07
Sep
2017
iOS 11 Features exceed all Expectations

In the most anticipated event, Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Tim Cook – Apple CEO announced the next generation version of iOS – iOS 11. Just like with every new version, Apple amazes crowd with outstanding new updates, similarly, with iOS 11 Apple came up with inventive design changes in major elements throughout operating system.

Undoubtedly, iPhone 8 will be preloaded with iOS11, also free update will be available for existing iPhone 5s and newer, iPad mini 2 and later, iPad Air and later and all iPad Pro models and iPod touch 6th generation. Public Beta version of iOS 11 is already launched for iOS Development Company and their iPhone and iPad developers in July this year. Have a brief look on updates and features you will receive in your iPhones and iPads on updating to iOS 11.

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Personal Assistant – Siri
World’s famous intelligent assistant Siri can now help in translating English phrases into Chinese, French, German and Italian. Like Hotel room in Rome? Tell your host. “È fantastico”. As per recently read information on Safari, Siri suggests relative searches. Also, Siri asks you to add to calendar (for remainder) your booked flight or confirmed appointment. Setting app now has unified Siri and Search settings with option of toggling on/off Siri suggestion on each iPhone or iPad application.

Augmented Reality
Get significantly alluring and fluid experience with Augmented Reality in games and other apps which bring app beyond reality. Augment Reality blends digital objects with scene around users.

Apple Music
What if music volume in different rooms and speakers can be controlled by iPhone? Yes, it is possible with AirPlay 2. One can also opt the song to be played in which room. Apple Music let one discover new songs with help of friends and Apple Music is wise enough to know user’s music taste and suggest accordingly. Siri even answers relevant questions to music. Left and Right Airpods settings can be modified individually with separate double tapped gestures.

Drag n Drop
Tap and hold with a finger to DRAG text, links, photos, files, and others and DROP it in an adjacent app in Split View mode in iPad display. Even other finger can be used to access Dock or Home screen to open another app.

Dock and App Store
Dock in iPads now can be open by just swiping up from any screen. Easy to switch amongst apps, also Dock can be customized by adding needful apps in it by just dragging and dropping. Discover daily stories, a list of all types of apps with separate Games tab with new redesigned App Store.

QuickType Keyboard
Keyboards have become smarter with quicktype stickers and smileys. Also, Siri helps in typing by suggesting words. iPads use downward swipe – Flick, to type characters which were earlier typed with Shift key. Click on one-handed keyboard to shift all keys to the left or right to type easily with just thumb.

Apple Pencil
For iPad Pro models, Apple Pencil support has been expanded with features – Instant Markup to markup quickly in any PDF or screenshot. Tap apple pencil on the lock screen to open Notes app and start scripting notes. Send Mail messages or Save Notes with informative graphics by inking it with Inline Drawing.

Control Centre and App Switcher
iOS 11 let user customize the Control Centre based on their requirements. Refurbished App Switcher now has a quick access to Split view and Slide over apps and also it displays Dock and a tiled view op apps open or most recently used.

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Camera
Snap amazing photos with professional quality filters of camera and with depth of field effect alike DSLR camera. Live photos are more expressive with Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure options. GIFs are only played when opened not in the display of the file. Photos and videos will occupy less space on iCloud due to iOS 11 HEVC and HEIF formats. Camera also detects QR Code and will smartly open the corresponding app.

Multitasking
Editing a photo and chatting along too was just hallucination until the coming of multitasking feature. With Multitask, open a second from Dock while simultaneously working on first and both apps remain active in Slide Over and Split View. To remove any app slide it to left, need not worry it is still sorted in App Spaces of App Switcher.

Scan & Edit
Scan the document and edit it or save it or share it. Smart Notes recognize handwriting and look similar to typed content. It also helps in quick search of notes.

P2P Payment
Electronic money transfer became rapid with Apple Pay, but in iOS 11 Apple Pay also supports peer-to-peer(P2P) payments through iMessage app. For transaction authentication, Touch ID is used. Receive/ send money to your contact friends in just click. Quick Secured Transactions. Also messages can be send with different screen effects to highlight it accordingly.

Safe Driving
Do Not Disturb mode is activated while driving, as iPhone senses the movement and the people trying to reach you will be sent a notification that you are driving. No distraction while driving. Safe Drive.

Other

  • If an app is not in use for a long time, then it gets uninstall automatically but its relative data is kept as backup.
  • Images, videos and other documents can be organized collectively in File format.
  • iOS 11 has built-in Screen Capture and Recording Click on toggle switch in Control Centre and capturing will start.
  • Maps not only for outdoor location but also for indoor for malls, commercial buildings etc to know location of stores on each floor and to guide the path to it.

