March 2017

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Know How Google’s latest Android Wear is Beneficial for your Business

Smart watches were secluded to marathoners sometime ago but with more fitness freak and task oriented people, managing daily routine, work and finances has become an uphill task. Android Wear 2.0 provides a smart option to handle all these, that too without any extra installation. Dive into details here –

Robust Computational Apps

Android Smart Watches are embedded with their own computing capacity and can be used as an independent device without pairing them with phone, as with earlier versions of smart watches. Software applications can be directly installed on the wearable as Google Play Store can be accessed natively from your wrist.

Android Pay, Runkeeper, AccuWeather, Foursquare, Telegram, Runtastic, Uber, Google Fit, Google Play Music, Google Messenger etc. are amongst the list of independent applications compatible with Android Wear.

Watch Faces after Android Wear 2.0 Update

Ease of Navigation: Now it’s easy to swipe through the faces of the smart watch and navigate smoothly across multiple features

No More Complications: Additional information / notifications from third party developers get displayed directly on your watch screen, interesting! Its ability to personalize messages and interact directly with targeted audience thus improves UI/UX

Easily Customizable: It’s simple for Android Wear App Development Company to develop new watch faces which can then be downloaded from Google Play Store

Google’s latest Smart Watch Update: Business Advantages in terms of Usage, Features, Costing and Future Perspective
Google’s latest smart watches come with some interesting features which are essential for business:

Usage and Features

  • Google Smart watches come with cellular connectivity and thus enables a user to make calls or send messages without a phone. LG watch sport is first of its kind, very powerful and probably the best smartwatch ever developed. It’s easy to store and send encrypted files with help of Goldkey’s Secure Communicator App
  • Notifications from Google Smart Watch help to update users on emerging vacancies and about available inventory in store
  • Track work location, Reading, Shop online, track status or order food on the go
  • Eases upload, record, download and sharing the music on the go without help of assorted computing device
  • Apps like Highlight, allows you to know about people standing in your proximity before an introduction, if they have uploaded their details.
  • Apps like At Work, enables time management.You can record when you begin and end your work
  • Improved voice control, along with system provided “ok Google” feature helps in giving instructions thus speeding up any process. E.g. – Head Store manager can instruct Assistant Store Manager which in turn can instruct Floor Manager and Account Manager
  • Implementation of NFC functionality during Android Wear App Development has enabled a host of functions like quick customer authorization in gyms, scanning of promo codes for HoReCa market and car rental etc., just to name a few. It enables one click payments
  • Track fitness goals and share real time data with doctors with help of health monitoring and tracking app
  • Maps and GPS navigation allows you to keep you informed about location of your Business Meetings

Costing

It’s a big dubiety, after knowing all its jaw dropping features. But amazingly, it will cost nearly nothing. Its estimated cost will be somewhere around 60 British Pounds and onwards.

Future Perspective

Most interesting of all, Google’s applications like If this then that (IFTTT) informs you to reapply sunscreen if UV index is high outside, sends you a text message if your boss sends you an email, turns of light if you go out of room, turns on lights if you re-enter the room and more personalized responses for particular individual. With all these amazing features and more to come, it assures a bright future!

Summary

Support for tracing, emphasizing its ability to predict words, more options with watch faces, providing quick to-do-list, calendar appointments, calculator, weather forecast, messages, fitness app and crown buttons all in one place, enriches Android Wear 2.0 Update adorable and a smart option to leverage day to day business operations. It will be coming to smart watch models including LG Watch Style, LG Watch Sport, Fossil Q Founder, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, Asus ZenWatch 2, Marshal, Watch Urbane, Huawei, Moto 360 and 2nd Edition LTE.

Top 5 Trends in Internet of Things on 2017

Every user requires a single access point instead of multiple interfaces which are well connected, smart and fast. Almost every industry is investing in Internet of Things (IoT) recently.

