Native IPhone, IPad & Android mobile ecommerce builder


#1

Dear Oxid esales members,

With our development reaching the half way point we are pleased to announce a FREE mobile commerce web app builder for the IPhone, IPad and Android phones:

http://www.mobi-cart.com/

MobiCart is a free app that can work as a standalone application or by using our API can be linked up to any 3rd party shopping cart.

With the launch date approaching we wanted to see if any members would be interested in integrating Oxid esales with MobiCart.

Any integration would be credited to the developer and be featured on our App Marketplace which is also launching soon.

Thanks again,

Wladimir
MobiCart


#2

Well, why should one not just use a mobile device template for his shop? What are the profits of using this?


#3

Hi aggrosoft,

Thats a very good question. The issue with a mobile theme is that you are still limited by an internet connection. With a native app you are not and on top of this you can really bring the shopping experience to life.

On top of this your customers can download your shop app from the app store so also increasing visibility to your products.

Kind Regards,

Wladimir


#4

But how should a customer buy in your shop without an internet connection? Is this compatible with all major mobile plattforms? What about the “windows phones” - will they be able to use this? How big is the effort to connect this to oxid?


#5

Thats because its a native application and not a mobile version of your site.

MobiCart will be compatible with the IPhone OS and also Android with more platforms coming soon.

API integration - It really depends on Oxid and if Oxid has an API. If so its just a case of feeding us all the product data.

Here is a link to a post concerning native app vs mobile versions:

http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/opinion/columns/3255.html

Kind Regards,

Wladimir


#6

Hello,

Some of you may have heard that Magento is releasing their m-commerce app mid-July.

The pricing for their app will be as follows:

Setup fee - $799
Yearly maintenance fee - $699
Source code (per app) - $6,999

You will all be glad to hear that MobiCart will be FREE!

Kind Regards,

Wladimir


#7

[QUOTE=Mobicart;34296]Hello,

Some of you may have heard that Magento is releasing their m-commerce app mid-July.

The pricing for their app will be as follows:

Setup fee - $799
Yearly maintenance fee - $699
Source code (per app) - $6,999

You will all be glad to hear that MobiCart will be FREE!

Kind Regards,

Wladimir[/QUOTE]
Where is your profit, that you can release that for free?


#8

Hello,

Various partnerships with payment gateways and other open source revenue streams.

Kind Regards,

Wladimir


#9

[QUOTE=Mobicart;33096]API integration - It really depends on Oxid and if Oxid has an API. If so its just a case of feeding us all the product data.[/QUOTE]
Your website does not tell anything about the technical background, especially how you interface a shop to your app.

Is there more technical detail available?


#10

Hello,

Im afraid at the moment there is nothing more than can be made public but do signup to our newsletter for updates and I will also update this thread closer to the time.

Thanks again,

Wladimir


#11

Hi Guys,

For those of you that missed our first newsletter, read all about our launch in Silicon Valley:

http://mobicart.createsend.com/T/ViewEmail/r/3C2BFAB843229BC2

Kind Regards,

Wladimir


#12

Hello everyone,

We are excited to announce that our private beta launch in Silicon Valley went extremely well and you can read all about it below:

http://mobicart.createsend.com/T/ViewEmail/r/6CF4D21E9B895BA4

It has links to our presentation and some screenshots.

You can also find our brand new site here: http://www.mobi-cart.com

MobiCart will be released late next week to the public and soon after we will have our API ready so an Oxid esales integration can get started.

I wanted to try and organise a group if more than one person was interested in helping out and also getting a forum admin on board.

Can anyone guide me to who the best person is I should speak to?

Thanks again,

Wladimir


#13

Hi Guys,

We are exited to announce that Mobicart is now live www.mobi-cart.com

In terms of integrating with OXIDesales, we need to wait for our API which will be ready in January.

In the meantime you can still use Mobicart, but you will need to use our CMS instead of your own.

Thanks again,

Wladimir


#14

Hi Guys,

There have been a few questions come up regarding MobiCart and what it does, and the difference between a native app and a mobile CSS theme.

MobiCart is not a native app that enables you to manage your shopping cart admin panel. MobiCart has a built in CMS, however, instead of creating you a website, MobiCart will create you a native app.

