Attributes That Take Your Mobile Application To The Next Level

Posted on March 3, 2020
Kevin Bell

With over 1 million mobile apps available in the major store apps today, businesses globally have recognized the importance of having mobile apps. Mobile apps are becoming increasingly competitive. Businesses worldwide are finding it challenging to be discovered and make a huge in this sea of mobile app competition.

About 89% of the users spend their mobile time on mobile apps 59% of all traffic is mobile

Mobile Apps Have All The Answers

All thanks to their unique attributes, no wonder they have prospered so much. These features provide convenience and make it efficient; an app can do a lot of. For example, using the device location to fill contact forms, push notifications, scanning card information, sign contracts, map customer’s location for the salespeople, take snapshots for documentation, optical character recognition and so on. Businesses have to be aware of these unique attributes that mobile devices can offer and set the strategies accordingly.

Scroll down to know what the innovative attributes are that users are looking to have in the mobile apps.

Developing for both iOS and Android

Android and iOS are the two most popular mobile app development platforms. However, it limits your users if you have specifically designed Android apps or iOS-based mobile app. This dilemma can be eliminated by developing the app in a cross-platform development framework. This way you can tap into a wider audience.

 Notifications

It is one of the prominent features of mobile app development. The notification acts a direct communication with your customers/ users. It can be used for sending promotional offers, reporting, monetizing new opportunities, etc.

 Ratings and review

Ratings and reviews act as a window, providing clarity to the users about how the products and services are.

Reviews are brief feedbacks. This feature helps you to know how your products and services are doing. It shows that you care about their given ratings and work on to improve it. Having a rating/review feature will be a plus, as it acts as an authenticity towards your users. Displaying the reviews whether good or bad shows that you are willing to stretch for your customers.

Easy payment gateway

A secured payment gateway gives peace of mind to the users. Knowing that their payment details are stored with optimum security. The easy payment gateway feature provides instant payment methods from the eCommerce apps.

 QR/Barcode scanner integration

QR and Barcode Scanner are an exceedingly profitable feature in the mobile app to have. This minimizes the paper use and allows the user a convenient way when it comes to scanning coupon codes, tickets, travel reservations and so on.

The QR code is picked to be framed and scanned in order to redirect a user to an item detail page which saves time, providing users to have a pleasing user experience.

Order tracking

This is a must-have feature for eCommerce portals. Because your competitor’s mobile app has, and you too need one. Not only this, order tracking will provide you the entire information about the logistics. A good mobile app will have order tracking feature as buyers prefer to know about their order placed and when the package is going to be delivered.

Voice search

Voice search is a revolutionary feature that most of the mobile apps are now having. In fact, it will soon be a must-have feature that is transforming the user experience in future dates. The features let the users verbally command the app resulting in an innovative technique of voice search.

 Face detection

We live in a technology advancement era where the security protocols are beyond imaginative. Companies are choosing face detection as the security element to have theirs in their mobile apps.

 Location

This is one of the primary features that a mobile app must-have. This feature helps in broadcasting accurate location, place and time in real-time to your users. This is extremely helpful to the eCommerce companies in targeting the right customer services.

 Chat service

This feature is extremely beneficial if you are running an e-commerce portal. The chat service provides immediate help to the users – a low-cost alternative to resolve your customer complaints immediately.

 Social logins

Users are passionate about social media and love to be connected to different social media platforms. Therefore, having a social media login feature is mandatory. Perhaps, it is one of the prime requisites that your users will look to have in the app.

 Ability to work offline

This is an advance feature that doesn’t require an Internet connection, which means the users can work offline. The app is integrated in such a way that it allows the users to access the information and deal with the situation in the event of no Internet connection.

 Delivering Mobile Apps – For Startups & Businesses

From concept to development, OctosGlobal covers the entire mobile app development cycle no matter how diverse your business needs are. Our ability to meet your needs stem from our experts who have years of experience in handling global app solution services.

Building a Local Discovery App? Here is How to Proceed!

Posted on February 8, 2019
Kevin Bell

Apps are the new websites. Yes, that is true. Have a look at the numbers:

a. By 2020, apps would be generating close to $190 billion annually in revenues.
b. On Apple’s App Store alone, there are over 2 million apps registered in total.
c. 90% of time spent on mobile is spent on some app.
d. Mobile devices account for 53% of paid search clicks.

