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How Much Money Can You Make from an App in 2021?

The market of virtual technology is growing faster than the virus, so do mobile applications. Mobile app development is thriving day by day, every industry has already shifted to the mobile platform be it traveling or the oil and gas industry. The organizations that are left are transforming themselves and increasing their pace to shift on the virtual world to gain more customers and hence the business. 

Mobile app development is an easy and faster way to reach your customers and grow your business if you already have one. And if you’re planning to earn only through mobile applications without physically setting up your business that can also be achieved. The 21st century is all about the internet, virtual world and modern technologies so earning through applications is not at all tough, a little tricky but not difficult if you’re once set on the right path. This article is all about giving you a brief about the necessary steps that can help you to make money from mobile applications.

Table of Content
1. Tons of Mobile Apps, are All Making Money?
2. What is a Mobile App?
2.1 iOS vs Android – Which to Choose?
2.2 Dozens of Ideas and Categories – How to Decide?
3. Analysation, a Must Step
3.1 Target Audience
3.2 Market & Competitors
4. Focal Points, Making Money Should Be the End-Goal
5. Monetization Models
6. Cost of Developing an App
7. Tips If You’re Planning to Develop the Application Yourself
8. How Much Money Can You Make From an App?
9. Future of Mobile Application Development
10. Wrapping Up

Tons of Mobile Apps, are All Making Money? 

There are tons of mobile applications developed every year and as per ‘Forbes’ recent article, the total number of mobile applications collectively for both the Android and iOS platforms has reached 8.93 million in the year 2020. 

But the question is every single application from this 8.93 million making money? Is every idea good enough to keep the users hooked, and generating revenue? No, right. Every other business is shifting to the mobile platform from newspapers to cloth stores. But what really makes them stand out in the market depends on how well the application works without crashing or failing and with ease for the end-users. The revenue generated by the iOS app store alone in the year 2020 is 72.3 billion USD and the tidal revenue generated by both the application stores is 111 billion USD. As per recent research, Rakuten Rewards, the mobile and web app used for cashback and shopping rewards generated 13.14 billion USD in the year 2020, which was the highest last year. There are at least four dozen reward and cashback applications in the market doing the rounds but not all of them hit big like Rakuten. 

Having a great idea or a similar idea with a twist of new features can’t assure that the application will make money. Then what can? No matter what your idea is for the app, is it a unique one or similar to the already existing app that has hit big? It doesn’t matter, your application should be different, the idea can be the same, not the application. And your application should offer different and better features with greater functionalities to the end-users. 

What is a Mobile App?

A mobile application, more commonly called a mobile app, is a computer programme or software programme designed for mobile devices such as phones, tablets, and smartwatches. Mobile applications were primarily created to provide necessary help and productive services such as calendars, emails, and contacts, which are the things that people require on a regular basis. However, as the number of mobile phone users grows, so does the variety of mobile applications available, such as social media apps, mobile games, and so on. Nowadays, there are applications accessible for almost any purpose; if you want to track your steps, download the app; if you want to read books, don’t bother going to the store; you can read them on your app; all you have to do is download the app.

In fact, David Pouge, a well-known American technology pundit, and writer renamed smartphones as app phones to distinguish between early smartphones with fewer apps and modern-day phones with 10,000+ apps.

iOS vs Android – Which to Choose? 

iOS (iPhone operating system) is an operating system created and developed by Apple Inc. specifically for iPhones, allowing Apple to focus on the electronic devices rather than the compatibility of the operating system with hardware and other components. Though it was originally built for iPhones, it is now also used for other Apple mobile electronic devices such as the iPod Touch and prior iPad versions until 2012, when Apple introduced iPadOS, a dedicated operating system for the iPad.

Android is an open-source mobile Operating System developed by Adroid Inc. It was taken over by Google. It is built on a modified version of Linux and some other open-source software. At first, Android was solely meant for mobile applications development but now just like iOS, it is also being used for applications on wearable devices and smart TVs as well.

Both of the operating systems are amazing to develop an application on, but choosing the platform wisely is the key to the success of your mobile application. The platform you opt for your application has a huge influence on the earning of your app, because of the popularity of the platform, the number of smartphones that use the operating system, market shares, average number of end-users, etc. 

If we talk about the usage there is no doubt iOS takes only 29% of the market and Android scores this point with 71% of usage. Irrespective of the end-users gap, iOS apps still get 2.5 times more money from their users than Android. In terms of download, Android scores another point because the applications downloaded by Android users are double the iOS users.  iOS offers more money and Android offers wider coverage of the end-users and downloads. 

Both iOS and Android have their own pros and cons when it comes to making money and earning users, if you are starting on your own and want to hit big it’s better you first target the usage and gaining users you can go with Android and once you make enough you can develop an iOS mobile app as well. But if you have the resources and won’t mind investing a chunk you can go for both the platforms as well. 

Dozens of Ideas and Categories – How to Decide? 

Every business can be shifted to the mobile platform and every idea can be turned into a mobile app. There are 36 application categories on the Google Play Store for Android users to choose from and 26 categories available on the Apple App Store with tons of applications under each one of these categories. Hence, making sure about your app idea and researching the category it’ll fall into, is a must before you start daydreaming about making money from the app. 

As mentioned above any idea can be turned into an app so for example, if you’re far away from home, missing the stories your Nana or Granny used to tell you or can’t fall asleep at night because you are missing your mum’s lullaby, you can develop an app to feel better, simple. But is it? 

The first and utmost important step before talking about ‘how to make money from an app’ you need to analyse your idea. You get an idea and want to develop it, great. But what you need before jumping to development and monetization schemes is to ask yourself a few questions – 

  • Can it hit big?
  • What category did your app belong to? 
  • What is unique and different? 

Thinking and researching is the key to make it successful before jumping to development. Analyzation of the idea is a must, a few key points that I think can help you are – 

  • Is it unique? If it is, what steps will you follow for marketing except it’s been one of the kind? If not, what different functionalities and features can you offer to the end-users?
  • Deciding on the target audience is always a good step forward. 
  • Your idea should be accepted and well-suited to the target audience. 
  • Analysing the risk of developing an app that is similar to an already famous application. 

Deciding upon the idea and into which category your develop app will belong should go hand-in-hand. If you haven’t decided anything yet, the 4 most trending profitable categories to develop an app in 2021 are – 

  • Games with a revenue of 79.5 billion USD
  • Dating generating a revenue of 3.08 billion USD
  • Entertainment with a revenue turnover of 31.9 billion USD 
  • Health & Fitness earned 837 million USD last year 
  • Educational/eLearning with a revenue of 70.0 million USD.
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But if you already have an idea of your own that falls in neither of the above categories then also it’s fine to go ahead with the development but obviously keeping the idea analysing and categorising technique in mind. For categorising your application you should start with your basic idea of the app and then take it up to the broader level. For example – you think about transforming the idea of lullabies to an app, you know what you want in your app, the features, functionalities, options for the end-users, etc. You started with the idea and now taking it to a broader level will help you in categorising it. You want your application to target only the children? If yes, then it’ll fall into ‘Parenting’ / ‘Kids’ (as per the operating system you opt for) and if you go for adults as your target audience you can put it into ‘Music & Audio’ / ‘Music’. If you’re planning to develop your app in such a way that it only contains soothing instrumental music then it falls under the category ‘Health & Fitness’. 

The key to categorising your app is the base idea itself and expanding its horizon as per the target end-users and features.

Analysation, a Must Step

Analysation of the idea only solves 30% of your purpose of making money through an app. It helps you to develop a better app with less risk of failure but it won’t guarantee you about earning money. To make sure your running application will not earn you not only users but also dollars, you need to analyse two other important factors. 

Target Audience

The first thing to research and analyse after scrutinizing and categorising your app idea should be your target audience. Outlining your target end-users should be your supreme concern because, in the end, they are the people who are going to bring revenue to your application. Will your app be only for people above 16 or will it be children friendly? Will you target your own country or plan to launch it globally and make money from the international market? These are a few questions you need to think through. 

You can’t decide your target audience only on the basis of the age group or location or area but you also have to consider the features you’re going to add or the functionalities or third-party services you’re going to integrate. Thinking wisely should be the only one because these are the people who’ll turn to be end-users and youtube players as well. 

Market & Competitors 

After deciding the target audience your idea for the app will be in far better shape and the next utmost important thing to consider to research and analyse for making money is the market for your app idea and your potential competitors. There are 2.5 million-plus mobile apps that exist on Google Play Store alone and 3 million on the Apple App Store. So, there are fair chances that your idea has already been transformed into someone else’s reality and earning big bucks. This must raise a doubt in your mind about your idea and you might be tempted to drop the idea altogether but it isn’t the solution. 

Dropping your idea shouldn’t be the option, instead, you need to analyse the market and your application’s potential competitors. You should work on the marketing strategy of your application so you can snake money through an app. And to plan the strategy you need to research and analyse your biggest competition, make a chart of all the similar features your app has, and what unique functionalities you can offer to your end-users. Working and modifying your app on the basis of the feedback and user reviews of your competitor will surely help you to gain an upper hand and a better footing in the market. 

