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NFC Technology is emerging to gain popularity

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a wireless technology that enables the exchange of data between devices , and allows a user to wave their Smartphone or tablet over an NFC tag to collect information in a convenient way.

It has a short range of about 1.5 inches compared to many other wireless technologies, which makes it a good choice for secure transactions, such as contact-less credit card payments.

  NFC2 NFC technology is actually embedded in a chip which can be installed in your smartphone , tablet or your palmtop. It works on the principle of Magnetic induction: a reader emits a small electric current, which creates a magnetic field that in turn bridges the physical space between the devices. That field is received by a similar coil in the client device.It Operates at 13.56 MHz  and transfers data at up to 424 Kbits/second. The potential for NFC is huge. It is more advanced than technologies like RFID with two-way communication capabilities, interactive approvals and the ability to enable payments through mobile applications. NFC is designed for Short distance wireless communication. It allows intuitive initialization of Wireless network and also it is complementary to Bluetooth and 802.11 with their long distance capabilities. Smartphone’s can take advantage of several NFC application designed for everything from reading NFC tags to swapping business cards with another NFC compatible device. This technology is promising because it presents the next evolution of convenient payment with an added layer of security. This technology will make upcoming smartphones powerful. NFC12 Besides payment transactions, the technology is also suitable for:
  •             Access: Electronic identity & Physical Access control.
  •             Transactions: Store Transportation passes, Electronic Payments.
  •             Information: Store Personal information, View Product information, Receive discounts, Swap Media.
The creative applications of NFC technology are: Tec Tiles, NFC Easy Connect, Metro 24, Touchanote, NFC Task Launcher, Any.do etc. Applications:- NFC offers great capabilities for various and comprehensive use cases.
  • Mobile ticketing
  • Medical
  • Indoor navigation
  • Educational
  • Location based systems
  • Entertainment
  • Military
  • Tourism
Advantages :-
  • shorter set-up time
  • Higher degree of security
  • High convenience
  • Reduced cost of electronics
  • Wide range and availability
  • No need of Line of Sight
  • It can also work when one of the devices is not powered by a battery
Uses of NFC Limitations:-
  • Only works in short ranges
  •  Low data transfer rate
  • Sensitive Financial Data
Near Field Communication (NFC) is best known as the technology used for many mobile payment solutions. It is one of the trend creating numerous avenues for connecting and enriching customer relationships.  
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Augmented Reality – Intuitive Technology for Innovative Mobile Apps

Augmented Reality (AR) is an exciting new frontier in the world of app development and mobile solutions.It has been showing lot of promise as an enabling technology in the mobility space.

AR is cutting-edge technology that allows for a digitally enhanced view of the real world . It tries to “enhance” our real world experience by making inanimate objects more interactive. It provides a live view of a physical, real-world environment whose are augmented by computer-generated input such as information, sound, video, graphics, or GPS data.

AR is a new content delivery and engagement technology which gets more and more applications every day. It basically uses digital illusions, either visual or any other form, that relate to the real world scenario.

AR system is  the combination of real scene viewed by user and virtual scene generated by computer.It provides more information about our immediate surroundings.

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AR systems have the following three characteristics:
  • Combines real and virtual
  • Interactive in real time
  • Registered in 3-D
Real-World Examples:-
  • AR applications can become the backbone of the education and training  industry. They are used to visualize digital information on an element and visualize process and complex parts.
  • Medical students use AR technology to practice surgery in a controlled environment. Also Doctors or physicians could use Augmented Reality (AR) as a visualization and training aid for medical diagnosis or health education.
  • With help of AR, travelers can access real-time information of historical places just by pointing their camera view finder to subjects.
  • Military, police and firefighters use Augmented Reality  to display tactical information such as maps or thermal imaging data while viewing the scene via natural vision.
  • Using Location based AR apps users can access information about nearest places relative to current location.
  • AR is being used to develop real-time 3D Games with the help of Unity 3d Engine.
  • AR is used for Aircraft Maintenance, Training and Operations Support.
  • AR Provide instructions, specs, and training for mechanics and machine operators in industries.
  • AR can also be employed within an architect's work space, rendering into their view animated 3D visualizations of their 2D drawings.
  • AR apps can  provide complete preview of products and customization of options in E-commerce applications.
 AR Apps:- There are number of Augmented Reality applications available across various smart phone operating system platforms, including Android and iPhone OS. Some of them include Google Sky Map, Layar, Augment, Google Goggles, Satellite AR, Augmented Car Finder etc. Using AR apps the future is Real + Virtual. Sensors in Augmented Reality Apps:- AR apps rely heavily on sensors. There are many sensors that can be used in AR applications..
  1. GPS: For Location Tracking.
  2. Magnetic Sensor (Compass): For finding Direction.
  3. Orientation Sensor : To determine how you are holding the device. It changes the position of on-screen information according to device’s orientation.
  4. Gyroscope,  Accelerameter:  To measure the speed
AR Medical Augmented reality has the potential to affect all industries and enhances one's perception from advertising and marketing, to gaming , medicine, Education, Travelling, Navigation etc. In the upcoming years AR will change not only the way we use our phone, but also the way we see and interact with the world.Augmented reality apps can help to increase customer satisfaction and improve loyalty, which plays a great role in making future purchasing decisions.  
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Xamarin- Framework for Native Apps

