Top 20 Android Applications for 2013

Android application development is a topic of vast interest and revenue for many established entrepreneurs and companies across the globe. Each day witnesses the release of new Android applications in the market, making it a tough competition for app developing companies to excel. This makes it all the more reason to explore the top 20 Android applications for 2013 as of yet and try to find the reason behind their popularity. The list below does not rank these applications in any order as each application is unique, with its own features and capabilities. Our main intent is to showcase what is popular and in demand in the market. This should also help you in understanding the consumer mind if you are looking for any ideas about developing an Android app yourself.

We now round up on the top 20 Android Applications for 2013:

Strava Cycling

Android Application For Cycling

Android Application For Cycling

If you are an athlete who needs motivation to peddle a bit faster or you have been training for a long bike ride, then consider Strava as your coach. This application keeps track of your performance by using your phone’s GPS. You can find out your location and also your bike riding speed through Strava Cycling. But beware! Long bike rides means your battery going low very quickly. You can also map your route against pre-determined segments ranging anywhere been a half mile to 150 miles. To keep the competition going, a leader board helps you see where you stand amongst other Strava users. The application is available both in premium and free versions; with the former version offering detailed statistics.

Price: $6.13 a month (premium version). Free (Basic version)

Evernote Food

Android Application

Android Application

Evernote Food application is specifically designed for foodies to help them take notes of recipes that can be easily searched through the software. Most of all, it allows you to keep a watch on the calories you consume. If you have a chef hidden somewhere inside you, then try this app as it allows you to build a cookbook on your tab or phone. Find local restaurants and know what’s really cooking by checking all local listings and ratings. You can also integrate the application with Instagram through the “my meals” function that allows you to take a snap, and tag the location and cuisine.

Price: Free

Weather Signal

We all have been a victim of bad weather reports which is why Weather Signal is a Godsend as it uses your phone’s environmental sensors to deliver in-depth weather reports. Cool isn’t it? The main screen has a fun weather graphic with tiles that display temperate, pressure, light levels and even magnetic flux.  These sensors continue to increase in number depending on the number of sensors your phone has. Most of all, you can customize the settings according to your preferences.

Price: Free

Temple Run

Android Top Application

Android Top Application

Temple Run is recently out for Android phones. This has got to be one of the most addictive games for this year. After stealing the cursed idol from the temple, you now have to run for your life to escape from the Evil Demon Monkeys. This game is all about testing your reflexes as you race down the temple walls and sheer cliffs. Swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles and collect coins to buy power ups, unlock new characters and see how far you can really run.

Price: Free.

Fixya

Android Top Apps

Android Top Apps

We have all gone through moments in our lives when something in the house is broken or needs to be repaired. If you feel you can be a handyman around the house then Fixya is the app just made for you as it collects home-made videos of all types of household appliances and game consoles. All of these videos are extremely elaborate, with full comments and a voting system to let the best video rank on top. Apart from this, you can also upload your own repair tutorials and gather users to get involved in a list of unsolved problems.

Price: Free

Light Flow

Android Apps

Android Apps

If you have an RGB notification lights system in your device then you might have a taste  for Light Flow. You can get notifications for text messages, missed calls, new emails and even calendar reminders. Customize different colors for each alert and also rank notification in order of their importance. This helps in only viewing the important notifications especially if your mobile phone’s battery is running low.

Price: $2.28 (full version). Free (Basic version)

DoggCatcher

Android Application

Android Application

If you are a podcast junkie then DogCatcher is the app for you. DogCatcher comes with a very easy interface with few menus that help you customize the look and feel of the application. You can decide how many episodes of podcasts you want to keep, change when podcasts are downloaded and even store your podcasts in the cloud so that they can be accessed from other devices as well.

Price: $ 5.08

TuneIn Radio Pro

Android Application

Android Application

If you like to listen to the radio on the move, then try TuneIn Radio Pro that comes both in free and paid versions. The paid version allows you to pause and record live radio and even create wake-up alarms to the sound of your favorite stations. This application will help you in finding all the stations broadcasting in your area making it a handy way to be introduced to new radio stations and music. On the other hand, you also search for music by genres making it an ideal way to get hooked to music that appeals to you.

