Mobile App Development Resources Guide

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Introduction

“How to build an app”

“What programming language do I need to learn?”

These are common questions asked everyday by beginners who are eager to learn how to code and develop iOS or Android apps. No doubt you’ve already googled something along those lines and read enough articles/answers that all say the same thing.

You have probably come across various articles such as; https://thinkmobiles.com/blog/best-app-development-software/ a very good starting point if you are looking at a DIY solution. However, if you plan to master the art of the app development, then you should read on.

In today’s fast paced world, the mobile app market is expanding by leaps and bounds. Providing seamless, yet engaging experience on mobile is now more important than ever, and it gives a true competitive advantage to businesses that get it right.

Consequently, as mobile app designers and developers we are always looking for the right tool that will make our designs, functionality and usability worthwhile for the end user. Developing a valuable mobile app requires top notch skill, creativity, and of course the right tools.

While it’s still essential to sketch your wireframes and products prototype on paper, and to be particular about the approach being followed for mobile app development, app designing software is making it easier and less tedious to share finished or unfinished jobs with clients, developers, and designers.

Here’s the situation: you’re a developer and have all the necessary tools to code an amazing app. But you’re a bit stuck as far as the design, and with so many design tools everywhere nowadays, it can be challenging to choose the best tool for your particular type of app.

Without the mastery of industry-standard design tools like Adobe Photoshop, how do you design a mobile app that reflects your inner genius? How do you make an app that is both visually stunning and easy for users to navigate?

Good news is, we’ve distilled 50 tools mobile app developers prefer to use. We’re confident that you’ll find the right tool with the functionality you need from this list.

9 Best Cross-Platform Mobile App Development Tools

There are a large number of tutorials and learning material on the net to learn iOS app development and Android App Development. For the purpose of this article we will be focussing on (WORA), the concept of write once, run anywhere app development platforms and resources.

With WORA a developer writes code once on one platform, and runs it on multiple platforms, with the explicit aim being to save time and effort on the part of the developer. As a developer one is able to reuse the code and can design apps that can work efficiently on multiple platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows, and many more.

Codename One

Codename One is a framework that supports popular IDEs like NetBeans, Eclipse, and IntelliJ IDEA. Suitable for rapid application development, it allows a developer to write code in Java, as well as test and verify the application with Codename One’s simulator devices and test automation tools.

One of the main features of its build server is that a developer can build native iOS apps as well as native Windows apps without a Mac machine or Windows PC. We recommended using this platform for developing iOS apps.

A large drawback of Codename's graphic UI is its outdated visual themes, as well as the fact that all the event handlers are stored in a single file, which makes the development more cumbersome. We do not recommend using it for large projects.

 

PhoneGap

Adobe owned PhoneGap, is an open-source platform that makes building cross-platform apps for iPhone, Android, Windows, and BlackBerry quite easy. The two of the main features of the platform is its ability to translate code from HTMT5, CSS, and JavaScript, and being a free resource, it is high in demand among developers due to its features and support that it offers.

The only limitation in this tool is it is not suitable for graphics-intensive apps.

 

Appcelerator

Deploying a JavaScript codebase, Appcelerator makes it possible for coders to create cross-platform apps with speed. Being a platform that is both extensible and open, make it a perfect tool for taking future growth into consideration. As a developer one can create apps for platforms like iOS, Android, and BlackBerry; it even supports HTML5 and hybrid apps. Appcelerator has an open-source SDK and supports more than 5,000 devices and OS APIs, Eclipse-based IDE Studio, and the MVC framework Alloy.

The only disadvantage is the slow response of its support team, especially the developer community.

Sencha Touch

Apart from the fact that the commercial licensing feature of Sencha touch is not easy to comprehend, and its limited number of native looking themes, the Sencha Touch platform is an ideal choice for building cutting-edge apps on a cross-platform mobile app framework. 

Monocross

Monocross is the perfect platform for building interactive and interesting apps for smartphones and tablets. What makes this open source, cross-platform framework so amazing, apart from the fact that it supports C#, Microsoft, .NET, and the Mono framework, is that it gives the developer full access to the native device APIs while still coding in C#.

The two main drawbacks of Monocross are; the lack of enough resources to learn about the framework and document and support for the framework are few in number on the internet.

 

Kony Mobile Platform

The only drawback Kony Mobile Platform  is the scarcity of documentation and resource support for developers. But apart from that it is a platform that is laced with features like automatic coding, app preview facility, an API connection, and a range of pre-built apps that make it easier for novices to develop an app easily.  

NativeScript

NativeScript is another wonderful open source platform for building cross-platform compatible mobile apps. The framework provides native APIs in JavaScript, and it provides support for Angular.js 2 and TypeScript. The great thing about it is that, as a developer you can easily reuse the available plug-in npm directly in NativeScript projects.

As with Kony and Monocross, the resources are not extensive; and it is difficult to find useful examples and documentation on each of its features.

 

RhoMobile

The RhoMobile framework offers application tools to developers for developing multi-platform, native mobile and enterprise applications.

RhoStudio comes along with a free Eclipse plug-in; it allows developers to generate, develop, debug, and test applications, even in the absence of other hardware or an emulator. Here, a developer can easily access an offline data with Rho Connects.

