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Why There is A Surge in Enterprise Mobile App Development?

Mobile applications have grown out to play a very crucial role in business development, and that too in different sectors and these different fields are administration, resource planning and also B2C and B2B communications.

Nowadays, we have enterprise mobile apps that are growing out to become the larger part of the software which is being used by several enterprises for covering all the aspect of these operations.

They have emerged as quite an incredible platform that can help the business owners to stay connected. The Internet has enabled access data at everyone’s fingertip and therefore allows them to take immediate actions quite easily. For those who might be wondering whether to go for an enterprise mobile application development or not, we have brought a solution for you. In this blog, we have discussed major points that support why mobile apps are great for enterprises and why one should go for them.

1. Enterprise Resource Planning

All the enterprise operations have now become virtual, and all the credit goes to the software developed for enterprise resource planning has made it easy for the developers to streamline the proper function and helps to gain optimum resources.

Some of the well-known software Odoo ERP, the internal ERP system are quite handy resources that are quite good for the complete organization as they help to get the complete tally of how many resources are utilized within the company. We now have  Java and internet based mobile apps that allow the users to get a hold of the ERP data on their mobile devices even when they are traveling.

2. Managing the content

Content management is quite an important aspect of any business, and this leads primarily to generate data, access it as well as protect it. Moreover, you need to know that the data is relevant only if you can access it on time whenever it is required, when one can access it on mobile devices something which is important.

Microsoft SharePoint and Alfresco that are two platforms that also offer their mobile extensions which can be added to the user devices and after dropping proper authentication, data access is allowed while rendering extranet and internet portals.

3. Managing Customer Relationship

When it comes to customer-centric businesses, market conditions there are quite dynamic, and this is what makes the market trends very obsolete at a quite faster rate. The marketing team thus need to stay abreast with all the sentiments, the sales team must have the capability to reply at a faster pace and in order to manage issues that are related to customers can be easily dealt with customer relations team and  can easily deploy the data as per relevant department and also allows a point for accessing data at a common point.

4. Handling Business Communications

Talking about the communication applications the common features comprises of video conferencing, data sharing, instant messaging,  as well voice messaging and calling. These tools that make sure to render instant communications have lowered the importance of emails and have brought to a secondary position, where quite critical data that include big data files that demand proper documentation are sent easily.

SharePoint and Liferay are quite well-known platforms in enterprise communication applications development. These platforms are great in order to create mobile apps that not only performs well but also can be accessed seamlessly or mobile devices of different screen and orientation as well as desktop computers.  Another common factor in mobile app development for enterprises is that they are designed to make decision-making quite agile in business.

This is quite a  strong motivator talking about all new business operations as well as several businesses that aim to expand and mobile app development is the crux of their strategy to develop a comprehensive business strategy for development. Whether you need to stay connected in a B2B or B2C environment, mobile apps are being used extensively by enterprises so as to manage data as well as communicate all the matters related to business.

Are you seeking a Mobile App Development Company?

Mobile app development needs something which is quite essential for today’s business. With growing competition, we can see that every business owner  thinks of developing a mobile app. This is the reason you need a proficient mobile app development company that can develop the best mobile app for your business.  We being into the business for more than a decade now can help you to develop quite a competitive application for your business.

Feel free to drop us your queries!

Xicom Tops the List of Best ASP.NET Development Companies, Worldwide by CrowdReviews.com

CrowdReviews.com has announced the list of Top 10 ASP.NET Development Companies across the world and Xicom Technologies Ltd. has secured the first position with an overall score of 41.1. The survey was conducted by the reviews of the customers they experienced during their work encounter with the companies, and the reviews were based on their comments. Clients gave their full contribution and were forthright while expressing their opinion on these firms.

Crowd Reviews utilizes its proprietary analysis methodology and in-depth research to identify the leading IT companies, which consistently offer high performance software development services. The evaluation was done across a range of five parameters viz. Review Strength, Engagement Strength, Verified Status, Profile Strength and Reviewer Strength.

On this achievement, we asked the take of Xicom’s CEO, Mr. Rahul Mahajan and he said, “It’s an honor that all out clients deem us fit to serve them, and this would not have been possible without the commitment put in by our team, so a big round of applause to them. I would also like to thank CrowdReviews.com on behalf of Xicom to provide such an excellent platform through which we can directly reach out to those who need genuine services.” He continued saying, “We strive hard to provide robust, interactive and dynamic ASP.NET Development services. We are grateful to our loyal clients for writing true reviews to the survey sites like CrowdReviews.com. It builds a close relationship with them.”

When asked about the key ingredients for their success, he added “The Web and mobile development has inflated so much that there is no particular formula, as the requirements of each business are distinct. So in short you need to improve your tensile strength and meet up to their expectations, and the credit goes to our development team that renders competitive solutions to our customers. I would also like to thank our clients for taking out time from their schedule and shower on us their reviews through firms like CrowdReviews.com. This instills us the confidence to keep up the job.”

