On Nov 23, 2015, Google released Android Studio 2.0 for developers of Android applications. This is the the second key version of its integrated development environment (IDE). According to Google officials. the updated Android Studio IDE includes some new and great features such as Improved Android Emulator, Instant Run, etc, for speeding application development and deployment. These new capabilities will help developers improve their workflow as well as speed up application development and deployment times.
New Features in Android Studio 2.0
Faster Android Emulator
The new emulator is 50 times faster than before. Before it is almost impossible for most of the developers to test their apps on the most popular devices in the development phase, but now developers have lots of options to test their apps with services such as Xamarin Test Cloud, Google’s own Test Lab, the AWS Device Farm and so on. However, most of the testing takes place with the help of emulators during the development process. Google’s own emulator was not always easiest and fastest to use.
With this improved Android Emulator in Android Studio 2.0 Preview, Google is introducing new emulators that given latest hardware, must run faster than any physical device. Likewise, the Google's team rebuilt the interface, that means it’s now easy to trigger emblematic actions such as firing up the camera. Android App developers will be able to emulate various network conditions and emulate the GPS, and the emulator includes access to all the standard Google Play services too. Now, you can simply resize the emulator window to test different screen sizes.
New Instant Run
Instant Run is the headline feature for app developers. Google told that the idea behind the new Android Studio was speed, and it’s now 5 times faster when writing code for Android Marshmallow. This feature has been mentioned previously during Google I/O 2015, however, Instant Run has been under sandwich so far. When enabled, Android Studio will bundle the changes for each consequent build of an app plus push them to an emulator or connected device to be run quickly. Some code changes can be run in place, but plenty of changes to resources or code will need the Activity to restart that means a few of your app state can remain integral so it will feel like your changes happen smoothly.
Furthermore, this feature is enabled by default on recently created projects and Instant Run can be turned on for active apps in the project settings at Build, Execution, Deployment > Instant Run. Also, build scripts will have to be updated in order to use v2.0.0-alpha of the Gradle plugin. Since the application process stays in memory and this may lead to a few complications, and can always be stopped simply by clicking the “Stop” button in Android Studio.
A GPU Profiler
This allows effortless profiling of OpenGL ES Android code. Google Officials Said,”This tool is in early preview, but is really very powerful, and not only displaying details regarding the GL State and Commands but also lets you to record full sessions plus walk through the Textures and GL Framebuffer as your app is running OpenGL ES Code”. This feature is not installed automatically currently, so it must be downloaded individually from the Tools section of the SDK Manager in Android Studio. Google says that this is just the beginning, so if you develop for Android, be on the watch for more changes.
At the Summit, another experimental feature shown is the ability to step from Java code into C++ code during a debugging session. As Android has both a Java SDK, and a native SDK for C and C++ developers, so this lineament is really useful for those projects that mix the two.
What More To Come On The Android Studio Table
Faster Android Emulator, Instant Run and the GPU Profiler are big adds-ons and they will have pretty epoch-making effects on developer workflow. However, there are still plenty of other features coming to Android Studio v2.0, so this is just the beginning, so keep an eye out for all of the outstanding new toys we'll have to work with.
Updating to the latest build is as easy as setting your update channel to follow Canary builds as well as checking for the latest version. Also, preview builds of Android Studio may not be completely dependable, so it's always suggested that app developers keep a separate copy of the stable or beta releases if they depend on Android Studio for work. The developer will be able to build and test deep links inside apps through the latest version of Android Studio. Google announced that it has indexed 100 billion deep links.
Android Studio is a based on IntelliJ, which is an open-source Java integrated developer environment. Google has made fast improvements to Android Studio since its stable release, and listening to developer feedback as well as responding with speedy builds to fix the most imperative issues. You can download Android Studio 2.0 from Google’s canary release channel. Google advises keeping a stable version of Android studio additionally the Android Studio 2.0 preview.
What's in the advanced version from the "Stable Release Channel"? Android Studio 1.5, which is now available to download. This latest version is centered on providing more stability with most of the improvement / enhancements being made under the hood. The prime objective of this update was to fix issues “Under The Hood” as the giant search engine Google expressed. A large number of bug fixes have been made, plus stability enhancements have been added.
Google's Reto Meier said, “Google has updated Android Studio. Version 1.5 of the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) features improved stability, an improved memory profiler and new static code analysis tools. As, this new analysis feature can examine a heap dump to look for known problems, for example, leaked activities,"
Fixes And Enhancements:
Navigate to the navigation menu in order to update to Android Studio 1.5 on Linux or Windows, and you’ll see the help option, now click “Check For Update.” The update can be seen simply by opening Android Studio and clicking on “Check For Updates.” if you’re a Mac user running OS X.
