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Using Android Instant Apps – An Evolution In App Discovery

At Google I/O 2016, Google announced a new upcoming feature of Android called as Instant Apps. Android Instant apps will allow users to access a cloud-based version of the app on your Android phone, without actually installing and downloading it from the Play Store.

Imagine this that a user has learned about some mobile app but is unable to access the app because there is either not enough space in the mobile device or the internet speed is bad. This condition may lead to the potential loss of the customer for that mobile app. So to solve this problem Google came up with the solution called Android Instant Apps. This way, the enterprise will not lose out on any potential user due to reasons like memory space shortages or internet data problems.

Android Instant Apps feature can be used by any Android app development company. Incorporating this feature within an Android app will allow that app to run instantly with a single tap without the need of downloading and installing the app. This could be a game-changing feature for your apps because apps will get the chance to showcase their potential and benefits to users without downloading it. Apps with this feature will be a preview version of the app for a quick insight of the app. Some advanced functionalities might not be accessible, but this feature will give an overall idea of the app. It will help attracting potential users.

This feature will completely transform the way people access the mobile apps. Just users browse websites and then visit the websites of their choice similarly, now Android apps will be able to do same for the users.

Highlights of the Android Instant Apps

It lets you experience the beautiful designs and animations of the app without installing the app. Everyone will be able to access the app from anywhere. You can now bring people to your flagship Android experience from links, which would previously take them to your mobile web page. Android Instant apps will run on a majority of Android devices that uses Google Play services. Android Instant Apps functionality can be added as an upgrade in your existing app. Once you modularize your app, Google Play will download the parts that are required in the cloud version.

How to Enable Android Instant Apps?

Google has started rolling out this feature but only for selected users. This feature works on Nexus 6P with Android 7.1.1 and some reports say that Pixel and Pixel XL with Android 7.1.2 also supports Instant Apps feature. But reports say that this feature has started rolling out for additional users too.

To find out whether your Android device has access to Instant Apps, proceed with the following steps:

  1. Open ‘Settings’ menu.
  2. Scroll down and tap ‘Google’ under the category ‘Personal’.
  3. In ‘Services’ category, tap ‘Instant Apps’.
  4. On the top right of the screen, tap the toggle.
  5. Tap ‘Yes, I am in’ on ‘Terms of Service’.

After completing all these steps, you are now ready to use Instant apps.

More and more applications will be added to this list, but as of now, the lists is short. It includes Buzzfeed, Viki, Periscope and Wish.

For developers, they still have to apply to access the SDKs. Google has notified that full SDK will be available in coming months.

Krify is a multinational IT service provider with the core competency in Android and iOS app development. Check out our previous innovative works in Android app development. Contact us today to get your idea converted into reality.

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MATRIX Voice – User-friendly and affordable platform for Raspberry Pi developers

Matrix Labs is working simply to offer touchless technology solutions and empowering the world and people with versatile and scalable technologies and products. They build Artificial Intelligence Things. Their recent success is the production of MATRIX Voice, which is an open-source Voice Recognition platform that measures 3.14 inches in diameter dev board.
Matrix Voice was created with the ambition of providing a complete, user-friendly and affordable tool to all developers and tinkerers so that they can create innovative and required Internet of Things (IoT) voice apps.
Developers were eagerly wanting the FPGA-driven (field-programmable gate array, which is an integrated circuit i.e. IC) development board for developing apps for Raspberry Pi. MATRIX Voice has MATRIX OS, which enables developers to build hardware applications in just a few lines of code using the programming language JavaScript.
Hardware Components of MATRIX Voice

harware components of matrix voice

MATRIX Voice has 7 MEMs microphone array that allows developers to leverage voice recognition in their app solutions by using latest online cognitive services that include Amazon Alexa Voice Service, Microsoft Cognitive Service, Wit.ai, Google Speech API and Houndify. The big advantage is that you can trigger the event based on sound detections like getting a notification in the form of a message when the dog is barking back at home.
An overview of MATRIX Voice

overview of matrix voice

 

An interesting example:
The following demo video reveals that you can build your own Amazon’s Alexa using Raspberry Pi and MATRIX Voice. They have used the Alexa Voice Services (AVS), which is used by Amazon Echo. MATRIX Voice team has revealed that it allowed them to accomplish lots of challenging tasks in this project.

Another interesting example:
The following demo video shows that how a Raspberry Pi and MATRIX Voice can run the PocketSphinx voice recognition service by connecting with a MATRIX Creator, which can use its ZigBee radio to control a Philips Hue lightbulb. Thus the MATRIX Voice can be used with Raspberry Pi that could be used for voice recognition throughout your house and this just needs one MATRIX Creator that should interface with your smart devices.

Why should developers choose MATRIX Voice?
• MATRIX Voice caters the needs of all levels of developers i.e. from hobbyist developer to advanced and enterprise developer.
• It works with the widely used programming languages like C++, JavaScript, Python, Verilog & VHDL.
• The accuracy of microphones and their algorithms allow developers to builds faster.
• It is an user-friendly as well as an affordable solution that saves your money and empowers you to think and build creative Internet of Things (IoT) apps.

Krify has started scratching the area of Raspberry Pi apps. Our core competencies include mobile app development, website design and development and digital marketing. Contact us today to hire our expert team of developers to convert your ideas into reality.

 

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Google’s Instant Messaging App – Gtalk – Coming To An End

Google announced on 24th March 2017 that there is going to be a big transition with Google Talk or Gtalk, which is still popular among many users. Google has decided to stop the Gtalk application completely and move Gtalk users to Hangouts. The old interface of Gtalk will still be available for its hardcore users, but not past June 26. After June 26 users will have to move to hangouts compulsorily.

So now Google will be shifting their complete focus towards the evolution of Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Google now will be coming up with several improvements in Gmail and Hangouts for businesses. Google will suppress the negativity that might have been entered due to the closure of Gtalk, by driving the focus towards improvement in messaging experience in other applications.
Following are the updates from the Google regarding its messaging applications:

Reforming the messaging experience for Android devices:
Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat are the applications which bring the team together and keep them moving forward. So they have streamlined the Hangouts products for businesses and for this they will be removing carrier SMS functionality from the classic Hangouts app for Android. The Google team is also working on improving SMS experience for Android users and hence will soon be upgrading with Android messages, which would be the primary place to access SMS. The effort will also be taken to include Android Messages in Android devices.
Google team have already started replacing Google Talk with Hangouts. Hangouts have got advanced features like group video calling and integration with other Google products. Google is encouraging complete goodbye to Gtalk as it has brought many improvements with Hangouts. After June 26 Gtalk users will get an update and automatically will be moved to Hangouts. For 1-on-1 chats, Hangouts will continue to work with third-party XMPP client. For G Suite administrators, if the domain is getting affected by this transition, they will receive an email saying about this change and details.

Retiring some Gmail Labs and Google+ functionality in Gmail:
Google will be retiring some of the Gmail Labs. Low usage labs will get retired and some functionalities of labs will be upgraded as improved version. Following Labs will be retiring soon (not earlier than April 24, 2017): Google Voice Player, Authentication Icon, Quick Links, Smartlabels, Picasa previews, Quote Selected Text, Pictures in chat and Yelp previews. Two inherited features of Google+ in Gmail will be retired: use of Google+ circles and the ability to email Google+ profiles.
While this overall strategy of Google is pretty much clear but the execution of this transition may ask for more desired transformations. Adopting Hangouts completely as an instant messaging app on desktops still needs a lot of transformations, which may take some time. So for chatting and instant messaging Gtalk users will be found looking for reliable, fast and intuitive messaging apps that could offer an interactive and nice interface and provides various options for customizing user experience.

Krify is one of the leading IT service provider and holds the passion to create value for the clients and their businesses. Our team of skilled and experienced instant messaging app developers will craft an interesting product that will offer a customised messaging and chat app solution for you and your business operations. Contact us today with your requirements and have a one-to-one chat with our experts.

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first passenger drone in Dubai - Ehang 184

Self-flying Passenger Drones: Will Be Hovering Soon In Dubai’s Skies

Many companies are looking for the viability of idea of ‘flying cars’ and technologists are trying to build viable and safe autonomous, flying taxis, in order to simplify the urban transportation hassles. The city of Dubai has taken a leap in this plan and has announced its plan of launching passenger drones by July 2017.

Where Airbus, Uber and other companies are still in talks of creating vehicles for testing and start with transporting cargo using such flying taxis or drones, Matt al-Tayer, head of Dubai’s Roads and Transportation Department announced the beginning of passenger service using flying taxi. They announced this in a World Government Summit. They mentioned that it would be an advanced drone, which is Ehang 184 – an autonomous quad-opener electric drone – it will fly the passengers along pre-determined routes and will be monitored and controlled remotely from a centralized command center. The Chinese model, Ehang 184, has already taken a test flight in skies of Dubai.

How it works?

Mr. Al Tayer quoted that the introduction of AAV will be a big step towards innovative and smart mobility solutions. It will contribute in reducing city traffic in a major way. Etisalat is a prime network provider, who provided 4G data network. This network was used to communicate between the control center at ground and the AAV. It also provided the support for continued communication between control center and AAV using LTE and M2M technologies.

Watch the video released by Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai:

What is EHANG 184?

EHANG 184 is an Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) developed by Chinese entrepreneurs. It is claimed by the company as the safest, smartest, eco-friendly and low altitude  AAV, which is an aerial transportation solution for commuting between medium and short distances. Some of the interesting and important features of EHANG 184 are as follows:

Safety: EHANG 184 has exceptional safety management system, in which flight can execute the normal operation plan, even if one set of power system are not operating well. It is powered by electricity and is made up with 100% green technology.

Automation: The EHANG AAV is fully automated with smart automation. The take-off and landing points will be predefined and pre-set with the AAV and it will fly in an inverted U shape pathway. The landing of AAV will be managed with the landing camera, which will automatically position on the landing targets accurately.

Fail Safe system: EHANG AAV has been built with Ehang fail-safe system which is embedded in it. In case of any defect or malfunctioning of any mechanisms or elements, the AAV will ensure the safety by landing immediately in the nearest possible area.

Low Altitude Command Centre: The AAV will always be connected with the low-altitude command center, which why it can be available to fly for 24*7. If weather conditions are extreme, the command center will not enable AAV to fly to ensure safety.

Unique application system: 184 AAV can be operated using a simple but unique application system, which is simple as well as advanced such that it takes only a single click to take-off and land.

ehang 184 passenger drone

Ehang 184 AAV has set the world record for being world’s first passenger drone that can transport a single human being from place X to place Y at an altitude of more than 11000 feet. It is being claimed that passengers will be able to select a preset destination, probably using a touch screen for a mobile app. AAV can travel up to 30 minutes with the maximum speed of about 100kph (60mph). Every command from passenger will go through an app to the control center and all commands will go to AAV from the control center based on the ground. The first passenger drone will fly in Dubai sky under the guidelines of the RTA with automated controls for flying and speed of the flight.

How will flying taxis be booked in Dubai? 

It is being estimated that the flying taxi booking in Dubai will be done by passengers using the mobile app, which seems to be the most convenient way. The application may have features similar to all other booking applications. The booking mobile app might be used to select the preset route map configuration. The automated algorithm of the drone will be defined by the programmers so that passengers can choose from the suitable travel points. This invention is definitely going to be helpful for managing the traffic congestion in the city.

Check out the following video to understand how Ehang 184 has been made.

Drone industry and Drone applications

Drone industry has brought various opportunities for drone operators and businesses. App developers carry the responsibility to turn the drone technology into something that will be beneficial to businesses or human safety. Drone applications need to have simple to use interfaces that would give astounding experiences to operators, who can manage rotors, plan the path of the drone, keep the drone in the air, collect useful data from onboard sensors, etc. Developing applications for drones can be compared with developing mobile applications. Drone apps need UI developed for controllers. Some of the UIs can even run on mobile devices.

Krify has started to scratch the area of drones and app development. There are a lot of exciting and new challenges for developers. Krify is a multinational software development company with core competency in mobile app development, web design and development and digital marketing. Contact us to get the free quote for your project.

 

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Mobile Wallet - Mobile Payment Solution - Fintech Apps

Mobile Wallets | Fintech Apps | Present and Future for Payment Processing Solutions

The popularity of mobile wallets is growing phenomenally. Mobile wallets – cousin of digital payment methods like credit card, is becoming the preference among shoppers, who always go for convenient, easy and autonomous way of shopping and paying. Such Fintech app solutions are becoming popular among shoppers as well as merchants.

The research says that the one fourth of U.S and European mobile users will pay in-store using NFC (near-field communications that powers Google Wallet and Apple Pay) by 2017. This will result in expansion of the global NFC payments market to over $180 billion.

CEO and President of Urban Airship, Brett Caine, quoted, “Businesses are looking for new lightweight, service-oriented ways to communicate with customers on mobile, and our findings make it clear that mobile wallets will lead the next wave of mobile engagement.”

What are mobile wallets?

There is no such standard definition for Mobile Wallets. It has become an umbrella term for making payments using mobile. Mobile wallets allow shoppers to pay using their mobile devices. For mobile payments, payment information like online account details, credit cards, etc. are stored in your mobile device through a mobile app. Such mobile apps for payment are allowing shoppers to shop and make a purchase cashless or without carrying any cards.

How it helps small businesses?

This increasing preference of consumers and shoppers towards mobile wallets represents the change in the way consumers wants to spend their money only because of the convenience it brings with it. But is mobile wallet right and efficient for your business? Let us brainstorm a bit.

Benefits of mobile wallets:

Shoppers and consumers look for going cashless and using mobile devices for all types of financial transactions. The Mobile Wallet is one such option. It fulfills the changing needs of merchants and consumers. Consumers want a seamless, easy and fast experience and merchants want control over providing delightful consumer experience through their payment system.

Innovation: Using mobile wallets for businesses provides an opportunity to merchants to stay on the line of innovation, which will allow them to be a part of future innovations in mobile technology. Adopting such advanced technologies also helps businesses to expand their consumer base. Serving the customers with complete benefit and convenience to them increases the brand value of the business.

Enhanced Customer experience: An excellent customer experience is one of the most important keys in establishing the successful business. Merchants can deliver their best by making purchases easy and convenient for customers. For merchant’s benefit, when mobile wallet service is included in the merchant’s existing mobile application (as feature enhancement) or developed as a part of new mobile app development, it will improve the operational efficiencies of the business. It enables self-service for check-out and transaction-related customer queries. It also eliminates the old paper versions of acknowledgment/receipts by enabling digital receipts for customers.

Customer Data: By enabling your customers to pay using mobile wallets, you are able to get the treasure troves of data, which can be used to serve your customers with enhanced services and increases sales. Thus the customer data can be leveraged to incorporate loyalty and offer products and services based on customer’s preferences gleaned from mobile wallet payment data.

Some statistics on Mobile Payment:

A recent report says that 39% of mobile users in US have used mobile wallets or mobile payment methods to pay in 2015, which has raised from 14% in 2014 and it is estimated to reach mark of 70% by 2017. It is estimated that by 2017, $60 billion of sales will happen through mobile payment.

mobile payment prediction statistics

What are Fintech Apps? What is the Buzz?

