5 Common Mobile App Development Mistakes To Avoid

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Mobility and mobile devices have changed consumer behavior and industry norms. “Research firm Forester predict[ed] by the end of 2016, fully 46% of the global population will utilize smartphones. Users currently spend 58% of their digital time in mobile applications.”

As the rise of mobile application continues, it’s important to avoid common app development mistakes. Here’s a look at the most common mistakes appreneurs and mobile application development company make when they launch a new application.

1.Mistake:Creating a mobile experience similar to a desktop UX

Many mobile app developers make the mistake of creating mobile apps that are too similar to desktop apps. They simply look like smaller versions of the desktop platform. And they offer the same functionality, but fit on a smaller screen. Keep in mind, a mobile app is a different platform and should be treated as such. Mobile users require a different experience.

2. Mistake:Building a mobile website instead of a mobile app

With 2.2 million apps in the Apple App Store and 2.8 million apps on Google Play, the standard has become extremely high.

 And “[a]pps are actual applications that are downloaded and installed on your mobile device, rather than being rendered within a browser.”

Mobile-Apps-In-App-StoresBoth apps and mobile websites are accessed on handheld devices. However, “[w]hen it comes to deciding whether to build a native app or a mobile website, the most appropriate choice really depends on your end goals.” For example, “for interactive games (think Angry Birds) an app is almost always going to be your best choice, at least for the foreseeable future.” It’s a mistake to think that a mobile website is the best choice for all businesses.

3. Mistake: Overlooking mobile app marketing

One of the worst mistakes you can make is to build a useful mobile app, and fail to market it. How do you expect to reach your audience without a marketing strategy? People may download your app based on word of mouth, but nothing works better than a smart app marketing strategy in uae.

“A mobile app marketing strategy can complement a brand’s offline experience (in-store special offers, for example), drive e-commerce, or simply help connect a brand with its loyal customers.”

4. Mistake: Ignoring user engagement

The real power of mobile application come from their personal nature. When users install an apps, they carry their device around all day. In fact, apps “are now an integral part of our daily micro-moments, with people spending an average of 30 hours per month in them, according to Nielsen1. Apps play a key role in those I-want-to-know, I-want-to-go, I-want-to-do, I-want-to-buy moments.”

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It is the perfect opportunity to engage users in a personal way. Localytics describes highly engaged users as those that have 10+ sessions per month.

5. Mistake: Anticipating high mobile app retention rates

As Think With Google explains, “People download apps every day, but the truth is that many of them are abandoned or never even used.” The mobile app ecosystem suffers from poor retention. According to Loyalists, “[a]cross all industries, 80% of all app users churn within 90 days.” You can improve retention through, in-app messaging, push notifications, individualization, remarking and more.

If you want to build a mobile app for your business, first understand customer needs and study the metrics that contribute to overall app success. Once launched, study app analytics to improve over time.

About : We’re a top mobile app development company in uae, helps businesses get their customized mobile apps built to get connected to their target audience while efficiently expanding their business and taking it to the next level.

Source : http://yfsmagazine.com/2017/04/07/5-common-mobile-app-development-mistakes-to-avoid/

What Makes A Good Mobile App? : A Comprehensive Guide

Good Mobile AppThere are plenty of mobile apps available on app stores. They are all made to fulfill a purpose and meet human needs. The idea behind mobile apps is always to simplify the complications of human life and assist them in the best way possible while having the user engaged. But, are all the apps successful in realizing this goal? The answer is a big NO. Not every app finds its way onto the device of the user and there could be many reasons for that. One of the reasons for an app not being successful is losing out to their competitors in the fierce battle to entice and lure users to become a prospect customer. The other important reasons could be the faults in the app. Let’s discuss a few of those features in detail and how to avoid the shortcomings of a mobile app with Techugo, a top mobile app development company in Dubai.

