Mobile App Development - Nine tools for building your own mobile app
Nine Tools for Building Your OwnMobile AppAs a small-business owner, if you decide theres good reason to develop yourown mobile app, there are several ways to do it.But before you dive into the deep end of the app development pool, familiarizeyourself with a number of the more advanced mobile development options. Heressome background on each platform:Android: You can create apps using Java for Android by downloading itsfree software development kit. The kit comes with samples, source code,developer tools and emulators for testing your app. Android even provides how-to videos, technical articles and instructions on how to develop apps, just in caseyoure feeling overwhelmed. A one-time $25 developer registration fee is neededto distribute apps in the Android marketplace, now known as Google Play.Apple iOS: If you want to create an iPhone app using the iOS platform, youllneed to shell out about $99, which isnt much considering the elegance andfunctionality of the program. The iOS Developer Center has a wide selection oftools, tips, debugging tests and guides for creating apps for just about anypurpose.BlackBerry: The BlackBerry platform supports several ways to developapplications, mobile websites, themes and even widgets. To distribute apps onBlackBerrys App World, you have to pay a fee for every 10 apps you submit forapproval. BlackBerry often offers promotions to waive this fee.Windows: The Windows platform may not be the worlds largest, but its userinterface is easy to use. The Windows Phone development program providesvaluable documentation on the best practices for marketing your app. Plus, youdont have to worry about your app or game idea getting rejected after youvespent time creating it. Windows provides clear documentation on what will flyand what wont with its approval process.
you to the iTunes, Android, Windows and Amazon stores. Native apps can cost asmuch as $999 per year.Related: App Development Methods Decoded4. MobBaseAre you a singer or in a band? If so, then MobBase is for you. This app builderallows you to use an RSS feed to keep your fans up to date on band news andevents, lets you upload tracks for fans to listen to while browsing the apps andmakes it easy for fans to find information on upcoming shows, buy tickets and getdirections.Activation of an iOS app requires a one-time fee of $250 (includes $99 to set up aniOS developer account). Android activations run $20. Hosting fees range from$15 to $65 a month. Additional fees for support services are not included.5. MobiCartDo you have an e-commerce store that youd like to take into the mobile sphere?Then MobiCartmight be what youre looking for. It links up with PayPal to allowany business or consumer with an e-mail address to securely, conveniently andcost-effectively send and receive payments online.Basic plans cost $15 per month. "Pro" plans will cost $49 per month.6. MyAppBuilderFor just $29 a month, MyAppBuilder will create an iPhone or Android app foryou. All you have to do is provide content (videos, books, etc.) and their pros willtake it from there. You dont need a technical background to develop an app withMyAppBuilder. Theyll even take care of the hassle of uploading it to the appstore for you.MyAppBuilder says can create two apps per month once you register and pay a$29 monthly membership fee.7. RunRevYou can use RunRevs LiveCode to develop your app, which is an English-likelanguage for developing iPhone and Android apps.
With this cross-device platform, you can build live prototypes that use the fullcapabilities of iOS and Android devices and deploy to whatever platform yourcustomers need. The site is also packed with plenty of tutorials to help you alongthe way.Pricing for RunRevs commercial-level LiveCode packages range from $299 to$1,499.Related: Three Ways to Pick the Best Software for Your Startup (Video)8. ShoutEmAnother easy-to-use platform is available via ShoutEm, which is set up forbloggers, students, sports fans, news portals and local publishers. You dont haveto have knowledge of coding to set up your app, and ShoutEm will even take careof the iTunes and Android Marketplace submission process.ShoutEm offers basic, advanced, pro and enterprise-level packages that start atabout $30 per month.9. SwebAppsHere is a simple, inexpensive way to build, track and update a native mobile appfor your business. You create your iPhone and/or Android app online. Once it isavailable for download via the iTunes Store or Android Marketplace you canupdate content in real time through SwebApps.The basic package, which includes one app for one platform, requires a one-time$399 development fee. Hosting costs an extra $29 per month.Building your own app can be an effective way to differentiate your brand, to openup new revenue channels and deepen your relationship with your customers.These tools can help you come up with the app thats best suited for yourbusiness.This article is an edited excerpt from Go Mobile: Location-Based Marketing, Apps,Mobile Optimized Ad Campaigns, 2D Codes and Other Mobile Strategies toGrow Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012) by Jeanne Hopkins and JamieTurner.Corrections & Amplifications: A previous version of this excerpt misstated theoperating systems on which AppMakr runs. It works on the iOS, Android and Windowsoperating systems.
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