Metova
Posted by Metova
May 15, 2012

Android 4.0 development standards help designers embrace the platform

With the unveiling of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) at the beginning of the year, Android also revealed its first suggested app design guidelines, departing from its long heralded stance that apps for Android don't have to abide by any rules as long as they aren't malicious. While these guidelines are by no means mandatory, they do imply that Android's flexible policies are getting a little more structure, which has us asking a series of questions: Is this good for the industry? Is it necessary for Android to continue to compete with Apple? Or should Android revert course and return to its "anything goes" cowboy roots?

I whole-heartedly welcome the 4.0 guidelines. The new UI offers more structure without being confining, and it helps fix usability issues that left Android feeling less design-forward than Apple. For example, in previous versions of Android, if users were in a gallery and wanted to delete a photo or multiple photos, they had to first click the delete icon before selecting what they wanted to delete, which is counterintuitive. The new guidelines utilize a contextual action bar wherein users can select a photo or multiple photos via a long press and then select delete, copy, save or any other action they would need to perform. The action bar also has a new "overflow" area where less frequently used functions are stored. It used to be that these actions were hidden in the native menu, which was arguably one of the most confusing things about Android for users and designers alike.

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Metova
Posted by Metova
May 11, 2012

Metova rolls out phone-restricting app, Wi-Fi Parent

Nashville PostCool Springs-based app developer Metova has wrapped up the development of Wi-Fi Parent, a tool that will let mom and dad put limits on when their children can use their Android mobile devices. Wi-Fi Parent is based outside Kansas City and is the brainchild of software architect and frustrated dad Stephen Pickell.

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Metova
Posted by Metova
May 10, 2012

Mobile Android Application Helps Parents Set Kids’ Mobile Curfew

A novel way to curb youth phone usage, reestablishing values and traditional family order

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Metova
Posted by Metova
April 2, 2012

The Best Apps in Publishing

Apple ads once told us that "There's an app for just about anything." It turns out this wasn't just another catchy marketing slogan. There really is an app for just about anything these days. Just pop open Apple's App Store or Android's Market, and you'll find a buffet of apps waiting to be downloaded, from apps that let you read books and magazines to time killers such as Angry Birds and Words With Friends and constantly updating news applications from CNN and NPR. Whatever you are looking to do with your mobile device, most likely, there's an app to do it.

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Metova
Posted by Metova
January 6, 2012

Mobile Wellness Apps Help you Lose Weight and Stay Fit in 2012

Jumpstart your New Year’s resolutions with these wellness apps developed by Metova

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Metova
Posted by Metova
January 4, 2012

Top 10 Applications For The Social Networking Industry

When you’re talking social and social networking mobile applications, you have to mention the standard, cross-platform apps that everyone must have: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Skype, Google+ and Flickr. You also have to mention the go-to location/travel focused apps such as Yelp, Foursquare and Gowalla.

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Metova
Posted by Metova
December 23, 2011

There's a local app for that

From a quick blood-alcohol test to business and games, Nashvillians get creative

 

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Metova
Posted by Metova
December 19, 2011

Beta anyone? Don't be afraid to beta release your app

In my corner of the market-- the smartphone and tablet application development corner--I'm seeing a growing, more persistent fear within project managers to hold releasing an app until it's pitch-perfect, 100 percent done. In other words, the software industry seems to have forgotten the purpose of a beta release.

Does your app meet 80 percent of your organization's targeted functionality? If so, you have a beta release.You may be trigger shy about releasing your app, but let me assure you that further delaying the release can substantially harm your business. For example, if your organization operates in a highly competitive space, then holding back your app could mean a competitor getting to market first. Delaying your marketing team's timeline, and consequently your sales team's expected sales, could also greatly diminish the lifetime revenue potential of the app.But, how do you know when to say when and get your app into the market? This will certainly depend on your industry. If you're developing a banking app, you'll want to be very thorough before a beta release, more thorough than, for example, if you're developing a gaming app.

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Metova
Posted by Metova
December 15, 2011

Mobile Application Developer Creates Christmas Cards For Your Phone

Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 15, 2011 – Bringing fully animated cheer to your holiday season, Nashville-based mobile application developer Metova has created Christmas and New Years themed eCard application for YourCards. Released just this week for the iOS and Android smartphone platforms, the Version 2.5 update is available for free download from the Android Market or iTunes App Store.

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Metova
Posted by Metova
November 11, 2011

Mobile Application Developer Metova Founder Receives Top Tech Company Distinction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Nov. 11, 2011 – Kevin Ross, founder and president of mobile application developer Metova, was named today to the 2011 Tech 25, as presented by Nashville Post magazine. The inaugural awards list honors technology sector innovators within Middle Tennessee.

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Metova
Posted by Metova
August 23, 2011

Mobile Application Developer, Metova Cracks into Inc.’s Top 500

Mobile app developer lands 492nd on the 2011 Inc. magazine 500|5000 List

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