Fintech app is an abbreviation for financial technology app. It is a term which has been coined recently. Such apps serve for mobile payments, money transfer, fundraising for causes and asset management.

Fintech startups are coming up with great ideas to serve small and medium businesses with innovative and convenient finance related solutions like business accounting, payroll, invoicing, investing and other finance related needs. For this, fintech mobile apps i.e. a combination of mobile app technology and payments solution, are being used to develop a mobile payment solution. Such apps are referred as Fintech apps.

A report from Accenture, on the investment in Fintech domain, shows that how fintech has grown from $1 Billion in 2008 to $3 Billion in 2013. Experts are predicting that Fintech organizations will reach the mark of $8 Billion by 2018.

Choose Krify for Fintech App Development:

Krify is an IT service provider serving various businesses to grow using advanced technology. Our services include web app development, mobile app development, wearable app development and digital marketing. Reach us today to discuss your Fintech App Development idea. We encourage a consultative approach for the app development.

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Criteria to Follow for Developing an Error-free and Bug-Free Mobile App

It happens before the launch of every single mobile app. We are worried about the performance of the app, what if anything goes wrong at the time of launching the app? What if the mobile application is not bug-free or even if a single bug is ruining the performance of your super smart mobile app? You will be surrounded by all such worries if you are not sure about the quality of the app and not ensured that the mobile app is running error-free. Therefore it is important to go for error-free and bug-free mobile app development, which will ensure that your mobile app is absolutely bug-free and secure.

Let’s check out what are the important criteria to adopt to develop a bug-free mobile app.

Give importance to User Experience

Using applications on mobiles is different from using applications on laptops and desktops. That’s why it is important to design the mobile app and user experience first. Porting an existing desktop application will not help, as mobile has different screen size and different form factor. Avoid copying the interface design and functionalities from existing desktop applications, it will be more difficult to operate them on mobile.

Avoid incorporating excessive and complex features all at a time!

When you are planning mobile app development with the unique idea for the first time, it is advised to keep it simple and avoid complex functionalities. Go for essential features only otherwise, the targeted users may also get confused whether they are getting the desired solution for their problem. Experienced mobile app developers will never do that and will first prefer to focus on core functionalities that the app should be able to solve the problem, which is the target.

Take the advantages of Google Analytics

Google Analytics are majorly used after the launch of the app to measure its success in terms of views, downloads, etc. But we suggest incorporating the Google Analytics even before the release of the app. One of the prominent benefits of using Google Analytics tool is that it will make suggestions and will take decisions too. Analytics tool will analyze the user experience, contents, patterns and overall design and interface of the app and will make the suggestions. Off course, after the launch, Google Analytics will also help in identifying useful elements like daily active users, app engagement, retention rate, app crashes, etc.

Quality Analysis: Ensure proper and complete testing

Quality Analysis is the important aspect of the building of mobile app, as important as the design and development of the mobile app. It is better to get the quality analyst engineer to work and test your app as early as possible.

QA and testing do not mean only the testing of code or the code should look ok. It includes other aspects like performance, access, security, etc.

Alpha Testing:

Alpha testing is performed by internal software testing or QA team, which is done after the acceptance testing. It is usually done in the lab environment to ensure the smooth performance of the app and is done before releasing it for Beta testing.

Beta Testing:

Beta testing is one of the most important stages of the mobile application testing, which is done as a final testing where the app is released for outside user groups or outside testing team. This version which is released for beta testing is called as the beta version and companies gather the user feedback to analyze the application’s performance.

Even after the rigorous alpha testing, there is a chance of minor issues, which can be captured during beta testing. Thus beta testing helps in fixing all sorts of issues and thus significantly reduces the cost of development, because all or maximum issues will get fixed before the final release of the app.

Go for Code Revision Before Releasing App

Code revision is an effective way to ensure quality and efficiency of the code. In this process, all the elements of the code are studied, inspected and revised precisely. Code revision saves a lot of time of developers when they don’t have to re-familiarize themselves with the code element at the time of working on the additional updates.

 

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Takeaways from GSMA MWC 2017 – 5G and IoT were the Eyecatchers

The Mobile World Congress is the biggest assembly for the mobile industry. The GSMA Mobile World Congress event of 2017 has been organized in Barcelona, Spain. The event is scheduled from 27th of February to 03rd of March.

The mobile has become a very fundamental and elemental thing in our lives. Also, it is not the same since the time it was launched for the first time. The world has witnessed the evolution of the mobile, it is dynamic and it is ever adapting. Today, behind all emerging innovations, the driving force is mobile or mobility. Mobile has redefined the domain of digital platform.

This year the GSMA MWC 2017 theme was developed into 7 core themes to make it more relevant to different industries and their visions. These themes were:

  • Content and Media
  • Consumer IoT
  • The Fourth industrial revolution
  • Government and public policy
  • Networks
  • Platforms
  • Sustainable Development
Domination of evolution and improvements of technology – how mobiles are rooted everywhere in our lives.

Yes, the event showcased iterative improvements in the mobile hardware and the performances of mobile, but the highlights of theme was how important role today mobile plays in our lives in various aspects whether at our home, in our vehicles, at work in any industry!

Here are highlights of this theme of #MWC2017 which would be key takeaways for those who are looking for updates on modern mobile technologies like Internet of Things or 5G or Virtual Reality and so on…..

Arrival of 5G

When all corners of the world are still not able to use the capacity of 4G completely, the speed or connectivity that it provides, network and connectivity innovators are set to bring 5G to us. As per the presenters of 5G technology, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, Tim Hoettges said, “5G is not only a technology, it is a completely new infrastructure of the network with 1000% more capacity, 10 times better ping rates and 100 times faster internet speed.” With this it is expected that more businesses are going to switch to cloud-based business applications.

IoT devices will be strengthened for Interoperability

One of the most used and the buzzword in #MWC2017 was ‘Interoperability’. MWC2017 showcased various interconnected technological developments which are expected to bring the interoperability across different technologies. For IoT technology to work we need to ensure that technology and things must work together, which implies that the IoT mobile applications, networks like 3G, 4G, 5G and devices should have ‘interoperability’ between them, to be able to exchange information, data and work in coordination.

VR is still to bring its cut through

MWC2017 brought many headsets and demonstrations for display, but could not bring any breakthrough application. There was showcase of VR headsets demos being used for some interesting applications like training medics.

Adapting IoT requires such business models!

There is a continuous spread of IoT devices and businesses must adopt them in their own service and product offerings. Businesses need to transform their business models into a system that can adapt internet-enabled devices from Cloud-based ERPs, which can be accessed by using mobile devices. This will enable businesses to gather Big Data from the internet connected sensors.

The Mobile World Congress 2017 brought the highlights regarding development and excitement in continued usage of mobile devices. Nevertheless, building 5G infrastructure is going to be an important focus in this year for telcos and government regulators.  It is evident that many more businesses are going to adopt this 5G technology, its services and incorporate IoT for mobile accessibility.

Krify is an multinational IT service provider with an extensive experience in mobile app development, web app design and development services design and development and cloud-based applications in alignment of the growing wave of mobile technologies.

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Mobile App integration – An Important Step Towards Digitisation

In the past year, many corporations developed and evolved themselves with digital transformation and have raised themselves to a mark of standardization that has definitely brought them the improved agility and streamlined processes. But today, even in the era of entrepreneurship in 2017, many of the enterprise employees still embrace the old trend of business management systems and some even follow the paper-based processes.

Benefits of integrating mobile apps with your enterprise back-end system:

Due to the benefits associated with using mobile apps for sharing data and communicate and collaborate with business units, many organizations are planning to invest in digital transformation initiatives. A reputed research and analytics firm has predicted that a major portion of the budget is going to in enterprise mobile app market.
• Mobile app integration keeps the data in sync across two or more business applications of the system.
• Having an integrated enterprise mobile app helps in achieving the coherent, consistent and effective business operations.

Mobile App integrations or enterprise app integration within your existing system

One of the best parts about integrating mobile apps or enterprise apps is that it does not disturb your existing back-end system. It can be easily integrated within your existing internal system or with any third party system if you are using any.

How is mobile app integration getting integrated in various systems? They are not being integrated as a standalone app, rather they are being upgraded with advanced features that can be used using existing native mobile device features.

For example, employees working in the field like maintenance technicians, field workers, sales team, etc. can use the features like location-based and geo-location services that can be used to tag items with metadata of location. This allows to use location coordinates as tools to search within the databases.

Other features of devices like cameras can be used to scan barcodes in retail centers, in public places or in manufacturing plants to collect the data. Push notifications can be used to send alerts to users regarding any time-sensitive or emergency information. Thus the combination of functionalities of the enterprise mobile apps and the features of common mobile devices can benefit the businesses win regard to many operations related as well as data sharing related difficulties.

mobile app integration

Various domains in which the enterprise app integration can help to improve efficiency

 

How enterprise application integration benefits businesses?
Improved Efficiency:

Enterprise app integration allows organizations to locate assets, resources and respond to actions quickly. Thus using a single interface, companies can manage issues involved in supply chain management, reputation management and more.

Lesser Complexities:

Many a time, organizations don’t want to adopt the new technology due to difficulties associated with learning it and integrating it with their current systems. But enterprise mobile app integration does not involve such complexities. With a single user-friendly interface, organization and users can use the functionalities in combination with their various existing applications. This results in effective and smooth business operations.

Process Automation:

One of the most valuable features of mobile app integration is that it helps in streamlining and automating the business processes. It facilitates the building and evaluation of reports and enhances other processes which lead to transparency in financial processes.

Sharing data and information:

Enterprise app integration enables data sharing between different software applications which are being used in the organization as well as connected to outside systems. App integration gives a single point of access of data, as and when required. This saves time and helps employees to collaborate with each other and different departments in a better way.

How integration of smarter mobile apps can help better?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and chatbots integrated systems can improve the user experience. Chatbots can assist users as a personal assistant which can make day-to-day tasks that usually eats most of the time and thus the user can focus on other necessities like completing time off approvals, expense sheets and time sheets.

back end integration challenges

Backend integration of mobile application

 

Challenges involved in mobile app integration: Security and Back-end Integration

Back-end integration and security are two crucial components of mobile app or enterprise app integration. Addressing following issues can make back-end integration of app simpler and more secure.

Limited control for integration developers:

Developing integration solution is not simple as integration developers have limited control over participating mobile application. Most of the time, these applications are packaged applications that cannot be changed for the sake of integration. So integration developers have to find the solution to make up with this deficiency present in the mobile application. To make the back-end integration simpler, it is required to implement the part of solution within the application end points.

Challenges associated with required combination of skill sets:

For development, operation and maintenance of any enterprise app integration solution, requires not a single technical skill but a combination of skill sets. Also, the existing XML Web Services offers the integration solution but still some integration challenges remain unresolved. The common presentation like XML does not imply with common semantics. Thus it is important to resolve semantic differences between systems which definitely requires significant business decisions and set of technical skills.

Superior server-side controls for higher security

: All servers do not have widespread controls. The back-end servers should be protected against outside malware attacks. Superior server control helps to implement upgrades and can through some features it blocks data breaching which saves from further data loss.

Data Leakage:

Data leak is never good and it is as big a problem as leaking of a dam. It needs to be addressed immediately and is a challenge for mobile app developers. For prevention of data leaks, it requires constant monitoring of application performance for possible loopholes, so that leaks can be identified at an early stage and can limit and reverse the data loss.

As per the Red Hat survey, “Mobile plays a role for 73 percent of organizations, nearly half of the respondents identify security (45%) and back-end integration (43%) as the top challenges for mobile app development.” A small percent of companies use Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) or even mobile app platforms for back-end integration of enterprise app with the system. A small portion of companies also uses an API or middleware technology provided by back-end software vendor for integrating mobile apps with back-end systems. A major portion of companies is able to handle it on themselves by using external sources like marketplace, libraries and vendor services to develop their custom back-end integrations.

Thus enterprise solutions built with the legacy and cutting edge cloud solutions helps an organization and its system to have complete control over business processes and increased efficiency of working.

Krify is a leading multinational company with expertise in developing the mobile app, web app and cloud-based solutions. Contact us today for free consultation from our Business Analysts, over automating and streamlining your business processes through enterprise app development.

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How To Decide On Mobile App Development Company For Your Billion Dollar Idea

Times have changed and the ways to develop, market and grow the business have evolved in a huge manner. Mobile applications are taking the world by storm prominently iPhone apps and Android apps. Entrepreneurs with far-farsightedness have already envisioned the advantages that a mobile app can bring to the business, i.e. improved customer service and hence growth in returning customers, boosted brand building, powerful marketing tool, etc.

“Gartner principal research analyst Adrian Leow said enterprises find it a challenge to rapidly develop, deploy and maintain mobile apps to meet increasing demand, as it is exceedingly difficult and costly to hire developers with good mobile skills.”

This challenge can be overcome by taking a well-informed decision for choosing the best mobile app development company.

Finding and hiring a correct mobile app development team can be an unnerving task. But with secure and value added mobile app development, comes the opportunity of maximizing the revenue for your app business. That why it is essential to take a little pain and find and hire a right mobile app development company to create your dream app. Sometimes it is necessary to make the choice depending on the services offered by the app development company. If you are looking for iPhone app developers, you should look for a leading iPhone app development company. If your idea needs Android app developer then you should scan among Android app development companies. There are some app development companies, which offers both iPhone development services and Android development services.

Now how to do that? Where to start with? We will try to answer such questions when they peep in while choosing a right and efficient mobile app development partner.

Checklist for hiring mobile app development company

Points to mark on your Checklist before Hiring any Mobile App Development Company
Start with Company’s Portfolio.

You can start your background check by screening and studying the company’s portfolio. It should give you a clear idea about the work that they have done previously. The portfolio will showcase their UI/UX skills and will throw a light on which domains they have worked already. The portfolio will let you know whether the app development company has got the exposure of developing apps in your business domain or not.

Even if the company has not developed any app in the domain, which you are looking for, the range of different mobile apps will give you an idea about their capability in doing app development projects in various domains, which makes them eligible to develop the mobile app in any business domain.

open discussion and consultative approach to develop apps

How is Company’s Approach – Are They Open For New Ideas?

Having an app development partner who is flexible and has a positive approach in catering the needs of your vision, helps makes a collaborative effort. It is not bad to have developers who can give a different vision to see your app. It’s good to have a development team who can welcome new ideas too. Such a combination will make the development project very successful and will bring out the best possible output of your combined efforts.

Cheap Buys does not always mean to be good!

One always looks for the best price in the market when it comes to hiring somebody. But we also need to consider an important parameter – quality – which is associated with price. When you need a mobile app for your business growth, you have to remember that you want a quality app and not a cheap app. Don’t keep the price as the only deciding factor in choosing the mobile app development company.

NDA, confidentiality and security

What are their Security and NDA practices?

