Author: Scott Calonico

Top Texas Mobile App Agencies 2017

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Cowboy hats? Check. Horses. Check. Lone Star Beer. Check. Yep – Texas has all these things, but there’s one thing that Texas has more than any other state in the US – and that’s Tech (with a capital T). In fact, in 2017, Texas was the number one technology exporting state in the entire United States, beating out California, the home of Silicon Valley. It’s no wonder then, that so many in the mobile app development game are turning to Texas when it comes time to found and build tech companies.

So we’ve decided to….erm….”round up” some of our favorite top Texas app agencies and share them with you. We did the same back in 2016 – have a look at our Top Texas Mobile App Developers 2016 list.There are a couple of familiar agencies from the last time we did this, but you’ll also see a whole bunch of new faces as well.

Ready? Slip on them Justin Ropers and let’s get these dogies movin’…

The BHW Group    

BHW, based in Austin, and led by CEO Brett Burnett, is a digital product design and a development agency. In app terms, they’re ancient – they have over 12 years experience in building over 350 mobile and webb apps. To BHW, happy employees make better software, which is why the median employee tenure there is 6 years and they’ve been selected as one of the best places to work in Austin for the past two years. Brands they have worked for include Chick-fil-A, the University of Texas and numerous SMBs and startups and they boast of several 5+ year relationships with clients.

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Jackrabbit Mobile    

If you’re looking for some of the best tacos in Austin, everyone knows you head to East 6th street. But what most people don’t know is that’s where you also go for some of the best IoT and app development this side of the Pecos.  That’s because East 6th Street is also home of Jackrabbit Mobile – even the name is Texas-y. Jackrabbit is the first of our Top Texas Mobile App Agencies of 2017 to make a repeat appearance from our Top Texas Agency 2016 list. In addition to their IoT and app development, Jackrabbit is skilled at providing solutions for legacy hardware and software, obscure languages and other integration projects that might not be run of the mill. They also work with emerging technology like Augmented Reality (AR) and wearables. Here’s a cool video of some Jackrabbit developers integrating a drone with an Apple watch to fly the drone using gestures.

Jackrabbit’s clients include Oracle, Salesforce, FICO and that Austin stalwart LIVESTRONG.

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Moove-it 

Another Austin based agency, Moove-it designs and develops software solutions for industries including healthcare, finance, education and real estate. When working with clients, Moove-it brings over a decade of experience developed from continuous work in challenging environments. In addition to developing apps and devices, Moove-it also supplies software solutions for small businesses up to enterprises as well as staff augmentation. Their full-cycle, full-stack services indude developing for iOS, Android, Java, Ruby and JavaScript. In addition to their headquarters in Austin, Moove-it has additional offices in San Francisco and Montevideo, Uruguay. 

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Praxent

Praxent, another Austin based agency, wants you to know one fact up front – over 68% of software projects fail. It’s a pretty depressing statistic if you’re about to head into the app market, but Praxent is there to help ensure customers get the help they need BEFORE they start writing one line of code. Using a principle known as the “Cone of Uncertainty”, Praxent digs into a deep into a full industry and competitor analysis to ensure market fit and validate any feature assumptions. In simpler terms, when developing, Praxent starts with the “Why” rather than “How.” Their services run the gamut from Mobile App Development, to Product Design & Strategy, UX Design, and Web App Development on platforms including .NET, Drupal, Java, Python and Ruby on Rails.

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Softeq

Houston based Softeq offers development for consumer based mobile apps as well as custom native apps for the enterprise – as well as everything in between. After Jackrabbit, Softeq is the second holdover from our Top Texas App Developers 2016 list. Softeq builds both for iOS and Android, as well as Xamarin for cross platform needs. In fact, as mentioned on their website, the Softeq team loves developing in Xamarin. But Softeq doesn’t let their love of Xamarin bind them to a single cross platform solution. They also develop for  Cocos2D-X, Unity, Marmalade, Corona, Flash Air, UDK, just about any platform that fits the needs of the customer.

In addition to apps, Softeq develops for IoT, wearables, Augmented Reality, drones, and even Unity3D for robots.

This video contains just a small sample of some of the devices and platforms that Softeq has developed for:

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Bottle Rocket

Bottle Rocket CEO Calvin Carter remembers standing in line for the first iPhone back in 2007 and instantly knew the device would change everything. The day after the app store was open to developers, Bottle Rocket was launched. Ten years, 200 employees, and four Apple Hall of Fame Apps later, Dallas based Bottle Rocket is still going strong. They develop for both iOS and Android, as well as wearable, AR/VR, voice and web applications for clients like Coca-Cola, Chik-Fil-A and the Food Network.

And if that wasn’t enough, Senior Director of Engineering, Amy Czuchlewski, was recently named to the D Magazine C-Suite as one of the 500 most powerful business leaders in North Texas.

Here’s a little bit of Bottle Rocket UX Guru Adam Polansky in action at the Bottle Rocket studios for the first episode of the new web series ProjectUX.

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Five Pack Creative

Five Pack Creative is located in the very Texas-y sounding town of Frisco, near Dallas. Five Pack’s main focus these days is on mobile app development as it relates to Augmented Reality (AR) and Machine Learning. They’ve even coined a new term for their work in this area: Augmented Engineering (AE). With Augmented Engineering, Five Pack Creative can embed their specialized engineering team into your product workflow. Perfect for when you’ve hit a roadblock during development of an app and not quite sure where to turn next. 

Here’s Five Pack Creative’s Jeremy Stroud at the 2017 CIO Arena Conference in Dallas, TX and his presentation: Mobile App Development: How to Innovate and Accelerate.

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Funsize

Not an app development agency per se, Funsize just does such great work that we felt like we had to include them in our list. Funsize is a young and dynamic agency located in – where else – Austin. When it comes to design and development, they embrace everything that is agile. Lead by CEO and Head of Design, Anthony Armandariz and his wife Natalie, in their short 5 year lifespan, Funsize has already worked with clients such as Oracle, Capital One and PayPal. They also work with VC Funds to launch new companies and even invest in other startups. And if that wasn’t enough, Funsize is one of the few agencies on our list that hosts their very own podcast, called The Hustle.

Here’s a video of the Funsize crew in in action during their Method Week team exercise.