Apps are as a good as any website and they add the added functionalities of portability and customization. So, one thing is clear – iPhone app development has to be centric to your business strategy.

The Need for Local Discovery Apps

The retail travel industry is projected to grow to $85 billion by 2020. Of this entire segment, millennials will account for more the 50% of the growing demand. Hence on thing is for sure – businesses that are able to successfully satiate the demand of the millennial travelling habits, will grow aggressively in the same period.

Millennials are taking approximately 2.6 trips a year. Now, when you are travelling these many times a year, you will need one thing when you land up in a new destination – a local guide.

How to get started with a Local Guide app?

First and foremost – understand the market you want to be in.

In order to get started with the app development of your local guide, you have to know what type of guide do you plan to build:

a. Category Specific Discovery: You can have a local restaurant discovery app that helps users find the nearest local cuisine with customizable filters for results.

b. Marketplace Discovery Model: You can provide a marketplace for experiences and activities, where sellers can list their events and your users can navigate through the list on an interactive map.

c. User Behaviour Based Discovery: You can have a unique platform listing all the interesting things one can do in a city, based on proximity, mood and interests.

Now that you have your baseline idea ready, you have to decide what technology do you plan to use. Any competent app development company in USA will give you one of the following technology setups for your local guide app:

1. Mobile Location: This is the most commonly used way to generate a user’s location. That said, several businesses are already providing this functionality. Most of the times, mobile location is actually the best way to understand where a user is and then suggesting her what options she has around her.

Using mobile location to help users discover places around them has a couple of problems:

 i. You will be competing directly with Google – which has more data and greater technology.

 ii. You will have to depend on the internet connection which may or may not be uniform everywhere.

A good way to get use mobile location as the base to building a local guide would be to use the Google Maps and then provide more relevant customization possibilities to users.

For instance, Google uses basic demographic data and search history to recommend places. You can use better filters such as mood, hobbies or friend’s recommendations to filter through same places.

A good app development company can easily help you adapt the very basic Google Maps to your desired filters for customizing results.

2. Manual Entry: This is yet another frugal way to detect user location. You ask the user to manually enter her current or desired location and then help them discover everything relevant to them in that specific location.

Here, you are simply outsourcing the core job of detecting location on the user. An added advantage here is that you are providing your users a sense of privacy and immunity from invasion, where they have a control on what they want to reveal about their current or future locations.

That said, this option also comes with its own set of issues:

i. Users are not always aware of their exact locations. If they are unable to point on the right spot on the map, you will get the wrong inputs and might fail in providing the right results.

II. Users may resort to searching on your app and then going there manually. Here, you will not be able to showcase your lead generation efficacy to the businesses that have registered on your platform.

III. Beacon Based Proximity Detection: Beacon has been a recent revolution. Here, Bluetooth and physical beacons can be used for detecting proximity.

All you have to do is hire iPhone app developer and integrate the beacons on with your app. The beacons will naturally point at the nearest registered business on your local guide and your users will be able to do so without spending out on their mobile data. 

In Conclusion

Building a local guide is all about using all the data relevant to a geography and customizing it according to user behavior and preferences. If you are able to do that, you will have a thriving local guide app running in no time.

Octos Global- Listed Among Top Software Development Companies by GoodFirms

Posted on April 26, 2018
Kevin Bell

Octos Global, a leading offshore software development company based in California, has strengthened its foothold in global software development landscape. The company’s efforts, committed to developing intuitive mobile and web applications, have been recognized by GoodFirms research that has listed Octos among the top software development companies in the world.

Octos Global has been providing reliable digital business solutions from project ideation to implementation. Specializing in offshore software development, mobile app development, UX/UI design, usability testing, Blockchain Technology, IoT, QA, the company has been delivering extraordinary solutions to global enterprises for 8 years.

Octos Global’s mention among the top software development companies in the world by GoodFirms research is a monumental feat. GoodFirms is the preferred platform for enterprises to find the right technology partner for their business. Being listed among top companies enhanced Octos’ credibility and reinstated Octos’ vision to assist companies in developing high-end software applications.

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GoodFirms evaluated the company on the basis of quality, reliability, ability, customer satisfaction, market penetration, etc. and recognized software development expertise of OctosGlobal to rank it among top software development firms of the world. GoodFirm’s legitimate research has helped top enterprises in choosing the right technology partner and being recognized among top companies by an unbiased research platform has elevated OctosGlobal’ stature in the global software development industry.

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