HTML5, CSS3 are the best languages used for Mobile UI, IoT Application Development

The Internet of Things is made up of different components to make things work seamlessly for its users. Software, hardware, and firmware solutions are the things that are making the Internet of Things work seamlessly together.

This is a follow-up blog to “Why JavaScript is the Top Programming Languages for Building IoT Applications”. In our last blog we talked about JavaScript and how it is a great programming language for developing web based IoT applications, now this blog addresses how HTML5 and CSS3 with JavaScript are used for mobile user interface development to work seamlessly with web applications.

Vensi has been working with numerous Industrial IoT applications to work on multiple platforms like iOS, Android, and Windows apps, we are seeing with many others that JavaScript, HTML5 & CSS3 are great combinations of programming languages that are building Mobile, UI, Web and IoT applications seamlessly and providing a lower development cost to our clients.

HTML5, CSS3 are the best languages used for Mobile UI, IoT Application Development

Wikipedia defines CSS as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a style sheet language used for describing the presentation of a document written in a markup language. Although most often used to set the visual style of web pages and user interfaces written in HTML and XHTML, the language can be applied to any XML document, including plain XML, SVG, and XUL, and is applicable to rendering in speech, or on other media. Along with HTML and JavaScript, CSS is a cornerstone technology used by most websites to create visually engaging web pages, user interfaces for web applications, and user interfaces for many mobile applications.

Benefits of CSS3:

  1. Compatible With Older Versions
  2. Simple and Independent
  3. View and Change Friendly
  4. Speedy Development
  5. Platform Independent and Cross Browser Compatible
  6. Attractive Backgrounds
  7. Borders and Texts
  8. Images and Animations
  9. Testing the Features

HTML5 is a markup language used for structuring and presenting content on the World Wide Web. It is the fifth and current version of the HTML standard, HTML5 is used by web developers to create web content and cross-platform applications.

Benefits of Html5:

  1. Semantics: allowing you to describe more precisely what your content is.
  2. Connectivity: allowing you to communicate with the server in new and innovative ways.
  3. Offline and storage: allowing web pages to store data on the client-side locally and operate offline more efficiently.
  4. Multimedia: making video and audio first-class citizens in the Open Web.
  5. 2D/3D graphics and effects: allowing a much more diverse range of presentation options.
  6. Performance and integration: providing greater speed optimization and better usage of computer hardware.
  7. Device access: allowing for the usage of various input and output devices.
  8. Styling: letting authors write more sophisticated themes.

The combination of JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3 are helping to create and bring UI and IoT applications to the market faster, by developing on one platform to be used across multiple operating systems, which reduces not only development cost, saves time and works seamlessly on multiple platforms.

Vensi Inc is skilled in developing the web and mobile applications using JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3, we are also specialized in developing IoT Applications and Web Bluetooth Apps.

If you need assistance to develop the best mobile, web or IoT applications contact us at vensi.com/contact_us or visit us at www.vensi.com for more information on our products.

Why JavaScript is the Top Programming Languages for Building IoT Applications

The Internet of Things is a made up of a lot of different components to make things work seamlessly for its users. Software, hardware, and firmware solutions are the things that are making the Internet of Things work seamlessly together.

This is a two part blog addressing web & mobile applications for IoT programming languages that are making entry into IoT easier without creating new programming languages specifically for IoT solutions.

JavaScript is the top scripting language used to create apps on both web and mobile devices for IoT applications along with other applications.

Wikipedia defines JavaScript as a high-level, dynamic, untyped, and interpreted programming language. It has been standardized in the ECMAScript language specification. Alongside HTML and CSS, JavaScript is one of the three core technologies of World Wide Web content production; the majority of websites employ it, and all modern Web browsers support it without the need for plug-ins.

Why JavaScript is the Top Programming Languages for Building IoT Applications

JavaScript has different frameworks like Angular.JS, Angular2, ReactJS and these frameworks are used in coding to create hybrid mobile apps useful for multiple OS platforms like iOS, Android, and Windows. Angular.Js is a web application framework used to create single page applications by developers. JavaScript with Apache Cordova frameworks are used in creating cross-platform mobile applications. The applications developed using JavaScript will be mostly for user interface applications which are user-friendly, and easy to access. JavaScript is also the preferred language in the development of  Web Bluetooth Apps as per W3C group standards.

Node.js is a JavaScript open source environment used in developing different server tools and applications. Node.js allows the creation of networking tools and web servers using JavaScript. Node.js applications can run on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux platforms.

