Apple’s new Operating System Updates & Features in iOS 11 at WWDC 2017

Apple has been the leader of the Smartphone and Tablet since the first iPhone launched and they continue to make iOS updates that will enhance the use of these devices while trying to keep a competitive advantage over Android.

On June 5th at the Worldwide Developers Conference  2017, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO announced the updates for iOS 11, he said this version takes the best and most advanced operating system and take Apple’s operating system to the next level, bringing in new subtle designs and new looks to some of the standard apps are a part of the updates.

Apple is a technology giant for good reason, they have created and maintained an operating system that has taken the world by storm, iPhone users are quick to denigrate other phones as they see Apple products in general as superior to anything currently on the market. This may or may not be true depending on your personal preference, but one thing is for sure Apple has a huge following and a market share to support the hype.

Apple's new Operating System Features in iOS 11

Some of the features to look in iOS 11:

  • Drag & Drop for iPad
  • Augmented Reality for iPhone
  • Apple Pencil Updates
  • Customizable Control Center
  • Wider Range of Setting
  • 3D Touch Integration
  • Siri Enhancements for more Intelligent & Natural Voice Recognition
  • Persistent Dock for Multi-Tasking
  • New One Handed Key-boar
  • New Home-Kit to Support Speakers
  • AirPlay 2 to include Multi-Room Functionality
  • App Store has been Revamped
  • Files App to not Include iCloud but is more User-Friendly
  • Peer to Peer Money Transfer
  • New Screen Effects

These are just a few mentioned updates to the Apple operating system expected in September 2017. These updates will be a huge step for the Apple Smartphone and Tablet platforms claiming to make it the world’s most advanced operating system. There are no questions that Apple has created unique hardware that has changed the lives of many people.

Vensi has been developing iOS applications since the beginning for our enterprise customers and we look forward to the new iOS 11 release, hoping these enhancements will provide more features and add more value in our development of iOS applications.

If you are looking for an Enterprise Application Development Team Apple’s new OS features in iOS 11, contact us at vensi.com/contact_us  for more information.

 

 

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.

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.

The New iPhone 7 is Packed with Innovations

new iphone 7

Apple finally announced the latest, advanced and most powerful iPhone ever made, iPhone 7 & 7 Plus. The company touted all the new innovative features of the devices, the sleek new design, the new iPhone 7 design starts with new Glossy Black color variant, called Jet Black, it is high glass finish, iPhone 7 is also available in, gold, silver and rose gold.

The 2nd upgrade is a redesigned Home button, it is more sensitive and added Taptic Engine which provides more responsive and an incredible feel, that third party applications can take advantages of Taptic Engine API for creating new feelings and use experiences. The third is water and dust resistance, the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus come standard with IP67 protection standards, this means the new iPhone is safe even if dropped it in water.

The 4th upgrade is An entirely new camera, there are huge advancements for photography with phones, adding optical image stabilizers to help shaking-hands, larger ƒ/1.8 aperture lenses and a six‑element lens for a sharp image in low light. And with advanced new features like wide color capture for more vibrant pictures. It comes with Quad-LED True Tone flash with flicker sensor, that flickers artificial lighting to improve image quality. Apple also designed an image signal processor which performs multiple operations while taking each picture.

The iPhone 7 plus has two cameras to take quality pictures even in zoom, those are 12 MP cameras, one is a wide angle 28mm lenses the same as the iPhone 7 and the other telephoto with 56mm lens. Also added is a sneak peek feature that provides depth of field capabilities which makes a beautiful blur to the background of an image like photography in DSLR cameras.

The 5th is Retina HD display, that cinema p3 standard color management with 3D touch layer. The 6th is a built-in New stereo speaker system, it is twice as loud as the iPhone 6s and has increased dynamic range. The 7th are Earpods. This time, there is no 3.5mm jack, the new iPhone connecting earpods with lightning only. Ther 8th is AirPods, it is Wireless, Effortless, and Magical. Apple designed a new W1 chip to produce intelligent high-efficiency playback and reliable connections. Added infrared sensor to detect when each AirPod is in your ear, so they only play once you are ready to listen, motion accelerometer for more features like double-tapping to lift the call. W1 chip also enables intelligent connection to allow you to instantly switch between apple devices.

