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Android Mobile Apps The Best Foot Forward For This Generation

There used to smartphones everywhere. The scenario has extended with mobile apps now. You can get apps for virtually anything. Mobile Industry has seen the most and advanced level of growth via gaming apps. Games which are highly addictive and immersive with amazing graphics are holding users to their mobile phones more than ever.

Additionally, there are even apps available now for home & kitchen appliances, security, financial and literally for everything. Let’s see what kind of apps and their services have to offer to current techie generation.

 

  •  Banking Apps

Majorly all the banks now have their own apps. These financial institutions are offering to operate many functions via their apps for which originally, a customer had to visit in person such as check account balance, pay bills, confirm deposits and transfer funds to another account. You can perform all these functions on any day, time or location as long as you have an active internet connection on your device.

 

  • Forex Apps

A while back, traders and brokers needed to stick to their desktop computers but not anymore. With mobile apps being introduced for Forex, traders and brokers can do their job while they are on the go. This has introduced new traders to join as previously they didn’t like to sit in front of computers all day long.

 

  • Messenger Apps

Normal messages or as we know SMS (Short Messaging Service) is now replaced with many available messenger apps. There are many messenger apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, etc which not only enhances the messaging experience by delivering it faster but also allows you to send an image, videos and even doc files. The most important feature of any messenger app is the video calling benefit, as you can connect with anybody around the world.

 

  • Document Apps

These apps allow a user to open documents in MS Word or Excel files on their smartphones, ultimately reducing the need for desktop computers or laptops. One can even now easily read mail attachments on their mobile phone.

 

  • File Transfer Apps

Bluetooth and Infrared are the technology of the past for any file transfer. Now there are apps such as Xender, FileShare, and Flash-Share through which you can send multiple files at a time. All these apps allow transferring files in no time, irrespective of the size or number the files that are being transferred.

 

  • Flashlight Apps

A while back we said, there are apps for virtually everything. Here is the classy example of it. As long as your smartphone has flash, you can use it as a flashlight by downloading one of the many available apps from the store. Such facility of having an immense technology and the power to operate it from the palm of your hands makes us addicted to mobile phones.

 

  • Educational Apps

Educational apps that are available provide both free and paid study materials. While others offer completely free materials. Most famous ones are Amazon Kindle, Google Playbook, Khan Academy and Wikipedia app. Out of this, Khan Academy and Wikipedia app allow students to access material at no cost. Hence, such apps have empowered not only school students but also university graduates, teachers, and even lecturers to access free educational resources and database.

 

  • Dating Apps

There are many dating apps available currently and the favorite amongst all is Tinder. Ever since the dating apps started flowing, the usage of a website has gone down to negligible. As a matter of fact, few of the dating giants have started to transform the business from website towards app too.

 

  • Smart Wallet Apps

These kind of apps are presenting new benefits to the users. Smart wallet apps give out a notification or a reminder text if you move away 50 meters or more from your smart wallet, assuming that you have forgotten it. Smart wallets operate once you purchase any of the wallets and then download & install its app too.

These are just a few handpicked apps to discuss to how Android Mobile Apps have benefitted the generation with its stunning features and functionalities. There are more to come in due time to come and surprise but until then this generation has got a lot in their hands to play with.

Necessary Steps Involved In The Making Of iPhone, iPad or Android Apps

Smartphones and its apps are constantly surfacing talent from developers in the mobile world and many of them are head-turners with their expertise and knowledge in developing gaming, VR, AR, etc apps for smartphones and tablets.

Here is a list of necessary steps in building apps for different platforms.

1) Competitive Idea

If you have a unique idea, that is great! But chances are in today’s fast paced ever evolving tech world, someone might be already working on or would have developed a related concept. Don’t worry, as long as you and your idea are competitive in terms of service and offerings, your idea is good to go. The main thing is to keep note and track of developments in an idea and let them flow.

 

2) Inspire & Learn

Lookout for the points that makes an application successful. Observe the trends in the app store, understand how and what are the things helpful in making applications. Moreover, you could also learn and inspire from expert app developers and their work.

 

3) Learn To Program

Going with the tech flow is the best one can do and hence, it is advisable to learn to programme for the trending & established platforms such as Google (Android) & Apple (iOS). You can learn from projects by mobile app development companies, e-Learning guides and from the free courses offered online.