About CrowdReviews.com

CrowdReviews.com is a reliable US-based platform that helps software consumers in finding the most suitable software vendors worldwide. The platform openly discusses on the quality of the goods and services amongst the buyers and providers and generate unbiased reviews based on the genuine customer feedbacks.

About Xicom Technologies Ltd.

Xicom Technologies is a CMMI Level-3 and IS0:9001 certified software development company headquartered in New Delhi, India. It has a strong team of over 300+ highly skilled developers to deliver innovative, reliable and secure IT solutions to SMEs across the world. The company holds the trust of over 500+ clients across diverse business verticals.

How Developers can create highly functional Mobile App


As an app developer, especially an amateur, you’ll possibly want to know the tactics that could help you in developing a unique app model to stand apart from the crowd. Simply put, to become a successful app developer, it is imperative to build something that can help you get instant recognition. Of course, a mobile application designed and developed for distinguishing (and better) features than all the other similar apps available in the app marketplace.

Below are excellent strategies that will assist you in developing highly functional mobile apps:

1. Conduct Survey

You might have come up with a truly exceptional app ideas that you believe can help you achieve success in mobile application development endeavors. But that might not happen. Remember that every user has different likes and dislikes. Some might find your application useful and engaging; while few others won’t possibly like it at all. So, taking a survey is the best way of learning about your user’s needs.

2. Encourage Collaboration

Your app development project can be fraught with complexities. And so, working on such a project can be both a challenging and time-consuming task. However, leveraging the talents of your team members can help you build an excellent product promptly. Besides, at times, you may lack the resources or time needed for developing an app. If you’re facing such an issue, then you might consider outsourcing your project. In that case, encouraging collaboration with your team of developers from the start will help you get desired outcomes. Moreover, collaboration with your offshore development partner will ensure that your project progress is in-sync with your need and best practices.

3.  Focus on UX/UI Design

Your app UI and UX design play a crucial role in creating a winning product. Well, users won’t download your app, in the first place

, if it contains an unintuitive and complicated interface design. This further can ruin user experience of utilizing the app. So, you must research your target market first and observe what kind of functionality they expect from an app’s interface. Additionally, learn about the design patterns that veteran designers follow for the purpose of creating an easy-to-navigate UI design.

4. Create a Fast Loading App

With millions of apps already made available to users, and several new ones being launched each day, users wouldn’t certainly consider downloading an app that performs slowly. They won’t even take time in deleting your app and searching for another one that loads quickly. In fact, according to an online report, “nearly 80 – 90 percent of downloaded mobile apps are deleted just after being used once.” So, it’s critical that your app performs well. Therefore, make sure that your app loads in a faster manner, which requires creating a clutter-free application without unnecessary bloat and fluff.

5. Avoid Making “The Hit Area” Too Small

Keep in your mind that the majority of users have “1.6 to 2 cm” wide index fingers. You must take the width of a finger into account when developing an app in a manner that makes it convenient for your users to tap a tiny area of the app quickly. Often, beginners end up stuffing the app screen with plenty of buttons and other options. Make sure that the buttons and other design components of your app are placed with enough space and are large enough, making it easy for users to tap on the screen irrespective of how small the mobile device may be.

6. Don’t Forget to A/B Test Your Application

Lastly, there is an excellent approach to make such a decision called A/B testing (also referred to as Split testing). This method helps in testing two different variants of a mobile application and thereby lets you know which one of your app version works better compared to the other.

To be more precise, A/B tests help in randomly splitting traffic among your different app variations to help you know the percentage of visitors that click on a particular variant maximum number of times.

Wrapping Up

It’s not easy to become a successful app developer in today’s highly competitive web world. However, abiding by the strategies will head you in the right direction to creating a winning app model, which eventually will help you portray yourself as a professional app developer.

How to lead your Mobile App Development Forever

 

Mobile App Development process can be a complicated process similar to find a needle in a haystack. If the app development process is planned effectively, one can make sure that the process becomes a highly simplified one. At the initial stage of planning firstly try to understand why do you want to develop an app? Is it because you want to ride the wave of other entrepreneurs, or you’re facing problems which can be resolved by a mobile app? If you get correct answers to these questions, you will be able to determine whether your app will be successful or not.

Here is a noteworthy guide to unique mobile application development that will help you to stand out in this cut throat competitive web space. Once your development team understands what exactly a client is expecting from an application, you can easily develop a surpassing mobile application. Take the steps which suit your strategy best or follow them to the hilt. Here is the important guide.

Get an Idea to the Problem

Do you want to build an app but don’t have an app idea? Then it is the first stage of application development.

Successful business owners solve the problems in a way that one cannot imagine. When you look around, every product is created to solve a problem. When you want to travel from one corner of the globe to another, you have the planes. You want to shop online; you have credit/ debit cards.

So get all the ducks in a row by analyzing out all the problems in your daily life. Once you’ve all the list start analyzing how to resolve that problem.

Understanding the Brief

This is one of the biggest hurdles, i.e. to understand the application development brief. How can we use a different set of information into useful resources?

