Making of Different Application

A tailor-made application for healthy lifestyle lovers.

For all curious readers who are fans of healthy eating, exercise, good advice, interesting news and actions, we present to you the Different app.

How the Idea Came to Life

A potential customer called with an idea for an app. He wanted it to serve as a “guide” for healthy lifestyle users – the app should contain three basic categories: healthy fare, news and healthy food actions sorted by category (fish, meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts). It is important to note that the client already owned the website, was active on social networks and had appeared in certain media, and already had quite a high number of followers. The application was the logical result of a sequence of events. The client decided to create an android application for users (and the website for the administrator). After receiving a detailed specification, we started designing the application. With ongoing consultation, the app was finished and uploaded on the Google Play Store, where you can find it under the name Different.

Discounts

If we want to look for a particular food, we simply go to discounts, select the desired food category and see which stores have the same discounts. The application also offers selection/elimination of certain retail chains (for instance, there is no Tommy in Slavonia, and there is no Boso in Dalmatia). The great thing about the application is that a user can add discounts, stores, or food categories – which, of course, the administrator must approve.

Healthy News

In the news category, the user can read entertaining articles on exercise, nutrition, healthy foods and more.

Healthy Map

A Healthy Map provides an overview of locations where you can find a personal trainer or a group training location. Simply allow geolocation on your phone and all of these categories will appear in your area.

Overall, a great application, as evidenced by the high rating on the Google Play platform (4.9 out of 5.0).

 

GDPR and mobile applications

We have already written about GDPR, as you can see in our previous blogs, but it’s always good to repeat what GDPR is and how it affects us.

The General Data Protection Regulation, also known as GDPR, was adopted in April of 2016. GDPR defines personal data information that could identify an individual. Identifiers may include names, phone numbers, addresses, as well as digital information such as usernames, locations and more. All companies and organizations need to adapt to this new regulation and have to pay attention when creating mobile applications.

What should we know if we want to make a mobile application according to GDPR regulation?
When you use a database that contains personal, confidential information, you always have to have permission to collect them, explain why you need it, who has access to it, how long you will keep that data and for what purpose are you going to use it. That’s why there is a checkbox that can’t be automatically checked as it was before. From now on, every person has to manually label every checkbox. One of the key things about mobile apps and GDPR is privacy by design, which means that the information we collect from a person needs to be just enough to use the app, for example, sex is not essential information for the app download and for using the app, so we don’t need to know that information . It is also important for each application development stage to take care of personal data security because every person who has access to personal information is responsible for them, so beware of what information you are looking for. In addition, your developers need to encrypt and protect all the data that moves between the application and the server. When making an application, you must ensure that users are allowed to make changes and delete their data. All organizations will need a system or process that will locate and remove certain data. This includes all the services and backup systems that data can not return from anywhere. You, as a company, will have to ask for a consent from the start unless you have the legal basis for processing data. This should include what data you collect and why you collect it.

You may need to invest in better technology to ensure continuous monitoring of your data. Also, you will have to have the backup plan. For application owners, both consumers and businesses, it’s crucial that you have full visibility and control over the real-time use and application activity in a centralized way.