It is hard to wait but it will be worthwhile. Expected launch is in September 2017, when Apple is completing 10 years of its first smart device launch. To implement such features in iPhone or iPad applications, developers and iOS app Development Company requires Xcode 9.

01
Sep
2017
What’s new in Android Wear 2.0

Tradition that watches just tick tock time updates are far way older, now with booming penetration of Wearable technology and that too specially Fitbits and Smart Watches, wearable application development got new wings to evolve the market with a bright enterprise engaging future.

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To know the steps you walk or calories you burn or to send a message to a friend or to receive a call or weather forecasting update all are possible through wrist band or watch. Alike smartphones, users can stay more interactive with smart watches to perform their daily tasks through touch or just voice assistants. Android Wear and Mobile phones are interconnected via Bluetooth.

Apple watches are always into buzz since years, but Android watches are also not back these days. Google with each update continuously endeavors to come up with new functionalities that bring up a new trend in Wearable Technology and boosts the acceptance rates.

New in Android Wear 2.0

Google’s recently released a new Android Wear update which brings more watch faces, an on-watch version of the Google Play Store, interactive messages and the new Google Assistant to wrist. More updates for Android Wearable app Development companies and users comprise of:

Adapting Material Design Concept

The material design concept is mainly optimised in Wear watches for redesigning the app launcher and making it reconcilable with round screens. Say no to left and right swipe to search apps, simply push side button and the slight arc will be displayed.

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Hold and drag favourite apps to make it visible first. New context specific action drawer is also added in new Wear update. Menus are much accessible with rotational input. It is highly recommended to follow the norms of Material Design for outstanding Look ‘n’ Feel.

Voice Actions

Smartwatches got smarter with Google Assistant feature added in it. Your Voice Assistant (Google Assistant) finds the answers to your questions and reverts back accordingly.

Android Wear 2.0 - Voice Assistant

Hold down standby button and say “OK Google” and let google assistant perform your desired task on watch. Get answers or search a way to the library or else in English and German language on Android wear by mere voice assistance. Expectedly, soon other languages will also be available.

Standalone Apps and Play Store

To access the watch app it was necessary to connect it to the mobile phone, but it is all older now. Android Wear 2.0 brought phenomenal change to Wearable ecosystem with Standalone apps. Standalone apps are where a user can download the wearable apps right from the play store in watch and no need to download it in the phone and then sync it.

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Security is always a worrying factor in such purposes, but Standalone apps are highly secured as they connect to Wi-Fi. For it, watches use secure transfer authentication data via the Wearable Data Layer API – username and password.

Read and Respond

To send messages from small screens is tough, isn’t it? So, Google announced an update where a message can be typed by swiping through the small keyboard. Google offers it native keyboards and also allow third-party keyboard apps for alternatives.

And that’s not all. Quickly read messages from notification and discreetly respond it by dictating, typing or handwriting your answer, or drawing an emoji. Intelligent and instant suggestion for response is also available with Smart Reply. Social apps like Facebook Messenger, Glide, Google Messenger, Hangouts, Telegram or WhatsApp already updated it for smartwatches.

Google Fit

Fitness lovers can now get precise results of workout, calories burned, and distance walked or cycled or run, or exact heart beats rate with new update. Also, it can measure counts or sets of weight-lifting reps, in addition to push-ups, sit-ups and squats. Tune into apps, Google Play Music, calls and messages right from watches while workout.

fitnessFor working out with Music, make a playlist in music service like Spotify and play it straight from Wearable Homescreen – no need of the smart phone. If the watch is connected to a cellular network, then calling and messaging functionality are also available.

Android Pay

Google eventually started matching steps with Apple. Google powered Android Wear version 2.0 with Android Pay feature. Pay directly from wrist. Store the card details and tap the watch to pay the amount.

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To enjoy contactless payments, it is mandatory that Android smartwatch comprises of NFC technology and is updated to latest Android Wear 2.0. It is essential to have Android Pay app in the mobile phone.

API integrations and upgradations

For developers, Google came up with new APIs and SDKs to integrate into application development to make apps more effective, swift and secure and to add on more advanced features in it.

Maps Navigation

Alike, Google Map Navigation in Mobile, your watch also redirects the map location and help to reach the desired destination along with its related information.

map-navigationClick google maps or command through voice to open, and enter the destination and mode of transportation and press navigate button. Google Maps card will appear and will navigate the path to the destination. No need to open the open to check the direction, Android watch will guide you.

Notifications

Google notification cards disguised watch faces earlier, but not notification work bit differently. Now, it will show smaller icons instead of huge messages with a progress bar on bottom display to show left over cards in the stack.

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Swipe up to view the notification clearly. Also, the text colour combination of notification cards is changed. It is featured accordingly that it changes with light and dark background to save battery life and dwindle the invasion of bright notifications.

