How to hire and instruct a freelancer to develop your Android app

There are several reasons for considering hiring a programmer to develop an Android app for you.

1. Time: even if you know how to develop Android apps yourself, you may not want to spend a lot of time programming. The work can be tedious and some tasks can easily be handled by someone else. Especially if you are short on time and you want to spend it on more valuable activities.

2. You don’t know how to program. If using an online app maker doesn’t provide sufficient options to make the app the way you want it to be, then you will need to get someone who can do this for you.

3. You know how to program a little but you get stuck.

Let me explain the last scenario a little further as this is exactly what happened to me! I started out reading books about Java and the Android SDK. I had a little previous experience with HTML, JavaScript and PHP. But when I reached the point that I had to build an “XML parser” for my app I got stuck badly. I Googled and searched the forums (mainly Stack Overflow) and there sure were lots of examples but I just did not know how to proceed. I could have tried more things but then it dawned on me: what if I let a freelancer solve just this problem for me?

So, I went on oDesk and posted a job asking for help writing an XML parser for my Android app. Within a few hours I had over 30 responses. I screened all of the freelancers for cost per hour, previous experience, user ratings and the match between their skill set and my job. Then I chose two programmers to do the same job.

Here is where it became interesting: my description of the job was carefully worded. I did my best to use the right programming jargon to make sure that the contractors would immediately understand what I wanted them to do.

As it turns out, one of the pair had a much better understanding of the job than the other one.. he also took only half the time to finish it! The quality of their work, by the way, was similar.

The smarter/faster guy was a little bit more expensive per or but he was certainly with it! I have been assigning new tasks to him which he handles with ease.

For me, there are two lessons in this story. The obvious one being that it is wise to “test” your freelancers before you commit to one for a longer period of time.

The other lesson is that I was only able to explain the job and evaluate their work because I have a basic understanding of programming. This is key to being able to concisely and clearly communicate your wishes.

Even of you are not an expert (I certainly am not), it is still very useful to have some understanding of programming. Not so you can do all the work yourself; you may well have other, more important demands on your time. But knowing a little goes a long way in helping you plan supervise the work. This can prevent problems with the app itself, development delays and it helps to keep costs under control.

Happy developing/delegating!

Reasons Why A Business Needs App Development

top app developmentApps development has now become very famous and businesses understand the undeniable advantages a mobile app can actually give them. Not just the benefits, but also the opportunities that are availed. Sometimes these opportunities are lost simply because there is no mobile related solution for your business. Mobile world is changing and so is the technology, the interaction between the customer and the business is now revolutionizing. This means we are in need for quick communication as well as easy access to any kind of services with our mobile phones.  Everybody needs mobility solutions which can allow customers to just tap, swipe and get their things done. On the other hand, apps have opened a new market for companies and are continuing to give them opportunities to flourish. If you have not considered opting for development of mobile app, here are some reason why its a perfect solution for your business or industry.

If you are dealing with direct customers, apps can get you more sales as well as customer satisfaction to high level. Apps related to travel industry are becoming very popular these days. The convenience of getting flight schedules, prices, bookings etc is just making people crazy. Travel apps are making trips so easy and convenient these days. Same way educational sectors also benefit from such apps since it improves knowledge by allowing sharing notes professors as well as students. Mobile app manages any educational institute in a great manner. Implement the app as per your needs and it will get loads of conveniences to your business.  Shopping from mobile apps have become the new trend and mostly ecommerce stores are already becoming m-commerce up day by day. It easily opens new doors of opportunities for customers as well as the business owner. You can target more and more audience. On the other hand, a customer can shop anytime, from anywhere and without needing to walk to the mall or shop to shop. You business can benefit greatly from mobile apps which can ease business processes. Sales related professionals or filed engineers can benefit by instantly getting any update related to their field or software. It helps to improve efficiency as well as reduce manual entry after reaching workplace. On the whole, if you’re in a business, you do sales online, mobile apps will take your business to the path of only success! Appoint an app developer today!

The Best iOS App Components and Source Code

How you should look in iOS 7

iOS 7 puts its emphasis on motion, and the visual UI design recedes to let the content and feel take room. While the OS itself isn’t finished, the thinking behind it and the direction they’re headed is clear.

We’re working on a new app and updates to our existing apps in Filibaba. During this process I’ve consider every detail again, and it felt right to share some of my insights & thoughts with you.

Strip away details. Get to the core of each element in your app. Consider everything from font choices, iconography to UI elements.

The same goes for home screen icons. The default apps does nothing to decorate their rounded shape. No highlights, no borders, no forced perspectives. Consider dropping all of those.

Smooth transitioning. If you use the same background in the icon as you do in the default.png & the starting point of your app, the transition from the home screen will be near seamless. It now zooms into the icon, which transitions into the default.png and in turn fades out to reveal the starting screen.

Flatten out buttons. You don’t need to go completely flat and strip away all the personality of your app. But buttons don’t need heavy gradients and shadows to communicate that they’re a button. In fact, navbars has no buttons any more, they are just text. Make sure to use a differentiating color to stand out.

