Author: Scott Calonico

Best Low Code App Development Platforms for Building Mobile Apps

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The world of app development moves at a lightning pace. Take too long writing an app and you could soon be beaten to the marketplace by the newest app developer on the block (who’s probably 10 years old). Or, in the case of an internal app for an enterprise, entire workflows could come to a grinding halt while a team of developers work out the newest UI bugs. Who has time for that? This is why we have reviewed what we see as the best low code app development platforms for building mobile apps.

Picking from the best low code app development platforms may make your life easier. They 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 all bundled up into handy to use libraries. Simply drag, drop and you’re done. Many low code platforms even come with Google and iTunes app store integration, so you can immediately submit new versions of your app to the stores and get them out the door.

So which of the many low code app development platforms is best for your need? It depends – some of these platforms work best at the enterprise level with powerful built in integrations, some make it easy to quickly get a MVP out the door and some have their strengths in mobile and POS applications. So we’ve tried to create a comprehensive list, with what we saw as the strengths of each of these platforms.

But enough talk, let’s take a look at the industry leaders and some of our picks for the best low code platforms for building apps out there in the marketplace.

APP PRESS

We could list dozens of reasons—hundreds, even— to choose App Press, but we get that you’re busy. So we’ve narrowed it down. Here are the 3 most important things you should know: App Press has been in your shoes, has experience you can count on, and is obsessed with technology. What makes App Press really stand out is their ability to keep abreast of the latest technologies and emerging trends, rather than building their platform on technology that is ten years old and approaching obsolescence. To that end, App Press offers an easy to use, low code platform for users looking to create, deploy and manage apps, without writing a single line of code. Their web-based platform can build native apps for both iOS and Android devices. In addition, developers can also use the App Press platform to publish their apps as well. Apps can be published directly to users, for example, as in a corporate environment, or can be submitted to both the Google Play and Apple App stores through the App Press dashboard with the click of a mouse. Looking for app analytics? No problem. App Press offers an easy, one step integration with Google Analytics.

Here’s a short demo of the App Press tool in action.

PRICING: App Press pricing varies. Single app creation starts at $900/year for a DIY app and goes up to $1,819/year to upgrade and overhaul your existing app. App Press also does app prototyping and custom app creation.

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ALPHA SOFTWARE

A mobile app isn’t all that mobile if it doesn’t work without a data connection, is it? Enter Alpha Software and their Alpha Anywhere development platform. Alpha Anywhere is a complete business application development and deployment environment that enables developers to quickly become proficient in creating and deploying enterprise class mobile and web business forms and applications. The platform is built on HTML5, which means that apps built in Alpha run across Android, iOS and Windows devices. In addition, the platform also has built in support for Phonegap, which makes it easy to create true mobile apps. But the real key differentiator of Alpha Anywhere is its offline abilities.  Alpha Anywhere features extensive, built-in, and customizable capabilities for building offline apps that use intelligent conflict resolution, as opposed to the “last-write” wins used by most platforms, to fully integrate with transactional back end record systems. Apha calls their innovative “coding optional” technology RMAD – Rapid Mobile App Development. Apps are designed visually by the developer, while the underlying system writes the needed code. However, to ensure that one never runs out of power in Alpha Anywhere, there are numerous insertion points where JavaScript or .Net code can be inserted. Unlike most other mobile app development software, which typically addresses either front-end or back-end development, Alpha Anywhere combines both of these into one handy package. Alpha has powerful client and server side reporting built in and features direct connectivity to virtually all the SQL and NoSQL databases. Alpha can also be integrated with just about anything through a robust API.

As if that wasn’t enough, Alpha Anywhere is used by over 2500 corporations globally and was awarded InfoWorld’s Mobile Technology of the Year.

PRICING: Alpha Software pricing starts at $995/year for a one developer, build only, license up to $4995/year for a one developer, build and deploy license. They offer custom pricing for unlimited developer packages, partners/resellers, non-profits and commercial applications for resale.

