Build A Web App Without Code

22 04 2011

Do you have an idea for a Web app or a mobile app but don’t have the coding skills to pull it off yourself? Instead of paying someone hundreds of dollars to develop the app for you and hope it works right, why not create your own app using an app service like iBuildApp’s Web Apps.

With iBuildApp, you can build your own Web apps for the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, and Windows. You can customize your apps with icons, graphics, pictures, skins, and even social media. The app service allows you to change fonts and add your own images. Plus, you can add features like events, locations, ecommerce, and even audio and video streams.

With those kind of features, you can build just about any kind of app for any niche under the sun. The service includes a preview so that you can preview your app as you are building it.

I knew it was just a matter of time before some brilliant Web developer came up with a system like this to help non-developers build a creation of their own design for mobile and Web apps users. So, when are you going to jump up and build your own Web app? Now is a good time.


The Value Of Apps And Where To Get Them

1 04 2011

Apps. Say the word and everyone knows what you’re talking about. Even if they aren’t using them. But what about them?

First, there are different kinds of apps. Some are free and some are not. Web apps are apps that interact with one or more website, or that can be used by Web users through a toolbar, their computer desktop, or another doorway to the World Wide Web. Mobile apps are apps that can be downloaded and used on one’s cell phone.

Even mobile apps have a variety of uses and media. You can get an app specifically for your iPhone or Android, or you can get one that will interact with any mobile phone on the market that supports apps.

So where do you go to find these apps? Again, the places you can find useful apps are legion. If you own an iPhone or an Android, you can go to those websites to download useful apps for those cell phones. But there are also third-party apps websites that allow you to download apps for these products as well.

I’d encourage you to seek out reviews of apps before you start downloading them. Not all apps are worth the download. Some will even fill your computer or mobile phone with a virus or some other nasty. If you download your apps only from reputable websites and seek out reviews from reputable reviewers, then you should have no issues.

Applied Knowledge

14 03 2011

If you have paid any attention at all to technology in the past six or seven years, there is a short little word that you will be undoubtedly familiar with, one that we shall discuss in a moment. If you have even passed a television during the technology report on the news, you have heard this word. It is three letters long, but its use and its implications have had resounding and revolutionary effects the world over. Now, you might be asking yourself: How can such a small word, such an insignificant thought, have such power? Well, one only really needs to say the word for it to have an almost immediate affect. The word in question? App, short for application software, would be that word. Ah, yes, now your memory is being given a workout. For some out there, this word is a part of everyday life.

They are featured on various next-generation smart phones and of course for personal computers. Chances are, if you own one of these things, you have heard or even spoken this word today. But, what exactly is an app? This should be a bit more of an intuitive thing, but it might not be for some. Simply, an app is a program, one that does not take up very much space or memory, that allows the use to complete a (usually highly-specialized task). We have apps that can retrieve information, allow for the creation and editing of content, can allow for communication, and can even just plain old entertain the user for a little while. Some are free, some are not; some can be useful, others can just be harmless and cheap fun. There is no denying, however, that the app is not merely a simple three-letter word.

New Video-Sharing iPhone App!

4 02 2011

Like sending full videos through your phone? Well…now there’s an app for that!

Mashable is reporting that Mobile-to-mobile video-sharing startup Thwapr is releasing an iPhone application Monday that helps users upload and share videos up to 30 minutes in length.

Thwapr for iPhone, the startup’s first product targeted at end users as opposed to brands, enables users to easily capture and share videos and photos with friends on any mobile phone, or via Twitter and Facebook. Recipients can then view and add comments, or share their own video and photo responses via mobile browser, web or the app.

Videos shared via the app are geo tagged, and iPhone 4 owners can capture and edit video in portrait and landscape mode using the front or back camera. The application even supports background uploads for those running iOS 4.0 or higher, so users can switch apps while their content is being uploaded to Thwapr.

The iPhone app makes for a convenient way to share long-form video, a previously arduous task for mobile videographers. Thwapr, however, is focused on the bigger picture of removing existing barriers to sharing videos on mobile phones, according to CTO Eric Hoffert.

The iPhone app makes for a convenient way to share long-form video, a previously arduous task for mobile videographers. Thwapr, however, is focused on the bigger picture of removing existing barriers to sharing videos on mobile phones, according to CTO Eric Hoffert.

“From our user testing, we see people posting videos that are typically a few minutes long,” he says. “These are videos of fun events –- a band playing on the streets in Assisi, Italy, a turtle flipping over and back again, a dog catching a Frisbee. Anywhere from 15 seconds, to perhaps three to five minutes.”

