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iOS, Android, or KaiOS: Which is the Best OS platform?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

Just like the way, Windows Operating system or Linux takes care of your laptop or desktop, a mobile operating system (OS) controls your mobile.  It determines the functions and features on your device like keyboards, WAP, thumb wheel, application synchronizations, text messaging, emails, etc. It also determines which third-party application you can use on your device. At present, there is a range of mobile OS. Next to Android-&-iOS, KaiOS is one of the most sought-after operating systems of the time.  This post is all about the top three Operating systems: Android OS, Apple iOS, and KaiOS. Have a look: 

Here’s a small graph showing the demand for the most popular OS in India in recent years-

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Android OS, iOS and KiaOS: A Snapshot

Android OS

One of the most well-known mobile OS! Android was developed by Android Inc, which was later bought by Google in the year 2005.  It relies on a modified version of the Linux kernel and other open-source software.  Android is primarily for touchscreen mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. 

Android launched its first-ever device in 2008. Since then, Android has been unbeatable. It released its latest version this year in September 2020. It is available in 100+ languages and is compatible with 64-bit (32-bit dropped) ARM, x86, and x86-64 platforms.

The major advantages cover:

  • A wide variety of phones to choose
  • Most phones have an expandable store
  • Open-source, it is easy to customize

Apple iOS

The second most renowned mobile operating system! Apple Inc designed and developed iOS, exclusively hardware. It powers many of the company’s mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch. It is the basis for three other OSs of Apple: iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Though it is proprietary software, some part of it is open source. 

iOS’s first release was in the year 2007, which later outspread its support to other Apple devices such as iPad and iPod touch. Its app store contains more than 2 million apps of various categories.

The prime advantage cover:

  • Minimal chances of malware
  • Curated app store
  • Strong security and handy features

KaiOS

 Next to Android and iOS, KaiOS is another excellent operating system. It relies on Linux and has forked from B2G OS(Boot to Gecko OS). It supports VoLTE, over-the-air updates, and HTML5-based apps. KaiOS has a long battery life for non-touch devices. The optimized user interface, reduced energy consumption, and less memory utilization are some other interesting traits of KaiOS.  

KaiOS’s first release was in the year 2017. It can do pretty much anything a fancy smartphone can do. It is the prime reason why it is growing widely as an alternative to Android for budget-friendly smartphones.

  • Offers Wifi, 4G LTE, GPS connectivity
  • Built-in Google Assistant
  • Access to major apps like Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Google Drive/Calendar/Gmail, and much more. 
  • Deliver great value and functionality for cost
  • Can run-on devices with just 256 MB of memory

KaiOS is currently available in different markets around the world, and is the second most used OS in India, thanks to Reliance JioPhone.

Final Thoughts 

Considering the top features and wide adoption of the popular smartphone OS, it’s hard to decide the best one. Being a new applicant in the market, KaiOS holds a lot of potentials.  Next to Android and iOS, industries in banking, e-commerce, agriculture, telecom, IT will now also explore KaiOs for service delivery.

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Google Rolls Out RCS Messaging Feature for All Android Phones

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Google’s RCS-based (Rich Communication Services) messaging is now rolling out global for android users. Integrated within Google’s Messages application, RCS brings exciting chat features over the traditional SMS text messaging. Also, the end-to-end encryption will roll out to beta testers soon.

Back in 2018, Google introduced Chat powered by RCS to Messages. The service offered a revamped version of SMS, including support for high-quality attachments, reactions, gif, stickers, etc. It transformed the Messages app into services like iMessage and WhatsApp. Thanks to the tech geeks, RCS Chat is now available to all android users across the globe.

Google said in a statement-

“We have completed our global rollout of chat features to make this modern experience universal and interconnected for everyone on Android.”

What is RCS?

Abbreviated as RCS, Rich Communication Service provides a richer user experience as compared to the conventional SMS standard. The major USPs of the service include typing indicators, presence information, location sharing, longer messages, and better media support. It supports sending high-quality photos & videos or chatting over Wi-Fi or data. Other excellent elements like read receipts, share reactions, and many more.

