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

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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.

 

Is Android An Up And Coming Development Trend Or Another Fad?

Undoubtedly Android is holding the position of the most widely used mobile operating systems in the current development world.

Talking about the global market share it hold a whooping 80% of share. Device Independence is one of the main reason what makes this platform such a widely used one. This implies that you do not need a proprietary hardware to access this particular operating system unlike it competitor such as iOS.

 

It is an open source software that can be installed on numerous devices of developed by different manufacturers and models. Though this might be quite a challenging task for those who develop application for this platform . The reason being is the varied range of devices due to which the developers need to make sure that the devices and all its functionalities are in accordance to the and are can function well on all the devices.

 

Further we know that the mobile market is also a volatile market which means that the trends quickly come and go. We up with new device every now and then and this is the reason why we consider the mobile market as a volatile market. This is one of the main reason why it is quite a task for the developers to match pace with the trends.

 

 

 

As per the statistic we know that smartphones have a global market share captured by mobile operating systems since 2009 and as recorded in 2014 is considerably rising. Talking about individual market share we have Symbian that holds a share of 46.9 percent back then in 2009.

With this there were about 296.65 million smartphones purchased by users in 2010. However, as per the first quarter of 2012, Android took the control and had a market share of 56.1 percent among all the smartphones.

 

 

According to current statistics we can say that Android sure has a gleaming future, but this ever-changing technology you never know what future has in its store. In this blog we will take a look at all the feature of Android app development that can help the developers to face the future.

 

 

According to Google, the complete Android ecosystem has seen a great change after the introduction of Android Lollipop. Apart from this there are numerous wearable devices that can allow you to the operating system keeping the base. Apart form this we have Android Studio that has worked in order to considerably improve the way people work in using traditional IDE – Eclipse.

 

 

Apart from this we have automation tools are also introduced from Google. It greatly helps programmers to fragment their mobile apps into different fragments and assign configuration settings for improving the speed. Material design is also growing in its popularity with the fame of Lollipop, this design has also been incorporated into the UI of Lollipop operating system as well.

This design has completely redefined the user experience. Apart from this smart watches were also introduce that have proved to be a watershed for the development. This has considerably improved the way people now program and have improved the way they now program. When it comes to evolution we are well aware of the fact that wearables are going to be the next stage of mobile app development.

All in all!

The past statistics we know that the Android has become one of the most up and coming operating system in the development world. Apart from this there are ample lot of avenues for programmers such as wearables that are shaping up the new level of development. This implies that Android certainly has a gleaming future and is not just another fad.

How Business can harness the power of Mobile Apps

In recent years, it has been noticed that a vast number of retailers and businesses have started focusing more on mobile apps than the native web. Many companies are found to be chilling with the burgeoning usage of a smartphone with 3G and 4G data options and Wi-Fi access. Few of the America’s top retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Target and Best Buy are gaining maximum profits through mobile traffic.

In a recent survey, it was found that 85.9 million prefer to shop online from mobile applications. Once the customer downloads an app, s/he will always be logged in. This will allow the brand to collect user-specific data such as repeated purchases, time duration of browsing, a preferred platform to share information, etc.

Chris Dixon, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, shared some interesting stats in a post last year:


 


This data is itself alarming! One can easily see the steep rise in the usage of mobile apps. Are you still not convinced?

Here are some of the ways businesses may harness the power of mobile applications.

Be Visible to Customers at All Times

The best thing about the mobile application is that it gives ample opportunities for companies to engage with their customers in real-time, by location. It also provides the complete information about the user.

Creates Strong Brand Image

A strong brand image is critical for every business these days. Nowadays people are constantly available on social media. Almost every app includes social sharing capabilities, allowing consumers to share anything with friends on social networks. This leads to build a good brand image in the mind of the customers which further lead to customer locality.

A brand that does not have a mobile app appears outdated and isolated from modern day trends. A lack of mobile app leaves a not-so-good impression about a brand on potential customers. This indirectly affects a brand’s current business performance and prospects.

Introducing new product/ services or schemes

Mobile apps help the businesses to introduce your products /services or any offers that you want to float. Whether you are selling bakery goods or a spa owner, you need to reach your customers frequently. Thus, having an application can help the owners to communicate with your target customers. For example, instead of calling a restaurant for a table, you can book it with less than five clicks on their platform via a mobile app.

Through push notifications, you’re getting even closer to a direct interaction, and can quickly remind customers about your products and services whenever it makes sense. This may also help the businesses to enter into some new markets to sell out the products and to announce your schemes or offers loudly.

Convenience Through On-the-go Services

A mobile application is one of the best way of replacing conventional business models. It has enhanced the user experience. With an app, customers can do everything from searching for suitable products to actually purchasing them. Anywhere, anytime availability of apps will help an enterprise to deliver products in a timely and effective manner. This brings sales to businesses and improves there profitability quotient.

Collect feedback about customer behavior

Obtaining feedback from about your customers behavior is crucial for your business growth. If you want to learn how frequently customers are using your products and services and what do they prefer to buy or anything related to customer information, a mobile app can be a simple method for collecting this sort of information. With a well-designed app, one can learn more about their customers. This data could be useful when you’re tailoring communications and potential offers to them.

