The year is nearly over, so let's look back at what Eastpoint's little developer elves got up to this year. What happened at Eastpoint Software in 2014?
Mobile and tablet apps:
More people are using mobiles and i Pads these days. We all know this because we all do it, it's simple, quick, and doesn't involve waiting for a PC to load up while staring existentially out of the window. Apps are a great way of presenting a product or service in a way that's easy for customers to use, which makes Web, Mobile and eCommerce App Development increasingly beneficial investment.
We are keen to continue building more mobile and ecommerce apps next year. Get in touch with us about your mobile app idea on firstname.lastname@example.org or, as Blondie would say, call me on 01223 690164.
Websites that were built to be viewed on a monitor do not always look so studly and buff on a little screen. Some need a helping hand and seem need to be built from scratch (a great opportunity to zhuzh up the website and maybe re brand like you always meant to).
Having a website that adapts to different monitors and devices is called responsive, and is a popular and wise investment. We've carried out several of these software development projects this year.
Websites are just like anything else – they get tired, things change around them, and they need a bit of fairy dust because they are sad. We've carried out many enhancements and additions this year.
Outsourcing App Development:
We often work with technology partners to deliver skills that they do not have in-house. This year we worked on several long-term web app development projects.
Our clever clogs developers are always learning new technologies and adapting how they work. This year, our favourite new technology was AngularJS, which we used on a cyber security app. Intriguing!
There's been more interest and understanding of agile working – which means completing a project in stages without having to decide on the entire project's timeline and spec at the outset. This allows you to change the spec or scope as the software product is built, so it can evolve during the build to the benefit of the final product.
Testing and QA:
We are Eastpoint Web , Mobile and eCommerce App Development Services Cambridge, London and UK. This year a full-time QA lead joined our team. Welcome! Now get back to work. Working with us in 2015 If you are looking for web, mobile and eCommerce app and software development or outsourcing in Cambridge, London or the UK, give us a call on 01223 690164, or email email@example.com. Let us know your requirements and we'll see what we can do!
If you're looking for an estimate for an app, let us know the details you have and we can provide a no-obligation quote. We specialized in ecommerce apps and software development.
If you're someone who has had an idea for a mobile app and would like to know more about the process and costs, hopefully this blog post will shed some light.
We work with non-technical clients as well as technology partners and agencies – this article is aimed at clients with little prior knowledge of how apps work in terms of the build, but have got a great idea from a user perspective that they want to see in action.
Cost and time:
Most developers will tell you something along the lines of 'how long is a piece of string' when asked how much a web app costs.
And of course, they're right, but it is possible to give a guideline. For any app, you are looking at thousands rather than hundreds. Most apps will take weeks to design, build and test, at least. You are unlikely to find much below £5,000 in terms of building a complete app, and that would be for a very simple one.
It is likely you will want to budget more than that, particularly if you have specific, potentially complex, requirements. The number of devices you want your app to be suitable for will also affect the cost.
Who builds it? Who designs it?
We are a tech and design company, so we can create all aspects of the app. A lot of app designers will take charge of the entire project – so writing the technology that powers the app, and designing the way it looks to the people using it.
We are happy to accommodate your design requests – whether that's us working on the technical development, you doing the design yourself, or providing us with the designs from somebody you already work with. Some companies will always want to do the design in-house, this is something to check.
What is the mobile development process?
If you are starting from scratch with a new app developer, it's likely you will first chat about and confirms your requirements. Once everyone is on the same page, the technical solution will be decided and the user interface designed, so you know how it will work from a user's point of view.
App development will then begin in earnest and once completed, full testing and QA is carried out. Once you sign off the app, it will be ready for you to use, sell, or look at in awe.
Maintenance of mobile apps and future work:
Your app will be good to go and often comes with a warranty for a specified time. However, software may need other updates in or outside of this time to keep it ticking over, or you may want to refresh your app in the future with new ideas, improvements or additions.
Mobile apps are a great way to reach out and grow your business, but they also have specific benefits. Mobile apps can utilise phone features, such as notifications, camera and location, broadening the scope of what can be achieved.
Why develop a mobile app?
Use of mobile devices is set to overtake desktop for accessing websites .
Think about how often you use your phone, or you see other people using theirs. It's common to use your mobile to browse websites, search for information and make purchases.
A mobile app enhances the user experience further and achieves a greater engagement with your users.
Often a mobile app offers features that a mobile web site (or web app) isn't capable of because it can have greater access to the mobile device's hardwear (such as GPS, camera and microphone).
What's involved in building an app?
Thorough understanding of what you want and ensure we've got all the information that we need to design a solution to meet that.
Design and User Experience:
We will look at who your app needs to appeal to, and be appropriate for, the intended audience. It needs to be consistent with existing branding where applicable.
Creating the working product based on those things using our experience with various technologies to devise and develop a solution.
We make sure that what we've produced is what we set out to produce, and ensure it all works correctly on varied device types.
We like automated and manual testing, making sure that where possible we have automated tests to cover the design functionality, backed up with the manual testing. You can't beat a human set of eyes looking at it.
Support, analysis and Improvement:
We'll work to ensuring that product continues to perform in the way that it's expected long after the product is launched.
Long term support for mobile apps is key to it's success as new devices and device updates often change the underlying systems which could otherwise harm performance of the application.
And as user uptake of your application grows, we'll work with you to collect and analyse information about usage and help to guide design changes and enhancements.
We like to maintain relationships with clients over the years, supporting systems, offering advice, and remaining a part of the project.