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Top 10 Must Have Android Apps for CEOs

The world of smartphones growing faster than ever. Every business owner use smartphones to stay updated about their business on the go. The basic use of smartphones for any business owner is to have a regular access to office documents and applications where they can utilize every minute of time. Here are some of the top Android Apps that every CEO must consider.

Cab4mecab4me-android

Are you running late for a meeting in another city? Cab4me helps you find a taxi fast without getting late for your meeting. Use the quick mode to select the cab company and order a cab. It also allow you to use traditional dial mode to directly call the cab company.

Scatterslides

scatterslides

This application allows you to run slides with your Android using the WiFi to large displays. Scatterslides works as a remote control for your slides to be controlled with your cell phone. You can buy this application at just $9.99.

Tally CEO Dashboard

Tally CEO

This application allows you access key data on your Android mobile device. You can connect and and configure data residing on different servers via Tally CEO. It will provide up to date insights about your business on the move.

Expensify

Expensify

If you are finding it difficult to manage your expenses, then Expensify can help you manage receipts, time or mileage, business travel and expense reports. It is named “The Best Business Travel App” by Business Insider.

Evernote

evernote

You probably know about Evernote because it is one of the famous applications for taking notes on the go. It is an award winning app designed to keep everything synchronized across your devices. There are two versions of the application available free and paid.

MindJet

Mindjet

MindJet allows you to transform your ideas and visualize them to a map. This app is useful during meetings, discussions and brainstorming sessions. You can create visual representation of your ideas and present them when needed. This application fulfils the concept of mind mapping for generating ideas.

Bump

bump

Bump allows you to share business contact details with other person by bumping the phones together. This app also works with iOS devices that help you reduce your wallet weight. It is your personal digital business card that can be shared with other users.

Documents to Go

Documents to Go

This application allows you to edit and access Microsoft Office files. It works with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and you can view PDF files too. The free version allows you to view email document attachments and the price of the application is $30.

Locale

Locale

Locale is a free applications that do miracles. It can put your mobile phone on silent when you are in office. No more annoying ringtones during the meeting and it can raise the ringtone volume when you are at home. You can also turn on the power saver feature to turn off WiFi and Bluetooth to save battery life.

Airport (All)+Flight Track Pro

Airport (All)+Flight Track Pro

This application helps you find Food/Restaurants, Parking, Ground Transportation, terminal maps and directions for every airport. Very useful app when you are going to attend a seminar or a meeting and needs direction on the airport. It has 2400+ arrival and departure boards to check the flight schedules. At only $0.99 it also allow you to access Check-in, flight status, baggage, seats, for your flight all at your fingertips.

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How Much Does Android App Development Cost: An Estimated Overview

Android technology has taken the world over by storm. Needless to say, Android phones have a distinct market share that assures their sustained popularity across the globe. Consequently, mobile app development companies and entrepreneurs are also actively indulging in developing Android based apps to accommodate the rising number of Android users.

If you want to know how much iOS App development Cost? Read our previous article.

How hard can it be?

Consider Android’s app development a vast pool of limitless possibilities. Android apps cater to an extremely fragmented market. With over 4000 different Android devices available and each device having varied screen resolutions; how do you decide on a proper design and development plan for your app? Top it all with varying types of operating systems for each device! Mobile development companies have to be smart about their decisions as developing an Android app can get really tricky.

Choices, choices and more choices!

A solid and viable idea is the core basis for an Android app. However, your underlined budget for the entire experiment dictates the scope of the app. Because of this reason many companies and entrepreneurs think long and hard about the type of app they want to develop. These include:

  • Basic Apps

These are for small businesses that are only able to make little investment. Therefore, consider the features and interface of such apps to be minimalistic in nature. These simple static content apps cost anywhere in between $4000 to $6000. If you are a startup company then a basic app is a good beginning point.

  • Business Apps

Complex in nature; business apps deal with database management systems. They also require developers to manage a lot of content. Also called as data driven apps; get ready to spend anything in between the range of $6000 to $40,000 for their development.

  • Game Apps

Candy Crush Saga anyone? Imagine the scale of planning, designing and managing required for its entire execution. Game apps are one of the most rewarding fronts for Android apps but they are also most complex – involving 3D effects, built-in phone mechanisms etc.  Games developed for Android devices can cost you anything in between $8000 – $100,000 and may even exceed this range depending on your requirements.

  • Apps with Device Driven Capabilities

You can develop an app by using the device’s existing firmware such as accelerometer, camera or GPS features. Want to develop such an app? Then be ready to spend anything in between the range of $6000 – $40,000.

