Mobile Apps and the New Convenience Store Shopping Experience

The Retail Industry is making changes to adapt to the purchase habits of its customers, by using technology to bridge the gap. Adding automation technologies in the retail industries checkout process is creating a new seamless experience without the long wait at checkout lines, this is providing a unique shopping experience for shoppers that are on the go.

Amazon has been working to completely automate the convenience store experience with a no checkout required system. The check out free shopping experience is made possible by incorporating a number of different technologies to track the products added to the shopper’s cart to their Amazon Go App.

The Amazon Go convenience stores offer ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options made fresh daily by their on-site chefs and favorite local kitchens and bakeries. The selection of grocery essentials ranges from staples like bread and milk to artisan cheeses and locally made chocolates etc, they are even offering well-known brands to these stores.

Mobile Apps and the New Convenience Store Shopping Experience

Amazon Go’s vision is to create a shopping experience that will push the boundaries of computing and machine learning to where customer don’t have to deal with the hassles of long checkout lines. Amazon is taking the self-checkout concept to another level, in the self-checkout at major stores customers need to scan their items and either pay with cash or credit using a POS systems that handle the transactions.

Amazon Go uses their mobile app to track groceries and process the payments once the customer leaves the store. Mobile apps are playing a major role along with other Sensing Technologies to accurately account for the checkout process and assure that the sold good are accounted for.

Although there are a lot of different technologies that are making this shopping experience seamless, mobile apps plays a big role in the payment transactions, by tracking the customer entering the stores, tracking what products they have in their carts, accounting for the store’s inventory through transactions and many other activities to make this store a success.

Mobile Apps and Smartphones are a big part in revolutionizing the retail industry. The Grab and Go concept has been predicted to be the future of the retail industries for years, we are now seeing that come to life. Developing smart mobile applications that can handle the communications that are needed to make this happen are vital to this change.

Vensi, Inc is on the cutting edge of technology and has been developing mobile application solutions for our partners over a decade, we understanding the technical requirements and the client’s and with our expertise bring the best solutions to the market faster. If you’re looking for innovative mobile application development then contact us for more information at vensi.com/contact_us

Location Based Services are Playing a Crucial role in Mobile App Development

Location-based services have seen an increase in demand, in the few couple years, we see this demand will grow as more and more companies are taking advantage of this data to enhance their relationships with their customers.

Wikipedia defines Location Bases Services as…A location-based service (LBS) is a software-level service that uses location data to control features. As such LBS is an information service and has a number of uses in social networking today as information, in entertainment or security, which is accessible with mobile devices through the mobile network and which uses information on the geographical position of the mobile device.

Location Bases Services are critical to many businesses as well as governmental organizations to drive real insight from data tied to a specific location where activities take place. The geographical patterns that location-related data and services can provide are one of its most powerful and useful aspect where the location is a common denominator in all of these activities and can be leveraged to better understand patterns and relationships.

Location Based Services are Playing a Crucial role in Mobile App Development

We first saw location-based apps with companies like Foursquare and Gowalla, we also have seen that all social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have incorporated (LBS) into their apps. This app usually uses GPS to identify the location.

Now we are seeing more and more GPS, Wifi and Beacon apps used to identify people’s location for various reason, including to find coupons and discounts, to identify what’s around you, sharing current locations through social media, to find destinations, getting to the desired location (using Uber & Lyft), dating and remembering location based events.

GPS apps are a great way to find a destination and get directions with the fastest route taking into consideration traffic, road constructions or accidents in the path of your destination. Once arriving at that destination and being able to establish your location, and your surrounding, to find the closest gas station, restaurant or ATM is very useful when you’re in an area that you’re not familiar with. Google Maps does a great job of guiding users to their destinations.

Wifi is a more useful for indoor applications with its networking capabilities, allow computer, smartphones, and tablets to connect to the internet, it’s also a great tool in industrial, retail, home and most commercial applications to identify the location of not only people but assets.