 

4) App Design

It’s always suggestive to put your design ideas on paper. Basically, the layout and look of the application will do the job initially. One has to design the app keeping in mind the alignment & appearance of windows/screens/buttons so as to look your app visually attractive and easy to operate. Graphics software such as Gimp or Adobe Creative Suite is helpful in the app design.

 

5) Register As a Developer

It’s good to be a registered app developer for you to easily access development tools, forums & discussions and application store. Apple & Google charges an annual membership fee of $100 & $50 respectively. Free applications are used to get more downloads and usually make for the sale via in-app purchases. On the other hand, for paid apps, iPhone app developers earn 70% of the sold income while Apple is left with 30%.

 

6) Seek Professional Help

If you feel stuck in any step of your app development process, then you could definitely get approach app development companies who can help to develop the idea of the application in lesser time. You can find them via LinkedIn, Search Engines, Friends Referral or specialized networks like Upwork, Guru, Freelancer, etc.

 

7) Funding Your Idea

When the test concepts and initial code is set by you for the first app then you can either get your app funded by investors who like your app idea & test version of development or you could even gather the finance to start the project on a smaller scale by crowdfunding. To set the ball rolling for mobile apps, it is possible to start with as little as 5-10 thousand dollars.

 

8) Project Schedule & Testing

It is utmost important to adhere to the project schedule and in order to do that, the best thing is to split it into various functional phases with small tasks such as making a form, designing a button, etc. “Rome was not built in a day” and hence, one step at a time will help you a lot in completing the project. Do not forget to ask for a review or feedback as it will give you a preliminary picture of how your users are going to feel about the app and based on that you could do necessary changes.

 

9) App Store Approval

Once it seems that you have quite a good functional and performing app, you should send it for approval from the app store. Usually, it will take between 5 to 15 days for officials to check whether your app has followed all the guidelines such as no piracy, no pornography and of course free from the known viruses or bugs. Upon clearing this test, your app is ready to be listed in the Google Play Store or iTunes.

 

10) Spread The Word

Let’s say your app received amazing responses from the initial runs and got constructive feedback, app store approved it, there are no any important viruses and yet after all these things, you are not getting enough downloads. That’s probably because not many smartphone users are aware of it. Hence, you’ll need a strong marketing strategy that includes but not limited to videos, memes, blogs, email marketing campaigns, social media campaigns, etc. You could also check with any app development company for the app store optimization (ASO) and other marketing techniques.

Android App Development

Mobile applications and its related technology started to develop as early as a few decades back and since then have predominantly have been evolving in terms of both design and functionality. Small and large businesses have come to realize the potential and need of the hour of having a mobile application to get the optimum results in marketing their products and/or services. Hence, deciding to develop a good mobile application for your business will pave the way to give great user experience and will cater several benefits to your business.

Statistics suggest that for the year 2017, Android app downloads outnumbered the other OS with approximately 50 billion. A huge win in sheer numbers. This graph in no way seems to be going down with the growing popularity and so a very promising future for an android application development company. Nevertheless, the application development process requires having the thorough knowledge of Java, SDKs (Software Development Kits), APIs and IDE (Integrated Development Environment).

Still, many businesses are captivated by the wrong notion regarding the Android Application Development which is producing hindrances for these companies to opt for mobile app development. Let’s see what they are:

1: Mobile Application Only Targets Smartphones

So far, the largest number of users of mobile application operate it via smartphones however, it also overlooks a fact that these mobile applications are limited to smartphones only. There are other several devices like tablets, smartwatches, etc. which are more than capable of operating seamlessly from these devices and can put to the best use of these applications.

2: Expensive Application Development

When it comes to app development expenditure, there are so many myths floating around that these business owners tend to make mistake and believe any such notion that the development cost is going through the roof. But then again, there is a dire need to break this myth as android application development requires a fixed budget. Moreover, it is also depended upon the build, design, user interface and any such specifics of the project requirements.