The Mobile World is changing day by day . In this healthly competitive World , Every business requires Mobile app to face their competitors and to promote their services. In such Scenario the real confusion is whether to go with Native Apps or Cross platform App? Native apps run directly on the mobile device. They make use of the hardware features available on the device, such as a camera and sensors such as an accelerometer, a compass, etc where as Cross platform mobile development refers to a technique of writing a single codebase for apps that will eventually be used on different operating systems. Recently Smart developers will take the advantage of toolset like Xamarin to reduce bulk of the development process. xamarinmultiplatform21-300x162   What is Xamarin and why its users are increasing day by day??? • Xamarin facilitate the mobile developers the ability to quickly and easily create applications on iOS, Android, Mac and Windows devices in a fully native manner, but from a single code base. • It respects the uniqueness of each platform and does not force developers to create apps that look the same on all platforms. • Xamarin technology allows Developers to keep Native UI across all three platforms. • It is integrated with SDKs of all of the different operating system. • Using allows developers to automatically test iOS and Android apps immediately, on hundreds of devices. Hence, Xamarin has brought technology a step ahead. It provides solution & allow developers to create UI’s unique to each platform and functionality that can be reused on another platform . Please check updated version of this Blog
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Articulated Naturality Web

Articulated Naturality Web technology is a mission to drive commercialization, internationalization and futurization of the world. Articulated Naturality gives a virtuality continuum and brings together many new emerging technologies to create a revolutionary user experience of the real and digital world. Articulated Naturality Web ANW technology services include video scene feature identification, image processing, multi-sensor coordination, real-time positioning, wireless access, media information, digital publication, entertainment and other fields of augmented reality. The challenging applications of ANW are: 1)Business 2)Shopping 3)Geolocation 4)Digital Marketing 5)Education Have a look at the video showing some of the possibilities using ANW: Articulated Naturality Web Articulated Naturality Web promises to take the concept of augmented reality to a whole new level. The future of augmented reality is Articulated Naturality Web which is the future of mobile life and potentially the future of advertising.
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Leap Motion Technology

The magic of Leap motion is now at developers “Fingertips” using motion technology.Leap Motion is a small rectangular computer hardware sensor device that allows you to control applications on your computer screen using hand and finger motions as input. It is a brand new and highly promising device, the remarkable, accurate and incredibly natural way to interact with your computer. You can handle a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand . Leap Motion It is a breakthrough in computer interaction,using a patented mathematical approach to 3D, touch free motion sensing and motion control software that’s alike anything that currently exist on the market. It is more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. This technology allows people to play, create, explore and learn with their computers through movement of fingers. Some of the special features of Leap Motion are:
  • Most easiest method of computer interaction.
  • Having greater accuracy and responsiveness.
  • More flexible,uses array of sensors for easy accessing.
  • High portability
  • More Affordable
  • In future it is also used in robotics and business field also.
Leap Motion Applications include:
  • Education
  • For making musical groves
  • For gaming
  • Internet browsing
  • Medicine
  • Household
  • Entertainment
  • 3D Modelling and Graphics
  • Manufacturing
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Krify exhibited in eIndia 2013, IT Summit

Krify team has exhibited its products and range of mobile app and web app development services in eIndia, IT Summit in Hyderabad, India. eIndia is India’s Premier ICT event on cutting edge technologies and solutions. Mobile Conference The 2-day Conference-cum-Expo comprised of Panel discussions and Round-Table Discussions with the objective of unearthing means to make technology affordable and accessible to the common man.
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Upgrade your iPhone app to iPhone5 or face rejection

Apple has finally placed a deadline on its rejection of apps that use UDIDs. As of 1st May 2013, Apple will no longer accept new apps that use the Universal Device Identifier (UDID). In addition, all apps must be compatible with Apple’s Retina displays and iPhone apps must support the iPhone 5 which has 4? retina display, or they’re no go.