Focal Points, Making Money Should Be the End-Goal

Applications are used by brands and businesses to reach their customers as well as other organisations and groups to reach their audience and even by individuals who want to hit big or are already rolling in dollars. There’s no doubt that nowadays mobile apps are a big source of income. But making money should be the only focal point or the end goal? 

The focal points should be something that’ll take you towards your end goal.  

Being a Part of the Trend 

Almost every business aspect is on the mobile app. More than 114.9 billion mobile applications were downloaded in the year 2019. Clearly, mobile app development is a good way to grow and the next smart move to stay in business. As everything is at our fingertips it is a good initiative to be a part of the trend. 

Recognition 

People recognise you and your brand better if you’re on a smart mobile app store. As per a people’s survey, a person spends 5-6 hours a day using the phone. And as for another survey, there is an average of 60 applications a person spends installing on his/her phone. This all sum up to that mobile app development is a better way to gain recognition in comparison to other means. 

Gain Users and Keep them Hooked 

Another focal point should not be about just gaining users but also keep them hooked. Every business/organisation/individual wants to connect to its customers and users by a means that it won’t lose them even when another similar app launches. You should focus on gaining more users while keeping your already existing user base intact. 

Being Different

There are millions of applications doing rounds on both of the app stores right now. A few hundred applications with the same idea exist in the market and every 42 hours a new app is launched. Being different and unique should be another focal point. Standing out the crowd and gaining more users, helps you to generate better revenue. 

Earning money from the application should be the end goal, that’ll be achieved over time. Considering these focal points will directly drive you towards your goal. 

Monetization Models 

After the briefing about the platform, researching and analysing the idea, target audience, market and competitors, and the focal points of the app. Let’s discuss the monetization techniques for mobile applications that you can consider and adapt to make money at your convenience. 

The monetization/revenue models can be classified into three breeds – 

  • Free apps – applications that are absolutely free of cost for the end-users. 
  • Partially Free (Freemium) – applications that users can download free of cost and have limited access and functionality for free. 
  • Paid Apps – applications for which users need to pay. 

Free Apps

Free applications are absolutely free of cost applications for anyone who uses the smartphone. You might be wondering if you’ll choose this revenue model, how are you gonna earn from your app? There are a number of ways you make money from an app even if you’re opting for Free Apps. 

In-app Advertisements

The in-app ads technique is a feasible one for mobile app developers to adapt and earn. Developers make money by providing other applications and services a platform to promote themselves and in-return charge them. By using modern data analysis tools you can legally analyse your users’ history and accordingly let the in-app ads roll. `Especially if you want to gain users and earn money both at the same time. The in-app ad technique has 4 ad formats you can choose from. 

Banner Ads

Image-based ads that will be embedded on your application’s activities usually below or above the main activity screen. One of the least annoying types of ads for your end-users because it won’t cover the whole screen and your users can use the app without being bothered much. 

Interstitials Ads 

These are usually full-screen ads that cover the complete screen of your app while the app is in any kind of transition stage like changing from one activity page to another. This might bother your users a little but you can earn more because this type of ads have a better conversion rate and are eye-cutting. 

Rewarded Videos 

You can add video promotional ads to appear time-to-time and help your users to gain some kind of rewards and brownie points if they watch it for a specific period of time and bring revenue to your app. Win-win for both you and your users.  

Native Advertising 

This type of ad totally merges into your app’s activities. This is the least annoying type for your end-users and still gonna help your sponsored partners and hence you.

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These in-app ads have 3 ways to earn money – 

Cost-per-Click 

You’ll get paid for each click made by your user on the promotional ad displayed on your app. 

Cost-per-View 

This one is in regard to the video ads. The more your users watch the video ads the more you earn. 

Cost-per-Install

You’ll get paid whenever your end-user installs the promoted app through the link that appeared in your application’s ad. 

Partnership

A unique and still beneficial strategy to make money from an app is you team up with other applications or businesses. This won’t be like the advertising but literally teaming up with other applications and embedding a few of their features in your app so that your end-users use that and hence, bring you revenue. Like DoorDash teams with restaurants and iMessage app and Spotify has been teamed up with Bumble. 

Opting for Free monetization is also a good option when you’re new in the market and struggling to gain users. 

Freemium 

Freemium is an application that is partially free. Using this model is also a good option if you’re not up for using in-app advertisements. You can make your app a free to download one, where your users can download it for free, able to explore it, and use the basic features without spending a penny. People like the idea of having something for free, it’ll be like providing free small food sample packets to users and after tasting and exploring the ingredients they will pay for the complete item if they like the sample. The same goes for the freemium app, your app will be free with basic features and free download but if your user wants to access advanced features or other embedded third-party functionalities or features he has to pay for it. 

There are different payment options according to the time that you can build in your app for users to choose from like annual, monthly, quarterly, etc. Freemium uses in-app purchases.  

Paid Apps

Paid applications are those apps that are paid from the very first beginning for users. There won’t be any freebie treat or feature. There are two types of paid applications.

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One-time Fee Download 

If you go for this type then you’re only going to charge users once while they install the application and afterward the app will be available to your users without any extra charges for future updates, new features whatsoever. The app will be free forever. 

Subscription

This type is somewhat a blend of freemium and one-time free download but not an exact mixture. In this type, your users will be allowed to download the app for free and explore it just like the freemium but don’t let them access any feature until and unless they log in and subscribe by paying the amount that you’ll decide whether you want it on a monthly basis or yearly. Like Netflix, it lets people explore but doesn’t let them access without payment. 

But if you’re just setting up your app, it’ll be more necessary to gain a user base and find your footing in the market hence,  you should keep this model aside to use at a later stage after the success of your app. 

Cost of Developing an App

The cost of mobile app development depends on a number of factors. But the most deciding factor is the complexity of your app. The development cost also depends on the time consumed by each stage of the development process. The development breaks into 7 phases – 

  • Research and Analyse 
  • Strategically Planning 
  • Designing 
  • Development 
  • Testing 
  • Deployment
  • Further maintenance 

The mobile app development company charges as per the time spent by its developers on a particular project. The general range is – 

  • USA – $100-$250 per hour
  • Europe – $80-$180 per hour 
  • UK and Australia – $50-$150 per hour 
  • India – $35-$100 per hour 

Tips If You’re Planning to Develop the Application Yourself

If you’re planning to develop an app on your own there are few things you should consider. 

  • The operating system you want to develop your app on. 
  • Framework 
  • Languages 
  • APIs
  • Software Tools 
  • Designing and development tools 
  • Launching strategies 

For further knowledge, you can refer to my previous blog “How to Launch an App?” and for basic development knowledge you can refer to “Beginners Guide to Native iOS and Android Mobile App Development”. 

For pricing, usually, developers put a price tag on the app according to the development and tools they use but what should you actually need to do is instead of wearing a developer’s hat you should wear the user’s shoes and then decide upon the price of your app. Few things you should consider before deciding the price of your app. 

  • Features and functionality of your app 
  • Daily-usability of your app, whether it’s an app that can be used daily 
  • Number of competitors in the market 
  • Money your competitors are charging
  • Uniqueness 
  • UI/UX complexity 
  • Future scope 

How Much Money Can You Make From an App? 

Mobile applications can generate billions of USD revenue but however, the number of applications that really do generate money is very less. No matter how many millions of applications are in the market only a few thousand are rolling in cash. So, it’s really tough to give you a specific range of what you can earn. 

If we go through the revenue generation statistics of last year we’ll see the most popular 200 applications are making $82,500 daily. And when we increase the number of applications we’ll see the value drops to $3,500 per day. 

Doing everything right and following every step is one thing but making money from an app is a long and tricky process at least for a few starting months. Thus, in the first few months instead of focusing on the end goal, you need to concentrate on finding your footing and earning users. 

Future of Mobile Application Development 

There are tons of opportunities and potential in the mobile application market. The world is shifting to a virtual platform and COVID-19 has sped up the process. To quote it lightly, the future of app development is bright because developers can solve almost every problem by code and designs and if they are unavailable to find a solution, they sure will come up with the alternatives. From getting food delivered to booking tickets online people can avoid unnecessary traveling. And as adults spend 4-5 hours a day on mobile phones the businesses are booming through mobile applications and so do the mobile applications. Therefore, mobile applications are here to stay and so does the money from them. 

Wrapping Up 

Making money-winning apps is not going out of trend any time soon. As the mobile apps market is undergoing perpetual growth the competition is high for mobile app development. You need an idea and work through, you’re going to take the market by storm in no time. In case, I forgot to mention anything or you have any suggestions feel free to leave comments.

How Does DoorDash Make Money

How Does DoorDash Make Money?

In this technology-driven world, making money through an application is one of the easiest ways to make quick money and still tricky. Knowing all the steps is one thing and following it is another. If you’re planning to develop your own food delivery application and looking for a guide and strategies to make money from it, there is no better example than DoorDash to learn. 