  1. Simple & Easy To Use: As discussed earlier, an essential role that an app plays is to ease the complications and basic struggles of everyday life and hence, your app needs to be simple and easy to use with little to no complex functions. An app that is complicated and can have the user easily confused is of no use to the user and would end up getting uninstalled almost immediately after the download. To make sure that users use your app, a smooth design and simple layout are required to be defined during the mobile app development process. The navigation within the app should be uncomplicated and the app should serve the purpose it is meant for. If your app has minimal and simplistic features, a user is more likely to be drawn towards it and use it.
  1. Performance Shouldn’t Be Sidelined: Often times while developing the app, the performance aspect of the app on the device is overlooked. Remember, a user would never opt for an app that slows down the speed of his device. A user would always want his device to function smoothly while using the app. Therefore, the size of the app should be as low as possible so that it doesn’t occupy much space on the device and the processing capabilities of the app don’t overheat or freeze the device. The app shouldn’t consume too much power of the device and the response of the app on the device should be as quick as possible. Additionally, an app shouldn’t take quite a lot of time to boot up and should be lightning fast when making use of the internet connection. An optimized app with all the performance glitches perfectly worked upon during the app development process, would end up winning the heart of the user and will definitely find a place on the device of the user.
  1. Security Should Be Tight: A user’s primary concern is that the privacy of his data isn’t breached. An app utilizes quite an amount of a user’s permissions to access vital information on the device and his personal data to customize things to his liking. Therefore, it becomes necessary for the app to preserve these vital statistics gathered from the user and hence, the security should not be overlooked. An app’s security should be as robust as a concrete wall of a prison. Stringent measures should be taken to avert any kind of data theft or phishing attempts that puts users’ data at risk or exposed. If an app fails to meet the security requirements, a user will never go for that app.
  1. Online/Offline Usability: Apps come with an assurance of simplifying and streamlining a user’s life or to keep him engaged or entertained. Hence, the app needs to be usable at all times, irrespective of the circumstances. An app shouldn’t be developed only keeping in mind the online usability. Albeit minimum, an app should be able to work offline also. An app for which a user finds usability in both the environments is a sure shot.
  1. App Updates: To compete against your competitors and assume the throne of domination and access to consumers, the app needs to meet certain standards and specifications that keep on changing all the time. Accordingly, to meet the standards and changing demand, the app needs to be updated constantly. New features and adaptability to new environments should be released with every app update and the app updates should be planned in advance. This an app development process that’s never ending until the app is decommissioned. Regular app updates also help in removing glitches or unnecessary features of the app and thus, help in the smooth functioning of the app.
  1. Communication Channel: An app helps an organization to bring it closer to its consumers. The bridging of the gap helps the organization in understanding its consumers better and enables it to assist them and address them conveniently and efficiently. The organization can work on the feedback of the customers to fine tune its app according to the consumers’ need. Moreover, this communication channel can also be used as an advertisement and marketing tool to promote your products/services and introduce new products.
  1. Freedom To Personalize: Humans love it when they are paid heed to and made to feel special. With an app, one has the opportunity to allure their users by giving them access to app personalization according to their taste and likeness. You can let the users set the theme according to their taste, change the color and background of the app, the appearance, use their own photos to customize the app, etc. These functionalities can be easily realized in the app development phase and is a Mantra of surefire success.
  2. Analytics Integration:In order to serve your customers to their level of expectation, it is increasingly important that you track the user behavior, the reaction, the demography, the usage stats and many other things. This can easily be achieved with the use of analytical tools that are available to track such crucial insights about users and help in tuning the app better.
  1. Amalgamation Of Social Media: In this digitized world, everybody likes to make a statement and address their presence. Social Media has set the stage for that and has made it available to everyone. People love to share their achievements, happiness on the platform. Rather, to put it more aptly, people love to share their emotions. Hence, to expand your user base, it is essential that the app has a feature to make postings on social media platforms and enable users to do it easily. The feature can be added while the mobile app is in the development phase.
  1. Cover As Much Ground As Possible: Since the arrival of smartphones, the world has been majorly split into two halves. iOS& Android. Both the platforms have their own set of unique features and resonate with users in their own style. Both are exceptional in their own league and have a huge following. Thus, to expand your consumer base and the use of your mobile app, it is necessary that you don’t pick a side and develop an app that’s compatible with both the platforms to maximize your user base and profits.