For the security of your mobile app, it is important that the mobile app developer adopts the security policies and the end product is the secure mobile application. Even before the app development, the security is required in terms of confidentiality, at the level of disclosing idea and discussion. So it’s better to find the company who is ready to sign the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) at a very early stage when the app development project is at the requirement discussion stage.

How is their Project Life-Cycle and Management Process?

The very next question that you should ask is whether they will deliver in time? Yes before assigning the project to the mobile app development company, you need to ensure that they have the reputation of delivering apps on time. For this, you need to understand their project management process. It’s good if they offer you a full-time and dedicated Project Manager for your project. So that you can connect with the Project Manager and get the updates regarding the progress of the project.

Also check what kind of project delivery process, they are going to follow? It’s always good to go with milestones based delivery so that you will have the track of regular development being done and the project has the further scope to add any additional functionality at the later level which is beneficial for the project.

These points will help you analyze whether the working model of the company matches with your expectations. A good mobile app development company will always allow you to track the progress and results.

What is the Experience of the Company and the Developers?

The experience of designers and developers matters to the project. If the development charges offered by the company is too good to be believed then it is the indication that they are having inexperienced developers. Experienced designers and developers are required for a good level of craftsmanship, which is required to build a high-quality app with powerful functionalities and visual appeal.

So check for how long the company is into the business and the experience of their developers. The time they have spent in the market and industry also speaks about their experience in handling complex projects and delivering quality products.

professional customer bonding

Look for Relationship Builders!

It is always good to work with those who values relationship, this way both you and the mobile app developer will enjoy working with each other and take the project forward with mutual understanding. If both of you share a good professional bond, you can retain the same mobile app development company for all your technology needs. It will save your time to find the resources every time you need mobile app developers.

Another advantage of having a strong and valuable bond between both of you is that the app development company can even refer your business to others.

App Support and Maintenance is important.

The support and maintenance from the mobile app development team are crucial because even after the mobile app is deployed on the app store successfully, there are chances of apps getting corrupt with bugs. To avoid this the app needs the support of the developers to make sure that the mobile app is well maintained. So always go with the development company that offers support and maintenance services even after the deployment of the app to the app store.

Mobile app development company in India

Why Consider the Mobile App Development Company based in India?

Indian mobile app development market is addressing the huge demands of app development and is expected to cross the number of $100 billion in revenue by 2017. Indian mobile app development companies, guided and funded by powerful government bodies and best venture capitalists, boosted by a skilled workforce, has all the potential to cater the huge app development demands of global economies. It is already being proved with the amount of contribution done by the Mobile App Development companies based in India, in delivering the world-class mobile apps that had performed par excellence.

Krify Software Technologies is one such leading Web and Mobile App Development Company based in India and UK, which fits best in all the above-mentioned points and delivers world class mobile apps and web apps. Our portfolio displays the range of domains, which we have served with our website development services and mobile app development services. We are pioneer in services like iPhone app development and Android app development.

Contact us today for a consultative approach towards an innovative app idea that you might be thinking to change into reality. Leave your query here and one of our Business Analyst will get in touch with you.

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Top Mobile UI Design Trends to Expect in 2017

Design industry evolves with the lightning speed and to stay in the race it is important to follow the recent industry standards. As a designer or as a leading technology firm into designing, it is important to be aware of the shifts going in the industry, irrespective of whether you want to follow the trend. check out some of the hot and important trends that we should follow in 2017 and implement them.

Check out some of the hot and important Mobile UI Design to follow in 2017

  • Motion Design

Motion design has already started appearing everywhere, in which just tapping on app button has been converted into something more meaning by giving it a motion. This motion design gives user a focal point and gives an immersive experience to users. Motion design has begun to become a whole new standard for representation of keynote elements.

motion design in mobile UI

Upgradations of UI for gestures

New interesting gestures have been added to mobile apps with respect to user experience, usability and retention. It would not be wrong to say that implementation of gestures in the user experience of any mobile app is crucial for its success. To make the app more content-focused and improve speed and user interaction of the app and for better UI, we need to understand gestures in a better way. Gestures include touch mechanics and touch activities.

Touch mechanics is something which your fingers do on the screen, it include: touch (tap), double touch, force touch, long press, long-press drag, drag, swipe or fling, pinch open, pinch closed, two-finger touch, two-finger long press, Two-finger long-press drag, two-finger drag, swipe or fling, two-finger double touch, rotate.

Touch activities is the result of what is produced by touch mechanics. With the constant visible rise in number of smartphone users, designers need to go design better range of mobile gestures.

material design for mobile app designs in 2017

Material Design again

Material Design has proven itself as the best design trend in 2016 and it is going to continue its ever popular trend in 2017 too. Material design allows in creating designs that simplifies user engagement on various mobile platforms. Some of the amazing examples are Google Maps, YouTube, Google Drive, etc. which are available for both Android and iOS platforms. Material design uses techniques like shadows, gradients and other subtle 3D effects, rather than being completely flat. This will improve the UX on mobiles considerably well. The adoption of material design was slow in case of various Android apps, we expect to see more popular apps adopting material designs.

multi-app split screen for Android and iOS

Multi-app Split Screen

The multi-app, split-screen work flow allows you to do multiple things on your screen. This means one can check tweets, do emails and access an app at the time. It saves time and helps in avoiding the trouble of constantly switching between two or more app windows. This feature is already been integrated in iPad Pro. Now it’s the time to introduce mobile split-screen on Android devices. Designers and Developers need to focus on producing such multitasking feature for Android.

Passive Color Contrast

 It has been always suggested in past years to keep contrast loud so that it will facilitate the reading on screen. But in 2016, this trend started shifting towards more toned contrasts. In 2017, contrast will get even lesser loud and bit passive and more subtle, which is going to facilitate better reading experience and will be easier on user’s eyes.

Rise of Flat Design 2.0

As designers started to recognize flaws in flat design, flat design 2.0 emerged with the addition of subtle three dimensional design using delicate highlights, faint shadows and layer separation. Flat design 2.0 is now like material design in terms of gradients and 3D effects. With the arrival of 2017, more mobile sites and apps will have flat design too but with noticeable gradients indicating subtle 3D elements. This will improve the UI in terms of figuring out for users on where to slide and where to tap.

Personalisation in UI design

We are already aware of the ‘responsive design’, which is all about adapting a layout for various devices of different screen sizes. Now the personalisation of UI is the new concept, which is being looked at in 2017. It is based on the idea of apps can also behave differently towards different users with respect to the font size, eliminating flashing images, decreasing brightness of the screen and reducing the harsh sounds. This personalisation of UI can be achieved through the available metadata. This can be gained from the information provided by the user already i.e. on app, on device or on different platforms. Thus 2017, we can expect mobile app UI design to upgrade towards being more personalised and user-oriented than just being device-oriented.

Have a look at some more promising trends of mobile UI designing in 2017!

Card Design

card design in mobile UI designing

Complementary Gradients in Colors

complimentary color gradients in mobile UI designs

Typography – Font families

Typography - Font Families

These UI design trends are definitely going to shape the future of mobile app designs in 2017 and coming years. Such designs which are more focused on better interface, good and enhanced user experience. Designers need to adopt these trends to sustain in the fast growing market for mobile apps.

Krify is a leading IT solution and services provider with a team of ace designers who stay updated with the designing trends within the industry. We offer web and mobile app design and development services at reasonable costs. Contact us today for free quotation.

 

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Google’s App Maker – Now Building Customised Enterprise Apps is Easier, Faster and Secure

Google recently launched a low-code app development tool called App Maker i.e. on 30th November 2016. It is a new milestone in the path of empowering developers to build powerful apps for businesses. It allows building customized mobile apps for your business in an easy and secure way using the same platform that strengthens G Suite. Although Google already has a tool for building apps on its cloud computing service for advanced developers, the new App Maker tool is for low-level developers to build simple yet powerful secure app for any business. It is not for kind of advanced code developers for software like Netflix’s video service or Uber’s ride-hailing app.

App Maker has been launched with an intention to simplify the process of making a business app. This can be done using pre-built Google templates and it also synchronizes and work well with G-Suite apps like email, calendar, Google documents, etc. App Maker is another way to facilitate the transition to the next phase where there is the rise of mobile apps. Businesses are going mobile to engage and serve bigger consumer base. Internet Research suggests that 85% of consumers prefer mobile apps for services over websites or mobile sites.

What Google App Maker Offers?

Google App Maker provides an opportunity for enterprises to create internal apps. These internal apps will empower small and medium-sized enterprises to fulfill their tasks, maintain their internal records and offer better customer care services. The plus point is that App Maker allows development of an app at a really fast pace so that your journey from an idea to the app will be of just a few days.

Another highlight of App Maker is that its simple and easy to use tool which is nothing but a drag and drop mechanic that lets you design your app really fast. It comes with the power packed features like scripting editor, customized script support and a cloud platform. Thus it provides an overall coding support to developers and helps build an app with minimal coding efforts.

For whom App Maker is for?

App Maker is for mobile app development for entry-level businesses. It also helps in mobile app development for small or medium sized enterprises. No matter how small or big the business is, App Maker has it all to provide necessary tools for building mobile apps for all sizes of enterprises.

App Maker can be used by all those who uses G Suite, called as Google Apps for Work. These apps make it possible for its users to manage collaboration, productivity and cloud computing. App Maker is an easy to use platform that helps to create apps with a good user interface in alignment with G Suite. Apps built with App Maker will be compatible with all devices like phones, desktop and tablets. To build an app with App Maker, you need a browser and its easy drag-n-drop functionality facilitates to build a cloud-based app at a very fast pace. Also, it comes with the promise of performance, stable data integrity and scalability i.e. apps can scale easily from one to many users.

Google has also launched ‘Digital Unlocked’ for helping millions of small and medium businesses in India to go online and grow their business digitally.

Krify is a multinational IT solutions provider based in India and UK. Our core competency includes the mobile app, web app development and digital marketing. Contact us today to start the digital journey of your business. If you are a novice to Digital world and not sure how to make your business go online, we are here to provide you a free consultation to bring the power of the digital world to your business and expand your business’ visibility at the global level.

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Technology Trends to Dominate in 2017

The year 2016 has come to an end, but in 2017 we will continue to see innovative updates to already existing technology rather any new, big and splashy device wave. In 2016 we saw important technological breakthroughs, which has changed the way we live, play and work. In the coming time, technologies are going to continue in a same way that will automate every other task involved in our life. So what to expect in this New Year, here are some tech trends for 2017, which you should keep an eye on.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Rise and Shine of Human Capabilities by Machines

In 2016, we saw huge advancements in artificial intelligence, but 2017 may deliver even more as we can see that AI has gone mainstream. Industry research firm Gartner has predicted AI as the number one strategic technology in 2017 too. In 2017, AI will bring the focus on how we will communicate with computers and other devices, how AI systems will interact with each other and how we, humans are going to interact with each other regarding AI systems.

We can already see the impact of AI reaching to groups outside the tech industries. Artificial intelligence which includes machine learning, advanced analytics and cognitive interfaces will lead to making more intelligent enterprises and their departments. Right from marketing, IT, procurement, customer service, supply chain to finance to legal – all departments will be operating with more efficiencies. The processes can be faster along with greater precision and will help in preventing errors proactively. So, AI is going to change the way businesses interact with their customers as well as employees. AI will play an important role in gathering individual information, which can be used to improve products and start new services to create values for customers and employees at highly personal level.

Intelligent apps going to dominate everywhere

Technologies like virtual personal assistants (VPAs) are intelligent apps and have the potential to transform the working style and make tasks easier. But intelligent apps are not limited to only digital assistants and every software category will be integrated with AI enabled systems, from security tools to enterprise apps like ERP or marketing or customer management. Industry Research Firm Gartner states that “most of the world’s largest 200 companies to exploit intelligent apps and utilize the full toolkit of big data and analytics tools to refine their offers and improve customer experience.”

Home Automation

Marketers will be pleased to learn that automation will become a bigger mainstay in and throughout 2017, with advanced technology enabling the automation of previously human-exclusive tasks. It is expected that this automation will improve the productivity with skyrocket speed in white collar jobs. Automation will make the systems at home easy to operate and can be controlled remotely. 2017 is going to be a landmark year in terms of home automation.

Internet of Things apps

Internet of Things for Connecting and Interacting with Everything!

 

Internet of Things

Like 2016, Internet of Things is going to be huge in this year too. Internet of Things will continue to enhance the way to interact with things and connect with objects. Low-power and wide-area networks are expected to go live in 2017, which will extend the reach of IoT devices. These networks will be an alternative to short-range wireless technologies like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Thus, even hard to reach devices would also be able to be connected to the internet. This will lead telecom operators to support low-bit-rate apps. This will make a way for enabling more objects to be embedded with chips and to be connected. This will help to run devices even in remote rural natural habitats.

Digital world invading the physical world

Mobile devices have added technology in the life of every common man, and it has become a part of everybody’s daily life. It’s rare to see anyone without a smartphone at any given time, giving us access to practically infinite information in the real-world. Online purchasing from websites already exists today, which helps online customers to buy and pick up products from a physical retail location, but in the next level, there will be further integrations between digital and physical world. Online brands like Amazon will own more physical products, like Dash Buttons, and physical brands like Walmart will start having more digital features, like store maps and product trials.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

The World has witnessed thousands of VR apps and games in 2016. Oculus Rift, a VR headset, received a positive response; Pokemon Go, an AR game, received an exploding number of downloads (over 100 million). Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality has really transformed the way humans are interacting with each other, devices and the environment we experience through such interactions. AR and VR technology are giving immersing experiences and is expanding beyond visual immersion.

The market for AR and VR is ready and we can expect to see VR and AR devices and apps taking off really well in 2017. Enterprises will be having ample opportunities to follow for targeted applications in 2017.

Everything on Demand

Thanks to brands like Uber and the resulting madness of startups that are being built on the basis of Uberification of everything. On-demand apps connect consumers with service providers. Today there is Uber kind of model for every other service. In 2017, we expect this to see this develop even further. We have thousands of apps available to us to get rides, food deliveries, and even a place to stay for the night, but soon we’ll see this evolve into even stranger territory.

Krify is a multinational mobile, wearable and web app development company based in India and UK. We provide IT solutions and services to help business automate their processes and upgrade to achieve bigger business growth. Our core competency include mobile apps, wearable apps, web apps and enterprise apps. Contact today for all your IT needs.

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Building WhatsApp like Apps for Android and iOS for Instant Messaging

The explosion of mobile computing has led to the growth of chat and messaging apps with a faster pace than mobile. As investors are finding great potential for chat apps in dominating the new marketing landscape, the demand for WhatsApp clone app development is growing hugely. People are preferring WhatsApp like applications for private as well as social chat in forms of group chat.

Domination of WhatsApp like app for Instant Messaging

Statistics says that digital communication has become all about messaging apps. People are migrating from social media networks like Facebook to micro-networks like WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber etc. for day-to-day communication. Lately, the messenger apps movement is growing in markets like Asia, Europe and India and it will continue to grow. Messaging apps are top global apps dominating the mobile usage session.

