Motorola in its bid to not be left behind announced their latest Android smartphone laced with a Xenon flash called the Milestone XT720. Complimenting the flash is an 8-megapixel camera capable of capturing videos at 720p. A 3.7” capacitive screen adorns the phone and has a 480 x 854 pixel resolution. The major focus is on the Xenon flash as they are supposed to be more powerful than their LED counterparts allowing for superior image capture in darker surroundings and at greater distances. Running on Google latest OS, the Android 2.1 the XT720 can connect to and surf the net using HSPA, downloading data at up to 7.2Mbps. Wi-Fi support is also enabled. Other features that the Milestone boasts of include navigation using GPS, an FM radio and a 3.5 mm audio jack. The dimensions of Motorola latest android phone are 60.9 x 115.95 x 10.9 mm and weighs 160 gm. The phone is due to be launched in the second quarter of 2010.
Along with Motorola Milestone XT720 a slew of Android devices are due to be released in the time to come giving us an idea about how the Android application development and mobile application development segment is going to play a major role in the entire wireless application development mix.
It’s quite common to be afraid of flying. It’s one of the many fears that are psychological and deeply rooted in the human brain. But technology has always found solutions to help get over these fears. Wireless application development combined with iPhone application development has leveraged the revolutionary Apple iPad to find a cure for this fear of flying. The fear of flying can manifest itself into multiple symptoms that range from anxiety attacks, sweating palms to palpitation and lack of sleep.
Applying technology to develop applications that help individuals conquer their fear of flying is an innovation in itself. One such wonder of wireless application development suited to the iPad is the app called “Flying Without Fear” designed by a company called Mental Workout in collaboration with Virgin Airlines. The whole look and feel of this app is fantastic and it in reality is a condensed version of Virgin’s real life “Fear Of Flying” course. It incorporates educational videos, audio meditation and a FAQ section on queries related to turbulence and other common areas of fear. There’s a video included in this amazing example of wireless application development where a Virgin Airlines pilot guides you through a tour of a typical flight along with the possible panic situations and the remedies through meditation, visualization and breathing exercises. Also Mental Workout, the company that designed this state-of-the-art app has promised an upgrade pretty soon. Another killer app that can totally shift your focus from your fears is “Tap Tap Radiation”. It is basically a touch based music game optimized for the iPad which to say the least is extremely interesting and addictive. It involves the coordination between screen taps and bubbles in tandem with music which though easy to figure out is compulsive enough to keep you engrossed and what’s more; it’s free. Another interesting application is called “Jet Lag Fighter” which plans and schedules your after-flight programs to ensure that you suffer from minimum jet lag and weariness. Inputting basic information such as flight departure and arrival times can allow the app to design schedules. Also modifications to the schedule are automatically performed when you update the time delays in following the previously chalked up schedule.
Wireless application development and mobile application development arenas have primed themselves to leverage the cutting edge technology that latest wireless devices boast of. iPhone application development has morphed itself into the iPad application development segment owing to the huge demand for the popular tablet.
The mobile application development and wireless application development arenas were in for a surprise on Tuesday as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made a major announcement. The windows mobile application development community was in for some news as Microsoft’s gaming and devices business was split into two groups as they should have been. This augurs well for the company as the future could see more concentrated and focused efforts being invested towards unleashing newer developments in the windows mobile application development arena.
Ballmer announced that Robbie Balch, the chief of the company’s Entertainment and Devices division was retiring. Balch had in the past overseen Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console business and its smartphone and mobile business. The interesting fact that has the wireless application development industry and community in a tizzy is that instead of replacing Balch, two executives heading the separate divisions would now directly report to Steve Ballmer himself. Andrew Lees, the chief of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business (MCB) will now find it easier to take steps to radically modify the Windows Phone Operating system which has been languishing in the background for sometime now. Don Mattrick, leading the gaming division will enjoy similar opportunities.
Ballmer had the foresight to shift Lees to the MCB division to salvage the situation and turn around a failing operation. Sadly, for Microsoft, all other mobile application development majors such as Research in Motion, Apple and Google have gained ground by leaps and bounds and the windows mobile application development scene and the Windows mobile OS needs a major revamp to regain lost ground.
