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Mobile App industry is enhancing the user’s experience with the way they can access not only the app but also how it would impact the future searches. In short, an app store is revamping the way they appear and also how they can be accessed to make its easier for users to find it.

To take into account the recent news came around in the first quarter of this year about Google which refurbished the Play Store app listings with content change solely depending on whether or not the app is installed in the user’s device.

Later came the Material Design 2.0 which by definition is used to build beautiful, usable products faster. Material Design is an adaptable system backed by open-source code that helps teams build high-quality digital experiences. Basically, the material design allows to design elements around Colours, Icons and Touched was redesigned. Furthermore, around a few days back, Apple has come up with the Apple Store update bringing in similar changes to App Store & iTunes Store.

The 5.1 update of Apple Store version has brought many changes along with it to download free in the App Store. With the recent changes in the App Store update, mobile users can now get voice search support, enabling them to find their query using just the microphone through the icon placed at the end of the search bar. You’ll also notice the refurbished search interface with products now arranged in card-based format.

The search query that a user feeds in the App Store will return with the updated and with trending Apple products. This was done to keep the users updated with the latest products available and for the upcoming that are being offered by Apple. The official statement from the Apple was, “Search has been updated with an enhanced design and it is now powered by speech recognition technology for better search results.”

With such a fresh outlook and the new induced speech recognition technology, it has been easier to find products, stores, sessions and many more. Moreover, Apple has also introduced changes in its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) app on the iOS store. In addition to that, the brand has also done all the major and minor bug fixing that was live in the app and simultaneously made a series of performance improvements. The tech world around us is changing dramatically. Faster than we can imagine. With the tech giants like Google and Apple constantly making changes from time to time in their product offering with the aim of providing more accessible and easy to use experience in everything including App Store.

The Importance Of Updating Your App’s Offerings:

A brand has to always offer something new in order to keep up with the changing times. One has to keep suggesting and implementing newness for their users otherwise, it becomes very difficult to survive for them in the long run. There are a few handful factors which bring the dire need for companies like Google & Apple to constantly update an app from time to time even though they have attained the brand position are listed as follows:

                     1)  Helpful for the app to eliminate the bugs

                     2) New updates will help protect and enhance the security of the mobile app

                     3) This develops a new way to gain permission from the users

                     4) To break the pattern of a similar app

In a Nutshell:

Moon Technolabs, is one of the cutting-edge software and development solution providing a company with offices in India and US. Our 9+ years of experience has led to exploring in all direction and in every aspect of mobile application development, especially in iOS App Development.

That led us to explore various industry sectors creating respective iPhone and Mac apps by delivering future-ready solutions of application in GPS, Augmented Reality, Enterprise, Finance, Entertainment, Game and many such areas. You get the benefit of our expert team and support via our different business model to hire iPhone app developers for your project. The team is well adept in using the latest tools, technologies, frameworks, and components who have so far successfully delivered many projects.

Necessary Steps Involved In The Making Of iPhone, iPad or Android Apps

Smartphones and its apps are constantly surfacing talent from developers in the mobile world and many of them are head-turners with their expertise and knowledge in developing gaming, VR, AR, etc apps for smartphones and tablets.

Here is a list of necessary steps in building apps for different platforms.

1) Competitive Idea

If you have a unique idea, that is great! But chances are in today’s fast paced ever evolving tech world, someone might be already working on or would have developed a related concept. Don’t worry, as long as you and your idea are competitive in terms of service and offerings, your idea is good to go. The main thing is to keep note and track of developments in an idea and let them flow.

 

2) Inspire & Learn

Lookout for the points that makes an application successful. Observe the trends in the app store, understand how and what are the things helpful in making applications. Moreover, you could also learn and inspire from expert app developers and their work.

 

3) Learn To Program

Going with the tech flow is the best one can do and hence, it is advisable to learn to programme for the trending & established platforms such as Google (Android) & Apple (iOS). You can learn from projects by mobile app development companies, e-Learning guides and from the free courses offered online.

