What’s Special in Apple iOS 11.2.5 Update?

What's Special in Apple iOS 11.2.5 Update

Apple just released the mysteriously named iOS 11.2.5 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to both developers and public beta testers. IOS 11.2.2 was the previous release by Apple and the company gave no reason for breaking the sequential numbering for the very first time in the iOS history. However, you don’t need to be very much excited about this update as wide ranges of problem are currently being reported.

So should you update? Here is everything you need to know about.

Is there something special in iOS 11.2.5?

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Apple will automatically prompt the notification on your handset for the update of iOS 11.2.5. But, in case that’s not happening, you can trigger the update yourself by heading to Settings>General>Software update. Apple iOS beta testers will need to unroll their device for the update to show up; particularly if you are running the major new iOS 11.3 beta.

iOS update changes in size (diverse features or fixes apply to various devices) however iOS 11.2.5 is bigger than your standard ‘minor point’ update – circa 50-100MB – tipping the scales at up to 178MB.

Note: If you are running iOS 10 (or even iOS 9), at that point iOS 11.2.5 will roll up the substantial iOS 11 updates into a solitary major upgrade making it tip the scales at a few gigabytes.

No JailBreaker

Truly, loyal jailbreakers should stay away from this one. In spite of Google releasing iOS 11.2.2 exploit details, iOS 11.2.5 is different and there’s no jailbreak as of now accessible for it.

With respect to the underlying iOS 11.2.5 stability reports, there is a great as well as a bad news for the users. The great news is iOS 11.2.5 doesn’t right now have any overwhelming issue influencing a large number of users. The bad news that upgraders are revealing is that it has a surprisingly wide range of more confined ones.

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These incorporate lock screen issues, inside and out bricking of gadgets, ringtone errors, performance drops, Apple Watch pairing issues, CarPlay issues with Ford and Skoda and degraded Wi-Fi. Definitely, the huge battery life drops revealed as far back as iOS 11 initially launched in September are showing a small sign of abating either.

Suggested Read: Everything Apple Announced at The iPhone X Event: Highlights

So What Do You Get?

Although iOS 11.2.5 contains little to make you excited and update (it isn’t necessary like in case of iOS 11.2.2), it breaks the box for minor point releases by having something more than just the bug fixes. Apple’s release note says: “iOS 11.2.5 incorporates support for HomePod and acquaints the capacity for Siri to read the news (UK, Australia and US only). And additionally incorporates bug fixes and improvements.”

Both these features are clear as crystal. HomePod pre-orders start January 26th with a discharge on February ninth so support was required and Siri’s new reading is activated if you ask some information about news of the day by means of a hands-free technique like stating “Hello Siri”. This uses Podcast news and you can browse any semblance of NPR, Fox News, CNN and Washington Post and can be tweaked if you want to get some information about games, music news or business.

Not said in the notes, but worth mentioning is iOS 11.2.5 brings another UI for sound controls in the music widget. This shows all the playback sources exclusively instead of amalgamating them and makes it easy to flip between sources. There is also Voiceover accessibility support with travel destination and AirPod battery levels now ready to be perused out.

Read also: Facing Problems With IOS 11? Here is How to Fix Them

Concerning security, Apple’s page records fixes for vulnerabilities in Bluetooth, WebKit, and audio playback and there are bug fixes for the Phone application (incomplete call lists), Messages (muddled conversations), Mail, and CarPlay (freezing when hopping different tracks).

Last Words

For the individuals who hold fire, you shouldn’t need to wait for the following update. That will be iOS 11.3 and it is the huge one. It brings the detailed battery diagnostics and clarity clients have demanded ever since the shutdown debacle started well over a year prior.

While long late, iOS 11.3 will also give clients control over how their iPhones and iPads work as their batteries corrupt and forthright warnings when the battery ought to be replaced.

Top Mobile App Development Trends That Will Rule in 2018

Top Mobile App Development Trends That Will Rule in 2018

Smartphones have turned into an inseparable part of our life. Getting up with a morning alarm, using Whatsapp, reading news, listening to music, viewing YouTube videos, replying emails, updating project status and so on, everything is flawlessly executed from our smartphones.

2017 was a remarkable year for application development. And now when a new year is at our doorsteps, it will surely bring some of the new trends in mobile application industry. To beat the competition, being an application development organization, we have collected a list of few trends that are surely going to rule in the year to come. So, without even wasting a single minute, let’s dive into the sea to get an idea of upcoming trends.

AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages)

Today, in this busy world, no one has patience and time. With the innovation of AMP, the loading speed of page on mobile will become really quick. Apart from this amazing trend, another phenomenal function announced by Google is isolated search index only for mobile web. Looking from the SEO perspective, this can change the whole application development approach. AMP will empower the engineers to develop quick loading websites and mobile applications. This will decrease bounce rates and increase performance level over numerous mobile devices.

