When Google’s Pixel, its new flagship phone, launched last fall, early adopters were treated to the latest version of Android: Nougat 7.1. Some analysts and critics were skeptical that Google would be able to nail both the hardware and software for their first in-house developed phone. However, time has proven Google’s engineers right. Reviews were glowing, and as manufacturers roll out the new OS to their own phones, it’s time to examine just why Nougat is the most mature edition of Android yet.
The best aspect of the new OS is its stability. Mobile reviewers and tech experts are hailing this as Android finally reaching parity with iOS in terms of maturity. Developing for early versions of Android, especially pre-Ice Cream Sandwich, was an experience far removed from developing for iOS. No matter the level of quality assurance developers employed, it was difficult to isolate rare bugs and code exceptions. Google’s efforts to unify its operating system across multiple devices have paid off, and Nougat is the most polished version of Android yet.
Doze is Android’s built-in battery saver. In a nutshell, if a user isn’t engaging with their phone by leaving it stationary and unplugged, Android will divert system resources away from unnecessary processing and network activity. While the feature was introduced in 6.0 Marshmallow, some developers struggled to correctly integrate and account for this sleep mode. With Nougat, Google has fine-tuned Doze in order to make it easy to work with for developers. The end results are an easier API under the hood and tangible power savings for end users.
We’re only at the start of 2017, but we’ve already written twice about how important security is becoming for app developers. With Nougat, Google is seeking to cater to secure work environments. The enhanced support for certificate installation and validation, as well as support for secondary users on the same device, makes it clear Google wants their OS to be taken seriously for use in enterprise and government applications.
Many Android skins from other manufacturers, including Samsung and Asus, have offered split screen functionality for a while. But Nougat marks the first time that Android is offering the feature natively. This alone is handy for the multitaskers among us. But for developers, it opens up a whole new avenue of apps optimized for split-screen use. As one of Android’s youngest features, don’t expect users to be immediately familiar with it. But the right app released at the right time could change that quickly.
Google’s commitment to the flat aesthetic has extended to its revamped notifications. Notifications are now smaller, but denser with information. They also stack by default, so apps like Gmail are able to fit more unread emails into a smaller on-screen area. For app developers, this means some smart optimizing will ensure your software’s push notifications won’t be pushed off the lock screen as easily.
There’s never been a better time to develop an app for Android devices. Google shows no signs of letting their mobile OS lag behind iOS. With a wide variety of supported devices and 1.4 billion users, Android has forcefully made its case to developers with this newest edition of its OS. When you work with veteran developers like Zco, you can trust our experts will always take advantage of the newest Android features when developing your app. Get in touch with us today, and find out how Zco’s Android development team of mobile app developers can assist with your app.
One of the biggest development trends coming down the pike in 2017 is encryption for mobile applications. As we recently wrote, major messaging apps are moving towards making end-to-end encryption default for their users – and with good reason. As the public moves to embrace smart technologies, like cloud storage and fingerprint authentication, security has become a major concern. High profile hacks, like the one Yahoo revealed late last year, as well as alleged attacks by Russian-based hackers, have made people and companies question how their data is secured. For companies developing enterprise-scale mobile solutions, this means implementing encryption to protect their data.
First, let’s identify the key benefits offered by encryption for enterprise customers:
In some industries, secure financial transactions and communications form the backbone of their entire service. Venmo, a peer-to-peer payment app we’ve discussed before, depends on its users’ trust in secure banking transactions. Its users must trust that their information is being secured against malicious hackers or scammers. Encryption is an excellent way to provide that protection.
One of the most common encryption in use today is known as Secure Socket Layers, or SSL encryption. On certain websites that require you to log in with credentials, you’ll notice a green padlock icon in your web browser’s URL bar. This means that the site you’re on has a valid SSL certificate, and therefore data sent between you and the website is being exchanged securely. This system uses what’s known as public and private keys exchanged between two parties to authenticate both participants’ identities. Without these keys, the data exchanged over the secure connection cannot be decrypted.
In a practical example, let’s say you would like to store a list of all your users’ transactions on their devices. But these transactions contain dollar amounts, account numbers, and routing numbers. Storing this information as a plain text document in something like a spreadsheet or CSV file is risky. Anyone who accesses the file can simply copy the file and read it, and that means hackers too. A system implemented like this can become a huge liability. PlayStation manufacturer Sony learned this lesson the hard way.
Customers of the PlayStation Network had their information (including e-mail addresses, account passwords, and billing information) compromised by hackers. After penetrating the network, the hackers simply copied the data and mined it for users’ data. Besides the monetary damage done to customers, the incident was a tremendous PR disaster for Sony, who struggled to regain consumer confidence in their services. Because Sony did not utilize encryption for their data, they are now part of a cautionary tale about cyber security.
With a properly deployed encryption solution, even if malicious parties penetrate a device or network through other means, the information remains safe. The data will be rendered useless because hackers won’t have the key to decrypt the data. And with enterprise-scale software, keeping that data secure can mean the difference between a profitable quarter and a disastrous one.
When it comes to designing and deploying enterprise software, you cannot overlook the security of your data. As technology moves forward, hackers are becoming more ingenious and resourceful. Enterprise security has become a digital arms race, and your company cannot afford to be left behind. The stakes are simply too high.
