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AppBoard Tuesday – Top 12 Differences Between iOS And Android App Development

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              Last weekend, we had the latest edition of friendly banter between our Android and iOS app developers. Both sets were eager to prove the superiority of one of the platforms over the other. During the (fairly friendly!) debates, a number of interesting trends and figures came to light. For starters, it was highlighted that the… Read More »

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Busted! Top 14 Myths About Smartphone Batteries

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              All the major smartphone companies try to pack in as many advanced features in their latest flagship models as possible – in a bid to go one up on their rivals. While this tussle spells great news for the average user, there is one common user-concern that neither Apple nor Android (in spite of the… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – A Day In The Life Of An iPhone App Developer

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              Mobile app development is, at least from the outside, probably the most glam job in the IT industry at present. We are part of the 8.8 million worldwide developer community, we get to work on the latest Apple computers, we ‘speak’ (oh well, we type…but you get the point, right?) in popular programming languages, and… Read More »

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Unreal Engine 4 vs Unity 5: Which Game Engine Is Better?

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              March was an exciting month for game developers. The latest version of Unreal Engine – UE 4.11 – was released on the 15th, only to be followed by the launch of Unity 5.3.4 on the 31st. While Unity continues to hold a healthy lead as far as the most popular game engine (48% of game-makers… Read More »

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Apple Pay Adoption – Is The Novelty Factor Wearing Off?

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              Released in the fall of 2014, Apple Pay has fast emerged as the most popular mobile payments and digital wallet service in the world. A survey in March 2016 reported that the service has more than 12 million monthly users – comfortably more than any of its rivals (read: Samsung Pay, Android Pay). However, a… Read More »

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12+1 Trends In Wearable Technology To Watch Out For In 2016

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              In the United States alone, the value of the wearable technology market is expected to touch $20 billion, by the end of 2018. While impressive in itself, the figure seems even more humongous when we consider that wearables were valued at around $1.9 billion in the country in 2013. With wearables being available at both… Read More »

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iOS 10 Wishlist: 14 New Features We Wish To See

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              By the third week of April, the adoption rate of iOS 9 had ramped up to a mighty impressive 84%. By the time this year’s Apple WWDC rolls in (13-17 June), this figure is expected to touch the 90% mark – a fair indication of the success and popularity of this version. As is the… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – Interviewing Leonie Spencer, The MD Of Lifestyle Travel Ballarat

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              In each of the previous editions of AppBoard Tuesday (ABT), we have dealt with various issues related with mobile app development. This week, how about a change-up? I recently interviewed Leonie Spencer, the Managing Director of Lifestyle Travel Ballarat, at her office. Leonie, of course, is also one of our most important clients – and… Read More »

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Top 16 Mobile Educational Apps For Kids

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              According to a Statista report, games were by far the most popular category of apps at the Apple App Store (March 2016). It had a download share of a shade under 23% (more than double of the share of business apps (10.3%) – the second-most popular category). At the Google Play Store too, games and… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – How Do Successful Mobile App Entrepreneurs Go About Their Job?

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              Mobile app development is great as a career option – only if you know what you are doing. Success stories of popular apps are splashed about in the media, but there is no dearth of startup companies which go bust within a few quarters. According to a Fueled report, only 1 out of every 4… Read More »

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Make An iOS App With Xamarin: Steps & Tips

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              Even before it was acquired by Microsoft in February this year, Xamarin was a fairly popular framework for cross-platform mobile app development. The total number of developers worldwide using the tool had touched the 1 million mark last year itself (from almost 125 countries). The fact that Microsoft plans to make the coding tools and… Read More »

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Android N: 14 New Features And Highlights

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              The adoption rates of the latest Android versions (unlike the iOS releases) are never anything to write home about. According to a Forbes report, Android 6.0 MarshMallow currently has a device share of a measly 4.6% – and that’s after coming off an extremely slow start. Android Lollipop and KitKat remain the two most popular… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – A Sneak Peek Into The Wide World Of Internet Of Things (IoT)

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              Industry 4.0 is upon us. It’s the age of connectivity, with more and more gadgets of daily use (phones and watches, to televisions and even cars) getting connected to the internet. According to a recent study by IDC, the worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) – the phenomenon of growing number of gadgets and… Read More »

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Material Design Update: Android Apps To Resemble iOS Apps More Closely

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              As far as in-app navigation is concerned, the norm till now has always been bottom-bar navigation for iOS and the good ol’ hamburger menu (noticed the three parallel lines that reside on the top corner of your app screen, from where you can pull down other screens?) for Android. Well, this difference is going to… Read More »

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iPhone SE – The Good And The Not-So-Good Features

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              The shipment of iPhone SE – the much-discussed new 4” iPhone model from Apple – started last week. Announced on March 21, the handset has received mostly positive reviews from general techies and mobile app developers alike. However, while the phone does pack in a host of powerful features, there are several things about iPhone… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – The Recipe For Becoming A Successful Mobile App Entrepreneur

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              “With great power, comes great responsibility” Now this quote might be most popularly associated with the 2002 ‘Spider Man’ movie, but it neatly sums up the role of tech leaders in today’s world as well. It’s one thing to become the CEO of a mobile app company and draw a fat pay package, and it’s… Read More »