Keeping this in view, let’s discuss 5 topmost IOT trends to watch out for in year 2017:

Application Programming Interface (API’s)

  • API’s acts as an interface and usually function to connect large amounts of relevant information with Internet of things. This makes it more useful and powerful.
  • API’s are considered as market enabler and are quintessential part of Internet of Things, without which they cannot work.
  • Multiple devices can be connected with each other, thus enabling large amount of data exposure and possibility to explore unseen dimensions via internet of things. This may even include monetizing it in future.

Internet of Things Platforms

  • Apps driven platform is getting replaced by Artificial Intelligence driven platform.
  • Good platforms provide enormous value by linking IoT to advanced analytics and applications to generate business outcomes. This enables the generated data to be meaningfully used by the users.
  • An IoT platform is required to collect data, connect devices, handle hundreds of vendors and dozens of wireless standards (like LoRa and SigFox etc.) and must be scalable enough to send messages across the network.
  • Platforms must be able and efficient enough to add close loop automation, privacy, security, cognitive and insight generation.
  • IoT can sometimes even act as an agent to transform business.

Security

  • Security is an important aspect, when everything is connected via internet. People rely on internet as it makes their lives easier and happier.
  • Application developers, device Manufacturers, operators, consumers, enterprise businesses and integrators etc all have to follow best practices to keep their data secure.
  • A multi-layered approach is required for Internet of Things security. Security approach must start with hardware devices then coming over to software / firmware.
  • A sequence of education, interoperability and decent design along with a proactive approach in designing security features is required to create better products and solutions.

Cognitive Computing

  • Internet of Things presents tremendous opportunities.
  • The commoditization of sensors, memory and processors has made things more intelligent rather than just being connected in a network and being identified with their IP addresses.
  • Traditional IoT implementations are accompanied by cognitive computing which increases the amount of data that helps in improving the learning environment and increases the possibilities of edge analytics.
  • Multiple data streams can be combined with cognitive IoT.
  • Sensors can be made capable of diagnosing and getting adapted with the environment, without human interference.
  • IoT value is further showcased by artificial intelligence, cognitive IoT and machine learning. To make use of existing IoT data and information new approaches are required

Blockchain

  • Blockchain enhances data security by making seamless transactions and enhancing supply chain efficiency.
  • In upcoming years, companies will start leveraging blockchain in 3 different ways:
  • Reduces cost and accelerate transactions – time commitment and monetary costs can be reduced as the transactions become one to one and no sort of middlemen are involved. Various app development companies have emerged up, that help in increasing audience size within estimated budget by incorporating IOT into their businesses.
  • Builds trust – between the parties and people that transact mutually

Conclusion

IoT solutions are the major driving force behind transformation of big industries. This will enhance new business models and enable changes in work processes, enhance customer experience and cost containment.

Top 7 tips to efficiently execute your outsourced App Development

As a business owner, you might be having a terrific product or service and want to create an App to engage your customers more or to increase your revenues. But size, budget, lack of tech team, etc. can be obstacles for your in-house App development.

The solution is, to outsource your App development to the right mobile app development company to execute your business App idea.

Step – 1 Defining your requirements for App Development

Be as clear as possible as to what your requirements for your App are

  • Who is the target customer?
  • What is going to be the key feature?
  • Is the App going to be free or paid?
  • What will be the revenue generation model?
  • On what platform, do you need – iOS or Android?
  • Will it be a native or Cross-platform app?

Step – 2 Identifying the right partner

Take time to research and identify the top mobile app development company who is well experienced in developing the kind of App you need. Check references, see their portfolio and ask questions. Once you have finalized your partner, make sure they clearly understand your requirements.

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Step – 3 Plan, Plan and Plan

The next step is to draw up the plans and define the framework. Set clear expectations on the timeline, budget, and outcome to your tech partner. Your App development company will design and develop a project plan with wireframes and milestones. Establish a calendar and set milestones.