 

4) App Design

It’s always suggestive to put your design ideas on paper. Basically, the layout and look of the application will do the job initially. One has to design the app keeping in mind the alignment & appearance of windows/screens/buttons so as to look your app visually attractive and easy to operate. Graphics software such as Gimp or Adobe Creative Suite is helpful in the app design.

 

5) Register As a Developer

It’s good to be a registered app developer for you to easily access development tools, forums & discussions and application store. Apple & Google charges an annual membership fee of $100 & $50 respectively. Free applications are used to get more downloads and usually make for the sale via in-app purchases. On the other hand, for paid apps, iPhone app developers earn 70% of the sold income while Apple is left with 30%.

 

6) Seek Professional Help

If you feel stuck in any step of your app development process, then you could definitely get approach app development companies who can help to develop the idea of the application in lesser time. You can find them via LinkedIn, Search Engines, Friends Referral or specialized networks like Upwork, Guru, Freelancer, etc.

 

7) Funding Your Idea

When the test concepts and initial code is set by you for the first app then you can either get your app funded by investors who like your app idea & test version of development or you could even gather the finance to start the project on a smaller scale by crowdfunding. To set the ball rolling for mobile apps, it is possible to start with as little as 5-10 thousand dollars.

 

8) Project Schedule & Testing

It is utmost important to adhere to the project schedule and in order to do that, the best thing is to split it into various functional phases with small tasks such as making a form, designing a button, etc. “Rome was not built in a day” and hence, one step at a time will help you a lot in completing the project. Do not forget to ask for a review or feedback as it will give you a preliminary picture of how your users are going to feel about the app and based on that you could do necessary changes.

 

9) App Store Approval

Once it seems that you have quite a good functional and performing app, you should send it for approval from the app store. Usually, it will take between 5 to 15 days for officials to check whether your app has followed all the guidelines such as no piracy, no pornography and of course free from the known viruses or bugs. Upon clearing this test, your app is ready to be listed in the Google Play Store or iTunes.

 

10) Spread The Word

Let’s say your app received amazing responses from the initial runs and got constructive feedback, app store approved it, there are no any important viruses and yet after all these things, you are not getting enough downloads. That’s probably because not many smartphone users are aware of it. Hence, you’ll need a strong marketing strategy that includes but not limited to videos, memes, blogs, email marketing campaigns, social media campaigns, etc. You could also check with any app development company for the app store optimization (ASO) and other marketing techniques.

Important Tips That Will Help Your App Rule the App Store

One of the leading and widely regarded mobile platforms, Apple, has steadily carved its presence and niche worldwide over the years. App Store is known for their high-quality, international standard practices, and strict developer guidelines, iOS Apps also score high on UI, UX, and ease of navigation and usability. No wonder iOS is the most preferred platform for people who want to develop Apps that need a pan-global presence.

So, if you are one of the smart ones that have chosen iOS as your mobile app platform for your app development, then you should go through the following tips that will help you to create high visibility for you app and rule the iTunes Store.

Tips to rule the iOS App Store

1. Research and Analyze

A well-done research and analysis always lay a firm foundation for your App success. Do your homework to understand the emerging trends and decide whether you want to follow the trend or beat it by developing a niche App.

2. App Design

A well-designed app is a pleasure to use and will automatically garner more downloads. iOS Apps are known for their visual appeal, so pay attention to the UI and ensure that the app is attractive, intelligent, and intuitive to use.

Tech Details

Apple is known for its high quality and rigid developer guidelines. Know your technologies and apple development frameworks well, and make sure that your code is bug-free.

Debugging

Test and re-test to ensure that your App functions smoothly and without any snags.

Performance

Make sure that your App opens instantly, loads quickly, and navigates smoothly. Fine tune your App performance so that users can have a productive and pleasant experience.

Compatibility

Design and develop your App in such a way that it performs equally well across all Apple devices like iPad, iPhone or iWatch

3. User Support

Make a list of FAQs that will answer most of the queries of your customers. Be quick to answer them satisfactorily as that is sure to impress your clients. Poor user support will make users lose interest, or worst deleting your app and shifting to your competitors.

