After so many leaks, predictions and speculations, Apple has launched the next generation of iPhones. Like the last year’s event, this year too three iPhones were announced at the recently concluded Apple event: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and, cheaper, iPhone XR. Last year’s iPhone X has received tons of updates. Its successor comes in two sizes: iPhone XS (pronounced “ten S”) and iPhone XS Max.
iPhone XS Max is a larger avatar and features a bigger battery and screen than iPhone XR, which among many upgrades sport the next gen Apple SoC, A12 Bionic. A12 Bionic SoC, in fact, is standard across all the iPhone announced in 2018, including the entry-level iPhone XR.
Apple A12 Bionic processor features 6 cores in big.LITTLE configuration wherein 2 high performance cores are up to 15% faster while remaining 4 efficiency cores consume up to 50% less power than A11 Bionic of iPhone X.
The current generation of Apple SoC boasts a GPU with four cores and lossless memory compression. The GPU delivers up to 50% performance gain over A11 Bionic in terms of graphics power.
With iPhone XR, Apple has ditched bezels and embraced ‘notch’ altogether. While last year’s iPhone X did have bezel less and ‘notch’ design, the entry-level iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, had profound bezels and notch absent. Not to mention, those two were the last iPhones to have a home button. Apple has ditched the Home button and Touch ID in favor of Face ID and the TrueDepth camera respectively in all iPhones.
iPhone XR, in addition to using the same processor as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, supports Face ID and has TrueDepth camera. The major difference between ‘XS’ and, cheaper, ‘XR’ is the display technology. The cheaper variant features a LCD display, which Apple calls “Liquid LCD”. iPhone XS and XS Max, on the other hand, have a more vivid “Super Retina” OLED display. Unfortunately, iPhone XR only uses a single rear camera like the iPhone 8. Seems like Apple likes to reserve more premium features like dual-camera system, wireless charging and OLED display for its more premium phone offerings namely, iPhone XS and XS Max.
All the three iPhones support Smart HDR, optical image stabilization and portrait mode despite iPhone XR missing a dual-camera system. SmartHDR is courtesy of A12 Bionic and automatically makes improvements to photos using machine learning.
Apple, expectedly, has insisted on 12MP rear camera setup this year too. XS and XS Max have two of those 12MP cameras in f1.8 and f2.4 setup respectively while XR has only one in f1.8 setup.
Apple has made last year’s TrueDepth camera standard across all its iPhone models. That is, the same 7MP camera is present on all the three announced iPhones.
Although subtle, Apple brings some noteworthy features with the new line of iPhones. All three new models have got rid of the home button to make room for more screen. The bezel-less screen, indeed, looks overwhelming from every angle. Not to mention, Apple has the most sophisticated facial-recognition technology to unlock its device thanks to the industry-best TrueDepth camera, which is now, fortunately, standard across all the 2018 iPhones. I would like give a clear thumbs-up to Apple for that.
Apple iPhones may be getting more expensive every year. But with the amount of additions and efforts it is putting on them, iPhone are still worth every penny and I don’t think that is changing anytime soon.
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Android 9 or P will be called simply Android Pie. Google launched the 9th iteration of Android after more than an year of testing by early adopters. Android Pie is high on machine learning that is your phone will become smarter with time.
For developers, Android Pie gives you new ways to drive engagements and enhance your apps. So let’s look at what Android Pie brings for Android app developers. As I said, the highlight of this year’s Android release is machine learning. Machine learning makes the smartphone faster, long lasting, and easy to use.
To save battery, Android Pie will restrict background activity of rarely used apps. If you’re a developer, make sure your app is optimized for Doze, App Standby, and Background Limits or adaptive battery will inhibit your app’s activities when the user will upgrade to Android Pie.
With Slices, you can enable UI templates that will display outside your app’s full screen experience. User can interact with these rich, dynamic elements belonging to your app from outside it like Google Search app.
Developers can take advantage of the TextClassifiermodels which revolves around TextClassifier API. The model via Linkify API lets developers enable augmented options for quick follow-on user actions.
The machine learning model can identify object like Dates and Flight Numbers.
