any questions about the mobile app development 2019 trends, why not contact us?  The Kumulos mobile app performance management team are always happy to chat mobile.

Blockchain

There was a lot of buzz about blockchain in 2018, especially as developers saw it as a way to solve problems on how to manage user authentication. The momentum of blockchain is continuing as developers try to understand the best use of blockchain – which isn’t easy and some might say is too complex. Mass adoption will follow in time. Leading technology companies like IBM are making huge commitments to the capability of blockchain for applications. Whether mass adoption happens in 2019 or beyond is uncertain – we think it will take a few more years before we see more traction.

How blockchain impacts mobile app development was one of our most read blogs of 2018. Why not bookmark it for future reading after you’ve read the mobile app development trends 2019?

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

Machine Learning (ML) got a boost when Apple announced their CoreML library. This gave iOS developers a simple, built-in way to include ML technologies into their apps. This is something we saw a lot of in 2018. Now, in 2019, it is reality that Artificial Intelligence (AI) has embedded deep roots in mobile apps. And, you only need to attend a mobile event like Mobile World Congress to hear mobile evangelists declare that it’ll soon be the day that AI will replace humans with robots in certain sectors like customer service! We think that in 2019, more of your clients will look to embrace AI and Machine Learning to build profitability and decrease their operational costs so you need to be aware of this trend. And, what’s more, if you can build analytics into the mobile marketing automation offering you are onto a win-win scenario for proving the benefits!

(As a side note, Kumulos will be at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona so give us a shout if you’ll be at #MWC19 too!)

ChatBots

In 2018, there was talk about chatbots replacing mobile apps. Certainly, chatbots have been springing up on just about every website for a couple of years, but chatbots really began to make their way into mobile throughout 2018. Clutch now has a dedicated category for top Chatbot companies which says it all. Did your clients ask for chatbots? Mobile Marketing Magazine Most Effective Chatbot Solution winner Walkers crisps really nailed the use of chatbots! As per Statista, the worldwide Chatbot market in 2025 is expected to grow to 1250 million US Dollars. Be prepared for this trend! Juniper Research predicts that the number of chatbot interactions focused on healthcare alone will have an average annual growth rate of 167 per cent!

If you need to learn more, there are many chatbot solutions available such as MobileMonkey, IBM Watson and Botsify to name but a few. These solutions can help you add chatbots to apps without any coding.

Android Instant Apps

In 2018, we declared that Android Instant Apps would start to become widespread (at least on Android devices, of course). And we were right! With Instant Apps, users can access apps from just about anywhere, without having to go through the hassle of app installation.

If you’ve yet to embrace this mobile app development trend, then Android Instant Applications are apps that are pretty much the same as websites. Their ease of access is the key factor that attracts people towards this trend.

If you’re starting a mobile app development project for a new client, check out the 20 questions you need to ask your client before you build their mobile app.

No code Platforms

In 2018, we reviewed the best no code / low code app development platforms for building mobile apps. 2019 will see the trend for citizen developers to continue. People will pick from the best no code / low code app development platforms to make their life easier. These platforms make it simple to integrate with existing enterprise environments without developers having to write their own APIs or integrations. Database connections, user verification, directory services and more are all bundled up into handy to use libraries. Simply drag, drop and you’re done!

In 2018, Kumulos partnered with Betty Blocks to give citizen developers the complete technology stack! Kumulos can provide citizen developers with all the server side technology an app needs to be successful. E.g. analytics technology to understand how the app is performing and where areas of improvement can be made, technically and commercially, as well as providing tools like push notifications and App Store Optimization (ASO) to drive commercial success from the app.

Learn more about the benefits of no-code from our interview with Betty Blocks

Augmented Reality

Last year we were a little hesitant to say that augmented reality came of age. The design of some wearables was holding back augmented reality adoption. However, with a number of hardware providers joining the space in 2018, it now looks like this year will be the year that the hardware finally makes Augmented Reality (AR), a reality. And certainly we saw Industrial Augmented Reality come of age in 2018! We think that mobile app development trends 2019 are all about the era of Augmented Reality! Mobile App Developers are being asked by clients to incorporate AR into workforce training and many other useful areas. And, savvy mobile app developers are building in crash reporting and diagnostics to ensure the smooth running of the apps.

