What’s Hot: Mobile App Trends for 2017

What’s Hot: Mobile App Trends for 2017

Today, an individual without a smartphone is unknown, and so is the reach of it, that it has ultimately turned it into a new era. In 2016, we observed a fierce clash between Android and iOS raising the admiration of Hybrid applications, and valued endeavors took place to rectify the uncertainties relating to mobile apps. There are zillions of applications out in the market, which can do everything from nursing your health to mapping the stars.

The mobile applications market is flourishing, and is just not for consumers anymore. According to a research, 81% of administrators believe that mobile applications are essential for their businesses and organizations, while 85% believe that mobile applications will be the most dominant interface in future.

Rolling back to history, all we had were a few Java games, a monthly calendar and a calculator as mobile applications. Every e-business store had its incredible spenders in 2013- 2014 with the United Kingdom, China and Japan took the leads for iOS while the United States and Germany took two top positions for Android.

2017 contemplated as a year of Mobile Applications

Grounded in the trending smartphone era, Gartner recently published a new data that foretells that by the 2017 year end, the total of mobile apps downloads would be over 268 billion times, which would generate a revenue of about $77 billion, hence making mobile applications one of the most accepted computing tools in the world.

Without further uproar, let’s have a look at the mobile application trends we predict for 2017.

The Constantly Growing App Market

The mobile application market is expected to grow even bigger in 2017. The number of mobile applications in the major app markets has reached a round figure of around 2 billion. As per stats, 46% of the mobile application users use paid services for their applications. Hence, in 2017, billions of downloads are expected to generate a revenue of a minimum of $77 billion.

The Cloud Is To Stay

In 2015- 2016, an interesting relationship emerged between the cloud and mobile applications. Using the cloud technology, the centrally coordinated applications were delivered to the devices. This trend is going to stay in 2017 too, all because of the various benefits offered by the technology.

The cloud support allows the developers to deal with the bandwidth management and memory issues, thus helping in retaining the small size of the mobile applications. This has also become important with the advent of the wearable gadgets like Samsung Gear and Apple Watch.

Mobile applications and wearables can now easily sync their apps and app extensions, all thanks to the cloud.

This is why many of the forthcoming mobile applications are alleged to be driven by the cloud.

Attention to App Security

We know that the mobile app development industry is on a rise, and so is the number of security threats related to it. During the World Wide Developers Conference, Apple made an announcement for the incorporation of robust App Transport Security (ATS) for all iOS applications. Not only this, the emphasis on enforcing stronger data encryption on new applications has been illuminated by the Apple developers. While Google is anticipating to keep things snagged by using a much more coarse application permissions model along with automated security updates.

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Rise in Hybrid Technology

Angular JS, Ionic, Cordova, PhoneGap are the names of only a few technologies that can help augmenting the hybrid app development in 2017. With the growing popularity of hybrid application development platforms, Google’s Material Design is also evolving to support application development platforms, like Windows phones. Because of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) culture adopted by most of the companies, Cross-platform applications will be more in demand in the coming year.

IOT applications – Smart Homes and Smart Cities

Our homes are already occupied with smart televisions, smart washing machines, and refrigerators that exchange information with our smartphones. The same theory is emerging for a complete city, giving a rise to the term ‘Smart Cities’. With developing smart cities, India is advancing with the smart technologies. All the futuristic appliances are being engineered with the smart integrations. Thus, IOT applications are going to be an important part of the business strategy for most of the mobile application development companies in India and abroad.

Mobile messaging apps will be rising

Giant messaging applications like WhatsApp and Facebook are in huge demands and already have more than 500 million users. In 2017, the trend of these messaging applications is going to grow even more popular and many more messaging applications are expected to strike the app stores.

The Importance of mobile app UX designs

Mobile application designs and UX are nevertheless the key factor responsible for the success or failure of the mobile application. Visually pleasing app designs and user-friendly UX attract visitors and engage users. For the best and intuitive user experience, the mobile app should be designed keeping the latest app design trends in mind. The new design trends in 2017 will surely be things like grid-based interface designing, visuals, split-screens, parallax graphics, splash, micro interaction and more.

Location based services and GPS based mobile apps

All through 2016, the location- based services have been largely defined the GPS based mobile applications. Apps like transport booking apps, restaurant booking apps, apps for on-demand services like carpenters, electricians, plumbers (and more) emanated and dominated the market. Hereafter, in 2017, each and every efficacy service is believed to use GPS based mobile applications to target the latent customers.

