Top 5 Mobile App Development Tools For iOS

Choosing the best Mobile App Development Tools is always a challenge. Apart from the straight forward basic development tools like XCode for iOS development from Apple, there are a number of other tools to consider if you are serious about mobile apps.

Xcode  8 and Xcode 9

Xcode is the cornerstone for iOS mobile app development. Apple Xcode Mobile App Development ToolPublished and maintained by Apple, this tool is has everything to get a project going.  Their latest version  Xcode 8 includes everything one needs to create amazing apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. The IDE features a visual designer to ensure your layouts mimic exact device displays.

Further their cross-device auto-layout modes allow programmers to design once and publish across multiple devices with great ease and simplicity. Of course, as things become complex Xcode is powerful enough to allow one to get creative.

Apple iOS, Watch and tvOS simulatorSimulator (Part of Xcode)

Xcode’s iOS Simulator is one of the best tools to perform 90+% of tests and validations. This tool allows almost all types of tests except hardware integration testing or device to device communication testing. Simulator (Watch) allows Apple Watch testing. One can launch a number of simulators to test all device form-factors.

 

ImageOptim

Optimize images faster

 

Every mobile app will have static picture and images. Even if you don’t have large number of images, use ImageOptim to optimize images before including them in your build. Even if
you compress by 25%, you save download time which can mean “not losing” customer who want to use your app. Consider this – Compression of 25% can save over 1 to 2 seconds. This simple tool greatly helps develop great mobile apps.

 

 

Bitbucket or Github

One thing is certain – sooner or later you are going to make mistakes or some catastrophe is going to strike your code. So be prepared and save yourself trouble, frustration and time to recover your lost work. We highly recommend using online (or a central repository) source code control software.

Bitbucket for mobile app developmentGithub for mobile app development

 

PromoMyApp (OK this is the 6th)

DISCLAIMER: This is a Sunvera Software platform to promote mobile apps.Promote Your Mobile App
Once you have a mobile app, the biggest challenge it to promote it to your audience. PromoMyApp takes
the content from your mobile app and then makes it discoverable. In addition to publishing optimized pages to Google Webmaster and Bing Webmaster Tools, the platform is working on a video publishing to YouTube and Facebook. For more information on PromoMyApp visit promomyapp.com or email [email protected].

 

 

 


For help with identifying the right tool set for your “Mobile App Development” project, reach out to us at +1 949 284-6300 or email us at [email protected] Alternatively, you can  Schedule a free consultation (https://sunverasoftware.com/schedule-consultation.html)  .

What matters most in mobile app development?

Over the last few years of working with clients and meeting prospects for mobile app development in Orange County, CA, we kept hearing the same things over and over again:

  • Where do we start?
  • How much does it cost?

So here you go:

Let’s go thru cliche talk first: The best place to start a mobile app development project is always at the users’ doorstep. Meet each prospective user, converse with them, understand their needs, and discuss the solutions.

Of course no-one has time to do this and of course your idea is the best. So start with a simple and thoroughly written definition of the problem and proposed solution. Draw up a simple wireframe like below. There is no need for a tool.

Mobile App Development Wireframe

Ok, for costs, read our other post on mobile app development costs. It never costs as much as you fear, if you are able to define your requirements properly. Do remember that mobile app development costs consists of iPhone app development, Android app development and any backend portal development costs. We have seen requests with the same verbal one-liner – “oh…I need a video site like YouTube.” That confuses us and the quote annoys you.

Try the above and then ask a development company for advise (or a quote.) You will be happy you did your homework.

For more information reach out to our President Ram Iyer ([email protected]) Or our Operations Director Rick Johnston ([email protected].)

Top 3 Mobile App Developer Qualities

(Updated: 15 May 2017)

mobile app developer

Selecting mobile app developers is hard. It is almost same as selecting a painter for your house or a mechanic to fix your car. In addition to delayed project and lost monies, you will have to live with your decision for foreseeable future. A wrong decision could cause you to lose your business or even costly law suites.

So what should you look for in a mobile app developer. (BTW – Quora has a number answers but most of those are self-serving ads – plugs. Check here.)