With Google and Apple showcasing new AR demos on iPhone 8 and iPhone X, it’s proof that AR is going to be a top trend for 2019. What’s more, with the most recent arrival of ARKit 2, Apple is providing developers and with a much improved platform to make AR apps. If you want to learn more then Mozenix cover the Top 5 Augmented Reality Trends for 2019.

5G Wireless

Up until 2018, we were told 5G is coming! 5G is coming! But the hype finally got real. 5G is the big brother to the current wireless networking standard, appropriately called 4G. Although most parts of the world won’t see widespread 5G coverage until 2020, companies like Verizon and AT&T are already doing limited rollouts in the United States. So what’s new for mobile app development trends 2019? Last year, fixed 5G apps found their legs but in 2019 we will see 5G Wireless finding its way to mobiles. Applications that currently take minutes to download, under 5G, will be available in seconds. It’s 100 times quicker than 4G and will expand the mobile app market. The possibilities for apps will be tremendous. For example, 5G will affect the development of 3D gaming and augmented reality.

Internet of Things

We didn’t cover the Internet of Things (IoT) in last year’s trends. We felt that it had already secured its place in many industries. However, in 2019, we acknowledge that there is no limitation of possibilities in technology and more apps will incorporate IoT. Many app developers are asked by clients in the real-estate industry to use the power of IoT to build smart buildings with sensors, smart cities and parking lots. That’s just one sector and we predict it will spread across industries throughout 2019. One worth highlighting is healthcare and many mobile app development agencies like Hedgehog Lab are looking into how hospitals are using IoT.

Beacons

Throughout 2018, we saw a huge increase in the use of geofencing and beacons and this is not going to disappear in 2019. The use of beacons is making it easier for people to understand the benefits and it’s making them want to use this technology. For example, Burger King’s “Whopper Detour” stunt targeting McDonald’s with the use of geofencing got us thinking about how they could go one step further and incorporate beacons! We can say that the most recent trends incorporating beacons have transformed how people understand it. This technology is used for virtual guides, the source of data and so forth. It is sure that it will be smoother in 2019 and will make even greater use of push notifications too!

Check out one of our most read blogs to learn more about geofencing and beacons!

What are your trends?

So, now that you’ve read our top mobile app development trends 2019, what are yours? Do you think there are trends we missed? Be sure to contact us and let us know!

Get ready for 2019 with Kumulos! The Unified Mobile App Performance Management platform from Kumulos means you will win more customers, land follow-on projects, secure clients on retainer and build lasting and profitable relationships with clients. Kumulos lets you see how mobile apps are performing technically AND commercially, so you and your clients get the full picture. What’s more, Kumulos gives you the tools to drive app success, all in one place.

Take a 30-day free trial and see why thousands of other mobile app developers are using Kumulos to grow their business and deliver app success for their clients.

Top Colorado Mobile App Developers 2019

Top Colorado Mobile App Developers 2019

As a leading provider of mobile app performance management software, Kumulos eat, sleep and breathe mobile – so we talk to a lot of mobile app developers around the world and are fascinated by the incredible work done by app developers of all shapes and sizes.

We regularly survey and assess the best mobile app development businesses across the world. In the past we’ve looked at businesses across the different regions in the US, Australia, Germany, UK and more. We reviewed Colorado based mobile app developers in the past, but it’s clear to us just how much talent there is in that state, so in our latest awards we turned our attention back to Colorado mobile app developers.

This is what we found!

APPIT VENTURES

AppIt Ventures founded 7 years ago by Rob Carpenter, has grown to 47 employees with Amanda Moriuchi as CEO, Chris Taylor as CMO and Vamsi Reddy as COO. Since the mobile app development company served its first client in 2012, the Appit Ventures team has developed over 350 applications for clients ranging from local startups to Fortune 500 companies. Since AppIt’s conception, they have earned recognition from clients, the press, and the community for being a world-class organization, delivering high-quality applications and a customer-focused process.

What sets them apart from the competition? They are impeccable with their word. In the world of custom software, the variables are endless. Unforeseen development roadblocks can drastically shift the budget or timeline of a project. Constantly changing technology can impact the overall design or approach. Challenges with integration can make or break functionality. Even slight changes in the design of an application can lead to tens of thousands of dollars in budget differences. These risks are present in every custom software development project, which is why it’s important to work with a partner you trust. AppIt Ventures prides itself on doing what they say they’ll do, and they are fiercely protective of client’s budget and timeline.

