The end of 2018 is just a week away. It would be an understatement to say that it was an eventful year. But, following constant changes in the app development world takes a toll on the app developers. So, before you go out to your favorite bar to take a break, take a moment for the weekly roundup!
Take a look at events and products from the app development world. Let’s start the weekly roundup!
Challenges In AR Mobile App Development
Among 2018 app development trends AR & VR were all the rage. But, developing apps with AR features is an unbelievably complicated process. The AR app developers face both technical and legal issues in AR app development. In particular, developers need a firm grasp on the mobile device performance. This understanding leads to proper design, code, and implementation of the app’s features and content. Then, the app developers must ensure the user’s consent about the data usage to avoid legal issues. And yes, there’s a lot of work to the AR apps, but they are worth it.
Noel Leeming Fined After Lying About Customer’s Rights Under Consumer Guarantees Act
Unending scandals reveal the ruthless arrogance of tech giants. However, history teaches us that arrogance is quite expensive. And that’s a lesson Noel Leeming had to learn again. Noel Leeming received a $200,000 fine for lying to customers about their rights under the Consumer Guarantees Act (CGA). Convicted under eight charges by the Fair Trading Act, Noel Leeming exploited the customers in various ways. Noel Leeming provided false information on client’s rights for Apple and Microsoft products, and denied that the (CGA) is effective on their business.
Why Is NDA A Crucial Part Of The App Development Process
NDA or non-disclosure agreement is a contractual agreement that states that involved parties will work to safeguard the confidentiality of information. And, it should be the first document to sign when you are building your next app. Whether you are an entrepreneur or an agency owner, the NDA is beneficial for both parties in the process. Most of the time, the NDA should include a timeframe, protected information, duties and obligations of both parties, and consequences of breach.
Engineer’s Blood Disorder Enabled Development Of An Anemia Detection App
Rob Mannino, an engineering Ph.D. graduate and research assistant, presented the world with an amazing app. He developed an image-analysis algorithm capable of detecting anemia just by looking at the pictures of patient’s fingernails. It’s a standalone app that looks at hemoglobin levels without a need to draw blood. Mannino designed it based on his anemia problems, and he was the first test subject for the app. Truly, it was an amazing year for the healthcare app development industry.
Gay Dating App Grindr Falls Out Of Grace
Jesus Gregorio Smith, the assistant professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, spends a lot of time researching gay social media apps. Lately, Smith is wondering whether or not to keep using Grindr. In 2009, Grindr appeared as a revolutionary app, connecting the LGBT community across the world. As time passed, Grindr faced scandals and controversies. From privacy issues to the inappropriate way to address the LGBT community, Grindr survived it all. However, the last straw for Smith and most users was when Scot Chen, the app founder, made a negative comment on same-sex marriages.
TBC Bank Group Launching E-Commerce Platform Vendoo
TBC Bank Group aspires to develop e-commerce in Georgia. They plan to achieve that with Vendoo, an online shopping mobile application. Vendoo’s main features are a wide variety of products with different price ranges, personalized offers, different payment methods, rapid products delivery, and flexible return policies. Then, the mobile app will support all locations in Georgia, urban or rural. The group believes that the app will lead to the rise of entrepreneurs. TBC Bank Group is looking to reach up to 10 million customers by 2022.
The rise of the video streaming apps
In the US, the top 5 streaming apps by hours spent were YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Twitch. Consumers worldwide spent over $2.2 billion in 2018 on the top 5 video streaming. Netflix easily held the #1 spot, as well.
Movie streaming websites and apps are becoming more and more popular each day, and the industry is growing at an astonishing rate. Consumers are more than willing to pay for streaming options over mobile devices. Four of the top five non-gaming apps that earned revenue in 2018 were for video or music streaming.
Epic Games Pulls Infinity Blade From Apple App Store
Epic Games pulls Infinity blade from Apple App Store, claiming they want to move on other projects. They announced that the development of the Spyjinx takes to much effort and focus from their team. Therefore, they are unable to provide the support for a game and a community such as Infinity Blade needs. The news came as a disappointment for many who enjoyed the popular trilogy. Infinity Blade changed mobile app games forever, introducing the Unreal engine on iOS 2010.
Testing And Developing Voice Apps
Amazon’s Alexa found a way into homes across the US, making voice apps unbelievably popular. Currently, the users are experiencing phase 1 of voice applications, as experts expect voice apps to become a standard in app development. But, at this stage developing voice apps is very problematic. Developers face two main issues when testing voice apps. First is that testing voice user interface (VUI) is different than testing graphic user interface (GUI). And the other issue is testing across the platforms. But, it’s only a matter of time before someone surpasses the sophisticated Amazon Alexa.
And that’s it for this weekly roundup! Stay tuned for next week when we will wrap up the year and open up a path for another amazing year in the app development world!