Differences between Ionic vs Native and which is Relevant for your App
Posted on October 20, 2020
Native versus the ionic platform, the on-going debate about which platform is best suited to design an application is a never-ending one. The technological world and its residents are divided over which is the better performing platform for developing an application.
Both native and ionic platforms come with their set of advantages and drawbacks. The platform chosen to build an application is extremely relevant, as the platform chosen to develop an application has an effect on application developers, the business developing the application, and ultimately also the users of the application.
The deciding factor whether to choose a native or ionic application depends on several factors that include elements such as:
- Type of Application
- The Targeted Users of the Application
- Financial Elements
- Key Features of the Application
- Upkeep, Maintenance Services, and Cost
Change and Evolution
Application development is an art and involves an in-depth intricate process. Technology today has changed and is constantly developing. Along with this, the applications developed to support this technology is also constantly getting upgraded and evolving. The end-users of these applications are also becoming extremely aware and are intelligent when it comes to knowing exactly what it is, they are looking for from the application.
Be it an android application or an iOS application, the designing, the features, and the upgrades play an important role in the application development process. Application development companies make sure that the application they design uses the right platform, iconic or native to build an application as well.
The Million Dollar Question: Ionic or Native
The biggest dilemma application development companies have is on whether to choose the ionic or the native platform to build an application. For a better perspective lets look at the advantages and disadvantages of both and the relevance of each ionic and native to the application your developing:
Applications built and developed on ionic will behave the same way regardless of the device you are using. If you using a desktop or a tab it will adjust and adapt itself to the platform. When using a native platform, you must keep in mind the android software behaves differently than the iOS software and the application you build needs to be customized to features exclusive to these software. The applications built on the native platforms perform better and incorporate the features of android or iOS giving these applications an edge over the others.
Building and developing an application on the ionic platform is easy and quick as like the native application platform you do not have to write separate code for the android and the iOS software. Application development companies find the ionic platform easier to work with as well as in the long run maintenance upgrade and services on the ionic platforms are easier to do than the native platforms. One drawback of this is it may look similar and feel similar to the native platform but the difference will be felt in the scrolling, animation, and graphics as they do not support advanced levels of animation and graphics.
Cost and Budgeting
Application building and development involves a certain amount of cost. One of the major factors to consider while choosing between the ionic and native is the costing factor. Developing an application on the native platform is comparatively higher than building an application on the ionic platform. The upkeep maintenance and the upgrade cost are also higher on the native platform. The outcome of the application and the user experience of the application built on natives is also way better and much more advanced.
Both platforms offer their advantages and disadvantages. It is difficult to say that native is the more superior one or ionic is the better choice. Application development companies both for android and iOS look into varied factors such as scalability, costs, features, targeted audience, the reason for developing the application, and then give you the recommendations. We at Octos Global understand the application segments and are constantly keeping tabs on the latest advancements and upgrades in the application development markets and segments. We understand what our customers are looking for and after doing thorough research we give our recommendations to our clients. We have a team of experts who enable our clients to translate their vision of the application into reality. Contact Octos Global.
Application Budgeting Approach and Essential Factors
Posted on April 2, 2020
Business today, irrespective of the segment they belong to are entering into the application segment. The application development segment is growing in large numbers. Developing applications involves a lot of planning and proper execution. An application is a long-term investment and proper financial design and budgeting is required to ensure the applications that is developed is well budgeted to accommodate the changes that would be required, in order to be successful. An approach to formulating a budgeting plan should include for factors such as hidden costs testing of applications, a regular upkeep and maintenance. Its highly probable that a business may sometimes underestimate the cost of developing and maintaining an application. It becomes vital that we have a strategic and well formulated budget in place.
A Game of Numbers
Today as we see a rise in the number of businesses using applications to reach out to their customers, we as a business also need to understand budgets and the cost involved in order to build a compelling application. Applications involve time as well financial investment. Before we start developing an application, we need to be aware of what it takes to build, test launch and maintain an application. While developing an application some of the key factors that contribute to the cost of building an application include:
- Business segment, size and finances
- Whether the application is going to be a native, mobile or web application
- The design and final outlook of the application
- Add on features like artificial intelligence and virtual reality applications
- Availability on iOS, android and web based
- Data storage capacity
- Room for change and upgrades and maintenance
- API’s and the design of the application
- Using the right tools for development
Back to the basics:
As the technology grows the features and elements added in an application are changing. Businesses earlier who had only a website are now converting their approach to develop and launch applications. In order to understand what functionality your application is going to serve you need to first understand what it is you want from your application and what is the purpose of developing the application. Deciding if you want to build the application separately for the iOS, android or the web is the starting step of your budgeting. The new buzz word is cross platform applications. Business can now decide if they want to either build an application on the native platform or develop an application that is neutral and then use it across the multiple native platforms.