“We don’t want to limit users to 10 seconds like Path does –- or as did for their Twitter video concept. It should be more natural to share video. We do have limits like any product, but we plan to keep pushing the boundaries,” says Hoffert.

Mobile VOIP: The Wave of the Future

2 02 2011

In-Stat recently released a report stating that they estimate the number of mobile VOIP users to reach over 139 million by the end of 2014.

“Mobile VoIP is gaining real market presence with usage rates climbing rapidly,” says Amy Cravens, Market Analyst.   “As it becomes further incorporated into other mobile apps, specifically social networking apps, the realm of potential use is expected to broaden.  This has created a great deal of jockeying among mobile VoIP players trying to develop market share and mobile operators trying to determine the best response to this potentially disruptive service offering.”

Some of the research findings include:

  • Mobile operators will gradually remove barriers to mobile VoIP usage, however, will remain guarded in how these services are introduced.
  • In-Stat’s consumer survey showed that T-Mobile subscribers had the greatest incidence of mobile VoIP usage; nearly twice that of total respondents.
  • Total 2014 revenues will be split between the EMEA (39%), Asia/Pacific (32%), North America (21%), and the rest of the world (8%).
  • Because mobile VoIP is portable, users can bring the benefits of VoIP with them when traveling abroad and avoid the expensive roaming fees that mobile operators charge.

Recent In-Stat research, Mobile VoIP: Social Networking Integrates IP Voice (#IN1004743MCM), explores the emerging market for mobile VoIP offerings, covering:

  • Forecasts of worldwide mobile VoIP subscribers, usage, and revenues segmented by region and associated provider (independent, 3G, WiMAX/LTE).
  • Discussion of the broad spectrum of mobile VoIP industry participants including start-ups, online VoIP providers, mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) and mobile virtual network enablers (MVNE), and the mobile carriers themselves.
  • The breadth of mobile VoIP solutions and analysis of key providers, including Google, Skype, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Verizon Wireless, and Vonage.
  • Elements impeding and promoting the adoption of mobile VoIP.
  • Discussion of underlying markets including smartphone adoption and 3G/4G services.

This research is part of In-Stat’s Mobile Applications & Services service which provides analysis and forecasts of the markets for mobile applications and content, including consumer perspectives, usage models, competitive business models, mobile applications and operating systems (OS).

How Often Do YOU Open Your Apps?

31 01 2011

According to Localytics, 26% of people only open their phone apps ONCE.

Mashable reports that, with 300,000 iPhone apps and 200,000 Android apps available for download, consumers aren’t willing to tolerate apps that at first sight don’t meet their standards.

Twenty-six percent of apps are only opened once after download, according to a study by software company Localytics.

Using its real-time app analytics tool, Localytics compiled data in 2010 about new users of thousands of Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 apps.

If these users did not open the apps a second time before January 26, 2011, they were counted as one-time users. (This partially explains why more one-time uses were reported in the last quarter of 2010 than the first quarter; the first-quarter group had more time to open the app again.)

Besides emphasizing how important it is for developers to avoid pitfalls that are likely to turn off fickle app users, the data also points out the inaccuracy of using the number of people who download an app as the sole measure of its success.

Tracking downloads is often a first step to gauging an app’s success, but download stats often provide an incomplete and inflated view. High download numbers always feel great, but if those customers never open the app or abandon it after just a few uses, those high download numbers are really part of a high churn rate.

Combined with usage reports and custom event tracking, app publishers learn to optimize their app to improve user retention. Knowing what dedicated customers look like also helps app publishers better target advertising and marketing campaigns—and measure their success.

MicroSoft, RIM And HTML5

5 01 2011

The Windows smartphone is relatively new to the market, but MicroSoft knows its way around business, so it should have no problem catching up to the others.  As all operating systems always need updates, it should come as no surprise that there is an update rumored for the Windows phone in the near future.

While updates are actually a regular occurence for smartphones, or software in general, the case with the Windows smartphone is a bit different.  In this case, HTML5 is part of the reason to be excited for the update.  The previous version, the one that is currently running, does not have as many, if any HTML5 features.  However, with the update that will soon come, that will change.

Other news that involve HTML5 revolves around the Galaxy Tab, by Research in Motion.  While it will also have the ability to play Flash programs, HTML5 is a main ingredient in its features.  Which all basically point to the industry acknowledging the importance of HTML5.  So if you are following the progression of HTML5, you can not help but see all of the ingredients of a success story.  While it may have started as a not so widely known program in the very beginning, it has progressed rapidly into a powerhouse of a program that is being widely touted by both the desktop and laptop computer display and the mobile phone display.  In other words, it is valuable to just about everyone who views a screen.  HTML5 is obviously something to watch out for.