Apart from a global rollout, Google is putting a lot of its focus on RCS-based messaging privacy. The company has said that people using Messages will have an end-to-end encryption feature.

“We’re continually improving security protections to safeguard your privacy and will be rolling out end to end encryption, starting with one-on-one RCS conversations between people using messages. End-to-end encryption is only available when both you and the person you’re messaging have Messages app installed and chat features on”. Google mentioned via a blog post.

The end-to-end encryption will roll out to beta testers soon and will extend to next year.

Steps to Enable RCS in Google Messages

  1. Open Google Messages on your Android phone.
  2. Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Chat features.
  5. Enter your phone number.
  6. Tap Continue.

You are all set. 

Users already having a Google messaging app can easily access it. How? By updating the app to the most recent version. When you message someone who also has RCS enabled, the chat will automatically offer a superior messaging experience. As for now, it will be tedious for RCS to replace SMS from Android phones completely. However, Google’s constant efforts seem to be ready to push further for this messaging platform to gain more popularity.

At present, offering a smart user experience with mobile app development services has become a growth strategy for businesses. We at Successive Technologies aim to deliver tech solutions and services with user-centric experiences that are engaging, responsive, and smarter. Get in touch with us to execute your idea into reality.

7 Important Features for the Success of your Fitness App

Monday, November 9th, 2020

The fitness industry has seen the biggest revolution in 2020. It hasn’t just become entirely digital; it is the new normal. Not only do people are going digital for workouts, but the trainers are also learning this craft. Health and fitness are in quite demand. Thanks to technology, we have a fitness app to fulfill our needs. 

The biggest challenge here is to choose the best fitness apps from a range of options. Need not to worry! 

In this blog post, we’ll be briefing you top 7 must-have features of a fitness app that will boost your customer engagement and business value.

Top 7 Features of a Fitness Tracking App

Engaging and Personalized Experience

Your app must deliver a customized user experience, tailored to each specific user, in real-time. It will:

  • Improve user engagement
  • Increase brand loyalty

While allowing you to deliver a seamless and personalized interface, it also allows you to showcase your creative side via customization. You can add smart features like:

  • Planning and management of personalized exercise routines
  • Detailed exercise reports
  • Setting targets
  • Performance comparison

Proper Geolocation Facility

Geolocation is an all-time favorite goto for the user. It enables them to track their daily walking, running, cycling routes, and even records them. This feature can make your app the most preferred by users as they can share their fitness records socially as well.

Gamification 

The Gamification feature in the fitness app is the perfect combination ever. Gamification inspires users to achieve higher fitness goals.  It’s a great package of entertainment, motivation, and inspiration for the people who strive to workout harder. You can further add the following components to boost the user retention rate:

  • Rewards
  • Leaderboards
  • Badges
  • Progress bar

Multi-Device Synchronization

Multi-device sync capabilities ensure users’ engagement. Fitbit is a classic example of this feature. It enables users to work out seamlessly by syncing their devices with your fitness app. This feature also helps in boosting customer loyalty and engagement.

Sleep Tracker

This golden feature tracks the user’s total sleep time, sleeping habits, active hours, inactive hours, etc. How? Users need to wear the wearable device and activate it before going to sleep. It will give them the perfect sleep insights and desired data results.

Hydration Tracker

In our busy day-to-day life, we compromise on properly hydrating our bodies. Therefore, users strive for a fitness app that can track their daily water intake goal. Your app must motivate the users to stay hydrated and push their daily water goals. Your app can also add the following features to keep the users engaged:

  • Setting water intake goals
  • Reminders
  • Free hydration logger
  • Reminder notifications
  • Crowd Cheering
  • Rewarding

Push Notification Systems and Reminders

For the ‘workout freaks’ who never skip a session, push notifications and reminders always works. These features keep reminding them about their weekly workouts, exercise plans, yoga routines, and other workout sessions. Hence your fitness app must have a user-friendly and robust reminder feature.