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Simplicité Software

Simplicité (pronounced simplicit-hey – they’re French!) is a low-code platform that allows users to create business applications easily and quickly – up to 10x faster than standard development cycles. That’s because with Simplicité, development is done via a visual modeller. Developers build data relationships with the click of a mouse or can choose from one of the many built-in templates to get started quickly. Simplicité makes it – ahem, simple – to find solutions without reinventing the wheel. Once the Simplicité platform is hosted on the PaaS or IaaS server, everything is done online. There’s no need to install heavy clients, .as long as you have a web browser it all works seamlessly. And because everything is in the cloud – you’ll always be developing with the latest version of the platform  Simplicité exposes all its parameters, rules and business processes directly via the layers of APIs natively present in the platform. As a developer, you’re, of course, concerned about security – so is Simplicité – which is why it supports OAuth2, SAML, SSO, SSL, LDAP and thousands of security APIs by default.

PRICINGSimplicité pricing starts with a free, one month trial of its software, good for up to five users. After that, the charge is €20/month per user, with a minimum of 10 users. They also offer custom prices on-premise and bespoke versions of their software.

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Cotham Technologies

Cotham Technologies believes that app development should be easier, faster and smarter and through this ethos are transforming and shaping the way apps are created. Their innovative, patent-filed FloFrame technology suite includes FloPro, a no-code integrated development environment (IDE). FloPro allows organisations to design frictionless user interfaces and experiences (UI/UX) enabling the delivery of smart native mobile solutions at speed and lower costs of ownership. For organisations in the business of developing apps the FloPro platform enables significant acceleration in the development life cycle process – from ideation to app store implementation. Cotham’s FloFlame platform is powered by their patented FloCore™ engine and developers can use it to write once and deploy a single FloFrame solution across multiple platforms (iOS and Android) and multiple smart devices (phones, tablets, wearables, Smart TV). Looking for integration at the back end? No problem. With FloFrame’s box architecture, apps can connect to applications, social media, databases, filestores, and IoT Devices (either on premise or in the cloud). FloFrame supports end to end app lifecycle management from ideation/concept to solution delivery. No more juggling development tools for different platforms. With FloFrame, you can create, integrate, and modify at breakthrough speed. And when it comes time to deploy, FloFrame includes a simple one click app store upload.

Here’s a quick runthrough of their patented technology.

PRICINGContact Cotham to schedule a one on one demo of their software.

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XOJO

For the last 20 years, Xojo has been enabling ordinary people to build extraordinary things with software. App development doesn’t have to be complicated and it shouldn’t have a huge learning curve, requiring an understanding of multiple programming languages and low level details of each operating system. Xojo is a cross-platform development tool for creating apps for the desktop (macOS, Windows, Linux), mobile, web and Raspberry Pi. It’s modern, object-oriented and powerful, but also easy to learn – attributes rarely found together in one tool. Xojo lets you be ultra-productive, so you can develop your app about 10 times faster than with other tools. Development with Xojo is straight-forward – you drag and drop your user interface controls and use one simple programming language to implement your app’s functionality. The compiled applications are completely native to each platform and very secure. With 335,000 users worldwide and counting, Xojo is perfect for every level of developer – from hobbyist and citizen developers to professionals and beyond.

The best part? Guess what language Xojo was written in? Yep. Xojo.

Here’s Xojo in a nutshell.

PRICING: Xojo offers simple pricing, with no royalties or other fees. Desktop app development packages start at $299/year, up to $699 year for a deskop and iOS app package. You can also purchase development packages for individual apps which range from $99 to $299/year.

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Omnis Software

Omnis Software designs and sells Omnis Studio, a leading application development tool for creating enterprise, web and mobile applications. The Omnis Studio tool allows application developers and programmers to write application code and business logic once, and then deploy their applications on virtually any platform or device – including desktop PCs on Windows and macOS, as well as tablets and phones on iOS, Android and Windows. Support for a large range of client devices is enabled using the Omnis JavaScript Client – a unique JavaScript based technology for rendering the application UI and web forms in a standard web browser on desktops and mobile devices. The integration of data and services is available in Omnis Studio via REST based Web Services, and functionality can be extended within Omnis Studio by utilizing its powerful and flexible external components API. On the backend, Omnis can natively access all leading relational databases including Oracle, MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL and more.