Beacons are a great solution that many industries are using to transmit data with people in close proximity to the establishments. Beacons are being used in 100’s of applications like Retail, Hospitals, Tourism, Education, Entertainment and many others including Smart cities. These relatively low-cost hardware are assisting with the growth and adoption of the Internet of Things and are providing new ways of getting people more engaged.

Vensi, Inc has developed Location Based Applications for many companies in different industries using GPS, Wifi, and Beacons. As part of the BlueApp platform which focuses on the Internet of Things, which is taking advantage of (LBS) to connect and identify the location of different devices and systems. If you are planning a project with (LBS) and are looking for a good partner to work side by side with your team. For more information 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

Latest Web Apps Trends for Internet of Things

In this age of innovative technology we are seeing that nothing is staying the same, web app developers are putting their efforts into making sure that the web apps/sites are as advanced as the hardware they run on.

In recent years the hype of the Internet of Things is being seen as not just hype, but the real thing as it will bring connected devices to the internet and that connectivity will provide great value to not only business but to users. Every sector of business is making strides to assure they have or are preparing and IoT solution in the coming months.

Latest Web Apps Trends for Internet of Things

Often the focus is on the hardware, mobile apps and cloud infrastructure, but the web app plays just as big of a role in IoT solutions.

Web apps provide the User Interface, and functionality needed on a desktop to monitor and control the different devices. As the Internet of Things grows, we will see web app trends focused on IoT solutions.

Web App Trends for IoT:

Internet of Things – As the number of internet-connected devices grows and users need a platform to monitor, track and control the devices and systems that are connected, web apps will be needed for those remote capabilities and many companies are focused on web apps to display the data and get historical data.

Big Data – Big Data analysis is a big part of every business, the data used is streamlining the processes and creating efficiency within them. Mobile app developers are now creating hybrid platforms specifically for Big Data, so the user can get some of the critical data on mobile apps, but with web apps can get historical data for years. These web apps create complicated trending graphs that can be manipulated to view in many different formats.

Mobile – Mobile applications are playing a major role in just about everything from IoT, retail experiences including payments, and controlling home automation. All these mobile app functionalities and more are internet of Things related solutions to enable users to have access locally or remotely to view data, remote control of devices and systems. The smartphone is an integral part of IoT solutions to display, control and monitor different things.

Vensi’s BlueApp solution is a great cutting edge Internet of Things solution if you want to know more contact us to set up time with our team to go over your business strategy and help integrate our products and solution.

For more information contact us at vensi.com/contactus.

Vensi’s Internet of Things Solution: BlueApp.io

The interworking of physical devices is essentially what is The internet of Things, these connected devices or “smart devices” with network connectivity enables objects to collect and exchange data. IoT is about making data come together in new ways to help modernize businesses. Smart devices allow objects to be sensed and or controlled remotely across different networks, having this ability results in improved efficiency, accuracy, economic benefits.

The Internet of Things is expected to advance connected devices, systems, and services which will bring automation to almost every industry. Currently in it’s infancy and we are seeing IoT being integrated into industrial, commercial, residential and personal use cases to aggregate, store display, and process data on smartphones, dashboards, and other display devices.

Vensi has been focused on creating a unique end-to-end solution for IoT, this is one of a complete solution on the market for your IoT needs, incorporating hardware and software.

Vensi’s Internet of Things Solution BlueApp.io

Some of the hardware & software that is used in Vensi’s solutions are the gateways to push data to the cloud from different devices, equipment, and systems. Also the software solutions including mobile applications on iOS, Android, and Windows.

BlueApp.ioBlueApp.io is one app that connects to any Bluetooth Smart device. It applies a unique approach when it comes to connecting your system into a central dashboard and making things work for you seamlessly. A key aspect of our implementation of Internet of Things is that it is incredibly simple to install as we have done our best to eliminate any infrastructure complications that could make it hard for you to achieve your objectives.