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SWIFTKICK

Swiftkick is a hands on mobile agency founded in Austin, Texas in 2015. How hands on? Let’s put it this way, the company leaders, Marc Doering and Timothy Moose, both highly qualified developers. assume full responsibility of each and every project. Not only are these guys good but, as their web site puts it, they kick ass (swiftly, we assume). They work with both big brands and small startups and have delivered apps for the likes of Experian, CSID and Squareroot.

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ROCKSAUCE

You name it and there’s a 99% chance that Rocksauce does it – from product strategy, to design, to devlopment and product launch. The same goes for platform development: iOS, Android, web, SDKs, APIs and even animation!  They don’t start out with a MVP like most agencies. Instead Rocksauce focuses on creating a MDP (Minium Delightful Product). The Rocksauce approach starts with the UX where they focus on the features of the app before they move into the branding and design phase of the project to dial-in the look, feel and personality of the app. As they like to say, Rocksauce isn’t about just creating apps, they’re about creating happiness. And they’ve created happiness in the form of apps like Keyminder, Ticktalk, Quiller and many others since Rocksauce was founded in 2010 by design maven and creative guru Q. Manning.

Ready to get started with your next app? Watch the Rocksauce demo video for inspiration!

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AppShark

Since 2007, Dallas based Appshark has been one of the world’s leading Salesforce integration specialists. As part of this, AppShark developed Open SMS Pro, an app that allows users to send SMS messages from any Salesforce application. But AppShark isn’t just about Salesfore – they’ve designed and built custom web and mobile apps for companies like Conagra, Algonquin, and Beckman Coulter.

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Top Texas Mobile App Agencies 2017

So, pardners, that’s our roundup of Texas Mobile App Agencies for this year. Of course, this is just our opinion – you might disagree with some of our picks. That’s totally fine! Feel free to leave a comment below to let us know who we missed!

3 Ways to Make Money with Crash Reporting

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We don’t want apps to crash. Right? Well, even when an app does crash, there could be a silver lining there for you. We’re going to suggest a few simple ways to turn mobile app crashes to your advantage and make money with crash reporting.

So when apps crash, it’s only the end of the world if you’re the last one to know. That’s where a good crash reporting tool will save you. It’ll tell you how often the crash is happening, how many devices are impacted and let you quickly trace the cause so you can fix it fast. In the app tool world, crash reporting might not be as sexy as app store optimization or app analytics, but that’s not their strong point. Crash tools tell you the app crash facts – and just the facts. A simple administrative tool, nothing more, nothing less. Or are they?

What if you were able to use use a crash reporting tool, not just to fix apps, but as a business tool for your software development firm? Believe it or not, that unsexy hunk of log files in your crash reporting tool could be the key to unlocking additional revenue for your business.

3 ways to make money with Crash Reporting

With that in mind, here are three ways that a crash reporting tool can make you money.

1. PROVE YOUR VALUE

No one likes it when apps crash. But it’s a fact of life, even with the best code, shit happens. Not surprising when you think of all the moving parts, like all the dependencies that apps rely on to work smoothly. Showing your clients that you are on top of the situation, and have solved problems, even before they’ve become aware of them,is the best way to show your value. It’s like you have a super hero 6th sense. But this isn’t mind power – it’s crash reporting.

It’s standard to offer a “warranty” period after the app has shipped. Most customers, and most Mobile App Developers struggle with the idea that development is for the long term. But the truth is that a stable app won’t stay that way for long unless its constantly worked. So by having a smart crash reporting tool that shows your customers all the great work you’re doing now, you’ll win them over to working with you long term. A long term client also means long term revenue stream – and you’re right there to win any follow on work they have.

An app that crashes isn’t a bad app, or bad code (necessarily) it’s just the way things are with new devices, updates to operating systems and the like. Things don’t stand still and your client needs your help to stay on top of it. Do you smell the cash?

2. WORK SMARTER

Time is money. Right? Certainly in the mobile app business. Your resources are expensive and are often stretched. So the more efficient you can be, the more you can handle with the same headcount.  A crash reporting tool that fits tight with your business, taking friction out of how you operate, not adding to it, is the way to go. Being able to find problems fast, be alerted to critical problems, assess the impact on the user base and quickly trace the root cause will save you time and money. Ideas like linking your crash reporting tool to your Slack channel to alert you the second a new problem happen puts you on the front foot from the start. Then blending your crash reporting tool with your workflow management system, like Jira or Trello, creating tasks easily is the smartest way to get the job done efficiently. Efficiency equals productivity and productivity equals more profit.  A dollar saved is as good as a dollar earned after all.

The secret? Work smarter, not harder and make sure you are working with a crash tool that helps your business grow and lets you deal with app issues fast, so you so you deliver a great service at less cost (and stress).

3. WIN NEW BUSINESS

It’s the same old story: a client walks into your shop and asks for an app. You deliver the app. They go away. The end.

Let’s try this same story, but look at it through the newfound lens of crash reporting. The temptation once the app goes live is to wash your hands of it and move on. But – wait a minute –  you’re missing a trick. Just because the client doesn’t agree to a maintenance contract, don’t simply dismiss them. If you still keep an eye on their app, you can keep the dialogue flowing and give them the heads up when things start going sideways. As sure as eggs are eggs an update comes along and BOOM! the app starts crashing. Having the data at  your finger-tips and letting your old customer know you still care and can still bail them out (for a fee of course)  is a great way to win follow on work from long lost customers. And once you save them once, you can bet they’ll listen to  you when  you suggest a support contract. Nothing better than a problem to focus the mind.

Fix a few breaks and you can bet they’ll be keen on a Service Contract from you to stay on top of their app.

CONCLUSION

The device and operating system landscape never stands still. There will always be the newest hot mobile device, the latest operating system update (with the to-die-for 3D VR calculator app), and lets not forget the next must-have IoT dryer. That’s great for consumers and gadget geeks, but a constantly evolving playing field can make even the best coded app eventually get buggy.

Use this to your advantage! Make sure you are using the right crash reporting tool (we have one we can recommend) and get started making yourself look good in front of your clients, producing great apps and, most importantly, keep revenue flowing into your business.

We predict you’ll soon start seeing money in your future….

Top Colorado Mobile App Developers

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Colorado, described by Lonely Planet as a “trip to the wild west,” offers stunning vistas, heart-stopping skiing and atmospheric downtown streets.