Blockchain

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This trend is still in existence and is going to continue in 2018 as well. In fact, it is going to stay for a long time. Blockchain applications are a record of organization’s details recorded as blocks whether it is bitcoins or transaction history. None of these records can be changed without changing all the consequent blocks alongside the collusion of the network. Blockchain application development can be a good way of putting your competitors aside if they haven’t worked on the trend.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Applications have started learning user’s preferences these days and are getting even smarter. Take any of the departments, cyber security, virtual personal assistant, IOT, everyone is turning their way towards machine learning and AI. It is being said that AI market is expected to experience revenue development of up to $47 billion by the year 2020.

Predictive Analysis

This trend is presently being implemented in various organizations such as Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM and also by a few other tech giants of the industry. This trend is about predicting the future results by incorporating machine learning and AI. Know the future analysis of your business by considering the present information and market outputs.

Cloud Tech

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Haven’t integrated Cloud Tech in your development procedure yet? Do it now! You can’t pass 2018 without Cloud tech. Out of all the major advantages of cloud tech, some are streamlined operations, decreasing equipment and facilitating, expanded application storage capacity and improved profitability and collaboration. If you expect to work with your application faultlessly, start using cloud tech ASAP.

Mobile Payment

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There has been an immense shift to the m-commerce with the boost in e-commerce applications and mobile banking. This has been supported more with Apple Pay and Google Wallet. This trend was also followed in 2017 and is expected to get stronger in 2018.

Android Instant Apps

Instant applications are essentially native applications which work like websites. Instant apps are exceptionally helpful that works significantly in getting more users. The need for application installation is eliminated, which in turn eliminates the barrier between applications and web. It runs easily on all Android versions and is additionally simple to share.

Lazy Loading

Many of the times clients abandon the application or website when pictures take too long to load. With lazy loading trend, this would not be acceptable. Now, pictures will be loaded just when turning on the page. Smart, isn’t that so? Bounce rate will decrease and conversion rate will increase with this rule.

AR and VR

Consider the Google and Apple events that occurred this year, both revealed integration in AR and VR. This obviously means next-generation applications, especially the gaming apps are all about VR and AR. The tech experts are expecting to produce revenue of $150 billion by the year 2020.

Edge Computation

The blast of IOT has made an inclination of intuitive computing technologies. Edge calculation is the way out for this. It essentially pushes the information, apps and computing powers away from its centralized point to the logical extremes of the network. A lot of tech giants have just begun putting resources into the hardware and software in edge computing.

Business Bots

The utilization of Chatbots is not in ample nowadays. But, mark my words, 2018 will encounter a gigantic adaption of the same.

Mobile application development trend is about to grow even more in 2018. So, app developers, buckle your boots, analyze the trends and start working on it.

 

Facing Problems With IOS 11? Here is How to Fix Them

Facing Problems With IOS 11? Here is How to Fix Them

The biggest iOS upgrading of this season have finally arrived. At present, if you wish to explore the newest iOS 11 features, you can download it to upgrade your iPhone, iPad and iPod.

In spite of the fact that every new iOS update won’t just bring new features to make our life more interesting, but additionally resolves bugs spotted in the previous versions. But, this does not mean iOS 11 is perfect and bugless.

Here we have collected some of the most common issues faced by users along with their solutions. Have a look at them, you may find your issue resolved.

Problem 1: Software update failed

Many users are facing issues in downloading the update iOS 11 or iOS 11.1. Almost everywhere people are facing this issue and each time a message named “Software Update Failed” is displayed on their screens. To solve this issue, you can try:

Solution 1: Check whether your device is compatible with iOS 11 or not. Apple often leaves some devices behind when releasing new updates. As an example, you cannot update your iPhone 5 with iOS 11.

Solution 2: Reset your network settings.

Solution 3: Restart your device and try again.  To do so, press and hold the power button and the home buttons together and keep on holding until the Apple logo appears.

Solution 4: Off the Wi-Fi and switch to cellular data.

Solution 5: Use iTunes to update iOS 11 on PC.

Worth Reading: Everything Apple Announced at The iPhone X Event: Highlights

Problem 2: Verifying update issue

Once the downloading for iOS is finished, there will be a step for verifying update. But, sometimes the screen of the device gets stuck on this step and later on says “unable to verify update.” Try these solutions to resolve the issue:

Solution 1: Reboot your device.

Solution 2: Ensure your network be connected all the time.

Solution 3: Update iOS 11 with iTunes on the computer.

Problem 3: Battery fast draining

This problem arises every time a new iOS update is launched. Users often complain that the newest iOS consumes power largely and rapidly. iOS 11 also accompanies this problem.