JavaScript supports physical device and the IoT  platforms and is becoming the language of choice, because of its ability to support an inter-operable platform for many different applications.

Vensi Inc is skilled in developing the web and mobile applications using JavaScript. We are also specialized in developing IoT Applications, Web Bluetooth Apps using JavaScript.

If you need assistance to develop the best mobile, web or IoT applications contact us at vensi.com/contact_us or visit us at www.vensi.com for more information on our products.

Google Newest Operating System Android O to be Released

Google announced early in this month the release of its newest operating system for Android phones, this version will be a follow up to their current operating system Nougat. Although the new operating system is not officially named yet, there are rumors it is to be named Android O or Android One, with this new update we are expecting to see some great features to enhance the smartphone’s capabilities.

Android phones are very popular with today’s user, as Android OS has the majority of the market share when it comes to smartphones. Users are expecting Android to have the best and latest hardware and software features for its smartphones.

This latest updates will have very distinct updates that will change the way Android users interact with their phones and tablets, these changes will also take advantage of the new hardware that has been added to smartphones and tablets.

Google Newest Operating System Android O to be Released

New Features of Android O:

Picture in Picture or (PIP) – Makes multitasking easier, things like taking a call while viewing a video will be made easier.

Notification Channels – Enables fine tuned in-app control of notification settings, including notification visuals and grouping options which will streamline reviewing notifications.

Autofill – This will minimize entering a username, passwords, and addresses.

Bluetooth Audio Codecs – LDAC will increase audio fidelity.

Color Gamuts – Provide a wider range of color.

Copy Less – Will save users time in copying text from one app to another, Android O will automatically generate suggested text for users.

Text as an Address With the new update addresses will be identified as a link for Google maps.

Gestures – Gestures will perform certain actions on your device, based on the OEM’s features for your phone.

Battery Life – Battery life was improved while using the new OS as its consumes low energy during its operations either it is running or else in saver mode.

These are some of the big updates to Android O, but there are others features that are not yet confirmed. Many developers are already testing the Dev release and are excited about the new Android O features release.

Android phones are now having the same if not more capabilities spread across multiple devices that range price.

Vensi Inc  is specialized in Mobile App Development using latest trending OS technologies. Our Technical team will easily adapt to new technologies & creates mobile apps using latest technologies. To know about latest technologies contact us at vensi.com/contact_us

How Cloud Technologies are Enabling Mobile Application Development

The App development world is taking advantage of cloud technologies to develop mobile applications. With the advancement of recent technologies like Cloud Computing, which is very significant in enabling mobile app development and is playing a major role by helping developers provide a better user experience.

Cloud Technologies are being used by developers worldwide, which is adding to the increase in mobile application deployment and an increase in multiple devices deployed. Using HTML5 is giving app developers the ability to provide uninterrupted service levels, providing network reception is good. Cloud Computing technologies are also reducing custom application development cost, by reducing building testing and deployment of these apps, managing servers are one example of a burden to developers that is now reduced with Cloud Computing.

How Cloud Technologies are Enabling Mobile Application Development

Cloud Computing Technologies is an Internet-based computing technology that provides and shares information, files and data to the users in a wide range through online sources. We can access the data anywhere from the world. The Shared information will be secure, reliable and ease to access. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are some of the cloud service providers frequently used by developers for sharing information for Mobile App Development.

A huge benefit to using cloud technologies for mobile app development is that cloud technologies offer scalability, the server-less architecture of the cloud allows developers to scale up or down as needed. These solutions are used to integrate data analytics and other advanced technologies, all of this is apart of the Internet of Things.

Features that cloud technologies are enabling:

Moving the apps and the data to the cloud, that were once stored on the device, reaches to a wider audience because the apps can be run on multiple operating systems, with added functionality.

Vensi, Inc has specialized in developing cloud computing solutions for mobile applications using HTML5 as a framework and has a great technical team with great experience, for more information contact us at vensi.com/contact_us

Why Building Mobile Apps with API’s is a Great Approach

Mobile applications are a huge part of everyday life for most of us, whether you’re a business person needing to respond to a client’s email, a student having to check homework assignment online, or a mom who is using her mobile phone to shop for groceries. Using a mobile device is the first choice to perform these and many other functions on what used to be relegated to strictly laptops and desktops. Mobile apps and smartphones are used in many ways and are the preferred choice of people who own them to conduct different tasks while on the go.

