5 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Social Media App Development Company

The social media landscape is continuously changing as consumers are becoming more tech savvy and businesses demand more sophisticated features to reach out to their audience. So, what’s today on the forefront might be replaced with another app that offers better control and more exciting features to users, and those that don’t deliver would have no other way than going the Dodo way. So, social media app development demands a considerable effort and a rather significant effort is required to keep the app relevant in the highly competitive market.

You should hire a social media app development company wisely. Learn what you can do to find, hire, and work with the right technology vendor

Want to hire a social media app development agency?

1. Identify Your Social Media App Project Requirements

Just think of the ways you want users to use your app to make their life better, entertaining and engaging. Since no two apps downloaded from an app store are equal, so you have to be very pragmatic in your approach.

Basic things like user registration, validation, chat, video/audio sharing, help, and settings are quite common. Besides, there would be some unique features that you might have planned to incorporate into the app to make it different from the rest. So create a list of all. This will help you invite a quotation or estimate from different social media app development companies while requesting a quote.

2. Examine the proposal letters you receive

Go through the proposal letters. Check profile, skills, and portfolio, but do also try to read between the lines of the estimation. If you stuck anywhere, get in touch with the vendor. Do cross-examine the expertise, capabilities and other claims made by the company with third-party portals, preferably, app development marketplaces like Upwork, Guru, Peopleperhour, etc. Rely on companies that have disclosed the projects along with reviews of clients. However, beware of not-so-trusted marketplaces as they hardly verify the reviews and ratings.

3. Talent

Though you are hiring a social media app development company end of the day the project would be handled by some human being, UI-UX designer, social media app developer, and quality teams. So, make sure your project is handled by talented people who have got technical expertise along with a sound industry understanding. For instance, if the product is created for iOS, then the developer must be well acquainted with Xcode IDE, Cocoa frameworks, and the App Store publishing guidelines.

4. Professionalism

Hire a company that has demonstrated absolute professionalism while working with its clients previously. A professional approach impacts everything from the quality of product to its timeliness, so it’s as important as all other points highlighted in this list.

5. Know about the productive timeline

When your business interests are closely associated with your social media app, it’s a must to have a well-defined timeline regarding milestones mentioned from design and prototype of coding, testing, release, feedback implementation and so on. This would help you strategize your marketing plan to seek users or subscribers and deliver a better user experience.

Angularjs: One framework for Mobile and Web Development

Whether it’s web development or mobile app development, each is an art of making people feel at home while making intended things happen authentically. What do users expect from a website or app? Don’t get pegged with the term performance; in fact, it’s a vague term. Users want to be the master of their app. They want the app to respond to their actions spontaneously as well as contextually. Interestingly, Angular JS has the solution that users look for.

Angular js web development

So improving the user experience, on web and mobile, is the ultimate goal of the company. Mobile app development companies advocate using AngularJS in conjugation with Apache Cordova to build cross platform mobile apps. The greater familiarity of software developers with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, is helpful in slashing the mobile app development time. However, the greater advantage lies in code reusability as a single build can be mapped or configured easily to work across different platforms. Likewise, web development companies also get benefited as they don’t need to spend much time in getting their developers trained in Angular JS web development. As the fundamental components of AngularJS have got their defined role in mobile and web development, technology companies have reasons to keep their fingers crossed.

Web Vs Mobile. Tech scholars and experts often come at loggerheads on the debate. However, the truth is that both complement each other. The demand of the hour is not to build separate experiences for web and mobile, rather than a omni-channel experience is required. For instance, a buyer may dig product information while online in office but might use the shopping app install in his or her phone to conclude the purchase. Likewise, it would be difficult for an NGO to spread awareness about the causes that matter to it and connect with its potential donors. But to keep existing users in touch, nothing could be as helpful as a mobile app that finds place in everyone’s pocket. Thus, neither a website nor a mobile app in isolation can take the whole business responsibilities. Tech consulting and product design and development companies are making big of the capabilities of Angular JS development framework.

AngularJS is a well structured framework packing everything for everyone. However, the onus is on the software developers to make intelligent and optimum utilization of its resources from directives and expressions to filters, modules, and controllers. Avoiding common mistakes, they can stay true to the philosophy of AngularJS community which is committed to make an effortless development platform for the future.

Android App Development Empowers Dr. Moku Reach 250,000 Milestone

While most of the brands struggle to get a berth on Google Play, Dr. Moku took it by storm; gaining over 250, 000 subscribers for its Hiragana and Katakana app, it became an educational brand overnight. Here comes a brief introduction to the app by Root Info Solutions, the Android app development company which orchestrated this success saga. 

Japanese Learning App

Dr. Moku’s Hiragana and Katakana Bundle makes learning Hiragana and Katakana, the two prominent syllabaries of the Japanese writing system quite easier. Taking advantage of mnemonics, the app transcends the barriers of generations and empowers individuals to get a quick grasp on the alphabets, words and phrases used in the language.

Unmistakably, language is a key to the gateway of literature and culture and a glue to bring individuals, communities and nations together. Before, I take you to the User Experience of Dr. Moku’s Hiragana and Katakana app, I would like you to have a glance at the letters of the language. 

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How much time would you take to memorize all? A week, month or a year? Not certain? Well, everyone can’t be an Einstein. I don’t know of others, but I’m not the one forsure. Absorbing the letters and then putting them into practical use are challenging jobs. But the app claims to make you learn, read, write and speak Japanese in just one hour. It’s hard to believe, but a fact. Here is how.

