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.

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.

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.

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.

Building on Siri – The Future of Mobile Software Development

Siri, the voice in the latest iPhone, is a great start for Apple. It’s been successful, probably beyond their expectations. This has made them even more protective in their drive to prevent “jail breaks” – that’s what the development world calls efforts to open up, or gain access to, the operating system so they can run software and do other things not authorized by Apple. With so much at stake, and with those efforts to break through the defenses so relentless, Apple is vigorously defending its technology, using every tool and technique available.  For example, Apple filed a suit recently against Samsung for infringing on four patents, including Siri’s “voice search.” Sooner or later though, Apple will have to yield and open up a bit. When they do, developers will rush to add Siri’s voice recognition features to their applications.

That voice recognition capability is part of a field called natural language processing or NLP, and its potential goes far beyond the usefulness we’ve seen to date. The way it works is straightforward in principle, if not so much in programming. What happens when you say something like “Please call my Mom,” or “Call Mom,” or something similar? The software recognizes the words “call” and “Mom” and links them. Same thing if you say, “Dial Mom.” The software recognizes nouns and verbs and their synonyms and responds by taking a specific action.

There are many ways this idea can be expanded upon. Right now you have to press a button to activate the software, but you could have a sound activated system that monitors a room and takes a specific action whenever a certain word or sound is heard. It could be in a secure area; it could be in a nursery; or it could be in a conference room. The system could be flexible enough to adapt itself to a complicated spoken command such as “Listen for the phrase xyz, then calculate the latest values for factors 1, 2, and 3. Display the results on the conference room monitor.” The possibilities are endless. Think Star Trek and the voice controlled systems on the Enterprise. They’re always on, always listening, and always responding.

You can extend the notion even further. Cell phones were getting smaller until touch displays and video cameras came along. Then they had to get bigger in order to have a useable display. But, suppose you didn’t have to scroll through apps to find the one you wanted? You could just tell your phone what you wanted or where you wanted to go, and it would sort through the hundreds of apps, find the one corresponding to your needs, activate it, and report/display the results to you. It could also keep track of your location and surroundings and give you a running commentary and make informed suggestions based on your transaction history and interests. Face it, sooner or later your phone will shrink to pen size or smaller, maybe even become part of your body as an implanted micro device.

Or, you might combine NLP with very flexible LCD displays descended from the flexible displays that tech companies like Nokia and Samsung are working on. Then you’d have a screen you could unroll when you need a face to face with someone or want to view content the way you might view it on a TV, magazine, or newspaper. It’d be something like the old-fashioned book scroll you see in period pieces, or even more compact when it’s time to put it away. That’d fit right in with the pen analogy.

So what’s your take on the future of mobile development?  Why don’t you write to us at info@vensi.com and tell us?  If your idea(s) are interesting enough, maybe we can make that happen…

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

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

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

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

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

The Future of BlackBerry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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