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

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

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

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

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

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

Benefits of CSS3:

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

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

Benefits of Html5:

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

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

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

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

The Successful Mobile App Platform that Engage Your Users

the future of mobile app platform

We spend a lot of time on apps in our day-to-day life. We organize meetings and catch-up with colleagues at work, order food online, book rides on Uber and much more. We have not even tried the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or any other apps that people spend most of their time to utilize our daily tasks. The new apps are having huge competition with  popular apps to attract the new customers. And the positive thing is that smartphone users have gone up to 2 billion in recent years. So, consumers are becoming more set in their ways about which apps they will use, and more apps are falling by the same way.

The future of apps is not in the App Store at all and multi-functional apps that live inside a common portal. Most smartphone users spend most of their time using only the top 10 apps, but most people are not using the same 10 apps. If you want to get more consumers to notice your app this year, you can not expect that they will ever discover it on their own, because they are happy with the apps they already have on their smartphone. When you display ads then only you can grab enough users and your app can be the top in charts list or you can go where the users already are in other apps.

For example, WeChat is a popular chatting app platform, that developers can create their own native sub-apps through the WeChat API, which can generate more revenue. As this is the best entry to users, where many users can not invest in the desktop web. Facebook Messenger also allows users to book a ride from Uber through their chat feature. In recent year Facebook has been trying to change the way users discover apps outside of the App Store, and developers likely experiment creating an entire ecosystem of sub-apps.

However, the new app platform may not be the Facebook, or WeChat, or other platforms that even not existed now and that new app platform may crack the idea of an app portal to attract more American audiences, but don’t be surprised if your new app efforts live entirely inside another app in few years.

BlueApp.io is an end-to-end IoT Platform that makes your app and your product have remote monitoring and remote controlling capabilities. It also provides competitive advantages in the IoT market with easy application development and helps to reduce time to market your app. If you or your organization is looking to add more new IoT capabilities for remote monitoring to your existing products or new products, BlueApp.io is the best IoT platform that makes your app more productive and much easier to access your IoT device data even during travel time to and from anywhere.

Google Assistant is Google’s a new strategy to rule voice search world

Google assistant conversation

Voice search is growing, and Google is investing heavily in products that utilize this voice technology. This voice search engine has gained traction in recent years, adults and teens began the experience of Voice Search’s ability to get quick answers to their questions, show directions and so on. By 2014, Google had taken an extreme interest in voice search and voice recognition and answers, and Google felt that voice search was the future.

Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai announced in 2016 Google’s I/O keynote that 20 percent of all queries are voice searches through Android smart devices, and this number is growing. Google unveiled an upgrade of Google Now, a virtual assistant called Google Assistant. In this upgraded version, you can ask multiple questions for an answer like a clear conversation till get the right answer and it works like as a personal and conversational assistant.

Google already knew that users are increasingly interacting with Google search for information, Google also helps users searching for the world’s information but trying help users  in daily tasks. Google Assistant uses the new advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence, natural language processing, voice recognition and translation to provide improved and assistive user experience, which makes Google speech recognition the clearest and most accurate voice recognition software in the world.

Google Home device brings Google Assistant:

Google also announced it’s new Google Home, which is built in Google Assistant and like a voice-activated home assistant. It is a direct competitor to Amazon Echo also called Alexa and Apple’s Siri. Google Assistant lets every customer enjoy entertainment, manage everyday tasks, and get the right answer from Google. With a simple voice command, you can ask to play a favorite song, set a timer for the oven to prepare food, check your flight, or turn on your lights. The hardware of Google Assistant is designed to fit your home with in different colors and materials. Google Home will be released later this year.

How Google Assistant helps to get things done:

Here Google Assistant combines machine learning and web search to understand what a user is asking and responds to them based on the  user’s request. Google search has been serving users to get information to complete the tasks done by a user itself, but Google Assistant is going beyond that, aiming to understand your requests and helps you get things done. It makes it easy to buy movie tickets while on the go, to find that desired and nearby restaurant for your family to grab a quick bite before the film starts, and then helps you navigate to the theater.

We at Vensi. Inc, are always around and happy hearing from you. Please get in touch if you want something voice solutions or mobile app solutions for your business.