Android Pie officially supports notched displays now. The display cutout APIs contemplates the place, size and shape of the ‘notch’ and request full-screen layout around it. A developer Option simulates several cutout shapes to shape apps around them.
The new MessagingStyle API displays conversations, adds photographs and stickers, and suggests smart replies. Developers can use ML Kit to enable smart replies on their app.
Android app developers can enable magnifier for all the view options. The Magnifier widget can zoom any view or surface, not mere text.
Developers no more have to build their own dialog for an app. Android Pie introduces BiometricPrompt API that has a stock system dialog. The API at this moment supports Fingerprint, Face and Iris authentication.
Android 9 introduces Android Protected Confirmation to ensure that a prompt is indeed confirmed by the user and happened in a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). The app can only verify prompt when TEE does.
This will keep the apps safe from false prompts that mimic system prompts.
StrongBox is the new KeyStore type that provides API support for devices that have secure, dedicated hardware to store keys. Keys should be protected by a StrongBox security chip in your KeyGenParameterSpec.
To raise user’s security, all the traffic to and fro from your app and application server will happen over a secure connection. Android Pie will block by default all exchanges between cleartext traffic.
Android Pie will restrict idle apps to gain access to mic, camera and other sensors. Moreover, developers will now need READ_PHONE_STATE permission too to access build.serial. Android app developers can use Build.getSerial() method.
Android Pie natively supports more one streams of open camera in an app for the devices that support multi-camera API and have two or more camera setup. You enable features like loss less zoom, bokeh, and stereo vision.
Android Pie support HDR VP9 Profile 2 on HDR capable devices. In addition, it adds HEIF image encoding. HEIF format compresses image without loss in quality. Developers can use ImageDecode for jpeg-to-heic conversion.
With the API, developers can filter out certain sound frequencies when a user plays audio from their app. If a person is speaking in loud environment, the API can filter out the noise.
The API makes it easier to decode images to bitmaps or drawables. Apps can create bitmaps from URI, byte buffer and file.
Android developers with Android Pie can build indoor positioning support in their apps with native support for Wi-Fi Round-Trip-Time (RTT). If the hardware is present on the device, they can use RTT APIs to find relative distance from an absolute Wi-Fi Access Point.
Google brings GlobalPlatform Open Mobile API to Android Pie. Android app developers can now enable apps to use the OMAPI API to access secure elements (SE) to enable smart-card payments and other secure services.
Android Pie brings several compiler optimizations to Kotlin, especially those that target loops, to extract better performance.
As part of Android 9 we are modernizing the foundations of Android and the apps that run on it, as part of our deep, sustained investments in security, performance, and stability.
One of the biggest mistakes made in app development world is putting the technical details first and neglecting the target customer base. Coming up with a unique idea is just not enough to climb the ladder of success; you will have to create an app that delivers value for the target group of people. It is crucial to define target market so that you can know whether they will use the app and can even identify if there’s a demand for the type of mobile app you’re developing.
By figuring out the target audience for your app, you can:-
But, how would you identify the right target audience for your mobile app? Let’s dive-in deep to know more…
Knowing target audience is the first step of mobile app development process. For instance, if you are planning to develop a food delivery mobile app in New York, one can assume that your target audience will be the one who is living in New York. In –case, if you are unable to decide on who is your end-customer, you need to work on your app concept to come up with the refined target audience.
Secondary research includes in-depth analysis of the industry, competitors and actual customers. For instance, food delivery app, it would be boon for the people who are busy working late-nights or get back home late. You can even focus on how often people order from your app, what are the common items they generally buy, which factor is driving them to buy – new products, discounts, reviews etc. and you must keep an eye intact on competitor’s audience.
Understand buyer’s demography, behavior and lifestyle
You need to know the nitty-gritty of your ideal customers! The more granular you can get with the information, the better you can know the buyer’s persona. Look at the traits such as:
The above-mentioned information is essential in basic profiling of your customer…
You can conduct surveys by directly interacting with the target audience and asking about their preferences. However, there are different ways of conducting the survey.
Use marketing strategies
By using effective marketing strategies, you can gather deep insights about your app’s target audience.
