Thursday, 2 August 2018

Interview Series by GoodFirms – Saurabh Tiwari Gives a Vertical Interview to GoodFirms

Please introduce your company and give a brief about your role within the company.
The company was established in 2014 with Development center at Jaipur. Now we have our Branch Offices in other countries like UK, UAE & IRAN. Appiqo is Top Leading Company in Mobile & Web App Domain. Our main focus is in the mobile application domain (Native Apps, Hybrid Apps, and React Native) I am the Director of Appiqo Technologies & through my experience in this industry; I have been successful in providing the best-in-class services to our clients.
What was the idea behind starting this organization?
The main idea behind having our own start-up was the era that was rapidly advancing in technology. Since we belonged to the technical field and were experts in various technologies, it made perfect sense to have our own company which could take in new ideas of clients and develops mobile applications based on them. This led us to work on different projects including government projects as well.
What are your company’s business model– an in-house team or third party vendors/ outsourcing?
We have a complete in-house team of experienced and dedicated developers, Designers and QA. So, we do the complete development work in-house only.
How is your business model beneficial from a value-added perspective to the clients compared to other companies' models?
Our company is one of the most genuine and unique companies that a client will come across. We have dedicated developers with 5+ years of experience in the mobile application domain. We Provide Free Post Launching Support of 2 Years & offer flexible work timings to our clients. If a client is from some other country, we make sure that we are available for support at their convenient timings. Also, we provide 6 Months Free Marketing & Promotions & Free App Promotional Video and Creatives
What industries do you generally cater to? Are your customers repetitive? If yes, what ratio of clients has been repetitive to you?
The industries that we have catered to until now are from different industries such as Taxi & Travel, Fashion & Apparels, Automobile, Fine Arts, Food & Beverages, Hospitality, and Consumer Services, Finance, Utilities, Social Networking etc

I would say 90% of our clients have come back to us to work on a different project as well. Once they work with us, they either come back to us to work on another project or refer us to their friends and colleagues.
Mention the objectives or the parameters critical in determining the time frame of developing a mobile app.
As every app is different, nobody can estimate an exact time-frame for an objective or parameter. So I have given weight to every objective and parameter based on how much time they consume in a development cycle.

Understanding of the Business Case: Understanding the ‘Why’ behind developing an app is a most important factor. If the business case is not well understood then the quality of the app and overall objective of developing the app will get hampered. 

Features: We use function point estimate technique to divide the features into points if there are a number of points in feature than a feature is considered to be complex in nature and take time to implement. 

Third Party Integrations: Third party integration is the subject of research; app stakeholders have to understand the various dependencies, implications of the implementation and some time it requires doing a proof of concept to avoid the last moment delays so performing proof of concept will increase the timeframe of the project.
How much effort in terms of time goes into developing the front end and back end of a mobile app?
We follow an AGILE methodology. So, we do not work on the front end and back end separately. We first prepare the wireframe and once 25% of the wireframe is done, we move to the designing phase. Once the client starts approving the designs, the front end developer converts those designs. And then, the functionality part is taken care of. The back end developer integrates the required functionalities of the website with the system. As soon as the back end and front end is done, the testing will also be done then we conduct UAT testing.
What are the key parameters to be considered before selecting the right platform for a mobile application?
Well, every app targets a certain set of users, which defines its user stories. And that set decides which platform to target. Generally, when the set is dominated by people in the high-income group, we go with iOS. For everything else, owing to its large user base, Android is a good place to start with when you want to target the mass market.
Which platform do you suggest your clients, to begin with when they approach you with an idea (Android or iOS) and why?
Android and iOS have both advantages and disadvantages. We do not put any abrupt opinion. It all depends on the business idea of our clients. We conduct a research in order to elucidate between the platforms and come to an intersection of client’s opinion and our research.
Android or iOS, Native or Hybrid — which platform is best to use to build your app? What are your recommendations?
Native apps are always recommended over the Hybrid apps - if the client’s timeframe and budget are flexible. For us, we use a lot of native features like GPS, interactive notifications, payment modules, etc. 