The Advancement in Cross-platform Mobile App Development

Cross-platform Mobile App Development

Smartphones and tablets usage has caused many companies to adopt mobile app development as a part of their business. Time and money are the main factors in deciding on which app to adopt. Developing a native app requires a team to design and develop an app for each platform such as iOS or Android. This consumes more time and money to deliver the final product. However, cross-platform development could deliver a final product with just one team designing and coding the app as it can run on any platform.

Historically cross-platform mobile app development has not resulted in optimum results as app developers are faced with compatibility issues, security issues, and bugs that make cross-platform mobile app development harder than building multiple native apps for different platforms. However, recent advancements have improved cross-platform mobile app development.

Here is the list of the best cross-platform mobile development tools available:

PhoneGap: Created by Adobe and is one of the most popular tools in app development. PhoneGap is an open source framework that helps you build mobile apps using web technologies. This tool is free leading to its popularity. PhoneGap removes the complexity of developing apps and writing code in multiple languages and helps you build great cross-platform apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Sencha: It is one of the leading cross-platform mobile web apps and its frameworks based on HTML5 and JavaScript. The Sencha Web Application Lifecycle Management Platform enables you to build mobile apps seamlessly.

Design web applications improve the process with tools for faster and easier mock-ups, prototypes and interface design evaluation. Users can accelerate the development process with a ready to use a framework and improves efficiency by supporting multiple platforms and devices. You can improve web app quality with unit testing and end-to-end functional testing that is designed especially for Ext JS applications.

Appcelerator: Using JavaScript and Titanium SDK creates native apps in different operating systems by using the same code. Up to 90% of the code can be reused for all the apps you build, which saves you money and a significant amount of time. Mobile test automation decreases the testing time and project cost. The Appcelerator platform helps developers and enterprises build great mobile app experiences quickly and at scale. As this is an open-source and cross-platform mobile development tool, thousands of Appcelerator developers are consistently contributing to improving it and adding more functionality.

Xamarin: Xamarin is a mobile app development tool that includes app store delivery, app performance testing, and monitoring services. Xamarin uses Ruby or C# for the code base and creates a robust cross-platform mobile app development platform, which has been adopted by Microsoft.

Xamarin apps built with standard, native user interface controls on every platform to improve user experiences and simplify app design. These apps can have access to the full spectrum of functionalities including platform-specific capabilities like beacons. It also leverages other device hardware features to compile native performance. This can’t be achieved with solutions that interpret code at runtime. Xamarin uses the same code languages, API’s and data structures across all mobile development platforms.

Keep in mind that cross-platform mobile app development is not as simple as writing the code once; those cross-platform solutions are not necessary for all types of businesses. Ultimately, a cross-platform mobile development tool can save time and money when you are developing apps on multiple platforms. We at Vensi provide the best of these cross-platform mobile app development solutions depending on your enterprise needs and goals.

How Web Bluetooth Works to Access IoT Devices

Web Bluetooth for IoT

Bluetooth technology is making very excited, almost everyone, like tech users, developers and manufacturers, it is bringing lots of innovations by transforming day-to-day objects into IoT devices for better life.

Until now, we have had the ability to interact Bluetooth devices using only native apps. Google Chrome’s web development team regularly implement new APIs to extend new possibilities for web apps to behave an equivalent to that of native apps. Web Bluetooth API is targeted to change native app scenarios and brings Bluetooth device interaction into web browsers.

Web Bluetooth allows web developers to use Bluetooth to communicate with smart Bluetooth Low Energy devices. Similar to the Physical Web, users can interact with IoT devices when they are in range of the device. Web Bluetooth is a draft API, that allows a user to scan and select any local IoT device within range from a web page. Once the user selects a device from multiple IoT devices, a web page can directly control a device via Bluetooth Low Energy. The latest Google Chrome update has an Android enabled web Bluetooth to control IoT devices. To learn more, take a look at our previous blog post “How Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) supports Chrome to communicate with devices over IP”.

Communicating with Bluetooth devices through a web browser provides a great opportunity for companies to launch new IoT devices. They can spend more time and money on new product development instead of a native app for different platforms.

More sensitive web APIs are switching over only to the HTTPS mode. The Web Bluetooth API is no exception, it works only on HTTPS pages. The API will not work in the background without a user approve. The user can choose a Bluetooth Low Energy device to pair with it. Once the user is connected to a BLE device, it should gather data and connect to the BLE devices. BLE provides most of its functionality through key pairs provided by the Generic Attribute Profile (GATT).