For these mobile applications to function flawlessly, there are a lot of things that need to come together to make things work so that users see a seamless and fluid transition from screen to screen. One of the most important aspects of mobile app development is API’s. Most of us don’t know what they are, but if developers didn’t implement these well, mobile apps would not be as user-friendly.

Why Building Mobile Apps with API’s is a Great Approach

What is an API and why is it so important in mobile application development, Wikipedia defines API’s below.

Application program interface (API) is a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications. An API specifies how software components should interact. Additionally, APIs are used when programming graphical user interface (GUI) components. A good API makes it easier to develop a program by providing all the building blocks. A programmer then puts the blocks together.

Mobile apps built with API’s allow for multi-platform development, not only for iOS and Android but also for web apps, this development strategy is enabling companies to add more mobile apps within their budgets.

Benefits of API Services:

  • Eliminates redundant stack setup for each app.
  • Eliminates boilerplate code.
  • All within one model.

These benefits help developers to build apps faster, but also helps them link their software and applications to cloud-based storage, developers also like this API strategy for building apps because it eliminates redundant stack setup and repeated code.

Vensi Inc uses API Services in their Mobile App Development & provides user-friendly, easily accessible apps for its clients & partners. For more information contact us at www.vensi.com/contactus.

Near Field Communication Communicates Efficiently for Wireless Transactions

NFC is something that you may hear mentioned with regard to smartphones, but most of us don’t really know what it is and how to use it. NFC is easy to use and can be very useful in everyday life.

Near Field Communicationbetter known as NFC is a set of communication protocols that enable two electronic devices to establish communication when they are in very close proximity, about 4 centimeters. This peer to peer communication is what establishes NFC apart from other RFID devices, also having the ability to act as both a reader and a tag. This unique ability has made NFC a popular choice in contactless payments and social networking to share contacts, photos, videos, and files.

The advantages of NFC:

  • Secured communication and transfer of data.
  • Easy transfer of data and files with no cost to phone users
  • Used for secure payment transactions using Smartphones.
  • Low power consumption.
  • Accurate identification of people.

Near Field Communication Communicates Efficiently for Wireless Transactions

These are just a few of the advantages of NFC, today people are using NFC for contactless payment throughout the world to expedite transactions in many different scenarios, from going through a drive through to purchase a meal or coffee, to shopping for a variety of items in supermarkets, and clothing stores.

NFC has really enhanced social networking with smartphones, users have the ability to share music, photo, files and contacts simply by touching the two devices.

The Internet of Things and the possibilities of the connection of physical devices will be assisted by NFC, because of the secure data sharing and easy access and use. Adopters will be able to use this technology in not only residential environments but in commercial and industrial settings as well.

The same reasons that makes NFC great for smartphone contactless payments and social networking are the things that make it great for the Internet of Things in all setting and industries, where there is a need for fast, secure, easy to use transfer of data with low power consumption and the ability to accurate identification of users and devices alike.

Today we are seeing more and more homes using Near Field Communication to enhance their IoT solutions, and in the very near future, we will see NFC solutions for the industrial and commercial industries.

Vensi has IoT solutions for various local short range communication. For More information on our IoT Solutions contact us at vensi.com/contact us.

Hybrid Mobile App Development with Sencha Touch, Mobile Angular UI & Phonegap

Mobile application development has changed for the better for today’s developers, you don’t need to have native app development experience. Now you can use web technologies like HTML, CSS, and Javascript to develop cross-platform applications for iOS, Android and Web apps. In the recent past, it was very common to develop apps for each mobile operating systems, and the web. Today the advantages of cross-platform development outweigh the advantages of native app development for the end client, developers, and users of mobile applications.

Some advantages of cross-platform development.

  • The consistency of applications across multiple platforms.
  • Application development cycle is reduced.
  • Updates to apps are instantly synced without submitting changes to the app stores.
  • The cost of development is reduced.
  • The single version of coding can be used for multiple platforms.

Hybrid Mobile Apps Using Sencha Touch, Mobile Angular UI & Phonegap
SenchaTouch is an HTML5 framework that is popular with developers for creating multiple mobile app platforms for iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry, Sencha’s popularity for hybrid app developers is due to it’s consistency across the platforms it supports by providing a native look and feel. Sencha is based on web standards, which means it supports technical specification that defines the World Wide Web. The standards that are commonly supported by the web are, HTML5, CSS, and Javascript.

Sencha allows catering to different screen sizes for mobile and web interfaces when the application is loaded the framework determines the type of device being used. The corresponding profiles determine which components and functionality, views and controllers need to be used, which saves developers time from creating apps for different platforms.