Messaging App Preferences in Different Regions:
chatting app messaging app WhatsApp clone app

Source: eMarketer.com

 

Till date Whatsapp is the most pursued messaging application and has inspired for the creation of clones. But many of such cloning attempts fails as it don’t match with the standards of WhatsApp. To develop a Whatsapp like application, one needs to understand the technicalities and functioning mechanism of the app.

Technicalities of Whatsapp

Whatsapp is a real-time messaging application that uses Ejabberd (XMPP) server for transferring instant messages between two or more users. Whatsapp has been programmed by using programming language ERLANG and is powered by signaling technologies. This makes WhatsApp compatible for server-side chat history, group chats, user avatars and attachments.

However, for building a WhatsApp like messaging app, a lot of efforts were taken which include modifications in Ejabberd for an in-house protocol from XMPP, code restructuring and incorporating some crucial changes in Erlang. All such important changes led to achieving optimized server performance. The plus point of using ERLANG is that it helps in pushing changes to live implementation.

WhatsApp clone app powered by XMPP server

WhatsApp powered by XMPP server

 

WhatsApp uses XMPP for protocol transfer and to ensure network security, it uses DSL for secure private data transfer. The mechanism is that when the message is sent, it is queued on the server and the message waits till recipient reconnects to the server to receive the message. Once the message is delivered, it gets deleted from server memory.

Develop WhatsApp like instant messaging application with Krify  

Plenty of messaging applications are available in an app store as an alternative to WhatsApp, But in reality, such applications are failing as they are not being built perfectly in all technical aspects.

Krify’s in-house team of experienced and skilled software professionals is available and equipped to develop a WhatsApp clone app for Android, iOS and Windows platforms. If you are looking for Whatsapp like native messaging apps, hire our technical experts for WhatsApp like native app having speedy and flawless performance. We offer WhatsApp clone app development solution and the app functionalities include:

  • One-to-one chatting and group chatting.
  • User can update their profile with status message, contact details, profile picture, avatar.
  • Media sharing in form of photos, voice recordings, videos, without any limits.
  • Easy to create group chat and so is to leave the chat.
  • Video calling with the simple interface which facilitates easy camera switching, muting, etc.
  • Cross-platform solution for video and audio calling
  • Easy notifications on receipt of chat messages, incoming calls and other custom alerts.
Whatsapp clone applications for Enterprises

Krify also offers WhatsApp like clone app for enterprises which will provide add-ons for compliance, data protection management, security and third party software integrations. Such instant messaging apps for enterprises will come with extra security having client and server side encryption, secret chat and device ID database lock.

Contact us today for an intuitive and fast messaging app solution for your business or enterprise as well as for commercial chatting app solution.

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Raspberry Pi 3 – Now More Powerful And Still Affordable

Raspberry Pi is a tiny and inexpensive computer that can perform many light and medium duty tasks. It was developed by the ‘Raspberry Pi Foundation’ in the United Kingdom as a series of single board computers. The first generation Raspberry Pi i.e Raspberry Pi 1 Model B was released in February 2012.

Raspberry Pi 3

Raspberry Pi 3 is the latest version of the circuit board sized Pi computer. Experts are quoting this as the most powerful and at the same time most affordable version of the Pi. The new and improved version, Raspberry Pi 3, is more powerful now due to the added advantage of having both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi without any raise in the price. It can now be termed as a versatile and all-in-one board. It is now more useful as a retro games machine and also as a media streamer too.Before going into the details of Raspberry Pi 3,

Before going into the details of Raspberry Pi 3, lets check out what is Raspberry Pi and how it helps through the following video shared by Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Comparing Raspberry Pi 3 and Pi 2:

Physically, Raspberry Pi 3 and Pi 2 both look very identical. Pi 3 has the same port selection, the same board layout, the same GPIO pin layout, etc. like that of a year old Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. Raspberry Pi 3 is being claimed as having the potential to be used as a proper PC. Compared to Pi 2, the additional specifications it has:

  • 11n Wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • 2 GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU
  • Bluetooth 4.1

The specifications common in both Pi 2 and Pi 3:

  • 1 GB RAM
  • 40 GPIO pins
  • 4 USB ports
  • Ethernet port
  • Full HDMI port
  • Camera interface (CSI)
  • 5mm audio jack and composite video
  • Micro SD card slot
  • Display Interface (DSI)
  • Videocore IV 3D graphics core

Raspberry Pi 3 is completely compatible with Raspberry Pi 1 and Pi 2. The creators of Raspberry Pi 3 Model B claims it to be very useful in schools or any general usage of computing. If you would like to embed Pi in any of your project, then Pi zero or Model A+ are preferable for projects which needs low power and are embedded projects.

Features of Raspberry Pi 3

Although the upgradation to version Pi 3 may not look much significant on paper, but the additions have given a serious usability boost. The special mention can be given to its on-board wireless capabilities, which works awesome with the default Raspbian operating system. The Raspberry Pi specific OS, Raspbian, makes Pi 3 easy to use when compared to standard Linux installations.

Inclusion of Wi-Fi itself is another huge step that makes Pi 3 stand out from previous Raspberry Pi models. Because now you don’t have to buy a separate Wi-Fi adapter or hardwire the board through Ethernet connection.

Raspberry Pi 3 has moved a step further from its previous versions in terms of USB inputs, as Pi 3 now has native Bluetooth compatibility which allows connection of wireless peripherals or gadgets for advanced maker projects.

Raspberry Pi Foundation founder Eben Upton said “This 50–60 percent [performance improvement] has moved us over some sort of line, where it becomes a much more credible PC replacement,” which does not seem false at any point. This statement makes it clearer that Raspberry Pi 3 can definitely manage basic web browsing and productivity tasks.

Raspberry Pi programming with Raspbian

Raspberry Pi Programming

Raspberry Pi Programming

Programming for Raspberry Pi is possible with some free and easy software tools. Raspberry Pi projects are being developed for enterprise projects, IoT education or product prototyping. Raspberry Pi programming requires understanding the IDEs (Integrated Development Environment).

To do Raspberry Pi application development, first you need to write, test and run the code. Pi offers wide choices of languages to write the code. Some of the IDE’s are as follows:

BlueJ IDE

BlueJ is an IDE used for programming in Java. It runs with the help of the JDK (Java Development Kit version 3.14) and useful for small scale development. JDK allows development as well as the execution of programs on the Pi. BlueJ allows complete access to any hardware when attached through an open source Pi4J library from Java SE language.

Algo IDE

Algo IDE supports Syntax highlighting, execution modes, break points and debugger, auto completion, real-time explorer, syntax error management, optimization for small screens and with support for C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Smalltalk, Objective-C, Lua and Actionscript.

Ninja IDE

Ninja is a cross-platform IDE designed to build Python applications. It is a light-weight IDE and has common functions like file handling, go to line, find in files code locator, automatic indentation, tabs, editor zoom, etc. Ninja IDE also provides Syntax highlighting for different languages, static and PEP 8 error highlighting, code migration embedded console, project management modules, code auto-completion, code location, a plugin system and session handling. Previously, Ninja IDE was designed for Windows, Linux, Mac OSX and now it has been documented to how to install Ninja IDE on Raspberry Pi.

Greenfoot IDE

It is an IDE designed primarily for Java programming and is used for educational purposes at schools and colleges. It is designed in a way to allow easy development so that beginners can also start programming. Greenfoot has auto-completion, project management, syntax highlighting and other tools in IDEs.

Raspberry Pi OS
Raspbian

Raspbian is a free Debian-based OS optimized for Raspberry Pi hardware. Raspbian has all basic programs and utilities like that of other general-purpose OS. It is officially supported by Raspbian foundation and its highlighting feature is its more than 35000 packages and fast performance. Its latest version Jessie can be installed on a 8 GB SD card.

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is a stable and simple OS, which is good for devices with less hardware specs. This makes it perfect for Raspberry Pi devices. Ubuntu MATE is an original Ubuntu with an APT package manager and Ubuntu’s Software Center. For loading its latest version, Ubuntu MATE 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) for Raspberry Pi, 4GB or more high-speed SD card is required.

Linutop

Linutop can be quickly set up on Raspberry Pi, which uses Raspbian base with lightweight and classic XFCE graphical environment. It boots as quickly as in 30 seconds and can be configured quickly for all purposes. Its security features include a ‘read-only mode’ to save from viruses and hack attempts. All the alterations will not be saved unless you input the password.

Programming tools bundled with Raspbian:
Node-RED for IoT applications

Node-RED is an open source and free tool for wiring hardware devices, online services, APIs together in an interesting manner. It is developed by IBM Emerging Technologies and runs on every major OS. It provides browser-based flow editor. It is built on Node.js which makes it ideal to run at the edge of the network on low-cost hardware like Raspberry Pi. Also, an online flow library allows you to share your best flows with others.

Python – a modern language for RPi

IDLE (Integrated Development and Learning Environment) is an IDE for Python bundled with the default implementation of the language. Python for RPi is cross-platform, it avoids feature clutter. It’s highlighting features are multi-window text editor with syntax highlighting, autocompletion, persistent breakpoints, Python shell with syntax highlighting and call stack visibility. Raspbian comes with both Python version 3 and 4 Installed.

Sonic Pi – a Domain Specific Tool

When compared to all the tools bundled with Raspbian, Sonic Pi is the most domain specific tool. It is an open source, free and live coding music synthesizer released under MIT license. As its name suggests, yes it runs on  Raspberry Pi and it also runs on Linux, Windows and OS X.

Raspberry Pi in home automation and IoT

Uses of Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi as a Personal Web Server

The miniscule machine, Raspberry Pi has the capability to be used as web server that can host simple site or landing page and stores files in the cloud (without any hosting fees). In terms of server and hosting, Raspberry Pi can act as web server and responds to requests to serve up Web pages like sophisticated Web based apps or simple HTML apps.

Pi Web server hosts single Web page that connects to a MySQL database, which gets data from Python program, which is receiving data from a smart thermometer. Pi server cannot be used as a business solution because it is not as powerful as our desktop PCs but still can be used for personal resources like spaces designed for sites and storage. To make your Raspberry Pi into a web server you need a router, modem, an Ethernet cable, an operating system and a SSH (Secure Shell) access.

Use in Internet of Things based Home Automation

Home automation allows you to control your devices at home from your mobile device no matter wherever you are in the world.

“Home Automation contributes towards ‘Internet of Things’, which means that everything, every device can be assigned with an IP address and can be accessed, monitored and controlled remotely.”

Home automation using Raspberry Pi, allows you to access and control systems at your home like water leaks, garage door, watch for movement, sense for gas, check for lights, etc. Home automation system can be set to send alerts on your phone, if something happens. So now you can monitor everything from your phone.

For IoT applications based home automation, Raspberry Pi provides a suitable platform because of availability of many open source communities. For example, building a dashboard that can be accessed and managed to monitor Raspberry Pi. To the single dashboard, more and more sensors can be connected to Raspberry Pi and thus monitor all sensors remotely anytime from anywhere.

Krify is a multinational IT services and solution provider company. We are passionate to bring ideas to life using advanced and latest software tools and technologies. Our core compentcy include mobile app, web app and wearable app development. Contact us today for a free quotation.

 

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Making India a Cashless Economy through Digital Payments

Due to the demonetization drive from the Indian government, everybody in India is facing the issues to do transactions with hard cash. Although India is on the way towards the digital payment path, but Indian government’s demonetisation drive has definitely increased the pace of change towards cashless transactions. The Indian government is also gearing up to facilitate financial transactions through mobile payment, using Aadhar number. Aadhar enabled transaction solutions like Aadhar number linked mobile payment app will help in the process of cashless payments. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) launched Aadhaar Payment Bridge System, which was one such system launched for electronically channelizing the Government subsidies and benefits in the Aadhaar Enabled Bank Accounts (AEBA) of the intended beneficiaries. All the efforts are being carried out to pave the path towards the cashless economy.

In India, mobile payments and e-wallets are already being used by the urban population. Many people of middle and higher economic strata are using plastic money in India for various types of transactions. Many mobile payments apps are available to use for digital payments. To facilitate the micropayments and person-to-person payments, NPCI launched Unified Payment Interface (UPI), which was taken as a step towards achieving cashless economy in India.

UPI is a system that enables multiple bank accounts (accounts of participating banks), banking services like fund transfer and merchant payments, all in a single mobile application. It is built on an Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) platform. Smartphone user can download and use the UPI app, if he or she has a bank account with the participating bank. UPI was launched by NPCI on 11th April 2016 and banks started uploading their UPI enabled apps on Google Play Store from 25th August 2016.

NPCI launched UPI for cashless payment

How is UPI beneficial to banks?
  • Enable seamless merchant transactions
  • Single click, two factor authentication
  • Payment based on single/unique identifier
  • Universal application for all transactions
  • Innovative, safer and secured
  • Leveraging existing infrastructure
How will UPI help end consumers?
  • Single application for accessing different ban accounts.
  • Use of more secure virtual ID, no credential sharing
  • Raise compliant directly using mobile app
  • Round the clock availability of app
  • Single click authentication

Banks and merchants in India are trying to find out best ways to make digital payment reality in overall India. Various providers such as companies selling POS terminals (point of sale terminal – electronic device used to process card payments at retail locations), trying to find innovative ways to make cheaper card acceptance infrastructure to bring whole of India to transact online.

Government’s latest move has definitely brought the digital payments in central debate. Many digital experts consider the POS system as a slower process and has less scalability. The generation of mobile payments has already started the wave of digital payment revolution in India.

Solution of Payment Gateway Integration to Facilitate Seamless Purchases

To facilitate online payments and transactions, payment gateway integration is essential. For most of the merchants, integration of payment gateway solution is the most challenging part. It makes easier for the customer and ensures the security of customer’s data. For merchants, it minimizes the amount of manual tasks and labor. Thus payment gateway integration allows you to accept a wide array of payments from all over the world.

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Tighter Security Required for Using e-wallets

With the rise in digital payments, the security of consumer’s data also need extra attention. We need to build an extra secure payment ecosystem that should follow the RBI’s mobile payment guidelines as well as the strongest encryption algorithms to ensure complete security and safety of consumer’s data and mobile payment transactions.

Currently, Paytm, Freecharge and Mobikwik are leading organisations of mobile payment industry, followed by new entries like Citrus Pay, Instamojo, TranServe and many more. There is still a lot to do to create a complete and vibrant mobile payment ecosystem that would help millions of merchants and consumers to accept digital cash.

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What to do to move India forward towards cashless economy?

For more and more cashless transactions, we need more organizations to focus on more of Paytm and Free charge type of app development. To achieve the complete cashless ecosystem, we need to focus on technologies for online payment mobile apps development.

Krify is a leading multinational company based in India and UK, serving customers across the world with IT solutions and services. Our core competency include mobile app, web, wearable app development and digital marketing services. Our mobility and software solutions empowers our clients to perform way ahead of competition by ideating, defining and implementing pivotal business solutions well in time.