If you are already using Android Studio, then check for updates from the navigation menu. Help → Check for Update [Windows or Linux] , Android Studio → Check for Updates [OS X]). New users can learn more about this latest stable version or can download it from the Android Studio site.
Did you know that more than 50 billion apps and games have been downloaded the last year alone? And we aren’t talking about iOS or Windows but Android alone. The popularity of Android, the OS that’s commonly found in most budget smart phone these days have us asking – how do developers really make their game or app stand out?
Consider this, while the number of downloads is indeed a phenomenal number not even 50% of app developers recover their making costs. And all this while there are more than 1 billion Android users worldwide. This does bring into question different factors like what exactly do android app developers need to know when launching an app in the app store.
From the horse’s mouth
Google on its part, recently came out with a book called “The Secrets to App Success on Google Play.”, highlighting the best practices and tools that developers can use. The book brings into use the different tools and strategies developers can use when it comes to maximizing retention of the app and app downloads. It helps readers and developers to know how to maximize revenue of the app and is easily available for download – both as a PDF and in the Google Play Store.
Currently, the book is available only in English but Google does plan out to bring it out in other languages soon as well. If you’re in the US or Uk, you could even get your hands on the book for free, as Google is looking to send out some printed copies for free.
What’s with the Guide?
Most developers, even the experienced ones, fumble at times with the changing scenario. Keeping updated with the latest trends is a must and this is where the guide scores, telling developers:
Where the guide scores is its innovative use of monetization strategies including telling you what type of app will work and what would not. It does sound a sort of waste if you build an app without looking into Google’s policies, while thought provoking apps can generate interest more quickly, you do need Google to accept them first. Finally, the app helps you do the usual, including measuring your success with Google analytics, including launching worldwide, gaining more conversions and understanding the users’ app experience.
If you’re in real estate or running a real estate company, you already know that most property searches are done online these days. But, do you know that about one-fifth of real estate searches are done on mobile devices, more specifically, the Smartphone such as iPhone, Samsung, Blackberry, HTC Touch, Google Phone, etc. Mobile searching activity for property such as land, houses, or apartments has quadrupled in recent years, and it is proposed to overtake searching via a desktop computer wholly this year.
Moreover, purchasing a property can be a challenging task as there are lots of steps standing between the buyer and their dream home. Also, buying pre-built property like a home or a apartment can be overwhelming for buyers, as they have to reliance that it will be just what they want. Luckily, technology has made the process of getting a property a lot easier. Today, real estate apps are the best tools for buyers to look for a new place to live. These apps have changed the point of view of buying and selling properties and have become demands for real estate professionals looking to market their services as impressively as possible.
Why Build A Mobile Application For Your Real Estate Business?
Millions of apps are downloaded per day, and this clearly represents a great opportunity for your real estate business to be revealed. Get new customers & Clients. With a mobile app you can flaunt your offer of lands, apartments, houses, with pictures, location and description. Once anyone downloads your real estate app, then they are connected 24/7 to your properties via their Smartphone. Apart from this, you can create promotions, announce your new offering by sending notifications to your customers directly, with no intermediaries. In addition to this, through push notifications, blog articles, social media, real estate news with new listings, your clients can keep themselves up to date without getting annoyed.
It is a fact that property buyers have lots of questions for their property agent before making a purchase, and calling and emailing becomes a tedious process sometimes. This is where the significance of real estate apps comes in, and anyone who is looking for a property can install your app on his or her mobile phones or tablets in order that they can access all the details about any properties and contact the agent and can interact better with them once they are informed about it.
There are plenty of advantages of having an app for your real estate business, including, increase market exposure and expand your business, reach your targeted customers easily, create loyalty programs and Gain competitive advantage, increase social interaction and new communication channel.
1. Easy And Simple Visualization Of The Property
You can show properties with pictures, description, location as well as with a detailed description of the listings.
2. List your Property for Sale / Rent
Thinking about selling or renting a property like house, apartment and office? List and sell your property using easy-to-use rental app.
3. Share News From About Real Estate Investments
If you have a blog, then you can share news to keep your mobile app users updated at all times directly from the CMS (content management system) or automatically from your RSS (Rich Site Summary) feed!
