New Version, New Features. This is what Android Oreo is All About

Android Oreo

Google recently launched the beta version of Android O in the Google I/O 2017 developer conference. This time it is planning to give a complete new look to this upcoming version. The navigation, the experience, the app icons, new emojis, Oh Gosh! Isn’t that amazing?

It seems Google is all set to make people fall in love with this Android Operating System. So, what’s there in the bag? Of course, Yes! The discussion is about features.

Here they are… The enthralling, the elated and what else which word is that Umm… The jubilant. The writer herself is so excited that she is expressing her excitement using the synonyms of fun and happy.

Anyways, back to the point. The Features.

Fluid Experiences: With the launch of this new version, Google has come up with a new way of being more productive in our daily routine. No single tasking, It’s multi-tasking. Yes, you heard it right… Now, our fingers will move on our favourite apps at a single time long pressing the home screen.  For instance; while watching a video on youtube you can click on another app of your interest and enjoy the view of both.

Have you heard of Tensor Flow? Tensor Flow is an open source library for machine learning developed by Google Brain. It was developed for internal use before it got released in Apache 2.0 open source library.

Tensor Flow Lite is a new scaled down tool by Google which uses LSTM (Long Short Term Memory) to enhance the experience. Android O has a new framework from Android which comprises some components of AI and its hardware accelerates the features of the neural network.

There are a few refreshing tools within this category which include picture-in-picture [PIP], navigation dots, smart text selection and auto-fill.

Picture-in-Picture [PIP]: This feature allows users to go to the homescreen and tap on another app while watching a movie or playing a game on your Android device. This is how it works.

Android O Picture-In-Picture Feature

Tapping on the home screen while watching the video will place the video in the small popover. This enables your second task for instance; doing Whatsapp in parallel with your first one.

Notification Dots: It seems the users will get to know the next step when the notification pops up on the device. Notification dots is a new feature. With the release of the final version of Android O, the Android app developers can notify users about the availability of action. Long pressing the notification will display the action in detail.

Android O Notification-Dots

Smart Text Selection: Google Team has done an amazing research work. And, this feature is the proof. It will bring a relief to users adaptive to copy and paste scenario. As per the research, the task of text selection is cumbersome. This magnifying new version has made the life of users simpler and smarter with the use of AI components.

Android O Smart Text Selection

Autofill: Forget memo, forget message, forget gmail where you used to save your credentials as a cache memory. This new feature remembers your username and password in some cases to quickly sign-in to the apps on your device.

Vitals: A Guard to protect your phone and enhance your user experience. This feature will improve the battery life, security and OS optimization. Besides, there is no need of Antivirus software as Google Play Protect will scan all the apps you install from the play store.

Wrapping Up

This is going to be a much awaited version of Android not only for users but also for mobile app development companies. This is for sure. GoodBye Nougat, Welcome Oreo. There is a lot more wrapped in this new version of Android. Don’t miss the read.

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6 Best Strategies To Crack The South Korean Mobile Game Market – OpenXcell

China? Of course! Done and dusted.

U.S.? Obviously, taken care of. 

Japan? Goes without saying.   

South Korea? … Umm…

Are you indolent with indecision as to which game market should figure next on your radar for game monetization purposes? Try South Korea.

Why? Because, after China, U.S., and Japan, it’s the South Korean game market where things are really hotting up, both in terms of game downloads and revenues. In fact, according to industry sources, the mobile app market here has grown by 795% since 2013.

Source: 6 Best Strategies To Crack The South Korean Mobile Game Market – OpenXcell

Is Hiring Custom Software Development Company A Problem?

Is Hiring Custom Software Development Company A ProblemHiring a custom software development company is like solving a mathematics problem. You don’t believe it? But it is. However, you can solve it by avoiding these common mistakes and turn your dream into reality.

1. Low Cost, High Quality: Price is the biggest factor that service seekers look into while hiring a custom software development company. It is worthless to hire a company quoting less price and assuring high-quality software solution.

You are paying for the efforts they have put in to implement a remarkable solution that increases the efficiency of your business. Then why you want to pay less?

It is impossible to get high quality software solution at less price. Thus, if you want to develop a remarkable solution from your concept, the deal should be fair.

2. Company’s culture: The second factor in the list. It is obvious that you won’t work with the stranger. No company has the same working culture. It is just that how you adapt and walk.