What was our favorite part of Omnis? The debugger. We’ve seen a few debuggers in our time, and we’ve concluded that Omnis has one of the best debuggers out there – debug code at any time, even during runtime, and then to edit it during debugging. What more could you ask for?

Here’s a sample of the Omnis debugger in action.

PRICING: No pricing information on the Omnis site, but they do offer a free trial version download of their studio software.

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Pepper

If you want a customer-facing app for a coffee shop, bar, pub or restaurant, then Pepper’s solution is the clear winner. Their white-label, cross-platform mobile app development tool is dedicated to the needs of the restaurant and hospitality sector, enabling rapid creation and ongoing DIY management of own-brand mobile apps or the enhancement of existing apps by consuming Pepper’s APIs / SDKs. Pepper provides a true end-to-end solution built on years spent really understanding and aligning to this sector’s unique needs and challenges. Merchants using Pepper can activate any of the following features: location discovery, ordering, payments, loyalty, mobile marketing automation, data insight / analytics, customer service personalisation and the ability to connect into merchants wider tech ecosystem e.g. to their point of sale, CRM or business intelligence software. Many templated app builder solutions are having their apps removed or rejected from iTunes, while Paper enables high quality cross platform apps (both Android and iOS) that are held up as models of UX and UI excellence.

PRICING: As Pepper says on their website, the daily cost of using Pepper is less than a coffee with a butter croissant. Prices vary, with a one time setup fee, depending on the number of venues and then a low monthly subscription charge. Merchants can hire Pepper to build an app on a managed service basis, or agencies/in-house IT teams can use Pepper APIs/SDK to enhance an existing app.

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Servoy

With Servoy, you can easily and rapidly create world-class business applications. Servoy’s architecture is made of three tiers: data , logic and presentation. The data tier can integrate with just about any data source via the API: databases, web services, email, file systems and more. Servoy’s core engine (the logic tier) consists of a combination of events and modeling UI patterns. Here the business rules for the app are written in JavaScript. At run time, this JavaScript code is compiled into native bytecode that runs server-side for optimal performance and security. The last tier, presentation, supports various client technologies, HTML5, native desktop, native mobile and the omnichannel delivery capabilities of the platform, all from a single code base. The built in WYSIWYG editor in Servoy allows users to easily create and modify user instances – whether it’s a calendar, a chart, a graph or just about anything else. In addition, the Servoy platform can be easily extended with custom layouts and elements. Servoy can be deployed to both classic and modern environments, from your Mac Mini, a Windows Server, a local unix or linux box to any cloud environment: both public and private cloud. Servoy is deployed as a Java container so any cloud that supports Java containers can run Servoy – whether it’s AWS, Azure or IBM Softlayer. Want to get started with Servoy right away? Good, because you’ll find a plethora of of preconfigured Servoy images to instantly fire up Servoy instances.

Here’s a short introduction to how Servoy works:

PRICING: Servoy pricing comes in three tiers: Community, Enterprise and ISV. The Community version is free for up to five users, the Enterprise version for unlimited users costs $249/month and the ISV version, with built in “Appsurance” support starts at $2500/month.

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AgilePoint

Agilepoint NX allows developers to quickly build anything from simple eforms and workflows to complex, multi-tenant SaaS apps, IoT apps, and composite LOB systems – all without writing code. When it comes to deployment, Agilepoint more than lvies up to its name. Agilepoint NX can be hosted on your own on-premises server, functioning as a regular SaaS deployment but keeping your data safe within your firewall. You can also host Agilepoint NX in a private or public cloud. No matter which deployment you choose, you can build, deploy, manage, and monitor all your AgilePoint apps from one integrated portal. Services contained inside Agilepoint NX include an application services layer, a database layer and a web-based application development UI for building apps. The platform contains more than sixty controls (including Telerik) with a simple configuration.