The mobile application development scene has been one of frenzied activity since the inception of the Android OS and its slow and steady march towards general acceptance. The Android OS with its open source nature and state-of-the-art features is fast becoming popular among developers.
Google’s latest announcement about the Android 2.2 OS nicknamed Froyo had the wireless application development and more specifically the Android application development primed with anticipation. The modest estimates that had been thought of about the launch of this OS were smashed as Nexus One users across the globe were surprised with the new OS finding its way to their phones via OTA updates. As of now it is safe to presume that the OS update is a staggered roll out and therefore there might be a few crestfallen Nexus One users who haven’t received it yet. Users of Android on non-Google handsets will have to survive a little longer for this latest marvel of mobile application development to be made available to them. Verizon is due to roll out the 2.2 version of the Android OS on Droid handsets around June this year while HTC has made it clear that the updates will reach their handsets before the end of the year. The major issue with carriers is that they would have to first establish support and other prominent facilities for users and this would hinder an early update rollout. Android application development’s latest baby, Froyo is making waves already. It is touted to be way faster than the earlier OS and the “tethering” technique allows for longer battery life meaning that it’s an instant hit with the users.
Flash 10.1 should have been a part of the Froyo package but sadly it isn’t. While this means that Android phone users will have to wait for the Flash 10.1 version to be available individually it certainly isn’t a component that users can’t do without. The overall feedback for Froyo has been positive and as time elapses it is sure to gain wider acceptance.
The “Froyo” is the latest development from the stables of Android application development and signifies the amount of dynamism that the mobile application development and the wireless application development arena in general are prone to.
The mobile application development arena has always adhered to the paradigm of designing and developing innovative solutions that are unique and always push the limits of capabilities of existing cellular handsets to get more out of them. The offshore mobile application development communities have also been in the news for conceiving solutions that have taken the wireless application development arena by storm.
The latest in the mobile application development offering spree is the gesture control technology which allows users to use hand gestures to communicate with their phones. A prototype is already being assembled which replaces the traditional interface with a touch screen or keyboard or any other input device with a complete physical contact free interface. A small video recorder wired to a microprocessor is attached to the user’s attire which captures and analyzes their hand gestures to sketch an outline of each gesture and transfers it to a computer display. The very idea of being able to sketch free wheeling shapes in the air and see the same being inked on the cellular interface is in itself scintillatingly amazing. Right now the prototype resembles a large brooch but with the passage of time and with advancements in the field of nano-electronics and mobile application development, components will shrink further in size reducing the size of this system. This concept of interacting with intelligent devices through hand gestures is not something new as it has been used in various gaming consoles and other applications. This system outstrips other systems as no setup efforts are required and no additional accessories mess up the whole freedom of using the virtual interface. A paper about this is due to be presented in October at the symposium on User Interface Software and Technology.
The whole concept of gesture control is extremely alluring as the elimination of an interface is the ultimate in terms of negating physical contact with a device. This should herald a new age in the field of mobile application development and wireless application development and we are sure to see a spree of applications leveraging this technology being conceived by offshore mobile application development communities.
The technological arena has grown by leaps and bounds enhancing the importance of information. The IT industry in general has realized the benefits of outsourcing software development to create an efficient support system. The cost reduction and the value addition that is achieved through an offshore software development team are very important from the business point of view.
The Information Technology segment known as IT in general involves various aspects such as conceiving and supporting computer-based information systems such as networks, software and hardware. An emerging trend that has taken the world by storm is SEO – Search Engine Optimization that involves garnering business by engaging in activities that attract internet user traffic to your website. It is also a facet of IT and is heavily relied upon by most business ventures today. Major offshore web development and offshore software development firms also include SEO services as a part of their portfolio. The offshore application development and offshore software development market is so huge that finding apt services for outsourcing software development is simplified. It also presents a cheaper option in contrast to the amount of recurring expenses involved in maintaining an onsite staff. Astute hiring of an offshore web development services firm can help take care of all superfluous business activities allowing the company management to concentrate on core areas of business functions. The global market even after reeling under the heavy blows of the recession is still finding its feet again. The importance of outsourcing software development and SEO – Search Engine Optimization services is only being enunciated as business ventures re-invent with a view of not repeating he mistakes made before and make an attempt to restore order amidst the chaos.