The9th is Apple Pay, that keeps all your credit cards and loyalty cards safe and secure on Apple wallet. The 10th is a new generation quad-core A10 Fusion chip, it performs faster, more efficiency and has improved graphics.  

However, there were some more aspects of the new iPhones that the company did not reveal during the event. iPhone 7 has 2GB of RAM, which is the same as the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. As we mentioned above iPhone 7 is IP67-certified but as per the device’s official product page, liquid damage is not covered by the warranty. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus also come with NFC. And new Apple iPhone has a range of new capabilities with every release but this time, the most impressive capabilities are not related to the new iPhone role as communications devices.

Apple’s latest updates and features at WWDC 2016 for iPhone and iWatch

ios10 and watchos3 features at WWDC 2016

This time, Apple focuses on only software, no new hardware has been released. At WWDC 2016 Apple announced latest updates and features primarily on iOS, MacOS, tvOS and watch OS.

iOS 10: iOS 10 features started with a redesigning Lock screen, includes 3D-touch, notifications that enable access to more information, easily accessible camera, and new widgets. Control Center also has been redesigned with the support of 3D Touch and a wake-up feature that wakes up the screen without bypassing notifications. iphone Siri can do a lot more in iOS 10. An updated Siri allows developers to build Siri support into their apps so that we can now ask Siri to do more things with third party apps like a Uber to book a ride or WhatsApp to send a message.

Messages have been updated with new features like background animations, bubble effects, sketching feature, which also was introduced on the Apple Watch, this feature allows users to create drawings. A predictive emoji feature that can suggest words in the message to replace emoji’s, by tapping on selected emoji, that word will replace the emoji automatically. Message app has its own Message App Store in this update, so iOS developers can create iMessage apps that can be used and improve Message app with unlimited capabilities. Message app can now send stickers and GIFs to order dinner and make payments.

And Apple added a dedicated Home app to operate multiple HomeKit devices, Photos app improved the recognition feature. Map and Music apps also have redesigned.

Watch OS 3: watchOS 3 is a significant update, introducing new apps, new watch faces, and impressive performance improvements. According to Apple, it is going to feel like a whole new watch. Navigation has been improved, with left and right swipes now used to change the iwatch face.

Activity sharing is new in watchOS 3, allowing Apple Watch owners to share their workout and activity information with friends to compete with each other  stay motivated. New activity-based Smart Replies in the app are available to communicate with friends and family over activity achievements. There are settings in the Activity app to customize workouts and activities for wheelchair users, with wheelchair pushes contributing to all-day calorie goals.

A new Breathe app is designed to guide Apple Watch owners through daily deep breathing sessions to cut down on stress and induce relaxation, and there are also new Reminders and Find My Friends Apps. There are three new watch faces, including Minnie Mouse, simple numerals face, and an Activity face that shows activity rings plus more faces can work with complications.

An SOS feature will automatically call emergency services when the side button pressed, no matter where you are in the world, and the Apple Watch can now be used to unlock a password protected Mac’s with new Continuity functionality.

The Messages app redesign makes it quicker to reply to incoming texts, and a new “Scribble” feature allowing you to write on the Apple Watch face with a finger.

 

AngularJS: The Platform to Create Amazing Web Apps

AngularJSThere are millions of websites and web apps, but the time it takes to create them can be countless. AngularJS makes it easier to create single page web applications. “AngularJS is what HTML would have been, had it been designed for building web-apps.”

Developed by Misko Hevery at Brat Tech LLC in 2009, originally sought to create a software behind that would have been priced by the megabyte. This was to create a easy-to-make applications for the enterprise. He launched the website GetAngular.com and only had a few subscribers before he and his partner abandoned their business and decided to release AngularJS as a open source library.

