Month: December 2015

What You Must Know Before Developing a Mobile App

ddWhether it comes to businesses or individuals, mobile phones have significantly changed our lives. The mobile apps of all kinds of categories that we download on a daily basis have a huge influence on the way we sleep, eat, work and have fun.

Of course, many of us take all this for granted. The truth is that we can’t do without them in today’s times. This is the reason entrepreneurs are always eager to develop a mobile friendly app for their business website.

So what is it about the mobile app that makes it stand out from the rest? Here’s a guide to develop a mobile app!

1. Testing, testing and testing!

Whether you are new in the field of mobile app development or a pro at it, testing is the key. The sooner you understand this, the more desirable the results will be for you. Whether it is a cross-platform app or a platform-specific one, you can’t afford to have faith in your progress if you don’t test it repeatedly.

You do not have to wait till the ends to find out you’ve made a huge mistake. Many times, it is difficult to even identify where you’ve gone wrong. For this reason, it is important to test thoroughly and repeatedly.

2. Your User

For your users to fall in love with what you’ve created, you’ve to get in their shoes first. You might think greatly of your app but if the users do not think highly of it, you’ve failed most of the hard work. For this reason, it is important to become you own user and test the results with criticism.

It’s important for you to experience your own creation as a user. There’s no harm in comparing it with the rest of the similar apps to test where you’ve succeeded or failed. At this stage, if you are confident about what you’ve created, the chances are that the users will admire your work as well.

3. Uncomplicated is Always Better

Developing an app is a complicated business. Let’s not even try to get there. However, no one wants to understand the technical side of it. Most of the users only admire an app that is plain simple. After all, isn’t life already very complicated?

So the next time you are almost ready with that wonderful design of the app, consult a non-technical person who has no experience in the field. Ask them how they would like the app to be. At the end, it gets down to simple details such as selecting the right text or placing the tabs wisely.

Whenever you develop an app, its objective should be crystal clear in your mind. It’s important to build for the community so that the app is more meaningful for the users. When it’s built for the public, it would be interesting to use and share.

 

Trends That Will Shape The Future Of Mobile Application Development

rwwMobile application development is definitely one of the most rapidly growing sectors. There are various types of apps in the market today. Some of the most common types of mobile apps are:

  • Social Media Apps
  • Gaming Apps
  • Business Apps
  • Banking Apps
  • eCommerce apps

Trends change quickly and people are businesses need to keep up with the latest trends in order to stay competitive. Here are six such trends that every business must know:

Wearable devices

2015 saw the launch of many smart wearable devices. These devices mark the beginning of a new era in technology. Mobile technology has slowly moved towards wearable technology and this opens up new opportunities for businesses. Especially the healthcare sector can totally benefit from wearable watches and smart sensors that provide them with basic health information on the go.

Mobile connected smart objects

Electric bulbs, toys and domestic appliances that can be connected to mobile devices is one trend that will really catch on in the near future. This interconnected internet of things will communicate via an application on your smart phone. Wireless or electronic control of your home appliances will greatly aid in home automation.

Mobile commerce

Brick and mortar stores are rapidly opting for online options and those that are online are rapidly moving towards mobile applications. The plain reason is to be where the customer is. Most of the customers spend 60% of their average time on electronic devices on smart phones. It definitely makes sense to develop a mobile application.

Motion and location sensing

Most of the mobile phones have location sensing capabilities. Knowing the location of an individual can greatly help in advertising and sending notifications on the latest and greatest deals. Motion sensing properties are used in anti theft, security and power saving as well as mobile games. Motion sensing and location sensing combines with mobile applications will definitely enable a new generation of highly personalized services.

User experience designs

Innovative user experience designs are a key factor that will drive the future of mobile application development. In mobile apps some challenges faced are partial user attention and interruption. This means that the app should be designed to efficiently handle user interruption by either advertisements or notifications.

Application performance

Application performance is one of the most important factors that will shape the future of mobile apps. With new technology smart devices emerging at a rapid rate, mobile apps need to keep up with the speed demands of these devices in order to provide users with a great user experience.

The future trends in the field of mobile apps is dependent on how well the developers adopt innovative ideas and leverage from the existing mobile features to provide businesses with extremely delightful and useful mobile apps.

A Revolutionary Hybrid Laptop

dA revolutionary hybrid laptop, the Spectre x360 is quite sleek and shiny with an aluminum design almost similar to a MacBook. Both the lid and the bottom are of aluminum and silver in color. This 2-in-1 measures 14.8 x 9.75 x 0.63 inches. This laptop is not only beautiful, it is also super thin and light making it very easy to carry. A 15-inch screen and very good performance.

Design:

The HP Spectre x360 has been built for endurance and quality. The laptop has a weight of only 1.4 kg. It can easily be carried around on the go. What’s fantastic about this laptop is the hinge. It has been cleverly manufactured and can flip 360 degrees such that the keyboard and screen are back to back effectively turning the laptop into a tablet. When in tablet mode, the keyboard keys are non-responsive so there are no worries about having them touch against the back of the screen. The thinnest of the device makes it also very easy to handle in tablet mode. Another method of using it in tablet mode is to have it placed in an angle with the keyboard acting as a stand. This is fantastic for watching trailers by placing it on top of a desk.

Display:

A 15-inch screen provide very bright images and vivid colors. About 246 nits of brightness more than average, the 2-in-1 will show perfectly outdoors or in direct sunlight. 2560 x 1440-pixel screen resolution. The pixel density is 221 ppi. Multi-touch, everything that a professional would be seeking to be able to undertake the most demanding types of activities. It has a high-end IPS with wide viewing angles. A glossy display is not very outstanding for convertibles but enough to make everything look sharp and nice. The screen has a great response time better than average.