They focus on native, react native and responsive web apps for many industries including business services, healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, IoT and Artificial Intelligence. Offering services from proof of concepts, to clickable wireframes, app consulting and app store optimization.  The projects include work for Helping Habit, FieldVision, Florence Crittenton Services, Seattle Fish Company to name but a few.

Watch this video to learn more about Appit Ventures

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DEVETRY

Devetry was founded 4 years ago by Brett Truka, CEO. The CTO is Allan Wintersieck.  The Company which has grown to 30 staff is a custom software development and consulting company.

What makes them different from other mobile app developers is that they’re entirely onshore, have experience and expertise across a diverse range of languages and frameworks, and are business savvy so they partner with clients to solve problems (rather than just build apps).

They work in healthcare, higher education, government, technology, and more, providing services beyond coding the mobile app itself e.g. app marketing, app store optimization, consulting and a code review service.

Devetry clients include OrthoFi, NREL, and Cloud Elements to name a few. The team focus on building Native, Hybrid and Responsive Web Apps and cover many technologies including Xamarin, React Native, Firebase and more. The impressive work of Devetry can be viewed on their case studies page.

Watch this video to learn more about Devetry

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EPIC APPS

Epic Apps will have been around 7 years come March 2019. Headed up by Kevin Williams and Scott Curtis, the company has grown to around 30 employees. Epic Apps describe themselves as being cost effective, locally driven and personally invested.  They are a full service digital agency covering everything from ideation to product delivery with a primary focus on custom app and website development.

What makes Epic Apps unique is their Employee/Contractor mixed team model which typically saves clients 30%-45% on market rates. The team love their Rocky Mountain backyard and are big on local relationships. In fact the founders are heavily involved, readily available, and ensure each project is on-time and on-budget.

The team focus on design and development with native, hybrid, responsive apps, though they also provide insights into marketing, SEO, funding and more – why not check out their blog!  Epic Apps customers include U.S. Figure Skating, National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), University of Colorado Boulder, Denver Police Department, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control to name but a few. The team manage all projects in a sprint-based way using agile principles.

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MASTER OF CODE

Master of Code has been in business since 2004 and was founded by Dmitry Gritsenko who is CEO to 190+ team members of the software development company. Master of Code work with cool startups, brands and enterprises with 273 awesome experiences and projects created on web, mobile and in chatbots.

What makes them unique is that Master of Code Global has proven to be a solution-oriented and outstanding development partner. MOC Global has years of industry experience and highly talented developers which makes it possible to find the best technical solutions and propose ideas in best practices.

They focus specifically on artificial intelligence, mobile and web app development – particularly native. They also offer UI and UX design, QA services, app store optimization and chatbot marketing. Customers include World Surf League, TrapTap and Liveperson to name but a few.

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NEON RAIN

Neon Rain Interactive has been around for 16 years and founded by Arif Gangji. The team approach each project from the business perspective and work to determine what features drive the most value and create the biggest impact.

Neon have been developing web based software using an agile scrum development methodology  for quite some time and have worked with some very prominent brands. They offer web application development, custom web based software, enterprise websites and small business websites. Some of the clients they’re proud to mention are Sprint, United Way, TalkCondo, Adams County Government, Douglas County School District.

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THINK TREE STUDIOS

Think Tree Studios was founded in 2015 building upon a team with more than 20 years of mobile and embedded systems experience. The key executives are Aric Franzmeier (CEO) and Nathan Franzmeier (CTO) . With 20 staff members, Think Tree Studios is a leader in creating innovative mobile applications and websites.

While the team designs and develops unique apps across a wide spectrum of industries they specialize in Bluetooth, IoT, internet based communications and hardware integration. They have a wide focus across multiple industries ranging from health/medical, fitness, and consumer products to security, telecommunications, government, and education. They offer clients Bluetooth LE development, embedded software development, HIPAA compliance, Search Engine Optimization, scalability and redundancy design, database design.