The state also boasts an impressive roster of top-class app development agencies and software houses, working away to create leading-edge apps for both local companies and global household names.

We took the time to research the local app scene, and identified some of the leading players in the game. This is what we found:

InspiringApps

Located in Boulder, InspiringApps is well established business, launched a decade ago when the technology landscape was very different! The company now specialises in mobile apps, as well as software for wearables and other connected devices.

InspiringApps has certainly built up an impressive client list in the intervening years. Customers include Google, Toyota and Cisco, with projects spanning customer-facing apps and those used by companies internally.

The company’s blog provides a great insight into some of the firm’s projects, as well as discussing trends in programming and cloud computing.

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Dolphin Micro

Dolphin Micro is based in Louisville, and specialises in custom business apps and Ruby on Rails development.

The company has some impressive past work to show off, including a presentation tool used by AT&T’s sales and marketing team, and an internal-use iPad app developed for Vita Coco. Dolphin Micro also do a lot of work with start-up businesses.

This interview video with Eric Scott, the CEO, discusses the company’s work and ethos.

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Revive

Revive develop websites as well as mobile apps from their offices in Denver’s Capitol Hill district. They complete a range of projects for local businesses as well as serving companies worldwide.

One of Revive’s successful recent projects was the Breakthrough Stats iOS app, which tracks basketball stats. Within a week of release it climbed to the number two spot within the iTunes store’s sports category.

Revive is a highly approachable agency offering free initial consultations to new clients.

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Possible Mobile

Possible Mobile describes its team as “true mobile craftspeople.” The firm has a long history of achievement in the app space, much of which is detailed in its online timeline.

Possible Mobile’s impressive client lists includes Hasbro, jetBlue Airways, and PGA Tour, for whom the company developed a feature-rich IOS app.

The company’s head office is in Denver, but Possible Mobile also has offices in Atlanta and Seattle.

This interesting YouTube video discusses the process the company took when developing an app for jetBlue Airways.

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Think Tree Studio

A relatively young player in the game, based in Denver and established in 2015, Think Tree Studios already has a solid reputation for mobile app building and website design.

The company’s projects include a charity fitness app for both iOS and Android called Reps, and an iOS app for FlipTask – a micro-working start-up based in Colorado.

Despite its young age, Think Tree Studios is already winning accolades, including being named as a top mobile app developer by MobileDeveloper.net in both 2015 and 2016.

Latitude 40 Consulting

Located in the suburb of Broomfield, between Denver and Boulder, Latittude 40 Consulting is Amercian made and proud of it – their team is 100% America based. No waiting for someone in the Philippines or Latvia to get back to you with the latest bugfix or code update. With clients ranging from Ameritrade to Syngenta Flowers, Latitude 40 consulting is ready to handle any type of mobile app development.

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Master of Code

Master of Code is a global development house with offices in California and Winnipeg, Canada, as well as Denver. CEO Dmitry Gritsenko founded the company back in 2004, and it now has over 120 staff.

As well as making websites and apps, Master of Code has specialist in-house expertise in chatbot software, and has created related projects for The World Surf League, amongst others. Other clients include Exegy and StudySpace.

Master of Code’s YouTube channel offers an interesting insight into the company, its projects and its ethos.

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Epic Apps

Denver-based Epic Apps offers custom apps for iOS and Android, and also specializes in custom Ruby on Rails and WordPress design and development.

The company has a great reputation and plenty of testimonials to share. Past clients include the Denver Police Department and the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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Tack Mobile

Need an app for a wearable. IoT or the latest mobile phone? Tack Mobile has got you covered. Located in the hip RiNo district of Denver, Tack builds apps for companies like Amazon, Mapquest, and Hunter Douglas. Tack realizes that every product and app is different, so they work with customers to iterate quickly and get to working software as soon as possible.

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Neon Rain Interactive

As Denver based Neon Rain points out on their web site, 68% of all projects fail. Their job is to make sure that yours doesn’t. Neon Rain utilizes a special brand of Agile Scrum in their  mobile app development process so that projects stay on track, on budget and on time.

With clients such as United Way, Guirys, AAMCO, Adams County, and Sprint it’s easy to see why Neon Rain has spent 10 years at the top of the Denver Business Journal’s annual list of top web developers.

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303 Software

A relative “old timer” in the App game – so much so that the founding of 303 Software predates the introduction of the iPhone by a year – 303 is an experienced player in the mobile app development field and they have the numbers to prove it.  Each of their devlopers has an average of 7 years of experience and 82% of their clients return for a scond project. Not too shabby considering some of their clients include Cisco, the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater and Denver Community Credit Union. On top of all this, they offer a free 15 minute phone call up front to see if they’re the right fit for a client.

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AppIt Ventures

AppIt Ventures is based on Denver’s South Steele Street, and also has office premises in the UK and India. The company has developed over 350 apps since it set up shop in 2012.

Unsurprisingly, AppIt Ventures has built up a rather prestigious reputation in that time. The company has been featured by Entrpreneur, Fox and CBS, and has done work with companies including IntelliData and the Seattle Fish Company.

This interesting YouTube video discusses the modern world of apps and how to get started on a project with AppIt Ventures.

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Chronos Interactive

Chronos Interactive delivers mobile apps across the full project lifecycle – from strategy to design to development and deployment – Chronos is along for the full app ride. And once the app is finished, Chroos doesn’t just walk away, they offer on-going support to ensure that an app isn’t just sitting and gathering dust. Chronos has even developed their own enterprise market enablement tool, called Castio, for an all in one content hosting solution.

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Top Colorado Mobile App Developers

Well, pardners, that’s our roundup (Western joke!) of top Colorado Mobile App Developers. If you liked this list, be sure to check out our other list of Top DC Area Mobile App Developers, Top New York City Mobile App Developers, and Top Pacific Northwest Mobile App Developers.

And – if you didn’t like our list – tell us why in the comments below! Did we leave out your favorite app agency?

How Automated Push with Geofencing can Drive Engagement

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First off – the bad news: users are getting tired of apps. How tired? How about this – nearly 1 in 4 users are abandoning an app after one use.

OK, so the good news? Using a service like push notifications can increase user engagement dramatically. Users WANT push notifications. So much so that 75% of 18 – 34 year olds have push engagement enabled on their mobile devices. Marketers also experience a 50% higher open rate on push notifications as opposed to email communications.