DoorDash was set up 8 years ago in California by 4 college students for delivering food to only their fellow students. Delivering food in more than 5,000 cities has come a long way.  This article will give you an insight into the basics of DoorDash, its working, its revenue strategies, future perspectives and will also give you an idea of which steps and features you can borrow from DoorDash to make money.

Table of Content
1. What is DoorDash?
1.1 Unique Features of DoorDash
2. How Does DoorDash Work?
3. How Does DoorDash Make Money?
4. What Ideas Can You Borrow as a Start-Up?
5. Wrapping Up

What is DoorDash?

DoorDash is an online food ordering and delivery multiple-platform application, available on iOS, Android, and the web. Now it is headquartered in San Fransico and currently is the largest food delivery app in the USA beating the likes of Uber Eats and GrubHub. This one started as a basic idea while providing assistance to a macaroon store owner and then it took space and started providing online food delivery to students of Standford University. After being developed and in-market for 6 months, DoorDash gained much-needed publicity and investment. And in 2018, DoorDash hit it big and became the most used food delivery app in the USA. DoorDash not only provides services in the USA but also in Canada, Australia and recently expanded its venture in Japan. DoorDash also provides tons of options to choose from for customers, be it on the basis of your area or locality or kind of food you want or type of cuisine even it gives its customers options to order gluten-free meals from selective restaurants. 

Unique Features of DoorDash 

DoorDash was founded in the year 2013, January by Tony Xu, Stanley Tang, Andy Fang, and Evan Moore. It has come a long way from being only an online food delivery platform. DoorDash has not only expanded over North America, Australia, and Japan but also has added many features for all the three people involved, that is the customers, the merchants (restaurant partners), and Dashers (their delivery executives).

A few of the many features are –

For Customers 

  • In-app search engine – that not only allows the customers to search the dishes or the restaurants but all the options available in their locality, as per cuisine, etc.
  • Liquor shop options 
  • Convenience & Grocery stores the customers can get the snacks, drinks, groceries & pet essentials delivered in under an hour. 
  • Pick-up option – Option that the customer can place the order using the app and pick up the package on the way. 
  • Group-ordering – Customers can place a group order for their family or co-workers  
  • Gifting – DoorDash and Caviar last holiday season added this new feature where their customers can order sweet treats to savory meals ranging from holiday baked goods and chocolates to celebratory cake and champagne, to get-well food and convenience items like chicken noodle soup, cough drops, and bath bombs. 
  • Pet Essentials On-Demand – DoorDash has also recently added a new feature for delivering pet essentials on-demand in the USA. 
  •  Group-ordering from iMessage – this new feature is for DoorDash customers who use iOS phones. Using this feature customers can place group orders directly from the new iMessage app without login into DoorDash. 
  • Flower shopping – allow the customers to order flowers.

For Merchants 

  • Partnership – a complete partnership that allows the merchants to have the platform and delivery services both. 
  • DashMart – let merchants offer retail products to customers through DashMart. DashMart, DoorDash’s new convenience store platform, offers merchants an opportunity to take their convenience store online and reach a wider audience. 
  • Storefront – a complete, commission-free online ordering solution for merchants. It lets the end-users order directly through the merchant’s website that is provided by DoorDash. Storefront allows businesses to have their own customized websites with their own logo, branding, and colour scheme.  This incorporates DoorDash ordering, delivery, and pickup logistics into the merchant’s own websites. 
  • Self-Delivery – this gives the merchants only the platform to list their business and attract customers but  DoorDash doesn’t provide the Dashers to deliver the food. 
  • DoorDash Drive – this feature lets the merchants use their own website or app for ordering and DoorDash only provides delivery services. The end-users use the restaurant’s website to order and the Dasher will deliver the food on the behalf of the merchant. 
  • DoorDash Drive Large Order Deliveries – this is a special feature that allows the merchants to get their large orders to deliver that involve special handling by expert Dashers that have qualified for Doordash Drive and the merchants can have their pick among the dashers. These deliveries usually include catering orders, large group orders placed directly with the store, or large group orders for corporate clients. Some of these may also involve a light setup once arriving at the customer’s location if the restaurant or client wants Dashers to also provide the setup services for the merchants. 
  • Merchant Portal – this one lets the merchants track their business performance, insights about the business that needs immediate actions, and allows them to make adjustments and modifications directly on the portal. 
  • Marketing strategies – this feature by DoorDash lets the merchants learn and execute better marketing strategies. 
  • Promotions – this one is promoting the business and to gain customers without any hassle-bustle. 

For Dashers 

  • Flexible working hours – the dasher can work as per his will, accept as many orders or none according to his own wish or choose the timing, the serving area, etc. 
  • Base salary – Dashers get a base salary that is fixed per delivery. 
  • Additional tips – DoorDash won’t keep the tip money, it directly goes to the dasher’s pocket. 
  • Challenges – this one is a fun feature for dashers to earn extra cash by taking up a challenge and completing it. At the end of the completion, the dashers get rewards and extra cash. 

How Does DoorDash Work?

There are at least a dozen food delivery services almost working on the principle with the same techniques. So, here the question arises is DoorDash works in a similar way as the others? As per the reports, in the year 2019 alone DoorDash’s revenue was 13.2 million USD and by the end of the year 2020 the customer strength increased by 75%. The number speaks for itself if DoorDash works like other food delivery services it won’t be able to get to the heights. So, definitely, it won’t follow the same working techniques. The basic principles might be the same but not the working. If DoorDash won’t work like others then how does it work? 

The front-end working of the app for the end-user is slightly similar to the other food delivery apps like sign-up, select the item, add to cart, and order.

DoorDash Make Money

DoorDash Make Money

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DoorDash Make Money

DoorDash Make Money

The actual working process of DoorDash goes like this – a customer places an order at one of the desired restaurants agreed with the tips and charges. The restaurant receives the order with all the instructions and starts preparing the meal meanwhile DoorDash alters the nearby Dashers. One of the Dasher accepts the order request, goes to the merchant to pay for the meal using the Red Card, picks up the order, and delivers it. DoorDash has recently shifted to Kotlin and supports multiple platforms. DoorDash has 3 different dashboards – 

  • Users/Customers
  • Dashers 
  • Merchants 

To connect these dashboards, maps and other services DoorDash uses its own APIs and a few third-party APIs. DoorDash has also developed its analytical tools.   

How Does DoorDash Make Money? 

As a user or mobile app developer, you must be wondering how DoorDash makes money? Because they charge minimal delivery charges that too usually go to the Dashers. 

DoorDash makes money mostly through the commission that it earns from its merchant partners and also a small amount from third-party app partnerships. DoorDash provides a number of services and options to merchants to choose from and hence charges them also. Usually, the partnered merchants/restaurants pay annually or monthly commission to DoorDash. But some merchants prefer to pay as per the orders they receive from the platform. DoorDash also provides other kinds of delivery services like delivering bulk orders and afterward setting up the tables or allowing the merchants to select their own favorite and trustworthy Dasher for delivery. This also helps DoorDash to gain popularity and hence the revenue. DoorDash provides a number of other services to the merchants in addition to the platform to sell their food and delivery services and charges handsomely for that as well. It provides marketing programs, in-app better search ranking which is also chargeable. 

DoorDash provides 3 different memberships to its merchants.  

  • Basic – for this the merchants have to pay the lowest with 25% commission of whatever they earn through the platform. 
  • Plus – the plus membership can be obtained after purchasing the DashPass. The benefit of this membership is it helps the merchants to reach a wider audience with the same 25% commission to DoorDash. 
  • Premier – merchants can be a premier partner of DoorDash by p[urchasing the DashPass and promising a 30% commission. The benefits for the merchants will be covering the biggest area possible and maximize sales. 

DoorDash also provides paid promotion schemes and features for the merchants to rank on top with better visibility to their customers with promotion blogs that DoorDash posts on their site with clickable links. It also generates handsome revenue by catering business performance management tools and analytical tools. DoorDash also supplies self-developed software paid tools to their merchants for finding new customers, increasing their bottom line, and outshine their competition. DoorDash also has paid in-app advertisements for its merchants. To generate extra revenue DoorDash has also indulged in paid customized financial advice tools for its partnered merchants. 

DoorDash makes a little money by giving the kitchen spaces to restaurants that only prepare food that is ordered through the DoorDash app, commonly known as Cloud or Ghost kitchen. DoorDash also makes money through its own developed software that helps partnered restaurants with easy cash registering and management. As the pandemic makes the situation worse for diners and restaurants more and more businesses are shifting online to gain their footing again in the market, having their own website definitely helps but not so much. Hence, being on the already popular online food delivery app which provides tons of features makes more sense. This definitely brings more revenue to DoorDash and also helps the merchants. 

A small portion of the revenue also comes from the customers on the basis of their order from which location they are ordering and at which time they are ordering. These are not delivery charges but other in-app charges. DoorDash also provides premier membership on an annual and monthly basis to its end-users with a number of benefits and charges a little for that as well. 

No matter how much DoorDash makes money through the merchants or customers, a great part of its revenue comes from the funding by big ventures like Y Combinator, Charles River Ventures, Khosla Ventures, SoftBank Group among others. 

What Ideas Can You Borrow as a Start-Up? 