Tip 1: Restart your device

Tip 2: Disable Widgets. To do so, swipe to the right when on the home screen of the device, scroll to the bottom of the widgets and select Edit. To disable, tap the red circle with the white line and then remove.

Tip 3: Enable low power mode on the device. To do so, go to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode > Toggle it as per your needs.

Tip 4: Turn off Background App Refresh. To do so, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh > Turn it off.

Tip 5: Reset all settings.

Problem 4: Overheating Issue

Some users complain that their iDevices were faced with temperature too high warning – The device needs to cool down before you can use it after updating.

Solution 1: The simplest way is to wait for some time while the device cools down itself. Also, you can restart it or turn it off and try installing the update later on.

Solution 2: Turn off the location service on your device. GPS heats up the iDevices. To turn it off, go to the Settings > Privacy > Location > Off.

Solution 3: Take off the device case and allow it to cool down.

Problem 5:  Cellular Data Issues

In case you find that your cellular data is surprisingly slow, or not working on iPhone 8 or iPhone X, after updating to iOS 11, you can try following solutions to resolve the problem:

Step 1: Restart your device.

Step 2: Look for the carrier update. Go to Settings > about.

Step 3: Turn off cellular data and after a few seconds, toggle it on.

Step 4: Turn on the Airplane mode. Go to Control Center > On the Airplane Mode > Turn it off in about 30 seconds.

Step 5: Reset network settings.

Problem 6: Air Pods won’t connect

Sometimes, Air Pods cannot connect to the iDevices. To resolve this problem, take both Air Pods off > Keep them inside the case > Close the case and wait for 10-15 seconds > Take them out with the case next to the phone.

Problem 7: App store is down

Many users complain that the iDevices cannot connect to the app store, app store down or not working, after updating to iOS 11. Here is how to fix it:

Solution 1: Turn On Mobile Data for App Store. Many times we have a disabled App Store to use cellular data. Go to Settings > iTunes Store & App Store > Enable Cellular data.

Solution 2: Sign out and Sign in to iTunes again.

Solution 3: Set Date & Time automatically. Go to Settings > General > Data & Time > Toggle on Set Automatically.

Problem 8: Various iTunes errors

Sometimes, while updating iOS 11 with iTunes an error message is displayed on the screen such as iTunes error 10/15/39/64/4194… To resolve this problem, you can try these steps:

Solution 1:  Check USB cable.

Solution 2:  Update iTunes to the latest version.

This post does not include all iOS 11 bugs or errors and all these errors above are just iOS 11 problems so far faced by users. So in case your problem is not listed here, do not worry; Apple keeps updating its operating system for such fixes.

Here is Everything You Need to Know About Google’s Latest Event

Here is Everything You Need to Know About Google’s Latest Event

Finally, the Google revealed on October 2, 2017, its latest hardware products at a press event in San Francisco. The hardware products launched include two smartphones, smart speakers, a brand new laptop, smart earbuds that within a second translate words into your dialect, a camera that takes its own photographs and a revamped VR headset.

Here is a look at Google’s new smart products:

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Smartphone

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The Pixel is Google’s Smartphone that is particularly designed to show the best possible version of its Android mobile OS. The latest editions of these phones include new fingerprint sensors, OLED screens and are water resistant. A powerful rear camera is something that makes these phones amazing.

In May, Google previewed its Lens feature. The biggest attraction in Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is they have access to Google Lens feature. Here are some functions of what Lens can do:

• Provide details about a movie based on its poster
• Scan a document and identify phone numbers, email address etc.
• Identify the type of flower in a photo
• Show reviews and ratings for a business based on its storefront

In other words, we can say that Lens can find the information based on the photos you have snapped or saved.

This time, Google created a portrait mode with just a single camera that utilizes the machine’s learning program. Google says that its machine learning is so smart that it can even perform the desired effects on front-facing camera and does not require a big sensor cluster like iPhone X.

Google’s Pixel 2 has a 5″ screen and Pixel 2 XL has a 6″ screen. Both the phones are now available for pre-orders in Canada, Australia, India, Germany, U.K. And the U.S. Last time, it was a typical task to get a Pixel phone in your hand. This time too, it is unclear yet if Google will increase its supplies for these new models.

Google Pixel Buds

Google Pixel Buds

The new smart buds by Google are wireless and are attached to each other with a string. These headphones are designed to work only with Google Pixel as of now, but they have one really amazing feature. The buds can translate 40 languages by Google Translate. The built-in microphones help handle almost real-time translation. While giving on stage demonstrations, the company translated Swedish to English.

Google Clips

Google Clips

Google Clips are a little square camera for individuals who don’t like pressing buttons. You just need to put it in front of a scene, for example, on the floor of a room where kids play often. It will know or detect when something worth recording happens and captures still photos and silent videos.