Research competitor’s app
Apart from figuring out the behavior of the customer, closely monitoring competitor’s app will help you to know what they are doing right and their weaknesses. Check out features and designs that are missing in your app and peep through the review to know what people are saying. Make a note of positive and negative reviews; check out what users say about the app speed and performance. With all this insights, you can develop an app which is more in line with the preferences of your target audience.
Wrapping it up…
Now, you may have clear idea for whom you’re developing your app for, what are the opportunities and how your app can fill the gap and gain popularity on app stores. Doing thorough research and developing effective strategies can help to know your potential customers and can aid in getting ahead of the competition.
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In 2022, nearly 258.2 billion smart-phone applications will be downloaded and the worldwide revenue generated by the mobile app industry is also expected to witness huge jump – from an already impressive $45 billion in 2016 to a staggering $80.6 billion by 2020.
Mobile app ecosystem is crowded with the apps for all needs; each day, thousands of apps are getting developed and published on app store and play store, but only few app gets to the top position. Although, developing a useful mobile app is easier but developing an app by considering each step of the development cycle is something that can give you success. When it comes to mobile app development, every step is important; cutting the corners may affect the sustainability of the final product.
Below-mentioned steps will help you to focus on each task, while not missing the key aspects of mobile app development process.
Step 1: Market Research
When you think of developing an app, it is important to do the basic groundwork for the app. You should research about the target market, target audience, competitor analysis before beginning the development process. You may think that your idea is great, but sometimes it just doesn’t fit in the current market trends. If your idea already exists, research on what unique things you can add to attract user’s attention. Behind every thought in developing an app, keep the end user in mind and do extensive research on the following question…
Define your budget and do the detailed survey in the early stages for the smoother development process.
Step 2: Wire Framing
Once you are done with the thorough market research, the next phase of developing a mobile app is preparing the detailed scope of the work. Develop a wireframe of your app and draw detailed sketches of the envisioned product that can help you to check usability issues. Wire framing includes details on the platform, features, feasibility and specifications and ensures that mobile app development process is in sync with your requirements. Take the feedback from the industry experts and figure out the loopholes because at this stage changes can be easily incorporated. Now, you will have a clear understanding of how your ideas will combine together into a functional app.
Step 3: Technical Feasibility Assessment
Having a visual understanding of the app is just not enough, you need to check out whether the backend systems will support the app functionality or not. To know it, you need to get access to the public data by sourcing public APIs. Moreover, an app will have different requirements depending on the platform like iOS, Android etc and the device like smart phone, tablet, wearables etc. You may need to alter the wireframe if there are any technical limitations during technical feasibility assessment.
Step 4: Design
To make your app look great, you need to know the features and outcomes to deliver great user experience. You can create multiple variations of a screen by playing around with the layout, navigation buttons, graphics, colors, styling, fonts and other visual elements. Your goal must be to develop aesthetically pleasing app enough to attract the target audience. The team must consider all the parameters necessary including functionality, design concepts, budget, timeline etc. to create engaging user interface. Developing static mockups will provide you a clear idea of how your app will look like and how the user will navigate through the app.
Step 5: App Development
As the development progresses, the app passes through couple of phases:
Agile and Scrum development approach is preferable as it provides collaboration, transparency and rapid iteration benefits which can adapt to the changes easily. During this stage, it is vital to consider multiple factors like multitasking, form factor, device and OS fragmentation. It’s of no use to incorporate the features that are not compatible with the majority of the smart phones.
Step 6: Testing
After developing the app, it is crucial to test the app to find out the bugs in the application. This is all about putting the plan into action and coming up with the first iteration of your developed app. The app is tested for usability, compatibility, security, interface checks, stress and performance to ensure it is bug-free and that users are comfortable with the interface. In User Acceptance Testing (UAT), you would get a clear idea whether your mobile app worked for the intended users or not. If the feedback calls for the major changes, you need to repeat the process right from the wire framing till the app becomes bug free.
Step 7: Deployment & Maintenance
Finally, your app is developed, tested and ready to launch! Understand the norms of publishing the app on App stores. App stores have specific quality standards and security requirements for publishing an app. For different categories the policies of submitting an app are different.