Cons: One of the biggest disadvantages with RhoMobile is Its RhoElements RFID plug-in is not freely available for Windows Mobile/CE.

 

Xamarin

Xamarin has made it possible for the developers to design native apps for multiple platforms using only C# code base. The tool allows developers to use the same IDE, language, and APIs everywhere. Xamarin cross-platform development has been adopted by big names like Microsoft, Foursquare, IBM, and Dow Jones. If a developer wants to use Ruby or C#, then it is one of the most suitable development platforms for them. Xamarin platform allows the developer to share code, which means an app can be created in less time and at decreased cost.

Design tools

Whether you're designing your app for iOS, Android, both or another platform entirely, as a mobile app designer are always looking for the right tool that will make their designs worthwhile for the end user. Developing a valuable mobile app requires top notch skill, creativity, and of course the right tools.

While it’s still recommended that you sketch your wireframes and products prototype on paper, app designing software and resource are making it easier less tedious and easy to share finished or unfinished jobs with clients, developers, and designers.

But with so many design tools everywhere nowadays, it can be challenging to choose the best tool for your particular type of app. Here we’ve brought together a list of brilliant tools to help you get from concept to finished app faster. It is segmented into General tools and then specific tools for Android and IOS.

General Tools

Wireframing Tools

Wireframing is an essential stage when going through the process of designing a mobile app. It involves creating a bare minimum product that essentially represents the skeleton of the design of your app, and it allows you to think about structure as separate from the final design elements.

It also makes it possible for you to effectively get your concept across to any relevant parties – collaborators, designers, or investors – without you personally needing any design experience to accurately express these ideas.

With more wireframe tools to choose from than ever, we selected the pick of the bunch for App Development.

Pen and Paper

Reliable pen and paper might be old school but still un beatable for cost, plus you don’t need any special training or tool mastery to get the most out of this wireframing method. While some designers and developers prefer going directly to Photoshop or a prototyping tool, this pen and paper I still the best method for capturing ideas quickly as they happen.

Android and/or iOS sketch paper

For those just starting out learning how to design a mobile app, sketch paper is a great way to go to learn how to use a specialty wireframing tool. For a reasonable price, you can purchase dot-grid papers that have iPhones and iPads printed on them, it is also ideal for storyboarding or showing the various states of how your app will look in use. The Android version of sketch paper has 8 phone models printed on it. However, unlike the iOS paper (which has a dot grid), this one has no lines at all.

Wireframe kit v2

Boasting over 175 templates and over 500 UI elements, this is a useful resource that will speed up your workflow when you are creating designs for tablets and other mobile devices, ensuring you finish your work on time and your designs always look great.

The Noun Project

This is a great tool kit for any upcoming mobile project that you might have, and a must have for all mobile web designers. It boasts thousands of amazing icons from a variety of different artists, some of which are free.

Now

This is a comprehensive free, cross platform UI kit for Photoshop and sketch. Boasting over 52 complete design templates, 35 custom icons as well as over 180 UI components, you will have everything you need in one kit to create amazing designs.

MockFlow

If you are looking for an online wireframing solution, with the flexibility to handle any type of design project – whether it’s for a mobile or web app, then you should consider something like MockFlow.

Wireframeapp.io

Wireframeapp.io is another web-app based wireframing option similar to MockFlow. Unlike MockFlow all plans are paid for.

Balsamiq

If you are looking for a tool to effortlessly design just wireframes with, then Balsamiq does a great job at it. The great thing about it is, that apart from being fast and offering a lot of UI elements you can make wireframe sketches or clean wireframe designs to match your thought-out design.

Prototyping Tools

Prototyping is the next step in designing a mobile app once you’ve finished wireframing. The main reason for using a prototyping tool is to create a workable version of the design, similar to what you want the final project to look like.

Marvel

Marvel is a collaborative web application prototyping tool that makes it easy to turn your sketches into workable prototypes for iOS and Android. 

It offers the ability to add basic design elements, and also link these designs together to create a workable flow. Marvel allows you to create realistic interactions such as hover, click, swipe, pinch and more. With tons of third party integrations such as Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator, and even those on cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive, Marvel plays nice with many of the other tools you already use, and the collaborators on your team.  Unlike other tools, Marvel is supper specific—design, prototype and collaborate. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, then Marvel could be the design tool for you.

InVision

InVision is a free web and mobile prototyping tool used by innovative companies like Adobe, Zappos, AT&T, Dell, and Sony, as well as fast-growth start-ups like Prezi, Soundcloud, and Evernote. 

Thanks to its functionality that allows for simple commenting and collaboration on projects, it is the perfect prototyping tool for teams, Version control is another great feature, that sets it apart from many similar types of tools. 
Using InVision won’t guarantee you their success, but you can’t deny the benefits of association!

Axure RP

Axure it a complete app design tool for professional designers, offering a free to use during a 30-day trial. It tries to give you all the functionalities you need to design your app from start to finish. 