Icons can stand on their own. There’s no need to have a button shape around a glyph, the glyph itself is enough to make users understand that they can tap it.

Work in Retina resolution. iOS 7 has many elements redrawn to take full advantage of the Retina display. Perhaps adjust certain details to be just 1 Retina pixel. Apple has plenty of hairline dividers of that size.

Be true to the screen. Gone are the efforts to make the screen look as if it has rounded corners. Navbars are square and blends together with the statusbar. iOS 7 lets the content continue underneath navbars and the statusbar. And sometimes you might not even need a navbar, you could just let it blend with the rest of the screen. Think of this on a screen per screen basis. You can have a navbar in one screen, and get rid of it in another.

Edge to edge. Let elements such as photos reach the edges of the screen, realizing that your app is already framed by hardware.

Contrast. iOS 7 is filled with contrast, from pure white apps to utter darkness in apps such as the compass. Consider the contrast of your app, tinker with the brightness of backgrounds.

Don’t be skeuomorphic when it doesn’t hold up. There was never such a thing as a leathery utility to locate your friends. But there are still uses for skeuomorphic designs. Filibaba has an egg timer to invoke that sense of nostalgia or the feel that your smartphone can replace a physical thing. It works close to the real deal, but you can wind it several times, control it with a start & stop button and it displays the exact time.

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The Top 5 Mobile Apps Your Mobile Operator Doesn’t Want You to Know About

Ever got a shock bill? Frustrated by the ever increasing telephone bill? It happens to all of us. Take this scenario, suitcases packed, holiday here I come. After the holiday an unpleasant surprise, an enormous operator bill as your iPhone has been synchronizing email or you have been calling friends and family back home. Or remember this situation… your kids have gone crazy texting (SMS) and phoning with their friends on your mobile?
If you have a smartphone you might be surprised that there are apps on the market that will allow you to make cheap calls, eliminate texting (SMS) cost, and allow you to have free mobile data access. All smartphone apps that will help you save money are sometimes the best-kept secrets around.
1. WhatsApp – Free SMS
The first App that will save you money is called WhatsApp. WhatsApp allows you to never pay for your texting (SMS) anymore. This is a cross platform (iOS/Android/) allowing you to send instant messages to all of your contacts that also have WhatsApp. WhatsApp is used by >200 million users globally, WhatsApp is a paid app ($0.99). Go to the Whatsapp website to download the app.
2. Yelo – Cheap Calls
Roaming, international calls, long distance, phone cards? Your answer to reduce calling cost is Yeloworld. It is considered the best calling app. With Yelo, users will save up to over 90% compared to leading operators and service providers such as Vodafone, AT&T, T-Mobile, SkypeOut, Jajah, Google Voice and Rebtel. These really cheap calls have great quality so you will never feel like you should pay more for all of your calling needs. With Yeloworld you can make cheap calls to mobile phones and even landlines globally (>200 countries).
3. Onavo – Reduce Mobile Data
Onavo is another money saving app. This app will really help you to save on your data usage. Onavo can help you to reduce your data usage (30-50%) by using advanced data compression. As most operators are moving to a maximum data usage (mb) on the mobile data plan, whereby you have to pay for the extra usage, Onavo ensures you get the most out of your dataplan. Go to the Onavo website to download the app.
4. Fon – Free Mobile Data
Fon is a must-have app, that will allow you to stop paying for mobile data. Fon gives you free access to 7 million WiFi hotspots across the world. All you need to do is locate a Fon hotspot and you will have free internet. All it requires for you is to become a Fon member by buying a Fon router (Fonera). Fon has been signing deals with BT, MTS, Oi, SFT and other operators, so expect them to get coverage in all major countries in the next years.
5. WeFi – Free Hotspots
The fifth and final app is called WeFi. This is an app that will again help you to get free data on your smartphone. This app has about 100 million Wi-Fi hotspots in their database. Go to the WeFi website to download the app.
The above mobile apps will help you to reduce on your mobile cost, while getting the maximum out of it.
A last tip is to always check on how to manually switch off mobile data or calling on your phone when you start your travel or how to switch back to your own operator when returning from travel. Smartphones nowadays are very smart, but somehow not smart enough to ask you whether you would like to switch off mobile data or calling when you are in roaming (not on a network of your operator). Or is this the killing feature for operators to enjoy enormous margins?
Ever got a shock bill? Frustrated by the ever increasing telephone bill? It happens to all of us.
If you have a smartphone you might be surprised that there are apps on the market that will allow you to make cheap calls, eliminate texting (SMS) cost, and allow you to have free mobile data access. All smartphone apps that will help you save money are sometimes the best-kept secrets around.
Get going with the following mobile applications:
1. WhatsApp – Free SMS
2. Yelo – Cheap Calls
3. Onavo – Reduce Mobile Data
4. Fon – Free Mobile Data
5. WeFi – Free Hotspots

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