The ban on apps that don’t support the iPhone 5?s display is an interesting one, as there are still many apps out there on the store that are stuck at the old device resolution of the iPhone 4/4S. For whatever reason, Apple has had a hard time convincing some developers to update their apps to support the iPhone 5?s display. While most marquee apps have been updated, there are still a few on my device that are not updated. Now, if they want to fix any bugs or add any new features, they’ll also have to be iPhone 5-ready.

The new screen size requirements also mean that iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2G will slowly start to fade from the picture as new apps cease to support them. It means, any new updates to apps or new apps will no longer be able to support iOS 4.2 devices, as they’ll have to be built against the iOS 6 SDK, which contains features incompatible with older versions of Apple’s software (outside of some hacky methods).

What is required to convert your non-iPhone5 apps to iPhone5 Compatible?

It does not required any change in terms of the Functionality (models). It requires all the UI Views (View level) and Graphics to be redone to retina standards.

Would you like to upgrade your Apps to Retina display and iPhone5?

At Krify, we are passionate to create value to our customers. Our iOS, ObjectiveC Designers help you in converting the apps to iPhone5 as quickly as possible. Get in touch with us through our contact form.

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Face Recognition – Overview, Usage in mobile apps

The number of electronic transactions or digital transactions is growing day by day, as people started reducing pen and paper incrementally. As the digital transactions are growing more, there is a constant demand for fast and accurate user identification & authentication. Face recognition is emerging as a greatest solution to bridge this gap in recent days.

Face recognition technology is the least intrusive and quickest biometric technology. It works with the foremost obvious individual identifier – the human face.

You open your laptop lid and instantaneously the software system recognizes you and logs you in. Or, even as you enter your workplace, the camera over the door takes a look at you and opens the door after seeing you as an employee .

How does a system perform these tasks? General face recognition software conduct a comparison of parameters like distances between eyes, nose, mouth, and jaw edge to the image in its database. Depending upon the matches found, it determines the result. This technique is known as feature based matching and it is the most basic method of facial recognition.

Simply- capturing, extracting, comparing, and matching.

facial_Recognition_1-300x150 Smart Phones with Face Recognition:- Face recognition technology is becoming increasingly popular in consumer electronics and could soon be featured on many mobile devices. Smartphone uses face recognition for providing the security for people’s devices. Apple has been given a patent for a system that would use facial detection and or other devices. Google also decided allowing a face recognition app for Google Glass. The real world is about to become a much more connected place, utilizing some of the most accurate facial recognition software in the world. Some of the best face recognition based apps are - Recognize Me, FaceLock, FaceVault and for facebook there is an app called Klik to identify faces on Facebook. Face recognition scenarios:-
  • Travel
  • Customer Banking
  • Retail Industry
  • Astrology
  • Time and Attendance system
Limitations:-
  • Image quality
  • Image size
  • Face angle
  • Processing and storage
Face Recognition is an Upcoming trend and it is being estimated that this technology will be the backbone of all major security.
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Flat Designs a new trend after Skeuomorphism

We don't want to be spoon feed usability any more. Just as web users around 2000 no longer needed hand holding on what a link does, smartphone users around 2013 no longer need the skeuomorphism. A little over six years have passed since the first iPhone was introduced, and we have all grown accustomed to having multi-touch in our daily life. Skeuomorphic Design: First, let’s go back to 2007. There is no iPhone, no one knows what multi-touch means, there’s no swipe left, no pinch to zoom. To help users to understand these new concepts, Apple have made them immediately familiar to users. Therefore, they decided to mimic real-world objects for the basis of their app UI, in an approach known as “Skeuomorphic design”. Skeuomorphism elements can take up valuable screen space and loading time with functionless embellishments. Flat design is tailored to fit an on-screen experience, as opposed to earlier styles which were made to mimic a physical experience.

Skeuomorphism and flat design are two very different ways of representing the interactions and functions of a computer, mobile, tablet or website. Skeuomorphism seeks to replicate real-world items directly into its design. This style makes use of drop shadows, bevels, gradients and textures. Flat design rejects nearly all of these attributes, By discarding unnecessary styling, it makes for speedier pages, cleaner code, and easy adaptability and takes on a much more minimalist approach.