And while push notifications have given marketers and app developers new ways to reach audiences, one of the most interesting developments to emerge on the mobile scene has been the introduction of hyper-local marketing messages, also known as geofencing.

Essentially geofencing allows you to specify a a location radius (anywhere between 1 and 10000 meters – depending on the service) where when the app user enters or leaves, it triggers an automatic push message.

WHY USE GEOFENCING?

More than just saving time, automation in push messaging can drive engagement rates – as much as a 5% push engagement rate with automatic push messages verses a 2% engagement rate with manually sent messages.

Sure, this is all well and good to be able to send automatic marketing messages, but its not the magic bullet that your clients might think it is. For example, shat happens when a grocery store sends a geofenced push notification about the latest offers in the store butchery to customer who is a vegetarian?

SEGMENTS AND CHANNELS – This is where segments and channels come in. By breaking up a apps push notification audience into segments and channels, you can laser target push notifications.Segments are good for sending notifications to a pre-defined audience, such as location, operating system, and app version. Channels, on the other hand, are customizable through the app and allow users to pick and choose to subscribe to push notifications based on subject matter of interest to them. Studies have shown that brands using segmentation and channels have response rates 4 – 7 times higher than those who don’t.

DEEP LINKING – Each push notification has a purpose – whether it’s simply to inform a user or drive them to take an action. When an app user receives a push notification with a deep link – it takes them directly to an action page in the app.

Let’s tie it all together with our vegetarian in the grocery store example. The user has downloaded and enabled push notifications in their grocery store app. The next time they visit the store, the app triggers a push notification based on geofencing. Because this user is subscribed to the “Vegetarian Deals” channel of the app, they automatically receive a push notification alerting them to the latest vegetarian deals when they walk in the store. In addition, the link included in the push notification deep links to a coupon page located in the app.

Result? App engagement, user satisfaction and more retail sales – all done automatically.

With that in mind, in this article we wanted to share some of the ways in which app developers can use geofencing in their client’s apps.

LOCATION BASED MARKETING

This is probably one of the most exciting features of geofencing – being able to interact with customers (or potential customers) in real time. Location based marketing uses geofencing to automatically send a push notification when a user enters or leaves a specific location. For example, an app for a hotel could alert users currently on the property that happy hour is about to begin in the lounge – and send along a push notification with a drink coupon. Or an app for a retail business could alert a user when they pass near the property  – perhaps reminding them of a gift certificate that hasn’t been spent or even enticing them with a new gift certificate or an alert about the latest sale items.

But clients don’t have to only target their own business locations with geofencing. How about this? A retail business sets up a geofence around a competing business location. When the targeted users leave the rival business, they are sent an automatic push notification with the latest deals and offers from your client?

SOCIAL MEDIA MONITORING

Your client has a problem – they’ve got lots of customers saying great things about their business – and your client wants to reward them. Geofencing to the rescue. Example? An app user at a hotel on their honeymoon gets that extra little bit of customer service that makes the day memorable and sends out a tweet about it. With geofencing, the grateful guest’s location is identified and extra perks – like a free room upgrade or (if your client isn’t so generous) a bottle of champagne is sent on its way.

This use for geofencign tends to work best in places that tend to have a lot of dwell time from customers, such as hotels, stadiums and (increasingly) coffee shops.

BUSINESS DEMOGRAPHICS

In larger business locations, geofencing can be used to determine how long app users spend in certain parts of the property. This can be tied into the average spend there to determine business viability. For example, do hotel guests spend more money at the pool as opposed to an indoor lounge? Does the dwell time of a guest affect the average spend?

For retail outlets, app data can give an overview of footfall vs. location revenue. For more accurate data, geofencing can be combined with location beacons that can give precise measurement for in-store targeting by department or even down to the exact aisle.

READY TO GET STARTED?

So, there you have it – a little bit about geofencing and how you can use it in your client’s apps. Sound interesting? Why not give Kumulos geofencing and push notifications a free, no obligation 30 day spin?

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Top Dublin Mobile App Developers

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Described by Lonely Planet as a “small capital with a huge reputation,” Dublin attracts visitors from all over the globe. With a wealth of culture, a vibrant party scene and no shortage of Guinness, the city continually delivers unforgettable experiences – and perhaps a few that get forgotten too!

Dublin’s “huge reputation” is also something that’s fair to apply to its thriving software development scene – particularly when it comes to the creation of apps. A great many app developers and digital agencies make Dublin their home, and do business with some of the world’s biggest brands.

In this article, we run through some of the best agencies in Dublin and the surrounding area, and talk about what makes them stand out.  

Friday

The Friday Agency is a Google partner, and a full-service agency that gets involved in SEO, content marketing, graphics and video, as well as app development.

Friday has a strong local reputation, with several Dublin-based clients on its portfolio, including DublinTown and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Further afield, Friday has worked with the Irish Landmark Trust and Inland Fisheries, creating a mobile app for the latter.

This YouTube showreel introduces The Friday Agency and shows off some impressive work to a pretty great soundtrack.

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Tapadoo

Tapadoo creates apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The company set up in business in 2009, just after Apple released the software development kit for the iPhone.

Tapadoo’s strict focus on app development has won the company a solid reputation and an enviable client list. In addition to apps for clients like DHL and Samsung, Tapadoo specializes in Medical Apps. Using the latest tech, Tapadoo has had great success in the medical field with apps ranging from a Medications Checker to a Hay Fever Relief app that allows the user to enter symptoms so the app can offer up a customized medical relief plan. 

This promotional video features CEO Dermot Daly discussing Tapadoo and its work.

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AppDesign.ie

App Design is a Galway-based company that does exactly what it says on the tin! Founded in 2013, App Design has worked with a wealth of international brands in the years since.

The company take particular pride in their customer support – something backed up by strong testimonials and industry awards. Clients include Hertz, Paddy Power and HP.

In addition to the main Galway office located near the National University of Ireland, App Design adds to its capacity with a secondary office in India.

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Púca

Advertised as one of Europe’s first mobile marketing agencies, Púca is a well-established firm, in business since 2000. The company has won a huge collection of accolades in its years in business, including awards from Appy, Ireland eGovernment and the Mobile Marketing Awards.