If you’re a mobile app developer and thinking of developing your own food delivering app, no time is better than now. The ideas you can borrow are – 

  • Can start with a smaller area like DoorDash started. 
  • If you can’t provide delivery services you can provide only the platform services to the restaurants and diners and let them deliver the food themselves. 
  • Can provide paid memberships with extra features 
  • Convenience store platform 
  • Bulk delivering if you can arrange good delivery executives 
  • Third-party apps promotion and can collect revenue from it. 
  • In-app advertisements 
  • In-app promotions of the restaurants and rating 
  • Table bookings at partnered restaurants and diners through your app 
  • Surprise-food gift deliveries feature 
  • Customized analytical tool for your partnered restaurants

These are a few ideas you can consider to add to your food delivery mobile app. Hand if you’re already ready with your app and waiting to launch you can also refer to our previous blog How to Launch an App?.

Wrapping Up 

In this article, our main focus was giving you a clear idea about how DoorDash makes money and what ideas you can borrow for your start-up venture. In case we miss any point or you have any suggestions let us know by dropping a comment.

API Development

What is an API Development? | Complete Guide to API Development

APIs are the most obscure feature in today’s digital age. As being tech-savvy, some of you must already aware of the term and the definition as well. But if you’re not a technical person you must have come across the term while reading a blog, or going through your favorite applications’ description or documentation. So before going with the actual question what is an API development, this arises another question what is an API? 

This article won’t only tell you about the definition of API or API development but will take on the ride where you discover everything about API from its purpose to its working to the development technique, everything. This article is about the ‘unsung hero’ of the software development world.

Table of Content
1. What is API?
1.1 Release Policies of API
2. How Does API Works?
3. Why You Need API?
3.1 Should Every Company/Business needs Its Own API?
4. Terminology Associate to API
5. Tools for API Development
6. What is API Development?
6.1 Most Important Practices for API Development
7. Wrapping Up

What is an API? 

API is a short form used for an application programming interface. API is an interface that establishes connections between multiple software programs or a mixture of hardware-software mediators.  API specifies the types of calls or requests that should be made, the procedure on ‘how to make the calls/requests’, the data types that must be included and used, etc. APIs are also used for giving the opportunity for extending the already existing functionalities by some in-built functions or some outer inherited or extended functions. An API can be tailor-made, specific to some particular component, or customarily designed as per the industry standards for interoperability with the particular hardware tools and software. An application programming interface is a set of rules and regulations that specify how computers, applications, or a mixture of these two links, communicate and respond with each other. 

 In simpler words, API is a link or an interface that allows various parts of the software or a mixture of hardware-software to connect and communicate with each other. API is a way to virtually way to connect to sub-parts and activities or resources of an app or software and hence, taking the load of manual work away from the programmer. If you code the complete software from scratch, you going to need some third-party components and even then API will help you.

API Development

Release Policies of API 

APIs are one of the more normal ways innovative organizations incorporate. Those that provide and use APIs are considered as being associates of the business biological system. 

The primary policies for releasing an API are:

  • Private 

Private APIs or sometimes referred to as internal APIs are designed and developed for a company’s or individual’s personal use and are hidden from all the other users. These are used to share within the business to share and establish a link for inner resources. APIs permit various teams or departments of a business to use one another’s devices, data, projects, and programs. Private APIs provide better security and access control over others. 

  • Public

Public APIs sometimes also referred to as open APIs, are accessible to developers, programmers, and coders with limited restrictions or zero. Usually, Public APIs require you to enroll for free, or either using an API key referred to you or might be totally free for all the app developers. These APIs are usually developed by a community of freelance programmers or IT companies to provide access to data or services or both to all the mobile app developers or web developers out there. The public API program empowers you to build brand mindfulness. Moreover, it additionally permits the developers to get additional pay if appropriately executed.

  • Partnered

Partnered APIs are almost like public APIs but with restricted access that is controlled by two companies or businesses that are in partnership and agreement. Usually, these are controlled by a third-party API gateway. These are intended for particular purposes like connecting an app with our relatable applications advertisements. 

  • Composite 

These are a combination of multiple data and service APIs. These allow the developers and programmers to access several endpoints in one request or call. These APIs are usually useful when the developers need information or data from several different services to perform a single function in an app. Composite APIs help the applications to perform faster and in reducing the load on the server. This also helps in enhancing the performance services of data integration. 

How Does API Works?

Application programming interfaces embody many technical specifications concerning data exchange options and services between different applications or the same sub-activities of the same applications. The applications commune to users by a user interface whereas the applications that need the functionalities of other applications call those applications using the APIs of those applications and also specify how the functionality should be provided in a certain way. After confirming the request is authorized and valid the other application fulfils the request. I know it is a bit confusing to understand for a few of you. Let’s understand this in a simpler way with an example.

API Development

Supposedly, you went to a restaurant and order your favorite lasagna. But unfortunately, the lasagna wasn’t able so your server contacted another restaurant and order it for you, with the necessary instructions to cook the lasagna just the way you order it, without letting you know. After confirming the request can be fulfilled the other restaurant took the order and get it delivered. In this case, you’re the user who ordered the lasagna, where the lasagna is the application you’re using, the menu you ordered it from is the UI that is the user interface, the server is the API that connects and communicates to the other restaurant and the other restaurant is the other application or database to help the initial application with the required function or services or data.

API Development

Usually, the documentation of every project is a must. For API there is no exception, it is essential to draw an “If This Then this” agreement between two applications stating if application A sends a request, what kind of structure and procedure should be followed, and how application B will respond. The API documentation also consists of information about the working of the API with others and the functions call procedure and the regulations about responding. 

Why You Need API?

A technical world without APIs, will be a chaotic one and not to mention will need lots of manual work from the programmers and developers. The APIs free world will also mean limited functions of all the applications and double the work and time of programmers for rewriting the same piece of code for every application performing the same work. APIs are not exactly the modules that specifically belong to one application or another, which means they are developed individually with general specifications that can be called later with the guidelines by whichever application needs it. And this definitely helps you and all the programmers and developers burden and saves the time of rewriting the same code over and over again. 

There are tons of reasons why a business needs API development, some of the most crucial ones are – 

  • Better Security 

APIs not only provide the interface but also control the access, the control of data and information. APIs are programmed in such a way that only authorized and authentic users can perform certain functions and access the data. A well-designed and developed API acts as a shield against all types of attacks and breaches. 

  • Streamlined architecture 

With good APIs, you can program your back-end code and develop the app without any worries and independently from the user interface. APIs allow you to work on algorithms as per your brand’s goal and let you launch the app on both the mobile platforms iOS and Android and web. You can even rewrite and redesign your app’s UI using a newer framework without tampering with the actual functioning of the application. 

  • Easy testing 

APIs don’t only make developing easy but also make the testing of the app easy before it gets deployed or launched for the public. It also helps to test the UI before the app actually goes into the development phase because once the back-end gets involved testing the UI is the biggest headache, luckily APIs save you from that. And there is also an automated API testing feature. 

  • Faster development 

APIs spare you from the headache of designing and developing everything from scratch, which means faster and reliable development. You can simply integrate all the important features and add data from other applications.  

  • More scalable 

Instead of developing big unitary applications that will be hard to document or test, you can build complex and yet fun applications through all the independent modules available or modules of other applications via APIs. 

  • Better integration 

Most businesses rely on variant sets of software modules and applications to make their one application work. Hence, integrating all the modules together is the best way to let the application function without any delay, and what’s better than the APIs for the integration. Big enterprises like Google, Apple have many of their APIs public but it need not to be the case with you if you’re developing a customized application. A well-designed and developed API obviously lifts the performance of your application up and so can help your business to boom. 

  • Easy to use new technologies 

APIs let you internally connect with all the new and latest technologies without creating much fuss about rewriting the codes and connections. 

  • Better experience 

APIs help enhance application functionalities which in turn provides a better user experience. 

  • Less development cost and time

One of the most important positive effect APIs has on developers and programmers that save the extra time they don’t need to spend the extra time programming all the functions and services they can access from other applications via APIs, this saves time and hence, the fast development and faster deployment and more revenue. 

Should Every Company/Business needs Its Own API?

Some companies taste success by developing their own APIs that enhance their customers’ experience and UI and let other third-party applications use them and hence bringing fame and revenue. But the actual question is do you need your own API even if you’re starting a software-based business? To be honest, the complexity of developing your own API with all the work and coding for the application for a business that is just starting up or a non-technical founder is a headache. But it’s still good to know when and why API development is needed. 

I try to list the important deciding factors that might help you with the question of whether to develop an API for yourself or not. 

Should consider the API development – 
  • If your aim is to develop a mobile app, desktop app, and web app, all three. 
  • You want to use and work on modern frameworks and UI/UX design technologies. 
  • If your application deals with a large amount of data that needs to run and load quickly without delaying the process for your users. 
  • In case, you want to access the same data in many different places and ways or maybe applications. Like web app and mobile app both accessing same data and using it. 
  • You want your partners or customers to have access to your application’s data. 
Should not consider API development if – 
  • You just considering having a simple one activity or page application without any complexity or heavy traffic. 
  • You are building a temporary application or your application won’t mean to be updated.  
  • If you want to run your application only on a singular platform. 