Flat Design : The new vogue in Apps & Web Design! Flat is not a major innovation in design that will change the way we look at graphics and user interfaces forever. It is simply a trend. Flat Design is Built on the Goals of Skeuomorphism and Minimalism. Apple’s new iOS 7 Flat design places functionality over style as the cornerstone of its design. Flat design is probably the biggest trend in web and user interface design this year. The latest popularity is made by Apple and new Google design, which strides even deeper into minimalism. Flat designs look great when made within the restraints of minimalism, they can also handle a lot more complexity; these designs have a crispness and clarity that can only be achieved by stripping away three dimensional effects. In its essence, flat design has two objectives: 1. Accepting the limits of the screen and working within those parameters rather than trying to disguise them. 2. Using this new found simplicity as a starting point for streamlining designs, and making websites faster and more functional. Google, Apple and Microsoft follows Flat Design Trend now.
At Krify, We have smart designers who can convert your existing apps & websites to Flat designs. Reach us through contact form.
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Amazing response to Krify’s Mobile App Workshop

Krify has organized a full day “Mobile App Workshop” on 10th November 2013 at Hotel Sarovar Portico, Kakinada, India with an objective to share knowledge, innovations and cutting edge technology apps and its development. Being a reputed apps development company, we believed strongly that its our responsibility to share the knowledge and awareness to spread awareness and attract new talent. The first module of the workshop focused on knowledge on Mobile User Experience, Mobile User Interface Design and Mobile App Project Management. The second module is code walk though. We demonstrated iPhone, iPad and android app development with emphasis on code management, environment, architecture design with several apps and their development ideas.  
 Total of 125 participants attended the workshop from several IT development companies and students undergoing professional IT / Engineering courses. Participants enjoyed concepts and development ideas such as (i) GPS & Google Traffic Maps and how it is done (ii) Solving Sudoku Puzzle with Apps (iii) Augmented reality Zombie fight etc.
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Testflight – On the fly Build management for Apps

When you want to get your apps developed by an Apps development company such as Krify, you certainly need to ensure that the company is actually developing as per your needs. Most of the matured development companies make sure that they will show live demos during the development for feedback. When the project is in beta testing phase (showing the “To be released” product to customer feedback and acceptance), it is very much important to make sure that customer tests the app thoroughly. The real challenge in Apps beta deployment is sending an app to the customer without connecting the customer device to the computer. This is a very tedious job for non-techie customers.   Test flight and its on the air build management: Test flight is a free testing service for mobile developers, managers and testers. It is a service for distributing test builds to beta testers (customers), on live. It is a free platform used to distribute beta and internal iOS/Android applications to team members over-the-air. It improves iOS Beta Testing Process and also a new tool for mobile developers for testing iOS4(iPhone,iPad) applications. Instead, developers just upload their builds to their TestFlight account while testers download the build directly on their phones. Developers can then manage testing and receive feedback from their team with TestFlight’s Dashboard. TestFlight follows Apple’s beta and internal distribution guidelines which includes the following: 1)When an app is built and needs to be sent out to multiple devices it needs to be built with a distribution provisioning profile (Ad Hoc or Enterprise) 2)Once the binary has been compiled with a valid distribution provisioning profile and packaged as an IPA, it is ready to distribute. Getting Started with Test Flight:  (as a Tester /Customers to beta test the build)
  1. As a tester using TestFlight, you can either be invited, recruited by the development company.
  2. Once you sign up with TestFlight and login to the dashboard for the first time, you will be asked to connect your device, allowing developers to access the device’s Unique Device Identifier (UDID) or have the ability to install Android apps on your device.
  3. Once you have successfully connected the device to your account and have been accepted to a team, the developer will have to add the UDID to the application, so that you can install it on your device.
  4. Once the developer uploads a build you will receive an email through TestFlight, from the developer, with a link to install the build.
  5. Follow the instructions in the email, click on the link, download the build to your device, and you will be ready to begin using the app.
Testflight SDK TestFlight Software Development Kit (SDK) is a library that can be added to any iOS app for tracking analytics in beta/ internal testing and can also be used with apps in production (available in the App Store). Using this users (both developers / clients) can acquire more information on how and what testers are doing when testing an application on their device The SDK works for both beta versions and live versions available in the App Store. It allows you to track how beta testers are testing your application. It requires iOS 4.3 or above, the Apple LLVM compiler, and the libz library to run. The SDK also offers a remote logging solution. Find out more about our logging system in the “Remote Logging” section.
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Smartphones are getting more smarter