Relationship between Revenue and Cost

android app development costA common consideration regarding the revenue you generate with your Android app is the type of application you will eventually develop. As a general rule, a basic app that costs less would probably also produce lesser profit in comparison to a game app. But this may not be true in some cases where an app that is designed to perfection and executes an appealing idea would eventually end up being a complete commercial success irrespective of the cost incurred in its production.

Some applications tend to accumulate revenue over a period of time such as WhatsApp. So, this is a case-to-case basis in which you cannot put shades of black and white on cost and revenue. There are many dimensions involved in development of a flawless Android mobile application.

Experienced Versus New

Many companies decide on their app’s budget and then hire resources accordingly to fulfill the requirements.  While deciding on hiring developers for your app, you can either:

  1. Go for someone fresh to the business (probably someone who’s recently graduated from college).
  2. Hire a reputable programmer with a definite number of years experience under their belt. This would probably be a credible developer who’s extremely accomplished in their field.
  3. Outsource the project to a third-party developer or company that would cost you less but then you may have moments of sheer anxiety along with the obvious risk of miscommunication and eventual delivery that misses the bulls-eye in requirements.

Being an entrepreneur, you need to run a cost-benefit analysis. There are many routes to take for reaching from Point A to B. Point A is where you are currently standing and point B is a complete Android application ready to market.  Many mobile app development companies are weary of hiring new developers as they are probably inexperienced in carrying out the entire weight of the project. Although most cost-effective, it’s always a gamble to go for someone whose new to the entire developing practices themselves.

Reputable programmers, although are masters in their field but they are expensive also. A lot of companies think “why should I give $100 per hour to a developer when I can get same work done by someone costing me much lesser, say $20?”

Here begins the never-ending debate between efficient vs. cheaper. Although, seasoned developers may cost more than any mediocre or newbie in the business; but they are likely to be more effective in their coding practices. What they can achieve an hour would probably be more than what someone cheaper can achieve in 2-3 hours. Isn’t that something to ponder about?

Measuring productivity of developers cannot happen with a yardstick. Apart from that, you must also consider the intricacies involved in testing Android apps. This in itself is a difficult process that not many QA personnel are capable of handling. A bug-free application is the need of the day. Several days of careful planning, analysis and testing can get you on the right track. With Android apps, it gets a bit trickier as testing calls out for emulating functionalities on a wide variety of phone-sets, handling various operating systems and catering to a segmented Android device market.

Despite of all the possible setbacks, are you ready to take up the challenge?

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If you answered the question with a yes then; congratulations, you should try your hand in developing an Android app.  You can also consider hiring the expertise of a third-party company by outsourcing your project. Although, many companies find this option difficult (how to guarantee the app to be flawless in the final outcome?) but this can also get you a home-run if you strike luck in finding as well as employing the right company for design and development of your Android app.

Consider Techliance as a solution to all your problems. Team Techliance bases their entire effort on principles of perfection, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Don’t consider our Android app solutions as “cheap”. In fact think on the lines of an impeccable app that meets all your requirements and delivers a spot-on solution within the agreed timelines and budget. What more can you ask for?

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Todays Top Three Android Smart Phones

Android is currently the top performer in the smart phone market, conquering a commanding 70% of all devices used worldwide. Despite its fragmented system, developers are still busy churning apps regularly, unfazed by any difficulties that come their way. In fact, they seem to be enjoying the challenges because of opportunities for creativity.

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Anyway, surveying the online world about people’s opinions about what they thought are the best Android smart phones that are currently out in the market, we’ve found three names that have consistently popped up (despite the differing opinions about each one of them). They are Google’s Nexus 4, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and HTC’s One. Here are the reasons why they are much loved:

Google Nexus 4

The Nexus 4 is Google’s flagship model in its Nexus program. Manufactured by LG, it was launched in November 2012 and was reported to have sold out in Google Play in just a few hours. This excellent reception was followed through with rave reviews particularly about its strong features that were almost unexpected for its low prices. To date, as in the time of its release, it’s available contract-free to all carriers, making it even more attractive to bargain hunters.

Nexus 4 comes in two variants, the 8GB and 16GB models, which are priced at $199 and $249 after a one-hundred dollar price slash in late August this year. Unfortunately, it seems that there won’t be any replenishment of the 8GB’s stocks after it reportedly sold out in Google Play in early September, according to LA Times. The 16GB variant is still available as of this writing.