If you cannot adapt the culture, it’s better not to proceed further. But if you still go with the company and regret working with the team, it’s you who is at fault.

3. Not Clear with the Goal: This can lead to chaos and confusion.It becomes difficult to deal with the business having unclear goals. What they want and are expecting is like a roller coaster ride. You require patience and a lot of research work to understand their requirements.

Thus, it’s indeed important for a company to be crystal clear with the goals and objectives. This helps the partner company to bring out innovative ideas to achieve them and develop productive solution efficiently.

4. Inferior Contract: Penning down each and every detail in the contract is a tedious task. This actually contains the dos and don’ts of the development partner. There may be possibilities that a) the app cost may increase with the additional features. b) The development is not completed on time. Therefore, maintaining a contract make things transparent between both the parties.

Today, with the advancements in technology, we come across with the new trends and techniques. This makes it critical to manage contract that lists the minute details to avoid hassles in the future.

5. No Signing Of Non-Disclosure Agreement: Before even signing the contract, NDA is a must. This ensures the client that whatever discussion is taking place and will take place will be confidential. Further, it also includes the software rights to the client. Not signing NDA can cause you trouble in future. The choice is yours.

6. Not the Owner of the Source Code: Definitely you owe the license of your software but it is also required for you to have the source code of your product. What if, a ) you don’t want to assign your project to the same development company? b) you want to hire an in-house developer and re-design your product? c) the development company steals your idea. There may be various possibilities.

An agreement granting the rights of the source code keeps your app idea safe and allows you to further develop it with other IT company in the near future

So, What’s Your Favorite App?

They are around us. You see them everywhere – in restaurants, buses, tubes, shopping malls, and cinemas. People glued to their smartphones. Oblivious to everything else that happens around them.  According to digital trends, an average American spends 4.7 hours per day with his smartphone. Major chunk of his time is spent using the apps installed on his smartphone.

In 2009, worldwide mobile app downloads amounted to approximately 2.52 billion and the number is expected to reach 268.69 billion in 2017.

Source: So, What’s Your Favorite App?

How Did They Do It: Temple Run’s Endless Dash

“Temple Run illustrates the best marketing strategy for the App Store: Make an awesome game that everyone wants to tell their friends about.”- Ian Marsh

Would you even believe if I said, that an enormously successful game like Temple Run had a mere total of three individuals working behind the stage AKA the ever-so-popular game! Indeed yes, as the development team comprised of only the husband and wife along with an artist who fought all odds for months to create a distinctive running game, now profoundly known as, Temple Run. Well, Temple Run, just like many other successful games, is not an overnight success story. Rather it was a journey on a rough road to a Runway Success Story.

Source: How Did They Do It: Temple Run’s Endless Dash

How can you increase app downloads with these simple hacks

Knock! Knock! Is your app ready to take a smooth landing at the app stores?

If yes, what is your next step? Are you planning some tactful strategies to make an appeal of your app across the web besides app stores?

Why not! It’s your app and to promote it is the foremost thing you do after or before the launch? Am, I right?

What unique strategies you plan and execute, can you share? Would love to hear from you.

Well! I also have a few unique hacks to share which can help you increase your app downloads.

But before that would like to say, do check the USP of your app. You know about USP, isn’t it?

Source: How can you increase app downloads with these simple hacks

A New Approach: Mobile Apps Designed & Developed Using Serverless Architecture and AWS Mobile Hub

With the introduction to Cloud Computing, there has been radical changes noticed in the development and deployment methodology. We came across to the term virtual servers which increased the productivity of developers by streamlining the development process.

Earlier, a developer was responsible for managing various operational tasks like security and storage maintenance, content delivery, etc besides developing. This consumed a lot of time and energy. Now, the developers without any worry can focus only on their core work, i.e developing, rest of the tasks are carried by cloud servers.

Source: A New Approach: Mobile Apps Designed & Developed Using Serverless Architecture and AWS Mobile Hub

Winning Strategies of World’s Most Popular Mobile Apps

Well, you have been standing on your feet constantly for God-only-knows-how-many-hours to develop your dearest app. But, despite putting in countless hours, you still have got your fingers crossed. You are very well aware that as of March 2017, Google Play hosts 2.8 million apps, closely followed by Apple’s App Store with 2.2 million apps, making the industry huge with several new apps hitting the market every day. You even know that this explosive growth of mobile apps isn’t stopping any time now. For now, it seems difficult to catch up right? Can you make it to the list of popular mobile apps?