Hybrid apps can be a good option when we need to deal with data and where user experience is not a major factor.
What are the key factors that you consider before deciding the cost of a mobile application?
Cost of a mobile app development relies on scope, features, and functionalities of a mobile app. Apart from that, it rotates around complexities, efforts, selection between native versus hybrid, architecture, APIs, screen orientation, app security, regular updates, post maintenance etc. Another factor is the app idea of the client and their criteria to get the mobile app developed. This attitude and the aforesaid components with the help of comprehensive research help us to determine the cost of mobile app development.
What kind of payment structure do you follow to bill your clients? Is it Pay per Feature, Fixed Cost, Pay per Milestone (could be in phases, months, versions etc.)
We follow a milestone-based approach for payments. We follow the strict agile process in development, so what we do is based on the project. Suppose the project is more than US$ 10,000, so we charge 15% of that as an advance payment and then rest payment is divided into 4 or 5 milestones. So the client doesn’t have to pay all in advance or he has a nominal amount of money to be paid at every milestone. We are flexible with the advance payment structure if the client is not willing to pay 15% as the advance amount; we can go as low as 10%. So as long as we see that the client is genuine and has a true intent to make a mobile application we are very much adjustable to the payment terms.

We are comfortable working in both Fixed Price as well as Hourly contracts. This completely depends upon the complexity of scope and client’s preference as to how they wish to proceed, although we always give our suggestion as to what can be the best fit. 
Do you take in projects which meet your basic budget requirement? If yes, what is the minimum requirement? If no, on what minimum budget you have worked for?
You may call us a bit choosy over the type of projects we take. The low budget may not necessarily be an issue. It’s the scope of the project that influences our decision. An innovative project that challenges us and helps us develop & hone our skills even on a tighter budget has more chance of being accepted than a project on a liberal budget that brings no innovation or doesn’t challenge us. So, no, we don’t have any minimum budget requirements as such. 
What is the price range (min and max) of the projects that you catered to in 2017?
We have worked on different projects ranging from the US $1500 to the US $18000.
Which business model do you suggest to your clients enabling them to generate revenue from mobile applications? Why?
It is entirely dependent on the client’s business idea. Although we even outline a monetization strategy for our clients in order to generate maximum revenue, we suggest an in-app purchase that has been reckoned with the help of comprehensive market research.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Top 10 App Development Companies of UAE

In UAE, Mobile and Web applications are the new sources for changing your businesses today and gaining profits as UAE is one of the fastest followers in the era of new technologies. There are various verticals such as healthcare, e-Commerce, Dating, Chatting etc for which mobile apps are being used.

