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

Smartphones with IoT Apps are the Best Gateways for Remote Monitoring & Data collection

In 2016 the Internet of Things surpassed many predictions in the number of devices that would be connected to the internet, it was estimated that there would be anywhere between 6 to 7 trillion devices connected worldwide. Recently released statistics report the number to be more like 22 billion connected devices worldwide.

The shift in the Internet of Things and connected devices is affecting every major industry whether it’s industrial, commercial or residential, these connected devices represent a new channel through which data flows in both directions providing invaluable data to all sectors of business. This data is crucial for any business as they can now analyze data in real-time and make decisions that will change the operations to be not only more profitable but create more streamlined, and efficient workflows.

Smartphones with IoT Apps are best gateways for monitoring & data collection

The area of business that will also take advantage of the Internet of Things and the data received will be the marketers, this will provide them with a huge opportunity to measure and track people’s spending habits in many different environments. In the retail industry, there is a huge opportunity with beacon technology to send personalized campaigns to individuals based on their spending history, it’s also a chance to build a relationship with frequent shoppers. Mobile devices play a major role in assisting with collecting data in not only these types of commercial scenarios but in an industrial setting as well.

The smartphone is not widely considered and IoT device by most people, but it is actually on of the first IoT devices available to the general public across the world. The smartphone has always played a very important role in IoT, communicating data with Wifi and Cellular at first then other standards like Bluetooth, which is now one of the major enablers to communicating data from sensors to the internet.

Nowadays phones are equipped with a huge array of sensors, from proximity, light, accelerometer, gyroscopic sensors, NFC, location, and much more, some phones have as many as 10 sensors. These sensors provide a huge amount of data in unstructured and structured forms. With the rise of IoT in all industries, the smartphone has become a major player. Companies are now focused on mobile applications built specifically for IoT and communicating data.

Smartphones will continue to play an important role in IoT particular where there is a need to collect data around human interaction and sensor information from IoT. Smartphones that are equipped with Wifi, Bluetooth and NFC will continue to communicate and control applications and many different use cases for IoT. The mobile devices will eventually be the primary user interface for applications as they provide real-time data to be manipulated on site, which will increase efficiency and consumer relationships.

As a part of the IoT ecosystem, mobile devices play an important part in streamlining the collection, management and use of the data generated. The early adopters are seeing that by taking advantage of already existing technology like the smartphone is expediting their IoT initiatives and helping to bring their solutions to market faster.

Vensi Inc solution Blueapp.io has been focused on IoT industrial solutions using mobile apps to gather the data and present it on a smartphone dashboard and web, for many different industries to deploy the best smartphone solutions for IoT.

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.

Hybrid Mobile App Development with Sencha Touch, Mobile Angular UI & Phonegap

Mobile application development has changed for the better for today’s developers, you don’t need to have native app development experience. Now you can use web technologies like HTML, CSS, and Javascript to develop cross-platform applications for iOS, Android and Web apps. In the recent past, it was very common to develop apps for each mobile operating systems, and the web. Today the advantages of cross-platform development outweigh the advantages of native app development for the end client, developers, and users of mobile applications.

Some advantages of cross-platform development.

  • The consistency of applications across multiple platforms.
  • Application development cycle is reduced.
  • Updates to apps are instantly synced without submitting changes to the app stores.
  • The cost of development is reduced.
  • The single version of coding can be used for multiple platforms.

Hybrid Mobile Apps Using Sencha Touch, Mobile Angular UI & Phonegap
SenchaTouch is an HTML5 framework that is popular with developers for creating multiple mobile app platforms for iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry, Sencha’s popularity for hybrid app developers is due to it’s consistency across the platforms it supports by providing a native look and feel. Sencha is based on web standards, which means it supports technical specification that defines the World Wide Web. The standards that are commonly supported by the web are, HTML5, CSS, and Javascript.

Sencha allows catering to different screen sizes for mobile and web interfaces when the application is loaded the framework determines the type of device being used. The corresponding profiles determine which components and functionality, views and controllers need to be used, which saves developers time from creating apps for different platforms.

Mobile Angular UI is an HTML5 framework that uses Bootstrap 3 and Angularjs, to create interactive mobile apps. This hybrid app development code provides essential mobile components to hybrid app development, switches, overlays, sidebars, scrollable areas and top and bottom nav bars that stay fixed. This framework makes it easy to bring existing desktop frameworks to mobile applications, giving developers a responsive and touch enable the interface. This is a great framework for building mobile websites, using both Bootstrap and Angularjs.

PhoneGap is very popular mobile application development framework that enables developers to build applications for mobile devices, using HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript instead of using platform specific API’s like, iOS, Android and Windows, by extending these features to work with the specific devices. PhoneGap takes advantage of native and web based codes to create cross-platform applications, by bridging web applications and mobile devices to solve the problems of building apps in multiple languages.

