Tag: Mobile Application Development

Setting Up Your Legal Obligations for Mobile Apps

Considering the fact that app development is one of the easiest businesses to get up and running on a small budget, a lot of people tend to overlook the legal issues that come with it. Furthermore, there are plenty of developers who don’t know what to look for in their attempt to make their app legal-right.

And given the fact that mobile app marketing is the fastest growing niche in the industry, it is no wonder that mobile app revenue is forecast to grow from $45,37 billion in 2015 to $76.52 billion in 2017.

 

App legal issues

As a mobile developer, business owner or young entrepreneur, the most important thing you need to understand is that mobile apps fall under both online laws and telecommunications laws, simply because apps are delivered on a mobile device and use the internet.

Here is an overview of the most relevant laws that affect your mobile app development:

  • Privacy
  • Spam
  • Intellectual property
  • Consumer/Fair trading laws
  • Online codes of practice
  • Classification of games

 

 

What are the legal issues you need to take into consideration when developing an app?

  1. Brainstorming phase (this includes checking other apps available, deciding if you want free or paid advertising, choosing your platform and looking for investors)

Legal issues to solveThe Confidentiality AgreementAt this phase you need to use a Confidentiality Agreement each time you speak to an investor, an app developer or even a partner.

 

  1. Designing phase (refers to the steps that involve sketching an app mockup, describing the functionality of your app or writing a specification document)

Legal issues to solveEvidence of Copyright: You need evidence of copyright in order to brief your app developer and as a part of your App Developer Contract.

 

  1. Hiring an app developer (this includes steps such as finding potential app developers, hiring them and refining your beta app code.

Legal issues to solveApp Developer Contract: Use the Contract to define and agree upon deliverables, costs and timeline, making sure you include a Confidentiality clause and that the Contract specifies your ownership of the app source code

 

  1. Planning your app marketing (refers to choosing a name for your app, find a designer to agree upon an app logo and ultimately plan marketing tasks and budget accordingly)

Legal issues to solveIP Protection: In this case you need to trademark your app name and logo with IP Australia and get patent protection from IP Australia if you have a unique app in terms of functionality.

 

  1. Releasing your app on the market (this phase includes launching your app in the App Store, on Google Play and on your own website)

Legal issues to solveApp Legals: Make sure you include a Privacy Policy if your app has access to personal data, include a Disclaimer to prevent running the risk of having your app not working properly or being misused. Other legal issues you need to clarify are the Terms and Conditions used for paid apps.

 

  1. Promoting your app ( refers to the process of creating promotional material, using social media to promote your product and the stages that involve app update and promotion)

Legal issues to solveDone!

 

Let us worry about the legal rights for your app and do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance regarding app development and promotion!

Mobile Application: A Powerful Means to Boost Your Business

Having a mobile application for your business was once thought of as a luxury that only big-name companies could afford. But with the ever-growing rise of mobile device usage around the world it now looks as though no business can afford to be without their own mobile app.

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And while the uninitiated might make the mistake of thinking that this is still simply an issue of vanity – being able to say “my business has a mobile application, check it out!” – or of having money to burn, once the following points are considered, the real value of mobile apps becomes clear:

It cashes in on the mobile phenomenon: Let’s face it – mobile devices are here to stay. A 2014 report stated that Americans alone spend 162 minutes per day on their mobile devices, and it can be assumed that people in other countries spend a comparable amount of time on theirs. But the most pertinent statistic: 86% of that time was spent using apps. Something to think about, for sure.

It keeps your business front-of-mind: Years ago (and in fact, this is still the case today), billboards were placed along the sides of roads in order for businesses to advertise to passerby. Now, an app icon is presented to a mobile user every time they pick up their device. Why not let it be your app that users see as they scroll through their screen? Even if they don’t use it every time, just seeing your icon will have the subconscious effect of building familiarity with your brand.

It helps provide customer value: If leveraged correctly, that is. For example, many businesses offer discounts or coupons available only to customers who have downloaded their mobile application. Another idea is to use the app in place of the traditional loyalty card. Instead of customers having to remember to bring a points or punch card with them every time they visit a business, all they have to do is pull up the app and have a bar code scanned. Voila – their activity is now stored within the app itself, and can be “cashed in” using the app as well.

It can improve communication with customers: For example, including a virtual suggestion box or help desk within your app gives customers the opportunity to reach out and engage on a more personal level than, say, sending an email and hoping the mailbox is actually maintained by a human being. This builds trust and identification with a brand, and thus loyalty.

It can provide a boost to your marketing: Use your mobile app to alert customers to sales, special promotions, special events and more. Encourage them to download your app in order to stay abreast of current events and use push notifications to alert users whenever something new crops up. Of course, using a bit of temperance in terms of the frequency of such notifications is key – you wouldn’t want to bombard your users with messages, or else risk the prospect of them becoming fed up with you and deleting the app altogether. There’s a fine line to be walked, certainly, but a balance can be struck.

Once you begin brainstorming the various uses for a mobile application, you’re sure to find that it can provide real value to your business if leveraged correctly. Here at EB Pearls, we can not only help you discover how having an app can boost your business – we can also design and implement one that’s perfect for your brand and your customers.

Mobile Application Development Scenarios and their Demands in Australia

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Mobile apps are becoming more and more popular nowadays. There are various innovative applications designed that ease the people’s daily tasks. With the emerging technology like iPad, iPhone, Android, Symbian, Blackberry and Windows application, the demand for mobile application development has grown exponentially. Those windows applications and websites that were to be run on desktops before are needed to be run properly even on mobile phones now.

Australian Market for iPhone and Android Application Development

Many Australian mobile app development companies have specialized in creating latest applications that simplify hard tasks and interactive too. The iPhone app development in the market has greatly opened the windows of opportunity for Australian developers who want to display their mastery in apps creation.

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Google Hoping to See a Saviour in Nexus7 Tablet

On 27 June 2012, Google and Asus have combinely developed and unveiled a tablet called Nexus7. Probably this July, Google is going to give birth to her very own and first ever tablet, named Nexus7. This baby runs on the latest version of Android OS (4.1) using Chrome as a default browser. It seems light (340g) and smooth with its powerful processor, 1 GB RAM and 8 hour battery backup.

This newly unveiled tablet with 7-inch screen has been perceived as a tough rival for the prevailing market frontiers like iPad, Playbook and Kindle Fire.  Though when it comes to iPad, no one seems even near to its overall market share, as Apple’s iOS alone covers 65% of the global share of the Operation System, followed by 20% for Android OS, as per June 2012.

As expected, Nexus7 has got the privileges of accessing the contents of Google Play as well, along with its over 600,000 applications and games, as anticipated.

Google is not the first one for launching such tablets; many tried and failed; only a couple of such attempts could put their feet in the global tablet market. But, with Google, the expectation is different and positive enough.

Can this replace the iPad or Playbook or Kindle Fire in anyways, as much speculated? In the womb of time, what is preserved for it, time will show. July is not far.

If users find it friendly enough, its price range 199 USD for 8 GB and 249 USD for 16 GB storage will be proved as its most powerful weapon, powerful enough to redefine the global equation of the tablet market share, in the face of 500 USD for iPad.

After all, it entirely depends on how users feel about it, despite the rush scenes for pre-orders or new arrival sales graph. Sustainability is the major concern, which will be tested on the ground of the unusual combination of sophistication and simplicity, elegance and comfortability, amazing features and users’ preferences.