However, many updates were created mainly by Google, it aims to simplify both the development and testing of web apps. This is done by creating a client side model view controller (MVC). A MVC is a way to implement user interfaces on computers. It separates internal representations of information from the ways the information is presented to the user. It also uses model-view-viewmodel or MVVM. MVVM separates development of graphical user interfaces from the development of back end logic.

In simple terms, according to the AngularJS site, “AngularJS lets you extend HTML vocabulary for your application. The resulting environment is extraordinarily expressive, readable, and quick to develop.” It lets users create an engaging website/web application, without the struggles of HTML.

AngularJS is suited for most application development projects and is fully extensible. It works well with other libraries too. This is because every feature can be replaced or modified to fit your project’s workflow.

AngularJS is used on websites such as Walgreens, NBC, Sprint, ABC News, and Wolfram Alpha. In addition, 8400 more sites out of 1 million tested in July of 2015 were also using AngularJS. This was according to Libscore, a Java analytics service.

In addition to AngularJS, there is Angular Material and Angular Design. Angular Material is  “the reference implementation of Google’s Material Design Specification.” So what exactly is Material Design? It is a specification of motion, visual, and interaction design that adapts across different devices. This means that you do not have to create different applications for different platforms or screen sizes.

Angular Designs Goals:

  • Provide structure of building applications. This includes the UI, code, and testing
  • Decouple the client side of an application from the server. Development of work is progress is parallel
  • Decouple Document Object Model manipulation from the application logic.AngularJS has revolutionized the way we create web apps. We no longer need to create different apps for different screen sizes or operating systems. Everything can be created at once with AngularJS. If you would like to learn more about AngularJS or would like to watch some videos on it, go to their website here.

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How Your Business Becomes More Successful With a Hybrid Mobile App

Mobile applications have become a must for almost every type of business to satisfy the exact needs of the sophisticated consumers. The drastic shift of internet users from desktop web to mobile web and mobile apps has brought-up changes in the areas of mobile application development.

hybrid mobile app

Mobile application development has emerged with three categories. These include native apps, hybrid apps, and web apps. Hybrid mobile apps are easier to build than the web apps and native apps.There are various mobile app frameworks in the market to develop new mobile applications, such as jQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch, Mobile Angular UI, Famo.us, Ionic, Onsen UI, Monaca, Trigger.IO and Kendo UI that can be used to develop a multi platform mobile applications easily.

It is very difficult to explain how a hybrid mobile app is developed or built, but we have listed below how a hybrid mobile app behaves, the features and the difference between native and web:

Supports almost all platforms without sacrificing features: Hybrid mobile apps were built in HTML5 web technologies and relies mostly on the use of the web to obtain data. Even though they perfectly supports multiple platforms, provide native app experience and enables to access to native platform features. Because it also contains some standards of native application and uses some of the capabilities that come from the native application. If users want an application that need to offer different platforms, then the hybrid mobile app is best for them.

Can be updated easier than ever: Updates are also made easier with hybrid apps. There is no longer the need to go to the app store and go through all the necessary steps to obtain the update. This enables businesses to push the update through, especially when it is something important, such as a security issue without forcing customers to go through the app store or having to wait for the approval from the stores.

Native capabilities also can be accessed: The reason many companies like hybrid mobile app development is because it has the ability to incorporate native capabilities into the app. This includes the use of the mobile camera, address book, message box and accelerometer. If an app is strictly web based, these features cannot access.

App store distribution: Only Native and Hybrid mobile apps can be distributed through app stores in any platform, but Web applications can not possibly be distributed through the stores. However, every business must have a web even though you have native or a hybrid mobile app because websites are the first place visitors to see your business products or services.

The simple reason in the growth of hybrid mobile app is that you develop them once and use it on every platform. Users can update them anytime without putting any more efforts. We at Vensi develop the hybrid mobile applications that cover a wide range platforms and customized line of business.