Summing Up

Now that you know the excellent features to create a killer fitness app. Start integrating them into your existing app or use them to create a brand new app.  

Need support and guidance to create a fitness app or looking forward to starting your fitness app journey? Successive Technologies is here to help! We have a team of professionals who design and develop customized and technology-driven apps with cross-platform capabilities

Strategies to Boost Your Product ROI in Uncertain Times

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

As the global situation continues to develop rapidly and our lives are changed more and more, business professionals are still searching for answers to some of their most pressing questions. One of the big question is how to increase the business productivity and boost product return on investment. If the same question is coming across to your mind and you need a solution, then your search ends here! This blog explains latest insights into what strategies help top companies to deliver fantastic products that customers return to time and again.

It has been analyzed that there is a successful way to boost your product ROI as well as to reduce customer turnover for tech first companies and the world of software development, I.e. product QA.

Why Product Quality is Key?

It is a major fact that quality is crucial to product success. It can mean the difference between an app your customers love and a simple app with low ROI. Leading quality is all about influencing those around you so that they prioritize QA. In order to achieve success, it is important for you to explain your team that how it will save costs and improve customer experience down the line, reducing churn. Walk your teams through the customer journey and explain how important is product quality is.

This communication will definitely increase empathy among teams. Once your company understands the value quality can bring, it will become much easier to make QA a priority for customer satisfaction.

One of the most important things to keep in mind that organizations with an expanding user base can scale their testing capacity in several ways, such as

  • Implement Automation
  • Hiring extra QA Engineers
  • Partnering with Outside Experts

Moving further, there are three important process which is crucial for business in every situation. In fact, these strategic ideas are not limited to huge corporate powerhouses: Companies of any size or budget can implement them. Let’s get know about it in detail below-

Ways to Improve ROI for Your Business

Early Testing

Without any doubt, continuous testing is key to amplifying your QA strategy. It lets you catch and fix bugs early, which means few bugs make it to production and there are fewer happening you have to put out.

It also means that you’ll produce higher-quality products for your users, who then will be more likely to stick with you. By testing earlier, you are building testing into the cognition of the development process. This will help prioritize quality by putting QA at the front of the minds of designers, developers, and testers alike.

Smarter QA

It is also important to understand that you don’t need to drastically increase your testing capacity. Instead, you need to take an assessment of your current process. That’s because it’s natural in every business for legacy strategy and software to become the norm. By optimizing your current testing capacity, you can make your QA work smarter.

Use Cost Effective Channels

While businesses won’t see the same amount of new customers and growth they’re used to with a halt of paid media and offline marketing efforts, then you should not completely restrained goals. Preferably, shift your approach and make the most out of existing customers across high-value channels.

Marketers can take this time to shift to a marketing strategy that relies on email, mobile, and in-app marketing. These channels have great ROI and cost less to run on average.

Conclusion

All of these tried-and-tested techniques can level-up your ROI strategy without the expenditure of endless resources. It’s all about supercharging your process and getting the most out of it. Once you apply these ideas then you can deliver quality at speed and retain your user base, even when times are uncertain. Still have some queries? Reach out to our team to understand business solutions and strategies that will help you succeed in these uncertain times.

UI Android vs iOS UI

Friday, January 24th, 2020

User Interface (UI) as dynamic as it is, individually takes yet another turn in the diversity section when we come to Android vs IOS.

You must have heard sagas of the differences between the android and iOS users each pleading a case of how their operating system is better than the other. But what you may not know is that this isn’t new, it has been the case for ages now. And, on no account can you term it as superficial. Android users do have a very tough time adjusting to iOS and vice versa. The “why” to this problem has a lot of little aspects and one major aspect. The major one is the differences in the UI of the two. Think about it, for instance, a layman while comparing two devices with these two operating systems may ignore for once, the differences in the complex configurations behind the processors in the two, but what he will always keep in mind is “how does is screen look?” “which icon goes where?” “how do you navigate through different pages?” and all of these have only one thing in common- UI.