It particularly detects faces you have trained it to recognize. The Clips’ battery lasts for 3 hours, and its LED lights let you know when it’s recording. The device is not completely original. There have been similar products in the past, but those don’t include Google’s powerful AI technology. Presently, it can work with the pixel, iPhone 6 or later, Galaxy S7 and S8 phones.

Google Home Mini

Google Home Mini

Google launched its small-sized version of Home speakers which is named as the Google Home Mini. It is a spherical disk with hottest new technologies. While the size is small, it has the same functionalities as the large-sized Google Home like, voice recognition, smart home and calling powers. Four LED lights are embedded at the top and it plugs into the wall.

Google Home Max

Google Home Max

To give a direct competition to Apple’s forthcoming Home Pod, Google is also releasing its Home Max. It is a higher end speaker with Google’s built-in Assistant Technology. It contains a feature called Smart Sound, which allows you to set the audio depending upon the surrounding environment. The device is available in light or dark gray color.

It is expected to launch in December and includes 12-months free subscription to YouTube Red.

Tech companies like Google and Apple tend to announce their new products at this time of the year, before the holiday shopping season. This time, both the companies have come with gigantic products. To see the highlights of Apple’s tech event, click here!

Everything Apple Announced at The iPhone X Event: Highlights

Everything Apple Announced at The iPhone X Event: Highlights

So, finally, the most awaited launch event by Apple, held at recently inaugurated Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in California. After so many leaks and rumors, Apple made some major announcements. The company released sensational iPhone X and called this product “the future of smartphones”: a tool for powerful computing and a platform for augmented reality. But, the event was not only about the iPhone. It also brought with it a brand new Apple Watch and upgrades to Apple TV.

Let us have a look at everything Apple revealed at the September 12 launch event:

• iPhone X 

iPhone X is stuffed with the phenomenal latest technologies and a radical design. The device comes with a super retina display of 5.8 inches with an OLED screen, filling the whole front of the smartphone. To make a way for the huge display, iPhone X is comprised of the glass and stainless steel and is water and dust resistant. Apple asserts the new iPhone X will get two hours extra battery lifespan over the iPhone 7.

Special Features of iPhone X

Face ID

With the elimination of the home button from the gadget, Apple has included one more notable, iconic feature to unlock the iPhone X, Face ID. As indicated by Apple’s Senior Vice President, Philip W. Schiller, “Face ID is the future of how we will unlock the phones.” Face ID utilizes a 7-megapixel True Depth, camera framework, made with an infrared camera, spot projector, and front camera. Whenever you will look at the screen of iPhone X, it will be unlocked.

All New A11 Bionic Chip

For Powerful execution, the devices include an A11 Bionic Chip. The A11 Bionic chip in iPhone X makes it 70% speedier than the A10 Fusion in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. It incorporates 6 centers, 2 for superior performance calculation i.e. 25% quicker, and 4 efficiency centers for sparing battery life through low-intensity tasks. The performance can even incorporate every one of these cores at once.

Wireless Charging

Apple always amaze us with its new innovations, this time the glass design at the back of the iPhone X empowers a wireless charging arrangement and it lasts for two more hours than the iPhone 7. It works with the Qi framework that incorporates two new charging mats that charge Apple Watch as well as Air Pods along with the iPhone.

iPhone X prices will begin at $999 and will be accessible in 64 GB and 256 GB models. The preorders will begin from October 27 and shipping will begin on November 3.

• iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus look very similar when compared with previous generations, however, they have a newly designed back cover that is covered in a glass which gives them a fresh look. They have a sort of prismatic effect as well, so it is not just shiny, gleaming, ultra-intelligent look. The glass blends into the sides of the phone incredibly well, better than we have seen on different models.

That glass at the back empowers inductive charging, which is a major new component here. Inductive charging works with Qi standard, you set it on a charging mat and it begins charging.

A True Tone Retina Display

The phone is available in silver, space gray, and an excellent gold finish. The colossal change is the True Tone display, that was prior available for iPad Pro. With the new sensor incorporated with the FaceTime camera, it adjusts the screen’s color temperature according to the encompassing light in the room.

Portrait Mode

The iPhone 8 Plus accompanies a beta feature called Portrait Lightening. You click a photo, turn on the Portrait mode, and afterward the camera produces a depth map to drag the subject out of the setting, at that point distinguishes “facial landmarks” like your cheekbones and nose, and tunes the lighting on every one of them.

Both iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be accessible by September 22. The iPhone 8 will begin at $699 and 8 plus at $799. And, these will be accessible for an entry-level 64GB model and an updated 256GB model.

• Apple TV 4K

Apple TV got a dazzling update. Supporting both HDR and 4K, Apple TV 4K will now show amazingly crisp and sharp pictures. The fifth generation Apple TV additionally gets a remarkable performance boost. While Apple’s brand new iPad Pro 2 has an A10X processor, this time Apple TV update got A10X fusion processor which is amazingly fast.