Nexus 4 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (upgradeable to 4.3 Jelly Bean) and is packed with a very fast 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and a 2GB RAM that enables it to run heavy graphics with ease. Its 4.7-inch IPS-LCD display and 1280 x 768 resolution delivers an impressive 320PPI, which are enough to create crisp images and clear videos consistently for thousands of hours of usage to come. The rear 8-megapixel camera is okay as a beginner’s compact camera, but still a great value for its price. In terms of its overall physical design, well, never mind the simple look—its sturdy build is more than enough to compensate for it.

Nexus 4 no doubt is currently the one smart phone that offers the best bang for your buck. Let’s hope that Nexus 5, which comes out in October this year, will give us the same results if not better.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Clocking in at 10 million units sold in 27 days, Samsung Galaxy S4 is recognized as the fastest-selling Android phone to date. It was launched in April 2013 and was received by critics with mixed reactions. The latest in Samsung’s flagship Galaxy line, S4 is seen as a successor of S3 and, therefore, carries over improved versions of some the latter’s design and features. Critics who gave it negative ratings pointed out its too many pre-installed features that may actually not be necessary (such as the S Translator and the Sound and Shot photo option). It is said to have so many things going on about it that CNet phrased their question to “what doesn’t it [S4] have?” from “what does it have?”. Still, its powerful and advanced specifications have won many others to its side.

S4 looks similar to S3, only it is thinner by 0.7 millimeter. It also retains the signature “plastic” look of S3, which happens to be another one of the major flaws pointed out by critics.  It has a 1920 x 1080 resolution at 441PPI on a 5-inch screen. Like Nexus 4, it runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and has a quad-core processor and a 2GB RAM, which likewise enable it to run apps with heavy graphics very smoothly (a great device for gamers). Its 13-megapixel rear camera and sensor is great for taking sharp images and videos. There are many interesting photo options too (with a few being more flashy than useful, as mentioned above). Of particular note is Burst Shot which holds the shutter long enough to allow you to take multiple pictures in a row. Its “air” features (the Air View and Air Gestures), which allow you to choose options and execute certain actions by just waving or hovering your finger over the screen, though undoubtedly an impressive innovation, are again seen by a few critics as “gimmicky.”

Samsung Galaxy S4 is described as a robust, almost ultra-advanced Android phone that is ahead of all its rivals in terms of hardware and software features. These same features, however, serve as its downfall, as many of them are perceived to be impractical.

HTC One

Described by CNet as “the winner” and “a near-ideal phone”, the HTC One has almost all the necessary features updated in style and technology without trying to be too flashy. If there were one negative thing about it, it is its lack of expandability in terms of storage as it doesn’t have an SD card slot.

One was launched in February 2013 as a successor to the 2012 model One X and as a flagship phone of the company for 2013. The unlocked version retails for close to $600, which is almost double the price Nexus 4, though, the former makes up for it in classiness and durability. It is a stiff competitor of the Nexus 4 and Galaxy S4, with many critics, including CNet, considering it as the best among the three.

One runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and also boasts of a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and a 2GB RAM. At 4.7 inches the screen size is at par with Nexus 4, although One takes the prize in terms of quality, with 468PPI.

One beats S4 in terms of appearance with its all-metal chassis, but bends in terms of camera resolution at 4 megapixels.

As a high-end phone HTC One is considered a great balance of essential features and powerful technology. Not a few critics see it as a sort of benchmark this year; however, they are also anxious to see how HTC can keep this up when the next models of Nexus and Galaxy come out soon.

Android Still at Number Two as the Mobile OS of Choice for Mobile Developers as of Q1 2013

Android remains behind iOS in terms of popularity among mobile developers as of the first quarter of this year according to a survey conducted by research firm Forrester. A total of 35% of the respondents say that they prioritize developing for iOS devices, while 27% say that they prioritize developing for Android devices. This is a significant improvement, however, if it is to be compared with the numbers released by Flurry Analytics for the same quarter of 2012, where iOS garnered a 69% priority rating from developers, while Android only got 31%. Aside from revealing that a higher number of apps were created for iOS devices in those given periods, the figures also imply that more apps were launched on iOS first before they were released on Android.

It seems that the biggest difficulty for many Android developers is what is called the “matrix of pain” (http://www.wired.com/business/2013/08/android-matrix-of-pain/ ), a term that basically sums up the complicated web of development processes needed to create apps that can run across the different versions of the Android OS and the many types of Android-based devices. This is in comparison to the smoother compatibility of iOS apps with all the versions of the operating system and the much smaller range of iOS devices.

Apps developed for the latest Android devices are backwards-compatible to only a few past versions of the operating system. This means that those apps that support only the latest version, Jelly Bean, for instance, can only reach less than 40% of the total number of Android users (which corresponds to the total number of Jelly Bean devices in use today). For them to reach 95%, they have to be reconfigured individually all the way to Froyo, which was the version released in mid-2010.

