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How can Android Application Development Increase Your Business Value

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With over 70% of the world’s mobile user market in its control, Android has established itself as a platform that comes with the biggest scope of not just market reach but also revenue generation.

The fact that Android platform answers to two of the most crucial business purposes – Reach and Revenue, it has found itself a place in the mobile app expansion plan of thousands of companies, across the globe

In this article, we will be looking into the various factors that have contributed to making Android App Development the prime choice of modern day businesses. The factors that have brought in a rise for Android Mobile App Development Companies.

Without further ado, here are the Android specific factors that can increase your business value –

Open Source

One of the biggest benefits of Android being open source is that the developers get access to most of the tools used for offering Android app development services, for free. And because of that the development efforts and time gets saved to a great extent (since the developers will not be building the app from the scratch).

This also ripples down to the cost of developing the android app, which gets lowered as a result of low development efforts.

Greater Market Reach

Unlike Apple that has a selected range of devices under its brand umbrella, Android market is extremely fragmented. Android has become an industry in itself with a series of different manufactures having launched their devices in the Android domain.

While on one side there is a greater market fragmentation because of the presence of different devices, on the other businesses get to enjoy the benefits that come associated with the 8 million active users.

Also, since Android gives you the provision to launch your app on third party app stores (beside Play Store) as well, the market reach also expands.

In all, Android offers businesses a greater market to capture as compared to any other mobile app platform.

Greater UI Flexibility

Google always focuses on having a highly customizable user interface. The aim behind this is to promote innovation and creativity in the Play Store. The move is fit for inculcating business’s own brand identity in the app.

Now, this UI flexibility feature that Android comes with has given birth to a whole new set of category of apps – ones that function around changing the device’s look and feel. A category that can never see the light of the day in Apple.

Low Barrier to Entry

It is much easier for businesses to enter the Android market – Both cost wise and low launch restriction wise. Because there is very low barrier to entry, businesses have greater freedom in terms of the content and design features that they can have in the app. Another point that lowers the entry barriers is that Google takes a lot less approval time as compared to iOS, which increases the development cycle to a great extent.

Also, Google Play Store charges a one time developer fees of $25 as compared to Apple’s $99 per year.

Works as the Ideal Match of the BYOD Concept

The present day businesses have taken the flexibility and openness (while saving some serious money that goes into putting machines together) route by allowing the employees to bring and use their own devices in the company.

Android, being the market made up of fragmented devices, is the ideal fit for this concept as it eliminates the requirement that all the employees should have an expensive iPhone in order to be a part of the BYOD culture.

Low Developer Acquisition Cost

Since majority of the Android application development still happens on Java, it is easier to find developers specializing in it – a fact that has lowered the developer acquisition cost of Android Developers to a great extent.

 

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Top 2 Open-Source e-Commerce Software

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One of the things you need to do while planning your new online store, or replacing the old one with a new and shiny one, is to decide on which e – commerce software you will use for your website. In this article we are going to suggest the open source ones so you do not have to cash out again.

We realize that buying a domain and hosting, paying for marketing, paying for data entry experts to enter the products in your website is expensive enough, so we will omit a payment for e-commerce software. Enough talk, here ‘s my top 2 e-commerce software:

1 – PrestaShop

I got the chance for implementing this one for one of my clients, and is one of the best that i have seen in the market, and it is powerful enough to outdo the commercial equivalents. It is one of the highest in demand e commerce products in the Web Development & design world and it will be in the list of my recommendations, the feature list is here:

  • Is able to export products to eBay and import them from there
  • Calculates tax for each country out of the box ( well, for most countries )
  • Layered navigation with each product to it’s own category

You are able to set a limit for products on each page, implement payment options like Paypal, Moneybooker etc easily. You can ship your products using major carriers, and set up unlimited carriers and destinations. This product is too awesome to pass up on.

2 – OsCommerce

OsCommerce is a SEO-Friendly and feature rich eCommerce script from the osCommerce team (including a great Web Developer in the name of Harald Polce de Leon by from the Happy Giraffe company). It supports product categories, product listings, voting for products, leaving reviews, and it has a page to see the newest products so users can see which products are the hottest in this week. Let us give you the full list of features though:

  • Customers can view their order history and order statuses
  • Customers can maintain their accounts
  • Addressbook for multiple shipping and billing addresses
  • Temporary shopping cart for guests and permanent shopping cart for customers
  • Fast and friendly quick search and advanced search features
  • Product reviews for an interactive shopping experience
  • Forseen checkout procedure
  • Secure transactions with SSL
  • Number of products in each category can be shown or hidden
  • Global and per-category bestseller lists
  • Display what other customers have ordered with the current product shown
  • Breadcrumb trail for easy site navigation

As you can see, this product has many features for the users.

3 – ZenCart

Pfft. I wont even be able to fit the list of features of this one in a single article. You can simply go throw a look at it – http://www.zen-cart.com/wiki/index.php/Features_List. This is one of the most asked for e commerce platforms ( both design and module building work for it).

 

You should not take my word for fact about any of these e-commerce platforms. You can simply see the features and the pros with the cons youself, by setting up a testing installation on your local server.

 

Thanks for reading and keep being awesome!