Many of the smart watches are already updated with Android Wear 2.0 while few of them are still waiting to receive the relevant updates and functionalities. But all the existing watches will not receive Android Wear 2.0 update. Watch manufacturing companies are also striving for Android Watch app development compatible to latest version updates.

Upcoming Android Watches in 2017

Though watches of manufacturers like Asus, Casio, Fossil, Huawei, LG, Michael Kors,   Motorola (Lenovo), New Balance, Nixon, Polar, Sony, Tag Heuer are already in market, with each of them with unique functionalities and elegant look, new watches are also adding up to the competition and to class up your wrist with features enhancements.

Below mentioned manufacturers announced upcoming of their Android Wear 2.0 watches at biggest watches Event – Baselworld 2017:

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Future of Android Wear

Akin smartphones, smart watches market is persistently growing, leaving back stable monetary and engaging benefits to enterprises. Days are not away when big brands like Nike, Reebok, Adidas will create products compatible with android wearable app development. Hype amongst the users can be created through it regarding new launching product.

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC compatible watches are already in market, sooner or later new watches will come with more advanced functionalities and technologies with enough storage to aggregate data which will ease the routine lifestyle and may lessen the usage of smartphones.

20
Feb
2017
How to be Profitable with iOS Apps Development

Because iOS is the most popular platform today, more and more software and mobile app developers are developing apps for the platform. The key to succeed in this endeavor is to find a niche or an ongoing trend and of course plenty of research on the web.

Over the years, the mobile market has grown considerably and experts predicted continued growth of the market. The usage of mobile internet surpassed desktops in the year 2014 and eight percent of web users have smart phones. With these impressive numbers, it is no wonder why popular and reliable companies all over the world are trying to get a piece of the modern day gold rush.

Profitable with iOS apps development

Among the platforms today, the iPhone or iOS platform is the most popular. That is why many mobile app developers are engaging into developing applications for the iOS platform to be more profitable. The following are some tips on how to be profitable with developing apps for iOS.

  • Find a niche or an ongoing trend. Make use of all the freely-accessible information on the web. Make sure to check what is selling at present and open iTunes and check out what applications are in every category of the app store in the top 100. Look at what’s selling and if you think there are still some dollars for another app of the kind, then it is safe to go ahead with it.
  • More work does not always mean more profit. There are really niches that are big in the market, but it does not always mean that the more work a developer puts into the project, the more profitable it will be. It is important to get to know the competition and make sure they do not have a great advantage in terms of sales.
  • Make sure the app is not existing already. This is probably the very first and most common mistakes that developers do. If an idea comes to mind, considering opening iTunes and spend fifteen minutes to do research.
  • Name it correctly. Most likely, the most difficult task is to come up with a reasonable or catchy name. It should be unique and should say what the application is all about within one or three words. Furthermore, it should be international. Search everything with Google first.
  • Two seconds is what it takes to turn a visitor into a customer. Most iTunes visitor or the app website will have made up their minds whether to buy or not after the first couple of seconds. Visitors could stay longer on the site, browse around even to check out testimonials, but would rarely change their minds after the first decision. The most valuable marketing assets are the app name and icon since there are what the visitors will see first. Consider highlighting all the great features in the app description. If the icon is catchy, the screenshots should be too since these are the next things that people will look at.
  • Avoid an over complicated app. Never make users feel or even worse pay as if they were using a rocket. This is because there are a lot of apps out there and if the users are challenged or become uncomfortable, they will just look for another at a minimal price.
  • Use a framework and do not invent the wheel. The thing is the effort that is put into an application and whether a developer could spend less time and get better quality at the same time. There are many frameworks around, some are supported commercially yet still free to use and some are community developed which still provides plenty of opportunities for troubles in forums.
  • Decide on a business model before proceeding to work. Before putting any time on designing an icon, hiring freelance copywriters, coding and more, make sure to know what the business model would be. Furthermore, make sure to feel comfortable with it and the app should have a realistic possibility to provide some income.
  • Avoid using valuable time on a dead cat. Almost all applications have the same sales graph. Release, then quite for a few days and skyrocket and sink slowly towards a plateau near the bottom. There are numerous tricks to make the sales’ peak unload more applications. Once it hits the bottom, it would never be a hit application anymore.
  • Make fuss about the app. Do not rush into selling. Make friends, family and colleagues know you are releasing an application for the iPhone. Make sure to follow them up when the app is released.
17
Aug
2016
Boost customer service through mCommerce

To improve customer service, retain new customers and engage existing ones, a business must embrace the mobile trend. These days, shoppers no longer use a single device or platform for purchasing decisions. As a matter of fact, mCommerce is one of the biggest drivers behind eCommerce sales.