There are some key steps in understanding the app development brief, they are:

1. Determining the features of the application.
2. Apprehending the business logic.
3. Stating the user journey

Once an app developer is clear with the steps, you can break these parameters into actionable steps. Never miss any information, that will be hazardous. One can also use various tools which are available online to create a diagram or a wire-frame for the application.

Decide the features

Now it is the time to detail your product on papers. You may even use a wireframe tool to earn extra benefits out of your application. While detailing your documents on papers, frame everything in detail. Provide everything in detail as how the users will navigate the app and its features. This will help the developers to better understand client’s expectations.

Putting the Design

Many times there are entrepreneurs who believe in keeping the simple design while focusing only on features. The design is just not concerned with how your app looks, but it is also concerned with User experience. You can say design makes technology useful.

Type of Development and Platform

While making a plan for development, it is important to decide which platform to choose for development Android or iOS or iOS. You have to decide between native and cross platform development also.

Getting Feedback after brainstorming

After the application is ready according to the information, you can sit with your team of designers, developers, marketers and clients to do the brainstorming. Discussing the wireframe at this stage can bring out more beautiful ideas and viewpoints. New comments and question will help the application to flourish in the market

Wrapping up

The steps mentioned above are not sacrosanct but are simple guidelines which can help you in your app development process. Once you get into the flow of mobile app development, you will understand how easy it is to develop an application. After all gaining customer lies with the challenges.

Xicom Tops the List of Best CakePHP Development Companies, Worldwide by CrowdReviews.com

Media Source: https://www.crowdreviews.com/best-cakephp-development-companies

CrowdReviews.com has announced the list of Top 10 CakePHP Development Companies across the world and Xicom Technologies Ltd. tops the chart with an overall score of 22.5. The company has outranked its contemporaries with a huge margin of 8.2. This survey was conducted by the reviews of the customers they experienced during their work encounter with the companies, and the reviews were based on their comments. Clients gave their full contribution and were forthright while expressing their opinion on these firms.

Crowd Reviews utilizes its proprietary analysis methodology and in-depth research to identify the leading IT companies, which consistently offer high performance software development services. The evaluation was done across a range of five parameters viz. Review Strength, Engagement Strength, Verified Status, Profile Strength and Reviewer Strength.

On this achievement, we asked the take of Xicom’s CEO, Mr. Rahul Mahajan on this, and he said, “It’s an honor that all out clients deem us fit to serve them, and this would not have been possible without the commitment put in by our team, so a big round of applause to them. I would also like to thank CrowdReviews.com on behalf of Xicom family to provide such an excellent platform through which we can directly reach out to those who need genuine services.” He continued saying, “We strive hard to provide robust, interactive and dynamic Cake PHP Development services. We are grateful to our loyal clients for writing true reviews to the survey sites like CrowdReviews.com. It builds a close relationship with them.”

When asked about the key ingredients for their success, he added “ The Web and mobile development has inflated so much that there is no particular formula, as the requirements of each businesses are distinct. So in short you need to improve your tensile strength and meet up to their expectations. And the credit goes to our development team that renders competitive solutions to our customers. I would also like to thank our clients for taking out time from their schedule and shower on us their reviews through firms like CrowdReviews.com. This instills us the confidence to keep up the job.”

About CrowdReviews.com

CrowdReviews.com is a reliable US-based platform that helps software consumers in finding the most suitable software vendors worldwide. The platform openly discusses on the quality of the goods and services amongst the buyers and providers and generate unbiased reviews based on the genuine customer feedbacks.

About Xicom Technologies Ltd.

Xicom Technologies is the CMMI Level-3 and IS09001 certified software development company headquartered in New Delhi, India. It has a strong team of over 300+ highly skilled developers to deliver innovative, reliable and secure IT solutions to SMEs across the world. The company holds the trust of over 500+ clients across diverse business verticals.

Why Freemium is Best Monetization For New Mobile Apps?

With millions and billions of apps running on App stores we need a fortified strategy not only to deliver an utterly engaging app but also need apps that can help the business owners to earn a considerable sum of money.  App monetization is one of the biggest question lingering around nowadays and choosing the best monetization policy is certainly the primary concern for everyone.

Among numerous revenue models present out there when it comes to monetization you need to pick out the most suitable app monetization policy that can help you to ameliorate your app monetization strategy. According to the nature of apps, various incisive strategists have developed strategies such as app purchases, premium apps and freemium apps. Moreover, in this growing competition you do not only need to build a mobile app wherein you need to  a comprehensive development which you can easily get at Xicom, an ace Mobile web development company.

In this blog, we have discussed how freemium which is one the best app monetization strategy that can help you to become one of the most in demand strategy that can help you to get best returns from your business.

Talking about the literal meaning, the word Freemium is formed by combining the word “Free” and “Premium”. When it comes to the Freemium revenue model, you get to offer your app without charging any cost to the users. However, you need to block certain features. Therefore, this requires the users to pay an amount to block those features. In short you render the core functionality of the app for free which is kind of bait for the users to attract them and then charge for proprietary features.

