App Development Process

day thousands of mobile apps are published to the Google Play and Apple App Stores. Some of these mobile apps are games, others are social networks, and many are ecommerce apps. All of these apps, if professionally built, should follow a similar mobile app development process. At BHW, we have built over 350 web and mobile apps and in this article I will outline the strategy, design, and development processes we follow.

Each app is different and our methodologies are always evolving, but this is a fairly standard process when developing mobile apps. This mobile app development process typically includes idea, strategy, design, development, deployment, and post-launch phases.

Idea

As trite as it sounds, all great apps began as ideas. If you don’t have an app idea, the best place to start is to train yourself to always think of things in terms of problems and potential solutions. You want your brain to instinctively ask “Why do we do things this way?” or “Is there a better way to solve this problem?” If you can identify a problem or market inefficiency, you are half way to your idea!

The next thing to do is understand why this problem exists and think about why nobody else has made an app to solve this problem previously. Talk to others with this problem. Immerse yourself in the problem space as much as possible. Once you have a complete grasp of the problem, begin to evaluate how a mobile app could solve the problem.

This is where having some understanding of what mobile apps can do is extremely valuable. We are frequently asked, “Is this even possible?” Fortunately, the answer is often yes, but it is imperative that this answer is sound. You are about to invest a considerable amount of time and money into an app, now is the time to challenge your idea’s validity and viability.

Strategy

Competition

Once you have an idea, you need to plan for your app’s success. One of the best places to start is by identifying your competition. See if any other apps serve a similar purpose and look for the following:

  • Number of installs – See if anyone is using these apps.
  • Ratings and reviews – See if people like these apps and what they like/dislike about them.
  • Company history – See how these apps have changed over time and what sort of challenges they faced along the way. Try to see what they did to grow their user base.

There are two main goals of this process. First, learn as much as you can for free. Making mistakes is time consuming, frustrating, and expensive. Often, you have to try a few approaches before getting it right. Why not save yourself a few iterations, by learning lessons from your competitors? The second is to understand how hard it will be to compete in the marketplace. Are people hungry for a new solution? Is there some niche not being filled by the existing options? Understand what gaps exist and tailor your solution to meet them. If your idea is completely new, find other “first to market” apps and study how they educated consumers about their new product.

Android App that Will Let You Take Lyrics Offline

Music is love. Music is life. We all say that. It’s one of that healthy meals that we need to take every day. It’s what drives our life. Many people get inspired by songs and its lyrics. Lyrics that gives you goosebumps, that make you remember your first love. But, sometimes some singers just eat up some words and you’re like – Wait, what was that?

And, in such situation you need to search for lyrics online. So, to ease down this process, we bring to you apps that will quickly show you the lyrics of the song as they play in your music player. And, they’ll also let you take those lyrics offline. In the past, we had shared some android apps and music players that displayed lyrics. But, here we’d like to share with you some dedicated android apps to take lyrics offline. So, without further ado. Let’s dig in.

For the sake of simplicity : The lyrics app are available for free in the Google Play store. You can search and find lyrics for millions of songs of the different genre. While there may be multiple apps of similar category , the reason we picked the following apps , is due to their simplicity. Think of them as a customized Google for lyrics. Just enter the name and get the lyrics. Pretty simple right?

Lyrix 

Lyrix is a simple lightweight lyrics app to search and download lyrics offline . The app uses simple layout and contains all basic options for lyrics. The layout shows big search box in middle to type your favorite song name and a search button to search it from the internet.  Indeed , you will need internet connection first to download lyrics offline, no way around it. The top of the layout have the various tab which you can slide through. The tabs are as following :

Search Tab : Search Tab is a first tab where you can type in the search box to find the lyrics of your favorite songs. It is also a home page of the app.

Search Results Tab : All the results from your search query will be displayed in this tab. The app will automatically switch to this tab every time you search for the lyrics. Here you can click on your  desired song name to check out the lyrics. Click on little heart icon at right side to mark lyrics as favorite and to save it offline.