Axure allows for easy app prototyping thanks to highly functional designs and provides functionality for easy team collaboration. Apart from the prototyping, it allows you to also design wireframes, mock-ups, flowcharts, personas, idea boards, user journeys, diagramming and graphical documentations and even more. 
The interesting thing is, if you are a code freak and will like to do some coding, it allows you to code, and also allows you to add ready to use components and libraries to help you create even better design seamlessly.

Proto.io

Proto.io has a lot of features, and it’s easy to use, as no coding is required. 

For mobile app developers looking to create a realistic and functional prototype that “feels real” this may be music to your ears. 
They supply users with multiple UI libraries, 3rd party integrations (with partners like Dropbox or Google Drive, allowing you to synchronize files easily to help you simplify your workflow), and even user testing to ensure the user experience is seamless upon launch. More importantly, you can seamlessly import your UI components from Sketch or Photoshop. 
A basic 15-day free trial allows you access to limited features. Starting at $24/month you can upgrade to a fully-functional account with multiple projects and features.

JustInMind

Designed for wireframes and for prototyping this standalone tool can be downloaded and installed onto your own server. Through its powerful widget library and tons of plugins extensions, it allows you to add HTML, videos, online widgets, docs, interactive maps and online/offline to your application. 

It furthermore allows for integration with JIRA, Microsoft TFS and Doors, and the ability to manage your team members from the same platform.

Visual Design

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” Is a famous saying by Steve Jobs. Sometimes, we all need a little bit of inspiration.

If you are looking for guidance, and a little inspiration to help remove the creative block, these free tools can help you wrap your head around the perfect design for either mobile operating system.

Laudable Apps

This bare-bones website/app gallery focuses specifically on just showcasing beautiful iOS 7 designs. With no text or other distractions, and no commentary.

Android Patterns

There is no better way to familiarize yourself with the in’s and outs of design for an Android. It may surprise you to know that it is significantly less rigid, and remarkably different to that of iOS app design standards.

Using Android Patterns is a great crash course in Android Design ( in addition to reading through the Google Play store’s submission materials, like this launch checklist), as it contains a library of Android interaction patterns arranged by app type and include actions such as navigation, notifications, and screen interactions.

While these patterns can be helpful they should be taken as a guide, but not absolute rules.

Icons

Icons8 provides a library of over 53,800 icons that are completely free to use. Perfect for helping you visualise what your final product will look like.  

Adobe Colour

Adobe has a vast array of resources for those looking to design a mobile app, from beginner to advanced levels of design. One of the simplest and most useful is their colour scheme tool.

From monochromatic to complementary, to triad, and more the options are endless. You can even create a colour scheme from an image or browse the colour scheme submissions of others for inspiration.

Mobile Design Inspiration

Organized specifically by iPhone, Android, Apple Watch, and iPad, Mobile Design Inspiration is the largest inspiration gallery for mobile app design that we know of. New designs are added weekly, and their “Creative Fields” section can provide additional inspiration if you’re also working on designing an app logo.

Adobe Experience Design (XD)

XD is the direct competitor of Sketch, it is ridiculously fast and easy to use. If you’re a PC fan and have been looking to use Sketch but have been unable to due to its exclusively supports Mac, then, this is good news for you.

XD provides you with basically all the features you get from Sketch—wireframe, prototyping, and more.

Origami

Origami Studio is a complex standalone interface design tool with great functionalities Originally developed by Facebooks it is now available for free.

Highlights include the ability to preview your app prototype, and see live changes as you work on it, by connecting to the Origami app on your iOS or Android device, coping and pasting layers from Sketch, and more.

Another cool functionality is the ability to record your prototype and quickly send it to anyone from the Origami app, even clients.

OmniGraffle

OmniGraffle is another design tool that allows you to quickly visualize the flow of your app. It helps you in planning your app development without much hassle, by providing the features and freedom to prototype strategy maps, wireframes, screen flows, and a range of diagrams.

HotGloo

Need to design a prototype mobile application that needs a specific user interface? Looking for a powerful interface designing tool that allows you to do this? Then web-based HotGloo is for you.

Apart from its extraordinary interactive features, it caters for many designers to work on a single wireframe project from anywhere, all they need is an internet connection.

UI stencil kit

Old fashioned as It may be.  A UI stencil kit is a tool every designer must have.

Flinto

Does it look like all odds are against you on the best tools in the market because you’re not on Mac?

Maybe you want to collaborate with your team and everyone is using Mac and now you’re thinking of getting a Mac because you want to be able to use Sketch?

Well, Flinto has a web and Mac version, you can easily import your Sketch and Photoshop designs and join your team. You’ll never feel like you’re left out.

It’s super-fast, mirrors iPhone and Android transition animations, it supports prototype previewing, and sharing the installation link is simple — just send a link to whoever you want to from the app. 

FramerJS

With FramerJS you can create powerful wireframes and prototypes. It is however not a tool that you can start using straight after visiting the website, you will need to spend some time training in the use of it. Training is provided for free.

Framer, is one of the few mobile app design tools where you’re limited only by your imagination. It is flexible and interactive and allows you to code or use their visual editor if you’re just a visual designer. The benefit of FramerJS visual editor is it auto-generates the corresponding code at the backend, allowing you to re-use it if you like to play around with the code, if you are a coder.

