Category: Apps

A different language is a different vision of life,” said Federico Fellini, one of the most influential filmmakers. You could be traveling abroad for vacation or work, or you could be shifting base to another country; knowledge of the native language can completely change your experience of a foreign land. And with increasing globalization, knowing foreign languages increases the employability of a person. It also helps discover the new culture, enjoying music, art, and literature from across the borders.

Learning material is now easily accessible in this tech-savvy world. There are a plethora of apps available to help one learn and enhance their world of languages. Different apps are designed for different purposes. While some of the apps might be good at helping you with grammar, others could help you with words, pronunciations, or sentence formation. Techcircle lists five apps that can help you learn a new language:



Spanish Conversation Courses (Free): This app will help you learn Spanish with the help of videos. It has videos for all levels of learning, which are very simple and easy to understand. Beginning from the very basic first-grade level, it can teach a high level of vocabulary. Its subjects include basic Spanish, vocabulary, listening practices, and special videos meant for travel. It also has a series of videos meant for learning the vocabulary for manners and etiquette, doctor’s vocabulary, law enforcement vocabulary, etc.


Learn French Speak French (developed by Busuu Limited, free up to basic level): This app will teach you the French language basics in an interactive and fun way. Tests after each exercise, games, and audios make this app very easy to learn from. When you tap to learn a new word, you get to know a “grammar tip” for the word and audio to help with the right pronunciation. The course is divided into many lessons. These lessons will teach you vocabulary based on the type of conversation you choose, such as culture, law, politics, extended family, job interview, parenting, holiday forecast, etc. Lessons can be learned offline also by making a payment and becoming a premium user of World Scoop.


Learn German with Babbel (free up to basic level): This app has two separate courses for Beginner and Advanced level users. A straightforward and interactive interface with audios will keep you engaged in learning the language. The lessons are of small duration so that they can fit into one’s busy schedule. Grammar exercises, speech recognition, and vocabulary for a wide gamut of topics will help you master the language.


Learn Italian (developed by MosaLingua Crea, free up to basic level): It’s an easy and fun app with many interactive exercises. One can learn through flashcards, listening to audios, and then repeating them. The app uses a lot of pictures, which can help one memorize the words. One can explore vocabulary catering to different topics and also track the progress. It also has exercises for helping one learn how to write, self-evaluate and memorize. The easy-to-use format of the app makes it stand out.


Mirai Japanese (by Mirai LLP, free on iOS and paid on android): The one-to-one lessons by this app are much like lessons from a personal tutor. The native Japanese-speaking guide will support the users to get the right pronunciations. It starts from the very basic and can prepare a user to get to a normal conversational level. The course is divided into fifty lessons, and all have audio instructions by language professionals, one by a Japanese native and one by an English native. Dialogue-based learning makes it an interactive exercise.


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An Indian automaker is plowing a new furrow in the crowded field of car-hailing apps. Uber and Lyft have already become household names in cities around the world, allowing people to hail a ride with just a couple of clicks on a smartphone. Mahindra & Mahindra is hoping to make it easier for farmers to hire a tractor when it comes to harvest time with a smartphone app called Trying.

Priced at about 250,000 rupees (£3,000), many small-scale farmers cannot buy a tractor and are forced to rent one from owners who can often be unreliable. Moreover, prices also surge at peak times, such as harvest time.
“One of the things that struck us was the toll it took on the self-esteem of the farmer,” said Rajesh Jejurikar, chief executive of the company’s farm equipment division, told the New York Times. “It was, literally, like having to beg for it. He didn’t feel like it was his right.


Mahindra & Mahindra launched Trying last month in the state of Karnataka, and soon it will be rolled out in other farming states, including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan. The company, which offers rentals at 400 to 700 rupees an hour, has several tractors and a pool of private owners who have signed up for the service. It has also set up call centers to place orders by telephone – an essential addition given that more than 90% of rural India does not have access to the internet.

The Trying farm equipment rental business model will enable farmers to deploy mechanization technology on a pay-per-use basis without investing in the asset,” said Pawan Goenka, M&M Executive Director, when the plan was first announced in March. “This will increase their output and prosperity and lead to the inclusive growth of the nation.”
It is not the first time Mahindra & Mahindra has invested in a digital start-up. In June, it invested in Scoot Networks, a ride-hailing service based in San Francisco.