Okay, all that you need to do is spare some time and learn what the biggies have done. Application of one or a combination of all the given strategies is sure to make your app tick and, in all probability, will help your app top the list, moving forward.

Source: Winning Strategies of World’s Most Popular Mobile Apps

Go For App Subscription Business Model To Make The Life Of Your Apps Happy & Long – OpenXcell

Users like an app. The app is free. They download it. After some time, say a few hours, a few days, a few weeks later they are bored with it. They uninstall the app. End of engagement.

Familiar story? Way of our life actually, repeated many times over in a month or months.

Markets are saturated.

Too many apps with small shelf lives.

A very small price window to earn something on the apps you develop after spending thousands of dollars developing them.

There simply are too many app developers trying to survive on ads alone while they offer their apps for free. App developers and app marketers are left scratching their heads. Sustainable models are the need of the hour. We need longer engagements of users with the apps. Apps need to live long to turn profitable for app publishers. For apps, therefore subscription business model is the best way forward to make regular and recurring revenue. There is now a shift in the way app business worked. From charging a one-time fee for apps publishers and developers are moving towards charging a recurring fee.

Source: Go For App Subscription Business Model To Make The Life Of Your Apps Happy & Long – OpenXcell

The Top Programming Languages for Software Development

The Top Programming Languages for Software Development

There are hundreds of programming languages written over the years. With the advances taking place in the technology world, we see no sign of slowdown. Instead, we are coming across the recruitment of developers having knowledge of on-demand programming languages.

Here is the list of top programming languages for software development

We have seen a revolutionary change in the development of software application. Today what’s trending is customization in software. Software development companies are helping enterprises getting rid off their business problems and boosting their productivity 2X.

1. Javascript: Don’t mix it with Java. It’s a client-side scripting language used for front-end development. Javascript is compatible with all the browsers and is used to create responsive and interactive web applications using JQuery, Angular.Js, Ember.Js or more.

Moreover, it can also be used as server-side scripting language with the help of Node.Js. Software developers even use Javascript with PhoneGap framework for developing cross-platform app.

This popular programming language is difficult to learn. If you hire a Javascript developers, he will not only be a master in developing powerful web apps but also in developing native or hybrid mobile applications.

2. Ruby (Ruby on Rails): Ruby was developed to help software developers build complex applications easily. With the advances, Ruby has enhanced the framework, Ruby on Rails and brought  a modern approach to backend development.

Yes, it is a programming language to develop strong and scalable backend. In the year 2016, it was on the top 10 list of programming languages. It is the first choice of the startups, software developers and companies. The backend of top-rated apps like Airbnb, Shopify, Bloomberg, Hulu, Slideshare, etc are built on Ruby.

3. Python: Python is easy to learn programming language for amateur software developers. Many web frameworks are developed in Python and is recommended for automated tasks, programming desktop tools, and data mining. It is best used in educational fields. Several libraries are implemented in Python related to mathematics, physics and data analysis.

It’s flexibility helps software developers build applications for various operating system including Android. Tech Companies like Google, Yahoo use Python for developing their websites.

Last October, Microsoft launched beta version of its Cognitive toolkit – an open source deep learning framework which includes the support of Python.

4. Java: It is an open source programming language powered by Sun Microsystem. Software developers use it to build apps for various platforms and devices. For instance, Smart TV apps, Android mobile apps, etc..

Developers find Java easy because of its features. Java 8 is the proof. It is used to develop strong backend for enterprise applications. And, one more interesting thing to note, Java has many more years to rule the tech world.

5. C: It is the first-level programming language developers learn while pursuing computers. Being so old still, it is used in system programming, writing other programming languages and embedded systems. The kernel of Linux operating system is developed in C which is further used for the kernels of popular OS.

It is said that if you have mastered C, your logic for programming gets strong. C is used to write more complex programs for simple tasks, thus, helping developers to execute proper logic for software development

Wrapping Up

Yes, these are the top programming languages you can pick and gain experience. This helps you to build your career and increase the chances of pay rise.

Which one are you choosing?