Price: $ 5.08 (Full version). Free (Basic version)

Adobe Photoshop Touch for phones

Android Application Development

Android Application Development

This application by Adobe is one of a kind as it is the most complete mobile photo editing app to hit the market. It consists of a wide range of filters and effects, control levels, curves, layers and even selection tools. So instead of using a laptop to add some cool effects to a picture or a drawing, you can use this app to create an image and upload it instantly into social media. Adobe Photoshop Touch for phones is an ideal application for users who like to treat their pictures and drawings on the go.

Price: $4.55

Candy Crush Saga

Android Top Application

Android Top Application

They say that it is the sweetest game ever and they are definitely right about that. Who would have thought that making adding three or more candies together could be so much fun? This game has over a 100 levels with puzzles for crushing candies that can be also mixed together. Each level has a certain requirement that you need to fulfill in a given number of moves.  The game also provides several tools or add-ons that are unveiled as you progress in the levels.  Although this game is free but for extra lives or moves, you are required to pay.

Price: Free.

µTorrent

Android  top Application

Android top Application

The most popular peer-to-peer application uTorrent has released its first Android app. It has all the features that exist in the regular program except a main window for switching between downloading and completed torrents. Now you can download videos and audios of your liking on your mobiles and tablet devices. Worth a try!

Price: free

TweakDeck

Android Top App

Android Top App

TweakDeck has been purchased by Twitter that makes it compatible with a host of picture-hosting services. It supports more devices and options and provides improved stability; making it a favorite Android Twitter client.

Price: free.

Famigo Sandbox

Android Application

Android Application

Nowadays, kids like using a mobile phone or tablet as much as the adults. You want to make sure that they only access the content that they are allowed to whereas the rest of the data and apps that are not appropriate for them should remain hidden. Famigo Sandbox is an app specifically made for Android devices that childproofs the phone. With the app, you can set up a list of approved apps that your child is able to run from within the Sandbox while the rest of the content is hidden automatically.

Price: $4.81

Draw Something

Android Top APP

Android Top APP

We all have an artist hidden somewhere inside us. Draw Something is a simple, interactive and friendly app that lets you complete with real-life opponents and guess what is being drawn on the board. The game brings out the talents that you never really knew you had.

Price: free.

Amazon Cloud Player

Android Top Application

Android Top Application

It is difficult transferring your music into a smart phone which is why Amazon Cloud Player gives you the option of storing your favorite music in a cloud. This way you can listen to your music from anywhere, on any device.  This amazing application provides you an unlimited storage for music bought through Amazon’s MP3 store. You can also store 250 of your own songs for free and up to 250,000 for an annual fee of $33.45.

Price: Free.

Google Play Music

Android Top application

Android Top application

Google Play Music is a direct take at the Amazon Cloud Player.    This latest offering by Google is only launched a couple of months ago with all the features that are available in the Amazon’s app. The only difference is that Google is providing all the facilities for free!

Price: free

Zeebox Zeebox

If you are the kind of person who likes to multi-task with multiple apps from TV and social networking integrated and running in parallel; then try Zeebox. The app allows you a second screen viewing which may not appeal to everyone. However, the application provides extensive friendly interface and usability that encourages users to give it a try.

Price: free.

Prey

Android Top Applicaitons

Android Top Applicaitons

Keep your mobile phone or tablet protected even in the event of a theft. Prey runs on a camouflage mode so that it remains hidden from savvy thieves while it quietly works to provide a precise location of your phone through GPS. You can also get a notification when you SIM card is replaced by the thief. If you are carrying around an expensive gadget then installing Prey will provide you the necessary protection for safeguarding the valuable.