4. ASO and App Marketing

While enough thought and importance are given for the technicalities behind an iOS App development, equal importance should be paid to App store optimisation and App marketing efforts too. These techniques will ensure that your App gets more visibility and ranked higher in the App store index.

Conclusion

Developing a successful iOS App that will rule the iTunes Store needs a lot of planning, thought, and tech expertise. An iOS App that is well researched, attractively designed, intuitive, technically advanced, combined with good user support and sound marketing strategy is bound to make your App go viral in the app store.

Apart from the above, you need to consider is selecting the right iOS app development company who will design and develop a successful iOS App for you. 

 

iOS 11 WatchOS 4 macOS 10.13 High Sierra

Apple released first beta versions for iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, watchOS 4 and TVOS 11 for testing to the developers at the WWDC 2017 developer conference. Let’s dig in to find how fresh the features are and how they will elate the user experience.

iOS11

The developer preview of brand-new iOS 11 is available now and first public beta will arrive later this month.

The definitive version of the OS will be released later this year on:

  • iPhone 5S and later
  • all iPad Air and iPad Pro models,
  • iPad 5th generation,
  • iPad mini 2 and later, and
  • iPod touch 6th generation devices.

The latest version of iOS brings:

  • Updated Message app
  • A redesigned app drawer, along with the ability to synchronize messages across multiple devices via iCloud
  • Apple Pay enabling person to person payments.
  • All these transactions will be authenticated via Touch ID.

The Other Notable Releases

  • Siri gets some elegant improvements with the iOS 11 release like the use of deep learning technologies with better natural-sounding voice output.
  • Camera has been updated for recording videos in the HEVC format which means less storage consumption, similar technique is utilized for clicking life moments.
  • Control Center includes all the options in one window.All this can be expanded with the 3D Touch feature.
  • Additionally, apps such as Apple Maps, Home Kit and Apple Music were given a face lift with contemporary design and features.
  • Oh yes! the App Store also has a better interface now.

iPhone app development companies must be well prepared to bring out apps that are up to mark with all these latest updates from the smartphone giant.

Read Also: Top 10 Biggest Keynote Announcements at Google IO 2017

MacOS High Sierra (MacOS 10.13)

  • An updated version of macOS is now available for desktops and laptops.
  • The OS, dubbed macOS High Sierra is provided with more enhanced and powerful Safari browser including a built-in functionality that blocks video and audio auto play.
  • For user privacy, an Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature has been provided that uses machine learning and prevents ads from tracking users.
  • Full Screen split view for better multitasking by using 35% less disk space.
  • A boosted UI that gets a new viewing grid for the latest photos app along with an improved face recognition feature and new improved editing options.
  • MacOS has ditched HFS file system and High Sierra has the 64-bit Apple File System (APFS). With native encryption, this latest OS is much safer to use.

All these latest features mean that every macOS app development company will be brimming to get their hands on it. We see stiff competition in the app development market.

WatchOS 4

  • The platform comes up with some new watch faces.
  • The OS now has fast and smoother access to the company’s virtual assistant.
  • Machine learning studies user data to adapt to the wearer’s daily activities.
  • The watch face updates dynamically after the wearer raises the wrist.
  • An access for controlling home app functionalities is also present now.
  • The OS also has an up-to-date Activity app that provides more personalized updates with a new monthly challenges feature.
  • New animations that celebrate health goals achievement.
  • The OS has been upgraded with gym equipment support too.
  • An updated Music app that auto syncs music based users’ music taste.
  • A new album art that allows users to just tap and play the music playlist.

Read Also: How To Stay On-course in the Wearable App Development Market

Other Updates

Kaleidoscope watch face:

A fascinating design with multiple styles based on color patterns of a selected image.

Toy Story watch Face includes three sub watch faces

  • Woody
  • Jesse, and
  • Buzz Lightyear

tvOS

The tvOS 11 operating system is available to developers for testing purposes.

What a developer should do?

