Apple’s new Operating System Updates & Features in iOS 11 at WWDC 2017

Apple has been the leader of the Smartphone and Tablet since the first iPhone launched and they continue to make iOS updates that will enhance the use of these devices while trying to keep a competitive advantage over Android.

On June 5th at the Worldwide Developers Conference  2017, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO announced the updates for iOS 11, he said this version takes the best and most advanced operating system and take Apple’s operating system to the next level, bringing in new subtle designs and new looks to some of the standard apps are a part of the updates.

Apple is a technology giant for good reason, they have created and maintained an operating system that has taken the world by storm, iPhone users are quick to denigrate other phones as they see Apple products in general as superior to anything currently on the market. This may or may not be true depending on your personal preference, but one thing is for sure Apple has a huge following and a market share to support the hype.

Apple's new Operating System Features in iOS 11

Some of the features to look in iOS 11:

  • Drag & Drop for iPad
  • Augmented Reality for iPhone
  • Apple Pencil Updates
  • Customizable Control Center
  • Wider Range of Setting
  • 3D Touch Integration
  • Siri Enhancements for more Intelligent & Natural Voice Recognition
  • Persistent Dock for Multi-Tasking
  • New One Handed Key-boar
  • New Home-Kit to Support Speakers
  • AirPlay 2 to include Multi-Room Functionality
  • App Store has been Revamped
  • Files App to not Include iCloud but is more User-Friendly
  • Peer to Peer Money Transfer
  • New Screen Effects

These are just a few mentioned updates to the Apple operating system expected in September 2017. These updates will be a huge step for the Apple Smartphone and Tablet platforms claiming to make it the world’s most advanced operating system. There are no questions that Apple has created unique hardware that has changed the lives of many people.

Vensi has been developing iOS applications since the beginning for our enterprise customers and we look forward to the new iOS 11 release, hoping these enhancements will provide more features and add more value in our development of iOS applications.

If you are looking for an Enterprise Application Development Team Apple’s new OS features in iOS 11, contact us at vensi.com/contact_us  for more information.

 

 

Smartphones with Sensor Technology Enhances our Daily Operations

Smartphones have become a connected device, that in today’s world most people cannot live without, whether it’s being connected to work, or keeping in touch with family and friends through phone calls, text or social media. The smartphone is a portable device that every person uses in their daily lives and has become completely dependent on it. The sensor technology that is on these portable devices is making our lives much easier to accomplish daily tasks.

Sensor Technology in a Smartphone can vary from manufacturer, some have a large array of sensors while some are limited to their sensors. Having phones with a wide array of sensor technology makes using the phone much easier and enhances the functionality and features.

Equipping these devices with more high-tech features, users are now able to get more use out of the device. Users now can play video games, watch movies and get directions to the desired location these are just a few of the features that smartphone sensor technology can provide to make our lives more enjoyable.

Smartphones with Sensor Technology Enhances our Daily Operations

These Sensors are not only making our daily lives easier, but they are also used in marketing campaigns by large companies to get our attention with ads when we are in the vicinity of their target campaigns, like shopping in retail stores or grocery stores. Most companies have mobile applications to inform and assist users in many ways while they are on the go. The sensor technology is also being used in Industrial Mobile Applications in many different scenarios to collect data and send it to a dashboard to be monitored, tracked, and analyzed.

Some of the sensor technology in smartphones that are helping make smartphones an essential device for everyone and for every industry.

  • Tactile or Touch Sensors – Most phones use capacitive touch for a more accurate selection on a smart device.
  • Proximity Sensors – Can time out a call when your phone is not placed near your ear, and also has developed swipe gestures with this sensor.
  • Ambient Light Sensors – Adjust the brightness of the phone based on external lighting, to enhance visual.
  • Gyro Sensors – Uses gravity to help determine position.
  • Accelerometer – Uses non-gravitational acceleration, like vibration, rotation, and velocity, combined with a Gyro Sensor they are very powerful together.
  • Magnetometer Sensors – Utilizes the modern solid state technology to create a miniature Hall-effect sensor that detects the Earth’s magnetic field.
  • Temperature Sensor – Provide the temperature of the CPU, battery, and environmental temperatures.
  • Humid Sensor – Check heat index, and also great for finding optimum food storage conditions, even preventing mold from growing in your home.
  • Color Sensors – Use as a color meter, color matcher/analyzer, even pattern recognition.