4. Display Property Location on a map
With your own mobile app for real estate, you can enable both potential and new customers & clients to find your properties easily and provide accurate location information about geographical area.
5. Engage Customers Through Social Media
With your real estate mobile app, you can allow your customers for saving time by being one click away from all your updates. For this, you need to connect your app to your Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts with the intention that property buyers are always connected to you.
6. Send Push Notifications To Your Buyers
You can send your customers a push notification messages to inform special property deals and make them feel they pay less for more.
Benefits of Real Estate Apps for Property Buyers
A real estate app allows clients to become a more informed buyer. Also, access all the advantages buyers would get from the realtor in the palm of their hand.
Some of the core benefits include:
Why Hire A Dedicated Mobile App Development Company
From the past some years, organization, companies and even individuals realized the advantages of offshoring, and hiring an mobile application development company reduce the financial needs compared to cost of maintaining a full-time in-house mobile app developers team. Some of the benefits of hiring a team mobile app developers include:
Tips To Hire An Expert Mobile App Development Firm
It is very imperative that you hire a team of experienced and professional mobile app developers from an app development firm with a noteworthy market presence. However, there are a large number of freelance developers and mobile app development companies with very small expertise and resources across the globe, so you should not provide into the temptation. Go for an App Development team with profound expertise with a creative approach. Ask the developers as many questions as possible before you seal the deal.
Related: The 7 most Important Questions Related to App Development
We hope that this post answered your questions and cleared your doubts on How Mobile apps help in Real Estate. If you still have any questions, then comment on this below. Stay Tuned for More !
Between December 2013 and June 2014, health & fitness apps grew approximately 63% in usage (compared to apps overall which grew only 32%.) As smartphone manufacturers start to realize the significance of making their phones fitness-friendly, 2016 will bring even greater choices for fitness app lovers.
Here are the top features users are most interested in.
Inserting this feature means people who have iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, the phone’s built-in and low-power step tracking sensor will automatically populate this data with all information about the app user 'sphysical activity. Also, the sensor tracks the steps the user take, the distance he / she walk or run, and the flights of stairs he /she climb. And then the person can see how active he / she was over the last day, week, month or year. Besides, people can use this app as a quick way to see how much you’re walking and running, which means no separate pedometer or step-tracking device required.
Keep in mind that most of us require a little push when it comes to eating healthy or fitness, which likely explains the rise of “challenges” all over the Internet. This is unquestionably an example to follow when conceptualizing your Health & Fitness app, you want to give your app users with a great plan or a challenge. Also, set a goal, a schedule and bonuses along the way. In addition, these Apps face a challenge themselves, which is how to retain users. Make sure that users stick around by keeping them entertained and interested.
Most of the health and fitness conscious people love those apps that can track of all the activity they do throughout the day when they are not working out. For example, there is an app for the iPhone, where people can view their daily progress as well as a history of their total activity, and workouts and they like this feature. Activity tracker will provide your app users an overall picture of their activity for the past week, month, etc.
No doubt video is big on the Internet nowadays, for publishers, but on social networks as well. It is really a very engaging medium and should be put to good use with Health or Fitness Apps. Apart from user engagement, another great advantage of this feature is it is the best way to explain sports exercises or even cooking techniques.
Bear in mind that this goes hand in hand with the need to keep app users both motivated and entertained. Today, health and fitness app users are very intent to have the support of other health and fitness enthusiasts or experts. It keeps them going, provides them a sense of accountability,thereby, they are more probably to stick to the plan and stay engaged, which is really a good point for them as well as for your app.
If you think that any other feature should be included in this list, please share with us and we will definite add that in our next post on “10 Features You Must Insert In Your Next Health & fitness app.”
We all know it is very difficult to get an application (App) published in the App Store. So, if you or your mobile app development team is developing an app, you are surely wondering whether your application will be unique enough to make it through the Apple review process. It is a very common question and asked by most of the people, particularly those who have never submitted an app to the App Store before. Therefore, we are providing you with 10 things that you should do in order to ensure that your app gets a place in the App Store without any issue.
All Links Must Be Functional
Provide all the details required to review your app in the App Review Information section of iTunes Connect. For example, if there are particular configurations to set, then include the specifics. Also, if some features need signing in, then provide a valid demo account user name with password. Ensure your contact information is complete.
Bugs & Crashes
Submit your app for review when it is complete or ready to be published. Ensure that your app soundly tested on devices as well as fix all bugs before submitting it.
App description and screen-shots must accurately convey the functionality of your application because it will help users to understand your app.