Conclusion: It is not rocket science to build a mobile app that grabs the attention of the users and serve their purpose spot on. All it requires is proper planning during the development stage and efficient execution of those plans. A mobile app development company that provides app development services along with marketing and promotion strategies for your app, can do the job for you.

About Techugo: We’re top mobile app development company in uae and we thrive on excellence. This is what makes us different from our competitors. We have the knowledge and expertise in the field of mobile app development and the marketing strategies, but most importantly, we have the experience of utilizing these skills to develop a robust app that makes the user happy and reap profits for the organization. For more details visit www.techugo.com

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Yoga Mobile App

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Yoga is practiced successfully all over the globe, people opt to do Yoga for various reasons, for some it is a de-stressing exercise, for some it’s a door to spiritual bond and for some it’s a mode to fight the deadly diseases, the reasons are endless, but the aim is same to garner positive emotions and relaxation of soul, mind, and body. The International Yoga Day is celebrated to spread the awareness of Yoga benefits for stress relief, health, and physical fitness, so on this gracious occasion of #IYD2017, Techugo team is highly proud to announce a mobile app for Yoga, which will be available soon on app stores.

Why Should You Update Your Mobile App

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Ever since its inception, both the iOS & Android OS have come a long way. We’ve seen newer and more refined versions of the OS with the inclusion of new features. Every successive version has something better to offer than the previous one. Also, a new software version enhances the performance of the device to a great extent. But, it shouldn’t only be the OS that should be updated periodically. The apps should also be updated along with the OS since each OS update carries its own set of functionalities and the apps need to be optimized according to it. Additionally, an app should also be updated periodically to improve its own features and performance. Let’s learn why your app needs to be updated and optimized periodically with Techugo, a mobile application development company in uae.

  1. Keeping the customers happy and engaged: An upbeat customer would always be happy with what you’ve to offer and would be loyal to your services. But, the question is how to maintain the level of interest of your customers? The answer lies in the update of your app. An app that gets updated at regular intervals has the attention of the consumers. Furthermore, an update helps keep the app functionalities and performance up to date and removes the glitches experienced in the previous version. With every subsequent update, the app developers can introduce a new feature in the app that was missing previously and was requested by the users. This practice helps in winning the confidence and loyalty of the users and also keep them engaged with your app. On the other hand, if an app has jitters and flaws, and is also not updated regularly, the users would end up uninstalling such an app and would look out for better options.
  1. Smacking the bug: It is natural for apps to encounter bugs in the codes or in the UI. Bugs in the app don’t affect the appearance of the app, but, hamper the performance of the app to a great extent. Frequent app crashes, app not booting up, app getting hanged, device getting frozen, etc. are all examples of bugs in the app and need to be addressed asap for smooth functioning of the app. A user would never use an app that slows down the performance and the speed of his device, frequently crashes, freezes the device. With proper app updates and bug fixes, these things can be avoided and the app could be optimized for better performance. The developers should work towards shooting down multiple bug fixes at once. This practice allows developers to avoid multiple update roll outs every now and then and also spares the user from having to download the updates frequently.
  1. Refurbishing the UI/UX: We’ve always emphasized on the fact that UI/UX is what forms a driving force for your app’s success. It is the UI/UX on which a user forms an opinion and has a point of view for the app. It is the UI with which he interacts and therefore, it should not ever get boring. A mundane, uninteresting UI can lead to the uninstalls of the app. Hence, it is always necessary that the UI of the app is constantly refreshed and updated so that the user doesn’t lose interest in the app. It should also be kept in mind that only adding features to the app is not the sole aim of the update. An update can also occur to remove an unwanted feature from the app that previously existed in it and was disliked by the users and/or the feature introduced in the previous version was futile. Features should be added or removed depending on the functionality and performance of the app. 
  1. App update vs new app:It’s always a debacle for developers,whether to opt for an app update, or go for a new app entirely. There are positives and negatives attached to both the options available. Let’s look at them closely. 
  • When opting for a new app: If the developers go for a new app instead of updating the old one, the users won’t have to go through the process of downloading the app update and it would be entirely at their discretion if they want to download the new app at all or not. Furthermore, developers can generate revenue from their new app. However, the flip side to this is that the new app would have to be promoted and the promotional tactics would have to be applied from the very beginning. Also, the user might not want to opt for the new app.
  • When opting for the app update: Choosing this option over a new app would not compel the users to pay for the upgrade and the promotions for the update would be in order and accordance of the app. The flip side of this is that users would have to be forced to update the version of the app which they might not want to or their device might not be compatible with the new app update and the developers have to look for resources to replenish the funds required for the update of the app.

