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If you owned a business in 2020, you’ve definitely felt the impact of coronavirus. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the worldwide economy, and many businesses that relied on physical locations and interacting to thrive are in danger.

To adapt to the changing economic and technological environment, you need to develop a mobile app for your business. In this article, we’ll give you five reasons to develop your own mobile app.

Mobile Apps Can Put You in the Driver’s Seat

The biggest reason your business needs an app is because your customers spend a large chunk of their day interacting with their mobile devices. To succeed in the modern world, you need to go where the customers are, and to penetrate the mobile space you need an enticing app.

The icon of the app itself serves as advertising for your company on your users’ phone screen, reminding them of your products and deals. In this way, smartphone applications will help you subtly drive consumers into the conversion funnel.

Mobile Apps Can Make Your Business Feel More Personal

One attribute that makes mobile apps a must-have for any business is how much space there is for customization. The nature of an app’s design allows them to use the native capabilities of the platform to provide highly personalized user experience.

Apps also allow it much easier to research and track user behavior and give consumers personalized alerts and exclusive deals. Other smartphone app options include tap-to-call/email, smartphone alerts, and quick and automated app updates.

The effect this has on your customers is that they grow more attached to your company by using your app frequently, and this helps foster customer loyalty and goodwill.

Mobile Apps Can Streamline Your Business Functions

Since apps retain their information internally on smartphones as opposed to sites using data centers, mobile apps minimize the time required to perform each job. Data retrieval works nearly instantaneously on an app and will save more time in performing such actions by tracking their choices (such as default payment form in distribution apps) and configuring the app to match user preferences.

This can cut down on time and provide a seamless experience for your users, where they can pick up where they left off. This added convenience will also boost sales.

Mobile Apps Can Increase Your Engagement With Customers

Mobile apps are excellent tools for connecting directly with your customers. Nowadays, click-through rates for the majority of company actions such as email marketing are small, although push alerts via a mobile app achieve a click-through rate of almost 40%.

Due to this principal element, marketers can now interact with customers without being invasive. While previously you might have had to rely on cold calling your customer base to gather feedback, now you can just send all your users a quick message with your app!

Your Customers Can Use Your Mobile App When They’re Offline

One of the key differences between mobile apps and websites is the capability of mobile apps to function without an Internet connection. While certain applications need internet access to perform essential tasks, they can still give users a simple level of accessibility when in offline mode.

Depending on your business, you can give users the option to download content so they can work on it offline. This will increase the overall time users spend with your app, and it will also make the app more versatile. 

As you can see, there are numerous benefits of developing a mobile app for your business. To create one with low cost and quick development time, check out Builder.ai. Their Builder Studio interface provides the most accessible app builder where you can design your dream app without any coding!

If you want a faster solution, you can try the Studio Store by Builder.ai to explore ready-made apps with complete features designed specifically for companies looking to expand into the mobile space due to coronavirus.

Needless to say, Builder.ai is the best place to meet your mobile app development needs. Be sure to use the above mentioned tips when creating your app, and good luck!

Ucheck, a smartphone app that uses a phone’s camera to analyze urine and check for a range of medical conditions, has been unveiled at the TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference in Los Angeles.

Uchek tests for 25 different health issues and could help diagnose and treat diseases in the developing world.

Increasingly mobile health is being talked up as a lifesaver in such areas.

Ucheck app is the brainchild of TED fellow Myshkin Ingawale.

“I wanted to get medical health checks into users’ hands,” he said.

Urine can be tested for the presence of 10 elements – including glucose, proteins and nitrites.

These can be used to pinpoint a range of conditions including diabetes, urinary tract infects, cancers, liver problems as well as being used to keep track of general health.

Users need to collect their urine and dip a standard test strip into it.

The strip is placed on a mat – supplied with the app and intended to normalize the colors on the stick regardless of lighting conditions where the photo is taken.

Once the photo is taken the app will analyze which, if any, condition, the color applies to.

Ucheck will be available from Apple’s app store from the end of March for $20, which includes the cost of the mat and five dipsticks.

Ucheck is a smartphone app that uses a phone's camera to analyze urine and check for a range of medical conditions

Ucheck is a smartphone app that uses a phone’s camera to analyze urine and check for a range of medical conditions

As well as being used by individuals, Ucheck will be put through its paces in the King Edward Memorial hospital in Mumbai, India.

There, its accuracy will be tested against the laboratory machines more normally used to test urine.

“If it does well we can make it available to mobile clinics. Instead of buying a $10,000 machine they can use their existing smartphones,” he said.

Currently Uchek is only available for iPhones but versions for Android will be coming soon, Myshkin Ingawale announced.

While such smartphones may be beyond the budget of many in the developing world, he is hopeful that will not remain the case for ever.

“I’m calling you from a $100 Android phone which I bought from a street market in India. In future smartphones will be even cheaper and all phones will be smart,” he said.

According to the GSMA, the organization which represents the mobile industry, mobile health service could help save one million lives in Africa over the next five years.

“Mobile health has immense potential to improve people’s lives since it increases patient access to quality healthcare whilst reducing costs,” said Michael O’Hara, chief marketing officer at the GSMA.

“These positive impacts will only grow as the mobile and health industries collaborate on new connected innovations,” he added.

Health apps that allow users to test their heartbeat, monitor sleep patterns and keep a check on a variety of conditions are growing in popularity.

“There is huge potential to get the world of bio-chemistry out to users via apps,” said Myshkin Ingawale.

Last year at TED, Myshkin Ingawale showed off a blood test that could be taken without drawing blood.

The test was designed to prevent women dying from anaemia and was designed to be easy for healthcare workers – often untrained – to use in the field.

Myshkin Ingawale is a campaigner for more grassroots medicine, allowing users to play more of a role in their own healthcare.

“There needs to be a rethink in the way healthcare is delivered to people,” he said.

“It needs to be far more decentralized. It can become a consumerist movement in the same way that Wikipedia has been for information.”