How Does Xamarin Improve Cross Platform App Development?

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.Hybrid Application Development Services

Features and Advantages of Xamarin Apps

  • Mobile Cross Platform Support: Xamarin offers exceptional cross-platform support for the leading mobile platforms like iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. The Xamarin mobile library provides a unified Application Programming       Interface (API) to access common resources from iOS, Android, and Windows Phone platforms. The apps developed share up to 90% of their code, which helps to reduce both development costs and time for app developers who target three major mobile platforms.
  • Faster Development: The Xamarin tools offer pre-built component libraries that help to create enhanced functionalities in your app like stunning UI controls, web services, themes, development framework for real-time multiplayer games, and more.
  • Enhanced Integrated Development Environment (IDE): Xamarin Studio, the company’s IDE for iOS, Android, and Mac apps, features automatic code completion, an advanced project and solution management system, extensive project template library, and integrated source control. Xamarin also offers add-ins for Microsoft’s Visual Studio programming environment, giving anyone familiar with .NET and C# a comfortable starting point.
  • .NET Mobility ScannerIn June, Xamarin introduced the.NET Mobility Scanner, which lets developers analyze C# code to learn how it can be made ready for mobile devices. The scanner accepts compiled .NET libraries or executables in .dll or .exe format and outputs compatibility information for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and the Windows Store.

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.

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How to Use Ad Networks to Monetize Your Mobile App

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.Best Apps To Manage Money

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:

  • AdMob: This service from Google offers ad campaigning solutions for multiple mobile platforms like iOS, Android, and WindoGoogle Offers Ad Campaigning Solutionsws Phone 8. AdMob helps app creators start earning from their apps by creating marketing campaigns and getting new users. The AdMob SDK lets the user choose from various ad formats, including standard banner ads, interstitial (full screen) ads, interactive ads, and exclusive custom search ads. With the help of AdMob, one can analyze the performance of an app.


  • Millennial Media: This mobile ad network utilizes most of social network and offers great deals to their publishers and Mobile Ad Networkdevelopers including CBS Interactive, The New York Times Co., Zynga, etc. Right from marketing and monetizing your app, the ad network lets you campaign your ventures across various apps and websites. The ad network supports various platforms like iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry.

  • MobYD: This company works closely with media agencies and high end mobile agencies offering mobile advertising campaigns and providing highly convertible traffic. MobYD offers services like optimized brand awareness, analysis, and audience targeting. The ad network also helps in acquiring new mobile app users and increasing mobile site traffic. With over 12,500 publishers serving its ads, MobYD supports iOS and Android.Mobile Advertising Campaigns
  • InMobi: This company trumpets its ability to categorize potential customers. With 691 million unique users, spanning 165 countries, and 93.4 billion monthly ad impressions, InMobi has a global reach. The customized ad campaigns and unique ad formats add to InMobi’s popularity. The ad network supports iOS, Android, and Windows.inmobi Ad Network

To build advertising directly into your mobile app, contact Zco at 603.881.9200 or email us!

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Local App Development Company to Offer Technology Insights at Derry Expo

Zco is presenting and exhibiting at the 2013 GDLC Technology Expo at Brookstone Events Center.

employees-using-smartphonesMore 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.

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Smartwatches Bring Advanced Features to Your Wrist

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.

Pebble SmartwatchHere is a list of some of the top players in the smartwatch category.

  • Pebble Smartwatch: One of the earliest contenders in the smartwatch category, Pebble offers features like tracking your daily routines, enabling voice navigation without accessing your mobile phone, and more. The watch is designed to accommodate custom developed apps and work as a remote control for a smartphone. The battery lasts five to seven days. You can buy Pebble for $150.
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear - SmartwatchesSamsung Galaxy Gear: Another strong contender in the smartwatch category comes from the tech giant Samsung. The Smart Relay feature of the Galaxy Gear automatically displays the accompanying message on your phone when the notification appears on the Gear. Memographer takes quick snapshots using the camera on the wristband. S Voice enables hands-free calls, messages, scheduling, weather checking, and other functions. There’s also a pedometer for built-in fitness tracking. The device initially supported the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, with software updates for the Galaxy S4, S3, and Note 2 rolling out now. It currently supports about 70 built-in apps. The device is priced at $299.
  • Sony Smartwatch-2 - Android SmartwatchSony SmartWatch 2 - The best description of the Sony SmartWatch 2 might be a compact Android experience. It simply expands and enhances an Android smartphone experience by connecting over Bluetooth. It pairs with NFC phones with a single touch and vibrates when a notification is received from email, Facebook, Twitter, text messages and more. It can also act as a media remote. The watch is compatible with most smartphones running Android 4.0 or later and is priced at $199. Sony’s original SmartWatch is still available for $130.
  • Metawatch Strata and Frame - Water ResistantMetaWatch Strata and Frame – With two models, MetaWatch goes for ruggedness. The water resistant devices support Dual-Mode Bluetooth connections to iPhone and Android smartphones and let the user check messages, identify callers, control music, and monitor weather forecasts, stock prices, and a calendar. The battery lasts five to seven days. Social media, alarm, and cycling and running functions are planned. They start at $179.
  • i'm Watch Smartwatch Apps Developmenti’m WatchThis company appeals to the “dynamic, enterprising person who likes to be surrounded by exquisite things.” The watch is made in Italy and offers incoming call alerts, email and social networking notifications, fitness tracking, and control from the Internet through a service called i’mcloud. It starts at $299.

If you would like to develop apps for smartwatches, speak to one of our experts by calling (603) 881-9200 or emailing us.

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Google Releases Android 4.4 KitKat and Nexus 5

Android 4.4 KitKat Features

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 16GBNexus 5 Google 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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