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Gathering insights into mobile usage patterns, Samsung India has launched a new version of the My Galaxy application, an entertainment hub and life-services application for its mobile devices. The user experience in the new My Galaxy app has been significantly enhanced to provide an all-in-one experience to customers without having to access other apps for music, video, and other services. The new app converges several apps and services at a single interface. Developers at Samsung have incorporated several innovative features developed in India for the consumers.

Senior Vice-President of Samsung India Electronics Asim Warsi launching the new version of “My Galaxy app with Samsung Z3” smartphone in Hyderabad, on Monday - Photo: NAGARA GOPAL

Asim Warsi, Senior Vice-President, Samsung India Electronics, said: “My Galaxy offers experiences across music, videos, and gaming, making it an entertainment hub. It integrates key life services such as recharge, bill payments, movie ticketing, cab, hotel, and flight bookings. He said research shows India will have over 200 million smartphone users by December. Of the 120 million who will be using 3G and 4G services and estimated to spend about 169 minutes on the phone per day on average.

Emerging as the second-largest market globally for smartphones after China, he said India is the fourth largest app market in the world after the US, China, and Brazil. Usage of apps shows different patterns have emerged, and the new app seeks to address them all. As a part of innovations made in India, the new Samsung phones will have power plan mode and rescue power mode, which have the feature of early alerts when the battery is low, he said.

New smartphone

Claiming a market share of 48.7 percent in the Indian smartphone market in terms of value as of August and seeking to consolidate it further, Samsung introduced a new smartphone Samsung Galaxy On Nxt, exclusively on Flipkart ₹ 18,490. The device packs a 5.5-inch screen, 3 GB ROM, 32 GB RAM, 16 MP and 8 MP front and rear cameras, and comes with a 3300 mAh battery.

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New Delhi, Oct 26: Yahoo Mail app for Android devices is now available in seven new Indian languages — Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi — the company announced on Wednesday. With this update, the users whose “language setting” on their devices is set to one of the newly-launched seven Indian regional languages will automatically get Yahoo Mail in their preferred language.


In addition to the language updates, the Yahoo Mail app on Android has added new features that are fully compatible with the Android 7.0 Nougat. The updates include “Multi-Window View,” with which users can use Yahoo Mail side-by-side with other apps. The “Quick Actions” feature allows users to access the mail and directly reply to a message right from a notification without opening the app. You can also now quickly view and dismiss bundled notifications, or depending on your custom swipe settings, archive, delete, star, and more on each notification individually,” the statement added. The new features are now available in the latest update (5.10).


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MUMBAI: Air India launched an app to make it easier for its passengers to book, check in and manage every aspect of the journey through their mobile phones. The Air India app offers the ability to book and pay for a flight by quickly and securely scanning both passport and credit card. Passengers can fully manage their booking from their mobile device, including selecting their seat, making changes to their itinerary, buying additional services, choosing their meal, and checking in,” said a joint release issued by Air India and SITA.

The app has also been integrated with Air India’s Flying Returns loyalty program where passengers can securely access details of points earned or other updates to their accounts,” it said, adding the app, which is available on Android, iOS. Windows will be a boon to its 18-million passengers. Whenever you feel like it, then start using this website powered by Sujoy Dhar. At check-in, passengers can choose to receive their boarding pass on their phone or smartwatch.

At the airport, passengers will receive regular updates on their flights and use the app for mobile boarding.
Ashwani Lohani, chairman and MD of Air India, said: “Mobile apps are becoming an important tool for making travel bookings by passengers who are tech-savvy and like to access information on the go. This mobile app provides Air India the right tool to access a growing passenger market connected to India and beyond. The new app, developed by SITA, provides an elevated mobile experience where passengers can easily manage every step of their journey on their phone or tablet no matter where they are.


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India is gearing up to become a massive player in the global app market.

However, a combination of inexpensive handsets, data-heavy apps, and a lack of relevant app content could be inhibiting future growth in the market, according to a study conducted by Google and TNS. This indicates that app makers will need to find ways to reengage smartphone users or risk getting lost in the upcoming app download deluge.