 

The Next Challenge: Connecting the Pharma Industry to the World

The Next Challenge: Connecting the Pharma Industry to the World

To address the global collaboration challenge, pharmaceutical companies have begun to move the key business applications to a web application delivery model.

This model allows the companies to influence the Internet to connect with the global users. Examples of the types of the applications that the companies are shifting to include:

•  Collaboration tools
•  Clinical trial applications
•  Customer relationship management (CRM) applications
•  Pharma covariance and clinical safety software
•  Enterprise resource planning (ERP)

Using web-based applications for business operations helps to ensure application accessibility for remote users. However, the key to apprehending the benefits of application delivery via the web, hinges the reliability and performance of the network, i.e., the public Internet. The Internet is not a business-ready platform; it was not aimed to handle the demands and requirements of today’s businesses.

While the internet offers a profitable global network, application delivery on the Internet is convoluted by:

• The increase in the growth and flexibility of enterprise applications. International Data Corporation (IDC) has assessed that the number of enterprise applications revamped for mobility will increase fourfold between 2014 and 2016.
• The number of users. The total number of Internet users worldwide is predicted to have increased by 833%, to a total of 3,366,260,056 users between 2000 and 2015.
• The variety of browsers used to access the Internet. Significant browsers include Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera Mini, Safari, and the Android Browser.
• The myriad of the devices accessing the Internet. Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, have emerged as the most important means of Internet access.
• The division of network connections. Users might connect to the Internet using a corporate wired LAN, home Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G networks, or through a tethered connection. The transmission of data over the Internet can be really slow.

Due to the inherited architecture and the logic of the Internet, the variety of the routes between the data centers and the end users is tremendously incompetent. Once a route is selected, the transmission of the data is slow, prone to errors and subjected to jam and stop.

Consequently, the users of the pharmaceutical companies may experience poor application response times, erratic availability, and data-loss exposures. These performance issues are important in the pharmaceutical industry, thanks to the critical importance of ensuring a firm and competent clinical trials.

Why does the Standard Approaches Fall Short?

Companies try a number of different approaches to connect the global users and foster collaboration by addressing Internet performance, reliability and security issues.

We have tried numerous different approaches to connect the global users and foster collaboration by discoursing Internet performance, consistency, and security matters. One tactic is to implement the physical hardware and/or a virtual appliance that resides within the walls of the organization’s data center, like a WAN optimization controller (WOC) or an application delivery controller (ADC).

•  ADC/WOC appliances are among the approaches for optimizing application delivery over private WAN
•  Optimizations require regular appliance arrangement

The problem with this approach is that it does not function as a proportioned architecture when supporting the Internet users. Organizations need balanced solutions that can optimize both the application delivery ends – the end where the app is hosted and the other end where the user is located.

A second approach is to put into a private network infrastructure. This approach discourses the Internet performance and steadfastness issues, but does not scale it up. The access to applications is limited to the end users on the private network. Besides, it prevents companies from leveraging the cost efficacies and global scale of the Internet to connect the global users.

A third approach is to transfer applications and websites from a corporate data center to the public cloud. But this cracks only one-half of the application delivery challenge: By transferring applications to a public cloud infrastructure, a company gets improved scalability and cost efficiencies in managing data center infrastructure, including the servers and the storage equipment, but they still need to depend on the public Internet to stretch to their global users, which is the other half of the application delivery challenge that the public cloud providers have traditionally not been able to solve effectually.

A Comprehensive Collaboration Solution

A comprehensive approach to advance the Internet performance, steadfastness and security to associate the global users and nurture collaborations are to use a cloud-based application delivery platform. Cloud-based application delivery platform employs hundreds and thousands of servers distributed across the globe with a unifying architecture designed to ensure speed, reliability, and security of the network. They are deployed symmetrically, means that optimize the website and application delivery both at the origin (the public cloud or private data center) and the front end (the user interface).

A cloud-based application delivery platform enhances the application delivery using multiple stratagems including:

• Determining the optimal internet route using intelligent route selection, in preference to using the default Internet routing protocols.
• Facilitating the connection offload. Inbound data requests can be served by the platform using caching, reducing the impact on the data center infrastructure and bandwidth.
• Enabling load balancing. Configurable load balancing capabilities decrease the latency and increases performance.
• Providing real-time failover, which supports instant, smooth failover of traffic amid data centers if there is a disruption in a prime data center or cloud environment.
• Optimizing for mobile and cellular users. An intelligent platform can dynamically optimize the user’s experience based on the user’s browser, device, and the network connection.
• Accelerating web performances. Web pages load as quickly as possible, on any device, anywhere in the world.

