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.

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.

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.

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.

Good, better, best. Never let it rest.

‘Til your good is better and your better is best.

-St. Jerome

Products are released every day, many with no notice and some with great success. The Apple iPad is an example of well-managed marketing, extreme anticipation and high customer satisfaction.

The Windows Archos 9, JooJoo and HP tablet all are efforts to beat the iPad. The recent release of the Blackberry Playbook is one that held high expectations but met with unexpected disappointment. Blackberry’s maker, RIM had hoped to take a big chunk out of the tablet market but it appears their rush to do so caused them to compromise their quality. Apparently, the tablets have a flaw in the operating  system that can make it impossible for users to set up the device. About 1,000 Playbooks were recalled as a result.

We see product recalls regularly – toys, snowblowers, baby seats, fitness products – the list is long. Recalls are costly to a company because they often require replacing the recalled product or paying for damage caused by its use. They also can result in less trust in a brand name or manufacturer (see: Toyota).

Quality control is a factor in business as well as life. So how can we reduce the risk of recall, or put more positively, assure excellence in a final product? Some essentials: well-defined goals, processes and procedures, and stop gaps to check quality as a project progresses. Teamwork and clear definition of roles and responsibilities are also important factors.

When competition is fierce and quick turnaround vital, the risks must be managed even more closely. Taking time to think through the process first, noting goals and metrics to be met along the way, is crucial. Double- and triple-checking each step ensures the final work will be a masterpiece of excellence. Don’t sacrifice best for fast or cheap or good enough.

RIM can rebound from the Blackberry Playbook recall. It may take special incentives to bring customers to trust the company and take a chance on the product. Efforts to take a little more time to make sure the product was functioning properly in the first place would have prevented the headaches and frustration of an unfortunate and preventable mistake. We don’t know what specific goals were not met and where the breakdown of proper procedures happened. We DO know that had a recall not occurred, Blackberry would be in a stronger position against iPad and other similar products.

Our lesson is to remember to slow down enough – even when required to move quickly – to ensure the best outcome is obtained.

Android tablets will take a bite out of the Apple pie

It looks like Apple’s iPad is finally getting some serious competition,  In fact there is a real frenzy of tablet manufacturers and application developers in the marketplace as all the key players jockey for position and market share.  The most notable and important contenders being the Android tablets. Every major device manufacturer is getting in on the action – Motorola, LG, Samsung, Dell, ViewSonic, Panasonic, Toshiba…It seems like there are product announcements every day, often several in a day. Sony, for example, knows they may be late to the early adopter market, but they are securing a spot in the line-up with their recent public confirmation of plans to use Google’s tablet-specific Honeycomb OS. Companies like Hewlett-Packard are close behind, and high-quality, competitively priced tablet options will be mainstream by the end of the year. At Vensi, we keep our finger on the pulse of all industry trends, and the Droid tablet market is no exception. We thoroughly research and evaluate each of these tablets, and while some tablets are definitely better than others, we see some consistent and significant trends in hardware that indicate Android tablets could soon overtake the iPad in market share.

In a market created and currently dominated by the iPad, many consumers jumped on the Apple bandwagon.  No doubt iPad is a solid product and it has set the bar pretty high with software that still leads the industry in quality, security and user experience. However, many consumers, especially those people buying a tablet for business applications, should consider the array of Android tablets.  For instance, many Droid tablets offer (or promise to offer) higher camera and display resolutions, faster processor speeds, USB ports, and of course a more open operating system. All of these features would enhance the work experience and increase professional productivity, thereby fitting the needs of a business consumer better.  Even the US military seems to think Android is a better fit for their needs.

When comparing the plethora of tablet options now and in the near future, it will be important for consumers to think about the features they want and need. The iPad has set the standard, but competitors are looking to take bites from the Apple pie with features that differentiate them from the iPad and from one another. One important vulnerability iPad has not overcome: The iPad has been criticized for not supporting Flash, so if the “full web experience” is important to a user, a Droid tablet that supports Flash should be a consideration. Another possibly critical feature would be battery life. For some, the iPad standard of ten hours is enough, for those who travel frequently though, removable and spare batteries will be key selling points for the Android tablets.

Android and iPad tablets are a quantum leap in our computing experience, and here at Vensi we are creating innovative, world-class mobile applications that will fully utilize the available features of any platform, including tablets. While it is not clear which operating system will ultimately dominate the marketplace, we will certainly be providing top tier  applications for either platform.  May the best OS win!

Windows Mobile 7 May Become a Key Player in the Mobile Market

The Windows Mobile device hasn’t been able to get much of a foothold in a mobile market dominated by the iPhone and Android. Even Blackberry has held on to its niche better than many expected (probably because of its security that is favored by corporate and government users). However, Microsoft has an enormous installed base of users that are accustomed to the look and feel of the Windows environment. While we haven’t seen a surge in interest in application development with Windows Mobile 7 yet, as a mobile application development firm, Vensi believes Windows Mobile 7 may very well take off very soon, so we are spending some quality time with the technology and exploring its capabilities.

Nokia obviously also sees the potential, since they announced plans to drop their proprietary O/S platform and partner with Microsoft to power the new Nokia smartphones with Windows Mobile 7 software. This partnership is a surprise to many of us who have watched Nokia and Microsoft wage epic battles for a decade in what The Economist so eloquently called “The Fight for Digital Dominance”. In the mobile world, it seems even staunch enemies can become friends in an effort to survive and ultimately thrive. As mobile application development experts, Vensi thinks that if these two one-time opponents can truly extend the olive branch and appreciate and leverage one another’s strengths, they could solve the IOS/Android conundrum and create unprecedented opportunities in the mobile industry.