This clearly states the fact that offering anything for free will certainly help you to attract an ample lot of users provided that you have awesome UX and UI, and on the top of it offering something useful to the users for free will certainly help you to attract users. The freemium model is quite an incredible monetization model that tries to attract a wide berth of users as many as they can by creating a need of the functionalities that you are rendering and provided that .

The reason being is to make sure that the users are engaged and attracted enough so as to offer a premium experience to the users. We nowadays have several enterprise apps a that have subscription which depends on the business that helps to choose this approach to monetization and has a healthy and sustainable revenue stream.

We can see that there are several apps such as Candy Crush,   Angry Birds and all are available for free for the users wherein you need to pay an extra cost if you need to unblock new features to the users. Moreover, the services that are services that can be the from  LinkedIn, Pandora,  SurveyMonkey,  or MailChimp, then you need to know that these services also are based on  Freemium Strategy.

Reason behind the popularity of Freemium

One of the most apparent reason behind why freemium works is because free things are liked by users. Users are certainly attracted to the free services, and they think that there is the harm in making use of an app for free. Once the users get familiar with the app, they would love to discover more about the app. This helps them to develop a knack for them eventually and get addicted to the app.  After getting attracted to the game you eventually the user would certainly want to purchase the new functionality of the apps.

If the app is a game, then you eventually get the basic techniques as well as moves that you require to play the game. You get to use the basic functionalities of the tutorials which you will get by the app publishers to check whether the users will get the right functionalities in the correct way.

As a user, we appreciate and spread a word of mouth to our dear one about the apps, and this is something that works quite effectively for the app. We also get a free word of mouth publicity for those who do not have any idea about your app. This strategy helps you to get the time and attention for free from the users and  to create a buzz for the app, and this eventually helps you to increase your user base.

This model is best for digital products as well as services as the marginal cost is not that high. Allows the developers to cut short the price as the cost of producing as well as distributing a product to 10 users, or even 10 million users remain the same. Which means that even a core product can be given away for free, and the halo effect of this will help you to increase the profitability of the project by creating up-selling for a limited number of users.

Those who are in a competitive market can make use of this strategy. One of the thing that works here is that it allows you to try the project before buying it makes it quite easy for the users to make a decision. This strategy further helps you to lower down your acquisition cost. Using this strategy, you can also attract the users without spending any additional money.

Giving your product for free will eventually help you to acquire slowly a huge chunk of the audience that is willingly ready to pay for apps for premium services as well complete version of your website. The reason would be because they need to acquire the full version of your app.

How to make the most out your Freemium Mobile apps?

Before choosing freemium, you first need to make sure that you can use it ingeniously to reap optimized benefits from your app. Now we will discuss ways for maximizing the benefits out of your freemium policy.

Make sure that you give convincing enough to upgrade their app.
Do not fail to use your Free Features to Market your app
“One customer is well taken care of could be more valuable than $10,000 worth of advertising,” said Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur, and an author.  Make sure to take care of free users as they are they can help you to make or break your apps marketing.
Make sure to get cogent as well as compelling reason to Upgrade your app
Make sure to create a difference between a paid customer so that the users can stick to what they have opted for and do not repent on the decision.
Never get stagnated on one particular set of features make sure to adopt perpetual innovation
Make sure you do not thrust premium features on the users rather make sure to guide your potential buyers quite smoothly to the buying funnel
Make sure that you track down your numbers quite efficiently and offers you the best trick to staying on the right path. Strike a balance between your marginal cost and the profit earned.

Basic Types Of Freemium

Depending on the nature and size of the app freemium monetization policy can be categorized is the following ways:

Gated Features
Time Limited
Limited by number of persons
Limited by Customer Type
Limited by storage capacity
Paywall

All in all!

In total Freemium is an excellent marketing strategy where you do not have to bother about ruining everything. For this, you do not require a lofty marketing budget, however, what you actually might require is a massive infrastructural support to cater huge chunk of the audience. In all, you can reap good results without much investment. Wherefore, off chance if the strategy didn’t work as expected you do not suffer any loss. So it’s a win-win situation in both the cases.

Those who are still contemplating the idea can write their queries to us; we will be glad to help!

Google I/O Paving a New Path For Android Developers

We all know it and of course, because it certainly exists, yes we are talking about the tussle between Google and Apple when it comes to their mobile operating systems. Google is on a mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”  and works throughout the year and launches it on Google I/O. This is a developer’s conference, where they unveil their advancements on which they have been working. Every year app developers from all around the globe focus on this I/O as it unveils interesting updates and opens up new avenues for developing incredible mobile apps for the developers. Though it is held in San Francisco, California, this time, it was held at in Mountain View.

This three-day long conference came up with several new advancements that have taken Android app development a new step further.

In this blog, I have not only summarized all the latest advancements that Google has launched but the how can an adept Android app developer can use.

