Previous year, Google introduced the new concept of downloading any web page so that it can be viewed completely even if the user is offline. This year the company introduces apps like Pocket and Instapaper to help the user read web pages offline without even downloading them. A downloading feature introduced way back in December is now being improved and improvised by the software development company to make it easier for the end user. All they require to do is, update the latest version of chrome.
How does the read offline feature work?
First, long press on any link and select the “DOWNLOAD LINK”. The feature is also available when you long press an article suggestion on the new tab page. Further, the company adds that the next time when the user runs into chrome’s offline dinosaur, they will see “download page later” button. The moment the user taps this, chrome will automatically download the page for them when they get back online.
The team of top-notch web developers are making it easier for the user to get back to the content downloaded. Which means when he/she opens a new tab, he will see articles that have been downloaded tagged with a new offline badge. In addition to this, chrome will show a list of recent downloads on the page for easy access. Hence, there will always be a ready-to-go list of pages or articles to read even if you are out of data for the month or lose the network in a dead zone.
Interesting Mobile Development Trends To Follow In 2017
In terms of the smartphone industry, Google android stands heads and shoulders above its rivals. According to studies, 88% of all smartphone devices are active on Android. The post further reveals numerous other interesting Android development trends for the year 2017.
#1 Arrival of Android on desktop
Since last October, Google’s ambitious projects has been in limelight. The year 2017 brings the mobile platform to become available on the laptops, desktops and convertible computer systems. Most of the android app developers consider this a seamless merger of Android with chrome OS. In addition to this, a cue from Microsoft is also expected to be taken to enhance mobile and desktop functionalities.
#2 Improvements in Artificial intelligence
Over the last few quarters, the quality of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning on Android devices have been seen increasing as well as improving. And this is the reason why the productivity and capabilities of in-app chat bots and digital assistants should continue to grow up in 2017. Besides, the user-friendliness of Google play is also set to get a boost with the help of a neural network – making the task of searching for mobile apps that much easier.
#3 Developing android apps with swift
In December 2015, swift went open source programming language available to several android developers across the globe. It may quite interest you to know that the swift university recently announced its first Android oriented learning course with Swift in a proper android integrated development environment. This trend has resulted in making android apps more popular than before.
#4 Growth of Android Instant Apps
In comparison to the iOS apps, the instant app technology makes everything seamlessly executed for smartphone users. Presently, devices upgraded to the latest android version (Nougat) support instant apps. However, this is likely to be extended to all handsets running on android 4.1 and above this year. With instant apps, it becomes easy for the end users to check out the main features of the app on devices without downloading the entire thing. While developers, on the other hand, can benefit from with greater modularity as they require the same APIs and source codes, no separate versions are created.
#5 Android smartwatches
Finally, android wear 2.0 was rolled out in February and I am sure that before the end of the year, the mobile app development company will offer several new android smartwatches. Huawei Watch 2/Watch 2 Classic, Guess Connect and Misfit Vapor are some of the new Android smartwatches that should be launched in the next 2-3 quarters.
All the eyes are kept on Google’s Android for upcoming trends and technology. There will be a significant increase in the availability of apps in Google play store. Although IOS might be considered with greater revenue potential but android is supposed to be ruling the current digital market.
Over a past few years, the world has been flooded with new releases/announcements of smartphone brands, be it Android or iphone. Each release of a phone feels like a single Mentos being dropped into a 2-litre coke ending up creating a new explosion of debate that who has the best phone, iOS or Android! Now before getting into the nitty-gritty of the topic, I would like to reveal that I am not an “Apple hater”. It’s just that I use the phone which fits my needs. Besides, I have several technology based reasons which prove that android phone is better than iphone.
Reason #1- Ample of choices
Android offers an endless range of choices for phones. I mean you can buy a phone whose main focus is the camera or do you want a phone that could easily withstand rough use or being dropped several times? And I think that’s the beauty of Android phones, you can get the one that fits you.
