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Simplistic Business Communication with WhatsApp Business

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WhatsApp is incontrovertibly one of the most popular mobile apps ever made. The entry of WhatsApp into mobile space was no less than a revolution as it totally wiped out the SMS culture from the face of earth. The second revolution it brought in was easy & embedded video calling, which enabled WhatsApp users to make video calls from the same application. This consolidated solution offered by WhatsApp also proved to be quite popular, and ripped a big share off the revenue charts of Skype and Google Hangouts. And now, with a new revolutionary app that provides business communication to entrepreneurs running businesses of any scale, with special focus on SMEs, WhatsApp has surfaced the third revolution, which it likes to call ‘WhatsApp Business’.

There is no doubt that this is a clear reply from Facebook to Google’s arsenal of digital marketing tools, which have long helped businesses around the world track their progress and grow in a streamlined manner. Facebook’s decision to take takeover WhatsApp in 2014 has shown Mr. Zuckerberg’s knack for making great business decisions, and this one truly paid off. How? Allow us to explain.

Facebook is a great tool to connect with the world. The way it has redefined meeting new people is just amazing. But then, is it that easy for a layman to operate Facebook? The stats say ‘not really’. Also, for a layman, Facebook may not be a very productive tool from a business point of view, as most of its productivity lies in the digital marketing side of the platform, which is too complex to understand for a commoner. So, in order to tap maximum number of people from across the globe, Facebook chose WhatsApp to be used as a business communication tool for the simple reason that WhatsApp is easy to operate and being used by people from all age groups, class, and profession. In simpler words, WhatsApp has always had that ‘generic’ reach among the masses, with a huge potential to be used in marketing spheres that largely rely on basic communication among its nodes, customers, and vendors. The result of a series of such realizations is the launch of WhatsApp Business, which is now available exclusively on Google Play Store.

WhatsApp Business is simply great, and its greatness is backed by the way it focuses on small businesses to help them save a lot of money on vague communication tools that don’t really do much. However, because WhatsApp Business aims to cater to SMEs largely, it is more of a basic tool. So let’s take a look on what team WhatsApp has done differently with their recent tool that people, especially entrepreneurs, have huge expectations with.

Interface & Experience

Now some of the users have complained, in the Play Store review section, of the same regular interface that is there on WhatsApp Messenger. But then they are missing a very important logic here; the point of keeping the interface just about the same is to retain the simplicity and what the world accepted WhatsApp for, back in 2009. Same goes for WhatsApp Business; everything from chat window to account settings has an easy flow, and a very comprehensive interface. In terms of look & feel, WhatsApp Business has included all the components from regular WhatsApp Messenger, and introduced a few more things like Business Profile, Automated Messages, Quick Replies and more. The app, all in all, has the same UX design.

Features:

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Although one can hardly say if the app is different from its regular messenger version just by its outlook, WhatsApp Business has a number of features that can help businesses big time by establishing an always-ON communication system for their customers, some of the best ones among which are:

Business Profile

Business Profile is meant exactly what it literally means – a profile for your business that says everything about your business such as brand logo, title, business address, business category, business hours, email address, and website. To make it easier for customers to find your business address, WhatsApp Business comes with Google Maps integration for pinpoint precision. In the business category section, you can find almost all the important categories, and in case your isn’t there, just choose ‘Other’ from the list, and type it in. And because a business may have another website, and WhatsApp understands that, you can add another website in your business profile. However, adding a maximum of two websites is the limit here, which we expect WhatsApp to lift soon. In our opinion, Business Profile is the best free tools available in the market that lets you maintain a neat presence among your customers. Although the app is not meant to increase your reach, Facebook is already there to serve that purpose, which sort of completes a pre and post sales toolset.

Quick Replies

When you are managing a small business, you find that there are many things that are repetitive, and take a chunk of your time that you could have used otherwise. Well, WhatsApp Business addresses at least one of those issues, by allowing you to save generic and commonly used replies that a business owner would make to their customers. So basically, with Quick Replies, you can create of list of saved replies and even assign shortcuts to them. Let us understand this with an example. Suppose you send a generic reply like “It was a pleasure serving you. Please come back again” every time you serve a customer. Sending the same reply again and again to different customers would be sheer waste of time if, let’s assume, you serve a large number of customers in a day. So instead of this you just create a quick reply for this sentence and create a shortcut, something like like ‘/s’ for the same, which you can find inside the same section.

