VR
By Tom Warren

The 5 Top Challenges Developers Face When Incorporating Augmented Reality in Their Apps

The 5 Top Challenges Developers Face When Incorporating Augmented Reality in Their Apps

 

Augmented Reality technology is still relatively new, but we now know from Pokemon Go’s massive success that is going to be part of the future of mobile app development.

Even though it promises to improve our user experience, there are still some challenges and pitfalls when it comes to its integration. Below are just some of those challenges that developers face.

  1. Features

Most app developers are reluctant to include AR technology in their applications for the simple reason that many phones (at least the ones from 3 years ago) still are not capable enough to handle such a thing.

However, with more and more phones being released on an annual basis; boasting new and improved specs across the board, app developers can rest easy knowing that it will be something that will be enjoyed by the vast majority of smartphone users.

  1. Technical Aspects

Technical Aspects

AR technology relies heavily on a smartphone’s specs. Some of the hardware that is needed for the technology include the accelerometer and the compass, for example. One of the challenges is that these hardware specs may be disturbed by electronic interference.

The app developers would have to make it a point to integrate AR technology by utilizing the same hardware specs, but ensuring that it doesn’t get disturbed by anything (so it works flawlessly).

  1. Engaging Content

This technology, at least in the mobile app space, is still relatively new. Therefore, there is still no content that would be enticing to create for the people to enjoy.

Sure, Pokemon Go is one of the many iterations of AR technology, but since it is still relatively new, this is one of the most challenging aspects of incorporating such technologies in mobile app development.

  1. Public Awareness

Virtual Awareness

When you ask people about AR technology, they might think that you are crazy. Pokemon Go, despite its massive success, is just another game for them. Most people do not really care about the technology that is involved, which is why it might be hard for you to truly integrate AR technology into your apps, at least, for now.

The implementation of this would be risky, at this point, since people still do not know about AR that much. And, if people do not know about it, it might be too risky for you to invest your time in making use of this technology since people might not like it in the end.

  1. Software Compatibility

For an app developer to integrate AR technology, they must first get a framework that supports this feature. At the time of writing this article, there are still not a lot of development frameworks that support this and those that do should be installed in a suitable computer operating environment.

We might not see mainstream implementations of this in the next 2 years or so, but do expect AR to be used in the general public for years to come.

 

 

App
By Tom Warren

How to Develop and Promote Your App- Best Practices

How to Develop and Promote Your App- Best Practices

 

There is a lot more to mobile app development that you do not know. What is the main purpose of your application? What are the best features that you can incorporate in your app to make it stand out among the rest? How can you promote the application so that a lot of people will know about it? Read on to find out some best practices on how you can develop and promote your mobile application.

  1. What is Your App’s Objective?

What is the main reason why you developed an application in the first place? What features do you want to include? Try to contemplate the reasons why you delved into mobile app development so that you can plot a clear plan of action to make things more streamlined.

  1. Think About the End User

End User

At the end of the day, it would be the people who will decide if your mobile application is good or not. Therefore, it is just the right thing to think about them when you’re creating your application.

Think about the best aesthetics, as well as, features that they really love to use. The keywords that you have to remember are Simplicity and Directness.

You want your app to be simple enough to use and you want your application to have its features directly available to your users once they fire up your application.

  1. Learn About the Operating System

There are different mobile operating systems out there and their innate environment is made up of a lot of different things. That is why native applications only work for one mobile operating system and not the other.

Learn more about the operating system that you’re creating mobile apps to ensure that it will work 100% and so that you can take full advantage of the operating system.

  1. Incorporate Analytics in Your Application

Analysis

As the developer, you have the option of including a silent analytics option that will allow you to track your app’s performance once it goes live.

This will help you know if there are any app crashes or bugs that were previously not seen during the testing phase.

  1. Think About Hiring a Developer

The good news for most other people is that, for basic applications, you do not need to hire a dedicated mobile app developer. There are many app builders out there that will allow you to create your own applications with relative ease. You just use its drag-and-drop features and you should be set.

However, if you’re making one for your business, I highly suggest that you hire a dedicated developer. They will be the ones to create a mobile application that is up to your standards. They will also be the one to handle the promotion as well as the fixing of your application (if it needs it).

  1. App Promotion

For an application to be seen nowadays, you will need to use different promotional channels such as posting it on your website, social media accounts, forums, etc.

 

 

Mobile App Trends
By Tom Warren

3 Emerging Mobile App Development Trends We Can See in the Near Future

3 Emerging Mobile App Development Trends We Can See in the Near Future

 

Mobile app development has come a long way. What used to be a long and tedious process has now been more simplified and streamlined than ever before.

Every year, there are vast improvements in the industry, which is why it is quite feasible to become a mobile app developer today.

In this article, I will talk about some of the emerging trends that we can see in the near future.

  1. Progressive Web Apps

Web Apps

There are native applications and there are also web applications nowadays, right? The main difference between the two is that the former needs to be installed in one operating system environment while the other one can be accessed using a mobile web browser.

However, although native applications are much better when it comes to performance and features, web apps are extremely easy to develop.

Wouldn’t it be great to develop a web app that has the features and the performance that is inherent in a native app?

Well, that would be true in the near future thanks to the advent of progressive web apps. There are now more development frameworks that allow developers to create PWAs with relative ease. Also, the demand for such apps is ever-increasing, making this an appealing option for app developers.

The only obstacle that stands in the way is that PWAs are not supported in iOS. Still, Android is taking the lion’s share of the pie anyway.

  1. The Emergence of ‘Instant Apps’

Are you familiar with the so-called portable apps in desktop computers? The software allows you to use the program without the program actually being installed on your computer.

The same thing goes with Instant apps. The said applications need no longer be installed on a user’s phone and can be used almost immediately.

This has become an appealing option for many businesses as it removes the hassle of installation to their customers’ phones.

The only intricate part of instant apps is that they must create a native app first and foremost and then pick apart the best pieces and stitch it together (this process is known as modularization).

Because this is a relatively new technique, not a lot of app developers know about this yet, but expect them to know very soon as this feature is becoming mainstream.

  1. App Modularity Will Become the Norm

App Modularity

App Modularity is going to be the norm in the next few years. In fact, Apple’s own app development framework encourages modularization due to the fact that you can create instant apps and it allows app development time to be significantly faster than ever before.

Since Google is also working on its own app development platform, expect to have vast improvements in anything that relates to app development in the near future.

Hopefully, the pitfalls and the challenges that are faced in modularization and PWAs are removed and I hope that it will get supported no matter what operating system environment it is.