Here are the key takeaways from the report:

India’s app users are highly engaged. On average, nine of the 33 apps installed on Indian users’ devices are being used daily. While that seems low, compared with other, more mature, Asian smartphone markets, it’s substantial. For example, the average smartphone user in Japan engages with just 17% of all apps installed on their phone.
Relevancy is key to getting users to India to revisit a lapsed app. Sixty-one percent of users in India said they would come back to an old app if it increased relevancy, became more popular among family and friends, or gained new features, Google notes. Reengagement tactics like push notifications and frequent updates to add new features will help encourage users to revisit dormant apps.


Lack of memory is making app users more selective. Forty-nine percent of users in India said that the main reason they deleted an app was that it took up too much of their memory. While Indian smartphone users are downloading five apps each day, they’re also deleting/uninstalling three apps to make space on their devices. This is because a majority of smartphones in India cost less than $120, according to Gartner. And, with the low cost comes much less internal memory, meaning app publishers will need to give users a reason to download and keep their apps.

Overall, the opportunity India presents is massive. Daily app downloads in India saw a 16% increase during the first half of 2016, according to a report from 9Apps, a third-party Android app distribution platform. Moreover, the total number of apps downloaded is projected to grow a staggering 92% from 2014, to reach almost 8 billion downloads in 2016 and 20 billion in 2020, according to App Annie. But developers and publishers need to ensure that their apps have been optimized for the emerging market. Mobile-app makers and content creators are vying for consumer attention in a crowded and noisy market.

Even if an app can stand out enough to prompt a consumer to download it from among a list of millions, it then faces the challenge of enticing him or her to use it enough times to recuperate development, maintenance, and marketing costs. To make matters worse, those marketing costs have hit record-high levels over the past year as discoverability has become more challenging. And while consumers are spending more time in apps, most of that time is spent on a few favorites. Consumers spend almost three-quarters of their total smartphone app time in just their three favorite apps, according to ComScore.

But it’s not all doom and gloom: There are numerous tools at a publisher’s disposal to engage and re-engage consumers, and new products and solutions are coming to market that can help alleviate some of the issues around this app engagement crisis. Jessica Smith, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on app engagement that explores the current state of the app market, the issues around engaging consumers, and the tools at a publisher’s disposal. It also identifies best practices for implementing some app engagement tools and presents the pitfalls that some publishers fall into in this pursuit.

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

The app market today is challenging and volatile. It isn’t easy to stand out, and most apps have to be offered for free to entice consumers who have too much supply to choose from. This puts greater emphasis on engaging consumers after they’ve downloaded an app to recoup costs. Consumers are more difficult to engage today, as most have dozens of apps installed on their devices yet spend most of their time in just a select handful of favorites.

There are numerous solutions at hand for mobile app publishers and content creators seeking to engage consumers. Push notifications, in-app messaging, and app message centers with badges are three tools publishers can use to engage consumers. While many publishers mistakenly rely solely on push notifications for app engagements, this is a poor practice because many consumers don’t allow push notifications. Those who do can easily be overwhelmed when they receive too many. The best solution often includes leveraging two or three of these tools to engage consumers with the right message at the right time. The technology in this market has grown increasingly sophisticated, and publishers that don’t diversify their approach run the risk of annoying their consumers to the point of abandonment.

Emerging engagement technologies will change the current app engagement norms and present new ways for app publishers to communicate with users. The mobile ecosystem is changing quickly as technology improves and consumers become more comfortable conducting more mobile devices. In full, the report: Identifies the major challenges in today’s app market and explains why employing good app engagement practices is more important than ever before.

Presents the major app engagement tools currently available.$

Examines the pros and cons of each app engagement tool while outlining some pitfalls that publishers encounter in implementing them. Prescribes best practices for adopting various app engagement tools or strategies. Assesses how the market will likely change over the next five years as emerging technologies change both consumer behavior with mobile devices and introduce new tools to engage consumers.


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India’s LGBT community deserves better apps. After drinks on a Saturday night, Akash* opens gay meet-up-app Grindr to continue an earlier conversation. They’ve agreed to meet at the large ICICI Bank at the corner. After a few nervous minutes of waiting, he recognizes a face coming up the street. Their walk home is careful, avoiding the juice shop where police officers usually stand. “Grindr life.

Akash laughs. Fast forward a few encounters to a Sunday afternoon. This time, Akash opens the app to a charming stranger who asks to meet in a posh neighborhood. A short walk and a winding staircase later, he’s confronted by a man who looks nothing like the well-positioned photos he’s sent. He runs, reminded of other stories – urban tales of a man lured into a Grindr date in Delhi and beat up, or one in which blackmail and public shaming is used as revenge.

Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender (LGBT) community during a Delhi Queen Pride 2015, in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI Photo

Are there options? Barely. Tinder preferences can be adjusted, but the app connects directly with Facebook to display mutual connections. That makes things more transparent and merges a network that often includes family and friends, terrifying for many in anti-anything-but-straight India. A few people direct me to an Indian site that’s been gaining popularity,

Amour. It’s an online dating project that lets people create profiles and meet like-minded individuals across the gender spectrum. It’s available in five languages, including English, Hindi, and Kannada. The problem is – it’s still just a database and definitely doesn’t have the investor interest or tech background to match the likes of Grindr. It’s clear about that. “We still DO NOT RULE OUT data leakage to external persons,” Amour writes on its site.


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Many people and agencies are coming up with new cellular app ideas to make it massive for their discipline. They either want to attain a brand new target audience or better serve their present customers. However, people are quite blind to the stairs or process needed to show a cellular app idea into fact. Due to the loss of capacity and information among startups and hooked-up agencies, many don’t know how to move about shaping the app idea.

I have helped several groups construct their cellular app. Here are the ten key steps I have accompanied in my 6 years of revel in. I trust that my listing can assist every person from any enterprise get their cellular app idea changed into fact.

Step 1: Write down your characteristic list

Conceptualize your concept begins via taking a few notes. Before doing whatever, you need to write, and something comes to your thoughts. Writing down the feature listing on a chunk of paper enables your recognition of your idea and makes it bigger on it. I suggest writing your idea numerous times and in lots of ways. This list also may be helpful while you are discussing it along with your co-founders, designers, investors, or developers; they all will ask for it—note which you ought to have them sign an NDA earlier than you share your feature listing. Your feature listing ought to be clean and clean to recognize. Also, make sure it has popular and precise capabilities, which will play an important position in the success of your product.

Step 2: Do the marketplace research

After writing your strong list of capabilities, you need to do marketplace studies to discover the opposition, developments, and marketplace wishes. Make positive there are no similar apps in the marketplace. If there are, discover their critiques, scores, feedback, and what’s lacking in them. Add functions to your app that would make it unique and extra attractive to the target market. After doing market studies, you have to replace your feature list.


Step 3: Identify the users/target market

It is critical to locate who might use your app and who the audience would be on your product. Your users are from a selected enterprise, gender, place, age institution, present clients, profits institution, specific profession, or another institution. Once you become aware of some demographics approximately the target market, you could discover what humans from those demographics select or like. Knowing your audience facilitates you to re-engineer your app and its features to cater to them—your complete task actions around user engagement. You also can behavior awareness group studies to find out what your target audience might also like or dislike. Your target market will decide your product’s success, and this perception from focus take a look at can go a protracted way in defining product success.

Step 4: Identify the monetization method

Making cash is the most important reward and energizes your idea. You can make cash out of your app idea in several ways: subscription rate, in-app buy, in-app advertisements, person information, sponsorship. You want to realize which one works for your app, target market, and market. Launching a paid app does no longer paint nowadays, but you could make the app lose with an in-app purchase alternative for more capabilities. In-app ads are also dropping their shine in recent times because of personal experience. Having user records is a huge monetization approach, as you can use it to make indirect cash. You can locate sponsorship for the app; this works for an app with a social challenge. It is vital to select 1 or 2 strategies that would provide you with a desirable return on funding.

Step 5: Create a hard caricature/cord frame

You might not have achieved it before or might not realize how to do it. However, the difficult cartoon or wire body helps you define the concept and refine the necessities of your product. You can draw a hard comic strip with the usage of paper and pencil, even as a wireframe can be created with the use of online tools. When you begin doing the caricature/cord body, you will be capable of polish your app idea and features list similarly. Also, this allows deciding on the proper navigation of the software. You don’t want technical skills for this step. However, you want to have not unusual-experience know-how of the way navigation works. In conjunction with your feature list, your wireframes will create superb specifications for you to construct the mobile app.