One thing that should never stop you from trying API development is the lack of experience. Hence, the next few sub-topics of this article will walk you through the API development process so said you can be confident enough to develop your own API. 

Terminology Associate to API

If you’re looking forward to customized API development, there are few terms you should be well aware of – 

API Key

API key a special code that is passed to the computer programs or software to check the authentication of the user or the developer that is requesting the data or services. The API key is also used for the verification of the calling application. 

Endpoint 

The end communication touchpoints between the server and an API is called endpoint. 

JSON

(JavaScript Object Notion) JSON is a specialized data format that is used for APIs to interchange the data or tamper with the information if that how your application going to work. The interchanging can take place between an application and server or between two applications as per the requirement and requests made. 

GET

It’s a function that is used to call to request data from the server at a specified resource. 

POST

An inline function/program for sending the requested data to the API server to change or update or create a resource. 

OAuth

OAuth is an open-source authorization framework for APIs. OAuth provides more secure and restricted access to the end-users data which can be only accessed by the application with authorization and verification. 

REST

Representational State Transfer is a software architectural style that was built to provide the rule and regulation set for designing and development of the architecture for the World Wide Web.  

SOAP

Simple Object Access Protocol is a set of rules (protocol) for messaging, specified for exchanging structured data in the implementation of web services and other services in computer networks.   

Latency 

Latency is defined as the total time taken by an API to process a request that is made and to revert to it. 

Rate-limiting 

Rate-limiting in reference to API means the process of controlling and limiting the rate of incoming and outgoing data. It is also referred to as restricting the rate of requests made by end-users.  

API Throttling 

API throttling means the process by which the usage of APIs by the end-users can be controlled for a particular time period.

Tools for API Development 

There are many tools available for API development. Some of the easiest and most famous tools and products that developers and programmers use for API development are – 

  • Apigee

Apigee is an API development management tool built by Google. This tool is useful for companies that are updating their applications or facilitating data transfer services between the applications. This is also very useful for mobile app developers that decide to develop connected applications like Facebook and Instagram. 

  • Dredd

Dredd is a HyperText testing Protocol (HTTP) API testing framework. Dreed is used to authenticate the description and design of an API in the backend coding. 

  • APIMatic

APIMatic is a developing platform mainly used for website APIs development. But thanks to the advanced technology nowadays this is also used for mobile application APIs development as well. Developers use APIMatic to create SDKs for their APIs for many platforms. It is also useful for keeping the APIs updates in synchronization. This is also used to transform API specifications into multiple other formats such as Swagger, Postman, etc. 

  • Sandbox

Sandbox is a tool that offers fast and easy mock RESTful APIs. It also reduces the risk and the cost linked with using third-party APIs during testing. 

  • Postman

Postman is more like a tool that helps the developers to examine the API’s performance by documenting and testing it. It can also reduce the manual work of developers because it can be set to automation. 

  • SoapUI

This is an open-source testing tool, that is available for everyone. It can work cross-platform. This also helps in reducing the manual work by automating both functional and non-functional testing. Developers also use this one for the security and execution of applications.  

  • Swagger

It is an open-source framework that is used for API development. 

  • JMeter 

It is an open-source software tool. JMeter is also used for performance testing of API. 

  • API Science 

This is a tool that is used for examining the performance of both internal and third-party APIs used. 

  • API Serverless Architecture 

This tool helps mobile app developers in designing, developing, deploying, and hosting APIs with cloud-based databases. 

  • AuthO

AuthO is an identity specification tool that is used to verify the users and the request made to APIs. 

  • ClearBlade

ClearBlade is an API management tool that provides enhanced and provides the latest IoT technologies to your application development. 

  • GitHub

GitHub is an open-source git repository hosting tool that lets developers manage code files, learn, use them, pull requests, access information, and open-source APIs. 

What is API Development?

The first step in API development is, needs a data source. You can use any database you are comfortable like MySQL, MongoDB, or Google Firebase whatever you prefer and comfortable working on. But if you a beginner you can also use a text file or spreadsheet to store the data. The API database is easy to update through the API itself, without chaos. 

Next step will be you need to decide upon the format of your API for making requests. When any user wants to use API, they send a request. And hence you need to decide upon the format and functions you need and want to include in your coding like GET, POST, etc. It’s better you document every developing step of your API. 

The final step in API development is that it should respond. Once the API processes the requests and fetches the saved data or in a few cases unable to fetch it, it must respond to the request made. This response can be the data itself or either the status code or the error code. The format for the response should also be documented. 

Most Important Practices for API Development

Everything can down the drain if you don’t follow the right API developing practices. There are tons of API development practices but the few most important ones are – 

Throttling 

With regards to diverting the flood of traffic, protecting from DoS (Denial of Service), and backup APIs, application throttling is the best practice that all the developers ought to consider.

Overriding HTTP Method 

There are a few proxies, who just support POST and GET functions, this is the reason you should permit your RESTful API to override the HTTP method. You can do this by utilizing the custom HTTP Header X-HTTP-Method-Override.

SDK and Libraries 

Offer significant assets to the developers to help fasten the speed of services development and execution. You can do this by offering resources that contain reusable cycles, processes, and code.

Security 

You should ensure that your API is secure yet not at the expense of ease of use. If your users go through 5 minutes for verification it implies that your API is not easy to use or user-friendly. You can utilize token-based verification to make your API secure and easy to use. 

Documentation 

Offering a wide scope of documentation is another incredible practice that every developer should do irrespective of the code is for API or another project. You should make broad documentation for an API that empowers other mobile application developers to comprehend the whole interaction exhaustively so they can use that data to give a first-class user experience (UX). 

More or less, all-around created API documentation will diminish the undertaking cost, execution time, and upgrade API proficiency.

Evaluation of APIs architecture 

Some of the API development tools take into consideration simple analysis and assessment of APIs. This means, rather than having software developers working nonstop, you can analyze the application in real-time without breaking a sweat.

Wrapping Up 

This article touches all the bases about API, the working, the importance and the basic development techniques. I hope this will help you. In case I have forgotten to mention anything, comment and let me know.

How to Develop a Live Streaming App

How to Develop a Live-Streaming App?

As per the recent research and surveys, the live-streaming app market has achieved the milestone of 70 million-plus USD in the year 2020-21. With the latest technologies, updated phone cameras, and several filter applications that help the users to look picture perfect all the time, live-streaming is touching new heights.  Watching the on-demand TV and the reruns of all the old seasons and series is cool and has its own fun but watching people live doing stunts, playing, or doing comedy has its own charm. And thanks to new-age technology and easy to reach platforms live streaming is the biggest hit during the Pandemic. 

Live streaming has always been popular but since the COVID hit the world, live streaming has created a new niche for itself in this content-driven world.

Table of Content
1. What is live-streaming?
2. What is live TV streaming?
3. Top 6 most famous Live-Streaming Applications
4. Back-end working of live streaming
5. Developing live-streaming app for Smart TV
5.1 Android TV App Development
5.2 Live-Streaming TV app development for other Smart TVs
6. Wrapping Up

What is live-streaming?

How to Develop a Live Streaming App

Live-streaming is a process of transferring audio or video streaming; however, the viewers have no control over the playback time of the media. The clients can’t control when the stream starts, can’t pause, skip a certain part, and so on. It is a real-time process. 

Streaming is the technique for information transmission utilized when somebody watches video content on the Internet. It is an approach to convey a video record a tad at a time, often from a distant stockpiling area. By sending a couple of moments of the document at a time over the web, customer gadgets don’t need to download the whole video prior to beginning to play it. 

Live streaming/ real-time streaming is the point at which the transferred video is sent throughout the Internet progressively, without first being recorded and put away. Today, TV communication, computer game transfers, and online media video would all be able to be live-streamed. 

Consider the contrast between customary streaming and live streaming as the distinction between an entertainer presenting a remembered dialogues with the chances of retake and politicians giving unprepared live speeches with zero chances of retake. In the previous, the substance is made heretofore, put away, and afterward transferred to the crowd. In the last mentioned, the crowd gets the substance in the very second that the entertainer makes it – actually like in live streaming. 

The term lives streaming for the most part alludes to communicating live transfers: one-to-numerous associations that go out to various clients on the double. Videoconferencing innovations like Skype, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts Meet work on ongoing correspondence (RTC) conventions instead of the conventions utilized by one-to-many live stream communicates.

The live-streaming applications as per the bookish definition are, that software or applications which allow the broadcasters and content creators to record and upload/broadcast the video or podcast, or audio content simultaneously.  There are video-on-demand media and blogs which allow people to stream but are not live-stream. Nowadays few social media applications allow their users to live to stream their content for a short duration of time. 

What is live TV streaming?

How to Develop a Live Streaming App

Live TV streaming features recreate the natural look and feel of digital TV however without breaking the sweat and comfort of streaming. They’re additionally for the most part less expensive than link or satellite. That stood out enough to be noticed, isn’t that right? 