Blenie The Blenie A10/A20 is a small chip that is integrated into your existing device to make your ordinary device a smart device. It is an inexpensive way to give your device internet connectivity. It is best used for small and low-powered sensors and accessories. It has all of the features required for a Bluetooth application integrated into it so you do not have to buy other hardware. In addition, it uses Bluetooth radio, software stack, and other GATT-based profiles. The Blenie A10/A20 Bluetooth modules can also host end user applications. This means no external micro controller are required. The modules have flexible hardware interfaces so they can connect to different peripherals and sensors.

BlueApp.io Gateway – Our Gateway makes it possible to connect any Bluetooth device to the internet or cloud using WiFi. This is a very easy to use devices with integrated hardware and software. Due to this, it reduces engineering efforts and reduces time to market. It also helps developers and users release their products using cloud connectivity features faster. In addition, it allows Bluetooth nodes to be used in homes and building automation, industrial manufacturing, HVAC, lighting, retail and many more industries.

BluTerm Adapters – The Bluterm is a small device that connects to your devices or systems to the internet and allows them to be controlled remotely using Bluetooth Low Energy technology. It is our quickest way to give your device internet connectivity. This is due to Bluterm’s plug and play capability meaning no additional installation is required. Bluterm supports many modules and some of the most popular we support are UART, RS 232, RS 485, RJ 45, Modbus, BACNet, Profibus, SPi and 4 to 20 mA. With the Bluterm adapters, you can monitor and control your device or system within Bluetooth range.

For more information on our IoT Solutions contact us at Vensi.com/contactus.

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.

Key Challenges In Mobile App Testing

Mobile App Testing

Billions of mobile users depend on their mobile phones for their daily routines,  using mobile apps to browse the internet for social networking and using mobile apps for the specific purpose of tasks to complete personal tasks like paying bills on banking apps or ordering a car on Uber apps are rapidly growing. The use and rapid development of mobile apps indicate the widespread dependence we now have with our Smartphones. Mobile app testing is of major importance for mobile application before they are released into the market, this helps the user to get a better user experience and higher performance. There are multiple mobile platforms available in the present market and also along with that, different app development tools using latest technologies are addressing unique solutions for mobile app testing challenges while developing a great mobile app.

Mobile User Interfaces: Different mobile OS’s have different user interfaces, those are guided by specific rules. Non-compliance mobile apps with their rules and guidelines can delay the mobile app publishing process, as well as in turn have impacts on increasing the cost of development and testing. Mobile app testing is required to meet the industry standards for apps to be accepted globally especially in this mobility era of technology.

User Experience and App Performance: The success of mobile apps mainly depends on great user experience and performance. If there are any delays even a second, this might interrupt the user experience and  impacts on app preferences in the market. The mobile applications without errors and faults provide a better user experience and directly has an impact on the business sources of the application.

Many new users choose applications based on rating and reviews. So, errors, faults, a poor performance of an app surely get bad reviews and negative rating from existing users and undoubtedly it leads to failure of the application success in the market

Security:  Mobile phones have become extensions of our work life as well as our personal life. We use our mobile phones to check our work email, medical info, banking accounts and other sensitive data. Every user expects the app they download to be secure and safe. Securing their mobile apps from hackers and malicious users is every business and app developers responsibility.

Mobile apps are mostly managed via a private cloud because it is more secure than the public cloud. Wireless infrastructures have data sensitivity and security problems like spam, data breaches, phishing and other attacks. So, mobile apps are required to test the critical data communication between the app and cloud.

Manual or Automated testing:  Testing every bit of functionality of an app and all the app features may not be a simple task every time, but it is very important and necessary. Automated testing provides a different mechanism, that consistently repeats a test procedure to verify application results. It can be an effective tool and helpful in each stage of the application development process. Due to tremendous advancements in technology, there are many tools available for automated mobile app testing, but it requires significant initial investment and the tools may not provide effective result in each step of the development process of an app. So, using a mix of manual and automated testing is the best and gives optimum results.

If you have a great idea of an app for your business development, looking for free prototype or looking for help on right mobile app testing strategy reach out to us at Vensi, Inc. today to help you with.

Top New Trends in Mobile App Development

Top New Trends in Mobile App Development

The mobile app development industry is continuing to evolve every year. We saw tremendous changes in mobile app development in recent years. The mobile app market has matured from smartphones to wearable devices to the Internet of Things.