3: Quick Development Time:

Needless to say, that most of the people believe that developing a mobile application is a quick and easy process. Let us clear that notion for you. An app development process has to go through a design and build cycle wherein code, user interface, quality testing, bugs resolving, marketing strategy, etc. So, it must have been clear now that the app development process is rather a tedious one. With so many steps involved, it is not fair to think that the development process can be quickly accomplished. Of course, if the requirement is simple then it can be made faster as compare to the one with a complex set of requirements but still, on an average, it may take from few to several weeks.

4: Best Android App Can Sell Itself

Well, your job doesn’t end after developing the app and putting it on the app store. You’ll need a lot to work up the channels to promote your products and services via marketing. Once you a have an app that is really great and go-to-market even so you’ll have to focus on the number of downloads which includes organic and inorganic downloads. This will give you a clear picture of your target audience, customers, and their demographics and on which channels you should be spending more money and time.

Android app development has revolutionized the mobile app market and with massive popularity recently it has also changed a lot in a way developers create an application. There are so many myths surrounding Android app development but we would recommend to research well before and plan accordingly your business strategy.

Kotlin – New Programming Language for Android App Development

The annual Google I/O conference is one of the most awaited ones, for the new tech surprises and announcements it heralds. This year too was no different, with Google announcing its first-class support for Kotlin as a key language for Android App Development.

More on Kotlin

Kotlin is basically a statically typed programming language that runs on Java Virtual Machine, like Java. Named after an island near St. Petersburgh, Russia, Kotlin has been developed by JetBrains, the same company that has developed tools like IntelliJ.

Java, along with C++ had so far been Google’s principle language for developing Android Apps. But, maybe not anymore, as here come Kotlin that is completely interoperable with Java. Starting with Android Studio 3.0, Kotlin will come included, so additional setup or installation will not be required for the Android developers.

Kotlin and Java

As a language, Kotlin is a lot similar to Java, like being statically typed and object-oriented. Being a new language, Kotlin comes loaded with lots of new features, cleaner syntax and more such enhancements which are not present in Java. On the other hand, Java is a very old language, more prone to errors, run time exceptions and is verbose.

Kotlin for Android App Development

Kotlin is an incredible language for developing Apps by Android App Development Company, as it is cutting edge and comes with a lot of features and functionalities that are not present in other programming languages like Java. There are many benefits for an Android App Development company to go with Kotlin, namely

  • Speed and Performance – A Kotlin application with its support for an inline function, and similar bytecode structure, runs faster than the same code developed in Java.
  • Compatibility – Kotlin is entirely compatible with JDK 6, which makes it run even on older Android devices without any issues.
  • Interoperability – Kotlin is completely and seamlessly interoperable with Java, which means developers can use all the existing Android libraries in a Kotlin application. This interoperable feature is one of the major enticing factors for Android App Developers.
  • More efficient – Kotlin takes 20% fewer lines of code than Java, which means fewer bugs, faster to develop and compile, and therefore lower costs. The best part is, there are no Null Pointer Extensions, which means no crashes. Moreover, Kotlin being Open Source means it is entirely free to use and develop.
  • Easier to learn and adopt – For developers who are already familiar with Java, taking to Kotlin is easier, as the syntax is lean, intuitive, simple, and similar. The Java to Kotlin converter plugin is of great help when you get started.

Will Kotlin replace Java?

There are no two thoughts that Java is the Dad here. Java has been around for a very long time, as compared to Kotlin. While Java being extensively used my millions of developers till date, it is safe to assume that Java is here to stay for some more time. It may be a smart idea to combine and use Kotlin along with Java in the applications. Google has also clarified that Kotlin will only be an additional programming language, and is not a replacement for either Java or C++.

The Future of Kotlin

Google is tying up with JetBrains to create a nonprofit foundation to foster the Kotlin language. Kotlin is expected to run natively on other platforms like iOS and MacOS and compile on JS for web development. With a strong support and backing from the IT giant Google and commitment from JetBrains, Kotlin seems to have started with a firm footing and even may rule in the next few years.

iOS 11 WatchOS 4 macOS 10.13 High Sierra

Apple released first beta versions for iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, watchOS 4 and TVOS 11 for testing to the developers at the WWDC 2017 developer conference. Let’s dig in to find how fresh the features are and how they will elate the user experience.

iOS11

The developer preview of brand-new iOS 11 is available now and first public beta will arrive later this month.

