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Does my business need its own mobile app?
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Hi Jas, 

Yes, Now a days people are using Smart Phones as one of the very essential artilary to keep updated every time and transfer the necessary information on daily to daily basis. 

Main Advantage of creating a Mobile App :

1. You are instantly connected to your "End User/Customer directly".
2. You can quickly reached to your Audience for having new updates through App and inform them on the moment as i believe "Time is Money"
3. For any business, if you want a huge traction and make a presence in this overflooded Market, You have to be very Unique and the best way to keep your consistency is to provide your customer a better

"Service" which can connect you anytime and everytime whenever they want.
4. "Feedback"- To make your product more flexible and reliable, so more people can engage with it, take a survey with your existing customers who can directly and indirectly make your product more scalable, Quality solution via providing there invaluable feedback.

5. Last but not least - People are looking for Instant and Smart solution which can reduce there complexity and make there day to day life easier and for that they are ready to give "Value".

Therefore Mobile Application is very useful for a small to a big enterprise - for all to create a huge difference in the People Life.
Something which we do/doing for people to give better expereince which can create truely impactful life is worthy and ultimately this can bring alot of values to you and your business.

Give Value and Take Value!!!

Best Wishes,
Chitra(Jenny)

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What points should we consider before developing a mobile app?
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In today’s overcrowded market, chances are your app will go unnoticed. So what you’re asking here is what should we consider before developing a mobile app that’ll ensure our app won’t meet the same fate too many have. The bottom line here is simple. Just like any other business process, mobile apps have to be strategized, organized and designed to solve the needs of end-users. But this can come across as an ambiguous and open-ended answer to most. So let’s see if we can help tie up some of those loose ends. 

  • Before hitting the market and looking to develop an application, conduct thorough market research. Time spent on this will pay you back tenfold. And while you’re at it, dig through some customer reviews of competitive apps. It can give you an insight into the likes and dislikes of your user base before having to make those same mistakes and correcting them. Resolve their pain points in your application. This strategy will give you a chance to win over the users of your competitors. Throughout the research, pick up points that help you understand your user. In the end, when you meet with app developers to speak about your idea, your language should reflect your research. If you begin sentences with my user would want and not the app should be able to do this task, your research has paid off. Essentially, align your objectives with your users’ needs.  
  • Developing an application is about more than creating a superior app with great user experience. Although that in itself is a challenge, it’s also about ensuring that the app can bring you profit for future development. The faster you make this profit, the earlier you can grow the functionality of your app, making it more usable for users. And especially in this age, when app marketing is dominated so fiercely by players like Amazon and Uber, even the best product needs some solid marketing efforts behind it to succeed in the hugely competitive world of mobile applications.  
  • You can build an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) of your app and bring it to market in just a month with the right technologies. There are 2 main platforms that must be covered by your application, Android, and iOS. Cross-platform app development frameworks might be a good way of cost-saving for proof of concept. You’ll be able to allow for early market entry with an MVP and save money as well with cross-platform development.  
  • When you grow beyond the size of a startup, choosing the right tech stack will allow your app to scale. Scalability is a crucial factor that must be taken into consideration when building your app, particularly if it’s meant for a large number of users and will have to manage large volumes of data.  
  • Concentrate on your core business process. If your core business process is not ‘building beautiful apps,’ find someone amazing who is. Then pay them what they’re worth and watch your idea soar.  
  • You might have given birth to the idea of the app, but the developers see it through its formative years. Its execution is dependent on the app makers you choose. So your in-house team or the app development company plays a significant role in making your app user-friendly, aesthetic, and intuitive. Choose wisely. Pick somebody that speaks the same language as you do. Culture will define how communication happens. And soon enough, you’ll realize how important communication is.  
  • Know your budget in advance. Every step in the development of an app involves money. Knowing and allocating your budget properly at every stage of app development is important.   

Mobile app development is not a technical call but rather a strategic one, and so it must be nurtured intrinsically in the company’s objectives and values. And we love giving our talented team a chance to really shape and develop those ideas . If anything we’ve spoken today resonates with you, don’t hesitate to get in touch . We are looking forward to hearing your vision for your company and how we can contribute.

