Ever since Apple launched their App Store alongside the iPhone 3G in 2008, mobile apps have been an increasingly important platform for brands of all kinds. With the addition of similar app marketplaces for Android, Nokia, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone, it has become increasingly important for certain kinds of companies and organizations to have their own mobile apps. Unfortunately, though, smaller companies, nonprofit organizations, and churches have had difficulty getting into the mobile app space, due to the expense of developing their own apps.
One developer is seeking to change that. ROAR has announced their new mobile development platform, designed to allow organizations of various kinds to create and host their own applications for a modest fee. The program allows customers to bring their online presence – on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. – into one place, and display it on a customized interface.
Churches and nonprofits can get a customized app iOS app from ROAR for $250, or iOS and Android apps for $500, with a hosting fee of $30 for one app or $50 for both.
Is this the kind of thing you might use for your organization? Let us know what you think in the comments.