Everything You Need to Know about eScooter App Development [A Comprehensive Checklist]

Everything You Need to Know about eScooter App Development

Technology is changing the way of everything around us. Transportation is one of the fields which is experiencing most of it. There are more than many ways; our modes of transportation have grown with the inception of technology. From the discovery of the wheel to the discovery of motor engine, technology has revolutionized our travel arrangements. Now, at its zenith where the engine needs fuel, the tech enthusiasts come up with a formidable solution that can save both time and nature.

E-Transport is the new avatar of transportation!!!

You mustn’t surprise if you are roaming on the streets of San Francisco, San Diego, or Los Angeles and you spot loads of E-Scooters hissing by. You might see them literally everywhere, parked randomly near sidewalks and furniture lanes.

All these dockless E-Scooters are the innovative idea of start-ups like Spin, Bird, and LimeBike. Being the part of an on-demand economy, you can rent these e-scooters with your phone application for $1 plus 15 cents per mile. There is no hard and fast rule in renting these scooters. You can simply check where these scooters are located from the app, pay up and take the ride and then park it simply in the designated parking zone of your area (Neat, isn’t it?).

What is there for you?

I know, as a business owner, you might be wondering that what help does it will provide you.

Here comes the first suggestion,

Start your own E-Scooter Mobile Application and get on with your business.

Will this idea pay off you ask?

Yes, it certainly does, recently LimeBike raised about $250 Millions. Its exclusive competitor Bird raised the funds up to $1 Billion. And the bummer is neither of the company is 2 years old!!!

So, what do you think?

Let’s stay on our course!!!

Here I will disclose some of the strategies that will help you in building a robust E-Scooter application if you decided to jump into the business. What features you must have in your application and what strategies you can adapt to make your E-Scooter Business successful.

Without any further ado, let’s get started,

Why Is Everyone Going Crazy Over Electric Scooters?

First thing, people have a mixed feeling for electric scooters. Some of them are excited for them while some of them are declaring them foul. There is a segment of people who actually think that people might get hurt as there are many areas where the E-Scooters are not allowed but people are taking them there and will eventually get hurt.

In my view, it is the responsibility of the E-scooter rider, not the ride. It will be safer if the rider sticks to the local laws and stick to the bicycle lane at least. Yes, it is a fact that people tend to choose sidewalks for the shorter route but that route will also include the risk of hurting someone or being hurt.

These E-Scooters are so popular because of the cost as well. They are way too cheaper than Uber taxis. So, people do love cheaper mode of transport. It makes E-Scooter an impressive source of business in the nearing future.

What do you think about that? There are some features which you must add to successfully pull off this business. Let’s discuss them in detail,

 

Features You Must Have If You Want to Develop an E-Scooter App

Yes, I agree that there are no hard and fast rules for developing an E-Scooter App, however, you must make sure that you serve your audience with all the essential features. In this section of the post, you will learn some of the best features that will help you in presenting better services to your audience.

·  Directs Users to Unlock & Reserve the Scooter Nearby

In order to transmute exchange, there is a principal feature which is very hard to ignore. While developing the mobile app you want your audience to be guided to unlock and reserve the nearby scooter. When your user wants a ride, he can simply locate a ride online and reserve them. This feature may seem naïve but most of the time business owners overlook these features and in the end, pay with the price of their business.

E-Scooter tycoon Bird uses such a feature which eases their customers in finding the scooters. They believe that a mobile app must be organized and simple. It is the only way to persuade customers to book a ride.

·  Start the Ride by Just Scanning the Barcode within the App

There is a significant increase in the adoption of e-scooters by the customers. So, when you are developing a mobile app for your e-scooter business there is a feature you must have. It is the barcode scanner which will enable the user to book a ride and get on with it.

As I said earlier, a simpler app is always better. This simple feature will ease your customers to book the ride easily. The Bird App uses the QR code scanner for their customers to book a ride. It increases the convenience of their customers which clearly reflects on their ROI.