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What are the best open source app development software solutions?
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Out of thousands of app development platforms available online, I am definitely going to provide you the list of top-rated free and open source app development software solutions as per my understanding. But, before that, you should be clear on what type of app you want to create and for what purpose. Many times, I have witnessed the challenges app developers face like their apps do not get noticed by their audience, problems with developing cross-platform applications, building applications with advanced UI/UX features and so on. Whatever app you are going to create, i.e., a hybrid, native, mobile, web-based and in that too, Ionic, Angular, React Native, Xamarin or other, your focus should always be on creating a self-explanatory application.

So, if you are ready, then here goes the list of the best open source app development software solutions that are always free-to-use:

1. Buildfire.js - It is a powerful and easy-to-use app builder for iOS and Android apps. It is fully customizable and 100% free app maker.

2. Apache Cordova – Cordova allows you to use HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript to develop cross-platform apps.

3. PhoneGap – It is best to make outstanding hybrid apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

4. IonicFramework – It is one of the most reliable mobile UI toolkits to develop high-quality cross-platform apps.

5. Framework7 – It is a full-featured framework to create mobile, desktop, and web apps and an indispensable prototyping tool as well.

6. NativeScript –This open source framework is best to build truly native mobile apps using JavaScript, TypeScript, Vue.js, and Angular.js.

7. Flutter – Google’s UI toolkit – Flutter is now available to build more beautiful native apps for mobile, web and desktop. Flutter 1.9 is live now!

8. Jasonette – The new name is ‘Jasonelle’ that utilizes JSON, Javascript languages to build Android/iOS native apps.

Check out the comparison chart given-below to select the best app development software of your choice:

If you want complete detail of these software programs, check it out here – the best free and open source app development software solutions.

Final Words: Just focus on building an agile app with clean architecture. Let it go through a complete A/B testing process, promote it slightly on the web and most importantly, follow the guidelines of the app stores before submitting your app over there. If it would be incompetent, it will be rejected instantly, even before your audience notices it.

I hope this answer will be satisfactory. Good Luck with your app venture!

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What are the typical payment terms for mobile app development project?
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We have two types of payment structure:


a) Fixed cost: If the client has fixed requirements and has a small or mid-sized project with almost a very clear understanding, then the fixed-cost model will suit. Here we analyze the requirements and give a fixed cost. This model is preferred for small and mid-level enterprises. All the aspects of the design and development process, project management, design, quality analysis, and deployment are taken care of by us.


b) Hourly basis: This model is best suited for those startups or enterprises who have already developed projects but have fixes/errors in that. Also, if they want to start a new project and are not aware of how long will the project take. They will be provided experts based on the number of hours required, and they can directly communicate with the expert and explain their requirements. Also, if they want any changes in the requirements during the project development, this model works best.

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Which is the best Angular development company?
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Angular is the best typescript framework for building dynamic web applications. 

A lot of Angular development companies are found across different regions, hence finding the best company is a little tough task.

To make your task easier, I will recommend you to hire Angular js developers from Infinijith Apps & Technologies where you can get services all Angular versions.

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You can find services like:

  • Dynamic web applications
  • Angular learning platforms
  • eShops and Marketplaces
  • Real-time Chat applications, etc.,

Visit here for more details to hire developers of your choice: Hire Angular Developers 

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How much does it cost to develop a mobile app like Facetune?
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An urge to attain perfection is somewhat encrypted in our human DNA. Of the many perfections that one might keep obsessing about, be it a perfect house, a perfect celebration, or a perfect deal, it’s a perfect look that takes the cake. And, thanks to the arrival of numerous photo-editing apps, it’s much easier to live up to the proverbial phrase “looking good is feeling good”.     

The photo-editing apps available these days help users to wipe out their facial marks or scars without high-risk cosmetic surgeries.     

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68% of adults in the world share their edited pics on social media accounts, and Facetune is their favorite app.     

Facetune is an outstanding app that enables users to experiment with all kinds of looks without any freakish accessories. It is considered as Photoshop for the iPhone. It offers over 20 in-app tutorials that help users to make edits look natural. It means face-tune definitely has something special that users are preferring a learning guide.     

If you are thinking of building an app like Facetune, Openxcell will only suggest that you survey your product first and list your features that smoothly gels with user’s expectations. The rest will be optimized as the app development process progresses.     

