Mobile applications are no longer an option good to have, they’re absolute must. According to Statista, by the year 2017, the total estimated app revenues are expected to be 76.54 billion U.S. dollars. This is a serious business.
This micro-blog is not about the applications that are going to make a mark in this year. It is more of an opinion on how exactly the new mobile applications can create a difference by not necessarily doing anything extraordinary.
This year will see surface phones, by Microsoft, entering the smartphone market. Windows has placed huge bets on its Windows 10 for mobile and its “surface pro series” smartphones. Having achieved a considerable success in the tablet (or hybrid) series of Surface devices, Microsoft must be aiming at luring more and more developers to its platform. But, undoubtedly, the major platforms are going to be iOS and Android for years to come (Have I exaggerated?).
After pushing a series of beta versions, Apple has finally released the official update of iOS. As seen in the beta versions, iOS 9.2 is more about fixing and resolving issues than adding more features to the host of applications. So if you are noticing some niggles with your current iOS, the new update may solve them without taking a toll on your data. Although the update size is dependent on devices, it should be approximately 300 MB.
The update is released for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating systems.
In a week’s time your smartphones and digital clocks will show “2016”, marking the presence of the New Year. You must have planned a lot of things to do in the year, starting right from resolutions (which are so hard to stick with, aren’t they?).
If one of your plans includes developing a new application, 2016 is the right time to dive in- thanks to the ever-increasing penetration of smartphones and tablets, especially in developing economies. (The right time has always been and will always be NOW.)
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was recently a part of the CBS show “60 Minutes” and while in conversation with Charlie Rose, he revealed some interesting facts. Well, Apple’s camera has always been liked by the users and all of them absolutely loved capturing from it. Now you would be glad to know that a lot of brain work goes into it. It has been divulged that around 800 people are solely dedicated to working on the iPhone’s camera and the team comprise of “engineers and other specialists”, led by Graham Townsend, who took Rose on a tour of the camera testing lab.
It’s merry time for Android smartphone users as now all of them will have an access to Android Pay, that is equivalent of NFC payment via your smartphone. The announcement was made on the official blog for Android.
To put it in an easy and more understandable manner, Android Pay is Google’s mobile equivalent of Apple Pay. However, there is a little tweak here as Apple Pay is currently integrated with Touch ID, and it only works with iPhones that have NFC. Thus, iPhone 5S and older than that, don’t get to do NFC payment. You just have to tap the Phone on the NFC payment reader, available only for certain retailers and opt for the payment method desired by you – whether it be credit, debit or even your cashless wallet for certain merchants. However that depends on whether Android or Apple has any partnership with these wallets.
Android is one of the renowned products of the tech giant, Google. If sources are to be believed, then over the globe, nearly 85% of all digital gadgets are running on the Android platform.
So, it is obvious that with such a high count of users, the need of applications with multi-functionality also comes into consideration. Presently, users are allotted to opt from a vast 1.6 million apps.
Being a newbie in Android application development, there is always a query within your mind that “how should I start developing my first Android app or what things I must know before starting the coding part for the app”. Below are a few facts that must be known before developing your first Android application.
With the world moving from desktop to mobile device, the number of mobile applications being developed is increasing day to day. With the increasing count of mobile applications in the App Store (be it Google Play Store or Apple iTunes Store) the prior thing that needs to be done is mobile application testing. Mobile application development always requires a testing phase which is required to be performed before giving the green signal for using the app. But what points are to be remembered while running a mobile app testing. Following are the points that need to be overlooked before confirming any app for the mobile users.
Earlier confined to the Windows platform, Cortana – the successful app from Microsoft and best described as Microsoft’s digital personal assistant – is now available for iOS and Android users as well.
Just a day before Microsoft released Cortana as iOS and Android apps for US residents and it is expected that soon it will be available outside of the States as well. The preview editions were released on both platforms earlier this year as the finalized apps seem to be similar to them. At the bottom you’ll find a search box with an option for speech search, a menu button at the top left and the rest of the screen shows cards displaying information on weather, packages, appointments and the like.
Microsoft announced in a blog post, “Today, we’re excited to announce that Cortana is available on select iPhone, Android and Cyanogen OS powered devices as a great companion experience to your Windows 10 PC.”
It’s averred by Microsoft that the all-new Cortana app “…comes with the same intelligence as Cortana on your PC, with the ability to look up information and give helpful suggestions. The information stored in Cortana’s Notebook on your PC such as interests, weather and more, will travel with you across devices and any changes you make on one will be reflected on your other devices.”
Meanwhile, iOS and Android phones still miss some features that Cortana offers with Windows phone, such as toggling settings or opening apps, and the ability to invoke Cortana hands-free by saying “Hey Cortana.”
As of now Cortana for Windows 10 is available only in English in the country and we’ll update you when Microsoft releases Cortana for Android and iOS users in other regions.
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Microsoft’s first Lumia smartphones that run Windows 10 Mobile are out there in the market and what came as a big surprise was Windows Phone getting support from unlikeliest of countries — Japan. Well, the buzz says that in the past few days two Windows Mobile 10 handsets have gone on sale in Japan and there’s the entry-level ¥12,000 ($104) Katana 01 from Freetel, and electronics retailer Yamada Denki’s ¥39,800 ($324) EveryPhone, which at 6.9mm thick is labeled being the thinnest Windows phone ever.
Both of the devices are considered uninteresting apart beside their novel combination of software and origin. However, now there’s a Japanese Windows phone with unique design, launched by a company that’s never even made a phone before – NuAns Neo.