Before we talk about the alternatives of the Raspberry pi, let’s take a look at the features of Raspberry. The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B packs a quad-core 900 MHz processor, 4 USB ports, a full HDMI port, 1 GB of RAM, camera and display interfaces, Ethernet port, micro SD card slot, and a GPU for graphics. It can run Linux as well as Windows 10 and costs about $35.
If the results of the Flurry Analytics study can be believed, cell phone users are accessing mobile apps for roughly 2 hours and 19 minutes a day along with 22 minutes spent surfing the mobile web. Big names like LinkedIn, Yahoo, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and Google have reason to be excited because over a billion people are using their app. For less established companies and individuals, however, this isn’t good news. With over a million mobile apps between them according to TechCrunch, the iTunes App Store and Google Play have a natural head start. Here are seven qualities your mobile app will need in order to succeed in today’s market.
Since nobody wants to deal with an app that simply doesn’t work, it’s in your best interests to make sure that your mobile app works as planned. Most of the time, when an app isn’t functional, the problem can be traced back to an issue that took place during app development. Another common problem is when an app has too ambitious a scope. The solution? Match your programming language with your platform and focus on designing an app that specializes in one or two things.
Does your app add something to a user’s life? If not, chances are there won’t be a demand. To make sure that you’re designing an app people wants, do your research. Study similar apps, understand your demographics, and don’t be afraid to rely on statistics. Once you’ve found an under-served audience, you can design with their concerns in mind. Also, don’t worry about the rising cost of app development in your efforts to give more value to the users, because they will be recovered once people start downloading your app.
It’s possible to have a valuable idea and a functional app, but still never get anywhere due to questionable design. Since mobile devices have smaller screens, you have to take a different approach to mobile app design. Joseph Labrecque, University of Denver software engineer, cautions against getting too creative with your designs. Now that people are familiar with specific app designs, you don’t want to disrupt their comfort levels.
Consumers may try out an app for many reasons, but they’ll only stay if its user-friendly. That’s why the user interface of your app is so important. Generally speaking, you want to take a minimalist approach to interface elements. If you’re working on an eCommerce app, for example, the goal is to give users a positive shopping experience. Most of the time this means adding touches like unlimited scrolling so that customers can check out products without interruptions and making sure that the checkout button is large and in an accessible place.
On mobile devices, especially, consumers download apps on the assumption that content will load quickly. Going by research KISSmetrics has published, a delay of as little as one second can reduce conversions to the tune of seven percent. With mobile app development, this usually means compressing content where possible and avoiding links. The other key is to build your app according to your platform. Performance issues tend to crop up when developers try to cross-compile the same app for both Android and iOS. Using Objective-C with iOS devices and Java for Android will go a long way.
Between the ire of consumers and the lawsuits, copying an already successful app is potentially a recipe for disaster. Just ask Zynga. They were sued by Electronic Arts over “The Slims Social” in 2012. Similarly, after apps just like the popular “Flappy Bird” started flooding the marketplace, both Google and Apple began cracking down on copycats. What’s interesting about this is that the “Flappy Bird” imitations never took off like the original because end users were savvy enough to recognize the counterfeits.
7. Offline Capabilities
Apps that only work as well as their network signals are a source of frustration for consumers all over the web. To avoid angering users, an app that can store information locally is an idea worth exploring. Since both Android and iOS allow for the storage of local databases, there’s no reason to put out an app that without offline capabilities.
Here’s another interesting tidbit: Nielsen’s numbers suggest that US smartphone users have approximately 26 apps on average. If you pay close attention to details like local storage, uniqueness, user-friendliness, usefulness, functionality, and performance, are not surprised when your app starts showing up on people’s smartphones more often.
Sushrut Padhye is a computer engineer and an MBA from Deakin University living in Melbourne. He is a former ping pong champion who has written quotes, poems and articles on a range of topics. He currently works as a Digital Strategist for Elegant Media.
We all agree that one of the biggest problems facing us is to get developers usually fast-changing our website, we continue to add functionality as we meet with slowdowns in the loading site and we must find the balance between functionality and speed of loading site.
There are several studies that have shown good speed of the website leads to an increase in user activity and retention, besides allowing us to lower costs in every way.
Some tips to speed up a website:
1. Make a few HTTP requests
2. Make use of CDN (Content Delivery Network)
3. Add a label to end your header, Expires header
4. Enable Gzip compression
5. Put CSS at the very beginning
6. Pass JS files at the end
7. Avoid CSS comments
8. Put your CSS and JS files in your external file
9. Reduce DNS lookups
10. Optimize and minimize the code of your JS files
11. Avoid redirects
12. Eliminates duplicate scripts
13. Configure ETags
In all of the above we must add that no doubt is necessary first to have a fast server, the server is the key to a web site will load faster without doubt the best hosting will get a payment that offers increased speed and support, but in case of not having enough money, and have to stay in one free and go for many test which you think is faster.
Tools to accelerate our website:
Google Webmaster Tools
Recently Google Webmaster has a feature called Inception: Performance of the site, an experimental feature in webmaster tools that shows you information about the speed of your site and suggestions to make it faster.
You’ll find data on the speed of loading pages, and its evolution in time, a comparison between the loading time of your site and other sites, examples of specific pages with their actual load times, and tips Page Speed, which can help reduce your users’ perceived latency.
Google launched Pagespeed time ago, are developing a tool that many years and using them to optimize their sites themselves, more or less competition to YSlow from Yahoo! we talked on the next point.
When you install Firebug integrates and run into Pagespeed various councils and will give us parameters that we can consider to improve the performance load on our site, and very interesting even generates optimized versions of the images we have so that we replace and use to reduce the burden well.
The documentation is excellent and worth installing to experiment.
Both add much value news from Google to the web, and you see them as essential options in the future.
YSlow, web performance analyzer
If you implement these tips and see how you gradually speed up the burden of getting your site does not hesitate to install YSlow.
To reach its full potential you must first install and then YSlow Firebug. Once installed, all data are captured on the pages and their elements. There is information on performance, statistics and Components.
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