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Coming Up: Teks iOS and Android Workshops

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              Working on new, innovative apps excites us the most…no surprises there. There is another thing that gives us great joy too – the sight of young, enthusiastic coders learning the basics of mobile app development, and actually making a name for themselves as developers. During the second week of May in Sweden, our Swedish chapter –… Read More »

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Apple March 21 Event: Top 10 Expected Announcements

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              ‘Let Us Loop You In’ That’s what the tagline of the upcoming Apple iPhone event, scheduled on March 21, is. The line is probably a nod to the new set of bands for Apple Watch that would be launched at the event. Press invites for the event were handed out over a week ago, and… Read More »

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Methods Of Mobile App Testing: A Guide For Developers

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              The total number of app downloads has been projected to touch 275 billion by the end of 2017. Competition among app developers to grab the attention of a significant chunk of smartphone-users with their applications is fierce – and there is hardly any room for errors. A mobile app with bugs is destined to fail… Read More »

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How Can You Correctly Validate Your App Idea?

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              It is no longer as easy to hit on a good app idea as it was even 3-4 years ago. Both iTunes as well as Google Play Store has literally hundreds of mobile apps belonging to the same category/genre – and it is nothing short of a challenge to think up a concept that is… Read More »

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Xcode 7 for iOS App Developers: What’s New?

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              Within a month of its release, the latest iteration of Apple’s integrated development environment – Xcode 7 – has received the thumbs-up from mobile software and app developers worldwide. Last week, Xcode 7.1 was made available (after 6 beta releases), with extended support for tvOS. In what follows, we will highlight some of the best… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – The Journey From An Idea To An App

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              At times, you just know that you have chanced upon a good app idea. And then, all goes to waste – because you spend too much time procrastinating on how it can actually be transformed into a mobile application (or whether doing so would be even possible). The notion of learning the basics of iOS/Android… Read More »

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Are You Aware Of These New SpriteKit Features In iOS 8?

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              When the iOS 8 platform was launched by Apple, the SpriteKit framework received quite a few new features – geared to make the tool more developer-friendly. In what follows, some of these new SpriteKit features have been listed.   Released with iOS 7, SpriteKit has fast become the preferred mobile game development tool for many… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – How NOT To Use Mobile Apps?

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              Let’s start off this week’s AppBoard Tuesday (ABT) with a rather remarkable statistic. Last year, on average, 1 out of every 5 downloaded mobile apps were opened only once within the first six months by users. Feel that this is a pretty damning evidence in favor of the fact that most apps are viewed as… Read More »

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iOS App Submission Guidelines: A 16-Point Checklist

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              Every quarter, a significant percentage of the total number of apps submitted at the Apple Store gets rejected. In what follows, we have highlighted some important points that would boost the chances of an app being approved.   Unlike at the Google Play Store, getting new apps approved at the Apple App Store can be… Read More »

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Mobile Trends & Figures 2015: From The Developers’ Perspective

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              Keeping track of the latest mobile trends and updates is absolutely essential for developers who wish to earn professional success. In today’s discussion, we have summarized the most noteworthy facts and figures from the domain of smart devices and app platforms from the first few months of this year.     A lot has been… Read More »

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Top Reasons Why Samsung Galaxy S6 Will Not Be An ‘iPhone 6-Killer’

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              The reviews of the recently released Samsung Galaxy S6 have been mostly positive, and the sales have been highly impressive. However, it is not quite the ‘iPhone 6-killer’ that both Google and Samsung had hyped it to be.   Over the years, many smartphones have been hailed as ‘iPhone-killers’. The Samsung Galaxy S6, launched on… Read More »

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First Impressions Of Apple Watch: 15 Points Of Note

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              Apple Watch, arguably the most talked about smart device in recent times, started shipping from last Friday. We have here done a round-up of the opinions of users on some of the features of this eagerly anticipated smartwatch.     The biggest tech gadget release of the year is already upon us. Apple Watch, which… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – Simple Tricks To Serve App Clients Better

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              “There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company – from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” – Sam Walton There probably has never been a truer thing spoken about the corporate world. Think of it this way – someone contacts your company for… Read More »

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Eclipse vs NetBeans – Which Is The Better IDE For Android App Development?

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              Eclipse is the go-to Java IDE for most coders working on Android applications. However, there are two other perfectly good alternatives to Eclipse available as well – NetBeans and Intellij Idea. We have here done a comparison study between Eclipse and NetBeans.   Most comparative analyses regarding the integrated development environments (IDEs) for Android developers… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday: Mobile App Designing – Do-s & Don’t-s

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              Brilliant app concepts count for very little if graphic designers botch up the interface of the application. If you browse through the 1.3 million+ apps at iTunes and Play Store, you will come across many applications which are difficult to even understand, let alone using them. A simple rule of thumb needs to be followed… Read More »

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Beach Magic At Manadarmani – The Destination For Our Latest Office Outing!

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              A Weekend To Remember Two days of pure, unadulterated fun – that’s what the entire Teks team was planning for, this weekend (5-6 April). We had animated discussions, frantic search for cool weekend destinations on the internet, and even a couple of heated arguments – before Mandarmani was zeroed in on. Those who were willing… Read More »