Key Features of your application
Sometimes in our enthusiasm to develop an application we feel the more the better, hence we want to add all the features possible in the applications. The right number of features, the design, the outlook and testing of the applications are all factors that would contribute towards building your application. Also remember testing is an integral part of any application development as it helps you fix any problem that may arise so always budget for testing of your applications.
Long term planning
One vital element to keep in mind while designing is to always keep room to add on features upgrade your application and ensuring you planned enough to have solid back end support team. Also make sure you budget for the maintenance and upkeep of the application as sometimes we may tend to overlook this essential and important aspect. Budgeting also include for regular updates and bug issues.
Marketing and advertising need to account for while developing an application. For an application to become successful every budgeting plan should have room for marketing. With competition sky high we need to ensure we have solid marketing plan to ensure that we reach out not only to our existing customers but to new markets and segments as well.
In the end every factor contributes to the Success
Developing and designing an application is not an easy task. We need to make sure we pay attention even to the minute of details. Ensure that your application has a strong foundation in terms of the data storage libraries that you use, the design is not a complex and complicated one , the user interface should be smooth and compatible on the platforms on which it is going to be launched on. A well thought out and structured budget will help you launch an application smoothly, connect with your users better and prove to be a good investment for the long-term growth of your business.
Our team at Octos Global has experience in building applications that are of superior quality all the while adhering to the clients’ budget requirements. Our clients are given exactly what they were looking for, as we not only customize to serve our clients better, but we are also flexible in order to accommodate our clients demands. Octos Global always aims to deliver to our clients needs and requirements.
Why Mobile Applications Have Become a Game Changer in the Startup Industry?
Posted on March 23, 2020
Internet and technology have brought about a profound revolution in businesses and business practices. Today we see a drastic change in the world of business, platforms such YouTube, Instagram and Tik Tok have given ways to new career paths. Mobile applications such as Amazon, Ola, Uber and Ali Baba Express, to name a few have changed the way businesses is now conducted. Geographical boundaries are being broken and mobile applications are now being incorporated and budgeted for in business practices. With the internet and technological revolution, we saw startups gain immense popularity and become extremely successful and financially viable.
Concept behind Startups:
A startup in simple terms is nothing but an innovative idea that can be transformed into a mobile application and has an appeal to a large crowd that provides a solution to their problems are what are startups. A unique idea is all it takes to start your own startup.
Impact of Mobile Applications
Smart phones today have become more of a necessity and all are work is done through various mobile applications that we access through our smart phones.
Worldwide sales of smartphones to end users are on track to reach 1.57 billion units in 2020, an increase of 3% year over year, according to Gartner, Inc.
Mobile applications have boosted the visibility of startups and these startups have gone on to become great success stories. And this will continue in the coming years. Mobile applications are here to stay, and startups are going to continue to tap into this huge pool of resource.
As per the business viewpoint, around 52.2% of the online web traffic comes through mobile phones globally.
The time devoted to phones has been boosted by 57% within a few years .
Approximately, 80% of people use mobile devices via utilizing mobile applications
Mobile applications the Game Changers
Mobile applications have proven to play an influential and vital role in the success of startups. As Startups ensure that applications are available on the iOS platform as well as the android platform and mobile applications are developed keeping in mind the requirements of both the platforms. Mobile applications have the following features that make them so desirable:
Mobile applications are relatively easier to design, maintain and upgrade and this has persuaded startups to startups to use these applications for their businesses. As they can accommodate both the iOS and the android platform it becomes cost effective for startups.
Accessibility and Reach
Smart phones have become easily accessible to everyone. Once considered a luxury product now has become a necessity. With this the reach and accessibility these smart phones provide is enormous. And this is one opportunity that startups have managed to foresee and use to their advantage by developing and applications for mobile phones. Geographical boundaries are no longer considered barriers and businesses are now all going global and that is all because of the smart phones and their applications.