Price:  Pro accounts $5- $399. Basic: Free

Instapaper

Android App Development

Android App

If you are the kind of a person who browses articles or news during office hours but then gets busy in work and doesn’t find time to read the content, then install Instapaper. This app lets you save the article for reading it later on offline mode. The feature list for the app is growing as now it even provides support for all major Twitter clients and social news apps.

Price: $2.94

Evernote

Android Top Apps

Android Top Apps

This app has been there for quite a while but it makes it into our list because it provides a mix of features including note-taking, reminders, to-do lists and recordings that are all synced across any device and platform for mobile and desktop.

Price: $6.08 (Premium Version) Basic Version: Free

The Recent Insurgence of Hybrid Apps

Summary

The end-consumer market is ever more hungry for new technologies; causing mobile app development entrepreneurs to derive a better approach for their offerings. The recent introduction of hybrid mobile app development is a topic of interest for everyone related in the IT industry. The article attempts to compare native and hybrid apps development. The underlying idea is to construct the overall preference in the approach for mobile apps development and how the mobile entrepreneurs are embracing the change in this approach.

Insurgence of Hybrid Apps

Mobile application development is no longer restricted to native apps development only. Thanks to the concept of hybrid mobile application development, companies are now able to capture entire consumer market irrespective of their phones and OS platform. 80% of consumer mobile usage is through native apps. With the emergence of HTML5 hybrid app approach, this percentage is only going to get higher. Although limited in capacity, the next generation of hybrid apps promises to change the way we conceptualize mobile application development.

What are The HTML5 Hybrid Apps?

As the name suggests, hybrid apps are the applications that can be run on both iOS and Android platforms.  The primary feature of such applications is their extensibility as now consumers don’t have to worry about the limitations associated with the mobile apps they install on their phones.

HTML5 and JavaScript are used extensively used for constructing hybrid applications that are then packaged for installation on various devices via traditional app stores. Hybrid apps can be executed locally on native application packages; making it easier for these apps to access built-in mobile features such as camera, address book, GPRS etc. Typically, a hybrid app consists of an HTML5 web application within a wrapper. The wrapper is a simple native application or a full-screen browser window that points to the HTML document of the web app. When the app starts, the HTML document loads and the web app starts to run in a browser window inside the wrapper app.  Because of this reason, the hybrid apps run faster and can even be executed completely offline with a native app.

While considering hybrid mobile application development, you need to critically examine all the technical aspects in its design and development. A breakthrough in recent mobile application development scene, a hybrid app can be published on multiple platforms from a single HTML5 codebase. This is a very cost effective method for producing applications that are developed quicker and also marketed faster to end-consumers.

Hybrid Mobile Application

Where are Mobile Entrepreneurs headed to?

The recent insurgence of hybrid apps is a new tide that many mobile entrepreneurs are attempting to ride. Despite low development costs, accomplished mobile application development companies are still watching this show from the sides as they continuously invest on native apps development. Globally, the mobile app development is heading towards $100 billion mark. Currently, hybrid applications don’t really present a comprehensive user experience to end-consumers. Entrepreneurs wanting to experiment in hybrid app development would really have to work hard in producing “platform-consistent” user interface behavior.

Technologically speaking, the software available for developing native apps is far superior to what is available for hybrid applications. The native app development tools are comprehensive, allowing developers to debug without any uncalled for delays. Because of such shortcomings, mobile entrepreneurs are a little hesitant in trying their hand at hybrid apps development.

Future of Hybrid and Native Apps

Several mobile operating systems such as Tizen and Firefox OS are gaining momentum in the market. This ultimately will cause fragmentation in mobile apps market. Right now, native mobile app development seems to be a favorable choice but eventually the next generation of HTML5 hybrid apps will take over the market. The future of mobile app development now lies in the hands of HTML5 and JavaScript that both combined will ultimately enhance the end-user experience of applications irrespective of the platform. Eventually, the hybrid applications will be richer, smoother and consistent in their UI behavior.  In continuous effort for improvement, Appurify and Google’s Angular JS are making noteworthy progress. With other companies also realizing and assisting the advancements, it is only a matter of time when hybrid mobile app development overtakes the popular native app development in the race.