The release of the app on the App stores is not the end. The app required regular updates and there’s always room for improvements and enhancements. Working regularly with your development team, you’ll be able to keep your app up-to-date and maintain its relevancy with the changing times.
Every app is different from another in one or the other way. But the step involved in mobile app development process remains consistent as mentioned above. To make your app successful, you need to follow each step carefully. The process of mobile app development is never ending process; you need to update your app and launch a newer version as and when the trend changes. When users start using your app, you will get reviews about how much satisfied/unsatisfied your customers are. Seeing their feedback, you need to incorporate features in the next versions of the app.
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“There is no substitute for innovation. Original and Revolutionary idea will always rise on top”- Richard Branson
Looking at the current scenario, real estate business is cluttered with too much of services under one roof with no transaction transparency and uniqueness. When searching for a property, potential buyers have to meet the realtors, view property and at last, discuss about pricing. Moreover, the chances of fraud are always at its peak.
How can we overcome these challenges?
With the increased mobile penetration in the daily lives of people, businesses can operate from anywhere. Mobile apps as well as web apps enables real estate business to view and showcase the property on the smart device and also provides easy access to check space details, appointments, reports, tracking of leads etc.
Adapting the emerging technologies is becoming imperative and helps the real estate industry to hit the mark. Let’s run down through the emerging technologies that can help realtors.
As the digital world is growing, customers expect impromptu interaction with the right information at a regular interval of time. Realtors may struggle to meet this need! But thanks to the Chatbot, they can provide right information anytime. Customers generally turn to internet for buying and selling houses but feel reluctant to fill the registration form. However, they may be ready to talk with the person who is sitting at the backend (chat bots). Chat bots interacts with the customer by making use of internal and external databases to offer personalized interactions and provide specific data to each prospect; resulting into higher lead conversions. By automating the initial conversations between agents and prospects, Chabot can surely be an effective and efficient tool in engaging visitors and higher lead conversions. If used in a right way, they can be a key part of realtor’s marketing approach lead conversion.
Blockchain has the ability to transform real estate industry through recording and combining transactions into decentralized secure ledger system. It creates block of transactions that are linked and secured using cryptography that no party has control of. In present situation, the transactions in real estate sector are non-transparent and take place through brokers, lawyers, and inspectors and so on. This involves high risk. To avoid this, Blockchain technology can be used where anyone can record information, without being censored or without needing any permission. Moreover, Blockchain technology cuts off third party cost; to prove authenticity, the seller can legitimately transfer the ownership to the buyer without having to pay for third-party verification. This technology can also be helpful in creating smart contracts, where seller can get away from slow loan process by creating a digital id. And by doing so, transfer of ownership would become seamless and much quicker. These smart contracts are permanently stored on Blockchain and become irreversible and unalterable.
Artificial intelligence can be used in predictive analysis where, real estate investors can set the growth goals and have them monitored with AI tools which can predict risk based on investor parameters and make adjustments to reach financial goals. AI plays a main role in property management where it can predict when maintenance system expires or are ready for replacement. AI can help buyers in decision making; when machine tells you that, “property you are browsing is a good deal”, it’s because AI algorithms have calculated that answer based on the data that was made available. When a human real estate agent tells you it’s a good deal, it may be because of their instinct or because they may be interested in getting more profit or selling property faster.
Before deciding which property to buy, client has to visit multiple properties to find the best one and this consumes more time and money. Moreover, if client is staying miles far, it is not always a feasible option to visit each property. But, Virtual Reality can solve this problem enabling millions of people to visit the property without leaving their homes. Real Estate agent can use VR headset to get three-dimensional walkthrough property and immersive experience of the property. If client has to check multiple properties, in matter of minutes they can virtually check out a good number of locations and decide which is worth buying. Another reason of using VR technology is, it helps the realtors to market staged properties with little investments.
For instance, Company named Roomy offer VR staging services to the real estate agents. It enables to create 3D real estate tours and get property staged so that their clients can check that out easily.