Thus, it becomes essential for us to understand the differences between the UI in the two operating systems so that if need be we can make an informed choice and in a more competent fashion.

Now that we have started, we need to know where all will we be able to spot these differences. The best answer to this is — “If you scrutinize the subtle, then everywhere.” These differences are present everywhere — in the navigation bars, toolbars, types of control, buttons, and whatnot.

Out of these hundreds our focus first, obviously goes to navigation. Android is based on the material design guidelines, which is something widely accepted and followed globally even google uses them while developing its own applications. iOS, on the other hand, is based on the human interface design. One of the most noticeable differences in navigation is how android uses a “universal navigation bar” present at the bottom of the screen but iOS uses a combination of gestures and the home button. It also presents itself with an inbuilt “back button” in almost every one of its apps to help with the simple retracing of steps. Now you may be able to see how even a simple action as “going back” becomes so different with a change of UI.

Similar to navigation is another aspect — Menu. In Android, they generally have it in the form of a sidebar where you just tap and pull and voilà — you will have five to six apps ready to access. iOS, on the contrary, prefers a tab bar, which is placed at the bottom of the screen. These tab bars though according to various consumer analysis reports are easier to use, provide a lesser array of apps to be at the user’s disposal at one point of time.

The search field too is not left behind in this gabble of differences. In fact, the amount of comfort drawn from a device has a huge dependence on the accessibility of the search field, and its placing and presentation in the two operating systems play a pivotal role in materializing the differences between the two. One of the most distinguishing in this arena is the placement. iOS demonstrates a certain amount of rigidity as the full search bar is placed at the top of the screen. Whereas Android provides its users with a little bit of flexibility on the matter. It gives the users an option to place the search bar on the top, which is majorly different from what was provided by iOS because this one only expands into a full search bar upon tapping the search icon. The second option enables the search bar to gain much-deserved mobility as Android presents the users with an option to access the search field in the form of a widget that can be placed according to the user’s whim.

Pages on the second or lower level of hierarchy use segmented control in iOS and a tab on the Android. Furthermore, all text tabs in Android are present in uppercase and in iOS as a title case. This coupled with a fact that Android UI comes with a “text-only” policy for these tabs, which allows no icons and texts to be present simultaneously on the tabs and that iOS has no such policy, gives another important point of distinction to the two operating systems.

Another fundamental difference between the UI of the two can be observed in the color and size of the apps provided, Android usually has a more multi-color approach, with icons which are big in size and have reasonable spacing in between, on the other hand, iOS prefers a black and white pallet with a more compressed outlook.

A large difference further exists in the form of buttons, dialogues, alerts, etc. But as we explore these and many more, we must also understand the fact that these are all very temporary. The general trend today shows enough cases that indicate that we are moving towards a more converging user interface present in Android and iOS. The addition of the “switch” option to Android from the exclusive domain of iOS being one of the many examples of the same.

So, after understanding the differences in the two UIs and analyzing the various trends associated to it, one may also draw a parallel conclusion that with the passage of time as the consumer becomes more knowledgeable and demands for more and more freedom in mobility, structure, and outlook, the products will begin to have more and more fluid user interfaces and thus skipping the boundaries drawn by the differences in the operating systems and ultimately being a junction of the two categories we see today!

Facebook To End Android Dependency: Here’s How

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

The social media scenario has been developing over the years. The beginning was with Google’s hangout, then came along Orkut and along that line came the creation of Mark Zuckerberg. Yes, you are right! We are talking about Facebook.

This online social directory became available first to the students of Harvard and later, to anyone who claimed to be of at least age 13. This rule was in place since 2006 and still ongoing. Any person with an account on Facebook can share digital content; it can be text, photo, and other multimedia files in their profile. They can have conversations with other people who are their “friend”, comment on other persons’ posts and even have one-on-one chats. There are several in-built apps that can also be used to complete different tasks or serve specific purposes.