Language learning app by Root Info Solutions
Well, if you want to learn the letter with sound “KU” (highlighted in the Image 1), you don’t need to learn it by heart. Instead, keep the image of cuckoo bird (that produces that sound) in your mind. The beak of the bird resembles the letter figuratively while the sound made by it matches to the pronunciation of the letter itself. Likewise, for every letter the app uses mnemonic tricks. Later, test your acquired knowledge with quizzes based on visual recognition and audio recognition. Writing and reading practice exercises are also there. Got stuck somewhere? Jump back to revise your chapter.

You won’t be scared now. Read the clue, listen to the clip and move on to the next one. It’s laudable the way this Android app development company has harnessed the capabilities of Android SDK and Android Studio and get it coded with perfection to make sure that users find themselves at home with the language.

The app keeps the users glued to it throughout the session and that’s is quintessential for any language app targeted at non-native learners as they are vulnerable to boredom. At any point of time, if they lose the interest in the app content or its presentation, they are most likely to quit your app. Interestingly, Google Play imposes strict guidelines to make sure the user experience remains consistent throughout the app sessions from entry to exit.

Craving for such a success? If yes, pay utmost attention to the user experience delivered through the app, because this is the only way to differentiate yourself in the competitive market. Give more reasons to users not just to download your app, rather, to stay with your app and brand.

Looking forward to get an envying app built for your brand? If yes, don’t look further. Write to us at info@rootinfosol.com, or just dial +44 207 096 0066 to talk to a technology consultant.

10 Common Mistakes iOS App Developers Must Avoid

Today, we can witness a blind race, particularly, amidst iOS app development companies in the world to monetize the $143 billion app economy. Clearly, they have a valid reason: iOS App Store stays ahead of all other stores, when it comes to revenue generation. While doing so, they have little time to think of User Experience (UX). According to a report by Root Info Solutions, a London-based web and mobile app development company, close to 46% of apps had been rejected by App Store between 2008 and 2015. Underscoring the gravity, I thought to bring the attention of developers towards 10 common mistakes in iOS app development.

iOS Developer

1. Confusing Code Structure

Xcode doesn’t mandate the structuring of the source code, but for seamless app development, iOS developers must do it before getting started with any project. If you are pursuing the goal, I recommend you to use the Groups option to structure your code. Organize source files in folders and mirror them in Xcode. Assign easy-to-understand names to all files. Distinct nomenclature for objects, methods, etc., helps not just you to pick up your project from where you left it, but also to your peer developers to know what’s required to be done in the next phase of the development. Code structuring also reduces the app update and upgrade tasks. Thus, structured coding system, helps not just developers but also clients to keep maintenance budget at a low.


2. Skipping to Turn off NSNotificationCenter

Leaving unnecessary notifications turned on is a blunder. Invoking unwanted processes at random, they will only contribute towards the app’s instability, leading to crash and unexpected behavior that users hate. Hence, let your app run with the least number of notifications by meticulously controlling them through NSDistributedNotificationCenter.


3. Skipping to Invalidate NSTimeZone

The behavior of time zone objects is regulated by NSTimeZone class. However, what if different time zones are simultaneously enabled? This will only create confusion for your app as which objects to choose and what attributes to show to the users. Hence, in the course of iOS app development, particularly, while working for a client located in a time zone different than what you are in, it’s a must to invalidate the NSTimeZone that is not likely to stay in use.


4. Unnecessary API Calls

Overburdening an app either with unnecessary or outdated APIs, make it slower and also results into extra battery consumption, which matters a lot to the users. Make use of the desired as well as the latest Apple recommended APIs based on the iOS versions you are targeting at.


5. Blocking the Main Thread

All User-Interface actions and reactions happen through the Main Thread. Hence, keep the Main Thread of the application uninterrupted. This will let users interact with your app and get done desired tasks in a quick and easy way. Remember, performance is a key determinant of the app retention metrics.


6. Not Using Intent

Innovation is a key to gain brownie points and maintain a leading position in the market. Harness the iOS 10 capabilities to the fullest and reward your users with new accessibility functions using SiriKit, Phone, Maps or Messages, if you want to be in the driver’s seat. Inform your developer about your intent of improving the user experience. iOS 10 SDK offers the Intents framework (Intents.framework) to enable an app handle interactions through proprietary App apps including SiriKit.


7. Skipping Mobile Analytics

Make users part of your app design, content, and user experience strategy. Measure what users feel about the every aspect using a compatible mobile analytics tool. Google Analytics, Mixpanel and Flurry are a few app analytics that are widely used these days by iOS app development companies. They help you track the following:
* Daily Active Users (DAU)
* Retention Rate
* Average Time Spent within the App
* App Crashes
* Engagement


8. Unique Testing

Whether you are an app owner or iOS app developer, this is something crucial for your app success. Ensure that the users get expected results from the every app feature or tool. Nowadays, a better option is to go for TestFlight Beta Testing. You can invite up to 2000 users to test your app and share their feedbacks. Make sure to address all important issues raised at this stage before you finally release your app on App Store.


9. No or Incompetent Marketing

Marketing is as critical as is getting your app built. Now that your app has been pushed to the App Store, put your best marketing effort to gain visibility across the target geographies and drive the number of downloads. However, adhere to the App Store guidelines to avoid any sort of penalty.


10. Not Enabling Bitcode

Do it at your own risk. While targeting multiple form-factors or devices with different screen resolution, it’s the Bitcode that enables App Store to recognize the device’s capability and facilitate users with the right app build so that they can have the best experience. Hence, if you are outsourcing your iOS app development project, make everything clear to the developer regarding the targeted OS and device.

Want to reach out to your iOS users and improve the business efficiency? Discuss your idea with Root Info Solutions. The company champions iOSapp development using the latest Swift programming language.