The cost of the basic app begins at $15,000. But for the advanced app, the development cost is estimated between $50,000 and $250,000 plus, depending on the number of features and how you choose to build them. The same rule is applicable to a photo-editing app.     

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There is a long list of features one can consider for their photo editing app, here are some common features that one might like to include in a photo editing app.     

Features for a photo-editing app   

  • Number of filters     
  • Photo manager     
  • Integrating with social media     
  • Photo-editing tools ( whiten teeth, remove blemishes, make chin slimmer, create a wider smile, reshaping faces, removing grey hair or wrinkles, make-up)     
  • Text, stickers     
  • Registration     
  • Signing through social media     
  • Loading of Image     
  • Creating collage     
  • Crop or rotate images     
  • Options to adjust the color, brightness, focus, contrast, and so on     
  • Additional fonts, frames and so on     
  • A personal account of the user for storing their personal     
  • A timer     
  • Camera Zooming and enhancing a small picture area     
  • Comparing the edited image with the original one          

A workforce also covers a large part of your app cost. A team of professionals works together to ensure the app is fully functional. They may charge on an hourly bases; however, their rates may differ based on their geo-locations.          

  • A project manager     
  • UI/UX designer     
  • Mobile developer     
  • Quality Assurance     
  • Back-end developer          

Once you have the hourly rate of the team involved, estimating the app development cost is easy. The hourly rate of expert-level app developers in the U.S.A is around $50 - $200 plus.     

In case if you are hiring an enterprise-level company for your app project, the hourly rate could be anywhere around $200 - $300 per hour. Depending on their team size, the app developing cost could vary from $125,000 - $5,000,000+. These companies are a bit more expensive than mid-market software development companies as they have some best talent in the industry. Again, geo-location is a significant factor in determining app development costs.     

Cost of mobile app like Facetune  

To calculate your photo-editing app cost, here we have listed out some basic features and the number of hours needed to build the app. Then we will apply the standard formula to obtain the estimated cost.     

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Let’s figure out the cost of developing an app like Facetune by using the standard formula.   

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As mentioned above, if you take hypothetical work hours of 800- 900 hours for an app-development with an average rate of $60/hour, the estimated cost would come around $48,000-$50,000. This cost is for basic features, and it tends to elevate as more features added to the app.     

If you are still hooked on the “Facetune” app, here are the new features that might delight you.          

  • Excellent portrait retouching tools     
  • Localized fingertip brushing of effects and edits     
  • Great face recognition that controls effects and filters     
  • Context-sensitive tips and video tutorials     
  • Improved skin smoothing and toning     
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What is the best framework for mobile app development?
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A developer’s work suffers when he gets sandwiched between comprehending the app’s requirements and pushing them quickly in a real environment. Not just Openxcell, most mobile app development companies feel the same way.  

The solution is to equip developers with the latest technologies and adopt an environment that propels their programming speed without any exertion. Given that, the framework is more likely to be on the radar. 

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With the app development frameworks, there is no need to code from scratch. 

It helps developers to save time from doing repetitive tasks and focus on the app’s quality. 

In the past, the developer would create the app based on the operating system and the corresponding language. By the end of the project, the developer will have a copy of their app written in two or more different languages. It means more documentation and workload on developers. 

This changed with the introduction of the framework. It allowed developers to choose the languages they are convenient with, and later the framework renders a hybrid version of the app that works across multiple platforms. 

You have to be very careful while choosing a framework as every project or app has a different requirement. 

The mobile app frameworks are classified into two categories:  

  • Native Mobile Development Frameworks 
  • Cross-Platform Development Frameworks  

Best framework for mobile app development 

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The open-source framework is the most popular tool among mobile app developers. The tool’s exceptional SDKs make it easier for developers to build an application similar to a native app. The integration of Ionic with Firebase, SQLite, and Identity Vault provides security to mobile apps. The Ionic Framework has also announced official integrations with Angular and React, and support for Vue is in progress. 

Advantages of Ionic:  

  • Cross-platform app development 
  • Cordova Plugins 
  • Developed with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript 
  • Easy to adopt 
  • Ionic uses CSS transitions to leverage the GPU and maximize available processor time  

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React Native lets you build mobile apps using only JavaScript. Developed by Facebook, it is designed for building native apps for platforms like Android and iOS. 