Mobile Angular UI is an HTML5 framework that uses Bootstrap 3 and Angularjs, to create interactive mobile apps. This hybrid app development code provides essential mobile components to hybrid app development, switches, overlays, sidebars, scrollable areas and top and bottom nav bars that stay fixed. This framework makes it easy to bring existing desktop frameworks to mobile applications, giving developers a responsive and touch enable the interface. This is a great framework for building mobile websites, using both Bootstrap and Angularjs.

PhoneGap is very popular mobile application development framework that enables developers to build applications for mobile devices, using HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript instead of using platform specific API’s like, iOS, Android and Windows, by extending these features to work with the specific devices. PhoneGap takes advantage of native and web based codes to create cross-platform applications, by bridging web applications and mobile devices to solve the problems of building apps in multiple languages.

Vensi Inc, we are a team of experts who are specialized in the development of hybrid app development using various cross platform sources like PhoneGap, Sencha Touch etc. Vensi software development team uses these frameworks and developed hybrid applications for its partners and provided the best solution for the desired project. We are also experts in developing IoT applications.

Smartphone & Tablet Purchases Exceed 1.2 Billion Dollars on Black Friday through Mobile Commerce

In the past, we have written blogs about the growing number of mobile users that rarely use desktops to access the web. This past Friday on November 25th, 2016 an astonishing number was reached with mobile app purchases, US shoppers purchased $1.2 billion dollars through mobile transactions on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. That is not the only milestone that was reached on Thanksgiving, but Online shopping increased 21 percent to $3.34 billion in sales surpassing last year’s number in online sales, which was $3 billion in online sales. In the US by the end of Black Friday shoppers spent $5.27 billion.

Smartphone & Tablet Purchases Exceed 1.2 Billion Dollars on Black Friday through Mobile Commerce

Bank Rate reported only 23 percent of US consumers said they planned to shop in stores after Thanksgiving this year, compared with 28 percent last year. By the way, Adobe said the five top-selling electronic products on Black Friday were Apple’s iPads, Samsung’s 4K TVs, the Apple MacBook Air, LG’s TVs and Microsoft’s Xbox.

The shifts in Mobile trends are reshaping the retail industry right before our eyes, what other industries will mobile have this big and effect on. For consumers, mobile apps are a great way to improve their shopping experience. Shopping with mobile apps has many benefits rather than going about shopping the traditional way at the mall, which has it’s many challenges.

The benefits that appeal to most mobile shoppers through Mobile Commerce are:

  • Mobile shoppers are empowered with multiple stores and brand option in real-time.
  • Price comparisons are done easily through mobile apps of various brand and similar products.
  • Detailed product information is available at the push of a button.
  • Helpful user reviews to judge the quality of a product.
  • Checkout processes are much faster than standing in line.

The retail industry has been focused on improving customer satisfaction through mobile apps, and with good reason. The revenue driving through mobile apps this past Black Friday is amazing and will continue to grow as retailers focus on new opportunities for engagement for consumers that previous technology could not deliver.

Retailers are taking advantage of mobile apps and new technology to increase sales by building personal relationships with individual customers based on their shopping styles and the user’s mobile activities; which are monitored and tracked for so that the next purchase is tailored for them. The retailer industry is now running loyalty programs, new customer offers, and promoting new products all with mobile apps this is opening up another source of revenue for retailers.

The biggest trends in mobile apps are:

  • Mobile Inventory Maintenance – Personally when I’m in a store and need assistance, more and more lately sales associates are able to search in-store and locate the item, this feature is very helpful when shopping.
  • The point of Sales (POS) Mobility – I’ve been in stores and have been able to avoid long checkout lines, because of mobile POS systems.
  • Location Based Service – Although they encourage you to spend money, these location-based services provide great sales on items you’ve search.
  • Customer Loyalty apps – Discounts and reward programs are a great way to keep people coming back if they are actually being rewarded for their loyalty, the retail industry is doing that with something people always have on hand, their smartphones.
  • Omni-channel Experience – This is a great way to increase a brand’s visibility in different markets, by making the product available in multiple selling channels.
  • Product Info: Retailers are providing consumers, info on different products when they are available with them based on their past search in online by sending notifications to their mobile apps to maintain regular interaction with the consumer.

Vensi Inc, we are specialized in developing Mobile Apps for retail and commercial use. We developed service and utility mobile apps useful for many mobile users on different Mobile platforms & web. Mobile Apps are playing a key role in the enhancement of retail business to reach more people in future for better and easiest shopping experience with a click.