It boasts an easy workflow, previewing of your prototypes, and can easily import designs from Sketch, Figma, and Photoshop and collaborate with your team members.

inVision

inVision is the tool to use if you want to add animations, gestures, and transitions to your static prototype, turning your designs into interactive and clickable prototypes.

It offers effective collaboration for simple management of your workflows.

Zeplin

Zeplin is the ultimate collaboration tool created for app designers and developers. It goes far beyond design and workflow management, by cutting meeting times in half and ensuring that designs are implemented perfectly, however complex. Designed to keep everyone on the same page, everyone in the team can access up to date design resources and get notified of changes.

Zeplin allows you to upload your wireframes and visual designs from Photoshop and Sketch and add them to your project folder, before automatically generating accurate specs, assets and code snippets from designs—tailored for the platform you’re developing for. No more getting lost in design files.

Developers also don’t have to wait until designers finish the design before getting the specs, as developers can be introduced early enough to the process. Building a product specification document and reiterating it every other time can really be tedious—with Zeplin you don’t ever have to do that, as iterations can be done at the same time—thereby reducing the number of iterations for a project. 

UXPin

Zeplin is the ultimate collaboration tool created for app designers and developers. It goes far beyond design and workflow management, by cutting meeting times in half and ensuring that designs are implemented perfectly, however complex. Designed to keep everyone on the same page, everyone in the team can access up to date design resources and get notified of changes.Zeplin allows you to upload your wireframes and visual designs from Photoshop and Sketch and add them to your project folder, before automatically generating accurate specs, assets and code snippets from designs—tailored for the platform you’re developing for. No more getting lost in design files.Developers also don’t have to wait until designers finish the design before getting the specs, as developers can be introduced early enough to the process. Building a product specification document and reiterating it every other time can really be tedious—with Zeplin you don’t ever have to do that, as iterations can be done at the same time—thereby reducing the number of iterations for a project.

Iconjar

Searching for and organizing your icons all the time can be really stressful and time consuming. With Iconjar you can eliminate this hassle.

Iconjar allows you to upload and store all your icons in one place from where you can drag and drop to them into your project on Sketch, Photoshop or illustrator.

The only downside is you may not be able to upload .ai and .sketch files.

InVision App

InVision App is a design protocol tool that transforms static designs into clickable prototypes that support gestures, transitions and animations.

You load in your static mock-ups, then define which areas you want to be interactive, and what they should do. For example, make a menu item clickable, so that it transitions to another page.

Clients can click on any part of your design in order to communicate to you what they like and dislike. This feedback can then be transformed into a to-do list.

InVision App is free to use for one project. Three projects costs $15 per month and unlimited projects costs $25 per month.

Cool Mockups

Cool Mockups offers a huge collection of premium mock-up designs for iPhones, iPads, and MacBook’s and a couple of free designs.

Designs are available individually with prices starting at only $5 for a single PSD file, or as collections which offer much better value. For example, you can purchase a collection of 29 MacBook and iPad mock-ups for only $11.

All designs are Photoshop files that can be saved as a flat screenshot or an image to a smart object layer, which is then automatically inserted into the 3D scene.

PSD Covers

Unlike the name suggests PSD Covers are not .psd files, but Photoshop actions. It offers a good collection of PSD files that can be used to create mock-up designs for books, boxes, DVD Cases, mobile designs, and more.

Its large tutorial section offers good explains on how to load Photoshop actions into Photoshop, how to play the actions to create the base file, adding images, to then create the 3D mock-up designs.

Pixeden

Pixeden has a large collection of free and premium user interfaces and mobile app graphic kits predominantly geared towards iPhones and iPads.

Membership plans start at only $10 per month, $96 per year, or $72 per year for premium subscriptions.

MockUPhone

MockUPhone is a free and simple to use screenshots device mock-ups generator. Simply pick a devise, upload your file, and get your mock-up.

Interestingly the also offer mock-ups for devices such as large TVs, Microsoft Surface, as well as a d a good variety of Android devices.

Mokk.me

Still in Beta Mokk.me is a free tool that allows you to easily create mobile web application mock-ups for iPhone, Android, and WebOS you can share, test on multiple platforms, and reuse the HTML, UI CSS and JS, and add behaviour with jQuery to build your production solution.

The interface is intuitive and easy to use, with a simple drag and drop of fields and elements into the mobile interface. Everything can be moved around, configured, or deleted; whether it be text, images, forms, buttons, or maps.

NinjaMock

NinjaMock is a collaborative online service that lets you create wireframe designs for iOS, Android, Windows, and browsers in a few minutes. Mock-ups can be saved in PNG, HTML or PDF format and the document emailed or just printed out for a meeting.

A visual editor gives you all the controls you need for creating your mock-up, while the vector editor lets you create things by freehand. NinjaMock enables you to easily collect feedback on your wireframe design from anyone, and you can keep track of your communication directly within the project.

The service is free for those of you who want to create three projects for non-commercial use. Unlimited projects costs $10 per month.

Fluid UI

Used by the very best product designers in the world Fluid UI assist you in visualizing the flow of your mobile app interface. As with other tools mock-ups can be tested on iOS and Android and shared with clients, however what sets it apart from other tools is the huge collection of 3,500 mobile, tablet, desktop, and wearable widgets that it offers.