Live TV streaming is basically TV persisted on the web rather than conventional link or satellite associations—same programming, just conveyed through various wires. You could call it “web TV,” however live TV streaming simply sounds cooler. 

A couple more ways that live TV streaming is not quite the same as link and satellite: 

  • The station matrices look for the most part equivalent to link and satellite’s, yet live TV streaming suppliers utilize an application on a streaming gadget (like Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV) rather than an actual beneficiary or DVR box. 
  • Except for local TV stations, there are additionally no direct numbers in live TV streaming. At first, that is the most irregular distinction when cutting the line, however, you get over it. Dynamite is still TNT, numbered or not. 

Despite the fact that no single real-time feature covers each need for each watcher (yet), CableTV.com has checked on and evaluated 14 of the best live TV real-time and on-request TV benefits as of now accessible to potential string cutters. We even tossed in five additional free real-time features for kicks. 

We’ve positioned these web-based features dependent on value-for-your-money esteem, highlights, dependability, and our 2020 consumer loyalty overview results for live TV streaming and on-request. Between CableTV.com’s master analysts and genuine clients, we’ve made our own publication star appraisals for live TV streaming and on-request benefits. Not to boast, but rather we nailed it.

Top 6 most famous Live-Streaming Applications

As per the survey conducted around the globe 5 of the most frequently streamed live channels that has their own smart TV applications developed are – 

  • YouTube TV
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  • Hulu + Live TV
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  • Philo
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  • fuboTV
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  • Sling TV
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  • AT&T TV
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Back-end working of live streaming 

The following steps give you a brief insight into how live streaming works at the back-end 

  • Compression 
  • Encoding 
  • Segmentation 
  • CDN ( Content Delivery Network) distribution 
  • CDN caching 
  • Decoding 
  • Video playback 

Developing live-streaming app for Smart TV

Before jumping into the technicality of developing a live-streaming app let’s have a look at what smart TVs are. 

A smart television also called connected television (CTV), is nothing but your traditional tv set with integrated internet and interactive internet 2.0 functions that let users watch and subscribe to songs and movies, search the internet, and see snapshots on a bigger screen.

Smart television is an innovative association of PCs, TVs, and set-top boxes. Other than the familial reasons for TVs and set-top boxes given through customary telecom media, these gadgets can likewise give Web television, online intelligent media, over-the-top content (OTT), and on-request streaming media, and home systems administration access, live-streaming options.

Smart televisions might be considered as a data apparatus or the PC framework from a cell phone incorporated inside a TV unit, as a particularly keen television frequently allows the client to introduce and run further developed applications or additional items dependent on their specific operating system. Smart televisions run on totally different versions of operating systems in comparison to smartphones giving a platform to work and grow for smart television application developers.

How to Develop a Live Streaming App

Android TV App Development 

Just like mobile phones, different brands use different operating systems and have different languages to develop the applications. Like – 

  • Android TV and Amazon Fire use the Android operating system. 
  • Apple smart TV has its own operating system named tvOS. 
  • Samsung has a Tizen operating system. 
  • Roku uses its own built OS named Roku OS. 
  • LG uses webOS to build its smart TVs. 

For developing live-streaming applications for Android smart TV and Amazon Fire Java and Kotlin are your go-to languages. 

Android offers a rich client experience that is improved for applications running on enormous screen gadgets, like top-quality smart TVs and HD televisions. Applications on TV offer new freedoms to attract your users from the solace of their sofa. 

Television applications utilize a similar construction structure as those for smartphones and tablets. This methodology implies you can make new TV applications dependent on what you definitely think about building applications for Android, or stretch out your current applications to likewise run on TV gadgets. Nonetheless, the client collaboration model for TV is generously not quite the same as telephone and tablet gadgets. To make your application fruitful on TV gadgets, you should plan new designs that can be handily perceived from 10 feet away, and give a route that works simply a directional cushion and a select catch.

Let’s get started – 

1. First of all, you have to check what kind of media is supported by Google and android for smart TV live streaming. 

Android has a list of supported frameworks, followed protocols, codecs, and formats supported by Android TV. You can refer to the list at https://developer.android.com/.

How to Develop a Live Streaming App

How to Develop a Live Streaming App

How to Develop a Live Streaming App

2. Setting up smart TV application

This step is about making a plan on how to modify an already developed live-streaming Android app so that it can be executed on a smart TV or either making a blueprint for developing a new application. If you already have a live-streaming android mobile developed you can simply add Android TV support and it lets you work and design on a UI for android TV and it allows you to use the already existing structure of your android mobile app development

The main components that should be included to develop a live-streaming app that can be run on Android TV are – 

  • Activity for TV – In the application manifest, activity should be made for TV. 
  • TV Libraries – There are several Android TV libraries that are available for TV application development that has in-built widgets for building amazing UI. 

Prerequisites for developing smart TV live-streaming applications 

  • SDK version should be higher or equal to 24.0.0
  • Configuration of SDK with Android  should be Android 5.0 (API 21) or higher 
3. During the creation of the project, the activity should be declared as a TV activity. 

An application planned to run on smart TV should be made a launcher activity for TV in its manifest. It utilizes a CATEGORY_LEANBACK_LAUNCHER intent filter. This filter recognizes your application as being empowered for TV and allows Google Play to distinguish it as a TV application. At the point when a user chooses your application on their TV home screen, this intent distinguishes which activity to launch and show.

4. Leanback Support 

Make sure your smart TV live-streaming application uses the Leanback UI provided by Android and required by smart TV with Android OS. 

5. While developing smart TV applications disable the touchscreen feature 

Live-streaming applications that are intended to run on smart TVs don’t need the touch screen for input or giving instructions.  To disable the feature your application manifest must declare “android.hardware.touchscreen” as unrequited. 

6. Home Screen Banner Image 

The home screen banner for your live-streaming application is a must. The banner is the TV application launch screen that contains the logo of the TV app developed by you. To add the banner it should be described in the manifest. 

7. Change the colour for the launcher 

When a live-streaming app launches on TV, the screen displays an animated simulation that looks like an increasingly colour-filled circled just a minute or sometimes less than that. The live-streaming application developed by you represents your work and the type of content that will be live broadcast on the smart TV hence, your app should have colours as per your brand and the type of content. To customize the colour using the ‘android:colorPrimary’ feature’. 

8. Add the necessary libraries 

Jetpack consists of android package libraries that are specifically designed to use with Android OS-based smart TV applications. These libraries give APIs and UI widgets for TV device applications. 

9. Coding 

After being done with all the above-mentioned steps it’s time for the actual back-end coding and front-end designing. Android Studio has easy-to-use drag and drop widgets and snippets tools that you can use for application development. For the back-end coding, you should have knowledge of Java or either Kotlin. 

10. Run the app 

The final and important step is to run your live-stream TV application to make sure it’s running okay and giving the desired output before launching it. You can run your application by two means – 

  • On real-time TV devices by using a USB connector to connect your system to your TV device. 
  • Or either on AVD. 

Live-Streaming TV app development for other Smart TVs

TV applications for Apple smart TV are built using similar techniques as those used for iOS mobile applications because tvOS are based on iOS itself. 

Just like iOS, tvOS applications also use Xcode but the version should be 7.1. The languages to develop the live-streaming app for Apple TV will be Swift and Objective-C.

How to Develop a Live Streaming App

For Samsung the operating system is Tizen. Tizen is a Linux-based operating system combined with Bada, Samsung uses this for smart TV app development. To develop the Tizen Samsung smart TV app you should install Tizen studio. For developing Samsung TV app, the developers use .NET and you should be well-versed with C#.

How to Develop a Live Streaming App

Roku uses its own built OS for its smart TV named Roku OS. The Roku smart TV runs a custom Linux distribution. As for the tools you need to install Roku SDK and can use Visual Studio. The language used to develop the Roku live-streaming channels and applications are BrightScript and the Roku app developers also should be well-versed with JSON. 

LG uses its own developed operating system webOS. For developing the LG live-streaming applications you need Web API, SDK, command lines, etc. And for debugging it uses another set of tools like Developer Mode Apps. Languages used for developing applications for LG smart TV are HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JSON, and Python.

How to Develop a Live Streaming App

How to Develop a Live Streaming App

Wrapping Up 

Ready to develop your own live-streaming app for smart TV? We hope the above steps help you to strategically develop an app of your own and you’ll achieve ‘your’ success. And if you think we have forgotten to add any important strategy let us know in the comment section.

How to Develop an Education Application

How to Develop an Education Application?

Aiming to develop an education application? Well, to be honest, no time is better than now. When the world is closed and people are forced to sit inside their homes, so it’s best to develop an educational application dedicated to kids that will help them to study even though they are not able to go to school. And as an extra feature or further subsidiary, you can add courses for professionals and adults. 

Education app is absolute in fashion in the market app and provides multiple opportunities to you as a developer to expand and to your users to learn and explore with 3-d video demonstrations. As per the researchers and analysts, smart learning and online education are growing and will be a market of over 500 billion USD in the coming decade.