Making and receiving voice calls has become one of the more minor functions of a smartphone. Smartphone is like a personal digital assistant and an invaluable tool that enables individuals and business professionals to stay connected and be productive from virtually anywhere and at any time. In this smartphone era, everyday we come across new technologies in the form of Smartphone new models (Eg: iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, Blackberry Z30 etc…) with improved hardware and Operating system versions (IOS 1 to IOS 7, Android -> Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0–2.1), Froyo (2.2–2.2.3), Gingerbread (2.3–2.3.7), Honeycomb (3.0–3.2.6), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0–4.0.4), Jelly Bean (4.1–4.3), and KitKat (4.4) ) with improved features. Smartphone’s Amazing New operating systems: IOS: The latest iOS 7 introduces great new features like Control Centre, AirDrop for iOS and smarter multitasking. It has a new structure, applied across the whole system, that brings clarity to the entire experience. Conspicuous ornamentation has been stripped away. Unnecessary bars and buttons have been removed. Android: Each Android version is named after a dessert: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. The latest upcoming version is named as “Kitakat” with additional new features and new technical specifications.   Mobile World Smartphone’s Amazing Hardware improvements: iPhone: If we compare the iPhone 5 with new iPhone 5S in Hardware point of view, iPhone 5S comes with upgraded quad-core SGX544MP4 GPU, 2GB of RAM, IGZO screen, camera with 12 megapixels, NFC and a fingerprint reader. Some key developments that will revolutionize the smartphone over the next decade: Fingerprint sensor and biometric authentications, advanced ultra intelligent agents like Siri, Smartphone wallets for mobile payments, Voice operated screens etc. Don't you agree ? Smart phones are getting more smarter.
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Add BUMP to your mobile app

With the growing use of smart phones and tablets, companies and innovators around the world are working to make them intuitive, simple and fun to interact with people around. Have you heard of Bump? Okay, we would like share this interesting and intuitive mobile app and technology behind it. Bump, allows you to exchange contact information wirelessly. Not only that, it allows you to use and leverage the technology with in your own Mobile App. Cool, is not it !! Bump, which is an app for iPhone and Android phones, has made it very easy for people to share contacts and transfer photos or money from one phone to another. It even allows to transfer photos from a phone to a personal computer. What all it requires is a physical bump (slight hit with head to head) with an another phone which is next to it which also has bump app within it. The app simply exchanges the contact information of the phone owners immediately. The same technology that is used to share the contacts is used to share other applications such as photo sharing, money payments etc. Many saw Bump at South by Southwest 2010, Austin. It was wildfire afterwards with more than 10 million downloads with in the first year of it’s release. How exactly BUMP Technology works ? Technically, the way BUMP works has two parts. (i) Identification: Detecting physical Bumps from mobile phones around the world, by collecting . (ii) Classification: Pairing two mobile devices based on the pairing algorithms Identification: The app first need to detect a bump. In the identification phase, the App running in your smart phone gathers information from the phone Sensors and arranges them in a specialized data structure which is then submitted to the BUMP Backend cloud. The data collected from the sensors such as accelerometer, EMF sensor etc will be useful in detecting a BUMP. Once a bump is detected, the device collect several other informations such as the geo-location, IP address, density values ( which sets the tolerances) and several other data parameters. Classification: A smart matching algorithm running on BUMP cloud listens to the bumps from phones around the world and pairs up phones that felt the same bump. Then the Core Algorithms just route information between the two phones in each pair With Bump one is in control of deciding with whom they share their information. Bump requires a strong connection to the Internet so that the Bump app can communicate with Bump cloud. Bump uses whatever Internet connection is available on your device, whether that is WiFi or Cellular. It requires geo-location service to be active. Bump use location information as one of the ways to limit the number of other phones, that it have to check to determine the correct match (pair). Basically, if you are in Chicago, it uses that info so it don’t have to compare your bump with bumps coming in from Japan, Europe, New York, etc. For this reason, they require that location services be turned on and that users authorize the use of their location information. If you do not authorize use of location information, Bump won’t work. Bump Sharing   How can you leverage Bump Technology for your own App ? At Krify, we have growing requests on utilizing this technology for our customers own apps. Bump API can be used to leverage the technology for identifying and pairing bumps. 95% of matches are displayed to the user in less than one second from time of bump. It uses secure TLS encryption which is end-to-end. It is very intuitive as the connections are established with a gesture known and loved by 85+ million Bump users. The connections are very persistent, as the connections established can persist as long as you’d like, including across sessions, with no need to hold phones together. When you have a mobile App that requires interaction between two users, then Bump technology is something that you should worth consider. For example, check Flock – which finds the photos that you’ve taken together with friends and makes it easy for you to share them with each other.
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Responsive Web Design : Are you ready ?