There are numerous app development companies in UAE depending on your requirements from which Top 10 mobile app companies are listed below:
1. Cubix: Cubix is the best app development company of UAE which was founded in 2008. The company have experts in development, customization and integration of distinct applications with all kind of business services with quality. The company consists of a group of highly skilled developers and graphic designers for developing classic and functional applications that solve difficult problems.
2. Appiqo Technologies: Appiqo Technologies was established in 2014 and is an ISO 9001:2008 certified Top Rated Mobile App Development Company of UAE. The company is having an experience of 5 years with more than 200+ happy clients and employs over 50+ app developers and marketing experts. Appiqo works on various platforms such as iOS, Android and Web with professionals who work as a teamwork just to make sure the clients are satisfied with the work. The company has made its reputation and is rated as top mobile app development company on Clutch, Goodfirms and Appfutura.
3. Hyperlink Infosystem: It is a leading mobile app development company in UAE which was established in 2011 and is headquartered in India. The company has developed over 2500+ mobile applications by serving 1200+ happy clients with more than 6+ years of experience with the help of over 150+ skilled developers, artistic designers and marketing professionals. The developers in Hyperlink have very extensive knowledge of latest and advanced technology trends.
4. Softlets: Softlets is an app and web development company which is headquartered in India and has expanded its office in different locations as well such as Abu Dhabi and also maintains its position as the best mobile app development company in UAE. It was founded with a soul aim to develop apps using best technology for its clients at very affordable rates. The company has a very well experienced team which is completely committed to delivering the best results possible.
5. Thoughtbot: Thoughtbot is developing top quality android and iOS apps from more than 12 years as the company has delivered its products to various individuals, start-ups and enterprises with a dedication towards their work. The company consists of over 50+ experienced mobile app developers and marketing professionals who have worked on various platforms such as mobile development, web development, UX and UI design, AR / VR etc.
6. Sphinx Solutions: The company is the leading IT service provider of mobile app development which was founded in 2010. The company is serving from 8+ years in the industry and now known as the leading mobile app development comapny in UAE. The company deals with high quality e-Commerce mobile apps, service-based platforms and products and cloud based operation. The company has developed over 500+ mobile apps and IT solutions with more than 350+ happy and satisfied clients.
7. 10Pearls: 10Pearls is a human-centered business company with over 14+ years of experience as it was established in 2004. The company employs over 320+ app developers who have helped clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 enterprises. The company delivers top-notch apps with highly innovative digital products that engage customers. The company provides user-friendly and affordable apps with 24*7 customer support. 
8. Brainvire Infotech: Brainvire Infotech is an IT solutions company which offers end-to-end Web and App development. The comapny is having more than 1300+ satisfied clients across the globe with more than 16+ years of experience in digital industry. The company is headquartered in Utah as it was established in the year 2000, it has achieved its position as the top app development company in UAE and has become a global information technology and consulting company.
9. Appsquadz: Appsquadz Technology is a top mobile application development company in Dubai with over 2+ years of experience and more than 70+ skilled mobile app developers, business analysts, graphics designers and software testers who have completed more than 350+ applications for various verticals such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Healthcare, Transport, Chatting and Dating etc. 
10. The Ninehertz: The Ninehertz is the top mobile and web app development company in UAE which was founded in 2008 as the company is a blend of both innovation and technology. With more than 9+ years of experience in IT services, the company has crafted more than 1000+ projects with the help of 200+ dedicated developers and professionals and a collaboration of around 450+ clients worldwide. The company is known for delivering top-notch products with 100% quality assurance.

It is a really a struggle when opting for the best mobile app development company for your project. That is why we have listed some companies above through which you can opt for the best mobile app development company suitable for your needs.
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Monday, 20 November 2017

React Native Apps or Native Apps

Rapid digitalization and rising use of mobile devices are the root cause of new technologies are being invented and Topmost app development companies are coming up with new ideas to stand up into the competitive market by delivering according to customers need and expectations. 
React Native and Native are two such technologies that are suited for App development for Android and iOS. Native applications are specific for a particular platform and can be used for only that.  React native is an open source platform that uses the concept of web development in mobile development domain. 

 A native application is developed in Android Studio with Java and Kotlin as the languages. For iOS, the IDE is Xcode and the language can be both Objective-C and Swift.
API Access: Native platform gives support to all of the APIs and the functionality that the platform offers. All the APIs can be accessed easily. 
Third party libraries: In native app development there is a lot of third libraries to choose from. These available resources help to improve user experience and the app itself. 
Native= more responsive: Responsive is the most important thing most designers and developers crave for. Native application’s every screen is separately designed. 
Strict language: All the native languages for Android and iOS development are strict but easier to detect hidden errors. Sticking to native app development is the safest option for long-term aspect. 
The only con of using native development is that you need to write totally different code for all the platforms, no code can be shared between them. And that makes it expensive and time taking than react native. 

React Native Development: 
One code base: There is no need to write two different code for Android and iOS development in react native, the same code can be used for both platform since there is also no need to learning two different languages and platforms. 
Time: From start to having the application in the market takes less time than developing natively and the reason of this that you only need to develop one application than two. 
Open source: React native is open source that is helpful to increase the understanding of the framework. 

Cons of react native development: 
Does not support all APIs: React native doesn’t support all the APIs, and when there is need to access any API, that can be done by using native modules. 
Interaction with other native apps: Accessing other native apps such as the camera is a difficult task for react native, that can be done using a native module or with the help of any third party library.