Greeting Message

Greeting your customers is a must, but don’t you think greeting a hundred customers in a day would be too hectic? Well, WhatsApp Business came up with a very simple, but uber-effective solution for this – an automated reply! Just set a greeting message that is sent automatically when a new customer pings you for the first time or after 14 days of no activity. Simple, right?

Away Message

The concept of an away message is also pretty simple; let your customers know when you are not available for service. This feature has two types of utilities: send a message to your customers every time you are away, or schedule a message whenever your working hours are over for the day. An away message as well is customizable and can be scheduled to whatever time.

So these are some of the features in the WhatsApp Business that make it easy for a small business to interact with its customers in more of an automated way. Apart from these, the app has all the basic features of the original WhatsApp, such as WhatsApp Web, Status updates, End-to-End encryption, Regular Chats and much more. But the launch of WhatsApp has left us with two contrary questions: Will the small business space accept the elementary nature of WhatsApp Business in business communication just like the world accepted the simplicity in its messenger, or will the team have to make significant changes to augment the app with a very technical interface, which just might feel more native to niche.

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Here are the Top Gadgets from CES 2018

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Consumer Electronics Show – the most prominent and biggest exhibition for gadgets, electronics, cars and basically everything and anything that belongs from technology. Geeks and tech-enthusiasts from all over the world eagerly wait for the CES Global Event to try, hands-on, the most mind-blowing inventions, the impacts of which can be felt throughout the year. Needless to mention, the biggest tech-multinationals’ products and even the most innovative backyard inventions can be seen fidgeted around with by the visitors.

At the CES 2017, some of the biggest tech-giants came up with their crazy inventions to leave us in their awe. A mesmerizingly beautiful concept car by Toyota, a pocket-sized drone, a portable quadcopter, and what not; the CES event last year was pretty insane. But guess what, the stakes have gone higher at CES 2018, and this year’s tech carnival, from what we feel, is somewhat dedicated to smarter technologies that can be used in day-to-day tasks. Enough of the talk, here are few of the coolest gadgets from CES 2018 that absolutely stole the show.

HTC Vive Pro

HTC unleashed its reply to Facebook-owned Oculus Rift through its latest VR Headset, the Vive Pro. Talking about its VR capabilities, Vive Pro is simply breathtaking, owing to its 1400 x 1600 display per eye, and 615 ppi. With this level of detail and clarity, it is hard to believe what we are watching is virtual, as the wireless headphones attached to the headset breathe life into anything you watch on the endless display. And to make it all the way more real, HTC has made its flagship VR gadgets, completely wireless.

Razer Project Linda

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Although still in its prototype phase, Razer Project Linda by Razer – the world’s leading laptop brand dedicated to gaming – did something different this time. Rather than focusing entirely on gaming, they worked on Project Linda, which demolishes the boundaries among smartphones, tablets and laptops. This, it does, by carving a dedicated slot in an ultraportable Razer laptop that integrates the two, and brings the Android experience to the laptop on a tablet mode. All you have to do is place your smartphone in the slot, and enjoy the flawless Android interface on the laptop. But the best one yet? The laptop charges your phone while it is being used, so that you have more charge even when you are using your phone. Isn’t that amazing?

Sony Aibo

Are you a dog lover? Do you also fancy gadgets like anything? We know this could be dilemmatic for you and probably this question doesn’t even make sense, but what if you had to choose between a dog and a supercool gadget? Well, the good thing is Sony enables you to choose both, and choose one, simultaneously, by launching Sony Aibo – a robot dog with moves, playful attitude, a conscience for the family and one hell of a cute face. Much more than that average dog in your neighbourhood, Aibo is capable of adapting to its surroundings and develop cognitive skills over time, and comes with facial recognition abilities to differentiate among your family members. Sony has decided to launch the product in Japan, with quite an affordable price of USD 1740.