Here’s a quick step through the Agilepoint NX interface.

PRICING: AgilePoint has a detailed pricing structure – starting at a cost of $25/month for single seat app development all the way up to $3950 enterprise level plans based on CPU cores. They also offer additional customer support packages as well.

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BEST LOW CODE APP DEVELOPMENT PLATFORMS

As you can see from our list above, there’s plenty of choices when it comes to picking the best low code app development platform for building your app. Which of them you will choose will ultimately depend on what type of app and your audience you have in mind.

But that’s enough from us, what do you think of our choices? Any of your favorite low code platforms that we missed? Be sure to leave a coment below or let us know on our Twitter or Facebook page. And thanks for reading!

Top Mobile App Trends for 2018

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The new year always brings a sense bit of excitement with it. Here in Scotland, the locals get VERY excited about the New Year. We’re all familiar with the song Auld Lang Syne, of course. But did you know that both the poem and the tune it’s based on are Scottish? Over here they love the New Year so much that they even have their own name for it – Hogmanay.

All of us here at Kumulos hope you had a great Hogmanay and ready for the challenges and opportunities that 2018 is going to bring. With that in mind, we wanted to point out a few of the news, features and top mobile app trends for 2018.

APP STORE

About halfway through 2017, we got good and bad news from the 2017 U.S. Mobile Apps Report. The good? 57% of consumers time using digital media is now spent in apps. The bad? Users aren’t downloading apps any more. In fact, a majority of users (51%) don’t even download one paltry app a month. Grim news, right? But then, in January of 2018, Apple announced that iOS developers made $26.5 billion in 2017 – a sales increase of 30% from 2016. Want some perspective? That’s more than the annual revenues of big players like DuPont, Kraft Heinz, Starbucks or – yes – McDonald’s.

Mobile Application Performance Management (mAPM) creates value

This is the year when mobile app developers start to leverage the full value chain of mobile apps and deliver services that help their clients drive both commercial and technical performance. For too long the technical performance of the app has sat separately from the commercial performance. One being the domain of the developer, the other owned by the commercial team. As the app landscape continues to mature and evolve app users will become ever less tolerant of poor UI or slow, crashy apps. Never before has it been more important to deliver apps that are technically sound AND stable, while at the same time drive demand. In addition, apps will have to deliver right user experience to keep users fully engaged and using the app. The technology platforms available to developers to manage the full life-cycle Mobile App Performance will come of age in 2018. And if you want to know who is leading this charge… just watch this space.

MOBILE BLOCKCHAIN

With the meteoric rise of blockchain powered cryptocurrency Bitcoin, it seemed like everyone wanted to get in on the blockchain bandwagon action towards the end of 2017. We don’t expect 2018 to be any different. One way we see mobile app developers to be looking at blockchain technologies is as an alternative to traditional mBaaS systems, especially to solve the unique challenges around HIPAA. The problem lies in determining if blockchain is right for an app, rather than a traditional SQL database. Then there’s the challenge of synchronizing transaction records among disparate mobile users. Some see it as a way to solve problems on how to  manage user authenticationWhat is clear though is that blockchain has huge momentum right now. There’s a lot of buzz and hype around blockchain right now but its clear that not everything is going to be as easy as it seems for blockchain development in 2018 – unless you’re just looking to jump on the bandwagon by renaming your soft drink company

THE RISE OF MACHINE LEARNING

Another of the buzzwords of 2017, Machine Learning, got a boost when Apple announced their CoreML library, a Machine Learning platform designed specifically for iOS11. The CoreML package comes complete with a number of in-place ML models, such as object tracking, text detection, and image recognition and registration. This gives iOS developers a simple, built in way to include ML technologies into their apps, which hopefully we’ll start seeing in 2018. You can read about some of our first impressions of the announcement, the CoreML package and where we think it’s headed in this article we wrote shortly after WWDC17

CHATBOTS REPLACING MOBILE APPS?