Enterprise IT in the Mobile Era

Back in the 80s we saw IBM change the world with desktop computers with more power than the older mainframes. During the 90s we saw the dot-com movement and a mass migration from the traditional systems to browsers and web-based applications. Now, more than a decade later, we are witnessing another paradigm shift in enterprise. The constant connectivity era of mobile is here and IT departments and CIOs are scrambling to adapt to the way this new era is changing business and the world.

Years ago, Blackberry earned popularity among corporate organizations largely because of its security capabilities. Additionally, the devices were easily managed, and the connectivity was controlled by IT administrators. But now with the advent of iPhones, iPads, and other smart devices, enterprises are learning that they can no longer limit their support to the Blackberry alone. We are seeing enterprises approaching mobile device management (MDM) with new hardware and software installations that help manage a variety of devices, all of which require connectivity to their network.

Apple and Google are aware of the challenges organizations are facing and in order to build their share of the enterprise market, they are finding ways to solve the security challenge. They are developing devices that integrate into an enterprise network and enable the IT team to manage the devices more effectively. If necessary, the devices could be shut down, erased or locked. This helps insulate the organization from potential security breaches caused by employees or external individuals because all information is secured and controlled by the IT team via the wireless network. With more security features and measures like this, CIOs are feeling more confident about supporting a growing list of mobile devices.

As these challenges are addressed, we will see laptops disappearing from the enterprise landscape in favor of smart phones and tablets. Sales teams are ideal for this paradigm of shift. With connectivity to their company network, they could present product and services information, answer questions, close sales and place orders on their mobile devices, without having to lug around their laptop. While this use of mobile devices may seem inevitable, it raises questions about the use of enterprise applications. Should employees be provided with a device running company applications, or should organizations simply deploy the enterprise application to the employees’ personal smartphones? The latter idea is gaining traction and has coined the term, “bring your own device.”

The IT team and CIOs are always going to feel pressure to support the newest device. With an ever-growing list of mobile products, enterprises will have to become flexible enough to support a wide range of devices. In this sense, “bring your own device” may make the most sense. It is more cost effective, because the enterprise is not buying and upgrading devices for all of their employees; and employees often prefer to use their personal device so they are not saddled with carrying multiple phones or tablets on the field. However, employees will also have to be comfortable with a loss of privacy on their personal device. With enterprise applications running on a phone or tablet, the IT team will ultimately be in control of that device.

This decade – 2010 and beyond – is the “Mobile Era.” With advancements in connectivity that far exceed the capability of yesterday’s Blackberry, IT teams and CIOs will have to expand their mobile device management strategy to meet the technological needs of their employees.

Building on Siri – The Future of Mobile Software Development

Siri, the voice in the latest iPhone, is a great start for Apple. It’s been successful, probably beyond their expectations. This has made them even more protective in their drive to prevent “jail breaks” – that’s what the development world calls efforts to open up, or gain access to, the operating system so they can run software and do other things not authorized by Apple. With so much at stake, and with those efforts to break through the defenses so relentless, Apple is vigorously defending its technology, using every tool and technique available.  For example, Apple filed a suit recently against Samsung for infringing on four patents, including Siri’s “voice search.” Sooner or later though, Apple will have to yield and open up a bit. When they do, developers will rush to add Siri’s voice recognition features to their applications.

That voice recognition capability is part of a field called natural language processing or NLP, and its potential goes far beyond the usefulness we’ve seen to date. The way it works is straightforward in principle, if not so much in programming. What happens when you say something like “Please call my Mom,” or “Call Mom,” or something similar? The software recognizes the words “call” and “Mom” and links them. Same thing if you say, “Dial Mom.” The software recognizes nouns and verbs and their synonyms and responds by taking a specific action.