Making the Internet Work for Global Pharmaceutical Companies

At Seasia Infotech, which is cloud-based mobile and web application development company, intended to enable the pharmaceutical companies to leverage the global reach and cost effectiveness of the Internet without sacrificing the network speed, reliability or security. Besides being effective, this solution is easy to use.

We take advantage of the cloud-based application delivery platforms by making a simple domain name system change, versus the need to procure, provide and configure the premise and virtual appliances to optimize the application delivery.

Pharmaceutical companies invest considerable resource in building or buying web based applications. Whether it is clinical trial applications, collaboration, CRM, or ERP, they choose these applications to support specific, critical business functions. It is important to pay attention to the performances of the network delivering those applications and to leverage resources like cloud-based application delivery platforms to achieve your organization’s goals in making that initial investment for a website or an application.

Digital Revolution with Mobile Apps in Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Industry

Digital Revolution with Mobile Apps in Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Industry

Due to the rising use of smartphones and mobile app stores, fitness and healthcare apps are gaining a substantial amount of popularity of the last two years. A firm growth in wearable technology is also a subsidizing factor in this scenario. Pharma and healthcare executives are well versed with this transformation and are experimenting with a wide range of digital initiatives. Mobile app development companies are helping the medical industry in this and are playing a vital role in the digital revolution of the healthcare sector. With the passage of time, the pharma app industry is only going to touch the zenith.

Let’s discuss the major factors that the pharma/ healthcare sector and mobile app companies can consider while making apps. These factors can also change your perspective towards the medical applications.

1.  Fitness app for chronic diseases
A huge fraction of people is constantly suffering from autoimmune, metabolic, genetic and other severe diseases that make patients follow strict precautions and guidelines. Doctors recommend them routine checkups and regular supervisions. IT companies have made numerous apps that can look after such complications. Considering their knowledge and proficiency, it is much more advantageous for medical companies make pharma apps that address the issues of the patients.

2. Locating free health care clinics and hospitals
Majority of population in the world still cannot pay for health care services. Pharma companies can make use of this matter and make a mobile app that can take care of such real issues. The app that can send notifications to people about the free health checkups for the specific ailments, plan/ schedule appointments and make them remind about the schedule beforehand. Providing a genuine helping hand is also a considerable way of endorsing your brand.

3. Ordering drugs
An online transaction is a buzzword in this day and age. Right from home delivery of food to booking cabs – people are getting used to doing everything online. Pharma companies can add one more service in this list i.e. Doorway delivery of the prescribed medicines.

4. Cross checking clash by multiple medications
Pharma companies can make app’s recording patient information. With this, when the concerned person will buy recommended medicines for another ailment, the app will prompt him/ her of the reactions or allergies that can happen with the clash of multiple medications. This can endorse both the brand and the product and gather a massive following from the crowd of patients.

5. Social network connecting patients
Diseases such as Multiple sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy, Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, etc. do not have any proper cure and pose patients with a lifelong struggle to cope with. Healthcare and pharmaceutical companies can build social networking service apps that can connect patients having similar ailments with each other. This will make experienced patients, assist one another and control their medical issues, while conducting day-to-day activities.

SEASIA’S CONTRIBUTION IN MAINTAINING SOUND HEALTH

There is a variable swath of medical apps on the market, which allow you to better understand pharmaceuticals or to diagnose your symptoms and prepare you for an unexpected medical emergency. Seasia took such apps to a whole new level by making:

Herbpathy App: Herbpathy is a repertory and a Materia Medica of herbs. It lists common diseases and suggests herbs to cure these diseases. It also gives a combination of herbs that benefit a disease.

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Medi Alert App: The MediAlert app built by Seasia Infotech is a simple medicine reminder app. It schedules alarms and reminds you when to take medicine. It also lets you schedule alarms for your next upcoming appointment with the doctor. Furthermore, you can make your own notes on prescription and can take pictures of the prescription given by the doctor.

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Fitness Visa app: It’s a fitness app that offers you an exceptional facility to get limitless access to all the nearby fitness centers. Any studio or gym can be chosen as per your preference and requirement. Trying different Fitness gyms and studios provides you an exclusive experience of exercising and achieve flourishing health.