Believe it or not, the popularity of the chatbot is relatively new and can be traced back to 2016. Between April and October of that year, Facebook, Samsung, Amazon, and Apple, among others, all launched a bot, created a messaging platform using bots or did BOTH. In 2017, the global conquest of chatbots continued, and they began springing up on just about every website. But chatbots weren’t just destined to sit in the browser. They began making their way to mobile and in 2018 you’ll start seeing them everywhere. And it’s easy to see why – It’s relatively easy for developers to code a chatbot, since they don’t have to worry about complex UI design and, for the same reason, users love bots because there is no complicated interface to learn. Beyond that, there’s no need to develop native mobile apps that need to be updated constantly for iOS and and Android. What’s not to love about bots? Except when they achieve consciousness and turn against us. But we expect that to be a few years off. 

ANDROID INSTANT APPS

Introduced at Google I/O 2016 and first rolled out in 2016, we expect to see Android Instant Apps start to become ubiquitous (at least on Android devices, of course) in 2018. With Instant Apps, users can access apps from just about anywhere without having to go through the hassle of app installation. What’s even better, Android Instant apps are compatible with all Android versions from Jelly Bean on up. Instant apps can even be embedded into Google search engine results,

AUGMENTED REALITY COMES OF AGE – MAYBE

Wearables that work and dont make you look like a complete dork is one of the biggest things holding back augmented reality adoption. In 2017 Google Glass made a comeback,  with Google Glass 2. Turning its back on the “Glass-holes” it focuses, sensibly, on industrial users. With a number of other hardware producers likely to join this space in 2018/19, like Magic Leap  this could be the year that the hardware finally makes Augmented Reality, a reality.

Google AMP

The Accellerated Mobile Pages project is an open source initiative, led by Google to optimize pages for mobile to make the web even faster on mobile devices. AMP optimized pages first started appearing in Google search results in Febrary 2016. A year after their launch, Adobe was reporting that AMP pages accounted for 7% of web traffic for the top publishers in the United States. By May 2017, Google reported that almost one million web domains were now using AMP. So if you’re writing apps that haven’t been converted to AMP – you’d better get on it.

The Cloud is Back

You remember the cloud? Sure, it was kind of big for a while, but now it’s back baby! In fact, according to Cisco VNI Global Mobile Forecast (2015-2020), cloud apps will account for 89% of total mobile traffic in 2018. Storing data in the cloud is great for everyone involved – from users who are mindful of storage space and memory usage on their mobile phone, to businesses who want to keep their confidential data away from prying eyes and in a secure, centralized location. The increasing rise of Mobile Backend as a Service (mBaaS) has also made it easier than ever to quickly transfer data back and forth from mobile devices to the cloud.

The Debut of 5G

5G is coming! 5G is coming! At least that’s what we’ve been told. But this time the hype is real. 5G is the big brother to the current wireless networking standard, appropriately called 4G. The main benefit to 5G is going to be speed – a whole lot of it. We’re talking about gigabit networking – up to 4GB/sec. That’s about SIXTY times as fast as current 4G networks. Although most parts of the world won’t see widespread 5G coverage until 2020, companies like Verizon and AT&T are already planning limited rollouts in the United States. Check out some of the press releases that came out of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which ran from January 8 – 12. 

What Are Your Trends?

OK – so we told you what our picks for some of the top mobile app trends for 2018 are – but what about yours? Any of the big news stories or features that we missed out on? Be sure to leave us a comment below or reach out to us on social media to let us know!