Advantages of React Native:  

  • Faster app development 
  • Support for Third-Party Plugins 
  • Intelligent debugging tools and error reporting  

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The C#-based multi-platform development framework allows developers to add high-quality components to the mobile app directly from your IDE. It is a Microsoft supported framework, and you can build mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone with ease. Xamarin TestCloud is a cloud-based service that enables you to test your apps automatically. 

Advantages of Xamarin:  

  • An excellent tool for cross-platform development 
  • Supports patterns like MVC and MVVM 
  • 100% code reuse 
  • Xamarin allows the benefit of code sharing 
  • The framework performs CPU-intensive tasks 22X faster than hybrid HTML 
  • Xamarin SDK is more stable and updated 
  • Easy learning curve  

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Adobe PhoneGap is a standards-based, open-source development framework for building cross-platform mobile apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for iOS, Android, and Windows. 

Advantages of PhoneGap:  

  • Cross-platform compatibility 
  • Supports smartphone mainstays 
  • Easy to implement as it works on HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3 
  • Robust backend system- It means better-developing speed  

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Backed by Google, it provides developers an easy way to develop visually attractive and fast mobile apps for Android and iOS platforms. Flutter's unique“hot reload” feature helps you experiment, add features, build UIs, and fix bugs faster. The integration of Dart language focuses on improving the performance of AOT-compiled code and improving AOT performance. 

Advantages of Flutter:  

  • Free and open source 
  • Lightweight components 
  • Expressive & Flexible UI 
  • Faster code righting 
  • Support for building Chrome OS applications 
  • Latest dart 2.3 includes new support for UI-as-code features 
  • Easy implementation of business logic  

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Corona is a free, cross-platform framework. It is built with powerful but easy-to-learn Lua scripting language. Developers can implement complex functionalities with only a few lines of code. 

Advantages of Corona SDK:  

  • Fast FPS( Frames Per Second) which prevents lags 
  • Monitor projects instantly on multiple devices 
  • Streamlined for performance and stability 
  • Plugins for all the needs 
  • Dominant APIs 
  • Create and distribute powerful plugins for other Corona developers  

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NativeScript is an ideal framework to build cross-platform mobile applications. It allows developers direct access to all native platform APIs directly from JavaScript, TypeScript, Angular, or Vue.js. 

Advantages of Native Scripts:  

  • Fast access to native libraries 
  • CSS support - more properties and better Chrome Dev Tools integration 
  • Robust Unit-Testing Approach 
  • Easy to build complex user interfaces 
  • Share 100% of your code  

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It is supported by Google. The Mobile Angular UI combines the implementation of the Bootstrap and Angular framework. Developers can build apps using HTML5. It provides excellent server-side support and helps to build complex apps with ease. 

Advantages of Mobile Angular UI:  

  • Free framework 
  • Mobile Angular UI makes development easy and convenient 
  • It comes with the mobile components not found in Bootstrap 3 
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What tools to use for developing an augmented reality mobile app?
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A large number of toolkits are available in the market to develop Augmented Reality mobile apps.

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If you are an app developer, it is crucial to know about the 2 varied types of AR app, which are:

Marker-based apps:  

Marker-based apps conceptualize image recognition and display AR content by using black and white markers as triggers. As you point the camera on a marker's position anywhere around you, the device then identifies the marker. An app covers the digital data on this marker, and the augmented object thus becomes visible.  

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If you are planning to create a marker-based app, you need to provide the images or their descriptors in advance to simplify the searching process. In simple words, the objects are already hard-coded in your app-; thereby making it easier to detect the object. The majority of AR apps are marker-based, and these types of apps are especially popular in advertising.  

Location-based Apps:  

Location-based AR apps function without markers. These apps detect the user's location with the aid of a GPS, an accelerometer, or a digital compass and cover the augmented reality objects on top of real-time physical locations. One of the most popular games of all time, Pokemon Go is example of a location-based app.  

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A location-based app could give recommendations in the form of notifications about the best places nearby based on user searches. Not just that, it can help you find your car in the vast parking lot using the GPS of your location-based app.  