There are many ways this idea can be expanded upon. Right now you have to press a button to activate the software, but you could have a sound activated system that monitors a room and takes a specific action whenever a certain word or sound is heard. It could be in a secure area; it could be in a nursery; or it could be in a conference room. The system could be flexible enough to adapt itself to a complicated spoken command such as “Listen for the phrase xyz, then calculate the latest values for factors 1, 2, and 3. Display the results on the conference room monitor.” The possibilities are endless. Think Star Trek and the voice controlled systems on the Enterprise. They’re always on, always listening, and always responding.

You can extend the notion even further. Cell phones were getting smaller until touch displays and video cameras came along. Then they had to get bigger in order to have a useable display. But, suppose you didn’t have to scroll through apps to find the one you wanted? You could just tell your phone what you wanted or where you wanted to go, and it would sort through the hundreds of apps, find the one corresponding to your needs, activate it, and report/display the results to you. It could also keep track of your location and surroundings and give you a running commentary and make informed suggestions based on your transaction history and interests. Face it, sooner or later your phone will shrink to pen size or smaller, maybe even become part of your body as an implanted micro device.

Or, you might combine NLP with very flexible LCD displays descended from the flexible displays that tech companies like Nokia and Samsung are working on. Then you’d have a screen you could unroll when you need a face to face with someone or want to view content the way you might view it on a TV, magazine, or newspaper. It’d be something like the old-fashioned book scroll you see in period pieces, or even more compact when it’s time to put it away. That’d fit right in with the pen analogy.

So what’s your take on the future of mobile development?  Why don’t you write to us at info@vensi.com and tell us?  If your idea(s) are interesting enough, maybe we can make that happen…

Vensi Purchase of Nediso Creates Strategic Partnership to Help Small and Medium Sized Businesses.

Vensi, a premier mobile application development firm based in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, has completed the purchase of the software firm Nediso. This strategic acquisition adds Nediso’s job scheduling, sales, accounting and dispatching platform to their stable of business efficiency and productivity solutions. With Vensi’s team of expert mobile application developers putting their experience to work with Nediso, the firm is offering a cloud based platform, with integrated mobile apps, to enable small and medium sized business (SMB) owners to manage everything seamlessly and from anywhere.  Vensi has already completed Nediso’s free business management iPhone app that allows businesses to access data to view job progress, make updates, and change schedules.

Buffalo Grove, Ill. — Vensi, Inc. is skilled at taking raw ideas from clients and transforming them into applications that improve efficiency, make collaboration easier, and reduce costs and waste. Their acquisition of Nediso creates a synergistic relationship between one of the top-rated efficiency software products and Vensi’s development team to create what will become the future of project and resource management for many businesses.

Current Nediso customers are celebrating the acquisition as they have been eager to take Nediso’s scheduling, dispatch, and accounting software to a mobile setting – Vensi’s decade of mobile development expertise will now allow them to have effective mobile solutions. Mark Jadwisiak, the CEO of Nediso, is accompanying the software to Vensi. “Nediso remains committed to continue to enhance our solutions for the small and medium business community,” explained Jadwisiak. “I am excited to have Vensi involved with Nediso’s software and application development going forward. With the addition of Vensi’s talent, we’ll be able to address the market need for mobile applications.”

Small to medium sized businesses are responsible for nearly 70% of the employment in the United States within the last 10-15 years and represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms. Through their acquisition of Nediso, Vensi is eager to develop mobility options that improve the SMB owner’s flexibility, productivity, and profitability. In the past decade, SMBs created over two-thirds of all job growth in the U.S. and will be instrumental in improving the overall economy going forward.

“The potential of Nediso’s mobile application is enormous,” explains Vensi’s CEO, Kranti Kambhampati. “As businesses look for additional ways to improve service, reduce overhead, and continue growing, this mobile app will become a powerful tool in the business owner’s arsenal.”

To learn more about Nediso’s business management software, please visit Nediso.  To learn more about efficiency and productivity application development that can make a difference in your business, visit Vensi.com.

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Mark Jadwisiak
Nediso
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