Lyrics Tab : Here you can see the recent lyrics which you have searched before to quickly access them again. You can also find your downloaded lyrics next to it in the favorites. Note that you do not need an internet connection to view lyrics marked as favorite.

Best Smartphone Apps to Make Real Money

There is a good chance you’re on your smartphone quite often. What if you could make money while you were using it?

You may not be aware of this, but there are many apps that practically gives you free money while using your mobile phone. Why not earn a few bucks while commuting to work, laying in bed, or just when you’re bored? It’s certainly more productive than playing Candy Crush, that’s for sure.

In this post I’ll show you the 8 best legitimate apps in 2018 you can make real money from, just by using it. Install multiple apps and do different tasks to break up the monotony while making some side income each time!

Slidejoy

Slidejoy rewards you for looking at articles that are trending, as well as ads, which appear right on your lock screen. The ads can be specialized to your interests.

Looking at these ads and articles will earn you points, called carats, which you can redeem in a number of different ways, including via PayPal, gift cards, or you can even donate your earnings to charity. Earnings are updated each day, so there will not be a need to wait around for the points you’ve earned to show up in your account.

The site pays out fast, and it doesn’t take long to get to the $2 threshold you’ll need before you can cash out. Besides that, it will not drain your battery like others, which could make it even easier for you to use. Many users have been earning through this app for months and even years.

Moocash

If you are looking for plenty of options, this one has you covered. You can get paid to watch videos, take surveys, and play games, among other things. There is also always available customer service on hand, so any issues you encounter can be cleared up right away.

There are numerous rewards to choose from too, such as different types of online currencies, including Skrill and Bitcoin. There are also many gift cards to consider, and you can even get likes or followers on your social media accounts.

The user experience on this one is quite positive, considering you are able to do so much with this app. There is enough to keep you entertained, no matter what you like. Furthermore, it is easy to use, a breeze to cash out, and you can consistently earn.

Make Money & Earn Cash App

If you are a fan of touch based games, the Make Money & Earn Cash app lets you get paid for doing a lot of touching . Essentially, there is a cube that you need to break by touching it repeatedly. Once you break it, you will be rewarded. You can earn more clicks and points by completing special offers, or by watching ads.

The premise of this app is simple, but can be entertaining because you don’t have to do much. It takes 1 million clicks to break a cube, and the threshold is rather high at 50 dollars in PayPal money.

You can earn money faster than you would think, especially if you refer your friends, spin the roulette wheel for extra clicks, or check out the free promos. The design and user-friendly aspect of this offering is something special, and many users appreciate that they won’t have to fill out surveys and things like that.

Benefits of Technological Inventions

If there is one thing in particular that is creating growth at too rapidly of a rate, it is innovation. This individual factor has made up its specific manner to develop, and there’s not a chance of ceasing it. Especially, when we don’t have to stop it. Truth be told, innovation has made our life less demanding. But, has it really? Newton’s Law says something along the lines of, “Everything has an identical and opposite reaction.”

No doubt, every new invention makes our life become easier, but the question is, if all those new upgrades are helpful to use the new invention? There are some merits and demerits to each upgrade. This article discusses the benefits of new inventions and innovations of the latest technology.

Higher Profit

New technologies and innovations can benefit your business in a number of ways. You can get higher profits as new technologies increase work potency, which in turn, improves productivity. Cost efficiency is another way innovation results in higher profits. Cost competence is an advantage in some ways and a disadvantage in others. As technology makes advancements in existing processes and new ways to achieve tasks, machines can produce at a rate that is double the amount that humans can in certain businesses. This results in cost savings for business owners, allowing them to invest in growth in other areas of the firm, which contributes on an active level to higher profits and the economy as a whole.