Web Bluetooth provides endless opportunities for IoT device manufacturers. We at BlueApp.io support Web Bluetooth to access IoT devices without downloading any specific native app for IoT device.

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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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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Benefits of Apache Cordova Cross Platform Mobile App Development

Benefits of Apache Cordova

Adobe’s Apache Cordova(Formally PhoneGap) is an amazing cross-platform framework. It lets business owners and developers dominate in the development of all mobile platforms with a single set of code. It is an open source mobile development framework and it helps in building powerful cross-platform mobile applications that run perfectly on multiple mobile platforms like iOS, Android, Windows and more.

Benefits of Apache Cordova Cross Platform

Simple to Learn: No need to learn complicated code languages for mobile apps like CSS3, JavaScript and HTML5. Apache Cordova works on the most common browsers. So, it is very easy for the business owners to get it developed fast, and in the most cost-effective manner.

Helps Developers to Make Mobile Apps More Powerful: Apache Cordova helps developers developing an application by  using the properties of the native resources of a device. Then the application can access powerful native features like a phone’s camera, accelerometer, compass, messages, contacts, geolocation, network, notifications (alert, sound, vibration) and media storage. Apache Cordova can make a business owner’s life easier without compromising user experience.

Compatible on Multiple Platforms: Apache Cordova solves the problem of variations in multiple platform application development. It removes differences in feel and look in different platforms and the UI completely matches all mobile platforms such as iPhone or Android. Apache Cordova mobile application is compatible with JavaScript toolkits like Sencha Touch, jQuery Mobile and Dojox Mobile.

Cost Effective Development: Apache Cordova is a cost effective technology to build a mobile app in that it leverages high quality and multiple sets of features as well as providing the tools required to reduce development time. Once a developer build the Apache Cordova application, then it can deploy it everywhere and submit it to all of the platforms. So, you can save a lot of development money, efforts and time by not  building the native apps using different programming language for each  platform.

Apache Cordova Plugins: Apache Cordova plugins are an extensive feature. It supports a model of plug-in architecture that allows the developers to extend more functionalities of an application. Its extensive architecture helps you to utilize native features, full potential of the phone device and it provides the feature to access the cloud service. This is so, that you can push the technology notifications with enhancements, tutorials and examples.

The obvious benefits of Apache Cordova applications is that it uses less and more simple code, which iterate faster. It is profitable for all the business owners because less effort is required to develop an application to work across all mobile platforms. PhoneGap is the most popular technology to develop a code extensive mobile application with tremendous features and great framework.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Source

To many, open source is more than free software or a collaborative effort to continuously improve the computing experience. It is more than a philosophy of diverse ideas and motives coming together in a rapidly changing development marketplace. Open source is so dynamic that it often defies definition and limits. To techies, open source is freedom.

As a mobile development firm, Vensi sees many advantages to open source software. Most notably, the potential for innovation and evolutionary leaps in application development is astounding. There is a critical mass of brilliant programmers working on new technology that is adaptable to the many different needs and motivations of the individuals and businesses involved. This is where a social movement comes together with technology to create the best possible product.

There are certainly potential pitfalls with using open source that Vensi watches for as a premier mobile development firm. For instance, some say that because the code is transparent, it is more prone to bugs and vulnerable to hackers. In some ways, this is true, but we also find that the software and applications can actually be more dependable, because they are tested and effectively co-owned by so many talented people. Bugs are essentially fixed real-time; it is “wisdom of the crowds” at its hi-tech finest.

As a concept, open source seems like it wouldn’t work in America’s capitalistic economy, and indeed, some modifications and constraints may be necessary for it to work in the business paradigm. However, open source can be a quick and relatively inexpensive way for businesses to develop new applications. In addition, the use of open source is viewed as progressive and inclusive, so new software and applications are often quickly embraced by tech-savvy consumers. The most notable drawback for businesses is that supporting a new application can get cumbersome. The modular nature of the code enables rapid (often for the better) changes and version proliferation. Compatibility issues can then arise, especially when a new version of a hardware platform is introduced. As a result, documentation and patches sometimes lag behind, leading to frustration for customers.

Whatever the pros and cons, open source is most certainly a powerful tool that will penetrate deep into the future of mobile application development. We already see that the burgeoning Android market has created many opportunities for ingenuity and advancement in the creation of new applications. The open source future of the mobile world is a place where Vensi’s knowledge and expertise will shine.