The wildly popular $35 Chromecast has seen tremendous growth, but until recently it has been limited to use with the Chrome browser and just a few mobile apps. However, with the public release of Google Play Services 4.2 and the Google Cast API, the number of Google Cast Ready apps is about to skyrocket! Whether your app deals with audio, video, games or collaboration, you will want to look into supporting Google Cast. And if you’re as … [Read more...]
We hope you’ll both enjoy and benefit from this inside look at the process of mobile app development, design, and performance. The authors intend to go beyond simply the latest iOS or Android devices and study the effects and macro-level trends of mobile technology on business. In addition, they’ll still be providing plenty of ‘best practices’ and ‘how to’s’ for mobile.
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Many people think that creating an application for mobile platforms is the same as creating an application for desktop or laptop computers. It’s not true. Are they all computers? Yes. Are all computers built the same? Absolutely not. Here’s some of the biggest challenges I’ve had to face as I transitioned from building applications for full-sized computers to hand-held mobile phones. 1. Screen Real Estate Screen sizes for a computer usually … [Read more...]
It turns out that a lot of people received new Smartphones and Tablets as Holiday gifts this year. Christmas 2013 was the single biggest day for mobile activity on the web to date, setting a trend that will continue into 2014. IBM’s Digital Analytics Benchmark recorded some astounding figures this year regarding our mobile habits on Christmas day, 2013. Some of the highlights are: 48% of ALL online traffic came from Mobile devices Lesson … [Read more...]
Developing a successful mobile app means filling a need no one else is confronting and addressing customer concerns. The newest, coolest, hippest app is one thing. But in the end, if it doesn’t make someone’s life easier, what’s the point? So when the impending apocalypse arrives, you’ll be looking for even more simplicity and ease in your life. S@#%’s going to get real in a hurry and you need your survival kit of apps to make navigating the … [Read more...]
Over the past 5 years we have seen an immense boom in the development and download of mobile applications. What began as a place to buy a .99 calculator for your phone has grown into a valley of free games, social interfaces and photo editors. It seems like there’s an app for everything and anything you could think of.. even virtual pets. So being someone thinking about making an app, how on earth are we supposed to make our mark in such a … [Read more...]
Past releases of Apple’s iOS, the operating system that powers iPhones and iPads, have notoriously been anti-Enterprise. Then focus has been the consumer. The release of iOS 7 is a marked changed for Apple. There are now some interesting features in iOS 7 that IT groups will like, such as: Enterprise Single Sign-On – leverage your own Enterprise authentication to grant access to back-office systems Per-App VPN – use VPN (Virtual Private … [Read more...]
After a disappointing sales season this fall for Victoria’s Secret, Costco, and American Apparel, among other merchants, the stakes are high for retailers heading into the crucial holiday shopping season. While it’s difficult to predict which retailers will reign supreme during the most crucial selling time of the year, one thing is certain: mobile devices will play an even bigger role in supporting retail sales this holiday. According to the … [Read more...]
We’ve gone beyond smart phones for some time now. Google Glass and Apple iWatch appear to be coming soon. As we know, the appeal of new hardware wanes quickly if there aren’t apps to make the device have unique purposes. So what kind of applications can make wearable devices special? Well, the first consideration is that wearable devices won’t be as general purpose as a smart phone. Their context will depend on where the device is worn, … [Read more...]
Six years ago Robert Scoble and Shel Israel published Naked Conversations, a book that defined the business use of social media. Last month, Scoble and Israel released a new book, The Age of Context, which promises to define the conversation about the most important trends in our digital lives. The book, based on over 300 interviews conducted over eighteen months, is an engaging journey through the five “converging forces that promise to … [Read more...]
Apple released that latest version of the mobile operating system, iOS7, on September 21st. Many of the of 700 million iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads were eligible for the free upgrade. It turns out that lots of people wanted to jump to the latest software from Apple. In three weeks Apple was able to successfully push out upgrades to 70 percent of all iOS devices (source), or nearly 500 million iDevices. That’s great –- most people are … [Read more...]