In the long run, the paradigm shift of technologies and approach will allow mobile entrepreneurs to prefer and develop hybrid apps over native apps.

Conclusion

The consumer market is driven on constant evolution of technology. Many companies within the mobile app development market are extending their services and support for developing applications according to the framework of choice. Before developing a mobile app, you should consider your budget, and the type of consumers you are targeting in the market. Hiring a mobile app development company that understands your app needs can be an intelligent move. These companies run a thorough analysis that can be helpful in developing a cost-effective application in promised deadlines. Ultimately, only those entrepreneurs will taste success that have given proper time and thought in developing consistent and enhanced mobile applications in the market.

 

Exploring the Various Iphone Application Development Types

Summary

While many entrepreneurs attempt to develop a successful iphone application, it is also important to outline the various types of iphone applications available in the market today. This is what the article aims to achieve by listing down the various app types and also citing examples for each type.

Various Iphone Application Development Types

With the ever growing popularity of iphone, many entrepreneurs and companies are continuously trying their luck in the field of iphone application development.  There are plenty of categories to choose from in developing your app including food, lifestyle, sports, etc. After you select a category, you also have to decide about the type of application you want to develop. It is always better to remain intuitive and read the market pulse. However, a few pointers for selecting the app type include:

Iphone Application Development Types

Iphone Application Development Types

  • Table based apps:

    Just as the name speaks for itself, these applications have a simple design for displaying basic information. The email app in your iphone is an example of a table based application in which you have an opening screen with big topics and clicking any of these topics presents a whole new set of lists to click on. Many iphone application development companies have found success in developing such simple applications.

  • Database driven custom apps:

    These applications are more suited for a requirement when you want to utilize a large amount of content in your app. For example, you have content describing various international cuisines that you want to organize and display differently. In such a situation, a simple table-based design would simply not work. The development becomes a lot more demanding where you ultimately have to decide if you want the data built into the application or be dynamically fetched through a web-service. All this is done through the database driven custom functionality.

  • Games:

    This is probably the most popular iphone application development type. However, games are also associated with the largest range of complexity. Since, users are given countless options in making their moves in a game; there is a high level of difficulty involved in iphone games development. Apart from this, the game needs to keep a track of points scored and ultimately incorporate the user experience through the physical movement of the device. Eventually, you may also need the device to be hooked into a game center. All these requirements only present a maze full of intricacies; demanding careful and well-thought out decisions during the design and development phases of the application.

  • Enhancing or Modifying the Device firmware / hardware:

    This implies that you take a certain function of phone such as its alarm, camera or flash and then further enhance it. This type of iphone applications are considered as add-ons; usually facilitating the users in performing phone functions. For example, the Camera+ app adds filters to any pictures you take on your phone.

  • Fully dynamic apps:

    Such applications are similar to the database driven apps. However, these applications completely rely on external information. Some example of fully dynamic apps include: Twitter, Weather Channel, Flickr etc.

  • Custom utilities:

    These apps are all about allowing the user to input content in a specific way. Examples are Pages, Adobe Ideas etc.

The list above covers around 95% of what is available in stores today for iphone. While considering iphone application development, you should consider the content you have. You must also decide on the level of control you want over the entire iphone application development process. With proper analysis and designing of the application, you are likely to create an app that is done quickly and cost-effectively. For a better evaluation of the iphone application you want to develop, you can also consult a mobile application development company. These companies provide consultancy and development services to match your business requirements.

Blackberry Application Development Services for Companies with Limited Budget

Blackberry Application Development Company
The smartphone generation, especially the Blackberry, has brought drastic changes to the cyber world. The Blackberry got immediate attention and was highly praised especially by business professionals for being more portable than both the desktop personal computer and laptop. The Blackberry lets consumers to have a direct access to the Web from any location. However, it is no longer the only smart phone available in the cell phone industry. Today, the competition has set in the smart phone market. And which is why their prices are affordable for mobile phone consumers from all walks of life. The number of Blackberry consumers is growing by leaps and bounds.