A change that HP has introduced is in the graphic chip. The Intel HD graphic 520 is the successor of the 5500. The 520 allows to play flash games but hardly any intensive games. On the 3D graphics benchmark, it achieves a score of 64,632 which is adequate enough.

Keyboard:

The keyboard feels somewhat shallow. The keyboard is backlit and has a quite nice glow. The keys are full size like most of the laptops and have 1.5 mm of action. When pressed they feel like that of a high-end notebook, they are quite responsive and make sort of a click sound. The touchpad measures 5.5 x 2.6 and feels smooth. It has plenty of room for navigating with the mouse or performing swipe gestures. You would have no problems doing operations such as scrolling, pinching to zoom, etc.

Connectivity:

Included are plenty of ports. The latest version of USB, Type-C, which can also be converted and used as the power supply. On the left side can be found USB 3.0, the headphone/mic jack, an SD card reader while the right side are two other USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI and a mini display port for external monitors. A 1080p webcam can be found on the top of the screen that can be used for taking selfies or for social media. The quality of the pictures is quite good. Colors are bright and images appear sharp but slightly darker than in real life. Missing is an Ethernet port, but this could have been omitted because of the slim design. It has also been designed such as to rely mostly on Wi-Fi for connection to the internet than on wired connection.

With the Band & Olufen Speaker software, the audio is clear and loud.

Performance:

A 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5-6200U central processing unit powers this laptop. It has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage capacity other versions can be found with 16GB of RAM. This hybrid has enough performance and storage for performing any type of activity, office and multimedia. HP has provided a choice between two types of processors for the X360 series. The Intel Core i5 or the Intel Core i7-6500U. Both provide fantastic response time allowing for very comfortable work flow. Compared with its predecessors, HP has upgraded the hardware.

The maximum power consumption is between 28.7 -29.9 W which is lower than HP Broadwell model. The battery of HP Spectre x360 has a capacity of 56Wh and would last for about 8hours and 20 minute. It’s not the best between convertibles but considering the fact that it can be used for almost the entire day on the go is convenient.

Software:

The x360 uses Window 10 operating system which is the latest version of windows introduced by Microsoft. HP has introduced a lot of bloatware which if removed can increase storage capacity and performance. The Bang & Olefin Speaker software helps to adjust sound, the HP recovery manager can be used to reinstall drivers and applications and also troubleshoot. Beside those, there are many other apps on the menu some of which such as; Heart radio, Candy Crush soda Saga, Snapfish, Flipboard and others. Many can be uninstalled to increased performance. Microsoft also provide a one-month free trial of Microsoft office.

Pros & Cons:

Regardless, for those who have knowledge of computers, this laptop does not lack its pros can con and one needs to be an expert to actually find something terrible with the x360. If anything making comparison with competitors, it is not the most efficient but average. The hardware and software could be improved particularly with regards to the graphic. The keyboard is great but could use for more security measures like fingerprint or even a stylus could have been included. HP has almost provided quite a great hybrid that can appeal to many consumers. Generally, hybrid is very popular with the consumer as they can be used both as laptop and converted into tablets. The HP Spectre x360 is provided at an average price in the market which for the lack of certain elements such as stylus etc. is quite good.

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Mobile Performance Testing for Enterprise Mobility Success

maThe idea of ‘Mobile First’ is a reality now. Most organizations now quickly realize this fact.

With the explosive growth of enterprise mobility, mobile apps are becoming a critical part of organization’s’ core business in terms of decision-making, analytics and collaboration.

Organizations are now prioritizing their enterprise mobility initiatives to build a seamless customer experience around their business and upsurge business productivity. Plus, consumers have high expectations from mobile apps.

This is where the performance of mobile apps matters a lot. It is one of the most important factors in delivering a satisfactory user experience. The reason: the rapid growth in mobile solution adoption and increased number of users can potentially overload servers. This can impact the performance of the app. Slow performance, blip or interruption can send many potential customers to a competitor. Moreover, it can even affect the reputation of a business.

This performance impact can vary across different types of mobile devices because a mobile platform does not have the luxury like web/desktop platform. For example, a mobile app or responsive website may respond well on a high-end device but may not provide satisfactory experience on a low-end device.

In maintaining high performance of apps, the mobile performance testing challenges are different such as poor network quality, high latency, high volume of users, different types of mobile apps, and mobile app security.

To address these challenges, organizations must prioritize based on their user experience and performance should be the foremost consideration at every stage of the mobile development life cycle.

Though there is a great importance of faster delivery, quicker upgrades, and accelerated time to market. Still, organizations need to think in terms of emulating a realistic user, monitoring for bottlenecks and managing scalability issues during the design process.

It is better to create a well-defined performance testing plan before deploying a mobile app. A rigorous plan enables you to ensure that the app will function as intended on different devices with varying screen sizes, resolutions, internal hardware, and across diverse operators.

It also helps in creating a better customer experience and increasing app adoption rate.

For successful mobile performance testing, I recommend you to first focus on:

  1. Network capabilities
  2. System integration
  3. Backend system

Later on, make sure that your mobile app will function consistently even under the heaviest load. Below tips can help you while designing and implementing your performance testing strategy:

  1. Analyze server, network and device condition
  2. Test the app in the production environment
  3. Rigorously check the app couple of times under the anticipated peak load
  4. Run and test accurately for the mobile environment
  5. Check and test across geographies
  6. Test with real users for real time results

I believe you can benefit more if you’re able to understand the performance testing architecture on a more holistic level.

I look forward to your comments, and suggestions on how performance testing can be improved to make the world of mobile app delivery a better one.