The definitive version of the OS will be released later this year on:

  • iPhone 5S and later
  • all iPad Air and iPad Pro models,
  • iPad 5th generation,
  • iPad mini 2 and later, and
  • iPod touch 6th generation devices.

The latest version of iOS brings:

  • Updated Message app
  • A redesigned app drawer, along with the ability to synchronize messages across multiple devices via iCloud
  • Apple Pay enabling person to person payments.
  • All these transactions will be authenticated via Touch ID.

The Other Notable Releases

  • Siri gets some elegant improvements with the iOS 11 release like the use of deep learning technologies with better natural-sounding voice output.
  • Camera has been updated for recording videos in the HEVC format which means less storage consumption, similar technique is utilized for clicking life moments.
  • Control Center includes all the options in one window.All this can be expanded with the 3D Touch feature.
  • Additionally, apps such as Apple Maps, Home Kit and Apple Music were given a face lift with contemporary design and features.
  • Oh yes! the App Store also has a better interface now.

iPhone app development companies must be well prepared to bring out apps that are up to mark with all these latest updates from the smartphone giant.

Read Also: Top 10 Biggest Keynote Announcements at Google IO 2017

MacOS High Sierra (MacOS 10.13)

  • An updated version of macOS is now available for desktops and laptops.
  • The OS, dubbed macOS High Sierra is provided with more enhanced and powerful Safari browser including a built-in functionality that blocks video and audio auto play.
  • For user privacy, an Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature has been provided that uses machine learning and prevents ads from tracking users.
  • Full Screen split view for better multitasking by using 35% less disk space.
  • A boosted UI that gets a new viewing grid for the latest photos app along with an improved face recognition feature and new improved editing options.
  • MacOS has ditched HFS file system and High Sierra has the 64-bit Apple File System (APFS). With native encryption, this latest OS is much safer to use.

All these latest features mean that every macOS app development company will be brimming to get their hands on it. We see stiff competition in the app development market.

WatchOS 4

  • The platform comes up with some new watch faces.
  • The OS now has fast and smoother access to the company’s virtual assistant.
  • Machine learning studies user data to adapt to the wearer’s daily activities.
  • The watch face updates dynamically after the wearer raises the wrist.
  • An access for controlling home app functionalities is also present now.
  • The OS also has an up-to-date Activity app that provides more personalized updates with a new monthly challenges feature.
  • New animations that celebrate health goals achievement.
  • The OS has been upgraded with gym equipment support too.
  • An updated Music app that auto syncs music based users’ music taste.
  • A new album art that allows users to just tap and play the music playlist.

Read Also: How To Stay On-course in the Wearable App Development Market

Other Updates

Kaleidoscope watch face:

A fascinating design with multiple styles based on color patterns of a selected image.

Toy Story watch Face includes three sub watch faces

  • Woody
  • Jesse, and
  • Buzz Lightyear

tvOS

The tvOS 11 operating system is available to developers for testing purposes.

What a developer should do?

If you are a registered developer you can

  • Download tvOS 11 by connecting any Apple TV to a computer
  • Use a USB-C cable for establishing the connection
  • Install the beta software from iTunes.

As per the Apple’s release notes the tvOS 11 has:

  • An automatic light/dark appearance switching
  • Home screen synchronizing options
  • Latest background modes and notification support
  • Focus API improvements
  • Custom sound support
  • Network-based pairing and development support, and
  • Improvements to Mobile Device Management

So, what does it mean?

Many more public versions are lined up, because all these beta version updates have been released to see how they will perform with the masses.

We think this is the right time for every digital product development organization that is into macOS, iPhone and iOS app development, to get ready for the rumble that these updates will create. The competition just became trendier!

How Google Play Store Does Better Than the Apple App Store

Apple or Android, let’s have a glance at some critical features and find out who stands to win:

Sturdy Interface

Google Play undoubtedly features a robust web interface as equated to Apple’s App Store. Searching and selection of apps is easy with Android web interface.

Easy to Install Apps

Smartphone users find it easy to download, install and make use of apps from Google Play Store rather than from Apple App Store.

Adaptability / Compatibility by Smart Devices (Smart Phones / Tablets)

While it is easy to install and adapt to Android apps, this is not the case with Apple. Although Apple App Store has stretched out to include four major platforms – iOS, Mac OS, tvOS, watchOS but still these applications cannot be used by every smart phone.

