Application Essentials: Five Things to Consider When Developing an Application

Technological advances in the area of electronic devices are this millennium’s greatest investment. Smartphones, tablets, notebooks, laptops, personal computers are just some of the devices that have received major overhaul and improvement. An application has been the major selling point of different electronic devices, so far as developing an application that would be the next big thing in the area of technological advancement.

These five important things should be considered when developing an application.

1) Platform
There are many different platforms available to choose from when developing an application. Mobile platforms (Android, iOS, Windows), desktop platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac), and web applications are just some of the platforms to choose from. Typically, an application that runs in all or most platforms would be the most ideal scenario but it takes a huge amount of time and dedication and is not an easy task. A single platform allows you to develop the application accurately and efficiently.

2) Testing
A newly developed application needs to be tested before a commercial version is released. There are three stages in testing: alpha, closed-beta, and open-beta. Each stage consist mostly of testers trying out the application from its early stage of development, discovering bugs and glitches, suggesting further contents and features, and giving feedback. Testing ensure that the application runs smoothly and properly and all known bugs and glitches are fixed.

3) Target audience
The intended target audience for an application should always be all age group with access to the applications’ platforms. But not all applications are intended for all age group and not all people have access to certain platforms. To ensure that the application will expand into different areas, targeting nearby audiences like your city or your country should be the first target.

4) Support
The more people know and use the application, the more popular and attention the application gets. The contents and interface of the application should be improved as new versions of the application are released. Consumers will want to have new and added features and the compatibility of the application should be expanded into other and all platforms.

5) Price
Developing an application does not mean it is a business venture. Some developed an application to help fellow consumers and made it free but some developed for profits. If that’s the case, pricing the application requires systematic analysis and considerable insights around the target audience. If the price of the application is expensive, consumers will think twice before buying it which leads to limited growth and expansion of the application.

Considering there are many applications that have been created, developing an application is a challenge many developers are still seeing through.

Real Time Revolution With Taxi Apps

Those who ever grumbled about taxi and its services, the waiting time, the cost, etc, forget it.
Ignore standing on the bollard, whining for those taxi rides which never appear. Forget standing on empty streets waiting for some taxi to get back to your home on those rainy nights. For you, Uber has brought the solution and helped you to chuck the disappointment with its Uber app on your smartphone. Wherever, whenever you want, the driver will come to you and will offer a smooth and convenient service back to your door. Just as convenient as travelling in your own car.

Launched in San Francisco in 2010, it initially enabled its users to order taxi rides via mobile app, a smart car to get them wherever they want. And yes, not to forget the payment which is done via credit card, wherein the driver keeps somewhere around 70%-80% of the fare and the remainder is for Uber.

Indeed!!! Indeed they brought the revolution in the ‘Taxi Industry’. These apps have undoubtedly increased the size of the market for taxi and car services. Taxi apps have become a rising topic in tech industry, not only among users, but among investors and entrepreneurs also. Companies have come up with taxi apps like ‘Hailo, Lyft, Side.cr’ etc.

They have built a remarkable momentum for ordering rides in the market with such apps and made the lives easier in terms of ‘connectivity, secure payment, reaching out to your closest drivers without any delay, so and so forth’. They have also created the first on demand, real time delivery platform.

Following Uber, Hailo, Lyft and Side.cr there are other apps like TruTaxi which seems to be a promising taxi app. Entrepreneurs are coming up with more taxi apps to embrace this revolution which was once brought by Uber.

Stuck in the rectangular world; Blackberry has a way out with his new Passport

Many of you feel that you have been stuck with the standardized design of smartphones; with the same rectangular screen, same buttons for camera, volume etc. Undoubtedly the rectangular design of smartphones has limited the innovation. In fact the year 2013 was called as the year when “Smartphones Died” in terms of their looks and design. But then “Blackberry” played the last roll of their dice by introducing this Square Shaped Smartphone, “The Blackberry Passport”

The BlackBerry Passport offers a unique 4.5” inch square screen with Full HD-class (1,440 x 1,440) resolution. It offers a similar viewing space to a 5” inch phone but offers an even better viewing experience because of the screen’s width.

Among the rectangular handsets Apple, Samsung, Nokia etc Blackberry is taking a different approach but I was dubious, Why? What? What exactly it is? Is it a smartphone, a tablet? and there I was scratching my head and for that matter may be you also about this whole square idea. For sure this is not rectangular but wide, wide enough to cover almost two phones. The answer to these question were in the blog published by blackberry to give a significant reasoning about their Blackberry Passport Design.

They supported their design by calling it the ideal device for reading e-books, viewing documents and browsing the web. No more worrying about portrait or landscape modes making it a complete business phone.

It would not be wrong to call it a tool for many trades, It has been designed keeping different professionals in mind. It is a companion for Architects to design and look into their blueprints, contracts docs, doctors for checking xrays and other medical documents, Financier for keeping an eye on stock ups and downs and writers looking for stories or notes with a navigable keyboard, while the large square screen enables faster content development and delivery.

Passport the symbol of mobility might be the ticket to open new doors for your business. I believe with this new approach this passport will take you to different and more interesting business trips.

BlackBerry: Attempts a Personal Call!

Sometimes I wonder if the blackberry ping is most heard sound?! Well it is if you are a part of the corporate work culture, not just you guys, but us as well says a teenager pinging someone to glory while we ride back home in a bus!

But it seems that the company thinks otherwise and has made a personal call to its users and general public likewise reaching to them through letters published in over 30 newspapers around the world! The tone in the letter has been subtle and re-assuring, it clearly points to the fact that Blackberry isn’t losing any sheen and is more than willing to give its customers what they deserve.

The letter has conveyed its strength in being cash rich with figures of more than $2 billion along with being liability free.

We have one important message for you: You can continue to count on BlackBerry

What made the company to resort to this measure can be accounted primarily on the grim headlines about the company courtesy the diminishing sales of its BB 10 Services and also a huge lay off about 4500 employees along with its proposed acquisition by Fairfax Financial Holdings for an estimated $4.7 billion.

The company top brass has reiterated the fact that ‘you can continue to count on us’. This personal ping hasn’t gone futile and if so believed people are feeling safe in terms of their usage of their black berry devices and services.
Well we understand and appreciate your personal call but taking all this on a generic note, we care more about the services you give us and your concern regarding the same more than the dire headlines we keep hearing , because we still find our BlackBerry’s fun to be with and we hope it remain the same way.