Xamarin is one of the most powerful native as well as hybrid app development tools available. Using the C# programming language, developers can use Xamarin to build apps for various platforms including iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.
As a Premier Consulting Partner, Zco Corporation has used Xamarin to develop applications for multiple operating systems simultaneously, saving time, and cutting costs. Once projects are completed, customers can take more control of the code, making updates themselves with lower overhead.
Features and Advantages of Xamarin Apps
If you would like to develop cross-platform consumer or enterprise apps using Xamarin, speak to one of our experts by calling (603) 881-9200 or emailing us.
Now that mobile apps have become an integral part of many people’s daily lives, mobile marketing and advertising strategy has become immensely important. This is where ad networks come in - websites, products, and even other mobile apps can be promoted through in-app advertising. According to Ad Age's Mobile Fact Pack report, mobile ad expenditure will rise 75 percent by the end of 2013, with about $8 billion spent exclusively on mobile ads.
A Gartner report on mobile app store revenue indicated that in 2013, while pay-to-download apps will account for 75.9 percent of app revenues, free apps comprise 91 percent of all downloads. Some of those apps earn money with in-app purchases, but many survive with in-app advertising. By 2017, Gartner predicted, 14 percent of all revenue from apps will come through advertising.
All the top ad aggregator networks can be built into mobile apps to help monetize them:
To build advertising directly into your mobile app, contact Zco at 603.881.9200 or email us!
Zco is presenting and exhibiting at the 2013 GDLC Technology Expo at Brookstone Events Center.
More employers are adopting new technologies in the workplace by implementing BYOD programs and providing employees with devices. On Wednesday, November 6th Zco Corporation will be presenting at the 2013 Technology Expo. This event is hosted by the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and will take place at The Brookstone Event Center in Derry, NH. The presentation will cover how the mobile app development process works and how to implement new technologies into the workplace.
Randy Peterson, Business Development Representative and presenter for Zco, states, “This presentation is great for anyone interested in learning more about mobile app development. It always sparks an idea for an application need, and then opens the lines of communication.”
Along with presenting at the expo we will also have a booth. Representatives will be located at booth #14 and can answer individual questions about what a business’s specific needs will entail and mobile app development. The company will have examples of apps created for customers so attendees will be able to view previous work and learn how to adopt this technology into their businesses.
In recent months, Zco Corporation has been traveling around the state of New Hampshire providing presentations to local business owners. The goal of the presentations are to educate professionals about the new technologies available, how to integrate them, and the steps to adopting this technology.
Wearable technology is set to dominate the mobile market in coming years. Google Glass has made waves among the tech press and should be available to consumers in 2014. Meanwhile, though nothing apart from rumors has yet emerged, predictions for an Apple iWatch abound. Based on a report from ABI Research, the wearable wireless devices market, led by sports, fitness, and wellness segments, is expected to attain $6 billion revenue by 2018.
Smartwatches that sync with Android and iOS phones, however, are already plentiful. Large and small companies alike offer wristwatches that run apps and extend the capabilities of smartphones.
Here is a list of some of the top players in the smartwatch category.
If you would like to develop apps for smartwatches, speak to one of our experts by calling (603) 881-9200 or emailing us.
Just in time for trick-or-treaters, Google started handing out KitKat yesterday, along with a new smartphone running the latest Android operating system.
Although the tech rumor press had pretty much accepted Key Lime Pie as the moniker for the upcoming Android release, Google announced a partnership with Nestle at the beginning of September. The K-release (following Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich) was thus named KitKat.
New Features in Android 4.4 KitKat
For Android users, KitKat enables always-on voice searching, faster multitasking, wireless printing, integration of Google Maps into the phone dialer and caller ID, and, in a real productivity coup, emoji symbols built right into the default keyboard.
Options for app developers abound, too. Message Access Profile (MAP) eases communication between mobile devices and cars with Bluetooth capabilities. The operating system and apps can be optimized for low-memory devices with as little as 512MB of RAM. An Immersive Mode removes all UI elements like the Home button and top bar. Notifications can include more information like pictures and a chronometer. There’s also support for hardware infrared blasters and tougher encryption.
Nexus 5 Proves Popular
New Nexus devices tend to be hotly anticipated, as they receive Android updates more quickly than other phones and are sold inexpensively and unlocked for use on multiple carriers. The Nexus 5 was no exception, with rumors swirling about its specifications and release date for months. The $349 black and white models with 16GB storage were sold out as of the morning of November 1, with $399 32GB models expected to ship two to three weeks later.
The phone is built by LG and is internally very similar to that company’s G2. It uses the same 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, but has a smaller 4.95-inch display that nonetheless runs at a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. The 8-megapixel camera uses optical image stabilization to reduce blur in photos. And of course it runs KitKat from day one.
Unlike the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 supports LTE mobile broadband, giving it faster access to the Internet. Sensors include accelerometer, GPS, compass, proximity/ambient light, gyroscope, pressure, and hall effect. It also supports wireless charging, Near Field Communication, and HDMI out via SlimPort.
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