Hello, hello, ladies and gentlemen! Let us offer you a hearty welcome to yet another Weekly App Recap, where we recap the most intriguing news from the app development industry.
Another week has passed, and the summer doesn’t seem to be letting up. Sunny days in October? It’s not entirely improbable. But, enough with the weather report, let’s get to the news. Google has been quite active, shutting down Fabric and launching the final preview for Flutter. Let’s see what else we got.
Need for Integrating a Payment Gateway into an App
With e-commerce and online shopping becoming ever more prominent, more and more apps are also including payment gateways among their features. Just a few years ago, paying for things with your credit card was considered the most convenient way of going about your own business, but, with the introduction of payment gateways, credit cards might be pushed into the background. Payment gateway systems will enable users to pay for their utilities, book plane tickets, or make any other payment using their mobile phones. Talk about efficiency and convenience!
Google Shutting Fabric in Mobile App Development Shake-Up
Google is merging Fabric and Firebase. According to Google, the two platforms really belong together. With their unique features, the new merged app development platform will be an all-encompassing app development environment. Firebase was the go-to platform for the most generalized projects, while Fabric had some features that made it an excellent choice for more specialized applications, especially due to Crashlytics and Answers. The final merger will happen probably during the middle of 2019, so all users are advised to make the transition by then.
Making Subscription Apps Work: The Holy Grail of App Development
Monetizing apps is an arduous process, and for quite a few reasons. Mostly, this is due to all the free applications that litter both Android and iOS stores. With that being said, subscription apps might be the answer to this problem. Purchasing apps, according to Apple, is not that profitable in the long run, whereas subscriptions generate more consistent revenue. However, to make a subscription app worth subscribing to in the first place, it is important to make such an application an exceptional one, mostly by prioritizing simplicity, delivering consistent value and delivering consistent quality.
Asda Outsources App Development to Support Digital Future
British major supermarket retailer Asda has decided to outsource the development of their application by signing a contract with HCL Technologies. The devs from HCL, however, won’t be working alone, as they’re supposed to cooperate with Asda’s own development team. Asda lists as one of the reasons for this decision the ever-increasing involvement of technology in retail, and their wish to keep up with the latest trends. By creating an app in collaboration with HCL Technologies, they’re hoping to continue impressing their customer with their impeccable service.
IoT App Developers Get New Tools
Page speed is extremely important. In fact, 53% of mobile users will leave a page that doesn’t load within 3 seconds. In that sense, with more and more devices becoming connected to the Internet of Things, IoT app development is moving to the forefront. Some of the most recent tools for such app development are AEPs, application enablement platforms in short. These AEPs are significantly increasing the speed of development and data management, creating a huge market that will be worth around $83 billion by 2022. With that being said, the number of connected devices will also rise dramatically, reaching some 6.7 billion devices in 2022.
Meditech Invites App Developers to Boost Interoperability
It looks like the healthcare industry is really taking a liking to apps and what they offer. This time around, Meditech is launching an app development platform supported by RESTful’s APIs. The idea behind this move is to allow third-party developers to create applications that will improve interoperability. According to the words of Howard Messing, Meditech’s President and CEO, applications are not judged just by their functionality, but how well they mesh and connect to other systems.
Google Launches Final Preview of Flutter, it’s Android and iOS Mobile App SDK
We saved the best for last! Google has finally launched their Flutter Release Preview 2. This is the latest in the series of 6 previews, starting with the first beta in February. As you know, Flutter is an open source UI framework and is intended to be used as an app development environment for native Android and iOS apps. Flutter uses Google’s Dart code and will allow the devs to run the code in the background even if the app had been suspended. The plugin authors will enable new plugin creation and will allow them to execute a code when an event is triggered. App package sizes have been reduced too, with the app bundles now weighing 4.7 MB, a total of 2 MB less than when Flutter was first created. With a bit of luck, this latest Preview means Flutter 1.0 will be released this year.
And, that’s about it for the news this week. Stay tuned for next Friday, when we’ll bring even more exciting news, and, somewhere down the line, we might even bring you the news of Flutter’s release. Cheers!