Reason #2- Customization
Another interesting reason for choosing an Android phone is its customization. Don’t like the standard Android keyboard? Well, you can download third-party keyboard app that easily replaces the stock one. In addition to this, you can download a new launcher especially when you don’t like the launcher that currently runs on your phone.
Reason #3- Other interesting features
Some of the other interesting features offered exclusively by an Android phone are:
- Water and dust resistant
- Wireless charging
- IR (infrared) blaster to control devices
- Ability to access all your files by using your phone as a mass storage device
Other than this, one key way that makes Android OS massively different from its Apple brand competition is the number of phones running out there in the market. 2017 is still young unveiling a fresh wave of handsets around the corner. Here I have rounded up the best Android handsets out there today, rating the phones on hardware performance, OS upgrade potential and, of course, how shiny and nice they are to have.
Here are they:
Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+
Samsung has once again taken the top spot of the best android phone available in the world. A smartphone that’s great in design runs on a fast and up to date Exynos 8895 SoC, built on 10nm process. Although Samsung has touched up on the cameras but it looks quite similar to the previous versions. Some of Samsung Galaxy S8 specifications include: incredible design, amazing display, the new iris scanner allows you to unlock the phone with just your eyes.
- Weight- 155g
- Dimensions- 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm
- OS: Android 7
- Screen size: 5.8-inch
- Resolution: 1440 x 2960
- CPU: Exynos 8895
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 64GB
- Battery: 3000mAh
- Rear camera: 12MP, Front camera: 8MP
Galaxy S8 is the best smartphone loaded with amazing Android apps to buy at the moment. Now unlike S8, S8+ is meant for big screen lovers with 6.2-inch QHD display and Samsung’s AMOLED panels look as good as ever.
One plus 3T
One plus 3T is pretty in vogue these days. The smartphone turns out to be an all-rounder and offers best performance-to-price ratio among the latest Android phones. For the very first time, one plus has made an all-metal smartphone, and while the phone is reminiscent of the HTC One M9, it is still a good design. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, the device has 6 GB of RAM and can go on for a whole day on a single charge. Other specifications include:
- Weight: 158g
- Dimensions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 mm
- OS: Android Marshmallow
- Screen size: 5.5-inch
- Resolution: 1080 x 1920
- CPU: Snapdragon 821
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 64GB/128GB
- Battery: 3400mAh
- Rear camera: 16MP, Front Camera: 16MP
The good news is that low-cost flagship smartphones are getting better and better. And if you are very desperate of buying a high-end Android phone, One plus 3T is definitely worth considering.
One of the most innovative smartphones for the year 2016, Moto Z continues to maintain its position as the most innovative smartphone. Moto Z is actually a fast and smooth smartphone, with an understated, but the excellent camera. Besides, you’ll be able to switch out elements for future accessories. It may be the world’s thinnest phone but looks great in your hand. Key features include:
- Weight: 136g
- Dimensions: 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2 mm
- OS: Android Marshmallow
- Screen size: 5.5-inch
- Resolution: 1440 x 2560
- CPU: Snapdragon 820
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 32/64GB
- Battery: 2600mAh
- Rear camera: 13MP, Front camera: 5MP
Moto Z is quite modular like LG G5 but its far better with mobile apps and extra-add-ons and carries a much easier use Snap-On design.
Google Pixel & Pixel XL:
We all know how Google has taken the search engine giant long enough but do you know that Google has finally launched a phone? Pixel and Pixel XL both can offer an ultimate Android experience without a complicated bunch of features. The smartphone takes the latest version of Google software ‘Android 7.1 Nougat’ in its natural form. The main reason you’d buy this phone is for the camera though. Other interesting features include:
- Weight: 143g
- Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.5mm
- OS: Android 7.1
- Screen size: 5-inch
- Resolution: 1080 x 1920
- CPU: Snapdragon 821
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 32/128GB
- Battery: 2770mAh
- Rear camera: 12MP, Front camera: 8MP
If you are looking for a phone that offers smooth performance, bright, colorful HD display, better battery life, look no further than Google pixel and pixel XL.
So this is it for now! Keep watching the space to know more about android application development in India.