Vensi Inc, we are a team of experts who are specialized in the development of hybrid app development using various cross platform sources like PhoneGap, Sencha Touch etc. Vensi software development team uses these frameworks and developed hybrid applications for its partners and provided the best solution for the desired project. We are also experts in developing IoT applications.

Why Responsive Mobile App Design is better than Native App Design in Mobile

Since 2006 there has been a huge increase in mobile application developers, today in 2016 there is an estimated 12 million app developers across the world. This demand is because a lot more companies are adopting a “Mobile-First Strategy” instead of desktop first.

Responsive Mobile App Design

Before the mobile first strategy became the new business strategy, most web designers and their client’s approach to software development, was to implement the desktop version of a project first and then to create mobile applications later. The approach now has been mobile first and then desktop, some think that this may be a trend, but if you look at some of the data that is available on the web you’ll see that this is a present day reality.

Let’s take for example the number of mobile web users worldwide, there is an astounding 1.2 billion mobile web users, 25 percent of those user, rarely use desktops to access the web. The other statistics is that over 10.9 billion mobile apps have been downloaded; these numbers are staggering considering there is an estimated 7.4 billion people on planet earth.

Companies are realizing that by designing mobile applications first, rather than desktop first. You don’t have to deal with the complex issues of scaling back from a desktop design. When designing with a desktop first strategy, you put everything you have into that desktop design, technology and use up all of real estate, only to realize that trying to put all of this information on a mobile app, makes for a watered down version on the mobile side, because you have to remove a lot of the pertinent information to make it scale to a mobile app version.

With mobile design as the first priority, you get to decide how you can make your project more robust, and can build upon content and features. If you load up all of the content and features like text, audio, video, etc., which is normally done in a desktop development. Then you face the issues of having more content than it is actually needed for the mobile version, if all of that is to work on a mobile app it will negatively affect the operation of the app. This will turn users off and they will look for another similar mobile application.

The mobile first approach might put a little more work into the initial creation of the project’s scope, as everyone will want to focus on the absolute necessities for the project to avoid an unnecessary functionality performance lags on the mobile devices. Once the app is released then you’ll be able to add additional content and functionality based on the devices ability to handle them.

The mobile first approach uses responsive design, which for a non developer sounds great; it addresses all of the platforms in one development cycle. The downfall of responsive design is in its complexity. There are not many mobile application developers that have the capability to work with the many different languages to code it properly to fit to android, iOS and desktop screen sizes. Some developers are limited to developing on desktop because they have to really consider all of the possibilities with the lack of real estate and that alone limits their creativity. Developers are forced to look at the canvas in a much smaller view, and then add the most important things in the mobile view to make it as important or usable to desktop.

If you’re considering mobile application development and know that you need a responsive design professional, make sure to do your research before you start your project this can be the difference of going over budget, taking more time to complete the project or just scrapping the project all together. Vensi Solutions specializes in responsive Mobile app development using HTML5, CSS3 & AngularJS with W3 Web Standards. We are expertise in developing cross platform mobile applications for web & mobile.

Google’s Update to its Gmail App for iOS

Google has just released its updated Gmail and Calendar app for iOS to the Apple store. This is a big update for IOS users, because of the huge number of people that use Gmail for personal and professional use. This gives Google access to a group of users that would otherwise be out of reach. These two applications are a big part of their cloud based services, and will attract iOS users to the platform.

updated gmail app for iOS users

Google creates applications for browsers and mobile devices with a business application design to fit modern collaborative, work environments. This user friendly platform offers a huge array of features to accommodate business needs like:

  • Gmail for sending and receiving emails.
  • Google Drive to share and store files, documents and video.
  • Google Chat for internal communication with colleagues or for personal use.
  • Google Hangout for virtual meetings, which allows users to visually sharing documents like a WebEx or Gotomeeting.
  • Google Voice for making phone calls, which can be synced to your cell phone.

With improved updates for iOS, Google will add more iOS users to the Gmail platform, but with iOS lacking in some of the Android features. Below are some of the features that will bring iOS up to date with Android.

  • Revamped user interface with sleek transitioning.
  • iOS to resemble in design Android devices.
  • Swipe actions to delete and archive emails, which are configured in iOS settings.
  • Email search capabilities have been improved to make them faster and more efficient.
  • Undo send to revert sent emails.

Google is also working on a new responsive design for its Android and Web versions, this will adapt to the different screen sizes of the different devices to automatically fit all screens.

Responsive design is an app development concept that a lot of app developers are using to create a seamless user interface with mobile and web applications for personal and business use. These Responsive design applications are becoming more and more attractive to mobile app developers as it makes it easier to develop multiple applications in one development cycle. While giving the same look and feel for the UI across multiple platforms.

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.

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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How Your Business Becomes More Successful With a Hybrid Mobile App

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

hybrid mobile app

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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