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Bootstrap – For Building Elegant, Modern and Responsive Websites

Bootstrap is a front-end framework used for websites and web application development. It has HTML and CSS-based design templates, which can be used for typography, buttons, navigation, forms and various interface components. It also has optional JavaScript extensions.

Bootstrap is a popular mobile first, HTML, CSS and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web. It was first developed as Twitter Blueprint to assist Twitter developers in working more efficiently and consistently. The name was then changed to Bootstrap and was launched for developers to use for front-end web development that helps in improving the user experience for the web projects. Follow our previous blog for preliminary information on creating websites with Bootstrap.

Benefits of Using Bootstrap for WordPress

With the evolution of mobile products, people are looking for alternatives for conventional web platforms. WordPress is the most common type of web platform that has been used for development of many sites. It allows easy usage, dynamic visual flow with interactive blogging and SEO. Bootstrap is comparatively new but rapidly growing website style, which works to make your website compatible with any device. Benefits of theming with Bootstrap are:

  • It is responsive and mobile first
  • It uses clean, attractive and modern designs
  • It plays well with HTML5.
  • It gives easy access to scripts.

For tablet or computer, WordPress is good enough and has more visually appealing and conceptual themes as compared to Bootstrap. WordPress websites use more memory while loading, due to the high-end designs of WordPress, which slows down the loading speed of the website on phone or other mobile devices.

Bootstrap, being equally good, best suited for mobile phones and all small screen devices. Based on the size of the viewing window, Bootstrap’s dynamic design allows text and the page changes. So you don’t need to use side scroll while using the site on the phone, but scrolling up and down is there to browse the site completely. As Bootstrap uses less memory for loading as compared to WordPress, it helps in better loading performance on mobile devices.

Free Bootstrap themes and templates

Start Bootstrap provides open source and easy to use the collection of Bootstrap themes and templates, which can be used for website development and can also be used commercially. It provides themes in various categories such as full websites, one-page websites, landing pages, blogs, portfolios, e-commerce, admin and dashboard, starter template and many more.

Wrap Bootstrap

Wrap Bootstrap is a marketplace for premium templates and themes of Bootstrap. It provides you a single but solid foundation for developing impressive and responsive websites and web applications. It also allows designers to upload and sell their customized default styles and earn the percentage on each sale.

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Material Design for Bootstrap

Material Design for Bootstrap (MDB) is a powerful Material Design UI kit for the Bootstrap framework. MDB is a theme built using Bootstrap 3, which implements Google’s material design. The latest version for MDB is version 4.2.0. It offers Bootstrap elements dipped in material design that includes navbars, tabs, buttons, typography, sliders, progress bars, bootstrap ready to use layout, responsive CSS3, grid system and other things which are material design. No need to build the website from the scratch, you get a ready theme to customize and you will have the material design based UX/UI.

Responsive Bootstrap flat design

Bootflat is an open source Flat UI kit based on Bootstrap CSS version 3.3.0 framework. It offers easier and faster ways for designers and developers to create elegant web apps. It was visioned as a stunning flat design and built with Sass 3.4.9.

Highlights of Bootflat:
  • Bootflat uses lightweight, high-function plugins for optimum performance and keeps down the CSS and JS file sizes.
  • Bootflat, built with mobile-first in mind, provides off screen navigation and all the widgets are compatible with all the screen sizes.
  • Bootflat UI kit is PSD Interface Pack that includes a set of beautiful components that can be used to create beautiful websites as well as iOS/Android apps.

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Plugins for bootstrap

Bootstrap’s plugins and extensions are not really limited. There are numerous free and premium extensions and add-ons available for extending Bootstrap. It comes with bundles of jQuery plugins and reusable components. Also, it gives you the choice, whether you want to use it or not. Access all the Bootstrap resources and plugins here.

Latest Bootstrap 4 Alpha 5 Release

Alpha 5 arrived just over a month after Alpha 4 with some major feature improvements and loads of bug fixes. Bootstrap 4 is getting more stable with each alpha release. Alpha 5 release brought following updates:

  • New CSS bundles
  • Grid updates
  • Navbar updates
  • More utilities
On the way to Alpha 6 release

Bootstrap has revealed that one more major alpha release, alpha 6, before getting into the slightly more stable beta ships. There’s still more to expect around major components — the navbar, flexbox variants, utilities, and accessibility.

Confused about choosing the best suited web platform for your business? Feel free to contact us. Our expert Business Analysts will help you choose the best platform to develop responsive website for your business. We offer customised web design and development services at competitive pricing. We have already associated with many of the startup organizations and helped them to get their business on world wide web. Navigate through our portfolio to have a look on our previous website development works.

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Mobile App Development Trends Going to Rule in 2017

Mobile application development technologies are evolving rapidly with the evolution in mobile device technology. It may sound a bit early to predict the app trends in 2017, but the trends are already clear with the booming growth of technology seen in 2016. Also, the design trends evolve and change with the time and technology. New mobile design trends 2017 are already making a buzz among mobile app designers and developers. The evolution of the mobile app development trend happens due to the constantly evolving requirements of the end users. As we are in the last quarter of the year 2016, let’s see what is trending in the world of mobile app development.

Rise in Hybrid Technology

Ionic, Angular JS, PhoneGap, Cordova, are names of only a few technologies that can help augment the hybrid app development in future. With the increasing popularity of hybrid app development platforms, Google’s Material Design too is getting evolved to support application development for different platforms like Windows Phone. Cross-platform applications are more in demand due to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) culture being adopted by most of the companies.

Attention to App Security

With the development of mobile app industry, security concerns and threats to the apps have also grown. In the World Wide Developers Conference, Apple announced that they will be incorporating the robust App Transport Security (ATS) for all iOS applications. Stronger data encryption can help to get new improved and more secure apps. For this, Google is trying with more stringent app permissions model and security updates.

Importance of mobile app UX designs

Mobile app designs and UX is nevertheless the key factor responsible for the success or failure of the mobile app. Visually appealing app designs and user-friendly UX attracts visitors and engage users. For best and intuitive user experience, the mobile app should be designed keeping latest app design trends in mind. The new design trends in 2017 will surely be things like grid-based interface designing, split-screens, visuals, splash, parallax graphics, micro interactions, etc.

Mobile messaging apps will be on rise

Giant messaging apps like Facebook, which is popular in the United States, and WeChat, which has more than 500 million users, are in huge demands. As 2017 approaches, the trend of messaging apps are going to be even popular and many more messaging apps are expected to be launched in app stores.

Cloud Technology is here to stay

During the year 2015 and 2016, an interesting relationship has emerged between cloud computing and mobile apps. Using cloud technology, centrally coordinated apps were delivered to any devices. This trend is going to stay in 2017 as well, due to the numerous amount of benefits offered by cloud technology. Benefits of cloud support for app developers:

  • Cloud support allows developers to deal with memory issues and bandwidth management, thus helping in retaining the small size of mobile apps.
  • It also allows developers to sync their apps with multiple devices. This function becomes important with advent of wearable gadgets like Samsung Gear and Apple Watch.
  • Mobile devices and wearable devices can sync easily for their apps and app extensions, due to cloud compatibility.

Thus, many of the future mobile apps are said to be driven by the cloud.

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IoT applications –  Smart Homes and Smart Cities

Our homes are already being occupied by smart TVs, smart washing machines and smart refrigerators. The information is being exchanged between appliances and mobile apps. The same concept is emerging for a complete city giving rise to the term ‘Smart cities’. As India is on the verge of developing smart cities, smart and advanced technologies are being inculcated to make things happen. All the futuristic appliances are being engineered with smart integrations. Thus IoT applications are going to be an important part of business strategy for most of the mobile app development companies in India and across the world.

Location based services and GPS based mobile apps

Throughout 2016, location-based services (LBS) are predominantly defining the GPS based mobile apps. Apps like restaurant booking apps, taxi booking apps, apps for on-demand services like plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc. In coming future, each and every utility service is going to use GPS based mobile apps to target potential customers.

Constantly growing app market

The market for mobile apps, which is already big, is going to grow and will become even bigger. Already the number of mobile apps in major app markets like Android Play Store and iOS App Store have reached the figure of 2 billion. As per the survey, 46 percent of mobile app users have used paid services of their apps. So by 2017, billions of downloads will generate around $77 billion of revenue.

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At Krify, we are constantly following the updates in mobile app development trends and create robust applications to compete and deliver the best to survive and excel in the competition of the market.

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Release of Angular 2.0, Ready to create your first Angular 2 App?

Angular JS is JavaScript based, open source, front-end web application framework for developing dynamic web apps. It allows you to use HTML as template language and also to extend HTML’s syntax that helps to express all components of your web app clearly.

It is primarily maintained by Google and its first version was launched by Google in 2010 as ‘Angular web application framework’. It is used to address challenges coming across in the process of single-page applications development. Angular’s important features like data binding and dependency injection reduce the amount of code need to be written otherwise. It is an ideal partner with any kind of server technology.

HTML is great for static documents but for building dynamic web applications in a way of ‘what do I have to do to trick the browser into doing what I want?’

The resisting mismatch between static documents and dynamic applications can be solved with frameworks and a library.

Frameworks – “a particular implementation of a web application, where your code fills in the details. The framework is in charge and it calls into your code when it needs something app-specific. E.g., durandal, ember, etc.

A library – “a collection of functions which are useful when writing web apps. Your code is in charge and it calls into the library when it sees fit. E.g., jQuery.

The approach used by Angular to minimize this resisting mismatch is by teaching the browser new syntax using a construct called ‘directives’.

Examples of directives are as follows:

  • Data binding.
  • Forms and form validation support.
  • Grouping of HTML into reusable components.
  • DOM control structures for repeating, showing and hiding DOM fragments.

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Angular – A Complete Client-side Solution

Angular is a complete solution for building the client-side of a web application. It solved the problems encountered in the development of an emerging web. It manages all of the DOM and AJAX glue code written by you and arranges it in a well-defined structure.

Angular 2

After the success of Angular 1, its full-platform successor, Angular -2 was released at Google Headquarters on 15th September 2016. The company’s announcement mentions, “Angular 1 first solved the problem of how to develop for an emerging web. Six years later, the challenges faced by today’s application developers, and the sophistication of the devices that applications must support, have both changed immensely”.

Angular 2.0 came up with amazing new features like support for mobile development and modern browsers. Many of the core functionalities have been converted into modules. Now along with built-in libraries, third-party libraries can also be used easily.

After the release of Angular 2, the Angular team is going to release the updates via three channels i.e. Major, Minor, and Patch. Major versions will introduce incompatible API changes. Minor versions will come up with the addition of backwards-compatible functionality. Patch versions will bring fixes for backwards-compatible bugs.

Angular 2 core concept

Check out core concepts of Angular 2

Each Angular 2 application needs a set of components, for every screen, UI element, and route. A root component will hold all another set of components. Each component has input and output properties that are defined using property decorators. Input properties allow data flow into a component and output properties allow data flow out of the component. Input and output properties are the public API of a component.

The Angular 2 provides a higher-level API such that the native platform, the DOM, will reflect the state of the Angular application. This will help in two ways:

  • It will allow unit testing of the behaviour of the most of the part of an app without disturbing the DOM. This will make tests easier and faster.
  • It will be easier to refactor the components.
  • It will allow Angular applications to run completely outside of the browser on other platforms.
  • It will allow Angular applications to run in a web worker.

Angular 2 also provides such APIs, so that you can directly interact with the DOM. With Angular 2 any component can be bootstrapped as an application. Also, any component can be loaded into a router outlet. Thus you need to learn fewer APIs and it makes components more reusable.

Release of Angular 2.2.0

After the release of stable Angular 2.0 version, next update, Angular 2.1.0 was released as minor update and it does not contain any breaking changes. It came up as a drop-in replacement for version 2.0.x.

The most recent update on 15th Nov 2016, Angular version 2.2.0 was announced as a minor release. It too does not have any breaking changes and is a drop-in replacement for 2.1.x.

Now building dynamic web applications and cross-platform mobile applications will be easier and faster with the release of Angular 2. Krify has expertise in rendering and extending services for the development of Mobile Apps, Web Apps, Web-Hosting, UX & UI designs and Digital Marketing.

For converting your innovative mobile app idea, contact our business analyst to make it go live. Our expert native mobile app development team is here to support your app idea and develop a robust and powerful app.

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Best Mobile App Analytics Tools and Its Usage To Optimize The Revenue

Once your mobile app is launched and you start looking for the data to measure the extent to which the app is successful, first and the only thing you get to know easily is how many people have downloaded your app. But definitely, it is not the only thing to track when it comes to mobile app analytics. It is also important to learn how, where, when and which type of audience is using your app. Mobile app analytics are there to help you get such insights on usage of your mobile app.

Even if the app download rate for your mobile app is very good in the beginning, it happens that people start uninstalling the app within few days, which can be explained by digging into the analytics of your mobile app.

Best and trustworthy mobile app analytics tools are available that will help you get the data, which can help you analyze how people are using the app, which are the pain points and more. Considering the analytics of your app, you can get the direction towards working and improving the performance of your app, which will take your app to next level.

For a good number of app downloads and revenue, there is much more behind these numbers that can be accessed using analytics tools.

How mobile app analytics tools can help?

Mobile app analytics tool helps us get insight about the performance of the app and let us plan and take action to rectify the flaws and improve the app performance. App analytics data gives insight on following aspects of an app.

How many people are using your app?

Mobile app analytics tool allows us to monitor how many users are being acquired, from where they are coming and how they are engaging with the content; all this report can be generated in real time. App analytics reports are generated in real-time using which we can see the number of users for each app version, geographical location of users, screens on which users are active, etc.

How to use analytics data to optimise User experience?

Analytics data report helps us understand how users are moving through the app and how they are interacting with the app. This can help us find answers to questions like:

  • At which point users are leaving the app?
  • Do we have any bottlenecks?
  • How is the user behavior different with respect to operating system, language, etc?
Which OS/Feature should we focus on?

As the app considered for further development, new challenges arise and we need to focus on things like what Operating System should we use? Which feature should be focused more? This type of data is important to decide the best for the business.

Top Mobile App Analytics tools
FLURRY (YAHOO MOBILE DEVELOPMENT SUITE)

Flurry is one of the oldest and most respected app analytics platforms available in the market. In 2015, Yahoo acquired Flurry and it became the part of Yahoo Mobile Development Suite. Flurry focuses on user acquisition analytics and provides data about the number of sessions. Flurry also has an ad network, which gives you data regarding active users, frequency of users and metrics on your ad performance. It provides you the detailed user acquisition reports. The UI of Flurry is intuitive and easy to navigate, and used by big hits like Facebook to manage their apps.

Flurry offers lightweight and easy to install SDK and you can get the data as soon as you install it. Download the Flurry SDK and detailed documentation for knowing your app performance.