Top Atlanta Mobile Software Developers 2018

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When people think of Georgia and Atlanta in particular, mostly images of peaches, Coca-Cola and large antebellum plantations spring to mind. But “Hotlanta” has a lot more to offer than big old houses and sugar water. Atlanta is also home to the 10th largest economy in the United States and the 18th largest in the world. In addition to Coca-Cola, companies like Delta, Home Depot and UPS have all decided to call Atlanta home. But it’s not just the brick and mortar businesses that are turning to the Peach State – in 2017 Forbes magazine picked Atlanta as one of the 5 Cities to Become Tomorrow’s Tech Meccas.

So we decided to turn our eyes to this jewel of the south and compile another one of our “Best of” lists. In no particular order then, here are our picks from the Top Atlanta Mobile Software Developers.

AppZoro Technologies, Inc.

Headquartered in the 4th largest tech hub in the entire United States, Atlanta Tech Village, AppZoro is a full-stack development that prides itself on their Georgia roots and is well respected in the Atlanta startup community. How well respected? Let’s just say that when it came time for Atlanta Tech Village to build an official mobile app – they turned to none other than AppZoro. The Atlanta-strong team at AppZoro develop for Android, iOS as well as web apps and, with a 100% client satisfaction guarantee on all completed projects, it’s no wonder that businesses like Shouty, Vimbel, and The Hotelier’s Network have turned to AppZoro for their development needs.

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Big Nerd Ranch

Like the other agencies on our list, Big Nerd Ranch develops and designs apps for Android, iOS and web. But where Big Nerd Ranch differs is their commitment to training and growing the developers, not just in Atlanta but all over the world. In fact, 19 of the world’s top 25 apps were built by developers who trained at Big Nerd Ranch. In addition, the Nerds at the Ranch also offer development boot camps for individuals and teams, write best selling books, and broadcast The Frontier, a screencast all about advancing your app development skills. Companies who have been helped by the nerds include Pepsi, Zappos, Google and many more.

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SOLUTIONBUILT

Headquartered in the historic town of Marietta and with an office in Atlanta, SolutionBuilt entered the digital game in 2004 by building custom web applications. They were soon sought after by global marketing agencies for familiar names like BP, Coca-Cola, and InterContinental Hotels Group. Fast forward to 2018, these tech-gurus have continued to step up their game by opening their doors to SMB’s and Fortune 500 companies to provide custom websites, marketing, and app development. They also have become the go to developers in the medical industry for their app development with their experience on PHI, Security, and HIPAA compliance. Boasting a 100% success rate in their app development process, SolutionBuilt develops native and hybrid apps for iOS, Android, wearables, web applications, and admin panels. With domain experience in multiple verticals, they accelerate project’s ROI with proven processes, awesome design skills, marketing prowess, and technical know-how. What makes SolutionBuilt different is their fixed price guarantee for every project – meaning you’re not going to get ugly surprises when it comes to pay the bill. Their satisfied clients include Arthritis Foundation, Buckhead Life Restaurants Group, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and TeleMed.

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TYRANNOSAURUS TECH

With a name that brings to mind images of the fiercest of the dinosaurs (just check out the animation on their home page), you’d think a mobile app development company named Tyrannosaurus Tech would be ready to devour all challengers. Tyrannosaurus Tech does in fact kick ass in the mobile app marketplace, but they do it with an appropriately toothy dinosaur grin on their faces. That’s because Tyrannosaurus Tech is an Atlanta-based software development agency that takes app design and development (but not themselves) seriously. They develop for both iOS and Android, for both native and hybrid apps. In addition, they can also work with Ruby on Rails, Java, React and WordPress. Tyrannosaurus Tech even offers a free developer consultation to make sure that your project gets off on the right (dinosaur sized) foot. Their portfolio ranges from big brands like Porsche and Emory University down to startups like Gather and even non-profits like Task Force for Global Health. The team prides itself on working hand in hand with clients to make the process of custom software development fun and non-intimidating.  