Google Assistant

As conversational UI is gradually about to replace the regular design platform into a highly interactive platform. Google Assistant is a voice software and interacts with consumers to assist them in their tasks. Based on the technology of Google now, this helps you to book movie tickets, get you a dinner while returning home and also shows you the path to the theater. This product also includes of AI as well as technologies related to it.

This is a cross-platform app which is launched besides Apple’s Siri and Alexa. This will be used across a varied array of devices such as the newly announced Google Home.

New Firebase –Platform for mobile developers

Google is undoubtedly expanding, and this can be seen from the features such as Firebase. They have launched Firebase, which is a comprehensive platform for Android app developers and help then to develop and manage Android, web apps as well as iOS apps (surprised!).

Along with this, there are several tools that are announced that have the ability to accelerate the development process, improve the apps quality,  analyze, acquire new users, along with increasing the engagement quotient of the users and make use of a suitable app monetization policy.

Daydream – VR Platform

Daydream is Virtual Reality platform which is powered by Android and is developed on Android N. Eventually you will get all the apps on Daydream. Google’s YouTube, Google Photos, Street View, Play Movies as well as the Play Store will also be on Daydream present in the VR version.

Google has hired several media companies that will help to bring the VR apps on their Daydream platform. There are several platforms such as Netflix, and we have gaming companies for example Ubisoft and Electronic Arts that have stepped up to develop apps for this platform.

Android Wear 2.0

Google’s announced its Android Wear platform around two years ago and is now being used by around hundreds of models of a smart watch. Several brands support it as it has been launched by several new improved features.

Apps that we were using till now somewhere eclipsed the face of the watch till the users came forth and dismissed it. In the latest advancement, we were now able to a delivery of notifications have become quite disruptive as they are now depicted a small bug until you wish to read them.

When it comes to using them, then we can say that they are quite easy to swipe and scroll. They have removed long presses. You get to have a hardware button available on the side that can enable the default to watch face from wherever you wish to.

Allo – Makes messaging more engaging

Allo

Allo is a brand new instant messaging app which is powered with Google Assistant. Google Assistant works as chat bot as it interacts with you directly. Allo app offers quite an intelligent algorithm for learning and comprise of feature that enables users to reply smartly.

One of the best parts of this app is that it analyzes your previous conversations and also offers suggested responses on based.

Moreover, these are not just words, but the smart replies also comprise of stickers, emojis, and photos as well and everything that focuses that makes your conversation engaging. Along with this, it offers quite a simple sliding feature called “whisper or shout” that enables you to change the size of your text as per your preferences.

Allo offers private notifications, end-to-end encryption, as well as an incognito mode even in chats. Allo is made for both the leading platform iOS and Android quite soon.

Android N

Though no name has been finalized yet for Android N, we can see that there are a lot of advancements that are going on with it.

Android N comprises of brand new features such as picture-in-picture mode, multi-window,  new quick settings buttons, increased battery efficiency,  new emojis, new graphics API named Vulcan, and along with that they also have the ability to reply easily with messages directly from the notifications.

Duo – Simplifying Video Calling

Though just a simple video calling app both for iOS and Android, it aims to simplify your user experience during a video call. Duo offers you a mobile-only service that makes use of the mobile telephone number of the user so as to make it a unique identifier. Moreover, the app is aiming to deliver quite a seamless user experience while video is calling. As soon as you launch your app, you get a selfie video view.

Google Home

In a wake of achieving voice control, Google launched  Google Home, which is a  voice controlled and table-top speaker which is cylindrical in shape and above all possess artificial intelligence. This device makes use of  Google Assistant, which was in the app Allo and also needs a wired electrical connection to run.

Google Home works on simple voice commands, and this will empower the users to use it for their daily chores such as check your flight, set the timer on your microwave, turn off your AC and several others.

Along with this, it also has the skills to answer your questions by making use of Google’s search engine. Further, you can take advantage of it using customizable bases available in several colors that can match the decor of your home.

Chrome OS powered with Google Play

There is good news for those who own a Chromebook. At Google I/O 2016, Google held workshops that will help Android app developers to optimize their apps for Chromebooks. Those who own Chromebook will now get to use  Google App Store as well all the Apps.

Google organized this workshop for Android app developers that will help them to optimize their apps as well as pick out new features for Android N and Android M. This workshop also took sessions for features like  Keyboard, multi-window, and trackpad support.

We all know it and of course, because it certainly exists, yes we are talking about the tussle between Google and Apple when it comes to their mobile operating systems. Google is on a mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”  and works throughout the year and launches it on Google I/O. This is a developer’s conference, where they unveil their advancements on which they have been working. Every year app developers from all around the globe focus on this I/O as it unveils interesting updates and opens up new avenues for developing incredible mobile apps for the developers. Though it is held in San Francisco, California, this time, it was held at in Mountain View. 

This three-day long conference came up with several new advancements that have taken Android app development a new step further.
In this blog, I have not only summarized all the latest advancements that Google has launched but the how can an adept Android app developer can use.