Your AR app should support all the essential features, such as:    

  • Platforms: You can quickly develop an app for iOS or Android since all of the augmented reality toolkit supports both of these platforms. There are even few tools in the market that can help you build your app on Windows or macOS.  
  • Image Recognition: This feature is one of the vital elements for any AR app as it enables users to identify objects, places, and images.  
  • 3D Recognition and Tracking: This element is one of the most valuable features of any AR SDK and is widely used in mobile games and e-commerce. With this feature, an app can “understand” and enhance the large spaces of airports, bus stations, shopping malls, etc.  
  • Unity Support: Unity is a widely used, multipurpose, and robust game engine, which enables its users to implement a cutting-edge experience or extend a more traditional idea with new techniques in their app.  
  • OpenSceneGraph Support: This is an application programming interface utilized by app developers to build computer games, augmented & virtual reality, scientific visualization, and modeling.  
  • GPS Support: This feature is crucial if you want to create a location-based app.  
  • SLAM Support: Simultaneous Localization and Mapping(SLAM) is an algorithm that maps the user’s location and tracks all their actions and movements.  
  • Cloud Support vs. Local Storage: While designing and developing an AR-based app, it is crucial to decide whether the user’s data will be stored in the cloud or the local storage. If you have a count of your markers, you can use your local storage, but if your data is enormous, you can utilize cloud storage.
  • Cost: There are various pricing plans available in the market, from basic to advanced versions. For the initial stage, it is advisable to go with the free, open-source AR SDKs, which can be further extended with the new features proposed by the developers. 

There are several tools available in the market that support the above mentioned features. The best ones of them are listed below:  

1. Vuforia  

Vuforia is one of the most popular tools that can be used for developing an augmented reality mobile app.  

Its features include:    

  • Recognizes multiple objects and images  
  • Supports text recognition about 100,000 words or a custom vocabulary  
  • Customizes VuMarks and provides a Unity Plugin  
  • Enables building a 3D geometric map of any environment  
  • Converts static images into a full-motion video  
  • Supports both Cloud and local storage    
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2. ARToolKit  

This is an open-source tool used to create AR mobile apps, and its feature set comprises of:    

  • Supports Unity3D and OpenSceneGraph  
  • Advocates both single and dual cameras  
  • GPS and compasses support  
  • Integrates with smart glasses  
  • Provides Multiple Languages Support  
  • Upholds automatic camera calibration    
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3. Google ARCore  

Google introduced this operating system to develop AR apps that offer functionality with Java/OpenGL, Unity, and Unreal.  

Its feature-set includes:    

  • Offers motion tracking, which determines the position and orientation of the device using the camera. It also spots the feature points  
  • Environmental understanding helps to place virtual objects on tables or on the floor  
  • Light estimation allows users to light up the virtual objects so that they look natural with the help of smart light   
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4. Apple ARKit  

Apple introduced its ARKit with iOS 11 which supports following features:    

  • Visual Inertial Odometry enables users to track en environment accurately without any additional calibration  
  • Powerful face tracking to create facial expressions of 3D characters  
  • Tracks and updates the light level of the environment  
  • Detects horizontal, vertical and irregularly shaped surfaces  
  • Detects and modifies 2D objects  
  • Integrates with Unity and Unreal Engine    
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5. Maxst  

Maxst tool provides 2D SDK for image tracking and a 3D SDK for environment recognition. Its features include:    

  • When you track the surroundings, the map automatically extends beyond the first view along with the move of the camera and can be also be saved for subsequent requirements  
  • It saves files created with Visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping to render 3D objects wherever you like on it  
  • Offers QR and barcode scanning  
  • With extended image tracking and multi-target tracking, you can target it to the camera’s maximum reach and track up to 3 images simultaneously  
  • Tracks and places digital objects concerning the plane  
  • Offers unity plugin integration    
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6. Wikitude  

Wikitude is another tool used for developing an augmented reality mobile app. Its features include:    

  • Provides image recognition, 3D recognition, and tracking  
  • Offers cloud recognition  
  • Allows location-based services  
  • Enables smart glasses integration  
  • Integrates with external plugins    
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The toolkits mentioned above are the most relevant and appropriate toolkits available in the market concerning the set of features they deliver and their value for money. It might be a herculean task to pick the right tool from all the tools available in the market. I have classified all of the above mentioned tools in a table to make this task easier for you.  