Fast Access to Information

You can get quick access to information with the aid of a computer and the internet – two of the most beneficial technological advances in the recent times. The search engines on the web help you find information on any topic that you are searching for. Follow the popular mantra when you’re confused and “Google it”. The whole wide world of information is literally at your fingertips. Gone are the days when you had to write letters to interact with people staying far away. Now, you have unlimited access in sending emails, texts, tweets, Facebook messages, Skype messages to people that you miss and you get their reply in seconds.

Advancement In All Industries

Technology inventions show people a more practical way to do things, and these methods get results. For example, education has remained significantly enhanced by the technological advances of computers. Students can learn on a global scale without ever leaving their classrooms. Agricultural processes that once needed handfuls upon dozens of individual employees will now be machine-driven, due to advancing technology, which means cost-efficiency for farmers. Medical findings occur at a much faster rate, thanks to machines and computers that help in the research process and allow for more serious educational research into medical matters. Medical technology is essential to people’s health and improved condition of life.

There are so many devices that help to advance and expedite work. From household tasks to office work, there are gadgets that help increase productivity. It helps you do things in proportionately less amount of time while doubling the effectiveness. Innovations in the world of science and technology make it possible for us to achieve more than we might have ever dreamed of years ago. It not only makes businesses more efficient, but our everyday lives as well. How we wake up, how we eat, how we communicate, how we thrive, and how we survive.

Buying an android phone in 2018?

With all this action, we’re beginning to get a picture of what smartphones in 2018 will look like. Here are some of the more interesting trends you may see on your next phone.

Notches Galore

It’s been years since smartphones didn’t all look mostly the same. In 2018, we can expect mobile manufacturers to once again get on the same wavelength—with that wave coming straight from Cupertino. Apple put a controversial notch at the top of its iPhone X screen and we’ve already seen Android phones start to adopt it.

Asus has already shown off a line of phones with Apple’s new signature notch chopped out of the top, and the LG G7 and others will likely follow it into Notch City. With Google offering support for “display cutouts” in its early Android P developer preview, it looks like the notch invasion is just beginning. The Essential Phone already had a camera cutout in 2017.

By year end, the phone market will be full of phones with really long, edge-to-edge screens, and a notch cut right out from the top. Many iPhone X users don’t seem to really like the notch, but don’t expect that to stop anyone. When the iPhone makes a design change, the industry tends to follow.

Knockoff Animoji

If you were creeped out by Apple’s new face-tracking animated Animoji, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Samsung has already debuted “AR Emoji” on its Galaxy S9, which mimics your face in a Nintendo Mii style and animates it. Asus’s Zenimoji are coming next, which look more like Apple’s version. And now that Samsung has its own Animoji, you can bet its Korean rival LG probably will soon too. Goofy animated faces, not to mention pigs and dogs, are just beginning to seep out of the woodwork.

Helpful Android Enhancements

In its new developer preview of Android P, Google pulled the lid off a few tasty new things you’ll start to see on Android phones in the next year or two. As usual, Google’s Pixel phone will get these features first, and the next Pixel is likely coming out around October. Once the new features launch on Google’s flagship device, they’ll start to trickle out to other phones.

To start, Google is adding support for Wi-Fi 802.11mc, which will let it give more accurate indoor mapping directions in places like museums, casinos, universities, and malls that have shared their indoor layouts. New Android devices that support the wireless protocol will be able to ping nearby networks of Wi-Fi hotspots to pinpoint your position indoors and give more precise guidance. Google Maps may soon be your go-to app when you need to navigate an unfamiliar airport.

Upcoming one plus 6 mobile

In 2016, the OnePlus 3T arrived as an upgrade for the OnePlus 3 that was launched six months earlier. OnePlus introduced the new model with the same design but tweaked specifications. The same was expected in 2017 for the OnePlus 5, but it doesn’t look like a OnePlus 5T is in the works anymore.

OnePlus, according to Android Marvel, will skip releasing a OnePlus 5T in order to focus on the OnePlus 6 for 2018.