The service is free to use for one project and ten pages. The Lite plan costs $12 per month and allows one project, an unlimited number of pages, and ten uploads.

Upgrading to the standard plan at $29 per month allows ten projects and unlimited projects and pages. It also offers additional tools such as project cloning, exports and printing. Their top plan costs $49 per month and has no restrictions on projects or pages.

POP App

Marvels POP (Prototyping on paper) App is a service that helps you transform your pen and paper ideas into an interactive iPhone or Android prototype by assisting you to present, explain, and share your app ideas.

Mock-ups can be viewed in any device and it integrates perfectly with services such as Dropbox.

The free plan allows for two projects and one member, while the basic plan costs $10 per month if paid yearly and offers ten projects and three members. Upgrading to their pro plan at $25 per month allows unlimited projects and team members.

The Best Android Lollipop UI Design Kit

UXPin released a fantastic free Android UI kit, that allows you to grab the best Android Lollipop
UI Design Kit for Free

The kit contains 45 stylish Android Lollipop inspired elements that can be modified in Sketch, Photoshop, and UXPin. A Nexus 5 body, Nexus 6 body, and over 100 icons, are also included with the download file.

Libraries

Repurposing your source code in the process of developing and applications is a blunder. To avoid it, you need to use libraries in which you will find various suitable tools and apps in creating a new technology.

pttrns

TETHR is an absolutely free design kit for iOS by InVision. It offers eight Photoshop document files and 138 templates with over 250 components that you can adapt and incorporate in your designs.

Unsplash

Unsplash makes finding good quality stock images and photos that you can download and use for any project for free easy. It is a great resource to find high-resolution photos free of copyrights that you can use the way you like in your app.

App Icon Template

This is a free Photoshop resource that helps you create app icons for iOS, OS X and Android apps on the go. App Icon Template is a free Photoshop resource that will assist you in creating app icons for OS X, iOS and Android apps on the go. Built in textures and colours, and with the ability to automatically render out all the various sizes of icons required on Android and iOS, makes it such winner.

Lookback

This is a free Photoshop resource that helps you create app icons for iOS, OS X and Android apps on the go. App Icon Template is a free Photoshop resource that will assist you in creating app icons for OS X, iOS and Android apps on the go. Built in textures and colours, and with the ability to automatically render out all the various sizes of icons required on Android and iOS, makes it such winner.

144 Social Icons

144 social icons come in 4 shape types, different colours and monochrome. Every social icon is designed in Photoshop as a vector image, making it easy to edit and the solution to create unique icons for use on your different projects.

New Old Stock

Images are an important part of web design, and mobile designs are not exceptional. What you need are great quality photos, and this is a great resource for this. It has an amazing collection of vintage photos from the public archives that you can easily use on your projects.

Android

Android App Patterns.

Specific to the Android operating system, Android App Patterns offers amazing design inspiration to app designers offering over 1,600 screenshots of beautifully designed and functional apps across 31 categories.

IOS

TETHR 

TETHR is an absolutely free design kit for iOS by InVision. It offers eight Photoshop document files and 138 templates with over 250 components that you can adapt and incorporate in your designs.

iOS Fonts

Every iOS font, for every iOS version installed since iOS SDK 3. iOS Fonts features a listing of default iOS fonts in one place with a total of 260 faces for iPhone and iPad. Web and app designers can try out the different fonts by typing a text in the preview box just to see how the results will look like on their Apple device.

Sketch 

Sketch is a lightweight MacBook based UI/UX design tool built for modern app designers.

It is very similar to Adobe Photoshop, but it’s built mainly for app prototyping offering powerful features, an intuitive interface and an expansive plugin ecosystem, Sketch lets you create your best work — from your earliest ideas, through to final designs.

The download size is about 20 megabytes, it doesn’t use too much system resources, and it exports assets very fast. If you want to edit photos, you’ll have to combine this app with other tools like Photoshop or Adobe illustrator and can’t animate with it. However, it’s a great choice for most app designers.

Conclusion

These are but a few resources that could help you give life to and develop prototypes and wireframes unique and best suited to your needs.  You definitely won’t have to use all of these tools, just the one that you think your design team needs to move to the next level.

With these resources you can make your app development experience a breeze.

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Now is the time to invest in App development in Pretoria

Mobile apps are taking over, not only in areas of social media and telecommunications, but also in business, shopping, and commerce. Investing in mobile app development for your South African and even international business is essential for its growth.

The average time to develop an App in Pretoria, Cape Town and Johannesburg or anywhere in South Africa for that matter can take anywhere from 6 months to a year or even longer to complete. Duration of development depends on the complexity of the mobile app.

Choosing the right mobile application development partner is clearly an important decision, getting it wrong can be an expensive exercise!

With this in mind, wouldn’t it make sense to undertake your app development in Pretoria, with a team that is known for delivering on time, every time?

At iSolve Mobility, we are a team of committed developers and we really love what we do. Working with a variety of different clients, helping them to develop their ideas and bring an incredible app to life, is an exciting journey. Developing cost effective, bug-free apps for start-ups and large companies alike, within a reasonable time frame is what we are specialists in.