Google Assistant

As conversational UI is gradually about to replace the regular design platform into a highly interactive platform. Google Assistant is a voice software and interacts with consumers to assist them in their tasks. Based on the technology of Google now, this helps you to book movie tickets, get you a dinner while returning home and also shows you the path to the theater. This product also includes of AI as well as technologies related to it.

This is a cross-platform app which is launched besides Apple’s Siri
and Alexa. This will be used across a varied array of devices such as the newly announced Google Home.

New Firebase –Platform for mobile developers

Google is undoubtedly expanding, and this can be seen from the features such as Firebase. They have launched Firebase, which is a comprehensive platform for Android app developers and help then to develop and manage Android, web apps as well as iOS apps (surprised!).

Along with this, there are several tools that are announced that have the ability to accelerate the development process, improve the apps quality,  analyze, acquire new users, along with increasing the engagement quotient of the users and make use of a suitable app monetization policy.

Daydream – VR Platform

Daydream is Virtual Reality platform which is powered by Android and is developed on Android N. Eventually you will get all the apps on Daydream. Google’s YouTube, Google Photos, Street View, Play Movies as well as the Play Store will also be on Daydream present in the VR version.

Google has hired several media companies that will help to bring the VR apps on their Daydream platform. There are several platforms such as Netflix, and we have gaming companies for example Ubisoft and Electronic Arts that have stepped up to develop apps for this platform.

Android Wear 2.0

Google’s announced its Android Wear platform around two years ago and is now being used by around hundreds of models of a smart watch. Several brands support it as it has been launched by several new improved features.

Apps that we were using till now somewhere eclipsed the face of the watch till the users came forth and dismissed it. In the latest advancement, we were now able to a delivery of notifications have become quite disruptive as they are now depicted a small bug until you wish to read them.

When it comes to using them, then we can say that they are quite easy to swipe and scroll. They have removed long presses. You get to have a hardware button available on the side that can enable the default to watch face from wherever you wish to.

Allo – Makes messaging more engaging

Allo is a brand new instant messaging app which is powered with Google Assistant. Google Assistant works as chat bot as it interacts with you directly.
Allo app offers quite an intelligent algorithm for learning and comprise of feature that enables users to reply smartly.

One of the best parts of this app is that it analyzes your previous conversations and also offers suggested responses on based.

Moreover, these are not just words, but the smart replies also comprise of stickers, emojis, and photos as well and everything that focuses that makes your conversation engaging. Along with this, it offers quite a simple sliding feature called “whisper or shout” that enables you to change the size of your text as per your preferences.

Allo offers private notifications, end-to-end encryption, as well as an incognito mode even in chats. Allo is made for both the leading platform iOS and Android quite soon.

Android N

Though no name has been finalized yet for Android N, we can see that there are a lot of advancements that are going on with it.

Android N comprises of brand new features such as picture-in-picture mode, multi-window,  new quick settings buttons, increased battery efficiency,  new emojis, new graphics API named Vulcan, and along with that they also have the ability to reply easily with messages directly from the notifications.

Duo – Simplifying Video Calling

Though just a simple video calling app both for iOS and Android, it aims to simplify your user experience during a video call. Duo offers you a mobile-only service that makes use of the mobile telephone number of the user so as to make it a unique identifier. Moreover, the app is aiming to deliver quite a seamless user experience while video is calling. As soon as you launch your app, you get a selfie video view.

Google Home

In a wake of achieving voice control, Google launched  Google Home, which is a  voice controlled and table-top speaker which is cylindrical in shape and above all possess artificial intelligence. This device makes use of  Google Assistant, which was in the app Allo and also needs a wired electrical connection to run.

Google Home works on simple voice commands, and this will empower the users to use it for their daily chores such as check your flight, set the timer on your microwave, turn off your AC and several others.

Along with this, it also has the skills to answer your questions by making use of Google’s search engine. Further, you can take advantage of it using customizable bases available in several colors that can match the decor of your home.

Chrome OS powered with Google Play

There is good news for those who own a Chromebook. At Google I/O 2016, Google held workshops that will help Android app developers to optimize their apps for Chromebooks. Those who own Chromebook will now get to use  Google App Store as well all the Apps.

Google organized this workshop for Android app developers that will help them to optimize their apps as well as pick out new features for Android N and Android M. This workshop also took sessions for features like  Keyboard, multi-window, and trackpad support.

Internet of Everything: Evolution or Eviction

Evolution is the biological phenomenon which has been taken very seriously by tech leaders. These gadgets are now interconnected to form a space called internet of everything. Talking about the monetary perspective, Cisco CEO has stated that Internet of Things has a bright future, and the market is supposed to soar to $19 Trillion. The company even deems Internet of Everything as the biggest transition in the Internet space. Moreover, it can be seen that the global profits will increase to 21 percent by 2022. Moreover, it can be seen that 50 billion objects will get connected to The Internet.