Step – 4 Regular Reviews and tools to do them

Do regular reviews of your project with your Mobile App development company. This will ensure that your App development is on the right track, and is not deviating from the set goals or is overshooting on time or budget.

And when it comes to tracking, you don’t have to worry about issues like being in different time zones or at different locations. Make good use of free project management tools like JIRA, or Basecamp to keep an eye on the project status . Apart from email, you can use tools like Skype, and Hangouts to be in touch with the team to give your feedback.

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Step – 5 Test and Re-test

Once the App development project has reached its Beta stage, test it on different kinds of functional and rigorous testing to check its performance. Fine tune as required. Ensure that it runs smoothly and is glitch free.

Step – 6 Delegate and Collaborate

When you outsource your App development, take benefit of your Mobile App development company’s experience and expertise in this field as they are more in tune with the current app trends. Ensure that you and your App development company are in total synergy to develop an App that is perfectly meeting your needs and requirements.

Step – 7 Support & Maintenance

One of the huge benefits of outsourcing App development, is that the same vendor will be able to handle tech support and maintenance after publishing. They will be able to take care of regular updates, fixing bugs etc. and ensure smooth running of your App.

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Cost for Taxi App Development

Uber revolutionized the world of Apps when it came up with the Taxi App in 2009. The App became a huge success and many companies have tried to follow suit to emulate the success.

So, if you want to design and build Taxi app clone, let us analyze the required features, time and cost to develop Taxi App:

A typical Taxi App Development consists of 3 modules, viz.

  • Passenger App
  • Driver App, and the
  • Admin Panel

Passenger App – Key Features

A passenger App for Taxi App Development should cover the following functionalities to enable a successful taxi booking

  • Login /Registration
  • Pickup and destination locations
  • Taxi booking
  • Choice of Taxi
  • Tracking Driver
  • Fare Estimator
  • Mode of Payment, Fare splitting etc.
  • Trip Status and safety
  • Notifications
  • Driver rating
  • User profile

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Driver App – Key Features

The Driver app for Taxi App Development is relatively simple and has fewer functionalities.

  • Registration
  • Booking response
  • Status updates
  • History
  • Navigation
  • Notifications

The average time required to build the Passenger and Driver modules during Taxi App Development are approx.


iOS Android Backend
Passenger App 340-450 hrs 370-440 hrs 600-650 hrs
Driver App 130-240 hrs 180-200 hrs 150-200 hrs

Admin Panel required for Taxi App Development

This is a web-based tool that aids the Admins to manage the Driver and Passenger Apps and ensures smooth interaction between the two. With this tool, the Admin can monitor the accounts, activities, announce or modify promotions, suggest the best navigational routes, monitor revenue, and manage the data collection.

It consists of the following key features

  • Login / Registration
  • Driver database with history
  • Passenger database
  • Fare rates
  • Admin profile
  • Dashboard

Time taken to develop the Admin Panel can range from 80 hrs for a simple panel, to 240 hrs for a panel loaded with features.

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Taxi App UI Design /UX Design

This User Interface and User Experience design ensure that your App is visually attractive, intuitive, and memorable.


UX iOS Android
Driver App 40-65 hrs 40-65 hrs 30-45 hrs
Passenger App 60-80 hrs 45-65 hrs 30-50 hrs

Integration Costs

A Taxi App will need the following or more integrations

  • GPS based Geo-location tagging and routes – 140 hrs
  • Payment Gateway integration, card payment, Rates, and PCI compliance – 100-120 hrs
  • SMS or Push notifications – 40-80 hrs

Additional Expenses involved in Taxi App Development

You may also have to earmark a part of your budget for other expenses like

  • Quality Assurance – 15 %
  • DevOps – 5 %
  • Project Management – 10 %

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Other Considerations

A major point to consider is whether you want to build a Taxi App like Uber or you want to imitate the Uber success model for your business app?