Here are the top new trends for mobile app development:

Wearable Technology: Wearables are the biggest innovation in technology since the smartphone. Mobile apps for wearable devices are mostly focused on consumers This includes watches along with the fitness and health care industry devices

A lot more users are using their personal wearables at the workplace. So, enterprises have been encouraged to use wearable devices to improve productivity and efficiency. There are many industries like the fashion and textile industries that are looking to adopt wearable technology to increase their business operations. Enterprise mobile apps for wearable devices can provide remarkable productivity benefits to their businesses. So, mobile app development companies are moving their focus from smartphones to wearable device apps for enterprises.

Mobile Payments: Since 2014, there has been a huge change in retail ecommerce sales made on smartphones and this trend is expected to continue as more consumers adapt to m-commerce.

Mobile pay also is becoming popular instead of using credit cards at retail stores. This trend started with big companies introducing payment methods like Google Wallet and Apple Pay. The mobile payment system provides many opportunities for developers to build apps to make the transactions process easier without the need for cards or cash.

The Internet of Things: Most devices are connected to the internet now, and more people are connecting multiple devices via smartphones. The demand for Internet of Things solutions and rapid development of smartphone users provided the opportunity for app developers to focus on mobile applications that to connect multiple connected devices through a smartphone app. This is making local monitoring and control possible for an IoT solution.

Tremendous advancements in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other wireless network technologies helps businesses to connect consumer devices via mobile apps at any time and from anywhere.

Big Data Analytics: As the smartphone, wearable and IoT markets grow, the need of data analytics and app performance tracking also grows. Most companies are focusing on big data analytics to manage data effectively. Mobile app developers are also starting to focus on adding different data collection features in their mobile apps in order to get more insights and functional metrics to meet customer expectations.

Enterprise Apps: Many large enterprises leverage mobile app development platforms to deploy mobile apps across their organizations. This year, enterprise app stores are expected to emerge to allow B2B application exchanges in the business world. Due to this, app developers have a tremendous opportunity to build and manage enterprise mobile apps.

Cloud Apps: Cloud technology has been playing a key role in mobile app development for the last two years. With the increase in the usage of the internet, smartphones, and tablets,  the Internet of Things lets app developers integrate and sync features in their apps with the help of the cloud. This keeps all the data in sync on multiple devices and can be accessed by the user. The rapid deployment of multiple apps on multiple smart devices is the main reason to increase the demand for cloud app development tools.

Beacon service: Many businesses have already started adopting beacons to create smart retail experiences and offer better information for it’s customers We expect this trend to continue this year.

Beacon technology is shaping the boundaries between online and offline in the retail, advertising and other communicating service industries. As we know, Apple’s iBeacon and Google’s Eddystone communicates with their network to share information when the customers are nearby.

At Vensi, we are one of the leading innovative mobile app development solutions providers. We are always looking for emerging new trends for consumer and enterprise mobile apps development to provide a better business solution for our clients.

Enterprise Mobile App Development Trends In 2016

A remarkable amount of consumers are using smartphones to browse the internet. It is providing enterprises with a new wave of marketing opportunities for the growth of their businesses. Enterprise mobility exchange analyst report stated that, most users were dissatisfied with their organizations when it came to mobile initiatives and mobile apps adoption in the last year. Because, they have yet to build a mobile-first strategy in their business and there is still a gap between their IT department and business line.

Enterprise Mobile App Development Trends In 2016

Enterprise mobile app development trend also makes enterprise digital marketing efforts to a customer based approach which was not possible before. So, enterprises are looking to accelerate their business growth through mobile applications and the integration of mobile apps with backend applications, which will create new opportunities for more flexible enterprise backend services. IT-marketing firms are also focusing their strategies to optimize their websites and advertise channels for the mobile customer base.

Smartphone production and increasing the number of new users year after year provides  great opportunities for mobile app development. it causes them focus on this new trends for 2016. We are listing some of the biggest mobile app trends to help in the development of enterprise mobile apps below.