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Why should you invest in mobile app development?

As more and more South Africans are increasingly accessing the internet via their mobile devices, owning an app that could be sitting in the palm of every client’s hand, is important. Why you might ask? Here are eight reasons why.

  1. Reach a Local or Global Audience

In the digital age, nearly everyone has internet access, and with most internet traffic coming from mobile devices, owning a Mobile application allows you to promote market expansion and increasing opportunities for business growth.

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Having a responsive website for your business is good but investing in mobile app development will let you virtually put your business in their pocket lets customers to access all they need about your business in one tap, anywhere and anytime.

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Whether they’re at home, commuting, or at work, a mobile application reinforces your business and brand, making consumers more likely to come to you for purchases.

  1. Brand Recognition

Mobile app development in Pretoria can do wonders for brand promotion. A great, well-developed, user-friendly mobile app will leave a lasting impression on customers and help build a reputable brand.

  1. Increased Customer Engagement

Mobile apps give consumers a seamless, all-in-one experience with your business, putting your business right in the palm of their hand. This efficient communication helps greatly in improving the relationship between consumer and business.

  1. Better customer service

A well-developed mobile app provides customers with everything they need to know about your product, as well as a quick method of communication with staff. Consumers will be able to make mobile transactions, get notified about offers and announcements, view product reviews, and so much more, all without entering a single store.

  1. Increased sales and mobile transactions

With the advent of services like SnapScan, and Pay you online commerce is growing popular. Investing in mobile app development in South Africa is therefore essential for better sales.

  1. Easier Market Research

Market research is essential to businesses. Mobile apps are a quick and effective way to collect consumer data and consumer preferences. This will help you present them with content that they’re interested in, giving them a user experience tailored to their needs.

iSolve Mobility is a pretoria based app developer that has a firm understanding of the application design and development process and can help you maximise the opportunities this new exciting media has to offer your business.

To know more, visit our app development service page.

App development in Pretoria doesn’t get better than this!

At iSolve Mobility, we know that no two businesses are the same. With our strong expertise in digital solutions, we’re able to create bug-free apps that are easy to navigate, and which has all of the information that you could possibly want to share with your clients. We design, develop and launch mobile applications for all platforms, including iPhone, Android, Windows, and Blackberry. With your entrepreneurial idea and our technical expertise, we can build a great mobile application regardless of the operating system that they use.

So you are considering getting an app for your company, but you are not yet fully convinced about the power of the app. Let us be the first to tell you that your app is going to change the way that you do business, and it is going to change the way that your clients talk to you.

Interested in our Pretoria based Mobile App Development services?

Whether you have a new app project that you would like to progress with, an existing app that needs bringing up to date, or assistance with conceptualising and planning for the mobile technology that your business needs, we are here to assist.

If you are ready to take charge of your marketing, you need to invest in an app. Contact iSolve Mobility for a no-obligation chat and to get the app development process going!

Ready to change the way you market your company? Contact iSolve Mobility today and enjoy the benefits of working with the best app development in Pretoria!

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App Development Johannesburg

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Boost your company sales and reap the rewards with app development in Johannesburg.

Marketing is based on knowing your customer’s needs, and creating, communicating and delivering a product or service that has value for customers and clients. Smartphones and tablets are completely changing the way that people run their lives, is it not time to revolutionise the way that your company does its marketing? Is it not time your company had an app? If it is app development in Johannesburg that you are searching for, iSolve Mobility is the “powerhouse” app development company for iOS, Android and Cross Platform that will make a world of difference in the way that you approach your online marketing.

As companies grow their presence online more and more successful business owners understand the significance and importance of having a mobile app representing your company. Yes, having a functional website is the place to start, and important, but more people are using their smartphones than ever before, there is no doubt an App is hands down one of the smartest tools for your business to reach your target market.

Developing cost effective, bug-free apps for start-ups and large companies alike, within a reasonable time frame is what we are specialists in. Our dedicated team of professional app developers have over 100 successful projects under their belt and know exactly what it takes to create an app that people are going to love to use. Our team of expert app developers develop beautiful, effective and highly impactful apps which perform perfectly for users and businesses alike. Our wealth of business knowledge, attention to detail and experience means that we can build and develop an app that offers a seamless user experience with the functions that you need to deliver – from online chat through to e-commerce. What’s more, we have the skills to make sure even the most technical and function-heavy apps look absolutely beautiful – yet get delivered on time.

When your app development in Johannesburg is in iSolve Mobility’s, you are guaranteed to get an app that is everything you need and more. Quality and fine attention to detail is what has helped us to build our reputation over the years, delivering successful apps of varying levels of complexity to local and international clients every time.
Our pride in our profession is reflected in the quality of the solutions we invent daily. Unlike our competitors, we’re proud to do all our app development locally in South Africa. Our developers boast a combined experience of over 20 years developing mobile app solutions and a staggering 40-years combined experience developing web and desktop software solutions. We’re also proud to have some of the best UI/UX design talent on our team.

