Top Web Development Trends in 2017

In today’s world, we are seeing technology evolve in many different areas, this evolution is to keep up with the economic forces of efficiency and consumer demand, as well as keeping pace with the scientific advancements in our world. The driving force for this evolution in technology is to produce goods or service for profit. Web Development is an area that is constantly evolving to keep up with these demands and advancements in science, not only for profit but also to streamline the web development process.

In 2017 there are a lot of trends in Web Development that are enabling new and Creative Web Applications, with so many updates to the development process some may get confused and may not be able to explore these development trends. It’s important for web developers to stay in touch with the development tools that are being made available to them to stay on top of their game.

There are at least 10 trends in web development and at some point of time, every developer should have some knowledge on them. Some of the new trends include using Artificial Intelligence to create Websites, Static Site Generators, Conversational UI’s, and Virtual Reality just to name a few.

Top Web Development Trends in 2017

Below are some of the web development languages and tools that we see as crucial to expand your skill set to be able to keep pace with new technology that is changing the world’s landscape in software.

  • The Internet of Things – Is connecting non-internet connected device to the internet, web developers may not be involved in the creation of these devices but will be involved in the development of applications that will use, analyze and display the data from these connected devices. Creating API’s that can communicate with the different sensors and devices with the Internet of Things, will increase in demand as IoT grows.
  • AngularJS – Angular JS is great for creating hybrid apps and interactive mobile apps, this framework makes it easy to bring essential desktop frameworks to mobile applications. In 2016 released a new update with a newly designed JavaScript framework, Angular is constantly being updated with cutting edge website building technology.
  • JavaScript – JavaScript is a high-level, dynamic, untyped, and interpreted programming language. It has been standardized in the ECMAScript language specification it 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. It is by far the most popular language for developers using full stacks. JavaScript is by far the most popular and most used language for web development.

The above are the three major areas of technology for web development that Vensi focuses on.  We that believes in staying on top of new technology for our software development. Our technical team’s goal is to make sure to know what is currently available to them in the market when it comes to new technology, we realize that being able to adopt new programming languages and tools to implement in our software solutions will only give our clients the best solution available.

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

Google Newest Operating System Android O to be Released

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

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

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

Google Newest Operating System Android O to be Released

New Features of Android O:

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

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

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

Bluetooth Audio Codecs – LDAC will increase audio fidelity.

Color Gamuts – Provide a wider range of color.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smartphones & Mobile Apps are Playing Dominant Role in Daily Life

Smartphones and Mobile apps are becoming more useful as the year’s pass, we have gone from simply being able to make phone calls, to now making retail purchases, and using smartphones as gateways. Some smartphones are planned to have 4K displays, OLED touch screens, and upgraded 5.0 Bluetooth and processors with 10nm technology, which essentially gives users a computer that fits in the palm of their hands.

Smartphones and mobile applications are quickly becoming the most valued technology tool of the day. Being able to stay in touch with your office by having the ability to read emails, instant messages to co-workers, and video conferencing, while on the go, smartphones are playing a role in education with high school and college students by having online connectivity to assignments and lectures, we are also seeing that smartphones are playing a big role in wireless connectivity and communication with beacons and IoT solutions.

Smartphones & Mobile Apps are Playing Dominant Role in Daily Life

Mobile applications are also becoming more user-friendly for just about every sector of business, businesses are realizing that desktop computers are being replaced with smartphones with certain demographics, like Millennials or Generation Y, they use their smartphones as their computers. Having the ability to perform many different kinds of functions on handheld devices, that functions almost like a computer is a great benefit to not only the business person, but to students, and everyone else.

Areas where Smartphones & Mobile apps are making big impacts in 2017:

IoT SolutionsThe Internet of Things is growing rapidly as more industries are seeing the benefits of remote connectivity and control, using smartphones and mobile apps to collect data, and send that data to the cloud, also using the smartphone as a gateway to transfer and receive data.

Mobile Payment – Mobile payments are being used to purchase retails products worldwide, with faster processing, product comparison, and cheaper credit cards fees, this will undoubtedly grow in 2017 as sales and use had milestones in 2016. Some retail business is available only in Mobile Apps not in Web.

Gaming & Entertainment – Gaming is taking full advantage of the technology behind smartphones, with the increased processors and displays, you now can play very complicated games on smartphones; it’s also taking Virtual Reality to a new level with VR Gear.

Customer Engagement – With smartphone and beacon technology retailers are able to directly communicate with consumers based on their previous purchase history, directing them to certain discounted items previously purchased or items they may be interested in.