 


IOT Evolution

 

 

 

IOT is paving a new path of innovation, making a new gamut of devices where machines and the digital world are connected to deliver high speed and efficiency into various sectors such as healthcare, travel, automation, household and more. Here I have discussed whether IoT is here to stay or will face abrupt exit.

 

Easy connectivity

There were many questions regarding what is the role of mobile apps in IoT. The crux is that mobile being the most used devices thus ultimately you need to develop a mobile app which is the central controller of your IoT. For there can be enterprise app can make use of several apps that can be the used for getting real-time updates from an industrial plant, and this might comprises of getting information from the sensors that are present in the manufacturing equipment. These sensors are fitted into the machine to get precise information regarding the variances in pressure or temperature of the machine that might require any further diagnosis and subsequent preventive maintenance. Mobile apps are certainly the integral part of IoT and will experience a significant boost along with this hyper-connected environment.


Easy Connectivity

 

Everyone is ranting and raving about the usefulness of this system and talking about the usability is not in the scope of thing blog (perhaps it would make it quite clichéd).

 

Risks involved

My concern here is that as sensible data is being entirely accessible online and malicious users also have easy access to the end points that are open to malicious users prying on the internet makes security a primary concern and cannot be missed by an oversight. Those who have the foresight can see all the possible advantages of the things, however yet concrete steps are to be taken when it comes to the connection so many devices. Moreover, they are still using the obsolete security measures such as Public Key Infrastructure, which is not strong enough to handle 50 billion devices and that too on an industrial level. Looking at the luxuriantly increasing devices which will react to 20.8 billion by 2020, brings security to the forefront for a perpetually connected, high-traffic, decentralized hyper-connected gadgets.

It is quite crucial to handle security before crying over the spilt milk as it is estimated that the cost of cybersecurity will soar to $3 trillion in the forthcoming years. Moreover, looking at the increasing number of devices we can see that it can reach to 20.8 billion in next four years. This brings to us the concern that whether the utility offered by this hyper-connected the world worth the damage it can cost?

 

Utility vs. Damage

The more we are count on the digital world the more is the dark world that comprises of cyber criminals, and nefarious hackers are growing simultaneously. Consequently, problems and stigmas attached to it such as operational disruption, public embarrassment, loss of intellectual property and cyber attacks are becoming more prominent.

 

Let’s solve the problem!

Let’s be very pragmatic on this, and indeed I believe that there are not IoT networks which are not prone to danger. As the IoT is a different system, therefore, it demands a different approach. For this, you need to detect the breaches, and then you need to know when and how the data was changed. This is an issue of integrity — and therefore, the key focus should be on the modern security as we are dealing with the age of “connected everything.”

 

IOT Solve The Problem

Therefore, as we now focus on the integrity, we would think of a new approach and tools. Those who need to focus on data integrity can have schemes such as scalable provable data possession (SPDP), the dynamic provable data possession (DPDP) blockchain, and Merkle hash trees that are the right places where the industry people can focus. Now rather than just scaling the level of IoT we need to work to make it more reliable. Thereby is a requisite for endpoint security for the industry. Rather than spending on resources to recover the losses, it is better to devote time to taking an advance step for when not when they occur.

 

IoT: Evolution or Eviction

Looking at the plausible advantages, we are confident that people would like to trade-off security concerns. Moreover, there concerns will not be put to oversight, and people will strive hard to come up with secure and reliable solutions. These points culminate the discussion to the point that the IoT will evolve to grow out to be a more connected system and is will certainly not get evicted as it is a future proof technology.

Developing a Website? – 10 Tips for a High Quality Website

Have you ever thought how can you create a great website? Excellent site means quality content, impressive designs and charismatic video. A website is only successful if it allows the visitors to stay on it for longer time duration. In other words, it should connect with people. There is a broad range of approaches to building a quality website, but few of the ingredients are quite common to develop a website. So here are few small things you need to do to create a high-quality website.

1. Quality Content
Content is referred as the king of any website. The content designed for a site should be purposeful, original and should be correctly optimized. Always remember, if the website content is not optimized, then it is of no use. The quality of the content assists in ranking better in the search engines like Google and delights your customers.

Before designing content for a website, try to establish a tone for your site which speaks to your target demographic. Once you have selected a tone, you need to make sure it is consistent across all pages. Your content needs to be sales oriented and grammatically correct.

2. Responsive
A responsive website is aimed at providing an optimal viewing of a site. It should offer an interaction experience to a reader with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a broad range of devices. Approximately, 70% of all web pages are viewed on the mobile devices. So there is an enormous need to develop a responsive website and also given an enormous chance to many web development companies to grow.

3. Invite the user to contact
Never forget to invite your user to communicate with you. Provide your contact details to the website or a simple contact form which should be checked periodically. You should be quick enough to respond your web users enquiries and does not allow them to wait for long.

4. Easy to Use
The User Experience (UX) design is paramount for a successful website. It plays a crucial role in helping users, to loiter around on your site. A design has several UX levels and to provide value to the site, they should be adjusted with the design.