Passenger Drone by Intel

Intel never misses an opportunity to amaze you, and what could be a better way to amaze someone than introducing a volocopter, which is actually a passenger drone, at the world’s biggest tech exhibition! When it comes to AI-powered technologies, Intel leads the pack and there are simply no second opinions about that, as the confidence among passengers to trust a drone in the middle of the skies can only come from a tech pioneer such as Intel. VC200, better known as Volocopter that has an 18-rotor aviation system with a passenger capacity of two, was demonstrated by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, and we must say it was much better than that of iPhoneX Face ID.

Razer Mamba Hyperflux

It seems like Razer decided to go literal with its new wireless mouse at the CES 2018. But the gaming tech enterprise has done justice to the product anyway, as the Razer Mamba HyberFlux is as cutting-edge as a mamba is in its own domain (pun intended), and well, uses magnetic flux to link and transfer power directly to the device, which means no batteries, no cords, and no hassles at all. The magnetic flux is generated through the mouse pad that rests beneath the mouse to act as a source of power. However, the company doesn’t intend to lock you up in a room with what they provide. Therefore, Razer ships the Mamba Hyperflux with a Micro-USB cable that can link the device directly to a computer. Another trait that Razer users buy into when they make a deal with it, is beauty; the beauty that oozes out from below the mouse pad equipped with Razer’s trademark ‘Chroma Lighting’.

Hypervsn Wall

When it comes to picture, we began with 2D, took a little too long to reach 3D, and 4D, 5D, 7D, well they are just myths. However, we always had lot of hopes to see a hologram in real. At CES 2018, lots of expectations were met when Kino-mo unveiled its one of the greatest inventions yet – the Hypervsn wall. While some people found the wall behind projected image, a little too intrusive, majority had a consensus on Hypervsn Wall being the most cutting-edge projection tool they had ever seen. As per Kino-mo, after years of R&D and trials, the wall is finally a reality, and comes with two main components: Hypervsn Management System and Hypervsn Projection Unit. While the management system is responsible for projection, functions, and wireless connectivity, the holographic projection unit creates all the magic. According to the company, the projector can play up to 5 hours of video content, and is an extreme miser when it comes to power consumption.

The market of electronic goods is growing day by day, and is expanding into different domains, which is, at the end of the day, a clear indication of how people are becoming more and more aware about the changing technology trends. And more than 180k visitors arriving from all over the world at the Vegas episode of CES 2018 to check out some of the best innovations is a perfect proof of that.

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This is how 2018 has welcomed technology

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2017 gave us enough more than we anticipated in the technology space, and if you think that’s that, wait till you come to know about how deep 2018 is already into technology. And the best thing about year 2018 is that the advancements we have seen this year are from different fields and are quite significant if you look at the magnitudes of how they are going to affect the world. And as the mobile app development space is yet all but conquered, 2018 is already contributing a lot to the world of smartphones, which is quite apparent from what the list of evidences we have compiled to show you how much has already been achieved in 2018. Can’t wait to find out? Here you go:

CES 2018 showcases the ‘most promising’

CES is back, and this time the only difference is that the hype has went through the roof. And to say the least, the hype is real and the CES website vouches for it. More than 184000 people are already coming to interact and learn more about the innovations by more than 4000 technology-based companies.

Among the many events and presentations during the conference, latest innovations in some of the most trending topic are going to be discussed. One such hot topic is a smart city which is going to be discussed in detail by some of the leading personnel from the field of smart technologies. Concepts such as financing, energy consumption, cyber security, designing, and infrastructure in building a smart city are to be demonstrated.

The capabilities of autonomous cars have been partly clouded due to the uncertainty of their launch for the general public. But at CES 2018, one of the biggest taxi aggregators Lyft will allow visitors to ride its autonomous taxis within the event venue, which could be a good use case for the company.

Other than that, a new branch of IoT that goes by the name Internet of Life Saving Things will be introduced at the conference, which focuses on Internet of Things devices and network dedicated to healthcare sector.

Another one of the biggest highlights of CES 2018 is going to be the keynote by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on Artificial Intelligence.

Android Laptop?