Their list of customers is extensive but here are just a few of the customers Think Tree Studios have worked with: Healthio – built using Ionic/Cordova – is a very robust healthcare app that uses several custom BLE medical hardware devices to communicate with the app and send the proper data back so that users could monitor and record select vital measurements. WiCis Sports iSTREME – is a tele-health Android app they designed and developed that lets anyone monitor user vitals, step count, elevation gained/lost and more, using select Bluetooth devices, from anywhere in the world – including Even Mount Everest – and share the data with people you are connected to in real time.

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POSSIBLE MOBILE

POSSIBLE Mobile has been in business for many years and POSSIBLE Mobile’s CEO, Ben Reubenstein, created one of the first 150 apps on the App Store, which topped the US charts at 22. The company began at Ben’s kitchen table and was initially called Xcellent Creations, which was incorporated in 2008. In 2013 the company then merged with Double Encore to form a mobile powerhouse. Double Encore was later acquired by WPP’s POSSIBLE in August 2014. In addition to Ben Reubenstein, the executive team includes Danielle Reubenstein, Executive Creative Director / Founder, Jay Graves, Chief Technology Officer and Eric Daugherty, Chief Operating Officer

POSSIBLE Mobile now has a total of 129 full-time employees across offices in Denver, Atlanta, New York, and Seattle. What makes POSSIBLE Mobile unique is that they are consistently forming long-term partnerships with their clients and deliver for them year after year; there are very few one and done endeavors with this agency. Also, many of their clients have live events that occur every year that the company works to enhance and keep up to date. The agency even provides live support during the events to ensure things run smoothly.

POSSIBLE Mobile’s work which focuses mainly on sports, travel, entertainment, and health has garnered several award wins including Webby Awards, Cynopsis Sports Media Awards, Cynopsis Model D Awards, and even an Emmy Award. Clients include Turner Sports, JetBlue Airways, PGA Tour, Pokémon to name but a few.

In addition to their core service offering of native app development across a wide variety of platforms including iOS and Android, all connected devices, wearables, and voice assistants, POSSIBLE Mobile also offers creative design services including interaction design, visual design, and voice user experience. Quality assurance including automated testing, digital and mobile strategy, marketing sciences, program and project management, and account management are also part of POSSIBLE Mobile’s capabilities. Lastly, the agency also offers App Store Optimization and App Store Marketing services to drive users to find and download their clients’ apps in the stores.

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ABOUT TOP APP DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES

So, there you go, all you need to know about the top mobile app development companies in Colorado.

In order to be named a Top App Development company by Kumulos, a company must be an established mobile app development business which is growing fast and developing exceptional mobile apps for their clients. The company will either have broad expertise across many industry sectors or will have developed a niche expertise. Either way, they will have outstanding business results, evidence of client wins and good client retention.

Top App Development companies will be able to showcase a portfolio of mobile projects with recent case studies, backed up of course by the apps themselves being ranked well in the app stores and good user reviews. We look at the strategy for the app, what the app solves, the technology used behind the app, any use of AR / voice / IoT and it’s onboarding experience along with the UX/UI design and use of push notifications etc.  

Overall, we’re looking for innovation that goes beyond the norm of mobile.  To be featured as a Top App Development company by Kumulos is a great achievement and shows that a mobile app agency is excelling at mobile strategy, design and development and in fact is thinking about the full app life-cycle for their clients by offering ongoing ASO services and app analytics.

Bob Lawson, Founder and Director, Kumulos says, “These app agencies impressed us with their close collaboration with clients when it comes to strategy, UX design, and ongoing services.”

Did you like our list? Let us know if we left out your favourite app agency!

How Data Drives Mobile App Success

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Launching a mobile app is only the first step to having a successful app for your client! To improve mobile app performance for your clients, mining data is essential to ensuring you are doing the most important things to drive results.

Everyone knows that data is important and building meaningful insights from analytics is important. But, in the past, data analytics has been the preserve of the huge app. Now though, there is the mobile marketing technology that allows apps of any size to fully understand what’s going on at all points of their user journey to make the right decisions when it comes to managing apps like a boss.

However, before your clients jump into app analytics, you, as their mobile app developer, can help them understand which metrics are critical by showing them an analytics dashboard and establishing some key performance indicators (KPIs) to allow your client to make data-driven decisions.

So, if you want to break the “Win-Build-ship” project based revenue cycle, here’s how to make your clients appreciate the importance of you investing time in data monitoring – not to mention app store optimization (ASO) to drive up user engagement and ROI.