If you are a registered developer you can

  • Download tvOS 11 by connecting any Apple TV to a computer
  • Use a USB-C cable for establishing the connection
  • Install the beta software from iTunes.

As per the Apple’s release notes the tvOS 11 has:

  • An automatic light/dark appearance switching
  • Home screen synchronizing options
  • Latest background modes and notification support
  • Focus API improvements
  • Custom sound support
  • Network-based pairing and development support, and
  • Improvements to Mobile Device Management

So, what does it mean?

Many more public versions are lined up, because all these beta version updates have been released to see how they will perform with the masses.

We think this is the right time for every digital product development organization that is into macOS, iPhone and iOS app development, to get ready for the rumble that these updates will create. The competition just became trendier!

The iOS 10.3 is a major Update for App Owners and Developers

Apple File System (APFS) can be updated to device’ file system (HFS+) by iOS 10.3. This will help save 1-7 GB of storage space. iCloud section displays the settings for icloud backup, keychain and Find My iPhone App etc. It recommends backing up of existing data before updates.

With its compatibility with varied devices like – iPad mini 2 and higher, iPhone 5S and , iPad higher, iPod pro range and iPod 6 and above, iOS 10.3 presents gamut of functionality and has been a most awaited release for iphone users.

Free Wi-Fi Calling

iOS 10.3 now allows free wi-fi calling through connected devices like Apple Watches, Macbooks, iMacs and iPads etc., without direct routing.

Dynamic App Icon

IOS App Developers make seasoned updates with help of suggestions from users but they cannot respond to reviews. iOS users can share their feedback by clicking “helpful” or “not helpful”.

New Menu Settings

Now, users can get all information about their Apple id with details of all connected devices on menu itself. This device also shows all devices connected to iTunes, iCloud, App Store and Family Sharing.

Animation

IOS App Development has come up with some delightful features like animation at opening and closing of apps.

Shortcuts via Carplay

Users get to know their most recently used apps and play it quickly via shortcuts.

Auto Unlock and Notifications

Phone wakes up as soon as holds it. Notifications remain on home screen.

Listen Music Without Air Pods

In case you lose your AirPod and do not wish to spend £65/$69/AU$99 to buy a new one, ‘Find my iphone app’ with its latest feature – ‘Find my Air Pod’ can save you. Especially designed to keep track of Apple’s Wireless Ear Buds and you can still play music.

Water Resistant

iOS 10 notifies its users for a possible damage due to water and provides instructions to avoid it.

De-cluttered Home Screen

Menus are divided into several panels, when swiped up from the bottom. Features like stopwatch, flashlight, calculator, and camera are provided as shortcuts at bottom of screen. iOS app developers have shifted an iOS 9.3 feature, ‘Night Shift’, above this quartet.

Personal Assistant Support

  • Instruction given to Siri in simple language, can help ease the communication and also save lot of time. iPhone App Development has shared this feature with third party IOS App development companies. It gives results that are more accurate the very first time instructions are given.
  • Another interesting feature where Siri is used, with iOS 10.3 is that it can update users with live cricket scores and statistics from ICC and IPL.
  • Siri can now access various apps and used for paying bills, checking payment status, and scheduling future cab rides.

Automated Photo Albums

iOS 10 helps put static pictures together and form a creative photo album. Also, it creates mini movies with pictures and videos

Apple Maps App

  • Although Apple Maps cannot compete with Google Maps still iOS 10 fix, many of its drawbacks like inability to move ahead on the route. It used to springs the user back to the start point, whenever he tries to walk ahead on the route.
  • Now a 3D touch feature in Apple Maps can take quick actions. Weather forecast for current location is displayed, by pushing down weather icon on Maps app.

News Notifications

  • Breaking news notifications are displayed, on home screen even when they are locked.
  • Storekit API can notify users, when developers or app owners share their reviews or reply to any comment.