·  Allows Users to End Their Ride by Locking the E-Scooter Using the App

The third most important feature you don’t want to miss is that your user can safely lock the e-scooter after their ride using your mobile app. It is a security feature which will give your user a peace of mind. It doesn’t matter where they park the scooter, their app can easily lock and unlock the ride. So, if you want to develop an e-scooter app, then you must add this feature.

·  Safety Campaigns to Guide the Users for Riding Safe

Safety of your customers must be the top priority of your company. To ensure that, you must add a feature that can help your customer to understand how crucial safety precautions are. It also must include how to take the ride and how to drive and park the e-scooter safely. It may not affect your ROI but it surely will ensure the safety of your customer.

 

Now, let’s move to strategies that will help you in developing your e-scooter business and streamline your growth.

 

Strategies You Must Adapt To Pace Up Your Growth

In this section of the post, I will introduce 3 rudimentary strategies that will help you in your e-scooter business. These strategies are well tried and tested by some of the greatest E-Scooter franchises. Let’s discuss them in detail.

Here you go,

 

·  Provide More Convenient Transportation Choice Along With Safety

One of the strategies behind the success of LimeBike is to provide the highest rate of convenience and safety in transportation.

When it comes to convenience, there is no option that can beat the convenience provided by the e-scooter apps. And, the convenience comes with a slew of features like nearby bike option and easy-to-operate. After each ride, the fare will be automatically charged online. It means riders can enjoy the cashless ride. In this way, convenience is one of the dominant factors behind the success of e-scooter companies.

Therefore, if you are planning to create e-scooter apps like LimeBike or Bird, then providing “convenience” to riders to book e-scooter can surely help your startup to stand-out.

·  Provide an essential feature like precise location tracking

Being a startup, you need to take extra attention to the quality of vehicles, and they must be durable for a long run. Also, they would not create hassles for riders while using them. Thus, you need to plan to build your own customized e-scooter mobile app solutions for your users.

You need to provide a smooth, sturdy, and safe ride with the easy controls. And, if you are planning to create a ride-sharing app like Bird or Skip, then it is important to provide an essential feature like precise location tracking. By providing such a feature, it could help them to drive and park their vehicles in a safe manner.

·  Solutions for Urban Mobility with Technology

First of all, you need to identify the urban traffic problems to conquer urban traffic. In short, urban traffic is shorthand for stress, frustration, and time not spent actually living. To face increasing congestion in major cities, urban mobility is in demand for transformation.

The challenge is not just to find something that is eco-friendly and easy-to-use but also adaptable to consumers’ needs and can be shared between app users. All these challenges can be addressed in several ways.

Being a startup, you need to think to add more valuable features, which can make your business more attractive to your app users. Some features like schedule the ride that helps riders to book rider in advance if they are in hurry.

 

Winding It Up

So, what do you think about that? Let’s discuss that in detail. Seasia Infotech is apt in mobile app development. We can help you in building an app that will skyrocket your E-Scooter business. So, what do you think about it? Mention that in comments and I will get back to you. Adios for now!!!

How Mobile App Development is More Than Mere Coding?

How Mobile App Development is More Than Mere Coding

At Seasia, development of a mobile application does not just mean designing and coding, but is a much more involved process, encompassing different approaches, development, quality assurance, delivery and maintenance.

We take this extensive approach as it’s impossible to make a successful product without these aspects. A product can be technically sound, but will fail if it does not offer value to its users or is not needed in the market. Likewise, the inimitable value of the product can be clear, but the product might fail if the user experience is poor and has imperfections.

This is why we thought of sharing an overview of how we approach product development, demonstrating the considerations for a more holistic process can greatly benefit the quality of your product and its ability to succeed in the market.