The possibility of a OnePlus 5T being released has been greatly reduced by the lack of a new processor on the market. Flagships introduced in the first half of 2017 have the Snapdragon 835, and Qualcomm hasn’t expressed interest in creating something new for the rest of the year.

Companies like Samsung and LG have been forced to reuse the Snapdragon 835. It won’t be until 2018 when Qualcomm releases a new high-end processor the next round of flagships.

OnePlus, due to its smaller structure, would like to avoid reusing an existing processor. Last year’s improvements for the OnePlus 3T included a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with 6GB of RAM, a 3400mAh battery, and a 16MP front-facing camera. It wasn’t a major upgrade; however, the phone still offered a better value than its predecessor. If the OnePlus 5T was to be released, OnePlus would need to tout performance improvements but can’t if the same processor is used.

Although there won’t be a new phone from OnePlus soon, the cancelation of the OnePlus 5T might move up the release date of the OnePlus 6. There could be a desire by the company to place its 2018 flagship right up against the competition. OnePlus has a very loyal fanbase, meaning the hype generated might be able to steal just a bit of thunder from Samsung.

Mobile Phones for Women

 Fortunately, it’s fine to use a mobile phone. In fact, although only 16 percent of Palestinian households have Internet access, 81 percent have a cell phone, according to a 2009 United Nations report. Salameh was thus able to sign up for a text message–based job-matching program sponsored by a service called Souktel. She posted a “mini-resume,” browsed for suitable jobs via text messages, and then interviewed in person after an appointment was set. On September 22nd, she started a data-entry job with the German aid agency GTZ.

Although the job does not take advantage of her training in physical therapy, “this is better than staying at home,” she says through a translator, “and I think that I am gaining new experiences to be a useful woman in my community.” Without mobile phones, says Souktel co-founder Jacob Korenblum, a lot of the approximately 750 women worldwide who have work through the program would still be unemployed.

Mobile technology was available to Salameh, but that’s often not the case for women. A 2010 report by London-based telecom industry advocacy group GSMA (for Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women found a “mobile gender gap” in low- and middle-income countries: women are 21 percent less likely than men to own a mobile phone. The rate is highest in Asia, at 37 percent. Once they get phones women nearly uniformly report feeling safer, more connected and more independent. Nearly half say the phones help increase income and professional opportunities.

So, in October GSMA launched the “mWomen Program,” with support from Cherie Blair and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (“mWomen” is for mobile women). The goal is to half the number of women in the developing world who lack mobile phones within three years by putting phones in the hands of another 150 million women.

Upcoming new technology in 2018

Rather than seeing technology facilitate greater communication, economic opportunity, and leisure, it seemed that it was exacerbating our differences, concentrating wealth, and threatening all livelihoods. But there was some good stuff too! For anyone who loves technology, it was kind of a downer. While we shouldn’t turn away from the challenges that the information age keeps springing on us, it’s understandable to long for a few things that just make you say, “that’s neat!” It’s easy to hope to see something that dazzles you or is so ambitious that in a decade it might just be incredible.

For me, there were a lot of things I saw this year that I thought fit that bill. Some of them, like the sudden mainstream fascination with blockchain, caused me to feel more dread than hope. But others either made me smile, grabbed my imagination, or just showed a ton of promise.

Computational photography

When I say computational photography, I’m using it to refer to the broad range of ways that engineers are working with software to improve digital cameras. Big high-end sensors and fine glass lenses aren’t in any danger of being replaced when it comes to getting the best shot possible, but software solutions are making new techniques possible, and constantly improving small affordable cameras.

Smartphones are getting thinner, but the images they can capture only get better. Software is one of the biggest reasons for that. Apple and Samsung are using software (and dual lenses) to create excellent depth of field effects on their phones, and even big deal directors like Steven Soderbergh and Michel Gondry decided to start shooting with the iPhone this year. Meanwhile, Google’s Pixel 2 camera got our recommendation for its superior HDR processing, and it also is integrating a ton of AI features into its camera software that will only get more useful. And Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone took a lot of heat for its lackluster camera, but software updates have helped it improve over the past few months.