Today, emerging technology has become more reliable, integrated and robust and using this technology is not an option today. In order to stand out from the crowd, using technology in real estate can increase leads and surely takes your business to the next level. With the advancement in these emerging technologies, real estate companies need to stay abreast with the current trends in technology world.
Whether, you are an owner, property manager or real estate company, TOPS Infosolutions provides exceptional software solutions for streamlining real estate services. Our responsive mobile app portals and web app development have helped real estate client across the globe to generate more leads and increase ROI.
Adaption and Evolution are the two necessary ingredients for any business to succeed. But what they need to keep up with the growing trends? The digital fascination in today’s era is imposing a challenging question for the startups: how to sustain a business from failing because of innovation? One thing that can help the businesses get an extra edge is having a mobile app for its customers.
Technology is expanding… and so is the business!!! The traditional approach like handing out leaflets, printing advertisements, and the hanging billboard is an age-old way solution to establish a connection with the customers and cannot succeed in today’s world. Hence it is necessary to have a mobile app for streamlining workflow and reaching their customers effectively. Mobile apps serve as a platform for your business to expand and reach global avenues. Moreover, custom mobile app development ensures that your brand’s voice is heard by a targeted audience and geared towards your business goals.
Some of the popular brands like Zara, Starbucks, and Domino’s Pizza etc. prove that mobile app development can considerably help to boost sales.
But how mobile app development can prove to be the boon for your business? Let’s check out…
Example to follow: When Domino’s Pizza developed a mobile app for ordering delivery or in-store pickup of their food, they saw an e-commerce growth of 28 percent in the first six months in the UK. In fact, mobile devices now account for 77 percent of their online orders.
With the help of a mobile app you can increase your brand’s visibility. With advanced features, user-friendly app interface and optimum app performance, your app will do wonders for your business. We at TOPS Infosolutions have expert developers to address your custom needs for mobile app development for both the popular platforms – iOS and Android. Get in touch with us today to discuss your mobile app requirements.
You might have come across the term ‘API’ while discussing mobile or web application development. In layman terms, APIs are the language through which applications speak to each other. Today, APIs serve as a foundation in the app development process and allow companies to grow their businesses by using services provided by external firms.
What is an API?
API is an acronym for “application program interface.” It is a set of routines and protocols that enables access to another party’s application or platform. An API is a software-to-software interface, through which the applications talk to each other without any user knowledge or intervention.
Let me explain you with an example: When you buy tickets through a movie ticket booking application on your smart phone, the application uses an API to send your credit card data to a 3rd party application for verification. The remote application then retrieves that data, interprets it, verify your card details and sends it back to the application. The application then interprets that data and confirm your tickets.
What is a SDK?
A Software Development Kit (SDK) is a set of software development tools that allows creation of applications for a specific development platform and software framework. Both SDK and API are related to each other. Technically speaking, APIs are a part of a SDK and executes tasks when a call is made. Going little deeper, an API is a part of a build that is used to feed information while a SDK is a set of tools used to build an application.
Increasing Importance of APIs:
APIs, if referred to as the one of the most important technologies behind mobile application development won’t be an overstatement. The increasing importance of APIs can be attributed to their role in defining the way developers build their apps as well as the ease with which they integrate various web services into them. App users today seek various services on the fly to perform multiple tasks and APIs are the ones that make this possible.
Advantage of using API
APIs can save considerable amount of time, as it eliminates the task of writing endless lines of code. There are pre-built APIs available from top web services which can be used to shorten the app development cycle and reduces the coding errors.
Today many apps comes with the functionality of social media logins. Without creating a need to sign up for the app separately, users can directly sign-in through their Google or Facebook credentials. This becomes extremely convenient for users as they need not create a different username. This is done through the integration of APIs provided by respective social media companies.
Mobile apps today have a robust API backend which makes sure that the repetitive steps are eliminated by the using the existing web API services. By connecting the SDKs with the existing APIs, developers can get the app developed faster while ensuring high quality standards. APIs eliminate the repetitive process, thus making sure the developer focuses more on core features of the app and help gain competitive advantage.
With the help of APIs, developers can automate the app testing process and save the time which otherwise would have consumed in manual testing process. Test automation feature makes sure none of the bugs remain undetected and thus help developers deliver an app which stands high on both – quality and user expectations.