Shine a light on app performance

Smart app marketers know how powerful data can be! You really need to monitor, and react to app data because despite hours of planning pre-launch, users might not be using an app in the same way as you envisaged. The only way to improve an app is to monitor usage data and measure user behaviour via app analytics. Constant monitoring will not only help you prioritize where results can be improved to optimize your app, but will prevent you from making any future development mistakes.

So, you know that you need to get the most out of your app analytics but until now, it’s been rare for any analytics platform to display all of the data you actually need without some customization. It’s a cumbersome task involving accessing several platforms to get a full picture e.g. iTunes, Google Play and Windows app stores not to mention any push notification services and analytics platforms.

So, until now, it’s been hard to get a complete view of how mobile apps are performing. However, with Kumulos we help make life easy so you can manage apps like a boss! No more jumping between tool-sets just to get the job done. Kumulos is the first fully integrated platform that lets you deliver services across the full life-cycle of mobile apps.

Thousands of mobile app development businesses who use Kumulos know that their clients always have up to date app data at their fingertips. Being able to see how one set of data relates to another is key to analysing why clients might be having difficulty acquiring app users, or, even more worrying, why they are having problems engaging current app users. App developers are well aware that sometimes clients tend to neglect their marketing strategy after having put all of their thoughts into the app development itself. But this is where you can get clients on retainer by delivering an app analytics service and more!

So, this blog will give you a glimpse into how to shine a light on app performance by using data, to monitor the right metrics, meet clients’ app goals and improve clients’ apps. So, take time to track your clients’ app metrics, regular data monitoring will help improve apps through all stages of the app life-cycle.  And, implement strategies that drive app success!

Don’t just concentrate on downloads

Statistics reveal that 21% of downloaded apps are never used more than once. Surely this stat makes you realise that if you were only concerned with downloads, you’d be tracking an empty metric. Does a download matter if the user never opens the app again?

Having said that, you will be interested in the number of downloads broken down by platform e.g. Android, iOS or Windows to compare download growth per platform. With Kumulos analytics dashboard you can brand it as your own and create an automated report to let clients see how their app is performing. What’s more, clients will be interested in how many are updating the app when a new version is released, since regular updates have an impact on how apps are ranked.

The real data is about engagement!

If you and your clients focus on monitoring the metrics which really matter like specific engagement related to an app, you will be able to make data-driven optimization decisions. Engagement data is the type of data that’s really useful and is where the fun comes into mobile data analytics!

These metrics allow you to track how much users are actually interacting with your app. With engagement data analysis you can create improved in-app marketing campaigns to re-engage dropped users. In order to visualise the typical user interactions in your app, here’s just a few of the key app engagement metrics you should understand:

Sessions: the number of times your app has been in the foreground for at least two seconds
Session duration: how much time your users spend in your app per individual session – measured as the time between app open and close, or, when the app times out. This lets you know how sticky your app is and this metric will help you understand users’ relationship with your app.
Frequency / session interval: the time between the user’s first session and their next one i.e. their frequency is a good measure of loyalty
User retention / recency – days between sessions allows you to identify trends in usage e.g. are users returning every weekend to view new offers in the app?
Time in app: how long a user was in your app over a period of time – a great indicator of how valuable your app is to users
Screens and screenflow: you should track exits by screen, flow between screens and total visits to screens. Tracking the behaviour flow will show where people drop out of your app and enable you to make data-driven mobile app optimization decisions. For example, if very few people view one of your screens it might be worth removing it and keeping the focus on popular screens.

Track push notifications!

Push notifications are a great marketing tool so you need to track how many users have first of all registered for push and how many are opening the messages. Effective push notification campaigns can double the retention rate of app users. So, it’s important to track your push campaigns in order to segment and focus your future campaigns effectively. Check out the impact of your push notifications on screens and screenflow. Did it have the impact you expected? Use your data to plan future push notifications. With Kumulos you can setup automated geolocation campaigns triggered by beacons and/or geofences and view campaign results, track delivery, open-rates, unsubscribes and more!

Track reviews and ratings

Reviews and ratings have an impact on how you rank in search. At Kumulos, we recommend regular push notification campaigns to help generate more ratings. Keeping an eye on app star ratings trend will help your clients spot any trends when it comes to different app versions or different platforms. By reading the reviews and listening to users, clients will be able to react and improve your app in future updates. With Kumulos, app store optimization feature, in addition to seeing how an app ranks for certain keywords, you can track recent reviews for clients to measure the temperature of users.