These sensors are used in smartphones to create a unique user experience with a lot of information in different conditions, without having multiple handheld devices. To bring out the best in these smartphones in useful daily applications, companies seek out qualified mobile developers that have experience in building these mobile applications to work with the sensor technology and mobile apps.

Vensi, Inc and its team of experienced and skilled developers are creating solutions using these sensors and if your team is looking to create mobile apps and sensor technology.

Please contact us at vensi.com/contact_us to help create a product that will enhance your daily operations.

Maintenance Operations becomes Smarter with Customized Mobile Apps

Preventative maintenance is an import aspect of everyday life for not only businesses, this also affects everyone’s daily life from cable installation and technical service to hospitals, and remote healthcare monitoring, to HVAC systems, electric motors and a number of manufactured products that are used to keep things running in our daily lives.

Mobile apps are becoming the “Go To” tool for just about every industry, with Mobile Apps different industries are able to receive, view and share data while on the go, without a mobile application for your business can be a detriment to the growth of your business in the smartphone era. These mobile applications are helping to streamline business operations and helps to run the daily operations more efficiently.

The use of  Customized Business Applications in the service industry is spreading with good reason, it’s proving the highest levels of efficiency and improving field productivity for the technicians and engineers also bringing higher levels of confidence with their customers. Mobile apps provide the communication and data for not only the business and also for the customers, which in turn is providing amazing business insights to make changes to their operations.

Maintenance Operations becomes Smarter with Customized Mobile Apps

One of the examples of Mobile Apps are in, the healthcare industry is taking advantage of this technology to help remotely monitor vital signs of their patients. They are able to get real-time vitals of the patient and communicate with the patient about critical issues, without delays by having direct communication with home care patients.

In different industries, the need to monitor pumping station and other equipment in remote environments is crucial to access the health and the running states to assure that these products are constantly running. Mobile apps are playing a major role in quickly accessing that information and relaying it back to the home base for analysis.

Water management is another industry that is taking advantage of mobile apps to Remotely Monitor, track and even control the different scenarios in which water flow management is needed. With mobile apps, engineers and technicians are able to efficiently manage these operations with a tablet or a smartphone.

There are many applications related to the service industry that shows how the service industry is benefiting from mobile applications in many ways from receiving critical information, to transmitting that information to be later analyzed and in many cases mobile apps are used to do simple automated functions like scheduling tasks to technicians and engineers.

The use of mobile apps is growing and in the near future, there will be many more use cases for these applications to help business to be for efficient and productive.

Vensi, Inc has been working with mobile apps for a long time and have created many applications for businesses to be more efficient and productive. If your team is looking for innovative mobile application development.

Please contact us at vensi.com/contact_us to help create a product that will enhance your daily operations.

Mobile Apps and the New Convenience Store Shopping Experience

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

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

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

Mobile Apps and the New Convenience Store Shopping Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Smartphone & Tablet Purchases Exceed 1.2 Billion Dollars on Black Friday through Mobile Commerce

In the past, we have written blogs about the growing number of mobile users that rarely use desktops to access the web. This past Friday on November 25th, 2016 an astonishing number was reached with mobile app purchases, US shoppers purchased $1.2 billion dollars through mobile transactions on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. That is not the only milestone that was reached on Thanksgiving, but Online shopping increased 21 percent to $3.34 billion in sales surpassing last year’s number in online sales, which was $3 billion in online sales. In the US by the end of Black Friday shoppers spent $5.27 billion.

Smartphone & Tablet Purchases Exceed 1.2 Billion Dollars on Black Friday through Mobile Commerce

Bank Rate reported only 23 percent of US consumers said they planned to shop in stores after Thanksgiving this year, compared with 28 percent last year. By the way, Adobe said the five top-selling electronic products on Black Friday were Apple’s iPads, Samsung’s 4K TVs, the Apple MacBook Air, LG’s TVs and Microsoft’s Xbox.

The shifts in Mobile trends are reshaping the retail industry right before our eyes, what other industries will mobile have this big and effect on. For consumers, mobile apps are a great way to improve their shopping experience. Shopping with mobile apps has many benefits rather than going about shopping the traditional way at the mall, which has it’s many challenges.

The benefits that appeal to most mobile shoppers through Mobile Commerce are:

  • Mobile shoppers are empowered with multiple stores and brand option in real-time.
  • Price comparisons are done easily through mobile apps of various brand and similar products.
  • Detailed product information is available at the push of a button.
  • Helpful user reviews to judge the quality of a product.
  • Checkout processes are much faster than standing in line.