1. Product Definition

Product definition focuses on determining the goals of the product, mapping business objectives, market and competitor research, and creating a mobile strategy. At Seasia, product definition is completed in an intensive 2-3 day of boarding and project kickoff process, with a clear set of goals together with:

• Identifying the business and technical challenges to be elucidated from a feature standpoint
• Identifying the KPIs and success metrics
• Creating an ordered product roadmap
• Discussing key questions or problems to success

Towards the end of this process, we provide a set of deliverables that include the user personas, journey personas, wireframes/sketches, storyboard, and a visual app pattern.

Our onboarding process works to set the quality and priority of the delivery schedule for the project; ensures that we have a solid foundation to build a successful, in demand product; and allows our squads to make the essential decisions to deliver a great product.

2. Design

Our design process focuses just on the end user. All the decisions are made by keeping in mind the user, which is why mapping out user personas during product definition is so grave. Understanding the user and their needs helps inform design that makes the experience with the app easy and pleasurable.

While designing a product, we focus on building a usable yet aesthetically pleasing mobile application that offers a smooth experience. It does not matter how good the product looks if it has a poor user experience.

From product definition itself, we are able to take insights and innovations we make and apply them visually through a process of ideation, formation, prototyping, and styling.

3. Development

Our development process combines elements of various agile philosophies that allow us to create great apps, reduce risk, minimize downtime, and maintain project velocity. The central doctrines of our development process are described below.

4. Flexible, Squad-Based Development

Flexibility is an essential aspect of agile methodology in theory, but not in practice. Flexibility is important because it lets you shift and adapt to the changing circumstances and project needs without affecting the velocity of the project. The reason why teams struggle with it is for the reason that it needs to be infused straight into the development process, which is not an easy feat.

At Seasia, the arrangement of our development team and the methods we follow are aimed to provide flexibility. For mobile application development, we use squadrons- small cross functional teams that share knowledge, plan together, complete the code reviews, and have an identified capacity that allows us to scale (up or down) within that capacity based on the project needs. There are numerous advantages to use this approach: faster development cycles, seamless knowledge transfer, reduced downtime, and an overall saving in the project risk.

We also make the most of rolling wave planning, which involves adjourning the product decisions until you are in the best place to make them. This allows the flexibility to adapt instead of having to stand by or re-plan a large document with the requirements that was conscripted earlier.

5. Sprints

Sprints are common agile development concepts that involve short development iterations. The purpose of these iterations is to accelerate the development and divide projects into smaller, attainable goals that can be achieved indefinite time frames. This allows the teams to be more productive, more accurate with the time estimations and you don’t waste resources in the event that produces a shift in the objectives of the business.

6. Story Points & Predictable Project Velocity

We plan and evaluate the capacity based on the story points. Stories are small units that define features from a user viewpoint. We allocate values to each story using a points system that measures its intricacy; the more complex the story, the more story points it would be awarded.

The capacity of the Squad is also defined in the story points. Expressively, a squad has a maximum of 25 story points per sprint. This verdict is based on our past projects that have allowed us to determine an unswerving number of story points we have been able to get through in the sprints from our former projects. This system allows us to estimate the time the project will take in the complete the work and maintain the project velocity.

7. Quality Assurance

The quality assurance serves the simple function of keeping the bugs away from the final builds. The QA team at Seasia is integrated with the development throughout the SDLC which helps in reducing delays and bottlenecks and ensures that the defects are corrected as and when discovered.

We use a combination of the testing practices and have a dedicated product team. Furthermore, we use an integrated system that gathers projects, checks for errors, and allocates the application to the product team for test analysis.

8. Delivery

Once the application is ready to be published, we also handle submission processes for the app stores.

For iOS, there is a vital yet overlooked phase that many don’t really consider in project timelines, but certainly should. If done inaccurately, the acceptance into the App Store can take up to a week, though stretched if the submission is overruled.

At Seasia, we also have a product release management system that assembles all the assets, enhances the app listing, and concludes the submission process as per the guidelines of the app store being submitted to.