The Apple TV application brings all the most loved shows and films together, and searching and getting content crosswise over Apple TV winds up noticeably consistent.

The Apple TV 4K will be accessible at $179 with 32GB of RAM and $199 for updated 64GB on September 15, and the shipping will begin on September 22.

Last Words

That is, everything the US-based tech giant reported on this much-awaited occasion. While the iPhone X ended up being the show stealer, alternate items like Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple TV got the significant updates.

5 Things to Avoid While Developing Your Next Mobile App

5 Things to Avoid While Developing Your Next Mobile App

Mobile Apps have turned into a fundamental part and influencing our daily lives. As a passionate application developer, a winning app idea is something you should start with. However, an idea alone is not enough until you implement it with proper development tactics and guarantee audience engagement through adequate marketing measures.

Even if you think that your idea has the potential to develop an app like “Subway Surfer” or “Evernote”, you have to put that thought into definitive actions through application development process. Even if you are building an app for sales purpose or for extending your web presence only, you have to deliver the application with excellent features, engaging design and vigorous marketing.

With a large number of applications battling each other for discoverability crosswise over different application marketplaces, flawlessness and proactive engagement remains the key to guarantee success. In this regard, it is constantly essential to stay away from certain mistakes that can spoil your efforts.

Let us describe here five regular slip-ups that every application developer should stay away from at any cost:

1. Developing for Several Platforms

Most importantly, it is smarter to concede that each consequent application which is ready to be released faces enormous competition from a huge number of applications in the market, to be specific Google Play and Apple App Store. These two platforms enjoying the biggest share of market presence are focused by most engineers including the experienced and growing ones.

Because of the tremendous cost and efforts associated with building and advertising an application for any of these application marketplaces, it is advisable to build an app for only one platform at a time. When you concentrate on the single item, your opportunity to advertise with the base variable item gets limited.

Worth Reading: Mobile Application Development: The Current and Future Trends

2. Using Webpages as Reference

Like other developers, do you also think that your app is an extended version of a web page?  Numerous developers and organizations still consider so, and this is one of the misjudgments leading to failed apps. An app should create specific esteem for the user. This esteem offering should not be the same as which is offered by sites.

The client experience should be optimized for the native interface, not for the mobile browsing. This is the reason utilizing site pages as a perspective for mobile application development is a major mistake developers often make. Here, we present the key gadget particular perspectives that one should keep in mind when building mobile applications.

• A native application should be built remembering the gadget’s particular screen size.
• A native application enables simpler access to device information and storage.
• A native application should effectively coordinate the gadget features like calling, texting, utilizing other introduced applications like DropBox and Google Drive.

3. Too Many Features Embedded

Numerous developers think that too many features are crucial for better user experience. However, this is not true. Too many features in the application affect user experience in a bad way.

In reality, too many features make an application bulky and heavier without truly increasing the value of the client experience. On the other hand, less and best features that clients find supportive for the purposive utilization of their applications frequently make an application incredible.

Would you like to know the negative result of an excessive number of features? Well, they are explained below:

• An excessive number of features that are not frequently required make the user’s experience confusing.
• An excessive number of features make the application heavier; as a result, the app becomes slower to load.
• Development of an excessive number of features will require a large time along with additional resources. This will lead to higher cost.

Also read: How Mobile App Development is More Than Mere Coding?

4. Pre-dispatch Marketing

Pre-dispatch advertising is vital in light of the fact that you have to make a buzz around your application before it hits the commercial center and at exactly that point, you can begin your post-dispatch campaign with a decent following.

What are the key things to do as a piece of the pre-dispatch advertising of your application? Simply keep an eye on the following tips.

• When the essentials of your application including the application idea, name, logo and fundamental plan components are chosen, build a small site for your application and distribute content on the application idea. Target keywords to come on to search ranks.
• Make social profiles and business pages for the sake of your application and distribute general posts on your forthcoming application. You can likewise utilize adverts, promotional campaigns and feedback gathering drives connecting with your social group of onlookers.
• In the event that you have a business website, make efforts to connect with your loyal audience first by messaging, email marketing or banner ads.

5. Testing Is Vital

The best way to guarantee a bug-free client experience is to test the application as much as possible over the platforms and gadgets.

Keep in mind, execution issues are frequently not evaluated by the developers and designers themselves, but rather they are better surveyed by outside specialists or unbiased clients. This is the reason similarly as testing an application is viewed as one should dependably pick proficient offer assistance.

Maintain a strategic distance from the mobile application development mistakes listed above and you will improve the probability that your application is produced on time, secured by the press, and all around adapted.