Flurry mobile app analytics

Cost: Free

Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Mobile Web

GOOGLE MOBILE ANALYTICS

Yes, Google has not stayed behind when it comes to analytics of mobile app. Along with Google analytics for website Google launched analytics for the mobile app too. The advantage of using Google analytics is that if you are using it for your website, you can also get your app analytics in the same dashboard. Google mobile app analytics is easy to use especially if you know how to use it for the web. The Google app analytics package includes Audience, Behaviour, Acquisition, and Conversions. Audience part tells you about new vs. returning users. Behaviour shows details regarding user action when they are using the app like number of screens viewed, the number of screens per session, average time on screen and number of crashes. The acquisition lets you know how users are accessing it for the first time.

The Mobile Analytics website also has a few success stories that illustrate the importance of using analytics to maximize the results you are getting from your app.

Another important feature is that it integrates with AdMob. It will let you know how your paid campaigns are doing.

google mobile app analytics

Cost: Free

Platforms: iOS, Android

APPLE APP ANALYTICS

Apple too jumped into analytics tools and launched their analytics platform in iTunes Connect. A few of the key features are:

A few of the key features are:

  • Filters – You can filter metrics by things like app version or iOS version. Makes it easier to drill down to see which segments you are doing well in.
  • Sources – Some basic tools for measuring the results from paid and organic traffic sources.
  • Retention – Since retention is a key signal of how good your app is, understanding how long people are sticking around is vital to your success.

This tool gives fewer details as compared to other tools but the important part is that you can view some key metrics without leaving the iTunes Dashboard.

Checkout the WWDC presentation to know how to get most out of the App Analytics.

Apple app analytics

Cost: Free

Platform: iOS

COUNTLY

Countly is less famous than Flurry and Google but it has a cool design, unique positioning, and a great UI. It provides insights about how users are experiencing your app. It can give you deepest insights like button clicks, swipe screens, time spent on the app and each and every app movement is stored in the database.

It also has Enterprise Edition and Cloud Edition. This tool is also helpful in targeting related audience through push notification, segmentation or attribution tracking.

Cost: Free if self-hosted (open source)

Platforms: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone.

Krify offers mobile app analytics integration along with mobile app development services. Through mobile app analytics get regular updates on various important analytics components that can help businesses with following things:

  • Understand the mobile metrics to know the ROI of investments done on marketing.
  • Knowing exactly how well the first version of your app is doing, you can plan the investment for next versions.
  • Understanding the mobile journey and pre-purchase research of your customers, you can optimize your next mobile campaigns.

Krify offers complete mobile solution for managing your business and maximize your sales. Mobile app development is the first step towards it. Once we have a mobile app for your business we can work together to ensure the consistent data collection, ongoing maintenance and usage of mobile app analytics. Contact us today for complete mobile solution for your business.

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Highlights Of Pixel And Pixel XL – A New Phone From Google

Google phones will now be available as ‘Google Pixel’ and its time to say bye to Google Nexus. Google has launched two new phones Pixel and Pixel XL which is giving a tough competition to popular Apple phones – iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

It is a first phone built by Google inside out i.e. its software and hardware both are built by Google.

Review of Pixel and Pixel XL

Google’s high-end Android device, as revealed by Google, has been optimized for speedy performance with real-world apps that consumers actually use. Two amazing features that are being talked about most are its camera and its virtual assistant.

Specifications

  • Screen: 5in 1080p AMOLED (441ppi)
  • Processor: quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • RAM: 4GB of RAM
  • Storage: 32 or 128GB
  • Operating system: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Camera: 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera
  • Connectivity: LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C and GPS
  • Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3-8.6 mm
  • Weight: 143g

Let’s check out the highlights of Pixel features.

Pixel Camera

Pixel’s camera is ‘highest rated smartphone camera’.

The Pixel camera captures the images as fast as you launch it and does so continuously and eliminates any shutter lag. The Launch of the camera is always fast whether it has been kept idle for long or whatever is the light level, the camera is launched with lightning speed with a quick double tap of the power button. Smartburst feature (holding down the shutter button will capture numerous photos with rapid-fire) allows to capture and select the best of shots from multiple shots. Smartburst can even select the best shot for you.

Another powerhouse feature regarding camera and photos is unlimited cloud storage as Google photos and at full resolution.

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Pixel OS – Best Android Experience

As per experts’ opinion, OS of Pixel – Nougat 7.1 – is the best software experience of Android. Fast, smooth, without bloatware, and software updates will be available from Google directly. Google has revealed that they will be following quarterly update cycle for Android so Pixel will get updates and enhancements four times in a year now.

Google Assistant with Pixels will be launched even without touching the phone. Even if the phone is off, the assistant will come to life when you say ‘OK Google’. And if saying ‘OK Google’ all the time is weird for you, then the assistant can be launched by long-pressing the home button.

Google Assistant of Pixel

Google has developed an intelligent and fully-fledged AI assistant and have morphed with Pixel and certainly looks compelling. Let’s have a look how is this smart Google Assistant works.

With Pixel and Nougat version 7.1, Google has refined the personalized AI (Artificial Intelligence) experience. Like launching the assistant merely by saying ‘OK Google’ and also by holding down the home button on the screen. Assistant can help with various range of services with simple commands like, ‘Wake me up at 5 am’, ‘Who is winner of Game Challenge Show?’ etc. It can also access your calendar, Gmail, etc. and serve your personalized queries like ‘what time is my flight?’

All day through battery life

The battery life of pixel is impressive. The pixel and pixel XL has fast charging feature due to USB-C’s power delivery specification. To full charge the phone from completely nil battery it took 1 hour and 45 minutes. The charging is happening as 25% of capacity in 15 minutes, 40% in 25 minutes and 65% in 50 minutes.

Pixel works everywhere

The Pixel and Pixel XL both works on all major carriers in US such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile and on every MVNO as well. Pixels are designed clearly to provide complete support on Verizon. The add-on features of Pixel for T-Mobile and Verizon users are VoLTE (Voice over LTE), visual voicemail and HD voice. So the Pixel just works anywhere no matter whoever the carrier is. This gives a possibility that Pixel will be called as world phone as it will be able to travel well around the phone and user will be able to use phones as soon as they are out of their plane.

Consistent High-speed performance

Expert says Pixel is the most consistently fast phone among all Android phones. Can’t say after the long term usage but the day-to-day consistency of speed is really impressive. Switching between tasks and apps is really smooth and fast.

Even if the Pixel is aesthetically neutral, it has robust specs, killer camera, super-responsive touch and screen, which makes Pixel and Pixel XL really competitive to iPhone 7.

Pixel Launcher

Nexus Launcher is now Pixel Launcher and available in the Play Store. The APK is available for download. The Pixel Launcher is technically exclusive to Pixel Phones. Through Pixel Launcher Google can push updates easily. It is not available for other Android phones, but it would be easy for Google to flip a switch and make Pixel Launcher available for all phones.

Do you have an app idea that you want to get developed for Android platform that would enhance the Pixel experience? We have an experienced and creative team of designers and Android App developers who can bring your app idea to life.

 

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Why Your Business Needs Content Marketing?

According to the present scenario, content marketing and content marketing strategy are two new favorite buzzwords, which has become such a popular trend. Content marketing is all about delivering the right content, at the right time, to the right audience, in the right place, while telling the right story.

Smart marketers have already understood that there is a better way than the traditional marketing and that is online content marketing. So what exactly Content Marketing means? Content marketing can be defined as follows:

“Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.”

What is the importance of Content Marketing?

The important word mentioned in above definition is “valuable”. Every piece of content cannot become the part of content marketing campaign. To be a part of the content marketing campaign, the content piece should be the one, which people want to consume it instead of avoiding it.

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Content Strategy & Content Marketing Strategy

Content strategy and content marketing strategy are often considered as same but they are not. Yes, there is some overlap, but they are two different concepts. The Content strategy consists of strategies of how and which content you are going to create, publish, promote and track for results, that brings out the structure and role your organization plays. Content marketing strategy should be conscious of the of the story of the organization that needs to be told to audiences and should craft innovative ways to engage the audience.

Components of Content Strategy

To achieve the ultimate goal of content strategy i.e. satisfying expectations from users and meeting business objectives, following things are important to consider.

Content strategy considering peer-disciplines

“Content is the king”, we have heard this for a lot many times now, but content alone cannot make the digital project successful. The successful content strategy needs teamwork with its peer-disciplines. During content strategy, various peer-disciplines that should be consulted crucially are:

  • Design
  • Information Architecture
  • Development
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Marketing
  • Brand Building
Framework for content and content creators

Content strategy should be designed keeping in mind the business objectives but at the same time, the content being delivered should be useful and engaging as well.

The content should have following components:

  • Substance – the message we want to deliver i.e. the topic, style and tone.
  • Structure – prioritization and breaking up the content into meaningful building blocks.
  • Governance – there should be integrity, quality and consistency throughout the content.
  • Workflow – to create and maintain the content, there should be standard tools, process and resources.
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Components of Content Marketing Strategy

Now let’s dive into the components of content marketing strategy:

Business goals

The first step while creating content marketing strategy is to carefully consider the business outcomes of what you are aiming to accomplish. State these goals clearly and objectives required to achieve these goals.

Competitive audit

Research on your competitors and list them down. Try to identify where do they publish and market their content and which type of content they  publish preferably. Check out their publishing frequency and the subject matter that they cover. You will need this data to identify that how your strategy should be different to compete with the noise made by competitors.

Customer profiles

Study and develop each type of potential customer you want to win and main points associated with them, regarding their desires, interests, etc.

Content distribution

Strategize how and through what medium you will display your content to audiences; through social media, video sharing sites, email, etc. Depending on this refine your approach.

Result measurement

To consider the result of your efforts as successful, you should have important KPIs (key performance indicators) in terms of shares, pageviews, time on page, followers, etc. The ultimate goal should be the qualified leads, sales, purchases and customer with higher values, which is important to prove ROI (return on investment).

Tools for content

Make sure about the tools that you are using to create content like any CMS (content management system) development such as WordPress. The resource for content creation should also be certain either your own writing staff or hiring content writing services. You should  have a good analytics software to track and measure your content like Google Analytics, Kissmetrics, etc.

Yes, content marketing sounds like too much of work but it is crucial and worth for the amount of time and effort spent on crafting the strategy and executing it. Blindly publishing a ton of content is not the right way, you need to define your goals, plan tactics and then proceed with your strategy.

And yes, effective content marketing should involve testing and tweaking – continuous diligence brings more awareness, brand impact and profit.

Krify is a multinational Web, Mobile App Development and Digital Marketing Solutions Company. Are you looking for developing effective content or strategizing content marketing for your business? Contact our Content Marketing expert now for the consultation and complete content marketing strategy, to achieve your business goals.

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VoIP Apps – Trending Solution for Business Communication

Voice Over Internet Protocol is a group of technologies that is used for provisioning of communication services over the public internet. VoIP or Internet Telephony has helped to eradicate the drawbacks of communication through landline connection and has continued to help in improving quality of communications happening within the large as well as small enterprises.

In the competitive and customer oriented environment, stellar communication is crucial to stay ahead in the business. For enhanced flexibility, improved customer service and to be innovation-driven, VoIP based solutions help streamline your business operations.

VoIP mobile apps for smartphones are easy option to connect with local as well as international audio and video calls. Apart from calling, instant messaging allows to share text messages as well as images. All this happens over the internet and thus using VoIP apps help cut the cost as compared to traditional calling and connecting. VoIP apps and VoIP calling is available for all platforms. VoIP app development for Android, iOS, Windows and cross platform allows you to use VoIP apps and VoIP calling for easy and cost-effective communications.

Linphone is one such multiplatform, open source VoIP SIP client, which is used by mobile app developers for Linphone apps development. Linphone apps customization can be done and built for and can be supported by platforms like, MS Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows, etc.

SIP Servers For VoIP Calling

SIP server is the crucial component of IP PBX (private branch exchange), a telephone switching system within an enterprise that switches calls between VoIP users on local lines. It mainly handles the VoIP call set up in the network. SIP server manages only call setup and call tear down. It does not handle transmission or reception of any audio, which is managed by media server in RTP.

FreePBX and Asterisk for VoIP services

FreePBX is an open source graphical user interface (GUI) which manages Asterisk, a voice over IP and telephony server. Asterisk with the FreePBX front-end serves as PBX (private branch exchange), which is required for communication through audio-video calling, conference calling, text and image sharing using the internet.

Using SIP telephony is the most secured communication for businesses of all size, large or small. For the high ended multimedia communication over the internet protocol i.e. for internet telephony, the business needs a customized Linphone app along with SIP server installation that include installation, setup and configuration of PBX system. This involves, installing PBX system based on CentOS7 operating system, setting up PBX system that supports ZRTP functionality, installing the matching Web GUI and configuration.

Integrating VoIP technology and improving business communications is making a powerful impact on the growth of the businesses.

Krify is a leading web and mobile app development company with competency in digital marketing solutions. Linphone app customisation and SIP server installation is one of our core competency and we have helped several businesses to streamline their processes and improve communications through VoIP app development. Contact us today on how VoIP technology can improve your business.

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On-Demand Food Delivery App – Next Big Thing in On-Demand Economy

On-demand mobile applications is a booming business trend that grabbed the bigger limelight in past 2-3 years. Today we have many successful examples of on-demand mobile apps that have capitalized on-demand services like Uber, lyft, Postmates, Instacart, Dash,

Why on-demand apps are on the rampage?

With the success of Uber, business models with on demand app ideas got validation and trend started booming thereafter.

Economy statistics for On Demand Apps (USA)
  • 42% of adult population have used at least one on-demand service.
  • 51% of people offering services in on-demand economy experienced improved financial status
  • 46% of on-demand consumers have an annual income of less than $50,000 and only 22% have an annual income of more than $100,000 or more. It implies that on-demand economy is not for wealthy only.
Future of on-demand apps

Considering the recent investment patterns coming out from the venture capital firms and also the statistics mentioned above regarding on-demand economy, it gives a positive prediction that on-demand economy is here to stay.

The on-demand app economy allows you to use it to order anything at the time, when you need it the most. Food delivery, package delivery, ride to a place, helping some other person to build bookshelves, booking a spontaneous getaway, today’s advanced app technology and app economy has got covered many things that has made consumer’s life easy, where they can rely on powerful on-demand apps for finishing their daily chores as well as special needs.

How everything got Uberified?

The concept of Uber was not fully recognised initially even by tech gurus. But today Uber has become the leading player in the on-demand world. But merely copying the Uber model and implementing it in various segments of different industries may not help. In reality, the term ‘Uber for X, Uber for Y, Uber for Z’ ‘Uberification’ of everything, are being used, but the Uber model may or may not be fit for each and every domain.

It is time to make changes in the business model that will help to beat the competition where consumers want to get everything on demand by simply tapping on their smartphones. The on-demand economy has so far proving to be good for consumers, service providers including technology platforms.

Online Food Delivery Apps

The appetite for food delivery has never been so great as it can be seen in the year 2016, which is evident from the immense growth in takeaway food and home delivery sector, such that it is outpacing the restaurant industry. This is all due to consumers’ priority to the convenience and ease that on-demand food delivery offers.