Developers generally roll out updates for the app rather than opting for new apps entirely. But, occasionally, a few developers have rolled out a new app with upgraded features and have seen the app become a success.

  1. App Promotion: App updates provide developers with the option to covertly promote their app. An app that receives updates frequently, usually stays on top of the list in the available updates section and remains visible to users most of the times. This constantly reminds the users of the app’s presence and hence, your app stays on the device while performing at par because of the constant updates. It is also proven that an app that’s frequently updated resonates with the users and is more preferred by them over others. 

A user is always on the lookout for a perfect and flawless app. All he wants is performance and an elated UX. All these features collectively can help deliver the best app one asks for.

About Techugo: We’re a top mobile app development company in uae and we strive to deliver the best in the class app. We have the tools, technology, and experts that come together to make your idea a reality. For more details visit www.techugo.com .

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How To Elevate & Polish Your Entrepreneurship Skills

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Entrepreneurship isn’t an easy deal. It’s a challenging task, but, it has its own set of advantages too. Entrepreneurship gives you a sense self-entitlement and leadership. You get to be your own boss and gain experience of managing people. However, a few important qualities that an entrepreneur should possess, is that of time management, interpersonal skills, people management skills, etc. If an entrepreneur knows how to effectively manage all these skills for his activities, he becomes unstoppable. Let’s learn what makes a great entrepreneur and how to polish the entrepreneurship skills and ascend with it to the next level with Techugo, a top mobile app development company.

Speed Up Your Tasks With Technology: An entrepreneur’s life is surrounded by many daunting tasks, most of which involves a lot of communication; and as we have established above that time-management is a skill that an entrepreneur should possess as it is the most valuable entity, therefore, to save time, technology should be used effectively. There are many apps out there that can help with time management efficiently and thus, help in saving time for the entrepreneur to invest in something more useful.

Disintegrate Your Problems: It is all a game of perspective. How you look at things. A successful entrepreneur identifies smaller problems that have collectively taken a huge shape. He then prioritizes these problems and acts on them accordingly. The problem that needs attention first is sorted on a priority basis and subsequently, we go down the order.

Work towards Creating an Opportunity: A successful entrepreneur is the one who doesn’t wait for instructions to follow, or who doesn’t wait for an opportunity to knock on his door. An entrepreneur should be proactive in creating an opportunity for him by studying the market trends, affinity of people towards certain things, etc. If you already have a product in the market, don’t wait for people to come to you. Be upfront and seek their feedback. Improvise on the shortcomings with the reviews you’ve garnered. This will take your business a long way.

Be Meticulous: No matter what you do, if you’ve put your hands into it, give it your best shot. Pay attention to every detail. Work towards creating a better product. Heed to your company’s reputation in the market. Constantly brainstorm on how you can uplift the image and make it better with each passing day. In the end, it’s the brand and the image, consumers relate to.