Domain Expertise

The single biggest factor in any successful project is two types of domain expertise – business domain and technology domain. Business domain is your (customer’s) domain – like healthcare with HIPAA, retail commerce, financial expertise, etc. Whereas technology expertise is backend tech stack, frontend UI, hosting and deployments.

Must Have Domain Expertise For Mobile App Development

  • iOS Development
  • Android Development
  • Combination of Node.js, MongoDb, Microsoft .NET, MS SQL Server, MySQL
  • Linux, Windows Deployment
  • Github or Bitbucket

Among others the following expertise may be required

  • Device Specific Abilities
  • Video processing
  • Audio processing
  • Geo abilities
  • Bluetooth

Development Process and Team Approach

You want your developer to have a team to support. A team is not just set of mobile app developers. You also need non-technical people in the team like project manager, designer, test engineer, documentation person. A good team will ensure your project is discussed and many-many thing that you never thought of are identified and handled properly.

Adherence to Cost and Budget

You want your mobile app developer to not only not cost you a lot of monies, but also be cost conscious and ensure they are following best practices. At the same time, you don’t want your team to hire newbies and therefore produce a mediocre product. They have to ensure your product is done right, well thought and is able to scale up to load as needed.

For more information how Sunvera can help you, please contact [email protected] or call 949 284-6300.

 

 

iOS vs Android – Which Is Better?

Can you afford not to consider losing out from choosing the wrong platform for your next big mobile app development project? When it comes to all things mobile, iOS vs Android is the only initial question. As a mobile app development company, one should always consider the pros and cons of choosing the right launch iOS vs Androidplatform. Once successful, you can always expand to the other platforms.

So how do you choose the right platform?

iOS vs Android

Let’s start with some comparisons as users see it – some obvious and some not-so-obvious differences.

iOS

IOS logo

Android

Android Logo

Types of devices

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple Watch, Apple TV

Android Phone, Android Tablets, Android Watch, Custom gear and devices

Market share (USA)

43.5%

55.3%

Market Share (Worldwide)

12.5%

86.8%

Customer Loyalty

Very high customer loyalty. Customer do not switch easily.

No specific loyalty to manufacturer, many customers switch depending on availability and price.

Capabilities

All devices are standard with front/back camera, microphone, speakers, bluetooth, gyro, magnetometer, accelerometer.

All devices are standard with front/back camera, microphone, speakers, bluetooth, gyro, magnetometer, accelerometer.

Screen Sizes

iPhone: 4in to 5.5in.

iPad: 7.9in to 12.9in.

Manufacturer dependent. Several options available including standard sizes.

Native APIs

Native APIs are extensive and good.

Native APIs are extensive and good.

Third-party APIs

Third party APIs available but need Apple approval.

Third parties are encourage to provide APIs including by device manufacturers and third party providers.

External Hardware

Most Apple accessories are expensive.

Typically, Android accessories are inexpensive. You can also fined similar items from multiple vendors.

Ease of programming

Objective C is very powerful and Swift is easier. Both Objective-C and Swift can co-exist.

Java is mainstream and easier to learn. Android Java is customized for Android OS.

Release to Store

Apps have to be reviewed by Apple and can take up to two or three days.

Apps are simply uploaded and published. No need for Google approval.

App store promotion

Store promotion can be setup via ASO (App Store Optimization) including sponsored placements.

Store promotion can be setup via ASO (App Store Optimization) including sponsored placements.

Both iOS and Android are so similar functionally, yet different in so many ways when it comes to individual character, performance, usability and affordability. This unity in diversity makes it harder to decide which direction to go when developing a mobile app.

Two most important considerations are:

Market share of your immediate target market

Your immediate market is your core group of users. although most US markets are iOS heavy while rest of the world is Android, this core group may be tilted towards iOS vs Android unevenly. iOS also gives you an advantage by making sure you are addressing a clear target market as opposed to Android.

Our advice is to go choose iOS  for your mobile app development project if you are looking to target the US.

