Mobile applications have become a must for content-providers on the internet today. You could hire your own team to create one, but it can be costly and other services can achieve the same end for a much lower price. Romanian-founded and England-based Appticles offers a platform that allows content providers, such as bloggers, to package their content into a HTML5-based app and enter the mobile market.
The basic service is free, which may make some prospective customers wary, but you can also request an invite to the premium service for a wider range of options. At the free level, Appticles allows users to access 3 standard themes, add up to 10 content sources, access data on the in-app activity of your readers, and publish apps for iOS, Android, and Windows 8. However, if you are looking to monetize your content, the premium option is the way to go.
In addition to customizable themes, room for unlimited content sources, and deeper analytics, users can integrate with their ad-network of choice, add a paywall, or charge social micropayments.
Users who use WordPress, Drupal, Tumblr, Joomla, and Blogger can integrate them into the app and create a Flipboard-like magazine that can be viewed online or offline. App-building services, whether you do the work yourself or hire someone, are a dime a dozen, but Appsticles has established itself as a nice option for content-providers who seek to develop a simple, nice app and are looking to save money in the process.
Appticles does not reveal the amount of users that they have. They currently allows users to publish apps to the three main platforms in iOS, Android, and Windows, but indicate on their website that they intend to soon expand to include Blackberry, Firefox OS, and Samsung’s OS Tizen.