If you are looking for a solution to support your business activities or you simply have a great idea for an app and would like to see it into fruition, Cellcode can help with the development process from start to finish. We create mobile-optimised web applications that can be viewed in any web browser on any device and we also specialise in developing native applications that can be sold and downloaded from app stores for the world’s most popular mobile devices. Also, for an annual fee, we can provide ongoing hosting services and application updates.
We support the following platforms:
- iOS – Target Apple’s incredibly popular mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Android – Target a wide range of smartphones and tablets with integrated Google services from a variety of manufacturers.
- Windows – Target Microsoft’s ubiquitous operating system, available on devices of all sizes, from smartphones to PCs.
- Mac – Target customers of the world’s biggest computer manufacturer.
- Web – Target the world’s most popular platform with a web app that works on virtually every smartphone, mobile device and computer available today.
Rich connectivity solutions
For a large portion of modern business applications, it is simply not enough to offer apps with limited connectivity options. Customers and users expect wireless data synchronisation with web services to take advantage of the always-on internet connections offered by modern smartphones and tablets. We believe that apps are actually a combination of services that work together so seamlessly that the transmission and synchronisation of data is completely transparent and inconsequential to the user. We are dedicated to delivering the whole experience – the applications to be released in the app stores and the web services and databases that run on your servers. We also support incorporating functionality from the most popular social networking APIs (such as Twitter and Facebook) as well as making the most of the targeted devices’ capabilities (such as GPS location services, accelerometers and motion sensors, cameras, etc).
Targeting multiple platforms
Creating a web app is usually the best approach if you want to target more than one platform with a single solution, because the vast majority of mobile devices available today provide sophisticated web browsers capable of rendering web pages to the same standard as personal computers. However, what you gain in cross compatibility, you will lose in rich functionality because web pages do not have access to the hardware functionality (such as device cameras) to provide the same level of experiences offered by native apps. If you would prefer to target multiple platforms with native apps, we can develop multiple apps that target the individual platforms with device-specific UIs, whilst sharing a common underlying structure between them.
Retail or ad-hoc deployment
Depending on the device(s) you wish to target, there are usually two avenues for releasing and deploying native apps: Retailers that enable consumers to purchase apps (such as the Apple App Store, Google Play, the Amazon Appstore and the Windows Store) or installation of the app directly on devices if it is not appropriate to offer the app to consumers. For example, if you wish to release an iPhone app, it can be offered via Apple’s App Store or installed directly on devices on an ad-hoc basis (subject to licence restrictions).
The development process
If you are interested in asking us to develop an app for you, here’s a brief overview of our approach to the development process:
- Determine what you’re looking to achieve with your mobile app. You can hopefully provide us with a design brief, but we can discuss the objectives with you and produce the design brief for your review.
- Evaluate the feasibility of the requirements. We will discuss the deliverability of the objectives outlined in the design brief and the relative timescales involved. Adjustments could be made to the design brief to allow for a phased delivery approach.
- Produce the functional specifications document. The document will outline the milestones in the project and describe in detail all key areas of the development process, including the user interface design and functionality/workflow process design.
- Produce the project plan. We will allocate delivery dates and timescales to the milestones outlined in the functional specifications document. Milestones indicate the completion of key elements of the project, usually at stages where testing can be conducted.
- Develop the app. Once the project plan has been agreed, we will start the development process and communicate project status updates regularly.
- Conduct alpha and beta testing. We will conduct alpha testing internally at early stages of the development process. In later stages, we will optionally open up beta testing cycles to select user groups.
- Upload to the app retailer. We will submit the app for approval from the retailer (such as the Apple App Store). The approval process may result in changes that need to be made. When the app has been approved, it will be ready to release to the general public.
- Seek your final approval. We will invite you to evaluate the final app and decide the prices to charge and the markets to sell it in. We will liaise with you to produce the marketing descriptions. screenshots to use and other marketing materials that should be uploaded to the app retailer.
- Launch the app. The app goes on general sale in the requested territories.
- Release app support updates. We will release updates to fix reported faults and defects free of charge under a 12 month warranty from the initial app release date. We will offer to support apps with further updates following the initial 12 month period for an annual support fee.
- Release app enhancement updates. As part of the feasibility study in step 2, we may have agreed upon an incremental release cycle. This will involve repeating the cycle from step 3 to release further enhancements to the app via updates.