If you plan to build a Taxi App like Uber, then you need to also determine what are the unique or different offerings you can offer, to stand out in the marketplace.

Cost to develop Taxi App

The cost to develop Taxi App given below is indicative only and will vary depending on the features you want, and how simple or complex you want it out to be.

To sum up, on an Average, Uber Taxi App developers would need


Time: 2000 – 2500 hrs
Duration: 15 – 20 weeks
Team Size: 8 – 10 developers
Cost: Ranging from $75k – $200k

If you have time and budget limitations, the best solution would be to outsource your Taxi App Development to Taxi App Development Companies who are well experienced in doing the same.

Cost to develop Taxi App

 

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Our tech team is experienced in designing and developing of GPS based Taxi-riding app and can effectively apply this knowledge, expertise and experience in developing a similar Taxi App like Uber for you.

Reach out to us with your requirement for a free consultation and we will provide you a detailed project plan and an estimate that is most competitive in the market. Just drop us a line and our Sales team will get in touch with you.

Tips for Entrepreneurs to avoid basic mistakes during App Development & Marketing

Mobile app Development is a trend now days. Having a dynamic app for your clients is quite a complex yet interesting process. The main aim of any successful app development company should be to focus on delivering user-friendly apps. App developers should keep in mind the target audience. With the market being open and friendly, App Entrepreneurs should know how to effectively develop and market it.

Few of the important things to be considered before starting mobile app development are:

  • Finding and carving various path to generate revenue
  • To be mindful of the investment it requires
  • Whether you want to develop free, paid, or both mode app
  • Define proper target audience

If you are a budding app developer or into app marketing, here are few things to avoid before beginning the app development.

1. Don’t Reveal

In this ever-changing market; it is best to keep your idea a secret. You never know who will adapt your idea in what style. So if you are unsure about anything, do not discuss the idea too soon in the market.

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2. Map Purpose

Give your app a clear direction by developing a purposeful app. Ask your app developers to brainstorm on something that is a sure-shot and can bring a change in the market. Or provide a new angle to already selling idea.

3. Manage Resources

While the growing market is quite inviting, as a responsible app developer or mobile app development company, all your resources should be in place. Before making and investing in the team, know how much you can put into the app development process. Otherwise, the entire process can be stuck if you run out of them.

4. Be Unique

Focusing on one theme is great but not allowing it to progress is a turn off. Give your app space to upgrade in single or multiple themes so it can generate interest in users. Keep a track with the trends and incorporate them in your app.

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5. Create Strategies

Good app marketing happens when you have strategies ready. Do your research and be mindful of your target audience. Do not develop something that “you want” but something that “they want.”

6. Have Backup

App developers and app marketing team should know their backups very well. You will have restricted time to fix bugs and cater to other issues. Therefore, have backups ready.

These are few and basic ideas that is often ignored by mobile app development companies or app developers. Having them in mind will help you face any adversities with confidence.

We hope this helped! Share your experience with us in comments below.

The emergence of futuristic technologies is blurring the fine lines between the real and the digital worlds. This is even more apparent in the business arena, where technology is being increasingly deployed to enhance customer interaction. One such revolutionizing concept that is creating waves recently is the Beacon Technology.

In simple words, Beacons are low-power transmitters that are equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy. These devices are strategically placed in such a way that when a customer approaches them, they will receive appropriate notifications and messages. With this, the businesses can take benefit of the approaching shoppers, offer attractive notifications that may contain discounts or coupons. to convert them into customers.

iBeacon vs Eddystone

Beacon Technology is used to develop Apps that enable Contactless payment solutions, proximity-based shopping, automated check-ins, and other kinds of automation. As in the world of Mobile Tech, this space is also dominated by Apple with its iBeacon, and Android with its Eddystone. So, if you would like to leverage Beacons for boosting your business, then you need to know which one suits the pilot project of your business better – iBeacon App development or Eddystone App Development?