 When you have tight budget and timeline, react native has its own advantage. If your developers have experience in web development react native is a good choice. When you are planning a new innovation and see long-term aspects, you can’t take any kind of cons to come in between, you need to build it from scratch so you need it to be native development. 

According to your requirements, you can choose whether to choose to react native or native and hire the Best App development company - Appiqo Technologies that provide best quality work, according to user experience and customer need. You can visit our website and drop your requirements.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

How to Choose the Best Front-end Framework

These days there is a downpour of CSS front-end frameworks. Yet, the quantity of better than average ones can be limited to only a couple. Front-end framework ecosystem has been developed a lot over the last seven years. 
All the while, we saw a great deal of buildup and clashing opinions that made it hard to pick a framework.
One of the biggest recent advancements in web technology has been the proliferation of front-end JavaScript frameworks. A front-end framework simply loads the new data requested by a new user by keeping the common parts of page implicit (like navigation).

If you are building an mobile application without using any frontend framework, you should examine the benefits of integrating one. 
By being the list of best app development companies, expertise at Appiqo Technologies went through the process the selecting best front-end framework. There are a lot of great choices and there is not a single winner. After examining, here what we analyzed is how to choose the best front-end framework.
Performance is the very important factor; that influence your decision. Most of the updated versions have good performance. But this can’t be the only factor. There are several other factors like productivity, who was backing the framework, the community behind it, and what our own team had expertise in. 
By keeping in mind all the fields you can choose the best framework.
For a small project you may not need to choose framework but it is helpful to choosing carefully for big one. You have o follow the framework’s convention; it doesn't leave a lot of decisions up to you as the developer. 
When it comes to the frontend, it is important to understand the desire and capabilities of your team. Some engineer of your team believes in strongly in one framework or another, you need to pay attention to it. 
The plenitude of wealth in the front-end framework landscape implies it's difficult to turn out badly at this moment. Simply recollect that it's not just about execution. Appiqo’s team is always excited to learn new technologies. We’re a fast-growing company that encourages our people to be creative, innovative and always focused on providing the best products and service possible to our customers. 

Visit our website and drop your requirements related to web development, app development(Android&iOS), game development and digital marketing services.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Time Management Secrets of an Efficient Engineer

There are 24 hours in a day, and you can’t change that you just oversee yourself as per time. As long as you focus on time management for making lists, searching things and tools you are ignoring the real issue: how to manage yourself according to time.  
Adopt time management practices that minimize the amount of time you spend on non-engineering tasks, and ensure the time you do have available is productive.
In order to realize time value, you need to track, analyze and record task lists on daily basis according to time zone. 
Whatever time management system you use, whatever techniques you are using, following are the main characteristics that influence the quality of time management and production rate. 
Trust the system:   You must be sure about your system that you will be notified of time about the upcoming task at the right time. On the off chance that you can start your undertakings there are more opportunities to complete them on time.  
The system should be simple to use: The simpler your system would be to use there would be more productivity and less time requirement. If you need to jump hoops just for small tasks you would be happy to choose another method or you would ignore to do that. 
Adding, editing and viewing task should be as simple as it could be. 
The system should be accessible: I bet nobody leaves home without their phone. You can’t carry day planner and notice board with you everywhere, they are not useful when you are out and need a reminder for some important task. 
Use the system which is accessible when needed for time management. 
There are few tricks you can use for time management:
Proper planning: Before leaving from office/going to bed plan your next day. Wrap up your daily work and make a task list for tomorrow so that you do not need to think about what you should before starting working. 
What if something urgent comes up in the middle? 
Set the priority list accordingly. You cannot have too many priorities. By definition, Priorities are those top few tasks that deserve attention next. Finish the urgent task first and put the task having less priory on last. 
Delegate the work you hate.
The purpose of time management is to enable you to structure the execution of different assignments, contingent upon their earnestness, significance, and unpredictability. Be that as it may, I see another vital part of time management. 

App development companies like Appiqo follow the above time management characteristics to manage to complete their tasks on time. Appiqo Technologies always provide dynamic and effective working environment to their time to work and manage their tasks, and that helps them to deliver tasks on time, this is why Appiqo is count in the list of best app development companies

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Common Mistakes in Client Communication: How to Not Frustrate Your Client

When a client starts a project with you, we need to understand that this project is important to the client and they deeply care about it. Communication is the key that can help you build long-term and smooth relation with client. I believe there are few things that must be avoided maintaining a healthy and productive relationship with clients. 

