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Kotlin vs. Java

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Java has been the most preferred language of developers for a long time for Android App Development. But since a few years, Google’s Kotlin is gaining immense popularity. It is now Google’s preferred language for Android (officially). Almost 50% of the developers are using Kotlin for app development. 

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In such a case, how would you choose the best one? Well, we have made it easy for you. In this blog, we’ll be discussing both the programming languages in detail and exploring their differences based on some real-time attributes. 

Let’s start with the basics:

What is Kotlin?

Kotlin is an open-source, cross-platform, and statistically typed programming language. It offers greater accessibility in multi-platform programming. It helps you combines Object Oriented Programming (OOPs) and functional programming in an independent and unique platform.

Pros and Cons 

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Popular Apps Built with Kotlin

Google, Pinterest, Trello, Netflix, Airbnb

What is Java?

Java is an OOP (object-oriented programming) language. It is the best choice for high-end projects involving technologies like NLP, AI, and ML. Also, Java enables developers to write and compile codes that are compatible with all java platforms.

Pros and Cons 

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Popular Apps Built with Java

Twitter, Spotify, CashApp, Nimbus Messenger, Signal

Now that you have refreshed your concepts. Let us move forward and compare Kotlin and Java and explore how they differ. 

Kotlin vs. Java: Detailed Comparison

Which one is better:  Kotlin or Java?

Both Kotlin and Java have a fair share of pros and cons. Java is a well-established and robust programming language, whereas Kotlin offers scalability and convenience. Therefore, choosing the best fit depends entirely on your app requirements and objectives. 

Are you still confused about which one to prefer for your next android app project? Successive Technologies is there to help. We use stable codebase, Android SDK, and Android NDK kits to deliver seamless and engaging experiences. Our skilled technocrats use Kotlin and Java as their primary tech stack to deliver delightful and innovative apps. Contact us to get started.

Top 10 Amazing Apps Built with React Native

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

React Native is one of the most widely used technologies nowadays. What started in 2013 as Facebook’s internal hackathon project is now one of the most trending iOS and Android app development frameworks. Since 2015, it is available on Github, and developers are using it to develop unique and popular apps. React Native is a preferred choice for mobile app development for all. From a startup to Fortune 500 company. Here is a list of the top 10 popular apps built using React Native.

Have a look:

  1. Facebook Ads Manager

The first full React Native, cross-platform app. JavaScript framework handles the difference in ad formats, time zones, currencies, and date formats. It has a clean interface, simple navigation, and intuitive UX to deliver a fantastic user experience.  Even the transitions and animations are excellent. 

Ratings: 3.9Installs: 5,000,000+Downloads: Android, iOS

  1. AirBnB

Another remarkable example of an app developed using React Native.  Airbnb uses React Native to build a service booking app that demands real-time performance. It worked perfectly and brought joy for software engineers at Airbnb. Almost 60 members are working on React technology daily in their development team. You can use it to build reusable code across Android & iOS platforms. You can even refactor and save a lot in the development cycle. 

Ratings: 4.7Installs: 50,000,000+Downloads: Android, iOS

  1. Bloomberg

An excellent app in the global business and finance news space. Before React Native adoption, Bloomberg spent substantial time individually developing and updating Android and iOS apps. 

Firstly, a prototype was built using React Native, tested thoroughly, and then the technology adopted for cross platforms’ simultaneous app update. 

Ratings: 4.2Installs: 10,000,000+Downloads: Android, iOS

  1. Gyroscope

An excellent app that integrates with the HealthKit and enables users to see life story. It allows users to track their heart rate, steps, and different activities (such as weight loss, meditation, & productivity). It displays data in two simple views: Simple and Cards mode.  It delivers a daily/weekly/monthly report for all the tracked data. You can use it to define the next step in healthcare development. 

Ratings: 3.7Installs: 10,000,000+Downloads: Android, iOS

  1. Myntra

A perfect example of how an online portal should look and feel on mobile. From the excellent look to the finest user experience, Myntra has everything to delight customers. It has a beautiful presentation of profiles, catalogs, and order placement. With all these, Myntra is delivering an amazing UI/UX to iOS and Android apps. 

Ratings: 4.4Installs: 50,000,000+Downloads: Android, iOS

  1. UberEats

React Native is just a small portion of this app. However, it adds substantial experience for users in terms of UI/UX. The app required a dashboard for a restaurant with functions such as push notifications and sound notifications. Since thy team had hands-on experience on React, building the app using React Native came out as a smart option.

Ratings: 4.3Installs: 100,000,000+Downloads: Android, iOS

  1. Discord

Another great example of cross-platform app development. It is a free chat and voice app for gamers.  You can chat with the team, catch up with each other, check status availability, and more.  The great thing:  iOS and Android apps have 98% shared code.  It shows how react native allows you to build mobile apps in tight deadlines. 

Ratings: 4.3Installs: 10,000,000+Downloads: Android, iOS

  1. Instagram

Moving an existing app to completely new technology is a bit challenging. It is not the case with Instagram, one of the best social networking apps. Why? Insta has a simple UI, so shifting to the new technology was comparatively easy. The major change React Native brought to Insta was easy maintenance for both platforms: iOS and Android. 

Ratings: 4.5Installs:1,000,000,000+Downloads: Android, iOS

  1. Townske

Townske is a travel guide that connects tourists/visitors with locals. As a result, visitors can grab knowledge of fantastic places.  Townske is already using ReactJS for the frontend. Its intuitiveness forces them to use React Native for the mobile app development framework.  It provides code sharing facility and speed in development & deployment.

Ratings: 4.4Installs: 5,000+Downloads: Android, iOS

  1. Walmart

To become a global leader in the online retail space, Walmart turned to technology. Firstly, they added Node.js to their tech stack, then wrote the entire app in React Native. This way, Walmart not only improved performance but also finished within a short time frame. The unique benefit: the app has a 95% shared codebase across platforms.

Ratings: 4.2Installs: 50,000,000+Downloads: Android, iOS

Are you looking forward to building an app with React Native?

The following stated apps clearly state that React Native can develop a mobile app with any scale, idea, and content type. If you have an app idea and want to turn it into reality, this unique technology is your true companion. To know-how, connect today! 

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

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