The Growing Challenge:

Day by day, the number of devices, platforms, and browsers that need to work with your site grows. With the introduction of many tablets, tons of new internet accessible devices, smartphones and technologies, We have been faced with designing for more monitor resolutions and devices than ever before. This acceleration of users accessing Web content from mobile devices rather than traditional desktop and laptop computers has posed a difficult challenge to business owners as well as webmasters in presenting the websites to mobile visitors.

Responsive Web Design:

Responsive web design represents a  fundamental shift in how we’ll build websites for the decade to come. Responsive websites respond to the device that accesses it.

Rather than designing multiple sites for different-sized devices, Responsive Web design fluid layout approach designs one site but specifies how it should appear on varied devices. Responsive Web design has emerged as both one of the hottest trends in Web design and development, as well as the preferred method to address these challenges.

What is Responsive Design?

Krify website as seen in iPhone4S, Safari

Let’s just get right into it: Believe it or not, the Krify corporate website & blog that you’re reading this article on is actually a Responsive design! To see it in action, open this article on a desktop browser and slowly make the browser thinner and wider. You should see the layout magically adjust itself to more comfortably fit the new width of the browser, even if you make the page as skinny as the resolution of a mobile phone.

Responsive web design is not a single piece of technology, but rather, a collection of techniques and ideas.

(i) Fluid Grids: The first key idea behind responsive design is the usage of what’s known as a fluid grids. Fluid grids go a few steps beyond the traditional liquid layout. Instead of designing a layout based on rigid pixels or arbitrary percentage values, a fluid grid is more carefully designed in terms of proportions. This way, when a layout is squeezed onto a tiny mobile device or stretched across a huge screen, all of the elements in the layout will resize their widths in relation to one another.

(ii) Media Queries: The second part of responsive design is CSS3 media queries, which currently has great support across many modern browsers.Mobile Site

Advantages of Responsive Web Sites

  1. High Usability, Intutive, and Intractive
  2. Lower Maintenance costs for website owners
  3. Brand consistency
  4. Fast Load Time
  5. No redirects Web is going responsive

Many businesses and companies are rapidly migrating their websites to Responsive. Here are the examples of couple of responsive websites.

http://www.barackobama.com

http://www.bostonglobe.com

https://www.krify.co …

and plenty more !!! Let us redesign your existing website into a Responsive Design !

At Krify, We have passionate design team specialized in HTML5, CSS3 with responsive fluid design skills. We can convert your existing websites into niche Responsive websites. Send us a message from our Contact Page with your website link, and then we will help you the rest of the process.

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Monetization strategies for your Mobile Apps

Mobile app market is booming. Every day, thousands of mobile apps are being developed and every second hundreds of apps are being discovered and downloaded to mobile devices.

In the recent few years, mobile and Smartphone companies have witnessed drastic revolution in the mobile apps development sector. Because of this, choosing and implementation of mobile app monetization strategy has become a difficult task for mobile developers

An app should always meet both the user and ROI expectations. If a Mobile application developer wants some serious earning out of his app, then it can be done through a correct app monetization strategy that should be an integral part of any app development strategy.

Mobile app monetization is one of the most exciting opportunities to hit the global marketplace. It is fast becoming an attractive option for firms to deploy their mobile apps in the marketplace.

Types of Mobile App Monetization models:

Paid apps and free apps are the two main branches of app monetization.

1) Paid apps can only work if the application created is really unique and classy. Also the platform also matters on determining the prices. Currently, paid downloads represents about 24% of Apple App Store revenues.

2) Free apps is the most popular monetization strategy with users and with developers. Free app model offers 5 different options for earning money: in-app ads, freemium, in-app purchases, Ad based revenue, Social ads etc.

In app purchases - In-app Advertisements have often become the effective strategies associated with the monetization of the mobile apps. 71% of all in-app purchases come through apps that are free to download.

Ad based revenue - It is a a great monetization tool where developers can monetize their app by displaying banner ads, video ads, push notification ads on their app. .

Social ads - Developers can use their social ads and generate greater revenue within their application.

Fremium - It is a well-established online business model that can also be applied to mobile apps. Offer a free app and let people unlock premium features such as additional levels for games or more exercises for a workout app.