Wearables –  Wearables like Smartwatches, Wristbands etc., are using Mobile Apps for better communication to do daily activities with IoT solutions using the cloud, sensors to track, analyze the data of personal activities related to health, entertainment & business. Wearables will play an important role in 2017 through mobile apps with Bluetooth, voice recognition.

As the technology with smartphones gets more enhanced and mobile applications become even more user-friendly, we will see the use of smartphones grow even more.

The use cases for owning a smartphone and for business to develop applications for these phones to make people’s lives easier is a no-brainer on both sides whether you own a smartphone or you’re a business looking to attract new customers, there is no doubt that smartphones and mobile applications will change business, social interaction, and productivity in everyday life.

Vensi Inc is Specialized in developing latest mobile applications using IoT, for more information contact us at vensi.com/contact_us

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.

Pixel Phone Made by Google and How it Stack up Against Apple

google's pixel phone

The latest Google’s Pixel phones are finally arrived by stepping into the smartphone competition to show what a new Android version looks like. The Pixel phones features software integration to premier Google’s services, including Google Assistant, Google Photos with unlimited cloud storage and Daydream -Mobile Virtual Reality.

The competition between smartphones is thinner than ever, unique features have become more common and more important than pure specifications between devices. Every major smartphone can take great photos, work faster, and run the apps smoothly so that the buying decision is becoming tougher than ever before. Today’s smartphone market is an extremely competitive market, with the major companies like Apple, Samsung, LG, and more. After a long waiting period, Google has controls over both hardware and software with the Pixel superior smartphone entry.

Google does not want to specifically compete with its own partners such as Samsung, LG and others, but their latest smartphone Pixel is much more likely to compete with Samsung rather than. An overview of new Pixel phones, they actually look like Apple’s latest iPhone 7 or a little too similar, but it could attract long-time iPhone owners who are waiting to switch to Android without sacrificing design. In the past days swapping your iPhone to Android almost meant settling for a phone made from cheap and tacky plastic but it is no longer true, now Android makers also have stepped up in the premium smartphone game.

Coming to specifications, Pixel phones are the first devices to offer Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor which is the latest and most powerful in the market, this chip can compete with Apple’s  iPhone 7 processor A10 Fusion. 4GB of RAM, which is more than in iPhone 7 that will make a difference while doing multiple tasks.

The main concern to some Android users is that the Pixel phones are lacking few features such as wireless charging, but it has rapid recharge capability, charging in just 15 minutes , users can get 7 hours of battery life. The Pixel devices are not water-resistant, and no stereo speakers like the latest iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 Plus is really changing the photography game in smartphones by dipping into its dual-lens camera and optical image stabilization. On the other side, Google’s Pixel camera also looks good on paper by touted a DXOMark of 89 rating, which is the highest rating ever for a smartphone in the present market.

3.5mm jack in Pixel phone is satisfyingly not new in Pixel which is a reference to Apple’s decision to eliminate the port in their latest smartphone iPhone 7, irritated some customers.

Pixel phones are the first devices to offer the latest version of Android 7.1 Nougat, it delivers a whole host of improvements including Google Assistant integration and new shortcuts. Nougat also offers added features, like the ability to use multiple apps simultaneously in split-screen mode.

However, this time branding is explicitly Google, the name of the event says “Made by Google”. Google is presenting the Pixel as their phone, not an Android phone with stock firmware.

The New iPhone 7 is Packed with Innovations

new iphone 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Web Payment API allows Chrome to make mobile payments easier

chrome mobile payment api

People despise filling out web forms on PC’s as well as mobile devices, Chrome introduced an Autofill feature for their browser to make this easier for users by auto-completing the fields in the web forms based on a chrome user Autofill profile.

Google recently introduced two new APIs for the smartphone version of Chrome. Credential Management API makes it easier to keep track of multiple login information from Chrome’s mobile browser. Though Chrome’s app has had password-management features for some time, the new tool makes logging in even simpler. This chrome API enables chrome users to sign in with just one tap. When a user signs into Chrome, chrome can sync the user’s passwords across devices and synced passwords can also be shared with any Android apps.

Buying products on the mobile web can be a frustrating experience for every user. Different websites have different flows and validation rules, that requires users to manually type the same set of information again and again. At the same time, it is also a difficult and time-consuming process for developers to create user-friendly checkout flows for different and multiple websites.

A new Web Payment API allows a browser to act as an intermediary between the web store and online buyers and also the payment method or bank, users can complete the checkout process with just one touch. Bank credentials are always necessary to process and confirm a transaction and to process the payment method. So, the buyer can confirm and authorize the payment flow via a browser, and auto-fill their payments and shipping information while in the checkout process from multiple websites.