Still, it is Android that takes the lion’s share when it comes to the number of users today. This, of course, is to be expected since more mobile brands are built on it. As of August 2013, 75% of all smart phones in the world support it, while only 15% support iOS. That’s a comparison of 866.8 million units shipped against 296.3 million. This represents a huge market potential for any kind of application. And although more tedious, developing apps that support most versions of Android is not at all impossible. If you’re planning to have your own app developed, it is best to consult with a professional developer so that you end up with a realistic timeframe that matches your goals. For more information about our Android development services, please click here.

With all this information, it’ll be interesting to know how Android will close the gap in terms of developer priority when its newest version, Kit Kat (named after the famous Kit Kat candy bar), hits the streets later this year. It might be difficult to tell now. And for some analysts the only thing that’s sure is that this cashless partnership between Google and Nestlé (Kit Kat’s maker) could be a double-edged sword for both of them. They could benefit from each other’s good performance, that’s for sure, but they could also pull each other down when either one of them gets into any sort of mess. In an interview with BBC, (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23926938) Simon Myers of marketing consulting firm Prophet shares, “If that brand or business has some reputational issues that emerge, it would be naive to think as a brand owner that your good name, your brand equity, would not be affected.” In the same article, Patrice Bula, Nestlé’s marketing head, admits that the partnership is not without risk on his company’s reputation.

The Latest Scoop on Nexus 4 Android Phone

Hello and welcome to yet another blog post on our portal. We always try to bring you the latest development in the world of mobile apps and technology. This time around, we are featuring Nexus 4 in our blog as we outline some of the features behind its outstanding success as well as the latest scoop on Nexus 4 Android phone.

The Marketing Formula for Nexus 4 Android Phone

Nexus 4 Android Phone is the latest offering from Google. Marketed with the tagline “ Speed and power to spare”, the phone consists of cutting edge hardware including a Photo Sphere camera and a whole lot of cool features to ensure that all your favorite entertainment resides in the palm of your hand. Android phones are continuously giving iPhone and Windows Mobile phones a run for their money. This is the reason, several mobile apps development companies and entrepreneurs have paid heed to the market needs and are constantly in the efforts of developing Android apps.

Thanks to the promising Android application development market situation, Google Nexus 4 is blessed with a multitude of apps to enhance the overall user experience. Be it weather, traffic, transit schedules, or latest game scores – all this information is automatically updated to allow you to remain constantly informed. We now round up on some of the amazing apps and features available on the phone:

  • Google Maps app makes the entire experience of navigating to locations worthwhile. You can even find a way out of traffic jams as the app allows you to find out what’s ahead on the road so that you can choose the best route for your commute.
  • No smart phone can go without having a high-performance camera but Google outdoes this feature by offering an 8MP camera that allows you to take pictures in every possible direction. You can even view your photo spheres and share photos with loved ones via Google+.
  • The mobile phone comes with a cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor and a vibrant 1280-by-768 4.7-inch display.

Thanks to an immense concentration on Android application development, there are over 975,000 apps from Google Play to install on your Nexus 4.

Google Drops Nexus 4 prices!

The price for both models of Nexus 4 has been dropped by $100 each. In recent news, Google announced the price for Nexus 4 at $200 for the 8GB model while the 16GB model’s price is $250. For people who have just recently bought the phone, this news may be devastating. However, Google has stood true its reputation of being a hospitable entrepreneur and giving people the chance to get $100 back on meeting these conditions:

  • Your phone has to have been purchased on or after August 12th 2013.
  • You’ll need to specifically request a refund from Google.
  • Your request must be made within 15 days from August 28th, 2013.

Change in Google’s Approach for Marketing Nexus 4

The recent decrease in Nexus 4 prices certainly calls out for a room of speculation about Google’s strategy in marketing the phone to end-consumers. Nexus 4 has been continuously considered as Google’s apple of the eye by being promoted as the “best smart-phone”. The freshest news about Nexus 4 comes through the updated device page at the Google Play Store in which there is a very small change to Nexus 4 listing. This is also backed up by the fact that Google’s approaching in marketing Nexus has been completely altered. Now, Google markets Nexus 4 with the tagline “the first Google smart phone”.

Technically speaking, Nexus 4 is not the first smart phone by Google as T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) or even Nexus 1 are the contenders for that slot. Therefore, it is likely that Google is rolling up their sleeves and ready to launch something in the market very soon. For all kinds of latest news about Android application development, stay tuned.

 

 

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