In addition to the promise of tremendous synergy with the PC (and a huge enterprise market), there is another key advantage we see with Windows Mobile 7: an environment rich with possibility for truly ingenious mobile applications. Microsoft has nurtured strong relationships with programmers and developers over the years, and that has created tremendous loyalty in their programming ecosystem. Further, from the point of view of developers, the platform is quite similar to .NET, and there is an abundance of .NET developers out there who can easily start programming apps for Windows Mobile 7 immediately. A rapid pace for new apps and Microsoft’s pervasive marketing machine could give Google and its Android a run for their money. As for the iPhone, we know Microsoft has successfully taken on Apple in the past, and even Apple is not invincible, especially without Steve Jobs at the helm…

Some suggest that Windows Mobile 7 could surpass the Blackberry and challenge the Android and iPhone in sales and adoption by mainstream users. At Vensi, while we don’t believe this will happen overnight, we believe it could go even further and expand the mobile development market as a whole by bringing in many new end users and there’s always the possibility that Microsoft can even reinvent the playing field. This kind of competition is great for our entire industry, and we are ready!

The Future of BlackBerry

On August 1, 1981 MTV broadcast their first music video and changed the music industry forever. The launch of that video  – “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles – turned out to be quite prophetic and literally changed the way an entire generation of listeners was introduced to music. The iPod has certainly done the same for another generation of listeners.

Here at Vensi, we’re beginning to wonder if yet another revolution is in the making. Now that Verizon can offer the iPhone to its 94 million subscribers, will it spell doom and gloom to other smartphones? While we don’t foresee Android disappearing, we do believe that many others will be scrambling to stay in the game. There’s no doubt that this long-anticipated new iPhone option will steal the limelight from AT&T and from Android, but quietly trying to hold on to even a small market share is BlackBerry.

From a mobile application development perspective, Vensi sees the necessity of BlackBerry. Not only does it offer an option for the touchpad-phobic (and believe it or not, there are many), but it still offers the best security for those who use their mobile phone for confidential corporate or government work. (Even President Obama uses a BlackBerry).

The question is, can BlackBerry survive this new surge of competition from a Verizon-wired iPhone?

If the BlackBerry is going to survive, it will need to maintain its differentiation and hone its competitive edge. To do that there will need to be some real transformation involved that makes BlackBerry attractive to more users – and there is some speculation they have a survival plan that could make the people over at iPhone more than a little nervous.

The rumor is RIM is considering the possibility of using a Java based VM – most likely Dalvik – for their upcoming tablet PlayBook as well as for future smartphones. The advantages for BlackBerry would be enormous: Not only would it streamline application development, but if they do go with the Davlik VM that the Android uses, it would open up a world of Android apps to BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook users.

Ideally, RIM will work out an agreement with Google to get their blessing on taking this approach, although they might do it even if they can’t get the ok from Google. Google though, has nothing to lose and everything to gain by having an even larger market for their apps. What could save BlackBerry could also ultimately benefit Android and Google.

Update 3/24: A great news article discusses BlackBerry here!

2011 Mobile Development Industry Trends

This is a very exciting time to be a part of the Mobile Development Industry! As a premier mobile development firm, Vensi has done its homework to understand the industry trends that will allow us to create the most innovative and saleable mobile applications in the market. Here are the top five trends we see on the horizon for 2011:

(1) Exponential Growth

In its December 13, 2010 press release, the International Data Corporation (IDC) predicted exponential growth in mobile applications over the next couple of years. Mobile application technology is expected to grow as more end users adopt multimedia and 3G phones, but it will likely also proliferate into other devices such as connected televisions, blu-ray players, automobiles, and desktop computers. As a result, “the market for mobile applications will continue to accelerate as the number of downloaded apps is expected to increase from 10.9 billion worldwide in 2010 to 76.9 billion in 2014. Worldwide mobile apps revenues will experience similar growth, surpassing $35 billion in 2014.”

(2) Mobile Games within Social Networks

We have seen the power of social networking, and the popularity of games available within that framework. Just make the Mafia Wars and Farmville updates in Facebook visible on your news feed to see what we mean. The next step will likely take the already profitable and pervasive business of online gaming and merge it with social networking on mobile devices. Ultimately, friends will just as likely get together electronically as in real life. The challenge will be to either make the major mobile platforms (iPhone, Blackberry, Android, iPad, and others) talk to each other or to get a mainstream mobile web browser that bridges the gaps.

(3) Mac versus Google

The Internet is buzzing over the announcement that the iPhone will be available on Verizon. Without a doubt, this would solve many of the connectivity problems and take iPhone sales into the stratosphere. The Android however, will likely continue to kick Mac in the knees with its attractive open source approach. There are two particularly interesting elements to this epic battle of the mobile devices: Will a bidding war bring the cost of the technology down considerably for consumers? Will Google be able to contain the Android as open source applications fragment and hardware compatibility issues continue?

(4) More Diverse and Sophisticated Mobile Applications

We have only begun to tap available markets for mobile applications. Expect more applications to be developed in Spanish and Chinese. Expect new, culturally relevant applications to be developed for our friends in India, Central America, and West Africa. Across the board, expect applications to evolve and constantly re-engage users with new information and features that unlock over time.

(5) Mobile Advertising

Companies see the potential in reaching their target markets in a timely and highly effective way via mobile advertising. RTB (Real Time Bidding) will be an acronym to remember in 2011. With RTB, browsing behavior is monitored via cookies, analyzed, and sold to companies so marketing can target an audience and offer products and services at exactly the price a consumer is willing to pay. It is basic economics, fast.

2011 promises to be a year of tremendous growth in our market with many exhilarating developments, and Vensi plans to remain at the forefront. Grab your mobile device and stay tuned!