Depending on the psychology of convenience, the research on convenience has identified the following types of convenience that people find with on-demand food delivery app.

Decision Convenience

– Ratings and reviews for restaurants and its food, from users of food delivery apps, which help you decide fast and make it easy to choose.

Location Convenience

– Users can expect to receive hot meals or whatever they feel like eating, get delivered at their location, whenever and wherever they want.

Payment Convenience

– Users can pay fast and in an easy way using such apps with cards, PayPal accounts and wallets like Apple Pay and Android Pay.

Repeat users’ Convenience

– Users can make it even faster when they go for re-purchase. User’s address, payment details, favourite things to re-order can be bookmarked for next easy food order.

Another facet to on-demand food delivery business is that some of the food start-ups in Asia, Europe and the US have failed. The prime reason behind such failures is the complexity involved with the three-sided business model that needs to satisfy consumers, restaurants, and couriers. So this is the high time and now the market will see the major shift in the way consumers are buying and consuming food.

There are three predominant business models prevalent in this business today which are:

  •          The order only model
  •          The order and delivery model
  •          The fully integrated model

Each model may pose different challenges and may have its own advantages or disadvantages. So the companies can grow as market winners when they choose the business model considering the recent shift being observed in the consumer behaviour.

If your goal is to setup and build the next chartbuster on-demand food app, then contact us today. Our team with technology expertise, experience and consultative approach towards the business, in the area of on-demand apps, can help you shape an outstanding and scalable on-demand food app. Hire us for your on-demand mobile app development now, by choosing us as your technology partner.

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Are your Web Designs User-centric Designs?

Website’s effectiveness is primarily decided by the Web Design and its usability. Websites with user-centric designs have become a standard approach for developing a successful and profit-oriented web design. Let’s focus on important approaches for effective web design that can lead towards producing more sophisticated web designs.

Designing for Usability

If users or your targeted consumers does not find your product user-friendly, today or tomorrow, they will surely dump it. Because if there is not any usability in what you are producing, users will not feel like using it again. Web designing with usability is the foundation towards building a website, which is successful.

As Steve Jobs rightly said, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

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Design is about fulfilling User’s needs

For the success of any website or digital product, designs play an important role. Perfect web designs are those that work, fast to load and surface the right content quickly. Web designs should be able to provide people what they need and people should depend on them for searching anything on the web.

Designs = Aesthetics + an intent

Designs should be presentable and should be able to give what user is looking for. The design could be lightweight, trend-conscious or heavily styled, but it should be clear on its intent of what it needs to convey. It should be in sync with context, relevant and the user should be able to make a decision where to go next with minimum effort.

Allowing users to get what they need

Design elements should not inhibit users from completing their actions. The web design should be able to deliver a delightful experience to the user that will compel them to visit back to your website. The interaction flow is critical that allows users to complete their tasks smoothly and successfully. To achieve this, web designs should have following attributes:

  • Simple navigation
  • Organizing the content into relevant groups
  • Ensure the readability by taking care of fonts, colours, etc.
  • Don’t test user’s patience, user should be allowed to get what they need quickly.
How perfect web designs helps cutting the competition

When any business is launched that have useful service and provides a great user experience, the innovation in service itself can act as foundation stone in building and establishing any brand. When your service or product is not new and already there are many competitors in the field, then designs can pay a crucial role in cutting down the competition. Even if the old service is offered in a completely new form, this question will not be asked “why you have to choose me”.

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Designing a site

Before starting the designing of the website, one should always sketch the overall schematic on a white board. So how to start this process of sketching, as follows:

  • Start with the navigation point and organize all menu tabs in order of importance.
  • Before creating the content, decide what content you want to put on pages concisely. Keep only those relevant pages, which visitors will look for.
  • If you are going to design for the information-rich site, create multiple navigation menus that will serve the information quickly that visitor is looking for.
  • Also while designing the site, one should make sure that visitor should not get lost in the content. Make them navigate through the content and reach to the information they want, by putting links on home-page for important internal pages.
To conclude

User experience depends on many other parameters but the most important is the balanced combination of beautiful designs and its usability. It is not necessary that only overwhelming and unique designs are great. Yes, it draws attention but is not powerful enough to satisfy the requirements of users.

Krify houses an expert team of website designers, experienced enough to read between the lines and craft designs keeping in mind what is crucial for the success of website. Hire our website developers now to give your website, aesthetics and usefulness at the same time.

 

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Reasons to Download iOS 10 Update Now!

iOS 10 is now available for iPhone users as it was released publicly on September 13, 2016. Experts have concluded that iOS 7 was a redesign, iOS 8 was a re-architecture and iOS 9 was a rewiring. Arrival of iOS 10 has pushed all the previous updates and features a way forward that will bring a bolder, bigger and much more brilliant makeover.
The first beta release was made available only to the registered developers and the first public-beta was released on July 7, 2016. Now it is available publicly that makes your iPhone “MORE PERSONAL, MORE POWERFUL, MORE PLAYFUL.”

Apple is claiming iOS 10 as their biggest release yet and indeed it is. It has got many new upgradations like bolder ways in messages, photos like never before to relive the memories, reaching destinations even faster using proactive suggestions from maps.

Apple has come up with so much to say about iOS 10, some of the outshining features have been listed here.

iMessages got the biggest update making it more beautiful

iMessages, Apple’s messaging app, has got lot many new and exciting updates.

  • Have you thought of sending a self-written message to someone? Yes it is possible now to send a message in your own handwriting. Your friend or receiver can see it animate just like the ink flows on the paper.
  • Now say your words with animations for instance, you can say happy birthday with particular animation that take over the complete screen.
  • You can also change the way you say by changing the look of your message bubbles. You can say it louder or whisper it, by choosing the appearance of message bubbles.
  • You can now use invisible ink that keeps your photo and message hidden, when swiped it get revealed.
  • Tapback allows to send one of six quick responses that let people know what is on your mind.
  • Reasons to use more stickers is here. Stickers are available in App Store for iMessage and you can use them on top of bubbles or dress up a photo.

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Use more of emojis than text:

Now chat more expressively with interactive emoji characters in your iMessages. You type the message and then tap the emoji icon, all the words that can be replaced by an emoji will highlighted. As you tap again the word will be replaced by a picture. Isn’t it amazing?

Now search more smartly!

iOS 10 comes with an intelligent picture processing feature that enables Photos app to find readily whatever to search for either date, person or a place. Now the photos app is smart enough to make highlight reels of the pictures and videos based around particular dates and times.

Choose the best route before you enroute!

New iOS 10 mapping tool gives you updates regarding live traffic during your journey. You can use the updates to check out where there are long queues. If you tap the route summary panel at its bottom on the screen, you can also search for nearby gas stations, food stops on the way. Once you start on the chosen route, Apple Maps will return to your original journey.

What about dealing with notifications on the lock screen?

Notifications will work differently with iOS 10 providing even more inline functionality that wont compel you to open the app in question. For example, full conversation threads will be visible in messages. If you hard-press an alert (for 3D devices) or swipe left and tap view (for non-3D Touch devices) you can see the available options depending on the app.

Siri + Third party apps:

SiriKit helps iOS 10 apps to work with Siri which helps users to get their things done only by using their voice. SiriKit also extends the support for new services like ride booking and personal payments. There are apps got incorporated the Siri integrations within the app include Lyft, Slack and LinkedIn. In the near future, there will be many third party apps available with Siri integrations that would help from accessing fitness stats to finding photos using only voice.

Express more with new emojis:

iOS 10 has come with 100 new emojis added to it so that you should not miss any icon to represent your mood or feeling. Many of the icons are now available as male or female versions of existing emoji as well as there is an addition of more emojis like single parent family. Many of the existing emojis have also got redesigned now.

Home App – Apple’s IoT platform is ready!

The Home app from Apple is now ready, as Apple’s IoT platform, for mainstream in iOS 10 and it allows to control all devices that are compatible with HomeKit. Home App can connect to any HomeKit compatible devices, it could be a light, thermostat, garage door, window blinds, etc. The app allows you to make group settings in particular scenes, so that your things know what to do when you are around or when you are sleeping and so on.

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For whom iOS 10 is for?

iOS 10 has been designed for iPhone 5 and later, for iPad 4th generation and later, for iPad Pro range, for iPad mini 2 and later and the 6th generation iPod touch and later.
iOS 10 is unfortunately not available for older iPhones, iPod touch and iPads. Most of the users are prompted automatically to upgrade, if not users can do it manually through Settings > General > Software Update. As iOS 10 is a major update release, its size is in between 600MB and 1.2GB and depends significantly on the device.
Although it is a major iOS release, some isolated reports of issues are always there but not have come as a blockage for iOS 10. As Apple being safe and secure, sharing sensitive data for services like Maps and Siri, are also encrypted and safe.

Build more powerful apps with iOS 10 SDK:

Now developers can jump on building powerful and intelligent apps using the all new iOS 10 SDK that includes new services and APIs that enables new categories of apps and features. This would enable iOS developers for innovative and powerful iphone apps development and iPad apps development.   Now developers can extend their apps to iMessages, Siri, iMaps and Phone apps to provide more engaging functionalities and experiences like never before.

iOS 10 SDK also empowers with APIs and services that has capabilities with Live Photos, HomeKit, CloudKit, CarPlay Siri Support, and many more.

Krify has a dedicated and experienced team of iOS developers who can help you develop your app idea into a powerful iOS app customized as per desired features.

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Launch of Google’s Android 7 (Nougat) is Expected to Release in This Month!

As per the latest news report, the Android Nougat release is expected to be in the month of August. The Developer Preview 5 is already released on July 18, which is the final preview of this series. It includes final APIs for Nougat and gives the near final system updates for all supported preview devices.

Let’s have a quick look on what’s more is there in final developer preview of Nougat:

  • System images for supporting preview devices including Nexus.
  • The final N APIs (API level 24) and latest UI and system behaviors.
  • Emulator that can be used for doing final testing of your apps
  • Latest optimizations and bug fixes across the system and in preinstalled apps.

Developer Preview 5 update will be available on all devices those are already enrolled in Android Beta program. For new users, get started at android.com/beta . You can download and flash this update manually. Developer Preview for Nougat is available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9 and Pixel C devices. It is also available for General Mobile 4G (Android One) devices.

Android Nougat’s Release Before Launch of LG’s V20

The Korean smartphone maker, LG, has announced that their latest and new model V20 will be released it September 2016, which will be operated with Android 7. This makes LG V20 as the first device filled with newest flavour of Android. This could be the big selling point for their new model.

Google has not announced officially the release of Android Nougat yet, but the PR (press release) from LG can help us to narrow down the possibilities of Android Nougat’s release before V20 comes out i.e. before September. But it is still not clear in which markets, it will be released first.

Are you looking for Android app developers for developing intuitive and beautiful android mobile apps? Reach us today for desired mobile app solutions.

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Jewellery Mobile App helping Consumers and Jewellers

The power of mobile app is visible in the way every business is following the mobile trend. An effective mobile strategy not only involves a mobile friendly website but also includes owning a mobile app customised and optimised for your business growth. Mobile app are helping businesses to stay ahead of the game and taking them to the next level.

Few pioneers in the Jewellery industry has already ventured into the mobile app frontier. Understanding the importance of mobile presence, jewellery business is also adapting to this mobile trend.

How mobile app can help jewellery businesses?

Wider Reach to Clients: All your target customers are using smartphones. Thus, mobile app for Jewellery business allows you to sell to all those having smartphones.

Showcase conveniently 24*7: Retailers as well as wholesalers can showcase their best collections anytime and from anywhere. Your collection is accessible to your potential customers just a click away. You can showcase the collection in a personalised way to build the desire.

Cost-effective promotions and Branding: As compared to the amount required for the conventional branding and promotional activities, mobile app development for your business costs considerably less amount. Given the amount of reach mobile app offers, your offers and promotions will be shared by customers and they will become the mouthpiece for promotions and offers.

Increase Sales: Your app becomes another store similar to your physical store, which is accessible to all 24*7. Keep your customers engaged by updating regularly the lucrative images and latest trends of jewellery fashion. It is your another point of sale to keep customers engaged and make them returning to the app.

Know Your Client: when a prospective client visits your mobile app store you get to know vwrious details about your client like their phone number, location, public profile, etc. This is a jackpot data for analysis and strategize some awesome marketing tactics for your jewellery business.

How Mobile App can help your customers?

Easy to browse collections 24*7: Customers can conveniently browse through all latest collections and trends of jewellery fashion anytime without visiting the physical store every time.

Hassle-free Jewellery Shopping: Personalised experience without the hassles of crowds at stores and getting all the details including price makes customer happy.  Easy online shopping through mobile app ensures customer satisfaction and thus increases the chances of winning a loyal customer. Many a time, customers are at browsing stage only. Mobile apps help target such customers and build their desire for the collection by providing stellar images and personalised experience.

Updates on Special Offers: Customers can get the updates regarding all the promotional offers right on their smartphone. Updates regarding new arrivals and discounts and offers helps customer to stay updated and plan their jewellery shopping properly.

Sharing with loved ones: Even if the customer does not want to make the purchase at that point when he receives offer or update regarding new arrival, he can forward the same to his friends or family who are interested or looking forward to jewellery shopping.

Adding AR component to Jewellery Mobile App

Combining AR (Augmented Reality) with jewellery mobile apps will help customers to try the jewellery virtually in order to make the best choice. For example, combining hand recognition technology with augmented reality allows customers to try rings virtually on their hands, that would give the best idea on which ring will suit the most. AR apps utilizes your smartphone’s in-built camera scans your image take a photo. Then Augmented Reality technology places the jewellery on your image carefully that lets you adjust the jewellery. From this the customer can make the buying decision easily. Thus AR jewellery apps allow you to shop jewellery online without hesitation and without worry.

If you are a jewellery retailer or wholesale dealer and wondering how to jump into mobility, we are here to suggest you the best mobility solution.

Go for mobile websites and responsive sites:

Having a mobile friendly site is important in this mobile age that gives a amazing experience than traditional website. Getting a responsive website developed for your business is beneficial as it resizes itself to best fit as per the device it is being viewed on.

Go for mobile app development:

Having a website is great to keep the online customers engaged but having a customised mobile app for your jewellery business is great, as mobile app once downloaded stays on customers smartphone and thus attracts customers to come back again to your virtual shop in the form of mobile app. iOS app development for jewellery business is beneficial to target premium and loyal customers. Android app development for Jewellery business is required to target the customers from all strata and classes, as Android is the most popular mobile device among all classes and masses.

Looking forward to take your jewellery business to next level? Contact us today for a free quote and consultation on website and mobile app solution for your business.

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Google Play Family Library: Sharing the Fun of Play Store with Family

On the similar lines of Apple’s family sharing feature, Google Play (Developer Console) has released a new feature, Google Play Family Library. Now all the purchases on Google Play can be shared with up to six family members. This feature is supportive for eligible apps, game, TV show, movie or book available in Play Store. Any of these can be purchased and shared with your family across various devices. It does not require any additional sign-up fee.