Mobile Application Development: The Current and Future Trends

Mobile Application Development: The Current and Future Trends

The growing use of smart phones has emerged the need for mobile application development. In the recent years, the mobile app industry has come up with major rapid innovations and is experiencing a radical transformation. As a result, the use of mobile devices has grown bigger and these devices have become an instant medium to access internet and mobile applications.

Trends in 2017

With the advent of technology, people have extremely become tech-savvy nowadays. As the mobile industry is flourishing, the demand for mobile apps is going pathological. Today, people understand the benefits of using different mobile applications and this describes its importance.

 Let’s take a look at some of the top mobile application development trends 2017:

• e Governance App

The government of India is all set to transfer the idea of “Digital India” into reality. The government has recently launched a number of mobile applications ranging from education to healthcare and agriculture to e-governance, and is planning to roll out more of such apps.

• Mobile Apps

Mobile messaging app development is substituting the traditional form of text messaging. We have seen considerable rise in the mobile apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat, Viber and Hike. Earlier, these apps were used only for messaging purposes, but, now, this also offers the facilities of voice calling, video calling and file sharing options.

• Mobile Payment App

Instead of making cash payments at the counter of the store or swiping your credit card, all you need to do is wave your Smartphone or tap it on the machine and your payment will be made. This app will store all the information related to your payments and credit cards. Digital wallet is the latest mobile payment app.

• GPS Powered Apps

Global Positioning System (GPS) apps help in determining the position of a person, traversing from one place to another, tracing the movement of our parcels, etc. Some of the major mobile app development companies focus on producing extremely accurate GPS powered apps that are being widely used across the world.

• Hybrid Technology Apps

These technologies, like any other mobile application, are found in many of the mobile devices. These devices come up with a combination of different web technologies like HTML, JavaScript and CSS. By using this, you can play games or you can connect with the other people over social media. These applications can access certain inbuilt capacities of your device like your contact list, gallery, messages, camera etc.

• Enterprise Apps

These apps are known as business applications that help the organization in solving enterprise-related problems. For example – email marketing system, content management, HR management, messaging and collaboration systems etc. This is the latest trend in enterprise app development, where services are directly delivered to the computers and devices are delivered online.

Future Trends

Mobile device plays an important role in simplifying the routine tasks. The fact cannot be denied that the mobile technology is growing at a rapid pace and the mobile apps have become an integral part of the digital ecosystem. These apps are succeeding to become ubiquitous; so, staying up-to-date with the latest mobile app development trends has become mandatory.

A few mobile app development trends to look out for in the recent future are as follows:

• Full Mobility

The mobile development companies need to consider the full mobility of an app. Besides developing an app, you need to think- Is the app capable of replacing every single desktop operation?

For instance, if you want to build a text editing app, you must validate that users are provides with all the facilities. If you fail to offer any of the functionality, the app will be uninstalled undoubtedly.

The main focus of full mobility is to provide all the facilities to the users on their mobile, so that they don’t have to depend on a PC for any information.

• High Quality Content and Marketing Plan

Inappropriately, the mobile app developers overlook the basic things like content and mainly focus on the technicalities. But, this is not acceptable as users pay attention on each and everything and they want the right information.

Building a marketing app is another step that should be considered while developing an app. Having a proper marketing plan certifies great sales and popularity which in turn results in huge profit.

• High Level Security

People use mobile devices for many purposes like games, entertainment and business. But the question is that how safe the app is? If the app has high level security? But, if the app is secure, it will not function on a public Wi-Fi. So, you just have to balance the security to ensure that apps are safer to use.

• Motion and Location Sensing

Today, most of the mobile devices will possess location sensor capabilities that use more than one positioning method.

Motion sensing apps are mainly used for anti-theft, security, power-saving and games.

Location sensing plays an essential role in games, vehicle navigation, and fitness apps. The onset of indoor location sensing along with mobile applications will make way for highly personalized services and information.

Conclusion:

The mobile application development companies are rising at a fast pace with the changing technologies. In order to survive in such a competitive world, developers must come up with unique and innovative ideas, if they really want to leave a mark in the mobile app development market.

How Mobile App Development is More Than Mere Coding?

How Mobile App Development is More Than Mere Coding

At Seasia, development of a mobile application does not just mean designing and coding, but is a much more involved process, encompassing different approaches, development, quality assurance, delivery and maintenance.

We take this extensive approach as it’s impossible to make a successful product without these aspects. A product can be technically sound, but will fail if it does not offer value to its users or is not needed in the market. Likewise, the inimitable value of the product can be clear, but the product might fail if the user experience is poor and has imperfections.

This is why we thought of sharing an overview of how we approach product development, demonstrating the considerations for a more holistic process can greatly benefit the quality of your product and its ability to succeed in the market.