In 17 years of trading, Púca has built the kind of blue-chip client list that a startup would dream of. Clients include Bank of Ireland, Unilever and Coca-Cola.

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Square1

Square1 is a full-service agency located just a stone’s throw from Dublin’s Guinness factory, and a quick walk from the Temple Bar district. The company offers infrastructure and web services as well app development work.

Square1 has a varied online portfolio of work, and one where Irish businesses are particularly well-represented. The company has built apps for the likes of Her.ie, SportsJoe, and many more besides.

Square1’s introductory video gives an insight into the company and its work.

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Boom22

The team at Boom22, headed up by MD Lorcan o’Brien, designs and creates websites as well as mobile apps. Boom22 also offers an extensive range of complementary services. It’s well worth checking out the company website, where there are many free guides and eBooks available in the #BoomTips section.

The company’s client list is varied and impressive, including such brands as Nurofen, Belvedere Vodka, and Best Menswear.

In this YouTube video, the Managing Director discusses everything from digital strategy to SEO.

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IrishApps

IrishApps has offices in Dublin, Galway and Cork, and is one of those companies that inspires confidence right from the start. The company website proudly displays awards from Clutch and Top App Creators, as well as an impressive client roster of known brands. These include Panasonic, Lidl and Boston Scientific.

IrishApps is clearly at the leading edge of technology, working in the sectors of blockchain and the Internet of Things alongside “traditional” app development. At the time of writing the company is also offering clients help with European General Data Protection Regulation compliance.

In this YouTube video, Program Manager Cathal Greaney discusses some SEO steps the company took to boost their own website.

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Legion

Winner of 2016’s “Best Mobile or Tablet” app in the AccentureDigital Digital Media Awards, Legion is a Dublin-based firm with a strong reputation.

The company specialises in apps, websites and motion graphics. Legion’s team has worked on projects with big brands such as Kerry Foods and Activate Capital.

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Mosaic

Mosaic is an interesting agency with a unique range of services. As well as offering the usual combination of website and app development, Mosaic also invests in startups and likes to “turn ideas into scalable businesses.”

Mosaic’s client list is one of the most impressive we’ve seen, featuring names such as Google, LinkedIn, Adidas and Diageo. It’s also worth mentioning that Dublin’s very own Guinness also features!

Mosaic seems like a great choice of agency for those who need a new app and some direction in helping it gain traction.

PurpleDecks

OK, so PurpleDecks aren’t technically located in Dublin, but rather Longford, Ireland. So, still relatively close to Dublin, in Ireland terms. But we felt they merited a place in our list because, not only do they design apps for clients like RTE, Centra and Qualcom, but they also place innovation at the forefront of their business. So much so, that they have an entire innovation center working on solutions in fields like the Internet of Things, mobile hardware, connected life, TV and more. Our client’s solutions benefit from our cutting edge research.

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Top Dublin Mobile App Developers

As with most top lists – this is just a start. There are a lot of great Dublin Mobile App Developers that we didn’t have enough room for. Did we leave out any of your favorites? If so, feel free to leave a comment below.

If you enjoyed this article, you might want to also have a look at some of our other round ups, like our Top San Francisco Mobile App Developers, Top Netherlands Mobile App Developers, or Top Berlin Mobile App Developers.

MWCA 17 and Apple Special Event: What We Learned

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The West Coast of the United States held the world’s attention this week as two of the biggest technology events unfolded in the Golden State, both with their own unique firsts and both on the same day. On September 12th, Apple held a Special Event inside the brand new Steve Jobs Theater in San Jose, while further up the peninsula, in downtown San Francisco, the first ever Mobile World Conference Americas launched at Moscone Center.

Both events had plenty to catch the eye of both mobile phone users and developers. We just wanted to touch on a few of the highlights.

All Aboard the 5G Express

The big news at MWCA17 was all about the ascendancy of 5G. In his keynote presentation, GSMA Director General Mats Granryd, prediced that by 2023, over 100M users would be sending data over 5G connections.Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and Bharti founder Sunil Bharti Mittal chimed in, stressing that the race to lead the world in 5G was on and, if the United States wanted to keep their competitive advantage, they’d better get started.

TAKEAWAY FOR MOBILE APP AGENCIES: Networking is going to be more important than ever. App users are going to be expected to be able to use their apps and connect 24/7.

New iPhone and Apple Watches

Even as some of the speakers at MWCA17 were still delivering their keynotes, Apple started making technology waves with a string of new product announcements from their headquarters just a few miles away. Here, the spotlight shone on the newest iPhone releases, the iPhone 8 and the long rumored $1000 iPhoneX. Also introduced was the new  Apple Watch 3, which is the first Apple Watch model that works independently from the iPhone.

TAKEAWAY FOR MOBILE APP AGENCIES: Apple Watch 3 is free of its shackles. Make the most of it.

OS11 Release Date

Sure, some nifty gadgets, but what’s probably more of interest Apple users was the announced September 19 launch date for OS11.

Many of the new features of OS11 were designed with iPhone X’s TrueDepth front-facing camera in mind. The long familiar home button, for example, is gone and has been replaced by face recognition technology. This might take some getting used to for those used to signing in with a fingerprint. Other OS11 features exclusive to the iPhone X include Portrait Lighting, for enhanced photos and Animoji’s which – as you might be able to guess from the name – are animated emojis users can generate by using the iPhone X TrueDepth camera setup.

TAKEAWAY FOR MOBILE APP AGENCIES: It’s here! It’s here!

Augmented Reality Apps

For developers and app builders, OS11 promises to bring the world’s largest AR platform to their doorstep. They’ve been offering their ARKit online for download for a few months now, and showed off some of the cool AR abilities at their WWDC earlier in the year:

TAKEAWAY FOR MOBILE APP AGENCIES: When Apple announced the ARKit earlier in the year, Unity was one of the first platforms to jump on board with a plugin. If you’re developing in Unity, you’ve got a head start in the AR stampede. Get going.

iTunes and App Store Updates

While most of the world’s attention was on the iPhone X and Animoji excitement, Apple made some major changes to the App Store. In iTunes version 12.7, the App Store has been removed. This forces users to utilize the App Store App (too redundant?) for purchases. Other changes include the reshuffling of iTunesU to the Podcasts section, rejiggering of Internet Radio and the ability to download ringtones directly to iOS devices.

