1 Jul 2020
Updated on July 13th, 2020



Ankit Singh

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The very concept of location-based apps has carved a niche in the market, letting businesses to expand their services. 

The location-based features also allow businesses to improve the interaction between the brand and its end-users. However, the integration of this very feature with the help of the React Native framework changes the game of app development forever.

Do you wonder why React Native is the best choice to develop a location-based app?

The React Native Framework is an incredible technology that has brought convenience and comfort in abundance to the development field. React Native is a JavaScript framework, that lets developers create app solutions that are of high performance. It is an open-source framework that helps in creating the cross-platform in a cost-efficient manner. This ensures React Native to be an ideal choice to develop a location-based app.

Popular apps using geolocation technology

  • Location trackers- Waze, Glympse, and Google Maps
  • Social networks- Facebook and WhatsApp
  • Dating app- Tinder and OkCupid
  • Fitness apps- Nike Running Club, and MyFitnessPal
  • On-demand delivery apps- Uber, UberEats, and Zomato
  • Travel apps- Expedia, and TripAdvisor
  • Weather apps- Yahoo Weather, and Weather by Apple
  • Photo location finder apps- Google Photos, and Explorest

Types of Geolocation Apps

Location-based apps are divided into several groups, including…

  • Maps and navigation
  • Geosocial applications
  • On-demand services
  • Fitness trackers and health applications
  • Augmented reality (AR) and games
  • Finding services, recommendations, and discounts
  • Travel apps
  • GPS apps for weather forecasting
  • Location-based apps to enhance business
  • eCommerce
  • Location apps to notify of dangerous situations

Technologies used in Geo-location apps

When you decide to create a custom location-based application, then there has to be certain technology integration. Let’s take a look ahead…

  • GPS

GPS means Global Positioning System is a popular locating technology, helping users to determine locations using satellite signals. Every mobile device is equipped with a GPS module, and this device receives signals from at least three satellites simultaneously. To offer directions and routing options, GPS utilizes magnetometers and gyroscope sensors integrated into smartphones. 

  • Cell ID

This feature works when a GPS signal is unavailable, helps the users to find the location using cell towers. The mobile station makes it viable for users to determine the location of the smartphone and its owner.

  • A-GPS

Assisted GPS (A-GPS) is an efficient locating technology, helps in generating a combination of information from the satellite and the server and transmits the data via the Internet over WiFi or cellular connection.

  • BLE

With the integration of beacons, along with Bluetooth low energy technology, it turns out to be a successful feature for GPS app development. Further, this helps beacons to work on batteries, where they transmit the signal to the user’s device via Bluetooth. 

  • WiFi

WiFi is an incredible option for geolocation app development. It helps the apps in different ways; integration of RSSI determines the location from the database, or via Google Maps. Also, some specific apps would let users connect to Wi-Fi or turn on mobile data to improve location tracking.

  • Geofencing

It is one of the most prominent features of locating technology. In this tech stack, the mobile apps with GPS geolocations, the user’s position is taken along with the time they make an entry into the specified virtual perimeter. 

5 Basic steps to create a location-based app

Much before you get indulged in the creation of a location-based app, you must put your best foot forward and research the market. Also, you need to invest your time in understanding how your proposed app solution can bring you success.

  • Step 1

Understand the specific geolocation features, and include GPS coordinates, map integration, location detecting–depending on the app’s type.

  • Step 2

You must select the right technology stack for your app, which would help your app to get materialized with the efficient tech stack.

  • Step 3

Craft app design and user interface that would help your users to get a user-friendly interface with a protected backend database.

  • Step 4

Integrate data safety to help your app meet the existing legal regulations in all of the countries your apps intend to target.

  • Step 5

Your app is a financial investment for your business and you need to estimate the cost involved in its development process.

Final thoughts

Indeed, the location-based app development is a great idea for your business, and as the demand for apps is increasing as well. Henceforth, considering the niche market to reach commercial success is actually the need of the hour.

The popularity of Location-based apps has expanded to new reach and enables businesses to transform the brand identity, wherein users can interact with businesses offline and online. To get technological advice, contact us at sales@techugo.com, and we will offer you FREE 30 min consultation.

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