Now the issue is if you lets say have 1,000 products in your shopping cart, you need to get them into MobiCart without having to type them all out again. This is where our API comes in.

The API can be made to work simply so you could import all your products into MobiCart, and when an order was placed on a phone, that order would be pushed back up to your shopping cart. You can also extend this and manage every aspect of MobiCart from within your shopping cart. You could create a page in your admin called ‘mobile’ and have all the settings needed in there.

Now the next question is, why not just have a mobile CSS theme instead of native app.

Our advice would be to have both as a mobile CSS theme is still very good to have and also quick to implement.

However there are many features which is a mobile CSS theme cannot do. With a native app you can do things such as:

  1. Enhanced UI
  2. Push notifications
  3. Stores locators
  4. On-device loyalty schemes
  5. Select from address book
  6. Barcode scanning
  7. Location based services

The list goes on. The above features are only possible with a native app and open up a whole load of possibilities.

The best part of all this is MobiCart is free and open source! Designers can build and sell new themes and developers, extensions.

Thanks again,

Wladimir


#15

Hi Wladimir,

would you like to get in a personal touch with me? I am the Community Guide to OXID eSales and am interested in how it works exactly (feature description, etc), maybe some GUI screen shots or screen casts, some basic technical information and so on…
Maybe we can put all of this information to a separate site and announce it via the options we have.

Regards


#16

Hi Marco,

Thank you for your message.

“would you like to get in a personal touch with me?”

Yes that would be great thank you, what address should I contact?

“am interested in how it works exactly (feature description, etc), maybe some GUI screen shots or screen casts, some basic technical information and so on.”

I would be more than happy to explain this over the phone and please also find some info below:

Features, FAQ, Screenshots, Buzz
http://www.mobi-cart.com/index.html#2

“Maybe we can put all of this information to a separate site and announce it via the options we have.”

Yes that would be no problem. What did you have in mind?

Thanks again,

Wladimir


#17

Hi Guys,

While our API is a few weeks away, I thought I would share with you our new iPhone and iPad screenshots:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mobicart/sets/72157624943245308/

The MobiCart iPhone platform is already live, but we wanted to re-fresh the look and feel of the app. You will also notice some new features such as product reviews and multiple checkout options.

As for the iPad, we are bringing MobiCart to a new device with a totally new experience.

Our team has already been working hard to integrate both sets and we expect a release date in around 6 weeks time.
We will also be releasing the source code so designers and developers can extend and customise MobiCart to their exact needs.

Thanks again,

Wladimir


#18

Hello,

We are delighted to announce the MobiCart API has now been released and will be in beta for the next 4 weeks.

We also have a dedicated team of developers working on the API so are open to ideas and customisations.

http://www.mobi-cart.com/docs/api/index.html

There are two ways an integration can be developed:

  1. Simple – Feed all the product data to MobiCart. When an order is then placed on a mobile phone, we would push it back up to you.

  2. Advanced - Manage all the MobiCart settings including the app preview directly from within your admin panel.

We have also posted some screenshots of our new iPhone designs and iPad version which is due out soon.

Thanks again,

Wladimir


#19

Hello,

Just a quick note to say that no official integration has been built yet so if anyone is interested, now is the time :slight_smile:

Any integration can be given away for free or sold via our website. To get maximum exposure, we would recommend building a simple integration which you would give out for free, and then a more complex one you could sell.

Integration guidelines:
http://www.mobi-cart.com/blog/features/mobicart-api-released

iPhone native app: LIVE
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mobicart/5467956208/in/set-72157624943245308

iPad native app: (coming soon)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mobicart/5467958070/in/set-72157624943245308

Android native app: (coming soon)
No screenshots available.

Web app phone: (coming soon)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mobicart/5739550088/in/set-72157624943245308

Web app tablet: (coming soon)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mobicart/5739001481/in/set-72157624943245308

Thanks again,

Wladimir


#20

Hi,

I just wanted to give everyone a quick update concerning MobiCart. We have some fantastic features being released very soon.

October

New iPhone UI
Live app preview with colour picker
Language packs
Multiple select lists

November

iPad
Android
HTML5 web app

On top of all this, our team is also working on many innovative features such as push notification, promotions and group buying facilities involving social media.

Kind Regards,

Wladimir