Step 6: Approach nearby cell app builders and get estimates

Once you have your first version of the characteristic list and cord body, you need to start figuring out companies who can construct your cellular app in a top-notch, cost-powerful manner. You need to search for nearby providers and a few worldwide providers and reach out to them. Once you shortlist 5 to six correct providers, have them signal the NDA and send them the mission info. A precise vendor should take a look at your information and ask you lots of questions. It would help if you made certain to reply to them to communicate your concept fully. A good supplier has to additionally be able to come up with some guidelines to improve your idea. It would help if you got proposals from multiple companies, with time and cost for improvement, and evaluate them. You need to check the providers on past performance, technique, rate, time, testimonial, and their eagerness to work for you. Finally, you have to be able to pick one seller and begin working with them.

Step 7: Complete the UI/UX


Once you have selected the organization, you should see paintings with them to create the UI/UX of the app. You have to have them first create the specific wire body of the software to visualize every display screen, function, and drift of the utility. After review, you may determine to add or do away with functions. Once the twine body is complete, you want them to create the visual design of the software. It must supply the color, topic, fonts, and visible appeal to your idea. This step will come up with a close to-very last picture of what your cellular app might seem like and the way it’d waft. After finishing it, have your supplier reevaluate the development plan, time, and cost. If the primary estimate of time/cost has accelerated, get extra funding or reduce the features. You need to pay the right price for your cell app developer.

Step 8: Get the app advanced and examined

Have your app developer begin constructing the app for you. They must be capable of sending you the app (in development) every week, and you must be able to test and supply them with feedback. It is very critical to be able to QA the app as they broaden it, as this enables you to manage the first-class value and timeline and research whether or not the cell app needs a few tweaks. You can involve your buddies in the trying out as properly. If you develop new sets of functions throughout the development, speak those with your app developer and get the time and fee estimate. If it suits your budget, get it done properly away. If not, anticipate the following section.


Step 9: Launch the app and promote it

Once you’re glad about the app, launch it inside the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. You need to begin advertising the app additionally. Get some consulting from specialists on app advertising. You can also do self-advertising. Start on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as that is an easy way to unfold the word about the app. You should also reach out to newshounds and bloggers who may be interested in your app and write about it. A press launch on free websites or a paid site can be convenient. If you have extra in your price range, you could rent a PR or app advertising and marketing company.

Step 10: Gather market reaction and put it together for the subsequent segment.

After the primary launch and marketing, you could accumulate user facts, market reactions, and demand. If you receive an amazing reaction, you can plan the subsequent segment for the app. Repeat Steps 1 through nine for the subsequent segment. This time, you must have the ability to do them lots quicker and with greater success. If the app is not received well in the marketplace, find out what’s hampering growth and have a plan of action.

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There are numerous telephone apps on the way to make the actor’s life easier. Recognition of these gear can grow the performance of gaining knowledge of one’s craft and enhancing advertising efforts. This article spotlights what basic sorts of apps are available, plus the blessings and caveats of the use them.

An actor’s life is constantly in the flow. With workshops, auditions, rehearsals, interviews, and photoshoots, staying in touch and being prepared demands new tools. Phone apps have made the actor’s existence less difficult without problems with history statistics, getting to know programs, and activity listings. When installed on your iPhone or Android, it’s possible to accomplish multiple duties.

Let’s say you have got an audition for a film or TV position. You can carry up credits on a director for which you are auditioning or a list of movies or clients represented by the casting director. Having this data easily available lets you authenticate your auditors and, having spoken to me, factors that brighten up the interview. The most time-honored statistics base is IMDb. It is possible to reap contact facts on those human beings to comply with-up efforts on the seasoned model. actors

Learning one’s traces or rehearsing without an accomplice is another undertaking confronting actors. There are numerous practice sessions or teleprompter apps that allow you to research your lines in multiple methods; visually, orally, or in peekaboo blackout mode. You can open your scripts without delay from the e-mail message in which you receive them or paintings with a PDF and Word documents you get off your pc. In maximum apps, you could report your lines and play them again, looking at the script scroll using a teleprompter and quickly fast rewind or speedy forward to select up lines simply via scrolling the script.

In a few apps, it’s possible to feature beat marks to divide longer passages into workable beats and, relying on the tool, create “notes within the margins” concerning alternatives, appears, or gestures. On more highly-priced apps, voice expertise can audition for voiceover work from anywhere and electronic mail for your auditions as MP3 documents from anywhere to all people. Such practice session apps make it feasible to rehearse anywhere without an accomplice. Rehearsal 2 and Scene Partner are commonplace apps in this class.