May help to increase website traffic

If you have an application neatly connected to your website, and the app has over a thousand downloads, it can facilitate an increase in website traffic. Many times people are likely to discover your website to find more about an app. For example, Instagram is known for its amazing photo-editing mobile app. However, people usually search for it using Google and visit the website using a laptop or desktop computer.

These were the some significant benefits of mobile apps to any business organization. So, be the first in your neighborhood to offer a mobile app to your customers. Happy Apping!

Digitizing Your Value Chain For Enterprise Apps Development Process

Digitization deals with a clear impact on how each and every organization and individual manages to perform their daily activity processes by enabling businesses as well as governments to operate in an enhanced manner with greater transparency level by achieving higher efficiency rates. Digitization further efficiently boosts up every individual access to everything, starting right from highly innovative products to public services by enabling highly optimized results.

 

  • Digitizing Your Value Chain

Efficiently drives and boosts up your future business growth by modifying the way we look business matters.

 

Infrastructure, Procurement, Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources

 

New Product Development Phase Sourcing Manufacturing Marketing Distribution After-Sales Services

 

Further Product Improvement Process

 

Business Leader Concerns about Value Chain Digitization Methods

In the USA a year ago, almost around 200 associations from industry, government, and the professional community joined in supporting the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute to progress a computerized reconciliation process in the assembling economy. Every one of these organizations has sworn of about $200 million in backing of the project notwithstanding the stipend of $70 million by the Federal government. While activities like these are picking up force in the USA, back in India, the new NDA administration has started the Digital India battle. Albeit corporate pioneers have communicated backing proces as well towards such activities, so it’s a matter of few concerns for us. At the point when administrators of organizations taking an interest in the foundation were connected with whom they want to communicate by accompanying real concerns.

  • CEOs rate digitization activities to be a basic driver of aggressiveness
  • CEOs rate there to achieve advanced abilities as high as possible
  • CEOs feel a genuine deficiency of abilities in PC supported configuration (CAD), undertaking asset arranging (ERP) and producing execution frameworks (MES)

Indeed a developing concern among them was that the current wicker bin of advances were too difficult to learn and involved high preparing expenses, were moderate to advance and adjust and on occasion to costly for miniaturized scale little and medium ventures. A few frameworks are additionally moderate and don’t encourage the correspondence between machines. Subsequently the expansive motivation from business application improvement is premises on three variables:

  • Openness
  • Interoperability
  • Ease of use

Challenges and Customer Centric Innovation to Offer Solutions

Beyond any doubt, versatile application advancement administrations are not freethinker of stage. Designers need to value that there is no single size that can fit everyone. Application advancement administrations offered by organizations need to track the intended interest group, the expense of improvement, the planned time before the application is propelled. This is the place it is fiscally judicious as well as deliberately astute to incline toward the specialized skill and business bits of knowledge of a seaward improvement administrations supplier. Client driven development holds the key and insignificant specialized advancement won’t do.

Major Reasons Behind The Increase in Need For Mobile Optimized Sites

The use of mobile devices for accessing the Internet has increased to an extent – that brands wanting to expand their web presence can’t afford to ignore a mobile optimized site. Most importantly, having a mobile-optimized site is crucial for ranking higher in the Google search results.

But, if you are marketing professional and facing difficulty in explaining the significance of having a mobile site to someone, you’ll certainly need some assistance. This article will help you learn about some of the biggest benefits of a mobile website.

1. Enhanced UX (User Experience)

We often get links in a text message or email by friends or known people, but as soon as we click on it via a mobile device, we are presented with a load of messy and unorganized content. Now just imagine what happens when your visitor tries opening any of your site links via their phone? Needless to say, they might decide not to re-visit your site on seeing unnecessary bloat.

Simply put, if a user can’t browse your site seamlessly using their mobile device, they will abandon your website. According to a recent report, it was concluded that “61 percent of users do not wait much longer and leaves a site that isn’t optimized for mobile.” But thanks to a mobile site, you can provide your clients with an optimal online experience.

2. Keep Users Engaged

As users are becoming increasingly impatient and need access to everything in a jiffy, a mobile site can help them seek any information on the go. In short, having a website optimized for mobile users will keep them engaged. Moreover, making it easier for visitors to navigate your web pages via any mobile device will help in converting those visitors into potential customers.

3. Faster Page Loading Speed

Speed is among the most important factors that can help a visitor stay or leave your site. In fact, study shows that “users abandon a website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load.” So, it is essential for you to improve the page load time of your site. But, a general website that is not optimized for mobile devices will run slowly than a mobile website.

4. Better SEO

It has become imperative to have a mobile-optimized site, just after the release of Google “mobile-friendly update”. Also, the search engine giant considers responsiveness of a site a great factor to boost SEO ranking. Put it simply, having a mobile website is most likely going to help you rank well in the SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages).

5. Helps Gain Competitive Advantage

Lastly, having a mobile website will give you an advantage over the competition. Well, there’s a possibility that some of your competitors might still be planning on creating a web solution to cater to mobile users’ needs. And so, a mobile site will help you stand ahead of those competitors, which eventually will assist in strengthening your market position.

Wrapping Up!

So, if you are confused about explaining to your superiors or other users about how a mobile site will prove beneficial for them, just read out the points mentioned above. This will help them in making an appropriate decision.

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