Newcomer Rylo took a shot at GoPro with its first device that combines an action cam and a 360 camera into a pocket-sized gadget with some serious software at an affordable price. It has some of the best image stabilization I’ve seen. And its intuitive editing software allows you to just shoot everything around you to make shot choices and choreograph smooth camera movements later.

Don’t get too excited: Software still has a long way to go before it can approximate the look of the highest-end cameras, and it might be a bit unfortunate to see professionals settling for something that’s just good enough.

Self-driving cars

Talk about self-driving cars has been around so long that it’s almost mundane. No one seemed to care that Waymo officially abandoned test drivers behind the wheels of its self-driving cars in Arizona back in November. That’s a huge deal. Waymo is launching a self-driving taxi service in the suburbs of Phoenix. For real!

The promise of self-driving cars means more efficient commutes, more free time, fewer traffic accidents, big leaps in AI, and all sorts of other game-changing advancements.

As far as getting these things out to the public goes, Tesla insists that its auto-pilot feature that offers limited self-driving capabilities will be ready to drive itself from California to New York very soon. That means Tesla owners would already have a self-driving car because the company just to push out a software update.

Don’t get too excited: This is a scary economic shift. A lot of people are going to lose their jobs. That’s a big factor in the dampened excitement. Also, with all that extra free time in the commute, demanding bosses are just going to expect more productivity.

Nintendo

Nintendo is good. We started the year with the gloomy death of the Wii U, an excellent console that never took off, and lots of talk about Nintendo’s shift to unimpressive mobile games. It’s hard to stress enough how much it seemed like the house that Mario built might go the way of Sega. Then the Switch happened.

The Switch did what Nintendo does best—it wasn’t too expensive, it offered a single gimmick, and it has some great games. It’s signature feature—going seamlessly from console play on the TV to mobile play—was useful and instantly made sense to millions of gamers. But what was most important is that software developers liked it. Ports of older games like Skyrim and Doom are actually fresh takes because they’re now mobile games that are almost as good as their counterparts on other consoles and PC. Indie developers are flooding the system with excellent games like Stardew Valley and SteamWorld Dig 2. And the games made by Nintendo, like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, exceeded the usual high-quality to be the best reviewed of the year.

It hasn’t even been on the market for a year and the Switch has almost sold as many units as the Wii U. The SNES Classic beat out all the other consoles on the market in sales for two months straight. And the new 2DS XL kept its huge library of games going for the foreseeable future.

While the PS4 and Xbox One are fine systems, their new iterations a virtually identical. This year they put out 4K upgrades that are powerful but don’t inspire very much excitement. Nintendo is different and we need it to keep giving the others some competition and continue being weird.

Next-gen Apple Watch

Kuo’s report also claims the new Apple Watches could have a “more trendy form factor design” and potentially new sensors for more advanced health-tracking.

To put a larger display into the existing Apple Watch’s case, the company could shrink the bezels surrounding it. It seems unlikely Apple would make the smartwatches larger, though.

Phone leaker and concept artist Benjamin Geskin quickly mocked up what the new Apple Watches could look like with larger screens.

With a tweaked design and larger displays, Kuo believes Apple could sell 22-24 million Apple Watches in 2018, resulting in 30 percent growth year-over-year.

Apple Watch was slow out of the gate in 2015, but after several iterations it has become the most popular smartwatch. Smartwatches powered by Google’s Wear OS (formerly called Android Wear) have all but been vanquished. Most consumer tech companies haven’t released new Wear OS smartwatches in years and Google’s relying on fashion brands to prop its fledgling wearable platform up.

A new design and larger screens could propel the Apple Watch further ahead of its competitors, leaving them to eat dust for good.