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The latest from Smile Machine, the experts in mobile.

How we can help you validate your idea

Getting an app prototype on your mobile will help you validate your idea faster, allowing you to concentrate on the features that matter the most. A great idea is a good start – but when advising our clients on the best ways to succeed in the app business, we say – test, revise and refine. It’s always exciting getting an initial version of an app into our clients hands – that’s why we create design prototypes...

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Lean user experience

Agile methodologies in software development? It’s a great approach. But how can we transfer these principles over to user experience (UX) design – and what can we expect? This we'll explore Lean UX. For clients it can feel like a daunting prospect. They want to be completely confident in the product they are being sold – which usually means signing off wireframes and design before development can begin. But how is it possible to remain iterative during development...

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Is social login right for you?

Social Login is a great mechanism. It enables new users to register for an account and quickly sign-in, simply by using the social network identities they already have. No form-filling required – and one less password to remember. What is Single Sign-On? SSO or Social Login is a mechanism which uses existing login information from social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Yahoo! to sign into third party apps or websites. It’s extremely popular and...

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Prototyping like a pro

We have our favourites. Some prototyping tools we use regularly -they work for us. But depending upon the scale of the product and the client we are working with – we’ll sometimes use one or more of the following tools to help convey our concepts. Paper Prototyping If you’re trying to convey a high-level concept during user testing –you probably don’t want to be spending a lot of time and effort in the early stages of development...

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Planning an app – What if there’s no internet connection?

What’s our app going to do when there’s no internet connection? If you’re planning an app, you need to think about how users will engage with your app when they inevitably lose connection to the internet. Here are some ideas to get you going. It’s (Not Always) A Connected World Nowadays, it’s difficult to live without the internet, and in an ideal world, most of us want to be connected 24/7. We’d be able to travel around...

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Planning an app – Passing Apple’s app review

How are we going to ensure we can pass Apple’s app review? Don’t let rejection slow you down. There are so many horror stories of Apple’s review process and, with it taking on average 7 days to be approved, getting it wrong can cause long delays in getting your app to market. Whether you’re a startup or a multinational, that’s bad news. Luckily, there are steps you can take to improve your chances of making it through...

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