Choosing the right business model is very essential for app’s success. The right model can mean maximizing both users and revenue. A great app + A great promotion + Great monetization tool= Huge profits

At Krify, we work closely with our clients building the strategy for development and monetization for their App Success.

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UX – How different is it from UI

User Interface (UI) Design,  User Experience (UX) are commonly used terms, but many people often have difficulty differentiating between the two. It’s very important to know the difference between these two before designing or redesigning any Mobile app or website. UX encompasses a person’s perceptions and responses that result from the anticipated use of a product, system or service.It is all about approaching applications as the user. It is responsible for the emotion of the user when interacting with the interface or product. UX is the intangible feel, flow & simplicity design of a strategy that brings a solution. It uses all the UI controls to develop a good looking application. UI refers to the aggregation of approaches and elements that allow the user to interact with a system. It is what users see when they access an application. It is responsible for everything that a user will see on the interface. UI is the tangible buttons, forms and images, that are commonly used for organizing content on the device screen, providing means for user navigation or notifying about application status changes.
UX Designers combine their research and design skills together to understand the user needs and produce solutions according to their requirement. UX Designer = Research + Design UI Designers fill the middle ground by combining both design sensibilities and technical skills together. UI Designer = Design + HTML/CSS/JS
The principle elements of UX are
  • U—Usability
  • A—Acessability
  • U—Utility
  • A—Adoptability
  • D- –Desirability
  • C—Credibility
The principle elements of UI are
  • S—Structure
  • S—Simplicity
  • V—Visibility
  • F—Feedback
  • T— Tolerance
  • R— Reuse
UX Designers focus on the structure and layout of content, and navigation.The types of deliverables they produce include site-maps, user flows, prototypes and wireframes, branding etc which are more focused on the underlying structure and purpose of the software. UX-and-UI UI Developers focus on the way the functionality is displayed and the fine detail of how users interact with the interface. They produce the visual comps and functioning front-end code. UI and UX design are interrelated and need both to create simple user centered products. User Interface and User Experience are two very important factors which will take your brand or business close to your customers. The difference between good products and great ones is a great user experience. People expect products to be intuitive, beautiful and user-friendly. Design and UX will also create an atmosphere of confidence, trust and establishment. With the explosion of social media and smart devices, customers are becoming incredibly sophisticated, elusive, and empowered. As a result, the dynamics that govern the relationship between brands and customers is evolving. User experience is the entire look AND feel of a product, system or service. Today user experience design can make or break your business. A UX strategy can enhance the customer-experience and increase brand-awareness and build brand-loyalty for new and existing customers. The primary function of UX is the development of an architecture that creates a delightful, emotional, and sensory experience. download UX, or user experience, is a measure of the ease and pleasure users enjoy when navigating a site. The key qualities that UX designer needs:
  1. Creativity & Passion
  2. An Awareness and Interest in Technology
  3. Competence in the Basics of Graphic Design
  4. Strong and Varied People Skills
  5. A Great Sense of Design
  6. Moderate Familiarity with Business, Deep Familiarity with Your Business
  7. The Ability to Quickly Learn a Subject Matter Area
  8. Mediation, Facilitation, & Translation Skills
  9. Vision
Benefits of having best UX: 1)User Experience Design benefits initial product development 2)User Experience Design benefits product maintenance & support 3)User Experience Design benefits the products users
At Krify, We have experienced Mobile & Web User experience designers and team of User interface developers for our customer needs. Please contact us if you have any specific design challenge to solve.
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Game Engines for Awesome Gaming apps