Programming, implementation & testing

Developing mobile apps is always tricky. One never knows if your app will succeed or fail. You can minimize risks by reduce time and cost of development, testing and release. If you consider iOS vs Android development environments, iOS offers a good eco-system to accomplish all the three. iOS environments allow a tighter control on development allowing you to quickly setup a good XCODE development environment.

You can also ensure full range of testing with iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. Android on the other hand is slightly harder to test because of hundreds of devices including custom device manufacturer builds.

Conclusion

If you are considering iOS vs Android, there is no escaping with a single device rollout. Choosing the right first platform will lower your cost of development, reduce development time thus allowing you to go-to-market quickly with less headaches.


For help with deciding between “iOS vs Android – Which is better?”, reach out to us at 1 949 284-6300 or email us at [email protected] Alternatively, you can  Schedule a free consultation (https://sunverasoftware.com/schedule-consultation.html)  .

How to pick an iBeacon technology mobile app company?

Picking a iBeacon Mobile App Developer can be tricky and stressful. Not to mention, there are not many developers with the expertise and deep rooted understanding of app development let alone ibeacon technology.

Let’s start with “What is an iBeacon?

iBeacon is an indoor positioning technology from Apple Inc. that expands the location services of iOS 7 and beyond devices. The technology enables small low-powered, low-cost transmitter devices to send out messages to the nearby devices. With this technology, an iOS and Android device can send a push notification and take actions based on iBeacon trigger.iBeacon and mobile devices

For more information on iBeacons refer to sunverasoftware.com/ibeacon-development.html

What is special about iBeacons?

iBeacons are simple one-way bluetooth transmitting devices. They fall into the same group as IoT technology. In reality they are simpler to program from a computer science point of view. However, like in all cases simpler a device or process, harder it is to get it right.

What we do with iBeacons is far more important than the ability to program them.

How to identify a good iBeacon mobile app developer?

Our first advise is to start at the basics. Find a developer who knows who is strong in implementing a solution and not just provide you with code. Implementing a solution involves the following steps:

  1. Design and architect a solid solution with customers as primary focus. This means we need to make sure all of customer workflows are properly documented. Use cases written and great customer UI/UX are validated.
  2. Choose the right set of technologies. Of the many technologies – in particular case of using iBeacons it is important to develop mobile apps using native programming languages. Objective C and Swift for Apple iOS and Android Java for Google Android platforms. Backend portal and API will depend on individual project.
  3. Ensure your mobile app development company know ins and outs of publishing the apps on Apple iTunes Store and Google Play Stores.

And lastly, when in doubt always seek expert advise. There is also tons of information on Apple Developer Portal, Google Developer Portal and StackOverflow.com.

 


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Best platforms to scale mobile app to 100,000+ users

Originally answered by Ram Iyer, President of Sunvera Software on QUORA in response to:

If you had to develop a new mobile/web application that had to support 100,000+ users what language would you use?

I am assuming you are looking for technology stack – here is the run down…

Determine if you app needs mobile specific abilities – pictures, videos, gyro, bluetooth, etc. If so – definitely go native. I know cross-platforms can support all of these and in some cases may even be easier. But over the long-term, you will benefit from going native. Your ultimate goal is to scale mobile app to 100,000+ users.

  • IOS: Objective C or Swift
  • Android: Android Java

For your backend, you need to determine if you are going to have a lot of image processing or video/audio processing, could be geo coordinate processing and may be real-time chat like functionality. Once you know those you can choose from a variety of platforms.

Stack choices

  1. Node.js, MongoDB, Nginx, Socket.IO, etc.
  2. ASP.NET/MVC5, MS SQL Server, etc.
  3. LAMP

Again depending on your need, pick a stack that you are comfortable with.

Finally, you need to see if you are going to do all yourself or may be assemble a team (if you don’t have one) or out-source. In any case make sure your team is familiar and comfortable with the stack. You could end up spinning your and your teams wheels if you pick something unfamiliar.


If you have a project that needs to scale very high (upwards of 3 million visits), call us for a FREE consultation. For more information how Sunvera can help you, please contact [email protected] or call 949 284-6300.