Finally, looking at your mobile application project afar the scope of development is important to create a successful product. While from a design and technical perspective, the project needs to be sound, you also need a mobile strategy, a clear value, intention, an understanding of your customers, and a process for the testing and delivery. This holistic approach is what differentiates between the failure and success of the highly competing app ecosystem.

What’s Hot: Mobile App Trends for 2017

What’s Hot: Mobile App Trends for 2017

Today, an individual without a smartphone is unknown, and so is the reach of it, that it has ultimately turned it into a new era. In 2016, we observed a fierce clash between Android and iOS raising the admiration of Hybrid applications, and valued endeavors took place to rectify the uncertainties relating to mobile apps. There are zillions of applications out in the market, which can do everything from nursing your health to mapping the stars.

The mobile applications market is flourishing, and is just not for consumers anymore. According to a research, 81% of administrators believe that mobile applications are essential for their businesses and organizations, while 85% believe that mobile applications will be the most dominant interface in future.

Rolling back to history, all we had were a few Java games, a monthly calendar and a calculator as mobile applications. Every e-business store had its incredible spenders in 2013- 2014 with the United Kingdom, China and Japan took the leads for iOS while the United States and Germany took two top positions for Android.

2017 contemplated as a year of Mobile Applications

Grounded in the trending smartphone era, Gartner recently published a new data that foretells that by the 2017 year end, the total of mobile apps downloads would be over 268 billion times, which would generate a revenue of about $77 billion, hence making mobile applications one of the most accepted computing tools in the world.

Without further uproar, let’s have a look at the mobile application trends we predict for 2017.

The Constantly Growing App Market

The mobile application market is expected to grow even bigger in 2017. The number of mobile applications in the major app markets has reached a round figure of around 2 billion. As per stats, 46% of the mobile application users use paid services for their applications. Hence, in 2017, billions of downloads are expected to generate a revenue of a minimum of $77 billion.

The Cloud Is To Stay

In 2015- 2016, an interesting relationship emerged between the cloud and mobile applications. Using the cloud technology, the centrally coordinated applications were delivered to the devices. This trend is going to stay in 2017 too, all because of the various benefits offered by the technology.

The cloud support allows the developers to deal with the bandwidth management and memory issues, thus helping in retaining the small size of the mobile applications. This has also become important with the advent of the wearable gadgets like Samsung Gear and Apple Watch.

Mobile applications and wearables can now easily sync their apps and app extensions, all thanks to the cloud.

This is why many of the forthcoming mobile applications are alleged to be driven by the cloud.

Attention to App Security

We know that the mobile app development industry is on a rise, and so is the number of security threats related to it. During the World Wide Developers Conference, Apple made an announcement for the incorporation of robust App Transport Security (ATS) for all iOS applications. Not only this, the emphasis on enforcing stronger data encryption on new applications has been illuminated by the Apple developers. While Google is anticipating to keep things snagged by using a much more coarse application permissions model along with automated security updates.

Tempting the crowds isn’t the last step to have your business mobile app flourishing in the market. You have got to find the right people at the right place. Humbly figure them out, employ them, fulfill their needs and finally comfort them. Customers wish to know more to choose precisely. They want to practice unusual feelings.

Rise in Hybrid Technology

Angular JS, Ionic, Cordova, PhoneGap are the names of only a few technologies that can help augmenting the hybrid app development in 2017. With the growing popularity of hybrid application development platforms, Google’s Material Design is also evolving to support application development platforms, like Windows phones. Because of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) culture adopted by most of the companies, Cross-platform applications will be more in demand in the coming year.

IOT applications – Smart Homes and Smart Cities

Our homes are already occupied with smart televisions, smart washing machines, and refrigerators that exchange information with our smartphones. The same theory is emerging for a complete city, giving a rise to the term ‘Smart Cities’. With developing smart cities, India is advancing with the smart technologies. All the futuristic appliances are being engineered with the smart integrations. Thus, IOT applications are going to be an important part of the business strategy for most of the mobile application development companies in India and abroad.