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You can pick one of these tools and develop your own augmented reality mobile app as per your app requirements. OpenXcell Technolabs offers excellent services and solutions to build a mobile app by implementing augmented reality into it. The company understands that AR is trending, and hence we are developing solutions based on this trending technology.

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What are the best push notification tools for mobile apps?
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Communication thread (notifications) is a crucial step to facilitate users with all the latest updates and information related to your mobile app. At the same time it is latest trend to engage the users and monetize the app. Marketers utilize push notifications to attain tremendous responses from users. 

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 The success of the push notifications depends on delivering the right content to the right audience at the right time. The strategy behind the implementation of push notifications is to establish stronger relationships with customers. These tools are further beneficial for analyzing the customer’s response on the mobile app, bifurcating them in different segments based on their behavior, and accordingly, planning out the push notification strategy.  

OpenXcell provides excellent mobile app development services by leveraging the below mentioned push notification tools:

1. Urban Airship  

Urban Airship is an end-to-end messaging framework that encompasses a set of mobile analytics, push notifications, and engagement strategies. This tool also comprises of wallet studio that is integrated with Apple Passbook and Google Wallet. This enables the users to smoothly proceed with various push notifications such as coupons, loyalty cards, promotions, and more. Urban Airship allows business organizations to have hyper-target utilizing local history, user preferences, in-depth device information, in-app behaviors, and much more. It is advisable to preview the push notifications before sending it to the web-editor.  

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2. Push Woosh  

Push Woosh comprises of a futuristic and highly expandable system that authorizes organizations to manage push notification targeted to millions of users. With this tool, users can send push messages on 15 leading mobile app development platforms like iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, and more. Push Woosh delivers value for money by enabling marketers to define their target audience and accordingly planning out marketing strategies to facilitate users with more relevant and personalized content through push notifications.  

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3. Mixpanel  

Mixpanel is a sophisticated push notification tool that allows organizations to track their client’s activities and behavior on their mobile app, based on which they can send push notifications. This tool provides aid to companies to enfold user retention and engagement by utilizing funnel analysis, A/B testing, auto-tracking, push notifications, and several other such services.  

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4. Carnival.io  

Carnival.io is one of the leading intuitive marketing tools that authorizes marketers to run multiple push notification campaigns at a time. This platform is a one-stop solution to reduce customer churn, increase user lifetime value, and upscale retention focused metrics. Moreover its a user-friendly tool as it enables organizations to enhance retention by expanding their efforts.  

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5. Swrve  

Swrve is a push notification tool built on cloud service and integrated with comprehensive mobile marketing automation, A/B testing and optimization platform for mobile apps.  

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6. Kahuna  

Kahuna is a push notification tool for mobile apps that authorizes marketers to analyze user behavior on the app and send them personalized push notifications according to their preferences. This tool helps organizations to understand their users better by analyzing, reporting, and marketing. With Kahuna, users can send real-time push notifications and create explicitly targeted customer segmentations. The automatic feature of this tool facilitates marketers to manage more than eight campaigns together. Additionally, Kahuna also identifies active and inactive users on its own and delivers messages accordingly.  

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7. Nudgespot  

Nudgespot is one of the leading notification tools that enable marketers to generate triggered and automated push notifications for precise segments. This tool also creates push notifications based on user behavior.  

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8. PushBots  

PushBots is a robust mobile app engagement and notification tool that allows marketers to send notifications to any mobile platform directly from the dashboard. This tool also authorizes organizations to choose their target audience based on username, geographical locations, specific devices, and send broadcasts.  

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9. mBlox  

mBlox is one of the best push messaging tools that deliver a customized experience to all its users. The mobile SDK of this tool provides in-app rich content and quick delivery of push notifications. It also permits marketers to divide their target audience into specific segments concerning their behavioral patterns, location, and other demographic details.  

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10. QuickBlox  

QuickBlox is an efficient push notification tool for mobile apps that facilitates a wide range of push services such as automated reception of updates, reminders, news, alerts, call-to-action, and scores. This tool enables marketers to utilize several call-to-actions regardless of the push notifications sent.  

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All the tools mentioned above delivers excellent features. You can decide and select the one which best fits your requirements. I have even prepared a table, which will make it easier for you to compare and pick the suitable push notification tool.  