Check out how?

Google Play Family Library, as the word suggests, is a library of purchased apps and content that can be shared with up to six family members. This works only on the apps and content that are eligible. This means developers have to allow the customers to share the purchase. This needs to be done for the content and apps that have been purchased prior to updated DDA (Developer Distribution Agreement), effective from July 2nd, 2016. Users can check out and see whether previous purchases of the app or content are eligible for your Family Library or not. Developers can change this option by signing in their Google Play Developer Console. After selecting an app, they have to select the pricing and distribution page, where they have to check the box in ‘Family Library’ Section.

Sharing across various devices

As various types of devices are being used by family members, Google has kept this point in mind and added the functionality of sharing the Family Library’s content across android devices.  The shared content can be enjoyed on iOS devices as well as web. Now you can enjoy the shared content on all kinds of devices like phones, laptops, tablets or TV.

Managing family purchase and sharing

Family Library helps you to restrict on what can be shared and what cannot. One of the item that you have purchased but you does not want to share, can be kept in your personal library and can be restricted from sharing. There are various purchasing options too.

For music lovers

Google Play Music Family Plan allows six family members to stream millions of songs on demand for monthly subscription of $14.99. This plan has been launched last year only and now it has been expanded to Mexico, Italy, New Zealand and Ireland. It is also supported on Web along with Android devices.

Krify is a leading IT solution provider based in India and UK. Looking for developing innovative Android or iOS apps developer, contact us today and get a free quote.

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Popularity of Pokémon Go Game Attracting Developers Towards its Clone Development

With the launch of Pokémon Go – a new, location-based and addictive Augmented Reality (AR game) – is receiving an overwhelming response from all over the world. It was launched in early July 2016 and became a massive phenomenon. Rapidly, it became extremely popular, with its initial launch in US, Australia and New Zealand. It has brought the storm among the Augmented Reality game developers. On one hand many Pokémon like app developers are still struggling for best product, on the other hand Apple has tagged the Pokémon Go as the most downloaded app in its first week, among all the apps present in App Store. Till date it has been launched in 31 countries and there is a meteoric rise in its popularity, even in the countries where it is yet to be launched officially.

What Pokémon Go is all about?

Pokémon Go has been developed by Niantic Inc. an American Software Development Company based in San Francisco. It is available for both iOS and Android devices.

To start playing this game, player has to select the avatar and one team. Then players have to search for the virtual Pokémon characters that pops up at various places like restaurants, office spaces, museum, play grounds, etc. Players can score the points if they capture the Pokémon with a finger’s flick on the screen. If player is playing the game in AR mode, they can throw the virtual ball towards virtual character. There are various other scoring points in the game that are fun and exciting.

This popular Augmented Reality gaming app uses GPS and camera of compatible devices, using which players can capture, battle and train virtual creatures called as Pokémon. These appear on mobile screen as it appears in real world. Pokémon Go is available for free to play and it also supports in-app purchases for additional amazing and exciting gameplay items.

Checkout this introductory video from Pokémon Go to understand the amazing gaming experience it gives.

Pokémon Go has popularised the location based gaming immensely. Similar Augmented Reality based gaming or AR games with other concepts can be developed that have great engagement potential. For developing Pokémon Go app clone, it is important for Augmented Reality game developers to have the systemic knowledge and understanding of such games. Having knowledge of coding for location based apps, GPS based apps and other integral features of gaming apps will help in working on Pokémon Go app clone development.

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Adding Augmented Reality mode to your gaming app is easy as long as you are using phone’s camera. AR is an important aspect of Pokémon Go. Replicating the experience of Pokémon Go is probably not easy but definitely possible with using AR gaming framework wisely.

AR app development toolkits

Various AR tools and augmented reality gaming framework are available as free as well as commercial. These AR tools and frameworks can be used to build Augmented Reality apps for smartphones, smart glasses, tablets, iPads, laptops, etc.

Some open source tools are available!

AR ToolKit  is a dual license C-library that can be used in augmented reality app development. It is a widely used open source AR toolkit in AR related projects.

Goblin XNA is also available an open source for augmented reality app development, emphasizing games.

GRATF (Glyph Recognition and Tracking Framework) provides a library for localisation, pose estimation of optical glyphs in still images & video files and recognition.

BeyondAR offers resources for developing augmented reality mobile apps, provides geolocalization on smartphones and tablets.

DroidAR is a Mobile Location-based augmented reality framework for Android.

Mixare is an open source augmented reality engine that works as an autonomous application and for development of other implementations. It is available for both Android and iPhone augmented reality based app development.

Commercial or Paid tools for Augmented Reality app development

Wikitude is a one stop AR solution that includes image recognition and tracking, video overlay, 3D model rendering and many more interesting features. Wikitude SDKs are available for all, whether you want to build AR apps for Android, iOS, Tablet, Smartphone, Smart Glasses, Cordova/PhoneGap, Xamarin and Titanium as well. The Wikitude SDK is the first AR SDK that provides JavaScript API to develop augmented reality experiences.

Catchoom Augmented reality SDK allows you to put CraftAR in the app. It provides easy to implement AR SDK that brings augmented reality experiences in your app automatically. It is available for iOS and Android apps and plugins for cross-platform app development with PhoneGap and Cordova is also available. A Unity Augmented Reality SDK is available to plug into the Unity3D editor.

Compatibility with OS and devices

The Pokémon Go has been optimised for smartphones only and not for tablet. Compatibility for tablets and iPads cannot be guaranteed. It may or may not be compatible for devices that are connected to only Wi-Fi networks and without GPS capabilities. It is compatible with iPhone versions 5, 5c, 5s, SE, 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus and iOS versions 8 and 9. It is not compatible with 5th generation iPod Touch devices or iPhone 4S or earlier versions.

Among Android devices, it is compatible with devices having 2 GB or more RAM and for Android versions 4.4 to 6.0. It is not compatible with those Android devices which use Intel Atom processors.

Medical professionals are claiming some health benefits out of Pokémon Go!

Some medical professional quoted that playing Pokémon Go could improve health of players, as players need to physically travel to explore the game’s map and visit PokéStops or cube and gyms.  Also, using AR mode, PokéBall must be thrown to capture the Virtual pet/animal by tapping on the ball and flicking it up towards the Pokémon.

It may also help in improving player’s mental health status as player get involved in the game actively.

Controversies associated with Pokémon Go

The game is reportedly causing accidents as players are getting distracted on roads. It is even distracting the people while driving. The recent news claims that two boys fell into the cliff, as they could not watch out the cliff as they were involved in the Pokémon Go game in their smartphones.

It has also been claimed as public nuisance at some locations as players start creating nuisances while searching for Pokémon characters in public or private places too.

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Figure:  Pokémon Go players causing public nuisance

Pokémon Go is not available officially in all countries

Japan is the only Asian country where Pokémon Go has been released officially. But the game is already popular among all over the world and so in Asian countries like India. The unavailability of official version of Pokémon Go has led curious gamers to go for Pokémon Go’s APK file that is available online for installation. Gamers are installing it with fake billing address that has also led to crashes in official regions.

The official release date of Pokémon Go in India is not available yet but developers are going for Pokémon Go clone development and for Pokémon Go like game development.

What’s next for Pokémon Go?

The next planned activity for Pokémon Go is to launch Pokémon Go Plus, an optional companion Bluetooth wearable device, which will alert players when any Pokémon is present nearby.

To maintain the insane momentum of the game, Niantic Lab founder, John Hanke, has announced new additions like more Pokémon critters will make their way in the Pokémon Go. The makers are still working on trading and training features. Further customisation of the in-game PokéStop is also expected. Hanke also suggested other customisations at these PokéStops like a monster healing Pokémon Centre.

The latest update about Pokemon Go is Newly discovered Pokemon. Check it out.

John Hanke has also revealed that the company is planning to add various new features, among which the first one is ‘the ability to trade the little critters between players’.

It is the right time to put the plans of developing Pokémon Go kind of gaming app at right place. Similar games keeping two important functionalities intact i.e. location mapping and augmented reality. Enduring popularity of Pokémon can be the most important driving point of new Pokémon games’ success.

Krify is a leading software development company based in India and UK. Our core competency include web, mobile, wearable app and games designing & development. Digital Marketing and SEO are also part of our core competency. Our expert and experienced team of game developers can shape your idea into a beautiful augmented reality game. Contact us today to convert your idea of augmented reality game into an innovative and popular game.

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Linphone – Using SIP Telephony for Secured Communications  

Linphone is a soft phone or internet phone used for making free calls using the internet. It  allows us to communicate freely with voice, video and text messaging over the internet.

For Linphone internet telephony, Linphone uses SIP protocol, which is an open standard.

Uses of Linphone –

  1. Quick and Easy to Install
  2. High definition audio and video calls.
  3. Secure Communication
  4. Linphone can easily be tuned or customized with plugins in order to be turned into any  softphone and optimized to run on any dedicated hardware.
  5. Linphone is more user friendly that allow users to work from different places and receive calls.
  6. Easy picture and file sharing.
  7. Linphone are compliant with various SIP-compatible VoIP service providers that helps to reach all that has classic phone line.
  8. Linphone is available on the main mobile and desktop operating systems and offers various specific features for advanced users (codecs, transport standard, encryption options, DTMF…).

Why Linphone over other alternatives

Other alternatives like Skype are also available but one needs safe and secure app to protect from information leak.

Linphone is the encrypted VoIP app that has wide availability on various platforms like iOS, Android and Windows. Provides a neat interface that doesn’t get in the way and proper security.

It can also handle, multiple calls through pause, resume and transfer functionalities and also can merge multiple calls into a conference call. The Linphone app interface can adapt depending on the device either smartphone or tablet.

Linphone app is the best all-in-one solution

SIP and VoIP

SIP (Session Initiated Protocol) and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) both are communication protocols but the scope of using them is different. SIP is used to send multimedia messages to number of devices. This helps in communication over internet using computers and mobile devices.

Similar to PBX trunks, SIP trunks can carry all types of media that include, voice, text data and video. For SIP, maximum processing load is taken by individual systems, user agents. It helps in reducing load on centralized service. Therefore SIP is preferred by companies whose various branches are there or those who have employees working remotely. As setting up and managing the SIP system is more difficult, it is most suitable for companies with strong IT support.

On the other hand, VoIP is used to send only voice messages over the internet. It translates voice communications through online networks. This protocol is commonly used with apps Google Talk, Skype and other smartphone apps. VoIP is a cost-effective alternative as compared to cellular calling and traditional landline calling. Thus, VoIP is ideal protocol for small businesses that have fewer locations and depends primarily on voice interactions.

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Major differences between SIP and VoIP

The primary difference is, VoIP is meant for voice calls over internet, whereas SIP is an application layer, which is used to modify, establish and terminate multimedia sessions like VoIP calls.

Another key difference is that VoIP is not a distinct single technology on its own. It consists of various technologies that is used within modern telecommunication networks. However, SIP is a discrete signalling protocol that is used within VoIP umbrella.

Coming to devices, SIP handsets and VoIP handsets are different,  but SIP handset is a VoIP handset too. VoIP phones needs to be connected to computer to make and receive call. On the other hand, SIP phones can perform on its own, what they need is only a modem. Thus it can work without computer unlike VoIP phone.

One of the best feature of SIP over VoIP is that it can interact intelligently with other protocols i.e. it adapts its signalling protocol to match with that of client system.

VoIP Server

VoIP server, the latest type – PBX, is a telephone system (hardware) or software that acts as regular server that connects clients and manages client connections.

VoIP Clients

A VoIP client is a software application, also called as softphone, which is installed on user’s computer and enables VoIP calls.

VoIP Gateway

VoIP gateway is a gateway device that converts telephony traffic into internet protocol (IP), which receives and transmits voice communications (VoIP). It enables conversion among conventional telephony connection and modern VoIP connection through SIP. The conversion can happen as SIP to TDM, TDM to SIP and also from SIP to SIP.

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SIP trunking

SIP Trunk is a direct connection between an ITSP (internet telephony service provider) and the organisation. It allows the organisation to extend VoIP telephony beyond the own firewall without an IP-PSTN gateway. SIP Trunking is streaming media service based on SIP, through which ITSP delivers unified communications to customers having SIP-based private branch exchange (IP-PBX).

In addition, SIP trunks also carries instant messages, enhanced emergency calls, multimedia conferences and other SIP based services. SIP trunking is a hot topic in unified communications as it leads to substantial cost savings.

 Different SIP Servers

SIP server is a service that is implemented using SIP, which may be a software program or a physical device (like computer). A single hardware device can be used as host for different SIP server services. So, lets check out various types of SIP server.

 Proxy Server

SIP Proxy server is an intermediate router for SIP requests, which is located in the path between two end points. It is used by a SIP network for call processing, managing call set ups between SIP devices and controlling call routing. It is also responsible for network access control, authorization and manages the network security at some instances.

When a SIP proxy server receives a SIP request, it analyses and performs the actions like passing on unmodified, changing in some way and forwarding it, re-routing it to alternative destination or rejecting it. One of the core function of this server is to “ensure that SIP INVITE request is being routed to proper destination.” Other destinations for this server could be a SIP phone (user agent), a PSTN gateway, another Proxy server or a media server.

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The Redirect server

A redirect server is a specialised kind of Proxy server that redirects the request back to the client. It responds to SIP INVITE requests by giving back a 3xx response. This implies that the client needs to try another route to reach the recipient. This occurs when recipient has moved from original position either permanently or temporarily.

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Registrar Server

Registrar server accepts and handles SIP REGISTER requests. It is generally combined with the function of location server. Location server is just a database that has information about current location of SIP User Agent. A SIP phone can register itself with more than one Registrar servers as soon as it is switched on. This registration always needs an authentication like User ID and password. Generally, the user ID for many SIP devices is same as phone number.

Gateway server (PSTN Gateway server)

Gateway server helps in interconnection of SIP network with other networks that uses different technologies and protocols. For example, if you want to give call from VoIP phone to phone on conventional telephone network, then your call has to be routed through PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) gateway server.

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B2BUA server (Back to Back User Agent)

This server works as Back to Back User Agent and helps in hiding the topology of the network. It helps to support buggy clients those who are not able to route SIP requests correctly depending on record routing. PBX systems like Asterisk, Yate, FreeSwitch, work as B2BUAs. Technically, it acts as an end point for an incoming call. But it uses dial plan and determines where to forward the call. After this it initiates a new call to required destination and links the audio paths together. This enables both the parties to connect and talk. It is different from Gateway server because Gateway allows linking of VoIP call to conventional PSTN call and B2BUA allows linking of two VoIP calls together.

Codecs

Once the audio signal is received, it has to be compressed and reduced so that the consumption of required bandwidth to transmit the speech to receiving party, is reduced. Such compression and decompression is to be handled by special algorithms that are called as codecs (COder-DECoder).

Generally the low-bandwidth codecs are quite efficient. Some of the popular VoIP codecs are G.711, G.729, G.723.1, GSM 06.10, Speex, iLBC.

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