Learn from Your & Others’ Mistakes: A lot of entrepreneurs begin to think they’re invincible and can’t be touched until reality hits them in the face. Being confident is good, but, overconfidence is always harmful. Look around for mistakes people have committed or take a look at your own mistakes in the past, analyze where they’ve landed them or you, and rectify the errors and prevent it from happening again. A mistake might be small but can incur a lot of damage to the image of the company.

Define You Work Hours: Many entrepreneurs prefer to work at night. Reason? It’s calm, quiet, and possibly a time where a lot less people and distractions are around to sway you away from your work. It could be in the morning too, but, what’s essential here is to identify your most productive hour.

Conclusion: It is easy to become an entrepreneur, but it requires extreme effort and religiousness to become a leader. A leader is nothing but a skilled and polished entrepreneur, who takes calculated risks without any sense of fear and drive himself with others to success. Following the points mentioned above can improve the entrepreneurship skills and will help you take a step ahead in the direction of becoming a leader and achieving success.

About Techugo: We’re a mobile application development company in India and we specialize in creating mobile apps for businesses and individuals according to their measurements and target audience.

7 Steps To Tackle Mobile App Development Challenges

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Mobile app development is a process that requires critical thinking and constant brainstorming. The competition is ugly with businesses and individuals fighting for the top spot. Users have a lot of options to choose from and thus, it is necessary for people seeking to develop an app, to come up with something unique and different from what’s already available. It doesn’t matter whether your business is technical or non-technical, big or small; if your idea is fresh and unique, you need to have a mobile app developed for your products and/or services. If you think that being a non technical business your hopes of having a mobile app developed for your business is lost, you are wrong. You can always contact a mobile app development company in uae, to breathe life into your imagination. Let’s take a look at the challenges that one usually comes across while developing an app.

  1. Setting Up Of Goals: Everything is done with a motive behind it. Apps are no exception. A precise planning to develop an app is a must. The idea should be derived either by finding a solution to a problem or it should be something entirely fresh and new. Next, you should set the target audience for your app, analyze whether they really need your product/services, set business goals for your organization and the app, and keep a close watch on your rivals. Doing so gives you a lead against your competitors. Knowing about their products and coming up with a rock-solid alternative should be a priority in your plan. Once you’re done with these things, it’s time to go to the second step.
  2. Keep Your Friends Close & Competitors Closer: Once a strategy is conceptualized to develop the app, the next step is to look out for the competitors in the market and the products/services they have to offer. Even if one thinks that their product is a lot different than what’s available on the market, it’s a good way to know about the current market trend, the affinity of people towards a certain app, the UI/UX of the app, the transition from one screen to another, etc. This step gives a fair idea about what you’re building against what the consumer is after and helps in creating a better product.
  1. Formalizing The Imagination: After the initial market research and requirements for the app, it is time to roughly draft the app. This is done through wire framing. It is a method in which the blueprint of the app is defined. An initial draft is laid out and all the specifications of the app, such as UI, transition screens, functionalities, etc. are properly sketched. This step helps in identifying the user’s need for the app, defining the app’s selling point, choosing the target audience, showcasing the unique features of the product, recognizing the shortcomings of the product and its solutions. At this stage, it is also often advisable to involve users to give a better design to the app.
  1. List The Technicalities: This is the most crucial part of the app. This process transforms the app from imagination to reality. To begin with, the type of the app should be defined. Following the previous steps, one should have a clear idea, ,the best suited app for their consumers. It could be native or hybrid or cross platform or a web app. Next, the UI/UX of the app should be designed keeping the user in mind. It should be interactive and should interest the user and have him engaged while using the app. Thereafter, the core and supporting functionalities of the app should be designed keeping in mind the uniqueness of the product. An engaging content to keep the user engaged and interested should be drafted, and lastly one should not compromise on the security of the app. Security is the primary concern of users and generally is one of the driving factors in the success of the app.