Why Responsive Mobile App Design is better than Native App Design in Mobile

Since 2006 there has been a huge increase in mobile application developers, today in 2016 there is an estimated 12 million app developers across the world. This demand is because a lot more companies are adopting a “Mobile-First Strategy” instead of desktop first.

Responsive Mobile App Design

Before the mobile first strategy became the new business strategy, most web designers and their client’s approach to software development, was to implement the desktop version of a project first and then to create mobile applications later. The approach now has been mobile first and then desktop, some think that this may be a trend, but if you look at some of the data that is available on the web you’ll see that this is a present day reality.

Let’s take for example the number of mobile web users worldwide, there is an astounding 1.2 billion mobile web users, 25 percent of those user, rarely use desktops to access the web. The other statistics is that over 10.9 billion mobile apps have been downloaded; these numbers are staggering considering there is an estimated 7.4 billion people on planet earth.

Companies are realizing that by designing mobile applications first, rather than desktop first. You don’t have to deal with the complex issues of scaling back from a desktop design. When designing with a desktop first strategy, you put everything you have into that desktop design, technology and use up all of real estate, only to realize that trying to put all of this information on a mobile app, makes for a watered down version on the mobile side, because you have to remove a lot of the pertinent information to make it scale to a mobile app version.

With mobile design as the first priority, you get to decide how you can make your project more robust, and can build upon content and features. If you load up all of the content and features like text, audio, video, etc., which is normally done in a desktop development. Then you face the issues of having more content than it is actually needed for the mobile version, if all of that is to work on a mobile app it will negatively affect the operation of the app. This will turn users off and they will look for another similar mobile application.

The mobile first approach might put a little more work into the initial creation of the project’s scope, as everyone will want to focus on the absolute necessities for the project to avoid an unnecessary functionality performance lags on the mobile devices. Once the app is released then you’ll be able to add additional content and functionality based on the devices ability to handle them.

The mobile first approach uses responsive design, which for a non developer sounds great; it addresses all of the platforms in one development cycle. The downfall of responsive design is in its complexity. There are not many mobile application developers that have the capability to work with the many different languages to code it properly to fit to android, iOS and desktop screen sizes. Some developers are limited to developing on desktop because they have to really consider all of the possibilities with the lack of real estate and that alone limits their creativity. Developers are forced to look at the canvas in a much smaller view, and then add the most important things in the mobile view to make it as important or usable to desktop.

If you’re considering mobile application development and know that you need a responsive design professional, make sure to do your research before you start your project this can be the difference of going over budget, taking more time to complete the project or just scrapping the project all together. Vensi Solutions specializes in responsive Mobile app development using HTML5, CSS3 & AngularJS with W3 Web Standards. We are expertise in developing cross platform mobile applications for web & mobile.

Google’s Update to its Gmail App for iOS

Google has just released its updated Gmail and Calendar app for iOS to the Apple store. This is a big update for IOS users, because of the huge number of people that use Gmail for personal and professional use. This gives Google access to a group of users that would otherwise be out of reach. These two applications are a big part of their cloud based services, and will attract iOS users to the platform.

updated gmail app for iOS users

Google creates applications for browsers and mobile devices with a business application design to fit modern collaborative, work environments. This user friendly platform offers a huge array of features to accommodate business needs like:

  • Gmail for sending and receiving emails.
  • Google Drive to share and store files, documents and video.
  • Google Chat for internal communication with colleagues or for personal use.
  • Google Hangout for virtual meetings, which allows users to visually sharing documents like a WebEx or Gotomeeting.
  • Google Voice for making phone calls, which can be synced to your cell phone.

With improved updates for iOS, Google will add more iOS users to the Gmail platform, but with iOS lacking in some of the Android features. Below are some of the features that will bring iOS up to date with Android.

  • Revamped user interface with sleek transitioning.
  • iOS to resemble in design Android devices.
  • Swipe actions to delete and archive emails, which are configured in iOS settings.
  • Email search capabilities have been improved to make them faster and more efficient.
  • Undo send to revert sent emails.

Google is also working on a new responsive design for its Android and Web versions, this will adapt to the different screen sizes of the different devices to automatically fit all screens.

Responsive design is an app development concept that a lot of app developers are using to create a seamless user interface with mobile and web applications for personal and business use. These Responsive design applications are becoming more and more attractive to mobile app developers as it makes it easier to develop multiple applications in one development cycle. While giving the same look and feel for the UI across multiple platforms.