A closer look at the biggest trends of enterprise mobile app development in 2016:

IoT Innovation into Mobile Apps:

IoT pushes mobile app developer to a higher level. Wireless technology innovations are increasing the new scope of mobile app development related to IoT. Wearable technologies such as the Apple iWatch, Google Glass, smart lights and driverless cars have opened up greater opportunities in terms of IoT along with advanced features in mobile apps to connect them. Every smart device needs a connection to the internet and application to monitor and control the device. Mobile apps mainly emphasize information about smart devices.

IoT is not only a consumer based technology innovation now, recently it has influenced the commercial and industrial sectors. At the same time, IoT is also integrated into several enterprises that gives a rise to the need for related enterprise app development this year.

Mobile App Security:

IOS has always been a bigger platform and has paid the most attention to privacy and security. That is one of the main reasons for the high prices of Apple smartphones and premium iOS apps. This mobile app security trend is likely to continue for app developers in this year, even with recent release iOS 9 and further versions. Other popular mobile OS platforms like Android have been considered a less secure platform when compared to Apple iOS. But with the recent version of the OS,  Android 6.0/ Marshmallow seems to put security is a major focus point.

The focus on mobile app development must be on security for the year 2016 and further then only mobile app users will confidently able to use apps without worrying about leaked or hacking information.

Mobile App Emerging with the Cloud:

In last year, we have seen an interesting relationship develop between cloud computing and mobile apps. This created new opportunities of centrally coordinated apps to smartphones. This trend is now popular and will be continued further for years because the cloud technology association of mobile apps offers countless benefits to the users.

Mobile app developers can retain the small size of mobile apps if the user has a  good bandwidth connection. They can enjoy the mobile app through connecting to the cloud. The cloud allows app developers to sync apps with updated data across multiple devices at any time. This is a tremendous feature for wearable tech gadgets. As many enterprises offer cloud apps and this trend will continue to grow in 2016 as well.

The mobile app development trends mentioned above will continue to provide more benefits in the year 2016 across almost all ranges of industries, including retail, healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, transport and many. Mobile app developers will also have massive opportunities to introduce different apps with more functionalities and these trends help to grow your business.

Things to Know About JavaScript Before Building Large Scale Web Apps

JavaScript

Most websites are currently based on JavaScript.  programming language that is a cross-platform and lightweight language. JavaScript helps developers build responsive websites and web applications easier. They also work with almost all web browsers and operating systems such as iOS, Android and Windows seamlessly.

Developers can use any open source frameworks to reduce the time and effort while building a JavaScript application. Developers can also use JavaScript along with HTML5 and CSS while building web applications or games. So we always consider JavaScript as a dynamic client-side programming language while building a large scale web application.

Faster Execution and Processing:
JavaScript uses the XMLHttpRequest object for data retrieval and to exchange data with a server behind the scenes. Based on the response data from the server, you can easily update a part of a web page without reloading the whole page. So, you can boost the web application’s performance with updated information to the user faster.

JavaScript can be executed without any server connection, so that the code can also be processed faster. Sometimes the process requires the user to have a high-speed internet connection, but JavaScript can be processed on the user’s machine only  Therefore, there is no load on the web server while the user will get a quick response from the web application. The faster code execution and processing enables the web application to give a better browsing experience and keep the user engagement.

No Tools Required:
Developers can easily write code according to the client’s requirement without help of any specific tools. Users can even write code in notepad and they can use many editors that can colorize the code and reformat the script for code error identification.

Extend Web Functionalities:
With JavaScript, you can extend a website’s functionalities without any extra effort. You can use the simple scripting language to create visual effects on the user’s screen and make web application more interactive. JavaScript also improve  functionality by using third-party scripts making it easier to add more features to web application without using any additional plug-ins.

JavaScript works with other popular web technologies like HTML5 and CSS to create robust web applications that can be accessible on multiple devices, OS and even web browsers. So, if anyone is planning to build a large scale web application, JavaScript is the correct choice.

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