1. Product Definition

Product definition focuses on determining the goals of the product, mapping business objectives, market and competitor research, and creating a mobile strategy. At Seasia, product definition is completed in an intensive 2-3 day of boarding and project kickoff process, with a clear set of goals together with:

• Identifying the business and technical challenges to be elucidated from a feature standpoint
• Identifying the KPIs and success metrics
• Creating an ordered product roadmap
• Discussing key questions or problems to success

Towards the end of this process, we provide a set of deliverables that include the user personas, journey personas, wireframes/sketches, storyboard, and a visual app pattern.

Our onboarding process works to set the quality and priority of the delivery schedule for the project; ensures that we have a solid foundation to build a successful, in demand product; and allows our squads to make the essential decisions to deliver a great product.

2. Design

Our design process focuses just on the end user. All the decisions are made by keeping in mind the user, which is why mapping out user personas during product definition is so grave. Understanding the user and their needs helps inform design that makes the experience with the app easy and pleasurable.

While designing a product, we focus on building a usable yet aesthetically pleasing mobile application that offers a smooth experience. It does not matter how good the product looks if it has a poor user experience.

From product definition itself, we are able to take insights and innovations we make and apply them visually through a process of ideation, formation, prototyping, and styling.

3. Development

Our development process combines elements of various agile philosophies that allow us to create great apps, reduce risk, minimize downtime, and maintain project velocity. The central doctrines of our development process are described below.

4. Flexible, Squad-Based Development

Flexibility is an essential aspect of agile methodology in theory, but not in practice. Flexibility is important because it lets you shift and adapt to the changing circumstances and project needs without affecting the velocity of the project. The reason why teams struggle with it is for the reason that it needs to be infused straight into the development process, which is not an easy feat.

At Seasia, the arrangement of our development team and the methods we follow are aimed to provide flexibility. For mobile application development, we use squadrons- small cross functional teams that share knowledge, plan together, complete the code reviews, and have an identified capacity that allows us to scale (up or down) within that capacity based on the project needs. There are numerous advantages to use this approach: faster development cycles, seamless knowledge transfer, reduced downtime, and an overall saving in the project risk.

We also make the most of rolling wave planning, which involves adjourning the product decisions until you are in the best place to make them. This allows the flexibility to adapt instead of having to stand by or re-plan a large document with the requirements that was conscripted earlier.

5. Sprints

Sprints are common agile development concepts that involve short development iterations. The purpose of these iterations is to accelerate the development and divide projects into smaller, attainable goals that can be achieved indefinite time frames. This allows the teams to be more productive, more accurate with the time estimations and you don’t waste resources in the event that produces a shift in the objectives of the business.

6. Story Points & Predictable Project Velocity

We plan and evaluate the capacity based on the story points. Stories are small units that define features from a user viewpoint. We allocate values to each story using a points system that measures its intricacy; the more complex the story, the more story points it would be awarded.

The capacity of the Squad is also defined in the story points. Expressively, a squad has a maximum of 25 story points per sprint. This verdict is based on our past projects that have allowed us to determine an unswerving number of story points we have been able to get through in the sprints from our former projects. This system allows us to estimate the time the project will take in the complete the work and maintain the project velocity.

7. Quality Assurance

The quality assurance serves the simple function of keeping the bugs away from the final builds. The QA team at Seasia is integrated with the development throughout the SDLC which helps in reducing delays and bottlenecks and ensures that the defects are corrected as and when discovered.

We use a combination of the testing practices and have a dedicated product team. Furthermore, we use an integrated system that gathers projects, checks for errors, and allocates the application to the product team for test analysis.

8. Delivery

Once the application is ready to be published, we also handle submission processes for the app stores.

For iOS, there is a vital yet overlooked phase that many don’t really consider in project timelines, but certainly should. If done inaccurately, the acceptance into the App Store can take up to a week, though stretched if the submission is overruled.

At Seasia, we also have a product release management system that assembles all the assets, enhances the app listing, and concludes the submission process as per the guidelines of the app store being submitted to.

Finally, looking at your mobile application project afar the scope of development is important to create a successful product. While from a design and technical perspective, the project needs to be sound, you also need a mobile strategy, a clear value, intention, an understanding of your customers, and a process for the testing and delivery. This holistic approach is what differentiates between the failure and success of the highly competing app ecosystem.

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.

Tempting the crowds isn’t the last step to have your business mobile app flourishing in the market. You have got to find the right people at the right place. Humbly figure them out, employ them, fulfill their needs and finally comfort them. Customers wish to know more to choose precisely. They want to practice unusual feelings.

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.

 

Let’s Unveil Apple’s Latest Software: IOS 10

Let’s Unveil Apple’s Latest Software: IOS 10

Apple’s new operating system iOS 10 has just hit the phones worldwide. It’s a complete refurbishment for the iPhones, that too for free.

Let’s uncover the favorites, the hidden features along with the new additions and enhancements.