Some apps are informative, empowering, and educating the ones inquisitive about pursuing a career in the film and tv commercial enterprise. One of those is Actor Genie whose internet site lists sources for which to song what’s casting. These sources consist of audition and casting links and Actors Access, LA Casting, and Backstage Magazine.

Keeping song of appointments, activities, and normal reminders in another project apps can do. With such an app, you can organize and keep the music of auditions. You also can song conferences, workshops, networking possibilities, and greater. Audition call and perform are comparable apps in this class and can assist repair order to a chaotic life.

If you stay in LA, you need to cope with throughway congestion and limited parking. Sigalert App offers precise limited-access highway pace facts alongside reviews on injuries, creation, and site visitor jams. The app Polis Assist facilitates clear, tough, and puzzling parking signage on a selected street. It may also alert you earlier than your parking times expire and robotically check you out at the quiet of your park so you can keep away from parking tickets.

There are, of course, many apps available for actors, and this text covers the maximum fundamental needs. Locating more apps or locating to download them is trouble in that most are best available for decided on kinds of telephones or their working gadget. The three maximum common platforms are iPhone, Android, and Windows. Apple Store/iTunes handles almost all of the apps for iPhone (iOS). Android apps are found specifically on Google Play. And Window apps are to be had at the Microsoft Store/Windows Phone Store. Amazon Appstore is an alternative software store for Android operating devices.

When figuring out which apps are best for you, Google the general class and study the selection of apps and their specs; for instance, practice session or teleprompter apps is one category to assist with communicating memorization. Audition appointment/organizer/calendar apps are any other category used to schedule and remind you of activities. Some apps tell, empower and teach those pursuing the commercial enterprise and craft/strategies of acting. Make comparisons, read critiques, and consider whilst available, motion pictures on their set up and operation. Be conscious that positive apps are only to be had for positive operating structures, be it iOS or Android.

Prices, advantages, and phrases also are considerations. Costs can vary from loose to $zero.99 as much as $24.00. Benefits to consider are ease of operation, the range of functions, and relevance in your desires. Some loose apps may additionally require an improvement at a nominal price. Most apps have no update, but some might be on an automatic month-to-month or yearly renewal. This is an issue to observe intently.

Another difficulty is whether the app wants a connection to the internet to be operational or work independently on the telephone. When you’re out of sign variety, this can be a difficulty. The time period “app” is a shorter time period for “application software.” As such, cellular apps may be a massive safety danger because they transfer unprotected touchy facts to the Internet without the understanding and consent of the users. Data theft isn’t just the lack of private facts; one may be liable to cyber-assaults or blackmail. The malicious software program can get admission to a tool’s SMS messages, browsing history, or voicemail password.

As security is going, Apple approves iOS apps thru a strict vetting method before listing them within the App Store, even as Google’s Android Market app security involves surely warning the person that an app wishes permissions to perform positive functions at some point of the install. To keep away from hassle down the road, it’s miles smart to keep away from third-celebration companies and, as a substitute, go along with professional shops like App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store.

When the use of apps or your cell phone is trendy, it is easy to use an exquisite wide variety of minutes on your plan. One way to combat this hassle is to are seeking for out locations with a wireless connection. Places that include espresso stores, positive restaurants, or your local library can satisfy this need. Also, appearance on the line for Creative Spaces which offer loose wi-fi. An introduced gain, the use of wi-fi typically consequences in quicker transaction speeds. It’s also high-quality to disable facts-sucking apps you do not often use as automated updates can wreak havoc on the records utilization. Update handiest whilst linked to wi-fi.


This article covers some of the benefits of acting apps. However, there are also numerous caveats to the use of these apps. Foremost is the tendency to grow to be enthusiastic about their capabilities and forget about its leader features to facilitate perfecting one’s craft and promoting one’s capabilities. So often, customers emerge as infatuated with the bells and whistles and forget about gear, now not toys. Another caveat, those apps tend to inhibit private interaction and, as an alternative, promote digital encounters. Acting is a face-to-face profession, whether in networking, actively searching for, or overall performance. While apps could make this transition less complicated, they have never replaced it. And lastly are the safety troubles. Keep your thoughts and eyes on the mission to hand, whether or not you are coming into an elevator, crossing the road, or driving on your subsequent audition. There’s an app for that. It’s known as turning off your cell phone.

