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The Enterprise Mobility Maturity Model: Where Are You on the Curve?

Thursday Aug 7, 2014

BeaconsBuilding mobile apps is difficult. Mobility is a fundamentally different language than the one spoken by yesterday’s desktop and web apps – new contextual information, a rapid pace of change, and entirely new development models contribute to increased complexity. Where is your business on the maturity curve? Continue reading

Mobile UI vs UX: Knowing the difference can save your strategy

Friday Aug 1, 2014

UI vs UX

The demand for UI (user interface) and UX (user experience) designers has risen sharply over the past few years – directly related to the need for superiority and differentiation in a mobile app marketplace that continues to get more crowded.

While it’s clear that businesses see the importance of investing in their products’ UI and UX, what isn’t always clear is the line between the two. Continue reading

Infographic: Beacons are the Next Wave of App Innovation

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

BeaconsWe believe that beacon technology will drive the next wave of app innovation, delivering even greater engagement and value, creating new streams of revenue, and enhancing business processes and productivity. However, not all beacon devices are created equal. App developers need to be aware of this, but also need to understand the other challenges they’ll face as they work to incorporate beacons into their apps. We created an infographic to illustrate this journey. Continue reading

SQL vs NoSQL: Structure in a Schemaless World

Tuesday Jun 10, 2014

SwiftYour data is important. There’s no question about that. But the real value isn’t apparent until your data is presented and organized. SQL and NoSQL databases take different approaches to this, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Let’s take a look at how Kinvey handles structure in a schemaless world. Continue reading

Building the Cost of a Mobile App: What Went in to our App Cost Estimator

Thursday May 29, 2014

BeaconsIn many ways, developing our App Cost Estimator was a lot like building a mobile app. We started with the UX, connected it to the backend, tested, improved, and deployed – and now we’ve rolled out a new version. Read more about the process, and our recent improvements, in this post. Continue reading

Beacon Applications in the Home and Office (Part 2): Think Operational Efficiencies and Cost Savings

Thursday May 8, 2014

BeaconsIn the second post in this series, we explore some additional use cases for beacon technology, including home automation and business efficiency applications. If employed correctly, beacons can transform consumer and corporate experiences, making them more personal, more effective, and more about the user. Continue reading

Presenting the Ember.js Library for Kinvey

Wednesday Mar 5, 2014

ember.jsThe latest addition to the Kinvey JavaScript libraries provides tight integration between Ember.js and Kinvey. If you are building a web application with Ember.js, using Kinvey to store your data now couldn’t be more easy. Continue reading

Our Guide for iOS Testing/Distribution Setup

Friday Feb 28, 2014

kinvey-apples-sticker-When you’re building an application for iOS, there’s a lot to learn! Apple has a lot of rules around how to go about distributing applications using their framework, so we’ve done our best to break down the steps you need to be successful. Continue reading

Developing Apps for the Updated Android User Experience

Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

IllustrationsIt’s clear that the Android platform is evolving at a rapid pace. And, with that, improving the ways in which developers build apps, as well as the ways in which app users engage with these apps. Staying up to date on these changes is crucial for mobile developers as the platform raises the bar in terms of what users can expect for functionality, ease of use and features. Continue reading

The Executive Drive for Mobile Apps

Friday Feb 14, 2014

Enterprise-infographic-teaserEnterprise mobility is the phrase on every technologist’s lips these days. While adoption has been slow, mobile in the enterprise is certainly gaining momentum. Businesses left and right are interested in creating mobile apps for their customers, employees or partners. As a mobile platform for enterprises, we at Kinvey became interested in learning more about the app development process for these companies. Continue reading