Depressing uninstall analytics & crash stats!

No-one really wants to track negative metrics like crashes but it’s important to be aware of any issues and ensure you have good mobile app management and support for clients. There is nothing more frustrating to users than slow response times, service interruptions and app crashes which will ultimately lead to mobile users uninstalling an app! App crashes are costly. Kumulos crash management gives complete visibility so you know when things go wrong immediately.

Churn

Don’t worry, you’re not alone as one of the biggest challenges for app owners is churn. The best thing you can do is access a real-time report with uninstall data to give you a good understanding of what could be driving uninstalls. This will help you to build a more engaged user base in future and in this sense you could say that uninstalls are a key retention metric giving you evidence into your app’s long-term sustainability. The churn rate is a metric you want to aim to reduce month on month whereas retention – the percentage of users who return to your app based on the date of their first visit – highlights your most engaged users, or cohorts.

User acquisition

You and your clients shouldn’t approach app analytics as a silo – you should be using all marketing metrics to gain a comprehensive understanding of an app’s success. Looking at user acquisition is important since acquisition represents the number of users who download and install your app from a certain location, through organic search, word-of-mouth, paid campaigns, email marketing campaigns, social media or in-app referrals. If you run app promotion campaigns through AdWords or Facebook you need to encourage your clients to definitely include user acquisition metrics in their marketing report.

It’s time to improve your clients’ apps!

So you know that data drives mobile app success, and that you need to measure downloads, engagement metrics, push notifications, reviews, crashes, acquisition and more. The good news is that you no longer need to flip/flop between multiple tools to manage app success like the big brands!  If you want to learn more about mobile marketing automation then contact Kumulos. We can help you by giving you a whistle stop tour demo to show you that anyone can manage apps like a boss!

The Kumulos console provides a single-pane-of-glass to manage all of your clients and all of their apps. The feature set is tailor made for busy mobile app developers and development agencies. Invite your clients to login to their own client portal where they can view the analytics and reports for their app and you can share files and links with them. Take a 30-day free trial and see for yourself!

How Blockchain Impacts Mobile App Development

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What do you think of when you hear the word blockchain? For most people, they think about cryptocurrency powered by Bitcoin or Litecoin etc. Beyond that though, it’s worth taking a look at blockchain as it has some attributes which make it ideal for a variety of mobile apps.

Here at Kumulos, we decided to look into how blockchain could further impact mobile app development in the future. After all, if you’re a mobile app developer or software developer it’s good to understand emerging technology and know how to advise your clients when it comes to developing mobile apps. In fact, mobile blockchain was just one of the 2018 top mobile trends we highlighted along with augmented reality coming of age and more.

Like all emerging technologies – voice, IoT, AR, VR, robotics, AI, blockchain …it’s pretty certain that technologies are merging and we’ve reached Industry 4.0 – this is something Mozenix talk about a lot on their augmented reality blog which is featured in the top UK Augmented Reality development agencies. But now it’s time to look into how we, at Kumulos, see blockchain creating a positive change for mobile app development in the future with an even more secure environment and other benefits.

An even more secure environment

There is great transparency with blockchain technology. Everything is recorded so the information is easily tracked by users and you can see everything involved in the process. One way that we see mobile app developers investigating blockchain technologies is to help solve the unique challenges around HIPAA. Want to learn more? Take a look at our 2018 top mobile trends.

Blockchain adds a complex digital ledger system

Blockchain is a digital ledger, powered by a computer network, collaboratively sending and parsing data. When there’s a change in information, that change is transmitted to the other machines on the network that hold the same ledger, and therefore, the values are updated.

Mobile technology also has a need for this systematic type of approach. Most systems, not just mobile networks, use a client and server side system. The phone and mobile app act as a client, and a central server distributes data upon requests. Mobile networks are stressed as millions of users flood the channels trying to get data wirelessly. Blockchain technology could improve this with its advanced storage and data streaming! If your mobile app development agency would like to learn more about growing your business, check out these mobile app agency guides

Safeguarding digital information for multiple users

Encryption is complex with blockchain. In fact, it’s so complex that it makes it impossible for anyone without a decryption key to trick the system. This definitely lends itself to any system that requires multiple user access and hence its impact on mobile app development. If you’d like to learn how to deliver app services to scale, it’s worth listening to this webinar

What else should you know about blockchain?