Outsourcing software development is an apt option when the factor under consideration is cost and adherence to constricted time frames. Offshore web development, offshore application development and offshore software development teams are adept at facing this challenge. With the addition of SEO services and SEM services to their arsenal they provide business ventures with ideal choices for transforming their innovative concepts into full blooded applications
The offshore web development and the offshore application development arenas have gained momentum as a result of the influx of state-of-the-art technologies that have simplified the challenges faced by development communities across the globe. Java still is a favored option among developers who swear by its attributes and development methodologies.
There are certain basic rules involved with Java development and not adhering to them might lead to glitches and development failures. Given below are some of the major rules. Adding comments to the code is quintessential for all software programmers. Its basic purpose is to provide a cue to yourself or any other developer when they revisit the code. It does nothing towards the functionality of the module but goes a long way in proving to be a token or a reminder of what the module was supposed to do. Providing complex solutions to coding problems for which easy solutions exist is just a way of acting smart but not the ideal way.
Unnecessary frameworks that include property files, object-oriented solutions for problems that have simple resolutions or threads to the application complicate things. Hard coding is another technique that should be avoided as far as possible as it tends to mess up the structure of the module. Including an extra line of code that defines a static final variable is a wise choice. Miserly coding strategies that aim at achieving too much with too little code can also tend to screw up development objectives. Utilizing a full length code required to conceive a complete module is essential. Innovation is good, but applied in the wrong places can lead to disastrous repercussions. Ready and reusable frameworks are available in numbers of open source nature which can be easily employed. Their reliability and utility has already been tested in numerous other applications making the invention of new frameworks seem redundant. GUI from the point of view of aesthetic appeal is extremely important and to make it as easy-to-use and visually appealing should be a developer’s primary objective. Lack of knowledge about the application interface can be remedied through the reference of existing applications having similar interface requirements.
Creating prototypes is also an ideal option as giving the end customers a taste of what they have paid for. Feedback from the end clients can be used to remould the interface and avoid later modifications. Thinking from their point of view is essential if an interface is to be designed as closely similar as possible to the requirements set by the client. Documentation is essential to keep track of the amount of efforts being invested in the development of the project.
Offshore web development, offshore software development and offshore application development have long since adopted Java as their favored technology leading to the conception of cutting-edge applications. Leading outsourcing software development companies have adopted the above approaches and imbibed them in their development teams to attain their desired results.
The offshore and outsourcing revolution has been a consistent flavor through the life-cycle of the IT industry with multiple benefits of round the clock support, lower development rates, reduced timeliness and higher efficiency compositely forming a solid base for innovative and state-of-the-art offshore web development and offshore application development to flourish.
This scenario advocates the development of high quality, low cost web applications that serve the purpose of achieving technological excellence. PHP and MySQL based web applications can be utilized to develop real time dynamic websites that are economical and conforming to stringent budgets. Server side scripting type of programming languages include PHP or Hypertext Pre-processor which can be used for dynamic web pages. Offshore application development, offshore web development and outsourcing software development leveraging dynamic content and providing it from the web server to the client. PHP can also be used from the command line or from stand alone client side GUI applications. It is free software released under the PHP license and can be smoothly integrated into HTML. While running on the web server it takes PHP code as its input and provides web pages at its output. Outsourcing software development has been a rising trend and caters to all major industry verticals and domains. PHP forms one of the major technologies to have found wide acceptance among the developer communities. Dedicated teams and communities have sprung up that leverage PHP for applications based on Joomla, SugarCRM, osCommerce, Drupal, Typo3, Simple Machine Forum, vBulletin , phpBB, phpAdsNew, Eventum etc… Satisfying myriad requirements across variegated platforms, PHP has shown tremendous growth potential. Ecommerce sites have also benefited from the cutting-edge shopping cart modules that are trademark PHP.
PHP has been imbibed by IT services and solutions providers on a global scale and is fast replacing older technologies as a weapon of choice for developing cutting-edge and unique applications while adhering to constricted timelines though offshore application development, offshore web development and outsourcing software development.