When to opt for iBeacon App Development

Launched well before Eddystone, iBeacon has the advantage of being the early entrant into this segment. It has the advantage of the availability of a full set of services that support Apple’s protocols in the market.

In case, if the majority of your App users are iOS device users, then iBeacon App Development is a better option. In iOS, scanning for beacons is done at the OS level, and it uses the core location framework. This leads to an increased reliability that is aided by Apples optimized battery usage and scanning performance functions.

If you also happen to have a large beacon fleet that supports only iBeacon at the firmware level, then it makes sense to opt for iBeacon App Development.

Moreover, iBeacon is a widely-adopted beacon technology as it is simple and easy to implement.

When to go for Eddystone App Development

Eddystone has the huge advantage of transmitting rich and strong data to your devices. While iBeacon uses only one packet of identification, Eddystone uses three different kinds – UID, URl and TIM. With this Eddystone URL, you can reach out to the vast number of Google Chrome and Google Now users through the Physical Web functionality. With Eddystone TLM – you can get data on your Beacon, its battery level, packets sent, etc.

So, if you are developing a customized solution for your customer where you need to show their app’s users info about their beacon, then Eddystone is a better option than iBeacon.

Eddystone is Open format, providing a great perceptibility of its working. It is also expected to include more packets apart from the current 3 in the future, which vastly increases its reach and usage. It also has the added benefit of integration with other Google products and services. Apart from Eddystone’s ability to enable App installs, it also facilitates App-Beacon interactions through Google Instant Apps. It enables any Android device to be used as a BLE device through a Free App, which is very beneficial during the testing and development stages.

If your App is targeted for the Android users, then the clear choice is Eddystone App Development.

Conclusion

Being an emerging technology, the market is still in its early stages with a lot of new functionalities and integrations being released every day. So, if you want to transform the way your customers shop and increase their engagement, then it is imperative to go for iBeacon App Development and Eddystone App Development.

At Moon Technolabs Pvt. Ltd, we are one of the leading iBeacon App Development companies in India. We have a robust team of iOS App Developer, and iBeacon App Development experts who are well experienced in developing Apps for various niches like Payment Solutions, Push Notifications, Shopping, Travel, Health and other Interactive app solutions.

Get in touch with us today at sales@moontechnolabs.com, to understand more on how we can help you leverage Beacon Tech for your business.

Factors that will mold Android App Development in 2017

Cloud-Based Android App Development

I am excited while writing on this point. The reason?

  1. Well, cloud finally got the attention and position that it deserved in this market.
  2. Small and medium-sized enterprises have gained a lot from cloud computing.
  3. Because cloud offers seamless integration and multi-device synchronization of apps the whole transition has been smooth especially from a business point of view.
  4. From a developer point of view, Cloud has helped them decrease the overall app development cycle, making android app development less lengthy.

Google’s Own Nougat

Android nougat has taken the world with frenzy. Everyone is talking about the smart strategy that Google has applied to the whole Software-Hardware integration.

  1. The updates are timely, meaning that the device that runs will never have clock speed issue.
  2. The user base of Android Nougat has drastically increased, the reason being the users who had incompatible devices are now moving towards devices that run Nougat.
  3. The retaining customer base is itching to have the new Nougat update on their compatible device.

Big Data Applications

Big data is always an integral part of the technological discussion. It’s like raw taste of coffee that you simply cannot avoid.

1. Big data will manage to be the show runner as more enterprises will be implementing big data tools.
2. In a bid to increase customer reach, many enterprises are working towards marketing their apps based on data analytics.
3. Data analytics will get more upgrades as per the industry requirements and we will see many more developments in the field of Mobile App Development.

Location Based Applications

Many apps now use the GPS feature.

1. The dependency of apps on GPS will result in the development of apps that have more accuracy with location.
2. Location-based services are already booming and users use these apps to book a cab or track their orders.
3. In 2017, many mobile app development companies will keep this feature in mind while developing apps.

