When asked if they’d rather go without food or without their mobile phone, it’s common to hear people claim they’d rather starve than be deprived of their direct link to the online world. This mindset has led many to recognise the need to take breaks from our device screens, creating a relaxing space away from the stress that stems from constant use of technology.
With the explosion of apps in the past few years, you need to sort through a lot of dirt to find the gold! We’ve chosen a selection from the past year which drew attention for various reasons. Some offer practical solutions to a particular problem, while others are just plain entertaining. Yet more represent pure inspiration; people didn’t know they needed them until they were launched!
Below, we list some of the most significant apps of 2014, from the sensible to the frivolous or just plain cool (and even the revolutionary).
When it comes to improving ourselves and the environment that we live in, there is never a shortage of things that we can do. We can certainly put our own individual efforts in place, but we can also be guided by these apps that can make the process fun and social, on top of being easy to track. Here are some apps that aim to promote a better world for both people and the planet.
Besides making life easier with mobile banking, GPS navigation and video calling on the go, mobile app designers are exploring less trodden realms to bring us a host of weird and wonderful apps. Forget music identification, photo editing and other practical, but boring apps. Here is a selection of apps that celebrate the fun and quirky side of life.
App development for mobiles has been around long enough now that there are specific tools you can use for debugging and assessment – no more trying to replicate mobile problems on a desktop machine! We take a look at simulation and remote debugging to see what these solutions have to offer.
With millions of apps currently available, it’s statistically likely that a large number of these consist of dead apps. Apps become ‘dead’ when they’re not regularly downloaded, or are no longer opened by a user after downloading. It’s estimated that up to 96% of apps downloaded by a user are no longer used within a month! These apps then remain on the device, never to be used again, creating app graveyards, home to neglected apps that have failed to maintain interest.
Don’t risk this happening to your app! Here are six reasons why apps end up in this doomed graveyard while others thrive:
When designing apps for Android, many elements must be considered. Primarily, an app should be accessible for as many devices as possible to increase its chances of success. This can pose a challenge, however, as variations in software and hardware capabilities can complicate matters. Learn how to navigate these challenges with our quick guide to the basics of Android app design.