Some of them are:

  • It is advisable to build a logical navigation architecture in a hierarchy.
  • The navigation should be as shallow as possible.
  • Put buttons, dropdowns, and other items as per requirement in the logical places
  • Avoid corporate speak, uncommon industry jargon, and advanced vocabulary. Use language that is understandable to your target audience.
  • Use consistent layouts and allow the site room to breathe.

5. Enables the user to share anything Socially
Content marketing is very essential to grow your presence on the web. So don’t forget to include a social sharing plugin. Search Engine Optimization is very great and makes it easy for readers to find the content on web. It can fetch you a high volume of traffic which includes both social networks and social bookmarking-types of services. It is also noteworthy that it can improve your search ranking. It is not necessary to have a social sharing buttons on every page. But if you have a press release, blog or article posts, educational videos, market research, infographics, or some other unique and compelling content, provide space for sharing it with social media. Most users won’t jump through hoops to share the content. They are accustomed to it being fast and easy.

6. Try using an impressive web video
Sites with web video have an 86% higher conversion rate than those without. Creating a video is a cost-effective, straightforward and easy way to get a complicated idea heard and understood. Connect with web visitors in a way that no other media can and give them a different experience.

7. Add Testimonials, they are influential
Current customers are great assets to your company because they can provide real-world case studies and can share as to how your company has helped them save time, save money, etc. So reach out to your best customers and ask for a testimonial.

8. Use clean and bold images
This is trending these days. It is because images speak louder than words. So, capture your visitors with beautiful imagery. Take pictures of your team in action, shots of the local area, or recent projects you’ve worked.

9. Add your working hours & days
Similar to the phone number as written above, when is your business open? Sometimes there are many questions in the mind of your customers while the land on your website. If they do not get complete information on the website, they either hesitate to contact you or else they leave the website. So, it is better to provide your customers full information on your site.

10. Speed is essential
Make sure that your website pages load quickly i.e. not more than six seconds. A user may turn off a slow site. Make sure to optimize your web images, minify your CSS and leverage the browser caching. It may help go a long way in boosting your website speed. One can use tools like Google Page Speed Insights which can help you see your website’s bottlenecks.

So, these were some tips to build a perfect website. Follow these steps to ensure your success.

Points to be kept in kind while Custom Mobile App Development

Are you searching mobile application which suits best for your need? If you search, you will find a pool of common applications which are readily available to download. However, the instantaneously available applications are someway not fitting your requirement, and you say “it is almost the same, what I was looking for.” This is the place where the custom mobile application development arises. The custom mobile application is specially designed and developed to suit the every possible need of the users irrelevant of how complex will it be.

Here are key points that are required to be considered in Custom Mobile App Development.

1. Understanding the constraint

The moment you launch your application try to employ regular sources to monitor how your customers are responding to it. Ths is how Facebook does. It collects information what is the user expecting and then further tries to meet the requirement within few months in the form of a new feature. So, it is a fascinating thing to understand your customers’ obligations periodically to enrich your Mobile app with features and remove the unnecessary ones.

2. Avoid being a visible copycat

It is certainly a good practice to keep a watch on opponents. It helps you to keep yourself updated in the market. But sometimes, it can be little dangerous. If you do not have any idea about your competitor’s new features, don’t go for it. Instead of becoming a copycat, try to decode that new feature and see why he used that feature. As you decode that feature, you will learn to make a unique feature in your application with the similar but different idea.

3. Simplify as you proceed

Users always discard complications. Take an example of Whatsapp. It is so posh and pleasing, yet user-friendly. It directly leads to communication. There is no hindrance in accessing it. This style is called as “World-class.” How much ever new features you add to your app or site, make sure your developer integrates them in the best way possible to make it readily available to the consumer.

4. The Advantage of cloud computing

Cloud storage technology is a bless to mobile applications. It has come up with the hitches in implementing the updates. This is an excellent technical advancement since it would directly help to boost your app development company. It offers the opportunity to update your Mobile app whenever you want to.

5. Be clear about your ideas

You should be able to translate your thoughts to the developers. One should strictly avoid miscommunication. Sometimes your ideas are so unique that the Mobile App developers find hard to follow and thus may proof to be challenging for your business future. You can lose time, cost as well as hard work. It can also be a frustrating struggle for you.

So, you should employ simple drawn sketches to illustrate your ideas and clearly to your developer if he doesn’t seem to follow you in words.

6. Go mobile

Going mobile is the crucial factor. It is so because of the variations in mobile screens these days. some people enjoy the small screen of Sony Ericsson while few love wide screens. This problem is ever increasing because of the variation in tastes of the users. So this becomes a slight mess for the app developers. Therefore, it is advisable to visit the mobile store once you start. Having two or three reference devices helps to develop better. Always remember, smaller screen sizes are always challenging. If your Mobile app doesn’t go in well on that screen, your customer might easily be hurt. So keep track of what your Mobile app developer is doing in the designing part to keep the templates pleasing to the eye, whatever the screen size is.

 

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