Skype for Android Update Makes It Easier to Find Your Contacts

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Skype updated its Android app Wednesday, and the 5.0 version syncs users’ address books from their phones to their Skype accounts.

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First, users will have to verify their phone numbers in the app to sync contacts. Then, the phone’s address book will instantly import information on the Skype contact list. Those who have Microsoft accounts will also be able to automatically import contact lists from other Microsoft programs like Outlook.

Previously, users had to input each contact. The new update promises a smoother transition from phone to Skype.

“This means it’s easier than ever to find contacts you already know on Skype so you can start chatting, calling and sharing instantly,”

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Google Nexus 8 2014 Release Date Leak

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Rumors concerning Google’s Nexus 8 refuse to die, and the latest leak suggests the fabled device is currently undergoing trials in India.

a shipping manifest posted on Zauba showed that Bangalore Air Cargo had shipped out two ‘Nexus 8 prototypes’ on two separate dates. The first device that was shipped on June 30 came with the description “similar to Nexus (7)”. It is not clear what this information means. Curiously, the second device was simply listed as “Nexus 8 Prototype” with no further information.

As of now, Google has yet to announce the Nexus 8 tablet by name. In fact, it was the rumor mill that first coined the term ‘Nexus 8’ to describe the rumored follow-up to the successful Nexus 7 tablet. The recent cargo manifest, if accurate, suggests that Google is indeed preparing to release the Nexus 8.

Earlier, it was rumored that Google had cancelled the entire Nexus series that included devices such as the Nexus 6 and Nexus 10 (2014). Even so, the tech giant may continue the Nexus name with tablets — if recent gossip is to be believed.

Android app growth as a game development platform

ImageAndroid has surpassed iOS to be the most popular mobile operating in the world. There are hundreds of millions of active Android devices and hundreds of thousands of Android devices are activated daily throughout the world. There is more than one reason behind the popularity of Android. First and the comprehensible factor is the open source nature of the operating system. However, there are deeper and more technical reasons. It is a notable factor in this context that gaming is the strongest and fastest growing niche in Android app development. While the Google mobile OS still lags behind iOS in some domains, it is clearly the top favorite of mobile game developers.

The open source nature of Android has certainly helped in its expansion and offered the flexibility that the dormant community of potential developers needed. From skilled and experienced Android application developers to amateurs who try their talent for the first time, the platform accommodates all. A fact of the matter is that even free Android applications have potential to generate greater revenue than what paid applications generate. That hardly leaves any doubt which platform is the most suitable for beginner-level development. That is why the disparity between iOS and Android is not as much in higher levels of application development that it is in the start-up level.

The user-interface of Android is developed using Java, which is an open source programming language. The open sources make development easy and feasible for developers who contemplate starting their earning through mobile application development. The Google platform has a great application framework that facilitates replacement and reuse of components. Its custom 2D graphics library and open GLES 1.0 3D graphics specifications have optimized the quality of graphics offered by the mobile OS. Graphics is highly regarded by gamers and that is another reason why game developers prefer Android to other mobile OS. While high-investment games can be and are made for various mobile platforms, games for mindless fun and entertainment are predominantly found on Android. It is because the developers can relate to the investment that they have to make and the potential of earning, which keeps the account rolling and enables individual developers or companies to start larger projects.

Android supports various audio, video and image formats such as GIF, PNG, JPG, AMR, AAC, MP3, H.264 and MPEG4. Such extensive support is what any Android game developer appreciates. Some of the most common categories of games that are developed on Android platform are mind games, puzzles, Hollywood-related games, card games and different race sports. Action games are also in good concentration at Google Play.

People with an idea can hire Android developers to get the application or game according to their specification. Freelance developers as well as companies provide development services and people can hire them for personal applications as well as commercial projects. Though there is no shortage of developers in the open market, hirers need to verify whether they have worked on diverse projects and can deliver the product on time.