Summary

Now users can enjoy ‘imessages’ in the same way as they used to do via Facebook, as they can be illustrated with graphics and emoticons. Editing a single document by multiple users has become easy with iOS 10.3. Music streaming has become easy. Room temperature, fan, window blinds, lights everything is managed via home-kit app. Home screen is un-locked by swiping it right. All these and more features, released with final update of release 10 has eased various tasks of iphone developers and users. Apple users await the support for 32 Bit Apps.

How Google Play Store Does Better Than the Apple App Store

Apple or Android, let’s have a glance at some critical features and find out who stands to win:

Sturdy Interface

Google Play undoubtedly features a robust web interface as equated to Apple’s App Store. Searching and selection of apps is easy with Android web interface.

Easy to Install Apps

Smartphone users find it easy to download, install and make use of apps from Google Play Store rather than from Apple App Store.

Adaptability / Compatibility by Smart Devices (Smart Phones / Tablets)

While it is easy to install and adapt to Android apps, this is not the case with Apple. Although Apple App Store has stretched out to include four major platforms – iOS, Mac OS, tvOS, watchOS but still these applications cannot be used by every smart phone.

Featured Apps

Apple app store features only the most downloaded applications conspicuously while with Google Applications are featured based on user recommendations and ratings, which also make them discoverable.

Apps have Global Reach

To publish a game or application on Google Play Store makes these available to over a Billion Android users spread in more than 190 countries.

Enterprise Connect

Educational institutions, big and small organizations can deploy free Google Apps in bulk from Google App Store.

Billing can be checked

Charges for apps, subscriptions and in app products can be granularly controlled by help of Google Play Billing. This method is secure, quick and convenient and users in over 135 countries make use of it.

Helpful in Business Expansion

Google Play Developer Console helps users to publish their games and applications on all Android Platforms.

Open doors to Innovation on Android

Distribution of games and apps on Google Play paves way for style, size, shape, position and layout of latest and ever evolving features like Android TV and Chromecast, Android Auto, Android Wear, Immersive Virtual Reality etc. Superior quality, trusted games and apps are designed for teens, kids and parents to suit their needs.

Trust, assistance and backing

Google ensures that users particularly Android App Developers get optimal experience with help of their Developer Console Help Center. Support team can be reached for any specific issues related to transactions, publications, subscriptions etc.

Google vs. Android Publicity

Google features more than 2, 50,000 apps as compared to Apple which features around 1, 00,000 apps and that too with restrictive inclusion policies.

Read also: Apple Vs Android – A comparative study 2017

iOS App Developer vs. Android App Developer Registration

While Android developers just have to pay $25 to get started with development; it’s not an easy task for iOS developers. One has to pay a $99 / year to develop under Apple Developer Program. A similar structure is followed for getting registered for MFi program and iOS developer University Program.

Functional Features

  • Clock: Better Super daydream clock in Android
  • Keypad: Upper and Lowercase keys better in Android as compared to Apple
  • App Organization: App organization is better in Android than in Apple
  • Priority Notifications: Easy to set notification priority in Android
  • Email Accounts: Switching email accounts is easy with Android as compared to Apple
  • Contacts, Searching, Google Map: All designed systematically and make navigation easy.

Conclusion

Mobile app development companies have to learn how to utilize the quintessential features and potentialities of App Stores, be it Google or Apple. It takes great effort to engage global users and get your app monetized. Five of Apple’s features makes it win over Android – TouchID Fingerprint, Facetime, A physical switch to log into your phone, voice assistant that writes what you speak and default messenger app (to send free messages to other Apple users). Android still wins the game and remains OS of choice.

Swift App Development

The last couple of years is witnessing the emergence of Swift, an iOS App programming language, as the most sought after for iOS App development. So much so, that developers and businesses are embracing it with open hands. But, what is Swift? Why do Enterprises prefer their iOS App development in Swift? Let’s know more.

What is Swift?

Coming from the staples of Apple, Swift is a new language for MacOS, iOS, tvOS and Watch OS. It has been built as the next on the lines of C and Objective-C but without the limitations of compatibility. Swift is also a good replacement for C when it comes to embedded programming in the platforms of Apple.