As a proven industry leader in enterprise software development, we’ve maintained a track record of utilizing cutting edge encryption technologies in our projects. We’ve created secure enterprise apps for Fortune 100 companies and startups alike. If you’re considering a scalable software solution for your company, consult our experts today and find out why we’re regarded as an industry leader in secure mobile app development.
The wearable healthcare device market is on the rise! With new kinds of wearable devices, understanding your body and health has become easier than ever. The wearable market has grown significantly given advances in technology, production of personal devices, and the increased desire of people looking to monitor and track their health and wellness efforts.
Healthcare wearables now come in a variety of forms with use cases for wearables in extending from consumers collecting fitness data to healthcare providers and insurers using wearables to improve health outcomes. This infographic provides information about the different wearable devices in the health care space and show where the wearable healthcare market is heading.
People nowadays are more conscious about their health and look for tangible benefits from their regular use of wearables. The growing interest of consumers’ in quantifying personal health metrics has created increased demand for health tracking devices. In order to meet this growing need, different consumer and healthcare manufacturing vendors’ have joined together for offering advanced solutions for personalized healthcare and effective management of diseases.
Small form factor is what makes wearable devices more popular. These devices offer flexibility in use allowing patient to continually monitor health at their convenience. Personalized, immediate and goal oriented feedback based on a specific data tracking are the greatest advantages it can provide. Users can track things like how many steps are taken in a day, calories burned, average heart rate and more. This enables people to exercise smarter and achieve their fitness and wellness goals in new and alternatives ways.
Adoptions of health care wearables in medical practices also help doctors to diagnosis and discuss about potential health symptoms. In the same way it has provided greater information for general consumers, it has also opened up new alternatives to traditional ways healthcare providers have interacted with patients, performed tests, gathered data and provided treatments.
Tech giants such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, LG, and Samsung have already jumped into the healthcare wearable market with products like smart watches, wristbands, and more. Accompanying this trend, the electronic and medical device manufactures stared introducing different kind of innovative health management wearable devices. These devices come in different form such as sports watches, activity trackers, smart shoes, chest strap etc. and getting lot of attention among people.
Apple’s HealthKit imposed some significant impact on the healthcare wearable marketplace. HealthKit, a software framework which was formally introduced in July 2014, allows sharing of information among devices. This has opened up new opportunities to share information among paired applications much faster and at a lower cost. Apps created with HealthKit SDK can provide more comprehensive health and fitness data than available from standalone wearable devices. Along with promoting HealthKit to developers, Apple also partnering with healthcare and EMR providers to integrate HealthKit into their clinical operations. This has immensely raised the opportunities of using healthcare wearables to diagnose, treat and monitor patient care.
According to the survey conducted by Accenture, the number of people who use wearable devices and apps for monitoring their health has doubled in the past two years. The survey states that, 40 % of the wearable users they have surveyed use health apps and shared mobile app data with their doctors. 59 % of the consumers frequently used health apps for fitness, 52 % for diet/nutrition, 36% for symptom navigation and 28% for accessing their patient portal respectively. Businesses in a variety of industries have exploring this opportunities for utilizing health data from their consumers and patients to increase efficiency and improve services associated with healthcare.
Obviously every wearable device needs an app. Taking advantage of this trend mobile app development firms have started to give more emphasis to wearable application development. For more information on how to develop health or fitness apps for wearable technology call (603) 881-9200, or visit http://www.zco.com/email.aspx Zco Corporation delivers end-to-end solutions to help companies conceptualize, design, and develop mobile applications, enterprise software, and more.
Let’s begin with what a web application is.
Next, web application interface will be discussed.
Web application development has a structure to the design. Each application is broken into tiers, and each tier is assigned a role.
Presentation- In this step the web browser is selected.
Application- In this tier you pick and begin developing your web application with the technology you want to develop on.
Storage- In this tier the database is presented. This will allow for queries and updates to be made.
Writing a web application takes expert knowledge.
Business use for web applications is growing rapidly.
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The introduction of the smartphone brought mobile technology to the masses. Although PDAs, BlackBerrys, and 2-way pagers may have been initially exclusive to adults, particularly businesspeople, the expanse of mobile technology has also expanded the general user base to include all ages, genders, and backgrounds. This is particularly true of mobile gamers. A study by Flurry Analytics shows that 43% of all time spent on mobile apps is in games.
According to a study by the NPD Group, children ages 4-14 are more likely to be found using a mobile device than a laptop. The study shows that nearly 40% of all children ages 4-5 are actively using a smartphone, iPod Touch or a tablet. What are they using them for? Ipsos MediaCT says that 54% children between the ages of 6 and 12 are using mobile devices to play games.
It’s no wonder why average daily mobile usage is quickly catching up to daily TV consumption: convenience. The point of a mobile device is that it is available anytime, anywhere. This gives children the opportunity to use them at home, at school, before bed, and any other time they wish.
A Social Experience
Other than providing an outlet for playing games at any time and place, mobile technology lets children play with or against each other. With access to a Wi-Fi or cellular network, kids can share scores and challenge each other without having to take over the family laptop or desktop computer.
For mobile developers, the increase of children playing mobile games is great news. The widespread usage creates a larger demand for mobile games, while also training a new generation to interact though mobile technology more often, ensuring a future demand for mobile entertainment.
Despite there being a vast array of games geared toward a younger audience currently in the app store, the demand shows no sign of slowing. Developers looking to be a part of the future demand of mobile gamers should act now and make their app idea a reality.
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