These days, the trend continues to be iPhone applications development and Android apps development. This could also be considered as cross platform mobile apps development.
WHAT IS BETTER, iOS OR ANDROID?
When it comes to smart phones, one war is constantly being waged. iPhone versus Android. While people may think this war is limited to Amazons and Best buys, startups always are debating the merits of each in terms of application development. The lifecycle of an average device stays approximately twelve to eighteen months. In the first three to six months, users have downloaded most apps. In the following six months however are marked by a slow decline in interest to mobile applications. When choosing between iPhone and Android, there are three things to consider. These include the target audience, the project budget and the ideal app benefits.
In general, preferences and behavioral features of the target audience appear to be a major factor to take into account when choosing the best mobile application development platform. After all, both young and old people are determined to never like a similar thing. Always, it is important to consider the budget when committing to a specific platform. If the budget is limited, it is not wise to engage into much longer-lasting and diversified Android application process. In this regard, iOS app development language could help here due to the pre-crafted interfaces as well as a thin array of devices to run on. Keep in mind that before there was Android and there was the Android app development software and the Play Store, there was the App Store and iOS. It really was the iPhone that kicked off the mobile application trend. Thus, in a lot of ways, we have to thank Apple for the opportunity. Yet, the question is which the best is for a new developer?
On the case of iPhone development, apps will be created using Xcode IDE with the iOS SDK. Xcode supports numerous programming languages. However, the one that most new developers opt is Swift. This is because Swift was created particularly by Apple for OS X an iOS. It’s based on Objective-C but apparently is less prone to errors and is more concise. Using Xcode means things could be more simplified. Swift works with Cocoa Touch, an API for creating iOS UI. This means understanding not just Swift but Cocoa Touch and the iOS SDK as well. Another barrier is the fact that Xcode only runs on Mac. This increases the initial investment significantly. When it comes to Android development, things actually are not that different. Again, one needs an IDE which is probably going to be the Android Studio. This means programming in Java and using the Android SDK simultaneously. For a beginner, neither is an appealing prospect.
The same as Android, iOS too have seen a recent shift away from skeumorphic shadows and into flatter designs. Nonetheless Android is more precise and much clearer in the way it wants users to go about adopting the language. While iOS design is defined less clearly, generally it involves using a negative space, huge images, transitions and many translucent elements. In general, iOS also is a little flatter and this could be seen in various ways that the two platforms use cards, for instance. When it comes to navigation, the most obvious difference is that the iPhone lacks a back button and thus has to include them in the UI. Including a back button in Android in general is considered a no-no. Without doubt, Google has provided some truly clear guidelines for developers in terms of design. For the most part this results in some rather intuitive as well as pretty user interfaces. There is more documentation and guidance for Material Design and thus in this case Android comes out on top. That being stated, the clear guidelines also mean that developers of Android apps have to work a little harder to keep up.
When it comes to the comparison of the Android and iOS hardware from a developer’s point of view, one word immediately comes to mind and that is fragmentation. Sadly, developing for a single Android device means developing for numerous Android devices. Meaning that various screen sizes, different aspect ratios and DPIs. Beyond that, one also have fragmentation when it comes to Android versions that people are running. Based on Open Signal, 5.6 percent of users still were on Gingerbread in 2015. This becomes a concern for developers. This means not only coming up with designs that are flawlessly responsive but also means thinking hard on whether to add a new feature which prevents a huge portion of the market from running the applications. Nevertheless, there are also advantages to the fragmentation. This situation ultimately is born out of Android’s open nature, meaning there is much broader range of hardware that is capable of running the OS, including wearables, media streaming devices, TVs and in-car systems as well. Although the open nature of Android is to be encouraged, still ,the fragmentations ultimately makes life harder for developer. While iPhones gradually are getting more diverse, the situation still is considerably easier, saving developers’ time as well as bad reviews and boosts revenues ultimately.
Ultimately, the choice between iPhone and Android development comes to down to one’s preferences and goals, whether it is for business startups or for developers, particularly the first-time developers.