TAKEAWAY FOR MOBILE APP AGENCIES:  With a cleaner, dedicated App Store, it’s going to be more important than ever for your app to stand out. Keeping your app description updated, uploading new screenshots and staying on top of reviews as part of an ongoing app store optimization program will ensure your app has visibiltiy in the new App Store landscape.

Are You at MWCA17?

We’ve been spending our time attending keynote events, eyeballing some of the latest product offerings from the companies attending and, of course, networking. Are you around WMCA17? Be sure to look us up!

Top Pacific Northwest Mobile App Developers

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You don’t need to head too far north from Silicon Valley to arrive in other places with a burgeoning tech and start-up scene.

Both Seattle and (more recently) Portland have gained positive reputations in the world of technology. Offering a somewhat less frantic and considerably less expensive business experience, these are cities that are firmly on the radar of entrepreneurs as an alternative to the Bay Area.

We decided to look at the mobile deveopment scene in the Pacific Northwest and provide a rundown of some of the area’s leading agencies. So, please find below the app scene’s “cream of Cascadia.”

We begin in Portland, and then move north to Seattle.

Forix

All the app agencies on this list can list some impressive household names on their client roster. Forix will definitely impress the sporty types, with clients including Adidas, GoPro and Asics.

Headed by company President Ngu Nguyen, Forix’s team has extensive experience throughout the app development lifecycle. The company details a comprehensive roadmap that begins with initial persona and industry research and follows up on app launches with an ongoing “measure and refine” process.

Forix’s promotional video provides an insight into the company, and discusses how it tackles new projects.

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Infinite Red

Portland is home to one of three of Infinite Red’s American HQs, with other offices in New Orleans and San Francisco. The company’s three founders include Todd Werth, a programmer with two decades of software development experience.

Infinite Red’s client list includes companies of all sizes, including household names such as Microsoft and Berkeley University. The company produces both mobile and web apps.

Infinte Red’s well-populated Youtube channel will introduce you to the company and also includes extensive footage from the company’s Chain React 2017 event.

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7/Apps

With a team including past members of Apple and Disney, 7/Apps has years of expertise to share with clients. Those clients include Portland-based businesses, household names like Clinique, and organisations including The National Parks Foundation.

The company, led by former Apple employee Juan Fernandez, seeks to create apps that truly disrupt and don’t just copy what’s already out there. It’s well worth checking out the portfolio to see how this works with real-life examples.

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Uncorked Studios

Uncorked Studios was established in 2010 by Marcelino Alvarez and has built up an enviable roster of clients since then. The big names include Intel, Google, Samsung and Skype. Intriguingly, some of the details of these projects are private – an inevitability when the company is “working on the future!”

Aside from this necessary secrecy, the company is very open about its people and processes, sharing a wealth of information on its website and regularly updated blog.

This YouTube video shows CEO Marcelino Alvarez discussing the Internet of Things at a 2016 event.

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DevelopmentNow

With a significant track record for winning awards and accolades, including a place on the Inc 5000 in 2017, DevelopmentNow is a Portland-based company that’s really going places.

Led by former medical school student turned programmer, Ben Strackany, DevelopmentNow specializes in mobile and responsive web projects and has a rich history of work to show off. Clients include the likes of Time Warner Cable and Kelly Services.

This YouTube video from a recent DevelopmentNow “open house” event gives a great insight into the company and its work.

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Pixel Lab

Established in Seattle since back in 2008, Pixel Lab has built up an enviable client list and an impressive project portfolio. Their customer line-up includes big names in tech such as Microsoft, Yahoo and Evernote, as well as prestigious brands such as BMW and Disney.

Pixel Lab develop for the web as well as for mobile and specialise in “simple, fun and intuitive experiences.” These include the Red Bull Rampage project, which won a Webby award in 2014.

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Inventive Mobile

A small but perfectly formed agency, Inventive Mobile has a small team, but that hasn’t stopped it doing business with the likes of Oracle, Xerox and Intel.

The company’s online portfolio shows examples of this work, including the advanced FitnessIQ exercise app for Android devices. This was developed for Intel and demonstrated at Mobile World Congress.

Inventive Mobile’s apps have been downloaded in excess of 10 Million times.

Ratio

Ratio, recently acquired by Globant, is a “multi-screen” agency, with an incredible track record in the entertainment industry. As well as apps for mobile, Ratio work on other platforms such as Roku and Xbox.

It’s hard to know where to start with the client list! iHeartRadio and Disney sit alongside Condé Nast, Fox and Sony – and there are plenty more besides.

The company has a large and sociable team, led by CEO Nate Thompson, a true stalwart of the Seattle business scene.

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Bilberrry

Bilberrry is a full-service agency with a wide range of other offerings alongside app design, including social media marketing and SEO content services.

As well as their office in Seattle, Bilberrry has a presence in Kyiv, Ukraine. The company has worked with brands including Chipotle, Gap and Whirlpool.

Bilberrry’s website proudly showcases several projects that are notably strong on user experience across mobile and web, including a comprehensive comparison engine developed for reviews.com.

TOP PACIFIC NORTHWEST MOBILE APP DEVELOPERS

Of course, those are just our picks for some of the top Pacific Northwest Mobile App Developers. Did we leave out your favorite agency? Have dealings with agencies on our list that you wanted to let us know about?

Leave a comment  or reach out to us on social media to let us know.

If you enjoyed this article, check out some of the other posts in this series where we name our top picks for top app agencies in BostonNew YorkWashington, DC and, further abroad, Berlin and the Netherlands.

Top San Francisco Mobile App Developers

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San Francisco has a strong allure for tech startups of all kinds. With a firmly-cemented reputation for attracting the world’s brightest and best, it’s no wonder the area is home to a wide selection of app agencies. Many of them boast enviable track records and head-turning client lists. We took the time to research the top San Francisco Mobile App Developers, in order to introduce some of the key players in this ever-evolving industry.

Top San Francisco Mobile App Developers

Let’s get started:

Impekable

We mentioned head-turning client lists – and that’s exactly what Impekable has, with a list that includes 10 Fortune 1000 companies. Clients include Groupon, Google and Hewlett Packard.