Table of Content
1. What is an Educational App?
2. Categories of Educational App
3. What Steps to Consider Actually Before Developing an Educational App?
4. World-Wide Market for Educational Applications
5. Know Your Competition
6. Construction of the Educational Application
7. Development Cost
8. Wrap Up

What is an Educational App?

To put it in simple words, Educational application is a computerized take on the education system. A software that can be used on electronic devices for studying or gaining knowledge is educational software or application. It circumscribes different ranges from language learning to live classrooms to reference software etc. The sole purpose of educational applications is to make sure at least a part of education is more effective, efficient, and can be accessed as the person’s routine. 

Educational applications are not just about monotonous recorded lectures anymore, there are live-video, doubt sessions, and many more other features.

How to Develop an Education Application

Categories of Educational App 

The educational applications are divided into categories depending on which kind of services they’ll provide. 

  • Courseware 

Courseware is a portmanteau made by “course” and “software”. Courseware is simply software that encompasses the complete course with other additional reference notes and study material. 

  • Classrooms 

Classrooms are applications that are being developed with the sole purpose to use in classrooms on whiteboards or simultaneously on all the electronic devices so that children can understand better with 3-D representation while the teacher is teaching them. But as the situation around the world has changed due to COVID, classroom applications are being transformed into virtual classrooms where there will not only be the 3-D representations but live lectures by the teacher. 

  • Assessment

A special dedicated application for assessments and tests. This is a virtual test system not only help to save 

  • Custom Application 

Custom applications are kinds of applications that are customized and made for a specific type of audience and features. Customized applications are normally trimmed and built particularly for children so that they won’t be distracted by unwanted stuff. 

  • Training and tertiary education

These applications are developed for training purposes mostly for cooperating industries and tertiary education i.e. for college level. These applications are developed with the sole purpose of providing stimulation pages so that the new hires and the students can walk and learn their way through new things while experimenting from within the four walls of their place’s safety.   

  • Specific Educational Applications

These applications are developed for specific educational and learning purposes like teacher training, remote control access and monitoring feature for the teachers, interactive geometry applications for high-schoolers, spelling tutor applications, speaking applications specified for users, who won’t mind paying extra charges.  

What Steps to Consider Actually Before Developing an Educational App?

Before you jump into the development and actual designing of the application. You need a plan of action, what platform to work on? Which framework to choose? Easy language? and so on…

Listed below are the basic steps you should consider and work upon before starting with the actual coding. 

Do you want to build an application for a singular platform? 

This is the most important question before you start with coding is which platform do you to want target? Will it is Android with 2 billion users or will it be iOS with 1.65 billion users? Or do you want to target a bigger audience by developing an app for both platforms? 

Do want to go with the Native app development or cross-platform? 

The next question that arises is what approach you want to opt for for your educational app development? Will it be Native or cross-platform? If you’re targeting only a single operating system and planning to stick to the same that Native development should be your answer. But if you want an application that will be launched on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store then cross-platform development is your answer. 

Which framework to chose? 

After deciding on the target operating system and development approach the next thing you want to work upon is which framework you want to develop your app on? There are at least a dozen of frameworks available for mobile app development the most famous and easy to use are – React Native (developed by Facebook) and Flutter (invented by Google). 

Programming Language you’re comfortable with? 

After deciding upon the operating system, the approach, and the desirable, efficient and cost-effective framework, the next thing you have to decide is the programming language you’re comfortable with and use to develop your educational application. If you’re targeting only Android app development then you can refer to our blog Determining the Best Programming Language for Android App Developmentwhich might be helpful for you. If you’re going for the only iOS you can use Swift or Objective-C. 

The category you want your app to fall in. 

After deciding upon all the major development factors you need to work upon the type of application you want to develop. Will it be customized or courseware? Who will be your target audience? 

The features you want to add. 

Apart from basic features like descriptive videos and commenting options, what else you can add? What different features you can add and work on to make your app stand out? Basic descriptive videos and commenting is something and asking the questions is something normal YouTube videos can also provide. You can add simulation features for people to learn from practicals, live small breakout sessions where your users can discuss and learn together, etc. 

Scope for the update. 

Having an amazing idea for app development, building an outstanding app, and launching it on the store will definitely a boast. But your job as a developer and owner of the app will not be over. You have to work on the updates, bugs fixing, and hence, making sure your application will stay at the top of the game. 

World-Wide Market for Educational Applications 

Educational applications aren’t restricted to one nation or continent like Facebook they have been downloaded and installed by the masses across the globe. 

A couple of facts about the worldwide eLearning market:

  • The worldwide eLearning market will probably be more than $250 billion by 2022, courtesy of the pandemic. 
  • Applications and electronic devices have become the centre of our lives, and Educational applications aren’t any different. Numerous organizations and businesses currently thinking about developing mobile learning applications as one of their profitable steps in the App market. 
  • The notoriety and market for educational applications have expanded over the last 5 years. In 2018, Apple announced that the mobile app developers made almost 200,000 eLearning-related applications for Apple stores alone. 
  • Education is currently one of the most well-known Google Play application categories. 

Know your Competition 

As per the research, there is more than 5,000 eLearning application in the market and the market is going strong as ever due to COVID. Since the COVID hit the world in 2020, online learning has been the only option to learn and cognize. 

The most famous eLearning applications are – 

Google Classroom 

Google first launched Google Classroom was first launched back in the year 2014, as a free web application. Then it was developed as a mobile application for both the platforms Android and iOS.  The application provides simplified features for creating, distributing, and grading assignments. It uses the Google applications associated with a Gmail account like Google Drive, Google docs, Google sheets, Google calendar, Google slides, etc. for better functioning of the Classroom.

How to Develop an Education Application
Coursera 

Coursera is an eLearning application developed by Stanford University’s computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller in 2012.  It has courses developed by the best universities and educational industry organizations across the globe. It has also an application that has been launched on both app stores. The application search engine is vigorous. The sub-parts of the applications are interactive textbooks with 3-D images and videos, quizzes, projects with stimulation.  Users can have a study group to discuss and do group studies. Certification after the completion of the course is also a good feature that Coursera has.

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Udemy 

Udemy is an educational application developed by Eren Bali, Gagan Biyani, and Oktay Caglar in 2010. It was built for professionals adults and students aiming for better job opportunities. It is known for giving a platform for individual learners and as well for groups. It was first meant for professionals but then as the market grew Udemy expanded to preschoolers to high school students as well. Udemy has 3 types kind of applications iOS, Android, and web.

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Byju’s

Byju’s is an Indian eLearning application developed in 2011 by Byju Raveendran and Divya Gokulnath. It is named as the world’s most valuable and important education technology company as well. The application’s main focus is schoolers and kids preparing for grad school.  In May 2021 Byju’s marked its mark in the international market, with Byju’s Future School, an online live one-on-one learning platform for American countries. Byju’s has engaging 3-D visualization for every concept. It also provides personalized learning as per the kid’s needs. As it is aimed at children, it also provides online parents meet.

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Khan Academy 

Khan Academy is an American non-profit eLearning platform built by Sal Khan in 2006. The main motive of Mr. Khan was to create a set of online tools and stimulations for students to have better access to education from anywhere anytime. The first structure used to contain short video lessons and at the end practice assessments. Kha Academy also has a special feature to provide study materials to educators and teachers. It has applications built for both iOS and Android operating system in addition to this Khan Academy also have a website. Khan Academy application has also courses available for SAT, MCAT, ILETS, etc. that too in multiple languages along with practice assessment, and the user can track the progress on the dashboard and can go back to the old course in case the concept wasn’t clear pr simply wants to revise it. 

How to Develop an Education Application

Construction of the Educational Application 

As discussed above there are at least half a dozen factors to consider before actually constructing the application. There are a dozen of ways to develop an educational application some simpler ones that don’t include coding. But as being a mobile app development company, we suggest it’s better to go the old way. Because then you’ll know your application more closely with all the back-end coding and front-end design. Let’s work on the construction of your application step by step. 

Designing the application 

Design is something that can make by keeping the target audience in mind. If you’re aiming for only professionals and your goal is to provide courses that enhance their skills further then you can go for a more subtle and simple design with sub-categories and buttons that won’t confuse the professional. But if you aiming for preschoolers to college students then you can design the UI with colorful features and some cute and attractive features and designs that can keep the kids hooked on your application and want to learn. UI will surely differ depending on the age group you targeting but user experience that’s going to stay the same.  The main features to include in the app’s design are – 

  • Attractive enough to catch the user’s attention and keep them hooked with fun and yet learning activities. 
  • Better and meaningful user experiences that they’ll continue with your application
How to Develop an Education Application

Development of eLearning Application 

To develop an application you need to build a development team including – 

  • Project manager 
  • Front-end developer 
  • Mobile app developers 
  • Back-end coders 

If you are a developer yourself, it will ease a lot of pain and cost of arranging the team. Depending upon your skills you can hire other team members as per your requirements. The following steps will tell you what else you need to work on – 

  1. Cloud Storage for storing the data, not only of the users but all the courses related to. 
  2. Work on APIs for the Learning Management System (LMS). There are already third-party APIs available for LMS. 
  3. If there comes a time when you want to have a web application as well develop it using JavaScript. 