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PointClear Solutions

Founded in 2006, PointClear Solutions began by bringing enterprise software development to major healthcare providers around the world. Since then, they’ve expanded beyond healthcare and now develop mobile software solutions for a number of different industries. PointClear’s main HQ is Atlanta, but they also have offices in Nashville, Birmingham and New York City. The number of awards they’ve won could fill a paragraph alone, but to name just a few they include a Top Mobile Application Development Company in New York for 2016, a Top 12 App Development Company for 2017 from Clutch and a Gold prize in the 2016 W3 Awards for Best Sports Mobile App sites. They’ve built mobile apps for such healthcare giants as Walgreens, St. Jude Medical and Navicure. But, as we said, PointClear develops for more than just the medical field. Some of their recent mobile apps include KeyMe, AccepTx Pro, Arrcos 360 and – oh yeah – the BeFunky app.

  • Here’s a preview of their app BeFunky in action: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pointclearhit

stable|kernel  

Stable|kernel was founded by Joe Conway in 2013. Prior to that, Joe served as a board member, engineer, and instructor for one of our other Atlanta software pics, Big Nerd Ranch. Joe is also one of the authors of the Amazon best selling iOS Programming Ranch Guides

Their app development services for iOS also include Siri integration, Apple Pay, TouchID, Apple TV and Apple Watch. Development services for Android include Android Pay, Eddystone Beacons and location services, Android Wear, Android TV and Android Auto. And if that isn’t enough, stable|kernel also offers a full range of IoT development. They’ve done work in just about every industry, including healthcare, automotive, retail, food services, and manufacturing. Their clients have included global brands like Rheem, Mailchimp, and Target as well as startups such as Moxie Sports.

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Toolbox No. 9

Toolbox No. 9 is a UI/UX Design and Development agency that creates web and mobile applications with Angular.js, Node, Ruby on Rails, IOS and Android. They work hard, but that doesn’t mean they take themselves too seriously – they introduce the team members as “The Tools” on their contact page. Besides UX/UI, the Toolbox team also handles project management, mobile and full-stack web development. Their web and app work includes clients like the Center for Disease Control, Lego and the Cartoon Network.

Watch the video below to see the Toolbox No. 9 team bring “Toolbot” to life!

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Dragon Army

Some of the agencies on our list split their services between web and mobile. This can sometimes be an advantage when it comes to reaching out to different clients. Dragon Army isn’t one of those. To them, the future is mobile and that’s all they’re concentrating on. That’s because they see mobile as the bestway to reach out to customers to build lasting relationships. That’s why companies like Coca-Cola, IHG, Equifax and Turner turn to Dragon Army for their mobile app needs. But don’t think that makes Dragon Army a stick in the mud – they also have their own mobile studio where they build games (at their own expense), launch them and then use the profits and experience to make even more kick-butt apps for their clients. Dragon Army has been named as one of the Top App Development Companies in Atlanta by Clutch, the Most Admired CEO by Atlanta Business Journal, and won the Best Mobile Gaming & Fundraising App at the 2016 Atlanta Mobile Awards.

Here’s a short TV spot for one of their most popular games, Little Broken Robots.

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Digital Scientists

Another “old timer” in the app world – first established in 2007 – Digital Scientists creates mobile apps, websites, ecommerce stores and IoT applications from their headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia. So technically not Atlanta, but they have an office there as well as one in South Carolina so that’s close enough. They also maintain offices in Atlanta and South Carolina, so we’ve decided to include them in this list.  On the mobile end, they develop for Android and iOS, as well as hybrid and HTML5 apps. Their suite of development tools includes Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, CSS3, AngularJS, Ionic Framework, Beacons, Elasticsearch and Cordova, just to name a few. Digital Scientists also pride themselves on their speed – they can take an app or product from concept to market in 90 days or less. Recent mobile apps they’ve developed include products for NAPA MyUS.com and Hubbell.

Here’s a short interviews with some of the Digital Scientists:

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Top Atlanta Mobile Software Developers – Your Turn

So those are our picks for the Top Atlanta Mobile Software Developers. How did we do? Did we miss any of your favorites? Be sure to leave us a link below, or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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.

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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

top pacific northwest mobile app developers

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.