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It is quite natural for businesses not to be familiar with such technicalities and hence they can seek help from a top mobile app development company that specialises in developing mobile apps for different platforms while adhering to the parameters above.

  1. App Testing: Once the app’s done with the initial designing phase and is ready for a roll out, it is advisable to test the app among a certain group of users. This gives us a rough idea about how the app is faring among the users, whether there is a scope of improvement and something needs to be changed or completely obliterated. This is a refining process and must be done to increase the quality and finesse of the app.
  1. Debuting The App: After successfully coming up with a finished product, it is time for the app to debut on the store and be available to users to download. Once launched and downloaded, the feedback and reviews from the users of the app should be duly noted and worked upon. This helps in the refinement of the app and also makes the users happy. They become loyal to you because they know that someone’s listening to them and is working on the problems.
  1. Marketing The Product: The last process is marketing the app and it is a perennial process. To maintain a user base and lure new customers to expand it, marketing the product is extremely essential. It could be done through the various channels available in the market and by introducing new features for the app.

Conclusion: These are some of the major challenges that businesses and individuals encounter while developing a mobile app, but if these steps are followed, many of the major problems could be laid to rest and a perfect app can be developed for the users to relish and enjoy.

About Techugo: We’re a top mobile app development company in dubai and we specialise in developing apps for iOS and Android platforms. We’ve a team of experts that follows all the aforementioned steps to provide your target audience with the best mobile app.

 

7 Benefits A Mobile App Can Offer To Your Business

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We are the oldest manufacturers in our field, our business is 25 years old, we already are a brand, our customers are very loyal to us…..we don’t need the mobile app to promote our business, our customers  are way too much satisfied , these all claims we usually get to hear as an adage from some of the business owners. Are they really right? Well, it’s not hard enough to answer this question, but to answer it with logic is something, which is needed. Some of the business owners from various industries still live with this misconception that loyalty of their customer would stick to them, even if the rest of the world goes digital, they might sound clichéd to most of us, since we know it’s the digital era, and we are too much well occupied with our daily chores. They might be correct with their thought process but the world has already shrunk at the axis point of technology, covering our lives under the tech-umbrella.

Why Mobile Apps For Your Business

We all want special tech-bricks to fill the wall of our lives with the comfort of conveniences. Looking for the special time to shop or look offline for grocery, cloth, cars, house rentals and many other things, is a PERIOD now, we all look for the things to be at our fingertips, mobile apps have helped the consumers in many ways, so the business owners. The cycle of benefits has worked so well for both the sides; business owners and customers, so just to understand the concept of mobile app benefits for every kind of business, let’s take a dive into the technicalities involved in garnering the better business revenue.

  • Remain Available 24/7

Whether you have a small, medium or big business, opting for a mobile app is never a bad choice. People are busy and love to spend time on mobile devices to browse any sort of information around the globe. In order to grow in business, you need to remain available to your customers not depending on a particular time zone, but as per their time zones too, which means your presence to the customers should be 24/7, regardless of day or night. To achieve this, with brick & mortar business space is not possible, on the contrary, with a mobile app, it’s not just convenient but possible as well. This helps build loyalty with customers because your business is in front of them at all times.

  • Accessibility

Being compared to websites, mobile apps provide a much faster-required result and works offline as well. So your users don’t need to spend their precious moments, struggling to access your web browser by entering a URL and waiting for the site to load. It increases the customer engagement because with mobile apps they can quickly connect with businesses they most commonly want or need.  The point of a mobile app is to seamlessly connect and interact with customers, making it a valuable tool for the modern business.