Featured Apps

Apple app store features only the most downloaded applications conspicuously while with Google Applications are featured based on user recommendations and ratings, which also make them discoverable.

Apps have Global Reach

To publish a game or application on Google Play Store makes these available to over a Billion Android users spread in more than 190 countries.

Enterprise Connect

Educational institutions, big and small organizations can deploy free Google Apps in bulk from Google App Store.

Billing can be checked

Charges for apps, subscriptions and in app products can be granularly controlled by help of Google Play Billing. This method is secure, quick and convenient and users in over 135 countries make use of it.

Helpful in Business Expansion

Google Play Developer Console helps users to publish their games and applications on all Android Platforms.

Open doors to Innovation on Android

Distribution of games and apps on Google Play paves way for style, size, shape, position and layout of latest and ever evolving features like Android TV and Chromecast, Android Auto, Android Wear, Immersive Virtual Reality etc. Superior quality, trusted games and apps are designed for teens, kids and parents to suit their needs.

Trust, assistance and backing

Google ensures that users particularly Android App Developers get optimal experience with help of their Developer Console Help Center. Support team can be reached for any specific issues related to transactions, publications, subscriptions etc.

Google vs. Android Publicity

Google features more than 2, 50,000 apps as compared to Apple which features around 1, 00,000 apps and that too with restrictive inclusion policies.

Read also: Apple Vs Android – A comparative study 2017

iOS App Developer vs. Android App Developer Registration

While Android developers just have to pay $25 to get started with development; it’s not an easy task for iOS developers. One has to pay a $99 / year to develop under Apple Developer Program. A similar structure is followed for getting registered for MFi program and iOS developer University Program.

Functional Features

  • Clock: Better Super daydream clock in Android
  • Keypad: Upper and Lowercase keys better in Android as compared to Apple
  • App Organization: App organization is better in Android than in Apple
  • Priority Notifications: Easy to set notification priority in Android
  • Email Accounts: Switching email accounts is easy with Android as compared to Apple
  • Contacts, Searching, Google Map: All designed systematically and make navigation easy.

Conclusion

Mobile app development companies have to learn how to utilize the quintessential features and potentialities of App Stores, be it Google or Apple. It takes great effort to engage global users and get your app monetized. Five of Apple’s features makes it win over Android – TouchID Fingerprint, Facetime, A physical switch to log into your phone, voice assistant that writes what you speak and default messenger app (to send free messages to other Apple users). Android still wins the game and remains OS of choice.

Tizen vs Android

Linux Foundation has started a new project by name of Tizen, which is regulated by Technical Steering Group (TSG). Samsung took charge to formally plan, design, develop and distribute this operating system. As its Bada project was merged, first smart camera featuring Tizen OS was released in October 2013. Although most of tech gigs boast that Tizen is simply a copy of Android but there are few differences that cannot be overlooked.

Have a look at our comparison on Tizen vs Android:

  • Easy and Convenient Navigation: Scrolling and navigation becomes smooth with Tizen
  • Fast and Lightweight: Tizen Operating System is easy to operate and fast as compared to Google’s Android Wear
  • Visual Effects: Tizen extends 3D visual effects of various gaming apps installed on the device
  • UI: TouchWiz UI
  • Resizable boxes: One of the amazing features of Tizen is its ability to dynamically resize the icons on screen to display more information or less
  • Enhanced Processors: Tizen 3.0 will bring 64 bit processors with it, compatible with x86 processors and 64 bit RAM, which Google is also anticipating with its update.
  • Tizen vs. Android Gaming Platform: Tizen 3.0 will be able to make use of Vulkan API’s and will prove to be a good gaming platform unlike Android.
  • Supporting Devices: Tizen is being used in smart TV’s, refrigerators, smart watches, smart phones, washing machines, light bulbs, vacuum cleaners while Android is visible only in smart phones, computers or smart watches.
  • IoT Devices: Tizen 3.0 is compatible with Artik cloud which will extend cloud services for IoT devices.
  • Battery Consumption: Samsung’s devices with Tizen OS consume less power than Android devices according to mobile experts.
  • Pricing: Devices with Tizen support will be made available at various price points but focus will be on lower end markets. Unlike Android, that has its presence in both upper as well as lower end markets.
  • Tizen based phones fear getting swiped by Android based phones manufactured by Chinese companies as their overall cost comes out to be far less than other manufacturers. People who would love to own a smart device just for $35 would obviously deter from spending $700 for a similar one.
  • Samsung’s handsets with Tizen support will be a low cost alternative to users. Android users have facility to preserve their data and download if they wish to change their device. Lower end Android devices like Moto E, Xiomi and ZTE etc provide similar experience as Tizen.