When the user initiates a payment process while buying a product from a web page, that web page immediately creates a “PaymentRequest API” to make a payment. If a user starts an interaction for the payment request, some kind of user interface will be presented to the user to facilitate the payment request. Here, the Web Payment API allows the chrome browser to exchange information with the “PaymentRequest API”. If the user accepts the payment request, browser approved and returned the required fields, that includes payment method, shipping details, payer email address, and phone number. If above details were already set in the browser, the payment options get passed to the “PaymentRequest API”, then the browser interaction will be complete and the payment process will be processed. If the user does not accept the payment request within the allowed time period, then the request will be aborted.

The mission of the Web Payment API is to make mobile payments easier and more secure on the web browser and provide an intellectual interface between a web page and a Payment method to facilitate a payment transaction, this is expected to streamline the checkout process, reduce shopping cart abandonments and make new payment methods easier on the Web.

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.

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

ios10 and watchos3 features at WWDC 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A New IT Revolution Through Internet of Things

IoT technology is promising, as it may result in dramatically increasing productivity and change the nature of work how we do, and also the likely increase in income disparity. There have been multiple big technology revolutions, but the most impactful on human society are only a few. Let’s look at the prior technology revolutions, which amplified human capability.

Technology Revolutions

Mainframes: A mainframe is simply a large computer and entirely different from a PC. The mainframe name comes from the way it builds up. All units of the machine were set up into a frame. Thus, the main computer is built into one frame called a “Mainframe”. Due to massive development costs, these are typically manufactured by only large companies like IBM, Hitachi and among others.

In the 1950’s, a mainframe’s design was much different with speeds permitted to one thousand additions per second, it had vacuum cubes, and generated an enormous amount of heat. Mainframes required using chilled water and blower air conditioning system to cool the unit and consumed 125 kilowatts of electrical power. Initially, there was no operating system for mainframes, only hard wired and it need have hundreds of switches to have the machine calculate a table. The smaller version of the IBM 360 mainframe was the revolutionized computing in the 1960’s.

The primary purpose of mainframes was to run commercial applications of Fortune 1000 companies and other large-scale computing purposes. This was included banking and insurance businesses because they have enormous amounts of data are processed every day.

Microcomputer: In 1971, Intel introduced the first microprocessor chip and started the microcomputer revolution. Microcomputers had a significant impact on our society, economy and culture. As advantages of microcomputer increased, buyers began to own machines to take over expensive routine tasks like typing, copying, mailing, budgeting and managing lists.

The software grew rapidly, and prices dropped steadily. The color computer is the best among the microcomputer group. It has a small memory slot, excellent graphics, and a friendly interface to multitask. As business requirements increased, an expensive computer consisted of a keyboard, monitor, two drives, and a printer, all together with a good operating system.

SmartphoneSmartphones and tablets are now everywhere. The manner in which they used doesn’t match all initial expectations. Life before the smartphone was very different. We had Palm Treos, HP iPaqs, Nokia and BlackBerry smartphones were introduced executive management with the ability to read and send an email. An early criticism of smartphones was that they had a corporate value beyond email; Something the BlackBerry had already done for many years.

From the year 2006 onwards, Nokia started focusing on entertainment smartphones including their N-series smartphones. When the iPhone was introduced in 2007, it had a very different perspective and different approach than that one of the first smartphones to use a multi-touch user interface. In 2008, HTC released the first smartphone with an Android operating system, which is an open-source platform. Initially, Android phone adoption was slow, but from the year 2010, it started to gain popularity then from 2012 dominated the smartphone market worldwide.

Right now, we have depended on our smartphones for many years and the technology also moved forward very much faster. Vensi. Inc, is the best mobile app development company, that can transform your businesses process into robust, we provide a full range of mobile applications for any business.

Internet of Things: The Internet of Things has rapidly become one of the most familiar topics across business and technology. The Internet of Things is a present technological revolution that has been taking over just about everything and still some people don’t realize just how huge it.

IoT and Machine-to-machine technologies convert real-time data via the cloud into understandable information for a user that keeps users better connected than ever before. Web applications enable you to monitor and control remotely your smart devices like a thermostat. A smart device can sense and send data when temperature very high or low, this is one reason why the Internet of Things is the next big thing.

Today, we have already seen a huge number of revolutionary innovations around the Internet of Things and it just keeps on growing and leading us to a better connected and more intelligent world. The Internet of Things is providing businesses with more opportunities than ever before.

If you are looking new business opportunity, with IoT solutions along with your product, we at Blueapp.io will find an effective IoT solution that can communicate your product remotely through smartphones or tablets or even from the web.