A game engine is a framework which facilitates the kinds of tasks that need to be done when developing a game. They are intended to make everything with regards to game development easier. A game engine’s purpose is to make it easier for the developer to create a game, without having to install a whole bunch of libraries and writing their own wrappers to suit the game. Game-engine Game engines come in many different levels of programming expertise. To know how different they can be, lets go through few of them. Unity 3D Unity is a feature rich, fully integrated development engine for the creation of interactive 3D content. It provides complete, out-of-the-box functionality to assemble high-quality, high-performing content and publish to multiple platforms. It supports the creation of almost any game imaginable, including: Browser-based MMOGs, First-person shooters, Racing games, Real-time strategy games, Third-person shooters, Roleplaying games, Side-scrollers etc. Unity 3.5 was one of the largest releases for the Unity development platform and added new features and improvements to existing technology. Unity 4 includes several new additions to the technology in the initial Unity 4.0 release. Advantages: 1)3D Games  -Less learning time 2)Multi platform support Disadvantages: 1)No multi-player option 2)When working on a multi-platform game, whenever you switch build targets you have to re-import everything and that takes a long time. Gamesalad GameSalad is the world’s fastest game design engine. It is the simplest and easiest way to develop multi platform games. GameSalad is a 2D object oriented tool that allows you to create completely original games Using a drag and drop interface, enabling the user to create applications for iOS, Android, HTML5, and even for the Mac Platform It is a code-free 2D game development platform that serves as an excellent tool for both learning and teaching game design and development.   Advantages : 1) Creating 2D Games
  • Visual, Drag and Drop Interface
  • Fast – Create Games in Hours not Weeks
  • No Coding
  • Complex Behavior  Library
  • Develop on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android or your web browser.
2) Testing Games To create a great game you need to test it and make sure it works perfectly. GameSalad offers an In-App previewer to test your behavior sets and game logic. 3) Publishing GameSalad allows for easy and quick cross-platform publishing of your games on all supported targets including iPad, Nook, Android, iPhone, Kindle and Mac desktop. Disadvantages : 1) No multi-player option 2) Can’t work on Windows
Krify has superior experience in cutting edge mobile apps and gaming applications including word games like Ruzzle, Namegame, drawing games such as Draw something etc. If you want to build next generation gaming apps, you can get in touch with our team with your ideas.
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Mobile App Workshop on 10 Nov 2013

Krify plans to organize “Mobile App Workshop” on 10 November 2013 in Kakinada, AP, India. For more details & pre-registration, Visit www.youngengineer.com.
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Yatra Travelogue App & Website Launch

Yatra, a Sanskrit word, literally meaning Journey. Journey can be of anything, life, musical, experiences etc. Yatra 3 East Godavari Yatra is a Travelogue, Coffee table book that takes on a pictorial tour of the Tourist District, East Godavari in the state of Andhra Pradesh, in India. This book was released recently by SV Publications along with Krify. Yatra 4
Krify has provided a complete Technology support of the Web, E-commerce portal, SEO of the Yatra Book. You can read more details about the book as well as tourism in East Godavari district in www.godavariyatra.in
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Tech-teaching: Teachers & Students loving it

Once upon a time, the role of the teacher in the classroom conjured up images and ideas of blackboards, rulers, chalk, and pencils. Today, technology is becoming more and more integrated into modern school systems—not just as an added bonus, but as a necessity to how students learn and how teachers teach. While at one point in time, adopting technology into the classroom may have been perceived as stressful and forced for teachers and students alike, as it stands now, students aren’t just excited about using technology, teachers are excited and highly capable of utilizing its presence in the classroom. From smartboards to class computers to e-readers and e-textbooks, each new technology presents new models of both teaching and learning opportunities.

Now, everyday teachers with Tech access are finding new ways to embrace technology and incorporate it into the classroom. As a result, teachers are more efficient than ever, and students are capable of learning faster and more efficiently.

In fact, a majority of students say that technology has helped them to achieve their academic goals, while a majority of teachers say they would like to use even more technology in the classroom.

 Teaching TechniqueTeachers are using more & more Technology. Does this help ?

65% teachers say technology lets them demonstrate things they could not show another way. Three in every four teachers are saying that tablets, apps are (i) allowing them to reinforce and expand on content (ii) help motivate people (iii) accommodates multiple learning styles.

Even technology is used to teach outside the classroom. This helped students to watch video lectures while they are in home through interactive apps and mobile mediums.

So it is not surprising that three in every four students say technology helps them achieve their academic goals. Infact, two in three teachers want even more technology in their class rooms. ( Courtesy & Credits of Info-graphic: www.onlineuniversities.com )

  Tamil Slate   Krify builds interactive and user friendly educational apps such as Telugu slate, English slate, Tamil slate and continuously adding amazing user experience features.
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BBC Radio featured Krify Mobile Apps

At Krify, We are passionate to create value. We work an extra mile, to create best value to our customers by clearly understanding their requirements and goals. This is what differentiates us from the rest. Today, BBC Radio (Essex) broadcasted a featured discussion on our innovative dental mobile app which is developed by Krify for our customer Bluebell Dental Practice based in London. Invisible Brace Scan is an innovative principle dentist from Bluebell Dental Practice, Chigwell was interviewed by Dave Monk asking interesting questions about the app and ideas around it.
This small achievement has filled lot of confidence & enthusiasm in our entire Krify team.
 
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