As technology changes and gets modified, applications also need to be modified and upgraded. Today features such as cat bots have become such an integral part of mobile applications that now users can get immediate clarity to their queries and be assured that they have immediate help in case of problems. This is one of the factors that have led to the financial success of so many startups by using the mobile application development strategy.
Marketing and Advertising
In order to succeed your application needs to have a brand presence and branding is extremely effective through mobile applications. Mobile applications are deigned in such a way that they provide a superior functionality, they are designed to have better features, are also faster and this becomes an important aspect to consider while positioning your applications and creating your brand image.
Another popular feature of mobile applications are their push notifications. Startups use these push notifications features to inform their users either about offers and discounts or any other notification they might interest their users.
As the traffic through mobile applications is higher, and also the probability of a visitor being converted to a user of the application is also higher, mobile applications thus for this reason are known to bring in and generate more revenue. And therefore, mobile applications have proven to be a boon to the startup segment.
The Name of the Game
When it comes to startups their reason for being so widely successful and having such accessibility are the mobile applications that they launched. Mobile applications have changed the story of success for startups and enabled them to reach heights that other wise would not have been possible. Mobile applications come with a huge value of potential and startups made sure to use this opportunity to the best of their ability.
Features and Qualities That Make Your Application Prominent
Posted on January 1, 2020
Technology today is growing and constantly transforming, keeping up with these transformations applications today are becoming extremely advanced. Plenty of research along with a detailed outline of how the application is to be built, such as what platform should the application be built to the designing of the application is structured and defined.
Native application development a platform on which applications are built is gaining momentum and the features it offers are exceptional, making it a preferred choice among the application developer’s community on which to create, build and design applications.
Designing a successful application is no easy accomplishment, it requires the combination of converting an idea into a successful application using the appropriate choice of tools, to making sure the right features and attributes reflect on the applications.
Originality the Game Changer
An idea today, can change the whole foundation of the applications segment. Users are keen on trying applications that are new, unique and boast of an array of features that have not been available on other applications.
The native application development companies are looking to fill the gap between demand and supply.
As native applications requires the user to download the application from the specific software platforms, it gives them scope and room to develop and create applications that work well on the platform, for which the application is being developed be it the mobile phone platform, the desktop and other gadgets. Native technology platform is an innovation that has not only upped the ante when it comes to building application but has also enhanced the users experience of using these applications.
Features That Would Give you a Competitive Edge
An application is born out of an idea, a demand that needs to be fulfilled, turning that into an application requires a strategy and a structure which would make it a success.
Let’s look at some of the features that would make your application stand out:
Simplicity in its Design
Too much or too little can make or break the application. Finding a balance is extremely important and this an important aspect of designing. While creating the prototype of your application, keep in mind which is the feature that you want to highlight, and which feature would be the unique selling proposition of the application. Design your applications around this and make sure you do not go overboard while creating it. The prototype you create will give you a framework on what to add and what to eliminate in the final version of the application.
Appropriate Tools and Devices
An application when developed requires the right platform for it to be developed on. Native technology gives the application to be developed a freedom to ensure that the application being created for platforms such as Android, iOS, or the desktop to customize it to suit the platforms for which it is being developed. Making sure the right tools and devices are used is extremely important to ensure the application created is successful.
Room for Upgrades
When creating and designing an application it is important to keep room for changes and upgrades. As the application segment and market is highly competitive and transforming, it is extremely important to ensure to give your users an application that is keeping in line with the changes. Users today are extremely intelligent, and we need to keep them engaged to the applications and to do this you need to make sure that while creating the application, it’s important to keep room for upgrades and changes.
Filter and Search
An application when created sometimes offers a multitude of options and array of features, users sometimes may get overwhelmed and a little lost as to go about using the features of the application. It is always safer to offer users an option to filter out and search for a specific solution or feature they are looking to use. This makes the application extremely easy and user friendly. The Native application technology gives the developers the opportunity to add this feature to their design and prototype.