For having a better insight into developing an app you can refer to our previous blog “Beginners Guide to Native iOS and Android Mobile App Development”. 

After completion of the development, you’re ready to launch your application in the store. You can refer to our blog “How to Launch an App?to have a further idea about launching the application. 

Development Cost 

The development cost of the application depends on many factors. Including the type of approach you choose. 

If you go for Native applications that is the application will be specifically developed for iOS or Android operating system individually then the development cost will be higher depending upon the number of hours, developers, and tools. But Native applications are more secure and provides high-speed performance.  

If you go with a cross-platform approach then it’ll cost much less than the Native app development. The developers will be required less and many tools will be free as well. But the drawbacks will be there won’t be many designing features available and the application won’t be as secure as it’ll be if made by Native application development.  

Wrap Up 

This article is to give you an insight about Educational application, what should be considered before the development and other few basic tips for the educational application development. In case you feel, we forgot to mention something important let us know by commenting.

Android App Development

Determining the Best Programming Language for Android App Development

It’s been over a decade since the Android mobile phone came on the market. It never lost its charm ever since then, has reserved its place in the mobile app development Hall of Fame because of the easiness and cost-effective development. 

Over 2 billion people worldwide are using Android phones and 1.65 billion are using iOS. Every organization and business is shifting to the online platform and what is better than having their own mobile applications to reach their customers. As Android phones are cheaper and easy to operate a bigger portion of the population is inclined towards it so do the mobile app developers.

Table of Contents
1. Android OS
2. Android App Development
3. Android App Development Technique
4. Android App Development Frameworks
5. Android App Development Programming Languages
6. Conclusion

What is Android OS? 

Android is an electronic mobile device operating system used for smartphones, tablets, smartwatches. It is based on the modified version of the Linux kernel and other open-source software. The android operating system was built by an association of developers and software designers collectively known as Open Handset Alliance and financed by Google. Android is a free and open-source operating system.  

What is Android App Development? 

Android app development is the procedure of building applications for mobile devices that has android as the operating system. Android apps can be developed in Kotlin, Java, and C++ programming language using Android SDK or can be developed with the help of the software tool Android Studio. And after developing the application it’ll be launched on the Google Play Store for users to use. To develop the applications in non-JVM (Java Virtual Machine) languages need the JVM-language code. 

Android Mobile App Development Techniques 

As the technical world is ever-changing, new techniques, new tools, new frameworks being developed every now and then. So based on the recent advancement, there are two android app development techniques  – 

Hybrid App Development 

Hybrid app development is the technique where a single app is built for and run on multiple operating systems like Windows, Android, and iOS. Mobile applications developed by using the hybrid technique can have different UI for different platforms and also can exhibit different features but the core idea and purpose of the application remain the same. It follows the mantra of  “write once run anywhere”. 

Native App Development 

Native app development is a technique where an application is developed for the specific operating system for particular mobile devices. Native apps are developed either for Android or iOS or Windows.

Android App Development

Android App Development Frameworks 

An Android application development framework is a software toolbox that empowers application engineers to bits together with a completed item that meets the prerequisites of its owner. A system gives the bones of an application, to be fleshed out with illustrations, movement, unique highlights, and usefulness. Application structures are intended to rearrange the application advancement interaction and make it simple to oversee, adjust and fix bugs as it were. 

Android application development company share large numbers of similar properties, alongside exceptional highlights that improve their fit to particular kinds of undertakings. The application system you select ought to be picked with the particular necessities of your venture at the top of the priority list.

React Native 

React Native is an open-source framework for more desirable mobile application development with extensions to web application development as well. It was published by Facebook in March 2015. React Native is one of the most popular and commonly used cross-platform mobile application development frameworks nowadays. It is used from Android to the development of iOS applications, to Web applications, and even for UWP (Universal Windows Platform).

Flutter 

Flutter as we all know is an open-source software development kit developed and launched by Google. It uses for the development of Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux, Google Fuchsia, and web applications. It allows cross-platform development.

Native 

Native Android development framework is among a portion of the world’s most famous versatile mobile app development framework. The SDK furnishes engineers with API libraries and developer tools important to fabricate, test, and troubleshoot splendid applications for the Android Platform.

Ionic 

Established in 2012, Ionic is viewed as perhaps the most famous cross-stage advancement system. It is a free, open-source system ensured by MIT that permits designers to utilize current web innovations including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.

Android App Development Programming Languages 

A programming language is a computer language containing a set of strings, variables, and other data types that when put to get in a specific format with the right syntax and semantics it’ll give you a code that will be complied further give you an output.  In simpler words, the programming language is nothing but a language to give instructions to a computer. 

Java

Java is a high-level, classes-based, object-oriented computer programming language. Java was developed to have lower implementation dependencies.

Java is a bit complex language and yet it is the most used programming language for Android App development. The mobile applications as simple as a calculator to some complex applications like canvas designing app, Java has answers for everything. It supports the hybrid(cross-platform) development technique to coordinate REST APIs in the application. Custom UI development and designing are completely supported by Java.  

Google APIs linked with maps, advertisements, or firebase (cloud database), can be flawlessly coordinated with Java. The more perplexing the application features are, the simpler it is to create in Java. Abilities mastery is expected to develop the application. Once the application design is fabricated, it is helpful to utilize Java to assemble the work process in the application. Java is known for both hybrid and native android app development.

Android applications developed on Java – Uber, Trello, etc. 

Kotlin 

Kotlin is a cross-platform i.e. can be used for different operating systems, general-purpose computer programming language. The main reason for developing Kotlin is to have a language that can be fully interoperable with Java. 

On 7 May 2019, Kotlin was officially adapted by Google for Android app development. Since then the Kotlin library was being used as a module for Android SDK.  In terms of UI, Kotlin definitely proves to be better. Kotlin is known for designing an amazing user interface. Back-end programming for applications developed in Kotlin language is not an issue because it works in coordination with Java APIs. Kotlin is good with providing expansion highlights to make it easy for the demands.  Kotlin is the language that is being purely used for Native app development only. 

Android applications developed on Kotlin – Pinterest, Basecamp3, etc. 

C++

C++ is a general-purpose computer programming language invented by Bjarne Stroustrup. It follows the OOPS (Object-Oriented Programming Structure) paradigm and is an extension of  ‘C’. C++ is also referred to as C with classes. 

If your application includes working on complex logic related to token validation or either you want your application’s back-end logic to be fully secure that no one can decipher it then, C and C++ are the answer to your prayers. C and C++ code can be used with Android Native Development Kit. For the android applications that need to be developed with a lot of computational algorithms and logic or artificial work, you can use C++ libraries. The native C and C++ libraries are known for high-speed performance and they take low reaction time between activities.  C++ can’t be used for cross-platform app development. 

Android applications developed on C++ – YouTube, Amazon android app, etc. 

JavaScript 

JavaScript (JS) is a computer programming language that follows the ECMA Script specification. JS is a high-level, just-in-time (JIT) complied and multiparadigm language. In all honesty,  JavaScript is the number language for web development. The ascent of frameworks like jQuery, Angular, Vue, Svelte, and React.js has made JavaScript significantly more mainstream. 

React Native, a famous JavaScript framework permits you to foster cross-platform applications for both Android and iOS portable. We suggest you pick JavaScript for its all-inclusive allure and fame. And if you’re eventually planning to shift to iOS JavaScript should be your go-to language. 

Android applications developed on JavaScript – LinkedIn, Candy Crush, etc. 

Dart 

Dart is a software development language, which was designed with the sole purpose of designing web, desktop, and mobile apps. It was invented by Google. It is an object-oriented, class-based language that follows the ‘C’ syntax style. 

Dart is the language associated with the Flutter framework developed by Google. Flutter was invented with the goal of better cross-platform app development. By using Flutter the developers can’t develop only singular operating system mobile apps but for both the platforms as well as web applications that too using a single codebase. Dart and Flutter are free and open-source for developers.  

Android applications developed on Dart – Alibaba, Google Ads, etc. 

C#

C# is another general-purpose, multi-paradigm language. It is also an updated version of ‘C’ with lots of new features. It comprises static typing, lexically scoped, in-built functions, object-oriented, and also component-oriented programming instructions. 

C# is quite similar to Java with all its object-oriented properties even a little because it has component-based properties as well. In terms of syntax and in-built functions, no doubt C# is better than Java which makes coding a lot easier and hustles free. C# is used with the .NET framework which comes with its own benefits. 

Android applications developed on C# –FareBoom, Slack, etc. 

Conclusion 

With 2 billion Android mobile phones out there in the world, no time is best than now to conquer mobile app development

There are a ton of applications like Chat Messenger, Music players, Games, and so forth that can be made utilizing the above dialects. Also, there is no language that can be known as the “right language” for Android App Development. Thus, it’s upon you to settle on the right decision of language based on your goals and inclinations for every individual venture. What’s more, consistently recollect, whatever your decision, it will just extend your range of abilities and lead to your development as an Android developer.

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