Get More Business Through iPhone and Android App Development

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Smartphones have changed the perception about how much advanced technology can be integrated to regular life of humans. In this age, smartphones belong to sizable population of every developed and developing country. The ability of smartphones to assist users via mobile applications in virtually every regular, occasional and rare situation has made them essential commodity. Interestingly, gaining foothold in the mobile application development industry is not as hard for a new mobile app development company as it may seem to be. The applications market is expanding at incredible rate and the demands for applications continue to rise. Skilled Android and iPhone app developers only need to identify the genre or the target community to start and expand application development business.
Choices Available
There are different approaches to application development for smartphones. Broadly, they can be classified as either commercial or personal. Commercial application development is dominant as anyone and everyone wants to exploit the boom industry for good. The companies that are engaged in mobile application development range from small with a few developers to very large with hundreds of professionals. The community of freelance developers is considerable too. In other words, there are various options for entrepreneurs to get more business through iPhone and Android app development.
Why Mobile Applications
Entrepreneurs in production, sales or service industry, irrespective of the size of the business, can expand customer-base by launching suitable mobile application to reach for smartphone and phablet users. Surveys throughout the world reveal steady rise in online shopping and studies show that the number of users purchasing or accessing information via their mobile devices is growing remarkably too. Like popularisation of the Internet necessitated owning a website, the introduction of smart mobile devices has made applications essential for marketing and growth of any business.
Considerations for iPhone and android App Development
Applications that provide all the information about the business of a firm belong to the simplest kind. However, almost every business involves transaction of some kind – sales or service provision. Therefore, applications that can facilitate transaction are more useful to users. However, such applications are more expensive to run for the owners. So, entrepreneurs should carry out feasibility study on the expense of running an advanced application and the prospective business that it can generate.
A relatively inexpensive way to get an application up and running is to hire Android developer for freelance. Freelancers charge lesser than established companies but thorough verification and proof of their skill has to be sought before signing the deal. The open source nature of Android makes the overall project affordable for even home businesses. As the customers increase and the business improves due to mobile application, the company can prepare to invest on iPhone app development  Apple users are known to be most active application downloader and users. On the other hand, firms that are big enough to afford an application for both platforms can do so at once. With the presence of applications, regularly following the market trend and making appropriate alterations is enough to have steadily increasing business.

 

Mobile Website Development – Some Amazing Advantages

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It is common to see people browsing web pages of different sites through their Smartphones. In any public area one can observe people having a look at their favorite website through an Android phone or iPhone. There has been a drastic increase in the amount of people accessing web through their Smartphones and according to a recent survey around one fifth of Americans web pages through their mobile every day. Some amazing advantages of mobile application development are:

Ease in accessibility

These types of websites tend to be responsive and can be visited by any person who has internet enabled on their phones. One can easily interact with the mobile websites whenever and wherever they want. Even world’s top search engine i.e. Google has said that these type of websites have the highest engagement rate. The navigations is easier and it easily fits to the screen and there in no loss in data when the prospective customer is accessing the web page.

Building a good customer base

One should always focus on keeping the potential customer happy and avoid all kinds of negative perceptions. This is only possible by developing a site with the help of a experienced Mobile app development company. If by any chance the current customers don’t get a good response while navigating through the web pages then there are high chances that the company would lose them and there would be a decrease in the profits. The online retailers can easily double their sales if they get a proper responsive website that helps the customers make an easy purchase.

Significant increase in traffic

Increasing the traffic and the visitor count of a website has been one of the toughest jobs for the webmaster. Mobile application development has made this task much easier as it helps in proper branding of the company. Through this process one can expect to get ranked on the search engines and market their products through social media. The webmaster can easily put the text link of their website on different social networks and the prospective customers will be able to find the website through their favorite social networking site. Since this increases the reach of the website globally this will lead to a significant increase in the traffics.

Revenue generation

Just increasing the traffic does not finish the job; one should also focus on generating good profits through the visitors. When a business owner approaches a Mobile App Development Company his main aim is to increase his business revenue through the site. The main aim should be to make it easier for the visitors to perform different actions while they are browsing through different web pages. The important information should be placed in such a way that the visitors can know more about the company and contact the company easily. Once they are happy with the services of the online retailer then they will become a regular visitor and start making regular purchases. Revenue generation is all about making it easier for the potential customer to take actions in the site.

 

 

5 Crucial Stages of Android Application Development

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Mobile application development encompasses various steps that are involved in the process irrespective of the platform for which the application is being created. Successful launch of an Android application depends on how keenly developers understand various stages of software project management. Deep analysis of application development process reveals that numerous steps together form the development course. However, broader classification bundles a number of small stages into phases, completion of which marks significant progress in the development life cycle. Thus, there are 5 crucial stages of Android app development that every developer needs to be well aware of.