At this point, the demand of the Blackberry application is substantially high as enterprises of all sizes want to have their own Blackberry application so as to maintain their presence in the smart phone industry. This justifies the heavy investment in Blackberry applications; blackberry application generates huge returns for your business. To facilitate the small and big enterprises, many online business service providers have now started offering Blackberry Application Development services at the most competent rates. Thanks to their services that made it possible to find a number of applications on the internet and download to the mobile phones. Some of the Blackberry applications popular with users are shopping cart, ticket and travel, social networking, games and browser.

The Blackberry application development companies are offering their services to Small and Medium Enterprises alike. Gone are the days when only big companies with big budgets would afford Blackberry applications. Lately, the situation has drastically changed, quite literally. Today even smaller companies can put up a fine show by making their presence felt in the market as well as among users without fearing budget constraints. Wondering, how? Well the service providers or software houses enable both small and medium enterprises (SMEs) hire professional Blackberry application development services at low costs.

So whether you’re running a restaurant or maintaining a catering service business, you can still have a Blackberry application and use it to your advantage. Yes, hiring Blackberry application development services is within your means now. If you want to reach out to your customers and provide them with a comfort of placing their orders for food of their choice via their phones, get a Blackberry application developed today. Dedicated Blackberry consumers appreciate the flawless usage. Give them a flawless experience by contacting any mobile phone application development company or Techliance, to be exact.

The dedicated team of Blackberry application development experts at Techliance provides required services at reasonable prices to its clients. Employees here use Java tools as well as MIDP and CLDC applications to make the smartphone applications in a friendly environment. Contact Techliance for the development of an effective Blackberry application for your business within your budget.

Mobile Application Development And Its Different Aspects

Gone are the days when cell phones were used only to make and receive calls. They have, indeed, turned into mini computers these days and allow you to do almost all the stuff that you can do with a fast and robust PC. Mobile application development is becoming immensely popular for the current boom in the smartphone market, and a considerable number of web developers, around the globe, are developing apps for smartphones like iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and Nokia phones.  Every day, you hear about some new smarter and better mobile applications for mobile games, web browsing, emails, videos, internet faxing and social networking.

I have no qualm to say that smartphones like iPhone, BlackBerry and Android have become a craze or to say an obsession these days, and the same is true about application development for these smartphones. Considering this Smartomania, a large number of companies are paying utmost attention to develop business and other type of applications for smartphones. Mobile web development, mobile game development and other application development in .NET and Java are gaining ground these days. For many companies, it has become difficult to meet these increasing demands for mobile application development and they are looking for outsourcing their iPhone, Android, Blackberry and other mobile application development projects to other countries.  Certain elements or aspects are important to consider when deciding about the kind of mobile application development one needs to have:

1. There are different applications for different platforms and one application can’t work when used on the other platforms. These platforms are totally different from one another and they can run only those applications which developed with technologies compatible to them. If an application is developed for BlackBerry or Android, it can’t run on iPhone or Windows mobile. That’s why it’s important to pick the right platform for smartphone applications development.  iPhone applications development, Android and BlackBerry applications development are some popular options these days.

2. You need to keep your targeted customers in mind when deciding to outsource your mobile application development project to some company. These will be your target audience who make it easier for you to decide whether you need to develop a cell phone business application or they are your individual customers who will use this mobile application. It would make it easier for you to determine the technology and design for that application.

3. Timeframe and cost of development is another important aspect of mobile application development. You need to determine the cost and the right timeframe for the launch of your product. You need to do some research on the other similar products available in the market. It will definitely help you determine the right price and time of launch for your product. You need to make sure that the development would be done within the given timeframe when choosing an application development company to outsource your project. Proper scheduling is, indeed, the most important aspect when hiring an offshore company for your project.

Proper planning and consideration to these three elements can help you make your offshore mobile application development a real breeze.