AR & VR

Pokemon Go broke all the records of app gaming and with it, a new era of apps are destined to make a mark.

1. AR tools will explore more productive ground with social media syncing and location tracking for businesses.
2. The estimation of $162 billion for the AR/VR market is set for 2020 means the technological giants such as Microsoft, Google and Facebook will strive harder and make huge investments towards its development, opening up a vast avenue for users.

Wrapping It Up

As we are talking about apps in the mobile app development segment, let’s talk about the various classes of apps available or being developed. Nowadays apps are not just focused on mobile devices. Developers are now focusing on IoT-enabled devices, wearables connected homes, AR/VR and much more.

Tapping into the world of mobility with innovation will be the key for many developers and the fierce rise of Mobile App Development opportunities has left the battlefield open for disruptive technologies.

What is UPI and how it might change the way you shop and transact

Recently there has been a lot of buzz happening in the Indian Banking and Finance sector. Next only to the Demonetization scheme announced by our PM Mr. Modi, the term that is garnering a lot of interest is the UPI Payment Gateway.

What exactly is it? How does it work, and how is it different from the various e-wallets we all have got used to? Let’s find out.

What is UPI?

Simply put, UPI stands for Unified Payment Interface. It is a payment method that facilitates the transfer of money between any two bank accounts using a smartphone. Initiated by the NPCI, with support from RBI, UPI enables different banks to interconnect and transfer funds.

Slated to be the next best payment method, it enables a customer to pay a merchant directly from his bank account, thereby eliminating the need for credit cards, OTP, PIN, Net banking or e-Wallets.

It is a mobile app that interconnects your bank accounts and uses a virtual address or id to execute your payments. Since it brings all your accounts under one app to make the payments, it doesn’t matter in which bank you have an account. Moreover, you don’t need to have a different UPI app for every account you have.

Currently, UPI is executed on the framework of IMPS architecture, making fund transfer possible 24/7. Apart from just making payments, UPI will also enable you to carry on other activities like Bill sharing, COD, OTC transactions, etc.

How does UPI work?

UPI will help you to transfer money from across banks, from your smartphones using your Aadhar number, phone number or a virtual payment address. You just need to enter these details, get a payment request on your phone, which you can accept to close the payment. There will be no need to input your bank account details or pins or use cards. It also wishes away the need to use apps or e-wallets to transact.

Benefits of using UPI

  • It is fast, easy to use and available 24/7, as it is real-time based.
  • Very secure, eliminating mistakes or errors that happen during fund transfers.
  • No need to go through multiple steps involved in NEFT transfer like adding payee details, waiting for approval. etc.
  • Very low transaction charges as compared to other modes of transfer.
  • Increasing adoption of smartphone usage means increasing number of users who may opt for UPI.
  • A bold step into the next phase of a cashless and digital economy.

Drawbacks

Like any other system, UPI too has its set of drawbacks.

  • The transaction limit is lower when compared to the IMPS method.
  • Rural areas which constitute a significant chunk in the population may not join this method due to low awareness, access to and usage of technology.
  • Though considered more secure with a 2-factor authentication, it completely doesn’t eliminate hacking and other cyber threats.

Will UPI become the face of Payments in India?

“What we have in India is the most sophisticated public payments infrastructure in the world,” Mr. Raghuram Rajan, the RBI Governor remarked at the launch of the UPI.

While touted as the next big thing in payments in our country, it is fair to say that UPI is still at its nascent stages. It might take some time, some fine tuning and some more awareness initiatives from the government to popularize this method to make it into one of the mainstream payment methods.

At this juncture, it is possible that UPI will not completely replace online transfers, but may present a quick and convenient way to shop due to its user friendliness.

With more banks increasingly coming the UPI way, it can be prudent to mention that UPI can bring in the next big revolution in Indian Payments and give the eCommerce industry a much-needed boost.

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