Introducing Shoutem v5

After a few years of initial boom of the apps, the app market is entering the new phase of its lifecycle.

Mobile app market is maturing

The app market is maturing–and so are users. The demand now is for rich mobile experiences and real benefits in exchange for time spent in the app.

We can find the evidence of this trend by simply looking at how we’re using apps these days. How many apps are we using on daily basis? How many new apps do we download in a month? Not many.  

Mobile apps must serve a specific purpose, either to solve problems, fulfill customer needs, or simplify their lives. It’s important to communicate and illustrate the clear value to end users.

If that alone is not hard enough to deliver,  on a market today there is also a fierce fight on the cost of development and maintenance. Everyone is facing the challenge: deliver a high-quality app for less money.

Recent changes in Google Play Store and especially Apple Store (read more in this blog post) are only making this market shift faster – and we have to be equipped with the right tools and knowledge to be able to compete under this conditions.

Shoutem: ahead of the curve

Shoutem has kept pace with the app market life cycle. Almost two years ago, we started developing a new version of the platform – Shoutem v5.

With v5 we fundamentally changed the ways you create mobile apps, empowering you to build beautiful native, cross-platform, mobile apps. Briefly, what we did is:

  • Completely changed architecture. We introduced Extensions and Extensions Marketplace. Similar to WordPress, but for mobile apps, you can get a head start in creating your app by simply reusing a number of ready-made extensions. Adding functionality that would otherwise take days or even months to develop.
  • Shoutem v5 is completely open for developers. To bring the really unique app to market, often there is no off the shelf solution. With v5 you can change every existing extension and write the new ones. We worked really hard not to impose any constraints when it comes to customizations. Like with WordPress, you can change anything.
  • Native UI and performance. Apps are now made in React Native, a cross-platform framework that is trusted by the world’s best developers and used by many of your favorite apps: Facebook, Instagram, Airbnb, Tesla, Skype… This means that apps now combine the best from hybrid and native worlds: have iOS and Android for the cost of one and have a beautiful native UI and performance.

Now you can provide your users this same exceptional mobile experience, design, and performance as the most popular mobile apps and all of that within a reasonable budget

Headstart your mobile app development

Shoutem v5
Building an app from scratch is stupid

The Shoutem v5 has plugin-based architecture. Think of it as WordPress for mobile apps.

This means that your apps are created using small building blocks, or plugins, called Extensions.

When was the last time you heard of someone building an eCommerce website from scratch? With solutions like Shopify, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, there’s no need for it. So why build an app from scratch?

We solved the complexity of mobile app development just as eCommerce website solutions do. Shoutem is a scalable, feature-rich, all-in-one solution with all the tools you need to build a great app and generate value for your users.

Extensions marketplace gives you a head start. They save you time and money and mean you can focus on providing a better user experience, specifically targeted to your business case.

To run your app, all you do is:

  • check our marketplace of ready-made extensions;
  • plug the extension into your app; and,
  • configure it for complete functionality and designed screens.

To differentiate yourself from competitors, you need to provide a unique look and feel to your users. So, we’ve stepped up the design game.

Shoutem v5 app design
Shoutem v5 app design

With 200+ customizable layouts, building an app with unique look and feel has never been easier. If you want to go above and beyond our themes and layouts, you have total freedom to change and customize the UI. Set your imagination free…!

Developer-friendly

React Native and Javascript code with smartphone mockup
React Native and JavaScript only!

WordPress allows developers to create new functionalities and plugins for websites; Shoutem allows developers to create new functionalities and add them seamlessly into apps.

With Shoutem, you can build apps without any restrictions on how you use React Native. We’ve opened our platform so developers can supercharge their mobile app development process with React Native. All functionalities are open-sourced. You’ll never get locked in.

Shoutem provides a complete development environment, tools and documentation to build React Native apps, which means that developers have the freedom to change any existing functionality, or create something completely new.

You can do this in 2 ways:

  • Directly modify the extension code – take the code of an extension, modify it and push it as your own extension.
  • Create a new extension – write the new functionality, and connect to any API or utilize any and all 3rd party packages that you would be able to use with your regular React Native projects.

Who is it for?

Our new platform empowers a variety of clients to make great mobile apps with a real value for their users. Mobile apps must serve a specific purpose; either to solve problems, fulfill customer needs, or simplify their lives. It’s important to communicate and illustrate the clear value to end users.