Mobile messaging apps will be rising

Giant messaging applications like WhatsApp and Facebook are in huge demands and already have more than 500 million users. In 2017, the trend of these messaging applications is going to grow even more popular and many more messaging applications are expected to strike the app stores.

The Importance of mobile app UX designs

Mobile application designs and UX are nevertheless the key factor responsible for the success or failure of the mobile application. Visually pleasing app designs and user-friendly UX attract visitors and engage users. For the best and intuitive user experience, the mobile app should be designed keeping the latest app design trends in mind. The new design trends in 2017 will surely be things like grid-based interface designing, visuals, split-screens, parallax graphics, splash, micro interaction and more.

Location based services and GPS based mobile apps

All through 2016, the location- based services have been largely defined the GPS based mobile applications. Apps like transport booking apps, restaurant booking apps, apps for on-demand services like carpenters, electricians, plumbers (and more) emanated and dominated the market. Hereafter, in 2017, each and every efficacy service is believed to use GPS based mobile applications to target the latent customers.

 

Make Your App a Star with ASO Services

Make Your App a Star with ASO Services

The field of mobile technology is rapidly growing. The number of smart phone users in the market keeps on increasing; conglomerates find newer ways to promote their products and services using both mobile apps and websites. In such a scenario, a business mobile app with perfect functionality can serve as an effective marketing tool for any company. But as several enterprises come up with more and more mobile apps, it becomes tougher for newcomers to make their apps popular.

Developers face many difficulties making their apps popular on the app store due to a number of existing apps. They require app store optimization (ASO) services in order to promote their apps and make them viral. A large number of apps hit the online market periodically, and it is a tough task for a developer to make the app accepted. Many developers face the problem of remaining unnoticed on application stores just because of lack of marketing.

In order to remove such trouble, developers require application store optimization (ASO) services that offer efficient marketing of an app. Such services build a platform to draw people’s attention towards it and in turn help making the app popular in the app store. Application store optimization services include every solution of promoting the app for a certain period on the app store platforms like Google Play.

Tips and Tricks for App Store Optimization:

  1. Find Keywords: Keywords play a vital role in ASO because the best keywords can land you into a lot more searches, which can help in opening up a huge number of prospective users who might download the app. The keyword which you choose must be of the relevant category for your app. Visit similar apps to get the suitable category for your app and then go through some of the top search results to figure out the best possible keywords to use.
  2. Write an enticing description: An enticing description is almost like the coverage of your app. It should be attractive so that you can encourage viewers to download your app. The best way to create a good description is to look at other successful apps and see how they do it. You can use bullets points; include any testimonials/positive app review quotes and a summary of the functions of the app.
  3. Choosing a name: The name of the app must be original and attractive. It might be difficult to come up with your own original name but once a good catchy name clicks in your head, you’ll probably feel a lot more confident with putting it on the app store.
  4. Choosing the appropriate app icon: The good app icon is very alluring. There are various apps on the app store that receive thousands of downloads while there are the many apps which play or work the same but do not receive a similar number of downloads. The only difference between the two apps is the app icon. Creating an original icon or logo is a difficult process, but can give the best results and boost confidence. If you can’t think about what to use as an app icon, summarizing the features of your app and finding an object that best represents each feature should work fine. Bright colors can also help in getting attention.
  5. Choosing Screenshots: Choosing the right screenshots is quite an easy process and usually involves finding the most appealing aspects of your game. Don’t show boring menus or settings pages and instead go for images that represent the app’s main purpose.

 

At last, all the tips mentioned can help you in improving the visibility and popularity of your app, in the App store and Google Play. To get the best services and for improving the visibility of your app in the App Store and Google Play, visit us at: https://www.seasiainfotech.com/