Building Mobile Apps that Pair with Other Devices

The huge majority of mobile apps live in their own bubble; they don’t interact with any other devices. Sure, some apps connect to other phones, but these mostly go through cloud-based systems, not directly connecting to other phones nearby (with notable exceptions, like FireChat There is a new class of apps becoming mainstream. These

Weaving the Strands of the App Development Business

I’m a bit of a sci-fi fan, and am quite intrigued in stories involving parallel timelines. In one timeline, I could be a completely different person. Perhaps the exact opposite of who I am in this timeline. Or perhaps some of my decisions in this timeline affect my other counterparts, possibly very directly or somewhat

RxFiles Plus – A New Approach to One of Our Most Successful Apps

RxFiles was one of the first apps Push Interactions built way back in 2011 and has remained one of several very successful apps in our portfolio. Since its first release, RxFiles has continuously been in the Top Grossing Medical Apps category for both iPhone and iPad apps. The app has remained a top seller for

Product Vision and Leadership Key to New Product Development

As developers at Push Interactions, we are often called on to assist our clients with the product development process. And as an app development company, we also work to develop our own products. On a daily basis, we are refining our product development process to identify market opportunities and design and develop new products that

Enterprise Distribution in iOS 9 – Untrusted Enterprise Developer

Untrusted Enterprise Developer In iOS 9, Apple changed how Enterprise distribution works.  You may have seen the following dialog stating “Untrusted Enterprise Developer <developer> has not been trusted on this iPhone.  Until this developer has been trusted, their enterprise apps will not be available for use.” This was in order to better protect users.  But does

Mobile Takes over From Desktop

Something we have long predicted has finally happened. In terms of Google searches, mobile now has more searches than desktop. This point is especially striking given the fact that the “Desktop” category included tablets like the iPad, which are not what you would traditionally think of as a desktop computer. This means that for the

Trusted Canada – Curated Local Businesses

I want to highlight on of the apps we published back in 2013. We worked with Sara from Trusted Canada to present the list of Trusted Businesses in both Saskatoon and Regina. The Trusted list is a list of curated businesses who have been verified by Sara as businesses that offer value to their customers

Swift is coming, you will adopt it, or give up native iOS development

We feel, like many do, that Swift – Apple’s new programming language – isn’t quite ready for production. We aren’t currently using it for any projects beyond small internal experiments. Swift is still undergoing heavy revision by Apple and the tools provided for Swift development are in need of refinement. But make no mistake Swift is coming. For now, one

Why Your Business will Benefit from a Mobile App

If you’re unsure about how having a mobile app will benefit your business, you’re not alone. Many business owners wonder if investing in a mobile app for their company is the right move for them. But the truth is nowadays, it’s one of the most essential tools for any business owner in keeping up with

The Software Development Triangle

I have always been a fan of this triangle describing software development: There are three overarching choices when developing a software project. Fast A fixed release date may be important. Some projects need to be released at the same time as a big marketing push, or to coincide with the release of a certain product, or with real

Mobile App Developers, Have You Heard of Rubber Duck Debugging?

To my fellow mobile app developers, have you ever found yourself spending way too much time tracking down a bug in your code?  After exhausting all possibilities and running around in circles, you finally admit defeat and call in a co worker to aid in your quest. But then something strange happens, as you start walking your

Improve Your Mobile Application’s Interface By Using the Right Iconography

In this blog post I want to briefly talk about the principles of designing icons for a mobile application. Before delving into the topic, we need focus more on the definition of an “icon”. Icons are things that let users interact with a user interface. An icon is a visual representation of something, which is easily recognizable and

App rejections and their effect on the development process

Earlier this week, one of our iOS apps was rejected from the app store. The reason it was rejected by Apple was because there was no moderation of user-generated content. This means we need to add a feature that allows users to flag content as offensive or objectionable, and within 24-hours a moderation entity needs

Cloud Computing, Mobile and You

You may have heard of “Cloud Computing” throughout the recent years, but what exactly is it? What does it have to do with Mobile and how can it impact app development? There are many different forms of Cloud Computing, 3 of which I will go over with examples of how they can help (or be

A Deeper Look at Some of Our Apps

Over the past years, we have pushed many mobile apps out into the world. Barely a month goes by where we don’t release a new or updated app for one of our many clients. In this post, I want to cover a few of our apps in greater detail, to explain what they do, why

Finding Humor in the Terms Used in App Development

After over a decade in the software and web development industry, developer humor has a special place in my heart. It’s like an ongoing set of inside jokes! Of course, the software that we use to create apps is also created by developers, so I feel like the same sense of humor I’ve loved for years

Get to Know Our Team – Megan

How long have you worked at Push? It’s been an action-packed almost-two-weeks at Push! Why did you become a developer? I’ve always been someone who likes logic puzzles and mental challenges, so programming and playing with computers was a natural hobby for me in my teens. Ultimately, though, it wasn’t until I began to see

WWDC 2015 OS Review

WWDC 2015 is the 26th Worldwide Developers Conference hosted by Apple in Moscone West. The conference started with a Keynote, during the keynote Apple announces their latest software (iOS, OSX) and, sometimes, new hardware is also announced (ex. iPhone, Macbook Pro, Mac Pro). Every year a new version of iOS and OSX will be released,

WWDC: Search in iOS 9

This Monday, Apple held their World Wide Developers Conference, WWDC. This annual event is where Apple typically announces the next generation of their software and services. This year was no different, with Apple announcing Mac OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. As with every year, a lot of new features were announced for Apple

Buyout as a Monetization Strategy for Your Mobile App

There are a few proven ways to make money on the app stores. The three most common are: paid apps, in-app purchases, and ads. You can read my breakdown of these methods from a previous post. While those are the most common, there is another way of making money on the app stores: a buyout plan.