We are trying our best in the medical field to give the most out of mobile apps and popularizing it on app stores. We are also developing one more pharma app which will help you order medicines online from a pharmacy. All you’ll have to do is upload the prescription using your phone (camera) to place the order. This shall be the best app for those who are too lazy to visit the local medical stores.

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THE FINAL WORDS

With the advancements in the digital technology, the competition in healthcare and pharmaceutical companies is getting fierce. Within 5 to 7 years, a substantial proportion of the medical portfolio will create value through more than just drugs. Many drugs and healthcare apps will be a part of the digital ecosystem that will constantly monitor the condition of the patient and provide instant feedback. This ecosystem will help in advancing health outcomes by modifying therapies to a patient’s lifestyle and clinical needs and permit distant monitoring by medical professionals of a patient’s ailment and adherence to treatment.

With the right technical expertise, pharmaceutical/ healthcare corporations can collaborate with mobile app development companies to ensemble a right balance between human touch and promotional value. And since Seasia Infotech is utilizing this area quite well, we are open for all the market leaders from the pharmaceutical industries for an ideal mobile app alliance.

Which Platform Makes Better Ecommerce Websites: Magento or Woocommerce?

Which Platform Makes Better Ecommerce Websites: Magento or Woocommerce

ECommerce has become a necessity for all the business categories. While the prospects are immense, the essentials also need to be kept in mind. One of the key deciding factors are in which eCommerce platform should you build your next online business website. There are multiple options available in the market, which include both pre-built and custom-built templates ad frameworks. However, let’s first discuss which is a better eCommerce platform: Magento or WooCommerce.

Magento and WooCommerce, both are free eCommerce platforms. There are multiple reasons why they are preferred over others. Some of the key reasons include:

Open Source Accomplishments

Magento and WooCommerce are open source platforms, providing powerful user access. They give you complete ownership of the code, which means that with them you can be as creative as you want.

Powerful, Secure & Highly Adaptable

There is a reason why Magento and WooCommerce conjointly power 50% of all eCommerce portals. Both are secure, robust and adaptable. Both have powerful features, functionalities and offer remarkable support.

Differences in Features and Functionalities

Magento is a CMS assembled unambiguously to execute eCommerce business operations. It has a myriad range of valuable features and functionalities that can empower online portals to achieve grander success.

Imposing features and functionalities like product comparisons, cross-selling, coupons, discounts, and up-selling make Magento a vivid choice for web app development in India with major focus on online sales. It also allows multi-site functionalities with a distinct admin control. It can consolidate multiple eCommerce stores in one dashboard.

Contrariwise, WooCommerce is a well-built eCommerce framework by WordPress. It allows integrated, good-looking media into the product pages. It also has multiple features and functionalities like adding multiple user reviews, filtering information and has manifold search options.

WooCommerce also has a key advantage to have even the non-eCommerce features and functionalities, which is not existent in Magento. It has access to all WordPress features and can be used to create a competent website around the eCommerce gateway.

Cost Efficient Development

Individually, both Magento and WooCommerce are freely available platforms. There aren’t any hidden expenses or monthly subscription fees associated with them. The project costs are low and one just needs to invest time in development only.

However, with similarities, each of this has its explicit benefits which make them the best option for specific online businesses.

Difference in Usability

Magento is used by brands worldwide. However, being powerful in function, Majento is somewhat complex to handle in usability. So you need to pay more for a dedicated Magento developer as compared to a WooCommerce developer. WooComerce is simpler to use. If a developer has worked on WordPress earlier, then he shall take really less time to adjust on WooCommerce.

But remember that WooCommerce has limited functionality as compared to the imperious Magento platform.

Future prospects in Development

Magento estimates well as it is strengthened by its huge variety of features. For more scalable eCommerce development projects, it provides a grand product, which is packaged and named as Magento Enterprise Edition. This version is not low priced, but you get a better support, mobile friendly design, enhanced search features, improved content management and superior page caching functionalities.

WooCommerce, on the flip side, is reinforced with a lively development community. One can easily use and have access to an affluence of already existing and ever growing numbers of plugins and extensions. However, WooCommerce scalability can also be a problem as it is endorsed for performing greatly to an extent of 2500 products.

Final Words:

WooCommerce is more specific for smaller eCommerce websites and is especially designed for SMEs. Magento, on the other hand, is more desirable for larger eCommerce websites because of multi-store management functionalities.

We can conclude that both Magento and WooCommerce have their own idyllic set of business users. Both have their own variations in the set of features and functionalities. There is no correct or incorrect option between the two. Both are vivid platforms and can perform exceptionally well for any online business.