Swift App development for Enterprises

Enterprise App development has been garnering a lot of attention these days due to the booming number of smartphone usage. This brings the most important question – which programming language is more suited to meet the international requirements for parameters of ease, quality, speed, cost, and image. Well, the popular answer for this is Swift App development, the most preferred by iOS App developers.

Why Swift over Objective-C?

Let us understand some of the key reasons as to why Swift is the better option for your Enterprise App development needs

  • Simplicity

The syntax and keywords of Swift are easy to learn and use and are almost similar to the English language. This means a substantial number of people will embrace app development and usage in Swift.

  • Faster Code development

Swift offers in-line code fixing, which means less amount of time in fixing bugs, which is a huge plus for Enterprises. True to its name, coding in Swift takes fewer lines of code in a lesser timeframe, which again mean fewer bugs and lower cost.

  • Better performance

Compared to C and Objective-C, Apps developed using the Swift algorithm perform better and crash less, making them more efficient.

  • Open Source

Apple offering Swift as an Open Source Tech is opening a world of opportunities. With Swift already supporting all the Apple platforms and Linux, the developer community is working on to include Android too.

  • Quick App loading

Enterprise Apps usually take a long time to load. This is avoided with Swift App development, as App Development in Swift uses Dynamic Libraries that are loaded directly to the memory. This leads to reduced size of the App, leading to faster App loading and increased App performance.

  • Swift Playgrounds

Another interesting feature is the Swift playgrounds. This feature helps iOS App developers to test their codes or algorithm instantly, without having to compile big chunks of it or after creating the entire App. Playgrounds help to quickly test and modify as development happens and progresses.

  • Make a Swift Choice

From the above, it is apparent that Swift has a plethora of advantages to offer compared to other programming languages for Enterprise App development. App development in Swift is faster, cheaper, easier, secure, better performance, and bug-free.

Swift offers the enormous benefit of being able to run on all iOS platforms. Swift also has its presence strongly felt in Embedded programming for wearables App development.

Being open source and backed by an active community of an increasing number of developers, it is pretty clear that Swift is here to stay. All these make Swift App development the ideal and most preferred choice for Enterprise App development.

If you want to opt for Swift App Development, get in touch with our team at Moon Technolabs Pvt. Ltd., one of the leading App Development Company in India. Give us a call at +1(951)801 5251 or a drop a mail at sales@moontechnolabs.com, today!

How much Does it Cost to Build an Educational App for Kids

These days nearly all mobile app development services like Cross Platform Development, Android App Development and IOS App Development bring advantages like 100% transparency, highly responsive, better quality and business value with them. These have recreated the way how technology can be helpful for people of all age, including kids. These have defined a new way to provide education to current and future generations. It’s a mix of learning with fun and reduces the dependency on books.

Factors that Affect Cost of a Product

Children learn and believe upon the things that they see. Therefore the purpose of development of app must be determined before the designing and development work starts. An educational app thus needs to be informative in addition to graphics, animation and fun element. It must contribute to a child’s analytical, logical, cognitive and creative skills. If not all of them, at least the app must at-least be able to suffice a few of these criteria. Often a need arises to consult a child psychologist or a child interaction specialist who can guide through the various stages of child’s development. Here an expert creative / graphic designer is also be required who can depict the information effectively.

Important Features of a Good Educational App

Some of the basic and critically essential features required to be a part of educational apps, specially for kids are:

  • They must be free of advertisements, unnecessary links and pop ups etc.
  • Simplicity is the very first criteria as children are our primary audience
  • Locked menu settings and level changes must be controlled by adults
  • There must be option to mute the music
  • Language used must be simple
  • Only necessary buttons must be placed to avoid complexity
  • Feedback for wrong answers and encouragement for correct ones must be there

Read also: How much it costs to develop a Taxi App like Uber?

Costing

Mobile App development cost hardly differs from Web App development cost.

The amount of time, effort and research required to build a software application determines its cost.

Standard utility applications without flashy graphics and animations cost around $1k – $10k.