With offices in San Francisco, San José and Fort Collins CO, Impekable is led in part by CTO James Zimmerman and is a full-service design and development agency with experience spanning a vast range of industries, from retail to healthcare.

Impekable’s highly complementary client testimonials demonstrate the effort the company has put into their processes, something discussed in this YouTube interview with Pek Pongpaet.

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Appstem

Appstem grabs your attention immediately when you notice Tesla at the top of the client list! Appstem developed the company’s internal iPad app for sales and marketing. Enterprise Car Rental and DUFL also feature on Appstem’s portfolio.

The company was founded back in 2008, and has offices in San Francisco and Portland, OR. With a track record of over 200 mobile apps, the company has a well-established roadmap for projects, encompassing everything from UX / UI design to Quality Assurance.

This YouTube video features Appstem’s CEO, Robert Armstrong, talking about some of the company’s recent projects.

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Exygy

Founded by CEO Zack Berke in 2006, Mission Street-based Exygy has a specific focus on delivering “digital products and digital strategies that solve challenging social problems.” This is an agency with strong “making a difference” credentials.

Exygy’s past projects include work with the San Francisco Mayor’s office to create a portal for affordable housing, and the creation of an app for Girls Who Code, a non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in the technology field.

A YouTube recording of an Exygy training session on Human Centred Design gives a good insight into the unique way this agency works. It’s an approach that’s found Exygy a place on the Inc5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies for two years running.

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Mokriya

Based just behind Cupertino City Hall, Mokriya has over 50 full-time employees working on cutting-edge projects led by CTO and founder Pranil Kanderi. Their projects span wearables and virtual reality as well as more “traditional” mobile apps.

Mokriya’s impressive client list includes such names as Twitter, Google and SanDisk. The SanDisk project, still in progress at the time of writing, should result in a whole new way to “transfer files between iOS devices.”

Mokriya has attracted staff talent from all over the world, and has been in business for six years.

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Daxima

A large firm with a rich and varied service offering, Daxima has offices in India and Croatia as well as California. The company’s a true veteran of the industry, founded back in 2002 by tech expert (and former PC Magazine analyst), Ryan Tabibian.

Daxima’s customers include Cisco and Myworkdrive, a company delivering file sharing solutions to a range of customers including Oxford University.

Daxima offers “traditional” software development services alongside their work on apps, and also performs infrastructure projects such as Office365 migrations.

ArcTouch

ArcTouch is another agency with a client list that speaks for itself. The company has produced stunning apps for the likes of Audi, CBS and Yahoo.

The company was founded by two college roommates, Adam Fingerman and Eric Shapiro, who became employees of Apple. The launch of the iPhone inspired them to start an app company in 2009, and that company now has a team of over 100 people. As well as an office in San Francisco, ArcTouch has a presence in New York and Brazil.

ArcTouch is active on YouTube, and this video is from one of their recent Hackathons. It gives good insight into how they think and approach mobile app projects.

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Tivix

Tivix is a company with an impressive global presence. In addition to their San Francisco HQ, the firm has offices in New York and Portland, and further afield in London and Poland.

Tivix was founded by Chairman and Silicon Valley entrepreneur  Bret Waters in 2008 and works with clients of all sizes and types. There are big-name firms on the roster including Apple and Microsoft, as well as NGOs such as UNICEF and The European Commission.

Tivix describes its ethos as “engineering heavy,” with a focus on “rock solid and scalable” apps. The team also has a passion for open source and maintains a presence on Github.

Tivix has an informative promotional video available on Vimeo.

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Menlo

Menlo is a large firm that combines software and app development with a wide range of other technical services, including cloud infrastructure provision and managed services. The company has an office in India as well as a Santa Clara HQ. Menlo is lead by Gary Prioste with an impressive management team around him that includes software veteran Paul Bach.

Menlo is a well-known in Silicon Valley, with a client list that includes such names as Target, Dell and LinkedIn. Menlo also has partnerships with Microsoft and Amazon.

This blog post gives an interesting insight into Menlo’s approach to building a Minimal Viable Product to get started on the road of developing a new app.

Here’s a recent interview with Gary Prioste that gives you a good feel for how the firm thinks.

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Intellectsoft

Intellectsoft has been in business for a decade and achieved a tremendous amount in that time. The company boasts 35 Fortune 500 clients and has worked with names including Harley Davidson, Eurostar, and the UK’s National Health Service.

Founded by Valery Kurilov and Dmitri Lipnitsky they have built a businesss with over 230 full time engineer. This is a large company, offering a vast range of complementary technical services alongside app development.

Intellectsoft’s company presentation on YouTube provides a great introduction to the company and its clients.

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Y Media Labs

Y Media Labs is another major player on California app scene. Since being founded in 2009 by CEO Ashish Toshniwal, the company has grown to span six offices across the world, now employing around 240 people.

Household names abound on Y Media Labs’ client list: Facebook, Apple, eBay and L’oréal are just a small selection. The company’s portfolio includes a rich selection of fully featured apps for these big names – and plenty of others.

Y Media Labs has a distinguished past, and seems to be heading for a bright future. In 2015, they were named by Forbes as one of America’s “most promising companies.”

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Sourcebits

With a true “mobile first” ethos, Sourcebits is a pure mobile app agency with over 600 such projects to its name, including 30 “chart topping” apps.

The company employs over 150 people across the world. They work on projects for companies everyone will have heard of, including the likes of Intel, Cisco and Bank of America.

Named as a “cool vendor” by Gartner, Sourcebits is an agency with a fabulous client list and some serious credentials.

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Top San Francisco App Agencies

Of course, those are just our picks. Did we leave out your favorite agency? Have dealings with agencies on our list that you wanted to let us know about?

Drop us a line below or reach out to us on social media to let us know.

If you enjoyed this article, check out some of the other posts in this series where we name our top picks for top app agencies in Boston, New York, Washington, DC and, further abroad, Berlin and the Netherlands.

Top 10 Updates for Developers in Android Oreo

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Android 8.0, codenamed Oreo, is here and with it, a whole raft of new updates that make the Android OS more fluid and responsive than ever.

The majority of the updates concentrate on visual improvements, such as Picture in Picture displays, fonts and adaptive icons, but there are plenty more changes under the hood as well.

Top 10 Android Oreo Updates

Rather than go through the entire list of updates, here are our picks for the top 10 biggest/coolest/notable new features.  Don’t worry – if we missed one of your favorites, feel free to sound off in the comments below!