Although we have had workarounds available to install Android OS on Windows hardware, it has sort of been a thing of developers or at least for those with a knack for technology. So far, we have had Windows hardware running Android, with glitches and compatibility issues at some point because there hasn’t been an official release. But with the release of ‘Gemini’ – a tiny laptop by developed by Planet Computers that comes with a full-fledged, 100% optimized, Android Oreo-based experience and has refined, or precisely, invented a new class of laptops. Mobile app developers are also quite excited about this as more and more people may demand these type of laptops in the coming years, which means the industry will see a rise in the demand for developers as well.

Also swapping roles with a phablet, big phones with 6-inch displays, and conventional laptops, Gemini comes with a 5.99 inch touchscreen, a keyboard, and weighs just 308 gms, easy enough to be carried in your back pocket. In terms of features, the laptop runs Android Oreo like a charm and if were having only a touchscreen, you would not be able to tell an Android phone from Gemini.

Chromebook + Microsoft Office = Efficiency

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With the launch of Google Chromebook, Google’s plan to cater to the ones asking for more of a portable and fast netbook, has always been clear. Since its launch, we have seen Chromebooks being used for light utility purposes, and generally with people who are always on the move. But in 2018, we are going to see Chromebooks in the hands of a lot of android enthusiasts. Reason being; 2018 Google Chromebook comes with android app support, which means one can enjoy the same android apps experience on the laptop as well. Earlier, there have been android simulators for laptops that could run android apps, but then again, with glitches due to the obvious incompatible interfaces. Another addition to the features line-up of Chromebooks is Microsoft Office. Google has finally shook hands with Microsoft to provide its user with ultimate and one of the most popular office suites. It’s not there has been a rivalry between the two, but we think this should have happened years back. Whatever may the case be, the good news is Chromebook users will now be having the seamless MS Office tools.

Pack up for the 5th Generation network

Companies are gearing up for the 5th generation of mobile networks, which are being estimated to be ground-breaking in terms of speed, transmission and number of connected devices. As per experts, 5G would be able to support more than 10,000 devices at a time and could reach speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second. While the speed of 5G network is still under debate. Reportedly, Samsung tested its 5G network and the results were quite satisfactory at 7 Gigabits per second in a stationary device, and 1 Gigabits per second in a vehicle moving at 100 km/h. Among the early adopters of 5G, biggest nations such as US, South Korea, Sweden, Estonia, Turkey and Japan have come up to test and use the 5G networking. South Korea, Sweden and Estonia are the earliest among the six as they will absorbing the 5G integration in 2018.

AI-powered Guitar

Mentioning guitar in this article may seem too puny, but let’s keep an open mind to see how data science has spread its wings in each direction. OneManBand – a guitar manufacturing company – has developed a guitar that listens what the person is playing and uses artificial intelligence to build a tune in real-time that goes with the strings. According to company, the guitar is equipped with capacitive and inductive signal sensors to collect music and convert it to digital data to create a tune that resonates. The AI-powered guitar could be a boon for learners, and evidently, it is already quite in demand. However, you will only be able to lay hands on this smart guitar after it is launched in September 2018.

From what it looks like, 2018 is going to be grand for the technology space, with special focus on smart technologies. And with enterprises like Google, Microsoft, Tesla and more, playing on the front, we are bound to see some significant developments in the technology space. However, the more the technology space grows, the cloud of environmental risks hover over us. Hence, the need for sustainable growth is equally important here.

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Applications of Mobile App Development in Automotive Industry

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“The industry that was once meant to drive things, in now being driven by digital”.

Yes we are talking about Automotive Industry that is completely in the awe of digital technologies at present. And to say the least, mobile apps are one of the leading factors among all formats of digital that have affected the automotive sector for all the good reasons. Although there are other advancements in the automotive sector as well like Internet of Things, Location-based suggestions, and more, the base these budding technologies use to render the benefits to mankind is mobile apps. In case, you are not aware, which is perfectly fine, of how the automotive industry is harnessing the power of mobile apps, here is an eye-opener for you.

Purchase

Automotive sector is aware of the mass reach mobile apps can attain in a short period of time, if marketed and optimized well. With that in mind, many car manufacturers launch mobile apps on mobile application stores for pre-booking and test driving options. While some of the companies build an app exclusively for the purpose, where customers can directly talk to the dealers to fetch desired information , others collaborate with popular mobile apps to offer purchase options. For example – one can use mobile apps like Cars India, CarTrade and many more, to purchase new or used cars.