Climbing into stardom

The rise of Facebook to become “the” social media was not slow but not instant either. After changing the name from “The Facebook” to just “Facebook” in 2005, this social media channel was opened to the general public in 2006. Within the year 2009, the company had 350 million users joining in its list and in the summer of 2012, the number finally rose to the magic number of 100 million. By the end of 2018, the number had grown to 2.32 billion, which is more than half of the world’s population and they are all present in the program written in the Harvard dorm room. In 2019, the numbers are becoming less, but with an average of 52%, Facebook is still the top contender in social media sites. However, the introduction of sites like Instagram, Twitter decreased its popularity. Another favorite social media messaging service called WhatsApp has been recently acquired by Facebook. Still, novel services like Snapchat are gradually making their presence felt. However, the company is taking the necessary step to address this particular issue.

The range of devices

Unlike the programs of its predecessor companies, Facebook did not need the user to download or install any installer file in their device. Although in the time when the only digital device was computers, only an internet connection was sufficient to connect and use the social media program. Nowadays, with the advent of smartphones, tabs and other handheld digital devices, it has become necessary to download the app onto the device. Thereafter, the user has to input their information and can access their profile. In the case of security measures, the program or “app” in the new OS vernacular has made some major changes to ensure the security of the user data. Certainly, maintaining an appealing UI is a priority to drive user engagement that both Android and iOS have their own restrictions around. Still, in recent cases, the company has faced some serious problems in the matters of fake accounts, fake posts, and information with a debatable source. Facebook has employed third-party companies to perform the fact-check and other necessary data.

The operating systems

The main limitation the company was facing from the start was the dependence on other operating systems. From the start, it was either accessed from mainly Windows or the Macintosh operating system. When the era of the smartphone or handheld devices came into existence, it was either Android or the specific operating system of Apple Inc, the iOS. Being dependent on these operating systems posed two specific problems:

  1. The coding and the necessary programming tasks become complex when it comes to two different operating systems. Moreover, if only the example of the Android is taken, the OS essentially dictates Facebook about the hardware requirement it will need. Having to depend on a third-party OS makes it impossible to add features because it may or may not suit the specification requirement allowed by the OS.
  2. Facebook has been developing devices like Oculus, and voice-calling services like Portal, which are essentially the development of Facebook. Having to depend on the operating system like Android practically determines that the company cannot add necessary hardware as it may clash with the inherent limitations of Android. Furthermore, the development of new versions or upgrades of this operating system will force the social media company to change the specification of its devices every time, adding to the production and implementation costs.

To cope up with these problems and ensure the independence of its programs and devices from the operating systems of other parties, Facebook has announced that it is now going to build its own operating system from the scratch. According to the general pulse, this step was eventually coming, but the effect on the market and among its users is yet to be seen.

The changeover to its own

The bid to stand on its own two legs in terms of an operating system was abuzz in the grapevine of the computer technology world, and the news was confirmed by the company itself later. Facebook told its users and the general public worldwide that it is appointing one of the creators and developers on Microsoft’s Windows NT OS, Mark Lucovsky. The step taken was supported by the Vice President of Hardware, Facebook, and confirmed in the statement that the company is seriously considering the fact that the future generation should have space for them. In the light of dependency on third-party systems, especially operating systems, it may not be possible for Facebook to achieve the target in terms of penetration and digital presence. For that reason, they are thinking of doing it on their own.

Expert’s opinion

According to the experts also, this step was in the pipeline for some time. Development of VR devices, Other machines like Oculus, a voice-calling feature like Portal, and even the AI-enabled program the company is developing, depending upon OS by Google, or any other company would have been limiting. For one, the developments had to be done according to the changes happening to the OS, and secondly, the hindrance of faster development in the case of Hardware would surface; as the Other OS may not be compatible with the hardware specification of the new development by Facebook.

Signing off

The development of a new OS is certainly exciting to Facebook users, however, there are other factors to consider too. In the future, although not certain, Facebook can become the next Apple, where you have to buy their devices to enjoy their programs. With the world’s majority using android by Google and the number still increasing, the outcome of the project and the decision of the company regarding it will determine the fate of this development.

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