Android TV and Apps

Did you hear about the new Android TV? These televisions have caught the fancy of people and offers a new way to watch television. Be it playing games or browsing the net, an Android TV offers a lot.

However, Android apps haven’t been that easy to make. So, if you are looking forward for developers to make apps for Android TV as well, you need to consider certain aspects first.

Here is a look at the difficulties developers face when designing an Android TV box app.

Developers work hard, putting in lot of thoughts, time and energy into making a great product. However, many developers fail to take a few key steps that can help them create that magical app. It has to be remembered that almost everyone has a smartphone today. While there are millions of apps for the Android smart phones, apps which are specifically designed for playing with Android TVs are still not that high in number. Developers need to meet different challenges to design newer and better apps. Creating the right product and managing to get loyal customers requires a good strategy.

All about apps

The app icon and the user interface should be clean and be easy to use. Users begin to form opinions about the app once they download it. Developers should read the reports from users to find out the requirements.

Determination of the demographics

Developers get vast information about app users and usage from users. If you are thinking to create a new app, you need to think like a marketer and critically analyze the market to determine your target demographic. For instance, if your app is targeted at low-income people within a particular age group, why would you concentrate on building apps for iOS?

Of course, if you do that, you will spend more money and energy building apps for the wrong audience. Android TV apps in particular, need to be more appealing.

Investing on metrics that can be quantified

Most developers don’t understand how to make proper use of app usage data. As a developer, you ought to read usage of app data by users on a daily basis. Developers should also use reports which show how effective their ads are and how much they can possibly monetize it.

Network for discoverability

Networking with other app developers is a great way by which you can take your apps to even greater heights. Utilize social networks and also guest blog about your app in other app developers’ blogs. You can also simply attend seminars or webinars where app development is the topic. Building relationships in the right circles can offer results that you never anticipated.

Conclusion

Developers require extra effort and research to come out with something innovative. If they are developing an app for an Android TV, they need to first know the audience well to understand the needs and preferences. There are several ways of doing this. As a developer, the end product should actually be user friendly for the users.

Using Korean Games and Applications to Help You Learn Korean

Utilizing games can be highly effective when trying to learn a new language. Likewise when it comes to learning Korean, there are a number of games available online to help you pick up the language at a fast rate.

The benefits of these different types online games is the fact they incorporate anything from understanding consonants, studying Korean numbers, basic Korean phrases and prepositions, learning vocabulary such as clothing, directions, ordering food, and the list goes on. The format of such Korean games ranges from picture matching, audio, quizzes and more.

Word Games

One of the more common types of games found online are word games. You can be given a word that appears on the left hand side, and your job is to match that Korean word with any of the provided examples on the opposite side, which would be written in English. Once you have learned to identify certain words, you can take it a step further and play a similar word game with using a specified time limit. With this little added pressure, you are forced to work and learn Korean at a faster pace. This kind of pressure can also boost ones confidence.

Putting Together Simple Phrases

This can be a very powerful way for anyone to not only your vocabulary in Korean, but to also learn how to formulate basic sentences. The more words you know, the easier it will be for you to put those words together forming simple phrases.

Free Of Charge

A huge advantage of many of these language learning games is that a majority of them are free. Everyone likes free stuff, and free games that are beneficial to your learning progress happens to be a win-win situation!

Mobile Applications

In addition to free software tools and learning language games, there are various applications you can download on your mobile phone. Apps such as Facebook applications, allow you to learn and share languages with friends and family. A points system incorporated in these apps can also encourage one to formulate phrases, sentences, and audio. This serves to be a highly convenient way for anybody to learn a particular language.

These sorts of online education learning tools can be quite fun! As you continue to discover several exciting ways to learn Korean through online games, video, audio, apps and free software programs, your basic skills will soon evolve into intermediate and advanced skills.

Who says learning can’t be any fun? As you play different types of fun activities through many of the free educational Korean games online, you will be honing your Korean language skills through learning more Korean vocabulary, Korean grammar, and ultimately Korean spelling. With so many powerful online language solutions, available software, and other popular free resources, you will see your progress change as you learn Korean.

Property Management Going Mobile: Mobile Websites and Apps “Must-Haves” Now?

I was out to dinner the other night in Uptown Charlotte and saw the typical 21st century young, urban couple. They were dressed stylishly, moved with grace, were good-looking, and barely talked or looked at each other the entire time I saw them at the restaurant. Were they:

A. In a fight?
B. Shy mutes?
C. Engrossed with their mobile phones?

Of course, and sadly, the most probable answer in today’s world is C. I have a difficult time with this! I want to say, “Buddy, wake up! You’re with a good-looking woman; I can’t believe I have to tell you to look up and talk to her, instead of texting your friend, Chuck! What’s wrong with you?”

So, being a grown man, I had to decide whether to cry about this newer phenomenon or accept it. After some internal wrangling, I’m happy to report that my righteous indignation has passed and I’ve accepted this digitally-inspired apathy towards fellow humans as the “new normal”. So what does this consumer love affair with mobile phones mean to property managers?

It means we better get in the game in the mobile realm. Regular websites have worked really well for a while, but change has come again. New renters are going to want to use their smart phones to search for rentals near them (aided by GPS), fill out rental applications, pay application fees, and put down deposits. They want the whole rental process available from their mobile phones.

What specifically does this mean? It means we better have mobile websites that allow them to do this; the mobile websites need to include only succinct information potential renters would want when on the go. It also means we need a mobile application (a custom company “app”) that customers can put on their devices so we own some real estate on their phones. Trends show that home internet connections are on the way of landline phones; the new battleground is the mobile phone. We need to be on as many as possible.

A mobile website is critical when consumers search for property management companies from their smart phones. Will yours come up? If it does, can consumers easily find rental homes, contact you (even text you!), and do everything you want them to do (like they can when you see them in your office or when they are in front of their home computer?)

An app is critical to sealing the relationship with customers. How can they remember you when they are on their mobile phones? Your app (with your company logo) sitting with the rest of the apps they use everyday is a good start. This is a good way to build mindshare and also to make it easy for your customers to contact you and refer you to their friends. Not an apps believer? Apps are set to be a $36B business by 2015- a lot of people use them and will be using them!

Change is hard, but the mobile revolution is not going away. If making a property management company last long term is the goal, mobile websites and apps are now “must-haves”!