Interactive design with customization features and cloud storage makes the price of the app to go up to $2k – $25k.

More features that are essential to be considered and which play important roles in determining the cost of the application are:

  • The operating platform on which it will function, such as windows, IOS, Android etc
  • Appropriate Mobile App Development Company and corresponding developers must be chosen to accomplish the task properly. They must understand basic requirement correctly and must have decent knowledge of technology and domain to be worked upon
  • Geographical location of the developer or the development company which will be creating the app also matters a lot. Hourly rate of app development in almost all countries of Asia or Middle-East range from $10-$20 per hour while the same app will cost $120-$160 in European companies or USA. Cost of freelance developers lies somewhere between $5-$15 / hour in Asia or Middle East while the same cost at $150 / hour in Europe or USA. Diversity of talent, cheap labor cost, currency flow and exchange rates also ascertain the software development cost.

Summary

App development cost for an app with basic functionality and features is around $12,000 in Asia and around $40,000 in USA. This is subject to change with increase in complexity.

The emergence of futuristic technologies is blurring the fine lines between the real and the digital worlds. This is even more apparent in the business arena, where technology is being increasingly deployed to enhance customer interaction. One such revolutionizing concept that is creating waves recently is the Beacon Technology.

In simple words, Beacons are low-power transmitters that are equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy. These devices are strategically placed in such a way that when a customer approaches them, they will receive appropriate notifications and messages. With this, the businesses can take benefit of the approaching shoppers, offer attractive notifications that may contain discounts or coupons. to convert them into customers.

iBeacon vs Eddystone

Beacon Technology is used to develop Apps that enable Contactless payment solutions, proximity-based shopping, automated check-ins, and other kinds of automation. As in the world of Mobile Tech, this space is also dominated by Apple with its iBeacon, and Android with its Eddystone. So, if you would like to leverage Beacons for boosting your business, then you need to know which one suits the pilot project of your business better – iBeacon App development or Eddystone App Development?

When to opt for iBeacon App Development

Launched well before Eddystone, iBeacon has the advantage of being the early entrant into this segment. It has the advantage of the availability of a full set of services that support Apple’s protocols in the market.

In case, if the majority of your App users are iOS device users, then iBeacon App Development is a better option. In iOS, scanning for beacons is done at the OS level, and it uses the core location framework. This leads to an increased reliability that is aided by Apples optimized battery usage and scanning performance functions.

If you also happen to have a large beacon fleet that supports only iBeacon at the firmware level, then it makes sense to opt for iBeacon App Development.

Moreover, iBeacon is a widely-adopted beacon technology as it is simple and easy to implement.

When to go for Eddystone App Development

Eddystone has the huge advantage of transmitting rich and strong data to your devices. While iBeacon uses only one packet of identification, Eddystone uses three different kinds – UID, URl and TIM. With this Eddystone URL, you can reach out to the vast number of Google Chrome and Google Now users through the Physical Web functionality. With Eddystone TLM – you can get data on your Beacon, its battery level, packets sent, etc.

So, if you are developing a customized solution for your customer where you need to show their app’s users info about their beacon, then Eddystone is a better option than iBeacon.

Eddystone is Open format, providing a great perceptibility of its working. It is also expected to include more packets apart from the current 3 in the future, which vastly increases its reach and usage. It also has the added benefit of integration with other Google products and services. Apart from Eddystone’s ability to enable App installs, it also facilitates App-Beacon interactions through Google Instant Apps. It enables any Android device to be used as a BLE device through a Free App, which is very beneficial during the testing and development stages.

If your App is targeted for the Android users, then the clear choice is Eddystone App Development.

Conclusion

Being an emerging technology, the market is still in its early stages with a lot of new functionalities and integrations being released every day. So, if you want to transform the way your customers shop and increase their engagement, then it is imperative to go for iBeacon App Development and Eddystone App Development.

At Moon Technolabs Pvt. Ltd, we are one of the leading iBeacon App Development companies in India. We have a robust team of iOS App Developer, and iBeacon App Development experts who are well experienced in developing Apps for various niches like Payment Solutions, Push Notifications, Shopping, Travel, Health and other Interactive app solutions.