  • Notification Channels and Badges – Apps can declare channels, which are seen by users as categories. Users can now block categories and alter its behavior by controlling lights, vibration and lock screen privacy. Notification badges are also now supported. Badge functionality in Android is still, unfortunately, behind what you can get with iOS. With iOS, for example, a badge can display values and glyphs. Even with the improvements of Android 8.0, the badge is more of a flag, but its a start at least and will help drive more interaction with push notifications and the app itself. Here’s a cool feature – badges can now take their color from their respective icon.
  • Background Location Updates – When your app is in the background, location updates will be less frequent. This can be a double edged sword in that it will prolong battery life, but, with less information flowing into the app, geo-location targeting could potentially be less accurate.
  • Settings.secure.ANDROID_ID For devices that come with Google Play Services, settings.secure.ANDROID_ID will return a different value for each app based on the sign in key and user profile.
  • Account Changes – Apps targeting Android Oreo won’t be able to get access to user accounts using the getAccounts permission. Apps instead must rely on the AccountChooser activity. Account owners can now choose whether their accounts will be visible to other apps.
  • Background Execution Limits – Apps targeting Oreo will have limits on background processing. In most cases, only a small number of broadcasts can be used to start your app. Background apps cannot start services. Instead, you must use explicit broadcast reveivers, JobService, Firebase Cloud Messaging or the new API, startForeground.
  • Picture in Picture mode – All devices now support PiP. Apps can enter PiP mode from a paused or resumed state. Just be careful of that battery life, Eugene.
  • Fonts – Fonts are now a fully supported resource type. Font families can now be defined in XML, including declaring the fonts weight and style, as well as resource.  Downloadble fonts are now supported and avilable in the support library. All 800+ google fonts are now available in Android Studio. Apps can share fonts as well, which should lead to less overhead. Font nerds of the world rejoice!
  • Adaptive Icons Support – Developers can now control the way their icon appears in launchers and devices that use different icon shapes. Developers can now use an additional layer for animated icon effects – just don’t go too crazy.
  • New Native Audio APIAAudio, a new native audio API, is now available for low latency tasks, such as effects processing and real time synthesis.
  • Wake Locks Released  – When your app no longer has any active activity, service or component, any wake locks it holds will be automatically released. If this will cause a problem with your app, there are alternatives to using wake locks, such as DownloadManager
    for HTTP downloads, repeating alarms or Google Cloud Messaging as triggers.

Read the post? Now see the movie

Looking for something more in depth? Here’s a video put out by Android HQ that has some more details about these new features.

What’d we forget?

Like we said, these are just our picks. Something you think we missed out on? Leave a comment below!

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5 Tips for building Ionic Framework Apps

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Remember when people kept telling you that learning HTML was a waste of time – especially if you were going to become a mobile developer? And then along comes Ionic Framework Apps.

With the introduction of HTML5 in 2014, HTML has settled in to stay and the good folks over at Ionic Framework recognised that right away. Which is one of the reasons they put HTML5 at the forefront of their native and hybrid app development platform. They mean what they say with their slogan “Build once. Run anywhere.”

Did we mention it’s easy, too? Here’s a short crash course on how to get started.

Using an open source SDK, developers can create Ionic Framework Apps for both iOS and Android (yeah, Blackberry is in there too). And don’t forget that the Kumulos Cordova SDK now integrates with the Ionic Framework so you have no more excuses for making lame apps.

With that in mind, here are five tips for building swesome apps with Ionic Framework.

1- Use Creator

Why make things harder on yourself? Don’t want to get down and dirty with code? Are you more of a visual developer? Then Ionic creator is for you. Ionic creator is a drag and drop interface that allows you to go from idea to app store with just a few mouse clicks.

With Creator, Ionic gives programmers a ready made library of components that they can arrange to their hearts content. Once the app is designed, it can then be shared with colleagues for comments and suggestions. All finished? Easily export your Creator project to native IPA and APK files for installation directly on devices.

Creator also makes it even easier to sell your Clients on an app idea – using built in features like Add a Friend, have clients (or potential clients) check out an app while its still being developed to offer their input. Not to mention its easier than trying to get a non-techie to use Testfight.

2 – Use the Docs

Everyone tells you to RTFM. But with Ionic, this has never been so true. Why? Because the Ionic docs are good. Really good. So good, in fact, that you can copy portions of the code in the docs and drop them directly into your app. Why spend time coding a display list for avatars when its right there in front of you? Sure, you might need to modify the code, but it’s a great way to quickly get the development ball rolling.

3 – Customize the Components

The component library in Ionic is a real timesaver. However, it’s a bit a double edged sword in that – because Ionic components are so easy to use – everyone will be using them. This can quickly lead to your app looking like everyone else’s. You can avoid this problem by introducing some custom CSS and tweaking some of the Ionic predifined classes to create your own styles.

4 – Let Ionic Take the Controls

The best part about Ionic framework apps is that you don’t have to do everything. Making splash screens for both iOS and Android (ok, yeah, and Blackberry) in a number of different formats can be a pain in the a**. It takes enough time just to design the right app store icon alone – you’ve got better things to do. No worries, using the Ionic CLI, you can easily generate both app icons and splash screens for both iOS and Android simply by placing the appropriate files – Ionic can work with .png, Photoshop and Illustrator formats – in the platform directory.

5 – Go Native

One of the best ways to give your app users an awesome experience is by making an app seamlessly integrate into the operating system. And with the Platform Device Class, Ionic makes this easier than ever. iOS, Windows Phone, iPad and Android all have their own specific classes to give Ionic apps a native look and feel when the app is running. These classes can further be broken down on iOS and Android between different OS versions.

That’s Not All, Folks

Of course, the highlights above aren’t all the bells and whistles built into Ionic. As they like saying their documents, “the possibilities with Ionic are endless.” But we hope its at least given you a few ideas on how to build awesome Ionic Framework Apps.

And, of course, you know that Kumulos is 100% Ionic friendly – we have a full function Cordova plug-in to assist with integration of Kumulos App Build, Push Notifications and Analytics features into your hybrid app.

Did we miss any of your favorite tricks? Feel free to leave a comment below or drop us a line on Twitter, our Facebook pages or in the Community forum.

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