One of our clients, Waracle recently interviewed Wallet.Services to reveal everything you need to know about blockchain. Wallet.Services aim to streamline, simplify and secure digital life by accelerating the use and harnessing the benefits of blockchain technology across society.

It’s a great Q&A session with Iona Murray, Marketing Manager at Wallet.Services – here are just some of the highlights!

How secure is blockchain?

Data contained on the blockchain is cryptographically secured, so it is mathematically implausible to cheat and expose the data.

Each user of the network has a private and public key. Unsurprisingly, it’s a user’s public key that is shown to the network, and the corresponding private key is kept hidden by the user. The combination of both these keys creates a unique digital signature on every transaction, keeping everyone accountable.

Think of a username and password: the username is what is recognisable to the network, and the password is what you keep to yourself to access the network. But people can often find ways of transacting on regular networks without necessarily being held accountable. It’s the digital signature in blockchain networks that is the added level of security – as it allows all transactions to be traceable (depending on the rules of the network).

These sort of security characteristics are quite unique to blockchain, and are some of the reasons why it’s getting so much attention.

Can you tell us more about Satoshi Nakamoto?

He/she is the supposed creator of Bitcoin, so in turn blockchain technology too. They have a few thousand bitcoin, and with the well known increase in bitcoin value they are worth billions. They’ve never spent any though! The public have never actually seen/heard from them, they pretty much went into hiding after the establishment of the bitcoin network.  It’s a great story. I mean who knows, Wallet.Services MD, Stuart could be Satoshi on the sly?

What’s the most simple use case?

Probably the example of transacting money, as this is something almost everyone has had to do.

When data is put on to the blockchain, in this example a money value, it’s as real as having the cash. The data is secured and can’t be copied or spent more than once. Only the intended user can decrypt the data, so spend the money, and a record of all transactions is kept in a tamper-proof ledger.  In this case, there is no need for a middle man such as the bank, to check if the sender has the appropriate funds or if the recipient is who they say they are.

Which countries are leading the way in terms of blockchain systems?

Well Estonia, of course – with talk about releasing their own national cryptocurrency estcoin.

Switzerland – because of the provenance of blockchain startups, one densely populated region is actually referred to as Crypto Valley.

Dubai hopes to establish themselves as a destination for innovative startups, a lot of which are focussed on blockchain tech. Along with this, their Land Department are building a real estate register system on blockchain.

And Scotland. Through Wallet.Services work on the Scottish Government DLT strategy we have kicked off a number of use cases for blockchain around the country. For example, Citylets is going to pilot blockchain to monitor rent rate increases to evidence for or against rent controls. In this case, landlords can steadily increase rent and due to the unavailability of data, councils have a tough time regulating this. This approach should mean that tenants get a fairer renting experience.

How can blockchain be used in healthcare to be a more secure system for managing medical records?

Estonian-based company Guardtime have been tracking changes to citizens’ healthcare record on a distributed ledger for years. This means that all updates, including checks, on medical records have been recorded and can be traced to an individual or organisation – so if an insurance company has looked at your medical records in Estonia, there is a record of this.

As a step further, if the medical records were originally stored on the blockchain itself this would mean that they were cybersecure and it would be almost impossible for unauthorised users to view a person’s medical record. Also, privacy and confidentiality would be assured as blockchain can eliminate overexposure of our medical records between the different health authorities.  Digital health and blockchain go hand in hand.

 

So, if you’d still like to know more about how blockchain impacts mobile app development, give us a shout and we’ll explain the attributes which make it ideal for some mobile apps.

About Kumulos

Kumulos’ secure, easy to use mobile app management platform is trusted by thousands of mobile app developers all across the globe with millions of connected devices managing billions of API calls and push messages a month. We eat, sleep and breathe mobile apps, the systems that help you and the recurring revenue services that mean you build a totally awesome app business. We understand better than anyone your challenges, your pains, your anxieties. We see it as our mission to make your work life better. Strong words! But we walk the talk and have done so since we got going back in 2011. Give Kumulos a try today! It’s a free 30-day trial which is quick to set up and no payment details required.