Our highly experienced team of app developers will also implement cutting-edge methodologies to take your new mobile app to the forefront of relevant customer searches. We possess in-depth experience, skills and knowledge in this specialist sphere of online marketing. We are also the team that always stays up to date with the latest developments in the app world in order to ensure that we are always ahead of the game. By keeping our skills as sharp as possible, we are able to offer you a better service.

We also have app development offices in Pretoria and Cape Town.

Revolutionise your marketing with app development in Johannesburg

Owning a mobile app for your business is probably the most rewarding solution that gives you an edge over competitors. Not only does an app have many uses but the biggest benefit of having an app for your company is that it can become your most important marketing tool. The world has shifted from desktops to smartphones, and owning an app is a great way to reach out potential customers, by giving your clients the option of putting your brand in their hands. In recent years, the smartphone device along with the tablet have exploded in popularity. Just having a website will not give you an edge over your competitors. More people use smartphones than ever before and people love being able to use a convenient app when they want to find out information or when they are looking for an easy way to contact you.

The look and feel of the app as well as the information that you include on your app, can all have an influence on the decision to install your app. So, the development of the app is the most crucial part of the process and needs to be properly completed the first time around. The bottom line is, it’s hard to make a good app. This is why it is so important to work with a team that knows what they are doing.

Life’s too short for ugly apps, first impressions is going to count for a lot. That is why we create apps that are slick, gorgeous, ease-of-use, work flawlessly but most importantly act as a constant reminder about your company for every person who has it installed on their phones while being aligned with your business goals and end-user needs
There are a lot of companies that offer app development in Johannesburg, and people are more inclined to go with the company offering the lowest development prices. But cheap app development in Johannesburg is not always the best quality, this is why we try to keep our prices cost effective so even the smallest company can benefit from having an app of their own. You can contact us to find out more about our pricing.

Trust our app development in Johannesburg to provide you with a winning app

At iSolve Mobility, we know that no two businesses are the same. With our strong expertise in digital solutions, we’re able to create bug-free apps that are easy to navigate, and which has all of the information that you could possibly want to share with your clients. We design, develop and launch mobile applications for all platforms, including iPhone, Android, Windows, and Blackberry. With your entrepreneurial idea and our technical expertise, we can build a great mobile application regardless of the operating system that they use.

And these are the benefits of having an app:

  • An app increases your visibility to clients at all times.
  • An app brings a lot of information to your business about your customers and provides them with value at the same time.
  • An app is a wonderful tool to use for marketing and is indispensable once you have it.
  • The fact that a mobile app sets you apart cannot be overemphasized and it increases customer engagement at the same time.
  • hen you have a mobile app, you are allowed to showcase your products and services in a better way.

Having an app can change the way that your company does business, and it is about time that your company enjoyed the many benefits that having an app can give you. We are always up to a new challenge and we are happy to assist you with app development in Johannesburg.

Interested in Mobile App Development services?

Whether you have a new app project that you would like to progress with, an existing app that needs bringing up to date, or assistance with conceptualising and planning for the mobile technology that your business needs, we are here to assist.

If you are ready to take charge of your marketing, you need to invest in an app. Contact iSolve Mobility for a no-obligation chat and to get the app development process going!

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iSolve Mobility is Top of Page 1 of Google for over 75 search terms

iSolve Mobility is Top of Page 1 of Google for over 75 search terms

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Google is by far the biggest and most popular search engine on the internet today. When iSolve Mobility was founded in 2012 we understood that we would need to work tirelessly and diligently to not only win clients trust and business but to rank at the top of Google searches. The hard work has paid off and we have now been at the top of Google for 2 years for over 75 app development related search terms.

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Being at the top means we are seen where it counts most and get to engage with prospective clients that turn into actual clients. We value each interaction and will do our utmost to provide the service and app you require.

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Why Develop an App?

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There are many different reasons to have an app developed. You might have a great idea or see a need for an app in a specific industry. Perhaps you share the responsibility of streamlining or tying together business process in your company or mundane business repetitive task are just becoming too overwhelming and hard to keep track off.

Regardless of your motivation to have an app developed, you will face the same big choices – one of them being   what platform or technology should be used.  Developing a quality app that runs well on one device is already complex, building it simultaneously for other platforms can make it even more difficult. Choosing one platform to launch your application is a hard choice but sensible choice, not only does it give you breathing space to test your app in the market, but it also insures you against making major changes across multiple devices.

So, what are the important things to consider when choosing a platform for your mobile application? At iSolve mobility we’ve build up considerable experience with developing mobile applications, which we are sharing with you in this article.

The first step is to get clued up on the technology options available for mobile app development to give you a point of reference when discussing options with your mobile app developer.

Web Applications

A web-based application works just like an ordinary website and similarly is accessed in a smartphone’s browser just like one. Apps and websites send information back and forth from a user’s device and smartphone, and modern web apps can do that pretty well and are optimised to give a pleasant experience on mobile devices. The advantages of web apps are:

  • Easy to maintain – you only have to update one version of the app when necessary
  • The most affordable to develop – developing web applications require coding skills which are commonly available, and are the cheapest way to bring an app to market.
  • Works well with other apps – It’s easy to customise a web app to send and receive information from other web apps, such as a shopping cart with accounting software. This makes it possible to integrate different business processes and change it according to your business needs.
  • Can be deployed to any device with internet access and a browser.