Get in touch with us today at sales@moontechnolabs.com, to understand more on how we can help you leverage Beacon Tech for your business.

Apple Vs Android A comparative study report 2017

The last few years the smartphone segment has been witnessing a familiar battle on a year-on-year basis. Apple Vs Android is a classic tug of war of the Tech giants, each vying for a leading market share and supremacy.

Together, they have created a Duopoly and account for more than 99% in smartphone sales. We can say that this trend repeats itself when it comes to the respective OS too.

Let us know look at this competition scenario from various parameters. Viz. OS, Smartphone market share, Performance, etc.

Apple Vs Android – A comparative study

Worldwide Market Share in OS

Worldwide Market Share in OS

Android OS, belonging to Google, is Linux-based and is partly an open source. Originally developed by Android Inc., the company was later acquired by Google in 2005. iOS is Apple’s mobile operating system. Android dominates the market with a whopping 87%, while iOS comes at a distant second at 12%.

While Apple tended to dominate the market in the early stages, it is now clearly dominated by Android.

Geography Distribution

Geography Distribution

Android has a more market share in developing nations like Asia and Africa while iOS leads the market in developed countries like US, Australia, Europe etc. This may be due to the various cultural and socio-economic factors that are in play in the local geographies.

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Device Fragmentation

 

Android exhibits a high level of device fragmentation due to the huge variety of models and varieties available, not just in Samsung but from other OEMs too. This becomes a problem when a lot of Android users are still running their devices on older versions of the OS. This is a big headache when it comes to fixing the bugs, and it creates vulnerability and security concerns. This is not a problem in the case of Apple with fewer models.

User Experience

Mobile OS User Experience

In terms of User Interface and experience, Apple seems to clearly top the charts, followed closely by Android at the second place. iOS offers a simple and clean interface, that is easy to use and navigate, but Android offers a deep-set of menus to choose and use and is ideal if you need QWERTY keyboard.

Security and Privacy

iOS and Android Security and Privacy

As the OS model is more open in Android compared to Apple, it is slightly more vulnerable to hacks and cyber threats. The device fragmentation and openness of installing apps that are from third-party makes Android OS susceptible to security concerns.
Apple iOS very rigid in giving access to your locations and contact info to your Apps, which is not the case with Android OS Apps.

Applications – Apple Vs Android

When it comes to Android App development and iOS App development, there are few clear demarcations which make for obvious preferences.

Android App development is easy due to a deeper access to their OS, and high levels of customization are possible, whereas this is not the case with Apple App development.

App development in Android takes more than 40% of code lines and is 30% more expensive than iOS of Apple. But, once developed, it is easier and quicker to publish in the Play Store. Apple Developers find it more of a stricter and longer process in iTunes.

Maintenance and Bug fixing are difficult in Android OS compared to iOS, due to high levels of device fragmentation.

User Engagement

 

Mobile App User Engagement

Apple Apps are more beautifully designed, easy to use and are presented in a well-organized iTunes Store. Android offers an extensive range of Apps in the Google Play store.

Apple Users access more content categories and do more online shopping than Android users. This means that they have higher mCommerce engagement than Android users.

iPhone users tend to make more In-App purchases compared to Android. Ad-displays is the main source of revenue generation in Android Apps.

As per App Annie reports, revenue generation is 60% more on iTunes store of Apple, as compared to Google Play of Android.

Apple Vs Android – The Future Trends

Operating System

Mobile App Downloads

Apple and Android, together dominate the market and are equally good in their own right. Choosing one over the other becomes a matter of personal preferences or by one that is governed by your business needs. So, if you are an individual planning to buy a new Mobile phone or a Business Owner who has hired an App Development Company to build his first App – do your homework. Identify your needs, preferences, time and budget and use these as a criterion for your decision-making, as both are Tech giants come with awesome products.

Source: Android Vs Apple – A comparative study 2017