Slow Communication:
There are no rules across business relationship regarding response time to an email, phone call etc. but not responding to the client in a timely manner may create the confusion, frustration, and annoyance. Some clients need a response at the end of every business day and some need within 2-3 days. Not responding client on time may irritate them and make them ask you a question what they are paying you for? 
To avoid this annoyance you need to response client on time. You can set up a response time, both the parties feel fair, and also you can decide a time frame in which you can respond to all the emails and phone calls that need response. Let your client know about your unavailability or appoint a backup responder to reply all-important email, phone calls etc. 

Involve clients in to process:
 Many app and web development agencies leave the clients out in the cold. Most of the client prefers to be involved in the whole process of project development. Until and unless your client does not hand-off the project to you, involve them into the business process altogether related to their project. 
Your client is your greatest collaborator. It’s always better to sacrifice some of your time than to diminish trust and damage the overall client-agency relationship. 

Let the client speak:
Acting like you everything when you don’t make client irritated and annoy them. Let the client openly express their ideas and thoughts. If they come to you with an issue, don’t downplay it. Make them feel heard and understood. After all, good communication is just as much about listening as it is speaking.

You are missing deadlines
Meeting a deadline likely means a lot more to the client than it means to you as the agency, because for the client, it’s an entire calendar full of set launch dates, promotions, additional marketing activities, etc. So instead of thinking what is right in front of you look into every step of your process. By looking ahead and with proper planning you can limit the chances of missing deadlines. 

From a sales team to project manager, developers and tester always provide the smooth transition. There should also be a backup point of contact for when the primary contact person is unavailable.
Collaborating with clients can be a different task when you have many clients demanding different projects from your agency team on different timelines. Appiqo technologies is one of the topmost app development company who dedicates a separate team for their clients and provides proper communication. If you also find that you are leading miscommunication to follow above tips and you will be ending building fruitful relationship with your clients.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Top 5 challenges during App Development

Mobile App development is much more popular but mobile developers face many challenges during the development process. There are many app development companies who can help in developing mobile applications
Some key App development challenges faced by Android developers are listed below:
1.    User Interface Issue:  Just over a decade ago, creating user interfaces (UIs) was a simple task, then user expectations have risen to sky high and developers started facing issues to fulfill that expectation. There are surprisingly many options for UI layers these days. So developers and designers must be sure that that is building the application with responsive layout. 

2.    Software fragment Issue: There are several versions available for Android OS which developer hard find when it comes to App development.  Timely upgrades are available on Android OS and Android developers cannot focus on latest OS version as it not sure that everyone has updated their Android OS.  It is inconvenient for many users to upgrade their operating systems because manufacturers play a vital role in device configuration. 

3.    Security Issue: Authentication is the most venerable place in-app because of the need to provide user credentials such as login and password. Android development does not have strict guidelines, unlike apple. So as a result mobile devices are getting affected by malware. This gives rise to tremendous amounts of security issues. And it is the biggest challenge faced by developers. 

4.    Patent Issue:  Android is an open source so there is the possibility of being many similar mobile applications. User interface and scenario must have been different but there is a possibility of having the same concept. The recent lawsuits indicate that several Android features may be declared a violation of patent issues. This can be the most challenging for app developers and App development companies

5.    Android Market search engine:  There is millions of app available in the android marketplace and almost every kind of app is available. In such case having a different idea or presenting and getting visible already existing kind of app among all is the difficult and challenging task. You need to pay attention to its promotions and marketing strategies, because even after developing the best application
if you don’t pay attention to marketing you may lose out on gaining any traction.

Appiqo Technologies is a TopRated App Development Company which have numbers of experienced developers on the team who are willing to take challenges and delivering successfully developed the application. Appiqo technologies also gained the team of marketing experts who are helping their clients after development to reach their expectations and numbers of downloads. 
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