The retail industry has been focused on improving customer satisfaction through mobile apps, and with good reason. The revenue driving through mobile apps this past Black Friday is amazing and will continue to grow as retailers focus on new opportunities for engagement for consumers that previous technology could not deliver.

Retailers are taking advantage of mobile apps and new technology to increase sales by building personal relationships with individual customers based on their shopping styles and the user’s mobile activities; which are monitored and tracked for so that the next purchase is tailored for them. The retailer industry is now running loyalty programs, new customer offers, and promoting new products all with mobile apps this is opening up another source of revenue for retailers.

The biggest trends in mobile apps are:

  • Mobile Inventory Maintenance – Personally when I’m in a store and need assistance, more and more lately sales associates are able to search in-store and locate the item, this feature is very helpful when shopping.
  • The point of Sales (POS) Mobility – I’ve been in stores and have been able to avoid long checkout lines, because of mobile POS systems.
  • Location Based Service – Although they encourage you to spend money, these location-based services provide great sales on items you’ve search.
  • Customer Loyalty apps – Discounts and reward programs are a great way to keep people coming back if they are actually being rewarded for their loyalty, the retail industry is doing that with something people always have on hand, their smartphones.
  • Omni-channel Experience – This is a great way to increase a brand’s visibility in different markets, by making the product available in multiple selling channels.
  • Product Info: Retailers are providing consumers, info on different products when they are available with them based on their past search in online by sending notifications to their mobile apps to maintain regular interaction with the consumer.

Vensi Inc, we are specialized in developing Mobile Apps for retail and commercial use. We developed service and utility mobile apps useful for many mobile users on different Mobile platforms & web. Mobile Apps are playing a key role in the enhancement of retail business to reach more people in future for better and easiest shopping experience with a click.

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.

Smartphone Trends

People are treating their mobile devices, iPhones, Androids, and tablets, more like personal computers than ever before. For the first time, smartphone sales exceeded personal computer sales in the fourth quarter of last year. This shift toward smartphones will accelerate over the next decade, and there are several trends that are driving smartphones ever-faster into the future.

Smartphones are no longer being treated as stand-alone devices. Many enterprises are integrating mobile devices, through backend systems, and allowing data to flow back and forth between multiple devices. This effectively makes multiple devices act as one personal computer. With the addition of cloud technology, employee mobility has never been easier.  No longer is there a need to take laptops on the road or have access to a home computer, a tablet or a smartphone that has access to the cloud is all that’s needed.

An upgrade in Wi-Fi technology may soon be on the horizon, further enhancing mobile connectivity.  At Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, a Wi-Fi technology called Wi-Max has been deployed into the neighborhoods near the university. It provides high-speed access to the Internet throughout the campus and nearby, without a required log-in. One of these Wi-Max networks is tripling the average data speed and is transmitting wirelessly at speeds of 6Mbps; which is better than most current wired internet connections. Wi-Max (or LP) may soon be the network of choice because it has the ability to provide a wider bandwidth than Wi-Fi. As the preference for mobile continues to grow, so will the expectations of users. They will want to have audio, live-streaming, and VOIP technology, all from their handheld, and that will require a network that can move the maximum amount of data.

One challenge with this mobile movement is finding the ideal spectrum for all these different technologies. There may be increased wait periods for changing from one protocol or one technology to the next, because the FCC needs time to ensure everyone is offered spectrum while simultaneously avoiding interference. But this challenge with the FCC is nothing new, and it is a safe bet that the ability to send more data into available spectrum will be developed.

Another interesting trend is that smartphone interfaces and hardware will continue to become more intuitive. With many smart phones and tablets, the screen and touchscreen have become prime real estate. To increase space, leaders in the mobile industry are aggressively exploring voice recognition. Smartphones will also get more powerful.  It is reasonable to expect that they will continue to increase in both memory and speed: from single core to dual core, and higher RAM.

There is a lot of attention being paid to power supply and consumption (batteries) and the trend will continue toward exotic materials and new power storage technologies as we seek alternatives to our current charging devices. Mobility is dependent on power.  All the functionality and connectivity advancements become meaningless if a device is always running out of power.  The iPhone has been battling this problem for the past few years.  Technological innovation in this area will include wireless charging, solar, and perhaps even motion powered charging capabilities.

We have seen laptops replace the home PC, and now smart phones are replacing them both.  Science fiction writer, William Gibson, said, “the future is already here…” and in the realm of personal computing, the future is here: it’s called the smartphone.