Quick Load Time
Your app must be as fast as possible because having an app that takes long time to load does not reflect greatly on your or Apple, and if it does not load within 10 seconds iOS will kill your app.
Give Importance To UI/UX
Remember, Apple loves those applications that are simple to navigate, use and attractive to the eye. Besides, Apple tends to feature apps that display niche user interface. A complex app has greater chances of being rejected by Apple.
Before sending your app for review, you need to finalize all images with text in your app. This is because apps that are still in progress or contain placeholder content cannot be approved as they are not ready to be distributed.
Don't Submit Beta
Bear in mind that Apple doesn’t accept demo apps, and even those apps that are in the still in the beta stage. So, ensure that your app is fully complete and is working accurately.
Great Use Of Apple Icons And Buttons
Apple makes guidelines for icons and buttons in order that your app integrates with iOS smoothly. So, only use the icons and buttons for the purpose that they were designed for.
Always Respect Apple’s Guidelines
Do you know that about 75% apps are rejected because of not respecting Apple Interface Guidelines? Thus, make sure before designing an app that you are up to speed with Apple rules and regulations.
So, keeping these points mentioned above in mind, you improve your chances of your app being submitted on the first try.
With the release of Android Marshmallow operating system, there have been quite a few discussions about the features of this new Operating System from Google.
Android Marshmallow is different from Lollipop, but the question is, how much? The major six new key features include app permission, fingerprint support, better web experience, mobile payments, improved app links and improved power and charging times.
Improvement in Charging Time
The improvement in power and charging time is what many had been looking forward to for Android phones. Most Android phones did not offer enough backup, or its battery drained out fast. To improve the power utilization capacity, the Android Marshmallow has come up with a feature called Doze.
DOZE- The nap time for our phone!
Doze is a feature that puts your phone in the temporary sleeping mode when it is not being used for a specific duration of time. It is quite analogous to the hibernation feature present in our laptops but with some differences.
For the phone to enter into the doze mode, it needs to be unplugged, stationary, and the screen should be off for a specific period.
During the doze mode, the operating system will put off the entire active or background applications of the phone. However, the phone will periodically perform the normal operations for the purpose of synchronization of the apps and the pending operations.
This brief performance of the normal operation is done in the idle maintenance window. The working is same for almost all the apps but some apps behavior gets affected due to this development - like that of Google Cloud Messaging.
Google Cloud Messaging and its behavior in Doze-Mode
Google Cloud Messaging or GCM is a service that developers use to send the data from the server to the android application. Android app developers can send important information as an app update to users easily through GCM to users.
So, how will GCM behave under Doze?
GCM has two types of priorities for its messages- one is the normal priority, and the other one is a high priority. When any message has a high priority, the device sends it by waking up the phone from the doze mode but when the message has default priority i.e. the normal priority is selected, the behavior is quite different.
When the device is in doze mode, all the messages in GCM with normal priority will be batched to be sent from the server either to idle maintenance window or to the device, if the device wakes up before that. There is one disadvantage with the normal priority - the messages whose lifetime expires within the doze mode of the device are lost.
Though this can happen with messages with normal priority, it is recommended that the default priority is normal. The whole purpose of power saving phenomenon is lost if the device needs to be woken up again and again to send messages with high priority. Doze thus makes a trade off with losing short-lived messages and it’s a great help in conserving power when you don’t really need it.
iOS 9 is finally here and you might be asking yourself as to what it offers. While end users might love the new OS for a new experience, as an app developer or app entrepreneur, you need to understand that the new OS can bring is changes too when it comes to app development. With Apple making Swift 2 open source earlier this year, the question was, what were they thinking with iOS9 ?
What does iOS 9 offer?
With the iOS9 software update being launched, one of the biggest questions that is troubling Apple users is how this update will affect their app which was built on a previous version of iOS? mobile app developers are frantically trying to come up with updates which fix bugs and controls damage to user experience.
Though the exact affect is difficult to speculate, a lot will depend on an app’s APIs integrated in it along with its core functions and features. However, it is a known fact that a change in OS affects the users experience in some way or the other. This becomes more prominent if an app has features which have changed with the OS. iOS 9 will run on all iPhones launched after 4s, on iPad’s launched after iPad2 and the iPod Touch 5th Generation.
Should you update now?
With loads of users being excited about the update, this is the perfect time to do so as even a small upgrade will last really long and this will help users understand how their apps will improve with it.