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Earlier this yr, Apple released its listing of pinnacle iPhone apps at the only billion download mark. Downloads just hit billion, making Apple’s “All-Time” Top Apps label even sillier than it changed into on time — however that aside, it is an inspiring listing, and there are lots of good training to be learned from it.

We recognize that developers of some top apps have earned from $350,000 (Pocket God) to $800,000 (iShoot). Some have, in all likelihood, earned a great deal greater. It’s hard to estimate earnings even though the quantity of downloads is understood because app pricing bounces around plenty. Koi Pond has been downloaded about 900,000 times, and Enigmo over 800,000. Even at, say, a dollar a time, it’s excellent cash.

How do you get admission to this large cash cow? Here are some tips, based totally on our analysis of Apple’s twenty pinnacle paid apps:

Get in early

The iPhone 3G came out in July 2008. Almost half of the pinnacle apps had been launched via August. The relaxation had been all out via the give-up of 2008, besides one that got here out in January 2009.

Timing is the entirety. Of path, some of this is just a remember of physical truth — if you sell 5,000 apps an afternoon for a hundred days, it is 500,000 sales; if you most effective have 5 days, you may only attain 25,000. But there is more to it than that. There are truly so many apps now (over 50,000) that it is tough to be seen. Apps that came out early and gained traction had a large advantage over the competition, and that form of gain is often maintained long-time.

Entertain the loads


If you need to store the planet, enlighten humanity or enhance people’s health, you may get your reward in heaven. However, you may not have a prevailing iPhone app. Every one of the pinnacle paid apps is a toy of some kind. Fourteen are in the Games class, four Entertainment and a pair of Music.

Interestingly, this leisure is commonly not senseless. Most of the video games are complex, requiring ability and awareness, and quite some have many permutations or consistent updates (Pocket God). Complex video games include Pocket God, Fieldrunners, Texas Hold’em Poker, and Monopoly. Like the memory matching recreation Bejeweled 2 or the skateboard app Touchgrind, the simpler video games still require ability and concentration.

Only a few, like Koi Pond, require little mental attempt. However, even this one has many options and constant movement. Nearly all of the apps have terrific snapshots and plenty of motion. There were the best 2 idiotic and pointless apps, namely the simulated beer app, iBeer, and the self-explanatory iFart Mobile.

There’s a marvel in each package deal.

Ocarina, the historical flute simulation, is an actual surprise. Who could have the idea an obscure musical tool might have ranked so excessive? The app builders are interesting — an excessive-flying crowd of musicians and laptop scientists from locations like Stanford and Princeton. Could it be that there is nevertheless an area for really excellent and innovation on the Internet? Happy idea.

Develop for the tool

Using the accelerometer appears to increase an app’s possibilities of achievement. Most of the top paid apps are accelerometer-intensive or use different novel or specific iPhone features.

The message right here is that successful app builders take advantage of the tool’s novel or unique capability. The iPhone is a cell; it has a touchscreen, it has an accelerometer. Develop the tool! Apps that act as although they may be on an everyday computing device laptop are likely to be less a success.

Have the right background


It absolutely enables me to be a skilled software program developer, preferably with a historical past in Internet games. Most of the businesses and folks who prominent themselves have an extended track record in this marketplace. In some instances, it changed into only a rely on taking a current commercial enterprise model and making the logical soar to iPhone apps. In others, the app becomes the beginning of the commercial enterprise, and in a few cases, it can additionally be the end of the street.

Don’t be a one-hit marvel.

Four of the top paid apps were orphans or close, with the simplest 1 to two apps in step with the developer. Far more common, although, were developers with stables of 3 to 10 apps. Only 1 developer had greater than 10 apps. Successful developers leveraged present products and apps, building on one to create others – but adapting an app to make very similar spin-offs (iBeer, iMilk, iSoda, Magic Wallet), at the same time as smart, seems a little too opportunistic. The app developers that have developed several precise, compelling video games are much more likely to have more than one success.

In reality, three companies (Freeverse, Pangea Software, Electronic Arts) every had 2 top-twenty apps. All 3 are large or biggish businesses, implying that it takes giant assets to produce a winning app.

Don’t be too hung up on the fee.