Shoute v5 gives anyone with a business idea the opportunity to create perfectly targeted, high-value mobile apps. Stand out and keep users coming again and again by taking advantage of Shoutem’s new modularity, tools, and unlimited customizations.

Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs need to develop mobile apps rapidly. When you’re starting a business, resources (especially money!) are scarce. Shoutem provides the advantage of multiple pre-built features, so you can test your idea and get user feedback, quickly. Shipping an MVP and testing your app on the market with real users has never been quicker or easier.

Extensions speed up development time and provide you with most common functionalities. You can focus on your MVP and on developing whatever specific functionality will allow you to most effectively test your idea in the uncharted waters of the market.

Mobile and web developers

Shoutem is the first mobile app creator completely open to developers. All functionalities are open-sourced. You’ll never get locked in or waste development time on common functionalities. Put your focus on innovation.

To give you a head start on mobile app development with React Native, we created extensive documentation for our platform and open-sourced our React Native UI toolkit. React Native is very interesting for web developers, as it uses ES6, making it a familiar environment and easy to learn for anyone familiar with JavaScript.

Resellers

White label reseller program Shoutem

With our powerful white-label reseller program, you can completely brand anything built on the Shoutem platform as your own. Manage clients’ apps with ease, or, give clients direct access to their apps through the agency dashboard.

Growing your mobile business has never been easier. Our white-label reseller program allows lightning fast app development for any niche, and opens upsell opportunities. This is a change from the past when resellers were able to upsell only minor custom changes.

Amplifying your business and opportunities for upsell are straightforward:

  • Premium apps – Upgrade your clients from hybrid to native mobile apps. Always-fresh themes are a great way to upsell the native performance and beautiful native UI interface.
  • Extension customization – Clients will always demand more. They continually ask to adjust functionalities to their business needs. Now, making tweaks to a specific part of the functionality is painless. You simply download the extension source code, change it, and plug it back into the app.
  • Creating new functionalities – How many times have you found yourself unable to close the deal because of a platform’s limitation? There are those few features the client desperately needs and which you can’t provide? Never find yourself there again. With Shoutem you can develop new functionality, and plug it into the app in the same way you add pre-made extensions.

Enterprises

One of the biggest disadvantages of mobile development is the time needed to build an application: around 18 weeks. With Shoutem, you create cross-platform native apps in a fraction of the time needed for separate Android and iOS codebase projects.

The platform is a great fit for enterprises needing to build multiple apps rapidly or implement any functionality, regardless of business logic type. Adjusting the core of your app or extending functionalities has never been faster or cheaper. Automated app building means we’re able to drastically lower costs for enterprise users while boosting the performance and innovation possibilities of development teams.

Let us build your app

What if you can’t find the functionality you need, don’t have the coding skills to customize the app exactly as imagined, or simply don’t have time to build it on your own? Take advantage of our specialized, in-house agency.

We provide custom app development services to build and design apps for any of your business needs.

Our expert team of designers, developers, and dedicated project manager will work with you through the whole process. We’ll take you from research and design all the way to celebrating your app’s success once it goes live.

Save more than 50% on the standard budget and time needed to launch and maintain your app. Developing on Shoutem is 2.5 to 10x more efficient than custom development from scratch.

Brides wedding genius iOS app
Brides Wedding Genius app

What happens to my current apps?

Two things to know:

  • Our original platform will be available only for currently active users
  • All new users will need to use the new version of the platform to build their app

Current customers

Current paying customers need have no worries. We will maintain the old platform and will not be shutting it down–your apps are safe.

New users

Due to the inevitable market shift that’s already here and required quality of the apps by app stores, we believe that only by using our new platform you will be able to provide an exceptional mobile experience and the create high-quality custom mobile apps.

The time of apps built only by drag and drop actions, while providing zero or little true value for users is over. We’re witnessing the new era of the apps.

Mobile apps must serve a specific purpose, either to solve problems, fulfill customer needs, or simplify their lives. It’s important to communicate and illustrate the clear value to end users.

With that in mind, Shoutem platform is pivoting from drag and drop app builder to a tool for building custom native, high-quality mobile apps that help you grow your business in the mobile landscape in a more efficient way.