Widely Used APIs
APIs serves as bridge for apps to interact with each other. By integrating popular APIs in your app, you can enhance the user experience and increase the popularity of your app. For developers, APIs help build apps faster by eliminating the need to code repetitively. Mobile app development companies foresee the important role that APIs will play in creating a successful app and thus the importance of APIs in mobile app development will grow day by day.
We at TOPS Infosolutions use several API services in Mobile App Development to provide user-friendly, easily accessible apps for our clients. For more information visit www.topsinfosolutions.com or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The popularity of enterprise and consumer based mobile app development is dominating the market since last decade. App Store and Play Store is flooded with millions of mobile apps covering countless industries; hence for the upcoming Appreneurs, it becomes difficult to stand tall and bolster their branding with mobile app.
Choosing the right mobile app development platform and keeping up with the best strategies is not the only thing that makes a mobile app successful. Mobile apps are deemed successful by various parameters such user engagement, UI/UX, etc. But, how does that happen?
Sustainable mobile apps are built by strategizing before laying the first brick of pillar. Helping you to march ahead, let’s dive in deep to make the decision right for your business.
Before you invest in the mobile app development, do some research about the target audience. This will help you to get proper insight of the customer profile, preferences and what device they are using. Moreover, put more focus on the geographical location of your target audience as platform varies widely by region. Identifying the target market in a right way plays a very crucial role while starting with your mobile app development process. You can select the target audience by considering demographic factors such as education, age, socio-economic culture and occupation.
Selecting the right platform for mobile app development leads to increased ROI, app retention and user-engagement. Before figuring out the best platform for your business, it is important to consider the user experience and user engagement; the ideal platform is something that can offer optimized user experience and addresses the unique requirements for customer and business. You can consider the segments like user-friendliness, interactivity, reliability, responsiveness, app updates, customization and much more while selecting them.
Native Mobile App: Native mobile apps are developed in programming language which is native to the device & operating system and requires one specific app to create for one platform. To be precise, user can use the in-built features of the OS; for instance if camera support is needed in your app, developer can easily integrate app with camera.
Cross-Platform Mobile App: This refers to the mobile app development that is compatible with the single code base and can be used across multiple OS such – android, iOS, Windows. This enables the developers to reduce time to market, low development cost, code re-usability etc.
The cost of developing the mobile app largely depends on:-
– Types of application
– Project complexities
– Resources required
– Technology Used
Moreover, application maintenance, upgrades and development efforts can vary significantly; it can be expensive and varies from vendor to vendor and there is always a hidden cost involved. Open source tools can be an attractive option as it results into cost-saving but you need to spend hours in integrating them. Mobile app service provider can help in evaluating total cost analysis and estimate of the overall scope and timeline of the project.
Just because you published your mobile app, it doesn’t mean you are all set to earn profits. The world surrounding your app is constantly evolving and hence, your app also needs to upgrade from time to time. If you want your app to sustain in the market, you always need to add enhanced features, test and host, deploy, and update UI/UX and much more. Thousands of mobile apps are released each day; it is naïve to think that just because your app is wonderful, it will flourish. Be it on Android, iOS or Windows, there are many crucial things that you need to maintain your mobile app for long-term. You will need to
– Extend the features and functionalities of your app iteratively
– Enhance it on various grounds like performance, app store listings, user behavior and so on
– Keeping up with the latest UI/UX app trends
– Mobile app analytics for data driven improvements
– Providing quick bug fixes and security patches
Opting for the mobile app development frameworks unofficially, exposes you to certain degree of risk as you are using layers of abstraction on decided platform and the coding language which is operating on it. Additionally, you must make note of norms of industry standards, system monitoring and data encryption capabilities when building mobile app. In-case, if you are using cloud services, you need to make sure that it complies with the rules-regulations and standard norms. Although it may sound easier to engage in cross-platform mobile app development, but getting highest level of security can be bit difficult.
If all the above points are taken into consideration, it can ensure a successful end product. TOPS Infosolutions’ team of developers makes sure to concentrate on all the above points and ensures your business growth while taking care of all technical requirements.
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