Requirement Specification: Typically, clients provide specifications for the Android application that they want to be created. Points of reference are often provided too. However, the task of requirement specification begins for developers after the brief from the client has been received. It is the responsibility of developers to study both specifications and the reference keenly to form blue print of the required product. This stage may require repeated communication between developers and clients as the former have to understand latter’s need and the latter need to understand the pros & cons described by the former.

Development Model Specification: Once clear idea of the project is obtained, developers have to decide which development model they will follow to finally deliver the product. There are various software development life cycle models such as Waterfall model, Incremental model and Spiral model, and different models are suitable in different scenarios. The choice of development model mainly depends on clients’ requirement-specification, time, utility of the application and the type of application. Spiral model can suitable for evolutionary applications while incremental model fits the bill for the applications that should be live soon and can be completed with periodic installment.

Role Assignment & Prioritization: Though it is a kind of managerial responsibility, it is a crucial stage in small as well as big mobile application development projects. Interface designing, database creation, server-side settings, documentation, etc. are different tasks that should be assigned to different members of a development team. Unless the required Android application is so basic that a lone developer can manage all tasks, role assignment and prioritization of task should be seriously considered. Else, the development life cycle may get chaotic as progress by one personnel may depend on progress by another.

Development: The main event of Android app development life cycle is coding and programming phase. Validation and verification of the developmental progress has to be ensured by team leaders or project managers. This ensures that applications pass the testing stage and is delivered exactly as demanded by clients or are close to precision.

Testing & Delivery: When clients hire Android developer, they expect that the product will be delivered such that it can be used immediately. Testing is very important to confirm that the efficiency of features and functions of applications are satisfactory and that the product can be delivered to clients. It is important to keep a copy of documentation that has to be given to clients.

MOBILE WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT VS MOBILE APPS – WHICH SHOULD YOUR BUSINESS CHOOSE ?

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Mobile websites and applications are the two means to establish web-presence of any business. However, the choice between website and application depends upon a number of factors. For some enterprises, mobile website may alone suffice the need for wider outreach whereas both may be required for others. The world witnesses an explosion of

mobile application development and both companies and freelancers try their luck at it. However, the scenario does not undermine the merits of mobile website development.

Mobile Website: These behave similar to regular websites. They have HTML-based pages that are linked and accessible via a browser. The only difference between regular websites and websites is that the latter is optimized for smartphones-displays, which are much smaller than desktops. Like it is for every website, Internet is needed for these websites.

Mobile Application: On the other hand, applications are native to specific OS such as Android, iOS and Windows Phone. These applications can be used after they are downloaded and installed to the device. Once installed, applications need internet only occasionally to update content.

It is quite safe to mention that nearly every mobile app development company deals in app development too. In fact, businesses applications make less sense without mobile websites. The recommended priority for small and medium-scale businesses is to have the website first and then an application.

Advantages of Mobile websites over Mobile Applications

Accessibility: Websites can be accessed without a hiccup as long as the device enjoys Internet connectivity. Mobile applications need to be downloaded and installed before they can be used.

Compatibility: Same website can be accessed via different OS. Thus, developers and administrators have to create and maintain only one website. But, applications function native to a OS. Therefore, organizations need to invest more on development to have an application for all major OS. Cross-platform applications can be developed but they are not as good as native applications.

Upgradability: Changes to the content or design of websites take effect immediately after developers or administrators edit. Application owners shave to push the update to users, who then have to download it to upgrade applications.

Visibility: The websites are searchable via search engines. Other websites in the same niche of business may even link to other websites. On the contrary, applications can be found at only at application stores of specific OS. Moreover, users may have to change filter settings on application stores to find an application easily.

More: Sharing mobile website URLs is easy, which also adds to their wider reach. Development and maintenance of these websites is less expensive and time-effective too.

Advantages of Mobile Applications

Application development is the most suitable option for games. Similarly, for personalised functions, such as note-taking, applications have edge due to their independence on Internet. Though mobile websites have improved in accessing device-specific functions, applications are best to exploit native functions of OS.