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These tools help organizations to achieve customer retention and engagement by delivering convincing messages to their target audience. Being a top mobile app development company, Openxcell has benefited the clients in selecting the most effective and affordable push notification tools based on their specific requirements.

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What are the upcoming technology platforms for quick mobile app development?
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Updated on 2 weeks ago
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A couple of days back, we had a group meeting to discuss how to meet the growing demands of apps without compromising the quality. The conclusion was that it all depends on how upcoming technology platforms assist developers in building mobile apps quickly.  

I am not sure to what extent this will help, but developers at Openxcell brought up a few technologies on the table that caught attention and are worth a mention here. 

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The mobile app industry is growing at a rapid speed in the U.S. and abroad. The statistics suggest the mobile app development space will touch nearly $935 billion by 2023. This indicates that the business is going to be highly competitive, and companies have to outmaneuver their existing mobile app developing strategies. It also means mobile app developers have to brace themselves up for new technologies that improve the speed and quality of their mobile apps. 

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Upcoming technology platforms for quick mobile app development  

  • Platforms to integrate IoT with mobile apps: IoT is a game-changer technology. It is impossible to think the modern-day mobile apps without IoT integration. To make developers’ life easier, some platforms allow them to integrate IoT applications without coding them. This platform provides tools and technologies that empower businesses to rapidly develop and deploy robust applications with augmented reality (AR) experiences. The developers are now equipped with sophisticated tools for future transition, and they know it has double-folded their efficiency in all respect.  

         Here is the list of such platforms/tools: 

               => Ubidots 

               => Azure IoT Suite 

               => IBM Watson 

               => Oracle IoT 

               => ThingWorx 

               => Xively  

  • Alfasoftware: Alpha Software Corporation has filed a patent for its robust offline mobile app development and deployment capability. The software enables developers to build mobile apps that work offline, and they are as rich and powerful as traditional ones. With Alpha Software, developers can develop offline-capable apps and offline forms with virtually no incremental effort or cost. They have two platforms "Alpha Anywhere" and "Alpha TransForm". Both platforms help developers to build sophisticated web and mobile apps quickly, with exceptional performance and scalability. Such platforms provide the developer to overcome typical issues like the performance and development speed of the apps. 
  • Prescriptive low code development platform: The speed in mobile app development is achieved by reusing the packaged functionality rather than building all functionality from scratch. The low code development platform gives that speed. Moving one step further, few software vendors developed a new approach called “prescriptive low code development”. In this approach, the re-usable code is woven into one integrated application. These components are re-usable and are individually supported (maintained). Unlike traditional mobile apps where developer invests a lot of time in managing APIs, the new approach of “prescriptive low code development” reduces the developer’s efforts. 
  • APM Automation Tools: Application Performance Management (APM) provides visibility into app behavior, and delivers statistics. APM helps to improve the testing and quality assurance of an app. Developers can reduce app deployment time if they know the app’s issues in advance. The graph of these tools shows the exponential growth of APM automation tools in the coming years. 
  • AMP Framework: The loading speed of a web-page is a critical aspect of any mobile app. AMP is an open-source HTML framework that provides a straightforward way to create web pages that are fast, smooth-loading and prioritize the user-experience. 
  • Cross-platform tools: The cross-platform development tools like NativeScript, React Native, Flutter, Ionic Framework, Phonegap, and Xamarin are playing a crucial role in the rapid mobile application development. In the coming years, these platforms are expected to enhance their features further to mitigate the developer’s need for speed. 
  • Microservices: It is not wrong to say that the future of rapid mobile app spans through microservices. Microservices enables developers to take ownership of the entire project development cycle, which eventually improves the application development and deployment speed. Microservices had just embarked on the journey in the mobile app development world, but the real potential is yet to be discovered.  

Not just the points mentioned above, the programming language like Kotlin and Swift has a significant impact on quick mobile app development. 

Since AR and Wearables are the new tenants in the house, the developers have to look for better solutions to integrate them smoothly into the apps. Maybe Facebook realized this early and decided to develop its own operating-system to decrease future dependence on the third-party platform.  

Now, it is to see whether developers optimize their skills to the emerging platforms, or innovate new technologies to their flexibility - or maybe both.

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