Disadvantages of web applications

  • It’s slow – Web apps cannot use the device’s native operating software, all it’s code are executed through the browser. The browser cannot optimally make use of the device’s operating system and hardware as an application is specifically developed for the device and operating software version.
  • Less intuitive – The programming languages for web development are very cumbersome when it comes to creating slick user interfaces. Web developers create web applications with tools and code that were not originally created for mobile, which very often translates into a poorer experience for user’s vs developing applications with resources that are specific to a device or operating system.
  • Cannot use offline. Mobile users cannot access the app content or store data to send later when offline.

Android App development

With more than 85% percent market share worldwide and more than 60% in South Africa, Android is the dominant mobile operating system today. It runs on countless models of smartphones and tablets, as well as many other devices. This doesn’t mean that android should be the default choice, as this ubiquitous operating system also has its drawbacks.

Advantages of Android Apps.

  • Most smartphone users use Android. – Android devices range from high end to very cheap, representing a huge demographic range. This holds obvious advantages if you are promoting diverse products and services. It’s worth recognising that the bulk if android users are low income earners.
  • Android has a very open development environment, which results in a lot of crowd-created plugins and frameworks. As a result, there are a lot of creative possibilities when it comes to features and functionality of mobile apps that does not exist with other platforms.
  • There’s an android device at every price point, allowing you to target users from almost every market segment.
  • It’s easy to change the things that helps your app to get found on the app store, such as the title, description and keywords. That makes it easy to tweak your app to help your ideal customers find it. The keywords in the title.

Disadvantages of launching app on Android.

  • Software fragmentation. At any moment, there are several different versions of Android in use at the same time, because mobile service providers and device manufacturers decide when to roll out version updates. A staggering 18.8 % of Android users still use the Android KitKat released in 2013 as opposed to the 6.6 % that use the latest version, Nougat, that was released in 2016. Fragmentation makes it impossible to deploy just a standard version of your app and as a result it will have a huge impact on the cost of your application and how long it takes to be developed if you go the Android route.
  • Device fragmentation. Similarly, there are a huge variety of Android devices, from high end to dirt cheap. For instance, cheaper phones might have lower specs and run slower. This means an app that runs well one device might not work well on another. While this concern might be addressed with market segmentation, it does add another layer of complexity.

iOS

iOS is the mobile operating system that runs on Apple’s mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. Apple maintains a closed ecosystem – only devices manufactured by Apple can run iOS, and apps that are downloaded on those devices are strictly controlled by Apple. Apple products are generally more expensive, and as a result user on the platform are generally more affluent.

Advantages of launching apps on iOS

  • Cost and time of development. Developers just need to ensure that their apps work well on a small range of iPhones and/or iPads as opposed to the thousands of different android devices that are available.
  • iOS users are spending more than android users on in app purchases and are more likely to buy online (m-commerce) than Android users.

Disadvantages of launching an app on iOS first

  • iOS users make up a very narrow niche that may not suit all business models.
  • More than 90% of all apps on the iOS app store are never downloaded by anyone at all, and Apple isn’t helping the situation either. Once an app is approved on the app store you cannot easily change the aspects that affects discoverability such as content, keywords and the title, without submitting a revision. You just have to get clued up on discoverability (app store optimisation and localisation) and implement it from the get go if you plan to spend any resources in developing an iOS app.
  • While developing for iOS is a bit more straightforward than most of the frameworks and plugins are proprietary, which will increase the cost of development.

Summary

Web apps trumps both native platforms when it comes to cost and accessibility, the same set of code can be rendered on any device that have internet access and a browser. However, with the current technology web applications are not as fast and cannot give users the same intuitive experience as native apps that interacts with the device’s own operating system. Getting found is no mystery when you use SEO and digital marketing strategies, but getting users to return is a challenge when you don’t have the benefit of a constant presence on the user’s device and the ability to send well timed notifications.

Android applications have a wide reach, with users distributed across market segments on devices at almost every price point. Low income earners in South Africa that have a smartphone are likely to have an Android device, and the sheer number in this segment means represents significant buying power. It’s also much easier for people who don’t have access to sophisticated banking services to buy apps, books and music with Google Play gift cards available in almost every major supermarket in South Africa.  It’s a massive and growing market that are increasingly using mobile to do business, transact, connect and be entertained. However, access to this broad market will come at a steep price in time and costs as your development time and labour are spend on catering for every device and operating system version.

Although the iOS Development journey is straightforward, you need to hire a developer who knows and have experience of dealing with Apple’s strict guidelines to make sure your app is approved the first time it’s submitted. In many aspects, there are not much leeway to fiddle around, as things like optimisation for discovery ideally needs to get done right the first time around.  Secondly, you should be willing to spend a considerable amount of effort more on promoting your application than you would have on Android, considering the discoverability limitations, and even then, the mature market can make it difficult for your app to get noticed. If you are sure that you have cornered a niche of affluent iOS users whose lives will be infinitely improved if they download your app, then by all means go for it. iOS users are still outspending the massive Android user base worldwide, and if you hit the nail on the head you might just be in for a big pay day.

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