  • Reputation Management

A mobile app is a signal broadcaster of your image as a brand, by sharing the real-time feedback and reviews from your customers. Also, it would help your business to identify the pertinent issues cropping up in the product or services and handle them before it turns an untreatable chaos. The mobile app used for review or discussion forum let you know what is liked and disliked by your customers. It will help you generate the productive vision for your certain product or service, either to increase the manufacturing more or for slow-selling any particular product item.

  • Cost Saving

Mobile apps reduce costs of SMS messages and paper newsletters. They make the entire notification process secure, instant and personalized. If you are in a service business, such as fitness center, art studio, salon etc., then your targeted customers can make appointments or sign up for their sessions through a smartphone or tablet.

  • Mobile Payments

Mobile payment is a big time saver for the customers, they can shop and pay for the required services via phone, tablet. Mobile apps come with the mobile payment feature, lets the customer stick to your services for longer and experience the benefits come along with the use of your services.

  • Social Media Features

Mobile apps incorporated with social features such as comments, likes, or even in-app messaging, let the users connect with a larger number of people around the world. Once other people beyond your existing users start using and download the app, it will turn into a social platform. Social features motivate the users to spend more time in the app. Mobile apps which integrate social interaction features receive the boost in engagement, retention, and monetization. Your users would get the benefit of a successful combination of mobile app and social platform and would pick your services over others since social media allows a connection to be created between your customers and business and they can reach you anywhere and at any time.

  • Logo Branding

Mobile apps let your users have your logo on their mobile phone screens by default; consequently, it will help to create logo recognition for your brand. Facilities provided within the mobile apps, would let your logo recognized as a brand and will place your business at the forefront of your industry.

With mobile apps, business owners can take more control on their customer’s likes and dislikes. Mobile apps are the perfect medium to interact with the customers in a completely new way. Mobile apps are the surest way to secure a strong presence in the industry, you as a Brand; through mobile apps, customers can appreciate your services and demand for the changes they expect to see in your services.

If you are looking for a mobile app for your business, you can get in touch with our team to discuss further your mobile concept to bring into reality. The discussion would help you to gain a better insight of your mobile app requirement.

You can reach us at:

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Source: http://techugo.com/blog/7-benefits-a-mobile-app-can-offer-to-your-business/

GOOGLE ‘PROJECT BLOKS’

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Coding is always considered a complex thing, which can be carried out well by elders usually. As a common belief learning to code, usually involves sitting in front of a computer, memorising commands, and carefully checking for syntax errors. But Google has made coding a colorful task with a new initiative called Project Bloks. This is a system of toy blocks, which can be connected by kids to control other toys and learn the fundamentals of coding in the process. This hardware platform would help the kids to code. This new hardware platform would allow the developers, designers and educators to build physical programming experiences that can help kids, age of 5+ learn how to code.

Functionality

This hardware platform is bifurcated into three parts that make up the Bloks system. At the center, it has got a heart, called “Brain Board,” which is a small Raspberry Pi Zero-based board that functions as the central processing unit and provides power to the rest of the system, also it includes a speaker.

The Brain Board then talks to the “Pucks” and “Base Board,” which collaboratively make up the physical programming language of Project Bloks. Pucks, is basically a component, as simple as a piece of paper with conductive ink. It has the basic programming commands like “turn on or off,” “move left,” “turn 180 degrees,” etc. Kids can also record instructions from multiple pucks into a single one. Pucks have no active electric components; they can be made from a variety of inexpensive materials.

Base Board are connective units that let the flow of the design instruction, they continue reading the instructions from the Pucks and pass them on to the main Brain Board. Brain Board works as a conduit to move instructions from the different parts of the program to the brain. Base Board has haptic motors and an LED so users can get real-time feedback.

Google aims to make coding easier and cheaper for kids. Bloks would help to teach kids the logic behind the coding, so that kids can pick up basic skills as they play and later transfer that knowledge to real-world applications.

You can get in touch with our team to discuss further your concept to bring into reality. The discussion would help you to gain a better insight of your app requirement.

