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Battle of the Mobile App Frameworks – React Native vs Native

Battle of the Mobile App Frameworks – React Native vs Native

Should I use React Native or a Hybrid framework that will be compatible with both platforms? Mobile phones have overtaken the market as the biggest contributor to business scalability. Post 2016, the worlds global mobile penetration has exceeded half the world’s population. The time spent on browsing through different apps has risen to 185 minutes on an average amongst the millennials and 110 minutes with Gen X– as per Statista.com. Looking at the current trend it is imperative that companies accommodate the usage of mobile apps to make their jobs simpler. And every application needs the right framework and platform to create it. But, before we analyze which is better- Native apps or React Native Apps, let’s take a deep dive and understand what each of these actually mean. To React (Native) or to be Real? Showdown of the mobile app champs! React Native React native has become a popular framework amongst developers to create user-friendly apps on Android as well as iOS. As per a report published by the Newstack.com, nearly 33% of employers need React skills in developers today. React Native began as Facebook’s internal hackathon plan and soon gained momentum amongst other web developers to create robust mobile applications. React native apps use both Javascript and React library and its precision lies in the fact that the code, to a large extent, is used for both iOS and Android platforms as they too are written in Javascript. Let us take a quick look at certain pros and cons of React Native. Pros Time-saving: React is totally UI focused with a highly enhanced interface. You can use...
Top Five Mobile UI/UX Trends Taking Shape In 2018

Top Five Mobile UI/UX Trends Taking Shape In 2018

Back in 90s, an infinite number of small text lines bragged around and simple Times New Roman or Arial texts filled up the webpage. Today, just adding blobs of text won’t do anymore. In fact, unlike the past century, owning a website is no more a costly affair. With the evolving trends and competitive business arena, it is vital for a cutting-edge UI/UX design team to understand the minds of people. Cut-short; using the right combination of technology and art, that’s what UI/UX design is all about in 2018. Let us see what is currently trending in this domain. Mid- year Review: Mobile UI/UX Trends 2018   1.  Full-screen, HD Experiences This is the new age of Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone X. The trend that has caught user attention is frameless design. There is more screen space available for user. This makes them expect full-screen experiences. The main reason behind this expectation is that you have the ability to take elements and create stunning user experience. With this, you can sort out any unwanted distractions. This would also improve the focus on the task in-hand. Hence people prefer it much. 2. HD Images, videos Quality matters. The pixelated images will no more appeal to the people. Users expect HD images which are clear and flawless. Research shows that the human attention period has drastically reduced from 12 to eight seconds. Hence HD Video-based UI is expected by most of the users. Not only this, Hubspot stated that 78% people do watch online videos on a weekly basis. 55% of the videos is habitual to watching videos per day....
Creating a HIPAA-compliant mHealth app: 6 Vital facts you should know

Creating a HIPAA-compliant mHealth app: 6 Vital facts you should know

The advent and the explosive proliferation of Mobile devices, particularly Smartphones has been one of the most profound happenings in the history of Information Technology. An estimated 4.93 billion mobile phones are in use in 2018 and estimated to touch 5 billion mark by 2019 (Statista.com). The advent of Smartphones brought with it the thousands of mobile Apps. Many of them are simple ones that are built for individuals or small groups but some of them are meant for a wide range of user groups (social media) or across large companies (enterprise mobility solutions). One such area of application is Mobile Apps for healthcare professionals. These mHealth apps connect a wide range of user groups such as patients, medical staff, relatives, insurance company staff, and pharmacies to quote a few of them.  Much useful audio, video, image, and text information is exchanged between the user groups in due course of healthcare activities. However one major concern in the use of these apps is the potential non-compliance with HIPAA regulations; this is due to the many risks associated with Smartphones like data hacking, data theft, device theft and data loss. While the loss of data and device could be a concern for the hospital, the concerned staff and the third parties such as healthcare insurance companies, the data, and information falling in the wrong hands would mean a violation of HIPAA privacy rules. Since medical software in general and mHealth apps in particular exchange information especially concerning patient health, general, insurance and financial details, complying with the provisions in HIPAA regulations is a necessity. The violation default can range from...

Native App Development or Cross-Platform App Development: Which Is the Best Option for You?

When it comes to mobile app development, developers have to make a lot of choices right from the concept, including the look and feel of the app and the way it is promoted. One such decision that has a significant impact on the way your app works is the platform to develop your app. You could either develop a native app for a particular platform or create a cross-platform app that can be downloaded and installed onto a variety of mobile platforms. Both native app development and cross-platform development have their own merits and demerits. The best option depends on various factors, including your needs. So, here is an overview of both modes of development to help you choose the right option for you. Native App Development Native apps are those that are tailored to one specific mobile platform, such as iOS, Blackberry and Android. They are typically developed with the help of the formally prescribed development tools and languages that the target platform supports. For example, XCode and Objective-C are used for iOS apps and Eclipse and Java are used for Android apps. Some of the pros and cons of native app development are given below. Pros Native apps provide better performance, look and feel. Native app development lets you take advantage of the new features and platform-specific features provided by the underlying OS. They can support features like fast and fluid animations, full access to phone hardware, multi-touch APIs and all the latest APIs. Native apps have a better user experience and are easy to use. Cons Building native apps is not easy because the code is...

Enterprise Mobile App Development: The Android Conundrum

Enterprises around the globe are slowly becoming aware of the benefits offered by enterprise mobile apps. They have realized over a period of time that such mobile apps help improve the efficiency and productivity of their employees. This, in turn, increases the overall business’s productivity, which is the desired result that every enterprise hopes for. Also, the ability of business firms to leverage big data and analytics via mobile apps helps them to keep up with the current trending innovations. This is why you may have observed that many companies have willingly started to invest more in developing effective mobile apps.   According to the forecast by Gartner Inc., the market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than the capacity of internal IT organizations to deliver them by the end of 2017. Also, according to Gartner’s predictions, the sales of mobile phones will reach 2.1 billion units by 2019. This will directly raise the demand for enterprise apps. It is also likely that your business may have already implemented a strategy for enterprise apps or may have started thinking along those lines. In this article, we consider the reasons to go for Android mobile apps for enterprises. We will also go through some useful tips to keep in mind before opting for Android mobile app development. Reasons to Select the Android Platform for Enterprise Mobile Apps Here are some important advantages offered by the open-source Android OS for mobile app development for enterprises. Low Costs and High Returns You get the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) for free and this reduces the software...

9 Best Practices for Mobile App Testing

We live in the smartphone age where a business execution starts with mobiles and ends with mobiles. There is a lot of scope in app development, yet many businesses do not use it because they feel that apps fail to earn the value that they desire. This dissatisfaction among business owners is due to mobile app developers who sidestep mobile app testing, which is, in fact, a crucial step to surviving in this highly competitive market. Mobile app testing has its own set of nuances and challenges. This is because the different mobile operating systems (OSs), device sizes, and usage scenarios make app testing a daunting task. Moreover, if your app does not work, users will not waste a single moment to uninstall it and switch to the next best app. So, here are a few suggestions to make your app testing and app deployment successful. 1. Select a Proper Device to Test Choose a proper device for mobile testing by analyzing how the app needs to work based on the following factors: On which devices will the app be used – smartphones or tablets? What is the earliest version of the OS that it will support? What are the popular devices among the target audience? What screen sizes and OS versions will you need to integrate? The total number of devices that you require to run the app test depends on the number of platforms and types of screen sizes that you target. If you do not possess the required number of devices, you should simulate the relevant parameters and run the tests accordingly. 2. Know Your App Before you...