App 101: Mobile Apps and Frequently Asked Questions


A Native App is a mobile app which is built from the ground up in the operating system which the client chooses. An example would be that we build you an Android mobile app in Android’s latest operating system Android 7.0 “Nougat.” This mobile app is built in Android’s operating system so it will NOT work on Apple, Windows, or Blackberry smartphones (because they use other operating systems). Native apps cost more to develop because you are rebuilding the same mobile app in each operating system and your development company has to support each app as new operating systems come out. The benefits of a native app are design and functionality. You can do some amazing things with native mobile apps. We design and develop native mobile apps. To find out more, please click here.
A Hybrid App is a mobile app which is built using a combination of different computer codes which work on all operating systems (e.g., Android, iOS, Windows Smartphone, Blackberry, and Amazon devices). Hybrid mobile apps are cheaper to develop because they work on all mobile devices. The trade-off comes in design and functionality. There are some features of each phone operating system which cannot be utilized because the hybrid is not built in the native operating system of that phone. Hybrid apps are a popular solution for small businesses who want basic features and want to see how a mobile app can help build their business. AppScholar builds hybrid mobile apps for business, please click here to learn more.
Publishing a mobile app to the app store is like being a book author. Even though you hired a mobile app development agency like AppScholar, the end product still belongs to you. You are the one who created the written and visual content and gave it to AppScholar to put into your mobile app. Therefore, you’re technically the author. You get to decide how users interact with your mobile app and you also get to decide what communication occurs through your app via push notifications. The stores require that the owner of the app have the license and that person is you.
A mobile app is critical for your business because it helps in your search engine results, meets your emerging customer needs, and provides services to a new segment of the population which no longer use desktop or laptop PCs and only use their phone.

When prospective customers go online to decide which business they are going to select for their need, they are most likely to choose a business which offers a mobile app to serve their needs than a business which does not.

If you are a smaller business with the majority of your clientele visiting and buying from you locally then a hybrid mobile app makes the most sense. There is no need to spend thousands of dollars on app development when a hybrid delivers everything you need.
Yes! Our team has the ability to modify out hybrid mobile app code to meet specific features, needs, or demands. To find out more, contact us with your request and we can discuss to get you the most reasonable quote possible.
The current cost to publish your app on Google Play is one-time fee of $25.00 USD.
Free apps are distributed at no cost after you have purchased your license. A “free app” is a mobile app which does not charge its user to interact/use it. With paid mobile apps (typically the user pays to register to then get access to the mobile app), Google takes 30% of the revenues of paid apps for “carriers and billing settlement fees”. That’s a bit steep which encourages users to create free apps and then add in advertising to make revenue OR add content in the app that users can purchase via Paypal, Stripe, or another payment gateway.
The current cost to publish your app on Apple is $99.00 recurring annually.
To do this you’ll need to join the Apple Developer Program. The Apple Developer Program is pretty easy to sign up for. The drawback to Apple can be the length of time it takes their personnel to review your mobile app before approving it to be published. It’s best to anticipate up to 3 weeks before your app is approved and shows up in the Apple mobile apps store.
Individual accounts cost approximately $19 USD, and company accounts cost approximately $99 USD (the exact amounts may vary depending on your country or region). This is a one-time registration fee and no renewal is required.
No registration or submission fees. None. You just have to register.
Currently Amazon offers their developer license for free.
AppScholar is a small family run business near Sedona, AZ. We pride ourselves on our integrity and providing an exceptional product for an amazing price that tips in our clients favor. We provide excellent customer service and mobile app support. With our hybrid apps we provide free feature upgrades as we develop them and keep our code up-to-date as a part of your monthly support plan. Other mobile app development agencies have a hard time beating that. We also provide additional services that make your app ownership extremely successful.