You can reach us at: sales@techugo.com

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By : Navneet Sharma

POKEMON GO-DISCOVER YOUR NOSTALGIA ONCE AGAIN

POKEMON GO-DISCOVER YOUR NOSTALGIA ONCE AGAIN

I grew up in a joint family, where I savored the taste of my every elder sibling’s hobby, excluding mine specifically. Being the youngest in my family usually gave me the opportunity to enjoy only the used toys and the broken handle bicycles form my elder siblings, with a smile. My toys had been a charity from my 3 elder siblings and I was terrorized, at every moment when it came for me to get any NEW toy, because they conveyed their wish list of toys through me. This was not all about my distressed childhood, but my childhood carried some beautiful memories of my mother’s delicacies, her lullaby, and off course playing the chirpy Pokemon cards and games, again gifted by my mother. Luckily the antique squad of my elder siblings, didn’t intervene in my Pokemania, because till the time I got my Pokemon, they were old enough to deal with their teen-issues.

Pokemon, proven to be a blessing for me, but annoyed my parents constantly, since, while playing Pokemon, I got too much engrossed with my playing pattern, and at times I skipped my lunch, sometimes left my books on the table, sometimes forgot to do my homework even, those were the times, when I was shrieked out by my mother with the most unwanted comments like, “You are so stubborn like your paternal side, again trying my patience, let your father come, I would tell him, if you would fail, then you would realize,” these beautiful statements along with some avoidable vocabulary words casually sweetened my ears every day, when I let myself be engulfed by the quilt many a times, to play Pokemon cards.

This fad slowly faded away by the time, when responsibilities replaced my hobbies. I completed engineering, secured a position in the company – Techugo, where I work as a Business Leadership Manager. Suddenly these too many roles of life, made me mature and sensible for no reason. Today, am praised by every single person in my vicinity, but somewhere I miss that childhood Ankit, who listened to mother’s rebuke and fought with elders. I yearn to play my favorite Pokemon and always dream what if Pokémon weren’t limited to the games’ world? What if they were real and inhabited our world? What if I could be Ash Ketchum? I want a Pikachu in real life too, dammit! It’s not possible now, am old enough to handle my nostalgic frustration. ..Give me a break if you think, my answer is going to be something like this, I want to play Pokemon and live that childhood life for anything in the world and no doubt, can give the arms and legs of villain siblings to play Pokemon again.

Luckily, for my dream comes true, technology has evolved to be able to simulate a world in which Pokémon are real. A new smartphone game ‘Pokemon Go’ has been launched by Nintendo.Co. In this game players can chase virtual monsters through real-life city streets . Pokemon Go, lets the phone’s ability to track the time and the location, the game imitates what it would be like if Pokémon would really roam around all times, ready to be caught and collected. The player can catch the Pokémon,there are also gym leaders and other trainers can be fought for fame, glory, and loot, the player can also customize their in-game character’s look and name.

Something which is more exciting, is that, the game lets you explore the real-world environment at different times. For example, if the user goes out to a park, would probably see more grass- or bug-type Pokémon. If the user goes near a lake or ocean, would be able to pick up more water types. And at night, more nocturnal fairy and ghost types can be seen.

PokéStops, add the value of this game, these stops are essentially notable locations in the real world marked on the in-game map. The user can go to these to nab items, including Poké Balls and eggs that can hatch into full Pokémon. It’s also possible to install special items at PokéStops that lure extra Pokémon, which also make the stops glow pink on the map so players know that hanging around will attract extra Pokémon.

“Pokémon Go,” was released less than a week ago, has already ranked among the most-downloaded and top-grossing smartphone apps. Officially, the game is live in US, Australia and New Zealand.  But will be launched soon in India.

Considering, many of original Pokémon fans are now adults, this game not just de-stresses you easily, but is a sweet spot of nostalgia, to remind yourself Pokemon and the sweet scolding’s while feeding you from hands by your mommy dear…

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By: Ankit Singh