What are some of the functionalities of a QuickApption App?
- Mobile App is operating system agnostic—loading on any smartphone operating system
- Downloaded via unique QR-code
- Provides PR/Promotional/Advertising/Informational Presence on smartphones, including photos, case studies, testimonials, and principals’ bios
- Call Now button
- Facebook and Twitter links
- Contact submission form
- Share button that shows QR-code for phone-to-phone scanning and App sharing
- Google Analytics
- Searchable Google Maps
- Content Updates as frequent as needed
- Archival information
- Video presentations
- Audio presentations
- Still photo galleries
- Outbound text messaging of alerts and updates
- Online Store/Shopping Cart
- Appointment Scheduling
- Secure Document Retrieval
- Subscribe to App with ability to email subscribers
- Donations (via PayPal)
What QR Code scanner app do you recommend?
One of the best QR Code scanner apps we have found and use is “Scan – QR Code and Barcode Scanner”. It is available for all popular smartphones including iOS, Android and Windows Phones. You can download it for your device below:
5 Advantages of a Mobile App -vs- Website Optimized for Mobile
1. CONTENT: A QuickApption™ Mobile App is streamlined to give users a more precise viewing experience that is formatted for their mobile device. It has more interaction that can be controlled and customized such as contact forms, direct email process and the ability to immediately click a button to place a call. A website, even optimized for the mobile screen, will not have these superior functions to allow the user immediate access.
2. LAYOUT: A QuickApption™ Mobile app is much more intuitive to how a visitor interacts with the content and that content is customized for the best viewing experience in both of terms of navigating and reading, very much like an a la carte experience where just a portion or section can be featured . Each QuickApption Mobile App is custom formatted to assure the user quickly and easily is able to locate and read information. A website optimized for mobile is an “all-or-nothing” menu of everything the full website has and the format can be confusing in terms of the navigation and the amount of information that is available and is not very mobile friendly when it comes to allowing the visitor to interact with the service.
3. SEO: A QuickApption™ Mobile App is very SEO compliant which will give users who are using a mobile device a much greater path to locate and interact with the product or service since search engines will give better pay ement to mobile apps. A website optimized for mobile will not show as high in SEO ranking since they are “squeezed” versions of the main website and more often then not as mobile friendly as true mobile app.
4. UPDATES: It only takes a fraction of the amount of time to update, add or enhance a QuickApption Mobile App to add new sections or functionality that is formatted to get a product, service or interaction for the user. A traditional website, no matter if optimized for mobile, requires several steps to get the new content published and may need to be tweaked considerably to get it display correctly.
5. COST: The cost to build and maintain a QuickApption™ Mobile App requires much less time than either a native app (one that is dependent upon a specific device’s operating system) or a website however optimized for mobile. Such a website, even if optimized for mobile, takes many steps to put in the information and if it isn’t set up correctly from the foundation it will require a lot of code and hours to get it function correctly. This means, of course, that optimizing a website for mobile that wasn’t originally engineered as such from the start will require hours of retrofitting without a guaranteed result.
OVERALL: A QuickApption™ Mobile App is uniquely customized to not only the user experience, but also to the message of the product or service. Only the important message is delivered to quickly and effectively put the message in the palm of the users hand but also a quick and efficient vehicle is in place to communicate in a much more human interface. A website optimized for mobile literally takes an entire website and shrinks it down which more often leads to a poor user experience and frustration to have to sift through a lot of data that is hard to read or find, thus loosing a potential customer.
What is a QR code?
QR stands for “quick response.” These two dimensional codes were originally developed for use in manufacturing and inventory control applications. Today, QR codes provide a physical link to a URL that can be read by QR code reader applications on smartphones. The reader uses the phone’s camera to scan the code, while the application translates it into a URL and launches the browser to show the web page or other resource encoded in the QR code.
What is a native App?
A native app is designed to run in the programming environment or operating system for which it was written, and only that operating system. Native apps are found in app stores and may be said to be “downloaded” from the store.
So, an app from the iTunes App Store for your iPhone will only run on the iPhone, and, in some cases, only certain versions of the iPhone’s operating system, iOS. (When viewing an app in the app store, look in the left hand column for version requirements, like “Requires iOS version 5.0 or above.) Apps written for a higher version of the operating system than the one on your phone cannot be installed unless you upgrade the version of your operating system.
What if I change phones?
When you get a new phone, rest assured that all the QuickApption apps installed on your old phone will work perfectly on your new one. If you have saved “Favorites” on any of your apps, they will be safe and ready to go on the new phone as well.
The easiest way to put your QuickApption apps on your new phone is to transfer the bookmarks from your old phone to the new one. See the User Guide for the make and model of your new phone for instructions on how to do this. Once the bookmarks are transferred, just re-install each bookmarked app on the home screen of your new device.
If you have trouble transferring your bookmarks, just head to the Marketplace at QuickApption, search for the app you need, and add it to the new phone. If you have an app that is not listed in the Marketplace, just contact the business or organization you got the app from and they can provide the link.
Please also contact us directly using the Contact Us form here on the site if you need help locating and installing an app on your new phone!
What smartphones will my app run on?
Because QuickApption apps run on the mobile web, they are designed to display on all major smartphone platforms through the smartphone. You will notice differences in the way that each platform handles the installation of home screen icons, for example. Click the “How to install an App on your phone” tab below on how to install apps on different kinds of phones. See below for issues with phones with custom ROMs.
Please Contact Us and share your experiences with your phone and we will add to the list!
Please note that users who have modified the phone’s operating system by “jailbreaking” or installing a custom ROM may encounter unpredictable problems with our apps, which are designed to work with the latest manufacturers’ specifications for each phone. We cannot support custom smartphone configurations.
Other Known Issues:
Phones HTC Sense 3.5 or HTC Sense 3.6 will not be able to install the app icon on the phone’s homescreen, due to a conflict with the Sense overlay on the Android bookmarking system.
How to install an App on your phone
How to install the app depends on the make of your phone:
iPhone – Just touch the share box with arrow at the bottom of the screen and confirm “Add to Homescreen.”
Android – Just tap the menu in the upper right of the browser (three dots) and select “Bookmark,” and then, in the “Save to” drop down menu, select Homescreen. (For older Android devices, first, “Bookmark” the app. Once you have bookmarked the app, go to the homescreen and hold your thumb down where you want to install the app until the menu appears. Select “Shortcut” and then “Bookmark” (or “App Actions”). When the bookmark list appears, select the app bookmark and the homescreen icon will install.)
Blackberry – With the app open in the browser, hit the menu button (looks like a bunch of dots), then click on add to home screen.
Video Tutorial – Click here to watch our video on How To Install App.
If you experience problems with your phone, please Contact Us so we can help!
Want to learn more about apps? We have put together a glossary of commonly used terms to help you sort it out:
- App Drawer
- App Store
- App Tray
- Capacitative Screen
- Home Screen
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