The client approached us with a requirement of developing a smartphone application for Android, Blackberry, iPhone & iPad that will search for shops in an available location. The application keeps on updating the user location after regular time interval on server and alerts the users regarding the shops/stores which are nearby to his current location. He can check the alerts and can check the ad details.
The project entails the development of a Blackberry, iPhone and Android application and admin panel to manage the application data through the network. We have used HTTP GET / POST web-services to implement data transfer between application and server/admin panel. We have integrated Facebook and twitter API in mobile application to share the shops and offers, we have also integrated Google map in the application to view the shop or offer location on map. The application runs well on Blackberry OS 5.0, Android OS 1.6 and iPhone OS 4.1.
This mobile application is basically used as classified ads for checking the ads as per the location of users and displaying the ad details them by alerting them with shops/stores in the nearby area/locality.
The user can provide details regarding likings and that will be entered by him in his profile. So accordingly the SMS’ will be sent to him. The more the SMS’ he receives, the more SMS’ he receives, the more points he gets. The points he gets, will get credited to his account that can be redeemed after it reaches a certain level.
It runs in the background & keeps on updating the location of the user for Android & BlackBerry. Once a user opts for any alert message the details regarding the shop/store will be displayed. User can choose to see the website of the store or he can see the route to reach the location using a map and also can avail some coupons available with the store for his benefit.
Once logged in, a user can submit his interests by selecting the choices available on the existing list of interest.
The home page displays the ads in the respective area according to the current location will be displayed. User can select/choose the subcategory which is related to the specific store. Users can post tweets or share messages on Facebook.