Contact and Support
Having this feature in the application is extremely important and significant. The developers and creators of the application will get an idea of any hitches in the application directly form the users and they can take steps to rectify it. the contact and support feature give the users a confidence in the application, that if they face any problem or obstacle or any questions, they could get in touch with the team to immediately rectify their problems and provide solutions. This also gives the developers of the application a look into the mindset of the users and what they are looking for from the applications.
Linking with Social Media
An application if linked or integrated with the social media immediately gets an added advantage and a competitive edge over the other applications. Social media today has a significant impact on the applications. It can help convert potential visitors into customers. It also helps create a brand awareness, along with giving you a platform of marketing the application.
Innovation is at its Peak
Today innovation is at its peak, users are all about innovation new ideas and enhancing the experience of using the application. Applications today are wide and varied, for your application to be prominent and significant you need to offer a unique experience to the users. Let your application be innovative and the application you develop of top-notch quality. This will ensure the success of your application.
Proquotes Application- How Native Applications are Changing the Game
Posted on December 12, 2019
A Little Introspection
Technology and its impact have been influential, powerful and extremely life altering. The amount of applications available today are a huge number and the way the application segment is rapidly growing is astonishing.
There is no going back and no denying the fact that technology has improved and evolved into a force to be reckoned with. But are we conscientiously creating these applications?
We at Octos Global believe so, our aim is to create and develop applications that not only reach out to people and make a difference, but we also to make sure the applications we support, build, develop and create are meaningful and significant in today’s world. The Proquotes application represents that philosophy of thinking.
A New Chain of Thought
The Proquotes application developed on the native technology platform, has been a significant creation. The Proquotes application allows people to read quotes from a vast variety of predefined categories and allows its users to create their own quotes in the form of text, image and video quotes. Also, Proquotes has the added feature of sharing quotes across other social media platforms. Proquotes is an application that is meant to inspire and motivate people and give them a platform to showcase their creativity by creating new quotes. And we at Octos Global were inspired by that chain of thought and created the application that has turned out to be exceedingly well received.
The Proquotes application was created on the native platform technology, a technology that allows you to build an application specifically to use on the iOS and android platform has been a contributing and substantial factor is the success of the Proquotes application.
The native application technology is gaining momentum as it offers a variety of features and advantages to the applications developed in this technology, and Proquotes application is one such application that has become a rage.
How does it work
The native technology enables developers to build two versions of the same application, one for the android platform and one for the iOS platform. The advantage of this being that the application is customized to suit and fit the need of the platform. This allows the application to be, more flexible and perform more efficiently.
Developers at Octos Global decided to build the Proquotes application using the native technology as the native application technology allows access to features such as camera, microphone and push notifications and these qualities are inherent to the Proquotes application. As Proquotes allows users to create content in the form of quotes the access to certain features on the devices are important.
Therefor aligning the two has been a highly fruitful.
Go the Native Application Way
The native application technology is an extremely innovative and powerful technology is terms of developing and customizing your application that needs to be created. The features it offers when it comes to creating quality and highly efficient applications set the standards for applications built using this technology extremely high. This application walks the talk and delivers successful and thriving applications. Proquotes being one such application.
The whole ideology behind the native application technology is an enhanced experience of the application that is built using this technology. The ability to tap into features such as camera, GPS and being customized to suit the needs of iOS and android make it a highly desirable application.
High Quality Standards
As the application is available on the app stores of respective platforms, it is easily available, regular in sync with the latest updates and uses the security tools of the phone and is the quality of the application is extremely high, the native application technology adds another extremely useful feature to its cap.
The implications of building applications on native technology are far and wide. One such implication is detecting user behavior, patterns and preferences, as the native application can detect and provide data to study these habits and help establish a profile, based on which recommendations can be made to user.
Optimum Utilization of Features
Due to the application build to suit the needs if the two platforms this makes the efficiently and effectively access and utilize the devices features. This makes for an extremely satisfying and enriching user experience of the application.
Raising the Stakes
When applications are delivered with technology that is in sync with the needs of the application requirements, then you have a product that sets the bar high for the applications. Aligning and bringing together application and technology that work best with each other requires skill and knowledge and we at Octos Global are driven to do exactly that. The perfect combination of this is the technology behind the Proquotes application. Native technology platform for creation of applications is changing the rules, giving rise to innovation and raising the stakes in the application development world. It would be exciting to see what comes next from the native platform segement.