Read also: Apple Vs Android – A comparative study 2017

  • Support for IOS Features: Tizen powered gear supports many IOS features which Android Wear does not provide. Very soon Samsung pay will be enabled on Tizen powered devices which will enable users to make payments right from their smart watch.
  • Nonetheless, introduction of Tizen is going to weaken Samsung’s Android market and is going to cost them more than expected, according to technical experts. To cater to low end markets, few Android App Development Companies have made a shift towards Tizen App Development and Samsung is doing its bit to encourage more people to get involved into Tizen App Development by introducing incentive programs.

Summary

Samsung’s migration from Android to Tizen could save its drowning smart devices market. Approximately 25% of US Android market and a slightly higher percentage of Asian market would be directly hit by this. It would be more economic to create and work out with devices based on in-house OS rather than fighting it out with Android and IOS markets. It seems difficult to convince an already established customer base who would mind topping up Samsung Tizen App Store with all the apps and services people love would be herculean. So why move to Tizen when you are an existing Android user?

How much Does it Cost to Build an Educational App for Kids

These days nearly all mobile app development services like Cross Platform Development, Android App Development and IOS App Development bring advantages like 100% transparency, highly responsive, better quality and business value with them. These have recreated the way how technology can be helpful for people of all age, including kids. These have defined a new way to provide education to current and future generations. It’s a mix of learning with fun and reduces the dependency on books.

Factors that Affect Cost of a Product

Children learn and believe upon the things that they see. Therefore the purpose of development of app must be determined before the designing and development work starts. An educational app thus needs to be informative in addition to graphics, animation and fun element. It must contribute to a child’s analytical, logical, cognitive and creative skills. If not all of them, at least the app must at-least be able to suffice a few of these criteria. Often a need arises to consult a child psychologist or a child interaction specialist who can guide through the various stages of child’s development. Here an expert creative / graphic designer is also be required who can depict the information effectively.

Important Features of a Good Educational App

Some of the basic and critically essential features required to be a part of educational apps, specially for kids are:

  • They must be free of advertisements, unnecessary links and pop ups etc.
  • Simplicity is the very first criteria as children are our primary audience
  • Locked menu settings and level changes must be controlled by adults
  • There must be option to mute the music
  • Language used must be simple
  • Only necessary buttons must be placed to avoid complexity
  • Feedback for wrong answers and encouragement for correct ones must be there

Read also: How much it costs to develop a Taxi App like Uber?

Costing

Mobile App development cost hardly differs from Web App development cost.

The amount of time, effort and research required to build a software application determines its cost.

Standard utility applications without flashy graphics and animations cost around $1k – $10k.

Interactive design with customization features and cloud storage makes the price of the app to go up to $2k – $25k.

More features that are essential to be considered and which play important roles in determining the cost of the application are:

  • The operating platform on which it will function, such as windows, IOS, Android etc
  • Appropriate Mobile App Development Company and corresponding developers must be chosen to accomplish the task properly. They must understand basic requirement correctly and must have decent knowledge of technology and domain to be worked upon
  • Geographical location of the developer or the development company which will be creating the app also matters a lot. Hourly rate of app development in almost all countries of Asia or Middle-East range from $10-$20 per hour while the same app will cost $120-$160 in European companies or USA. Cost of freelance developers lies somewhere between $5-$15 / hour in Asia or Middle East while the same cost at $150 / hour in Europe or USA. Diversity of talent, cheap labor cost, currency flow and exchange rates also ascertain the software development cost.

Summary

App development cost for an app with basic functionality and features is around $12,000 in Asia and around $40,000 in USA. This is subject to change with increase in complexity.

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.

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.