1) The New Lock Screen

This shall be the first thing you notice, and is probably the most substantial change to your mobile routine. The ‘slide-to-unlock’ screen is now replaced by ‘press home to unlock’. This new action feels a little stroppy at first, but we’ll surely get used to the change.

Similar to Apple Watch, your iOS device will now wake up when lifted. This action, known as Raise to Wake, allows you to see all the notifications right away. However, unlike Apple Watch, it doesn’t wake up with a simple tap.

2) Useful Notifications

Notifications have got much richer (and much bigger). Now, when notifications pop up on your locked screen, you can press long or hard to interact with them, and if the apps are appropriately made for iOS 10, you will even be able to see a small version of them on a tap.

The Messages app is the best app to try this out at the moment but the same integration shall be coming to most of the apps soon, so you will get a proper chance to try them all out in a little while.

3) Changes to the iMessages

Though not all the updates are available right now, iOS 10 has refurbished the whole of iMessages. You can now send messages in your own handwriting by tapping onto the new pen button at the bottom right of the keyboard, which brings up a touch pad where you can write with your finger.

When sending pictures through Messages, tapping on the picture button brings up the editing tools and a Markup feature that can be used to draw or add text on the images and documents directly in the messages app. There is also a built-in camera tool for snapping an image without leaving the app.

The emoji feature:

Receiving up to 3 emojis will now be displayed in a bigger size. Fourth or more than four will continue to be the standard emoji. The fun feature is the new emoji prediction feature in the keyboard. While typing, you will get emoji suggestions alongside the words, and if you type a sentence and then switch to the emoji keyboards, all the words in your sentence (the ones that can be replaced) will be highlighted. Tapping on them turns them into an emoji.

A minor yet wished for feature has been added: Individual Read Receipts. It allows you to set read receipts on individual basis, turning them on for some and off for others.

4) Changes to Photos

The Photos app has become smarter now. It uses artificial intelligence to search for the things you want to find. So now, when you search for car, the app will show all the pictures of/ with cars that you photographed. Tell Photos about the names of your friends and it will fetch you a special automatic memories of the days you spent together.

You can try all these by heading into the Photos app. Initially, it might be something less than what you expected but that’s because there are calculations that need to be done to your phone; they will be done overnight automatically on the first day you plug it in.

5) Shrewder Siri

IOS 10 has allowed other apps have Siri talk to them, and then talk back. For instance, you ask for a ride to some place, and Siri will ask Uber for a cab.

Applications for this are already under construction, but you can try it out in apps like Uber from the beginning itself.

6) Better Keyboard

This might not be the thing that you would want to try out immediately but is the sort of thing that will gradually improve your life, slowly and quietly.

This new keyboard can read your messages, and ponder what people are asking. It can quickly suggest answers to what people are asking for.

For instance, if someone asks you for your email ID, it will automatically pop up in the suggestions box. No typing and you will be able to send a message right away.

7) Redesigned Apple Maps

Apple’s provocative Maps have improved hugely and perhaps are the biggest renovation in iOS 10. The design is quite different, and so are the new features.

It now gives you the opportunity to change your routes as you move along, and to zoom in and out while your journey is on. And it will let you schedule stop-offs, finding petrol or coffee while you are on your journey.

However, the biggest change is how you find where you are going. Using the search bar at the bottom, you get a range of suggestions including the things pulled out of your mail and other apps, which the phone thinks that you are likely to be heading to.

8) Reformed Apple Music

When Apple Music was introduced last year, it was exciting and interesting but also a little confusing. Luckily, it has been now been scraped and replaced with an easy to use design.

The different confusing sections ‘New’ and ‘Connect’ are now gone, with their features being folded into other parts of the app. In its place, has come an updated app that is slightly less packed with information, but is far more organized.

9) Deleting Apps

There has never been something so heartfelt: You can finally delete the stock apps from your home screen.

So, for instance, if you are someone who doesn’t really checks how the markets are doing, you can delete the Stocks app from the home screen.

Just long press on the relevant app and click on the cross in the corner. You can always get these apps back from the App Store. Just search for the app that you want to get back and it will look like you are downloading it but it actually will just appear back on your phone.

10) The Very Useful 3D Touch

Calculator Memory: 3D touch the calculator in the Control Center and you can copy the answer of your last calculation.

Camera Shortcuts: The 3D touch options have been stretched to the Camera to bring up specific shoot modes in the Control Center.

Quick Timer Options: Bring up the Control Center and the user can use a harder press to bring up the timer options of 1 minute, 5 minutes, 20 minutes and one hour instantly.

Flashlight Tweaks: The flashlight now comes with low, medium and high brightness options. Just open up the Control Center and 3D touch the flashlight option to get these options.

Music & Home Hidden: IOS no longer shows the music controls on its main screen. You need to swipe left from the Home screen to access the music controls.