The de facto widespread iPhone app charge is $0.99. This level became quickly established in the App Store as the location wherein maximum shoppers regarded glad. Possibly it’s due to the standard cost of iTunes tune.

In any case, most of the prevailing apps command higher charges, with thirteen of the 20 priced from $1.99 up and four of them commanding the majestic (for iPhone apps) price of $4.99 on the day we did the evaluation.

You do not need Lite or Free teaser apps.

Here’s a fascinating factoid. Only 2 of the pinnacle twenty apps (iHunt and iShoot) have a loose or lite version, as a minimum on the time of writing. Both developers are individuals in place of businesses, and it is exciting that the bigger clothing does not see the want for teasers. The implication is if it’s well worth buying, people will pay for it.

The freebie iShoot Lite had 2.4 million downloads in January, and there had been 320,000 paid downloads. So it is pretty viable that the free app drove income of the paid app — but it is also viable that there could have been extra paid downloads had the free app now not been to be had.

It would help if you were not a big corporation (even though it facilitates)


Could it’s that fulfillment in iPhone apps relies upon having huge, sophisticated, costly advertising techniques? Not always. There’s no doubt that it allows being Internet-savvy and features a deep wallet, but the winning app developers were an encouraging blend of sizes and types.

Four of the 17 builders are huge multinational companies — Apple itself (Texas Hold’em), Electronic Arts (TETRIS, Monopoly), Activision (Crash Bandicoot), and SEGA (Super Monkey Ball). Then there is a gaggle of mid-sized groups and, thankfully, additionally 7 small companies and four individuals.

Suppose Mobile is an exciting story. It became advanced by an Internet advertising guru who understood how to work the machine and get awesome exposure using producing a useless app that he must have known could without difficulty generate controversy, laughter, and hobby.

The Internet mythology of clever guys working evenings or weekends, or out of the garage, and hitting the jackpot, lives on. The little men in this group are John Moffett (iHunt), Ethan Nicholas (iShoot), and, to date, as we can tell, Shinya Kasatani (Pocket Guitar). These men might not be the following Steve Jobs, but they have been a success to the tune of loads of lots of dollars, just a dollar or at a time. Pretty spectacular.

Controversy is useful, however never crucial

iFart Mobile specifically, and to a lesser quantity, iBeer and iHunt, are quite arguable and nearly, in reality, gained a variety of publicity because of this. You can almost view the debate inside the scores — whilst a maximum of the 20 pinnacle apps have a dominant rating of 5 stars, regularly losing down, these 3 arguable apps had large numbers of scores for every five stars and 1 superstar. So this distribution of score won’t hurt an app and can show a developer that the app has a variety of potential to create buzz. The other top apps did not seem designed to draw controversy, which obviously did not hurt them.

Five-star ratings are neither critical nor feasible for top apps

You can not please all humans all the time — so the extra scores there are, the lower the chances of a five or maybe 4.5 celebrity common. None of the pinnacle apps had 5 stars, and most had three to four stars. IHunt had best 2.Five stars because lots of humans hated it.

It takes a LOT of downloads to develop quite a few rankings

Although tens of millions of human beings collectively downloaded the 20 top apps, the best number of scores (Fieldrunners) became 1,479, and the bottom (Pocket God) was 226. Most users do not provide ratings, and even fewer write evaluations.

Given that humans want to be a part of a happy herd, it’s almost sure that savvy builders actively sell fantastic rankings and critiques.

The theme does not need to be conventional or acquainted.

Classics like Texas Hold’em, Monopoly, and TETRIS (all evolved by using public companies) function within the 20 pinnacle apps. The other apps were sometimes familiar, on occasion now not, but none of them surely adapted a massive-name, famous game. Pocket Guitar, of the route, used a well-cherished device with remarkable success. But to stability that, Ocarina catapulted a difficult to understand ancient flute to reputation.

Quality Counts

There are many, many, many iPhone games with issues now not diverse to the top video games. There are dozens of guitar simulations. There are 5 different iFart apps. So just having a good idea is not sufficient.

The iFart apps are an interesting illustration. Almost uniformly, they have not advanced a following, and the remarks are deplorable — no longer because they’re vulgar and silly, however, because they’re not very well done and users do not like them.

Now you understand some of the secrets and techniques. Happy programming! Find an app is an easy, searchable database of all the iPhone apps we will lay our palms on. Our site has information on over 59,690 apps and counting.

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