If you are wondering what’s new on the iOS9, then here are some of the key features it has to offer:
You can be one of the first app developers to take advantage of this fact and ensure that you offer the optimum experience to Apple users. Unlike the select few Android smart phones that can upgrade to the next Android OS, most iOS users will be able to upgrade their iOS devices to the new OS and thus it does make sense to invest here.
Recently knives are out in the market from Apple side in the form of iPad Pro, a bigger
version of iPad with the next generation technologies and processing power to secure its space in future computing.
It is true that gradually desktops are dying and laptops are facing the threats of extinction from Ultra-books. Third-party developers are not creating apps for Windows, Max OS, or Linux OS. There are plenty of apps available only for smartphones and tablets. This obviously indicating the future of computing devices lies in the growth of smartphone and most importantly in tablets.
Tablets the Future of Computing
Tablets have room for expanding the size and computing power while the same concept for the smartphone is contending in the pockets of the users. Therefore, Apple is seeing iPad as future of computers hence it has released iPad Pro as 2-in-1 hybrid device, but without hybrid function or experiences. No doubt, Apple Pencil, and iPad Pro keyboard cover are capable of simulate computing experience similar to laptops, but touch gestures again fix its tablet origin in the psyche of the users.
If you want any device to establish as the common computing devices, one requirement is mandatory and it is the presence of plenty of useful apps for that device in the market. This compels end-users to use that device frequently and in use cases.
Fortunately, iPad has tons of decent and usable apps available in the Apple store to download. Of course, extra bigger size of iPad Pro may pose challenges for iPad apps developers to scale their existing apps for the larger screen and redefine several functions or interactions, but overall tradeoff is profitable at the end.
Advance Preparations from Apple
Moreover, Apple has already worked in advance for iPad Pro as in iOS 9 it has induced keyboard shortcuts supports. There are many essential apps are available for iPad Pro like Microsoft Office suit, business apps, games, and many numerous categories in Apple Store. This assures users to quick start with the device without waiting for apps to be developed.
Apple has equipped iPad Pro with dual screen, multitasking capability in OS, fast processing power with A9 chips, and 4GB RAM for adequate memory. Thus, Apple wants to assure that iPad Pro will meet the most of the computing devices with enough mobility in the hands of the vast audience.
This exercise may yield desired results to draw iPad devices on the path of the future of the computing and its evidence are enough. For instance, iPad Pro may prove favorite device for the social media evangelists to update status on Facebook, tweeting on Twitter, and writing content while on the go.
This is the reason for that IBM has joined its forces with Apple in the promotion of iPad Pro as the enterprise device and business tool for tomorrow.
If you are thinking of a beautiful iPad Pro application development to jump into the bandwagon, Mindinventory is the best choice for your team of iPad app developers and hire iPad app designers for the cost-effective iPad Pro app development.
How do you decide which mobile app development platform is right for you? For app developers the answer to this question lies on the fact that mobile app development platform needs to complement the app’s features well.
Perhaps the best decision that you could take for your business in today’s world is to make a mobile app for it. It reflects your company’s products and services and the company itself. However, you need to select your mobile app development platform well to get desired results.
Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting the platform.
1. Focus on target audience – It is essential that you keep your focus on the target audience when making the app and choose the platform that will be beneficial for your product and services after doing proper research.
2. Piracy rates – iOS apps have less piracy issues than Android as Android apps can be created easily and shared too. However, iOS apps paid or free, need to be validated by Apple first.
3. Native app development or cross platform app – If you wish to make the app for one platform only then native app development will work for you. But if you wish to target iOS, Android and Windows then you need to make a common app for all and opt for the cross platform app.
4. Ease of work – You need to take into consideration the coding language apps making system and understand which platform offers ease in creating the app itself.
5. Heavy load – Some operating systems can bear all the workload that an app puts on it whereas some platforms cannot run more than a specified number of features. Discuss with your app developing team as to how heavy your app will be and which operating system would be best for it.
6. Reliability – It is vital that you check the app’s reliability while it is being created and ensure that it does not crash as soon as the user starts using it. Your reputation and company’s name are both at stake when a mobile app is launched on a platform.
7. ROI – iOS would be an ideal choice for companies that wish to earn money while marketing their services and products while Android and Windows works well for marketing purposes only.
Choose the right mobile app development platform. Carry out an initial study to understand which mobile app development platform would be right for you. There isnt an sure shot answer to the type of mobile app dvelopment platform that you need and the answer varies according to your needs.
Choose Well! Choose MindInventory !