At times, when a high sales volume for a car is expected at its initial launch, automakers usually route for mobile apps for pre-booking instead of older methods like ticket or token distribution which used to involve long queues of people outside dealerships.

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As per a survey conducted by AutoTrader UK, car buyers spend 60% of their time looking out and researching for cars, and 46% of them use multiple devices to search for information. All in all, people surf the web a lot to find their dream car. In the past few years, we have seen mobile app development companies build apps like Car Wale, Instamotor, TrueCar etc. that have gained substantial recognition in the automotive industry as important marketing partners.

With the help of these apps users can get price quotes (on-road and ex-showroom) and also find a list of features to help them make informed choice while buying a car. Smart enough to comprehend the need of the market, these apps also include user reviews to help others know about the real-life shortcomings and strengths of a vehicle. And now-a-days, some apps even publish review-videos that are even simple to understand. Comparison tool is another feature most of these apps offer to compare among your favourite items in the wish list and narrow down to the one you find the most suitable. And when you are done finalizing that one car you want to have in your garage, these apps locate nearby dealerships to get you going in no time.

Dedicated Apps for Customers

Pitching after-sales services used to be an absolute challenge for auto manufacturers, until mobile apps development happened. Since then, it has been a smooth ride; both for the customers and the manufacturers.

Most of the major car brands found mobile apps as a means of effective communication with the customers and deliver after-sales services like insurance renewal, service & maintenance, spare parts purchase, dealership maps around the city and much more. Customers can book service session in advance, ask for emergency assistance, provide feedback on services and even read car manual in the app itself. Although the use of artificial intelligence is a relatively new concept in automotive industry, it is being adopted in quite an optimum way. For instance, the mobile app would keep a track record of previous service schedules of a particular vehicle and schedule, with customer’s permission, the next service schedule in due time.

In-built apps

The effect of mobile apps in the car industry has percolated deep enough to reach even the core of its innovations. Few years back, we used to have bulky GPS units for navigation that took a lot of space and were not even accurate enough. But with the advent of mobile apps like Google Maps, Apple Maps, Tom Tom etc. have transformed the bulky units into apps that work with great precision and are way more user-friendly in comparison. In terms of utility, there are apps in mobility sector that are gradually being adopted by car companies that want to introduce edge to their vehicle. Many apps that offer hands-free capabilities for calls, text and music are readily integrated with the car dashboard to enhance the driving experience.

Sales Volume

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Although indirectly, mobile app development companies have increased the sales volume for many automotive manufacturers in many ways. One way to see it could be – through taxi aggregators. Mobile app markets have instilled, some of the major innovators, with ideas nobody could anticipate; taxi aggregation business is one such example. Apart from the great convenience for riders, taxi aggregators like Ola, Uber, Quick Ride and more, have provided people with an employment opportunity like never before. In order to work with Ola and Uber, one needs to buy one of the cars from the prescribed list provided by the company. Since it was found in 2010, Ola has put together a fleet of more than 350,000 and Uber India, which is a subsidiary of Uber, has more than 250,000 drive-partners in India. In the figures, we can clearly see how many cars must have been bought since cab aggregators have entered the market.

Another way to see it could be that many organizations also offer share rides, where people can share a ride with a person travelling on the same route. This also has encouraged people to buy two and four-wheelers in order to make extra income on the side. One of the most popular examples of share ride cabs is Quick Ride.

Maintaining Surplus

It wouldn’t be fair if, for this, we gave all the credit to mobile apps. Innovation in automotive industry took a new turn as integrating the sector with IoT and Artificial Intelligence became possible. Apart from many of its uses in physical applications like self-driving systems and sensors, artificial intelligence has benefitted supply chain as well in the automotive industry. But then again, the base for all these intelligent technologies is mobile apps, for now.

In the coming days, we can expect a lot to change in the automotive industry with constantly evolving digital trends. And a lot of these changes are being anticipated to come from apps industry. But then to assume that mobile apps have secured an immovable position in the market would be wrong up to an extent, as it is only a matter of time that more advanced future technologies would change the way automotive industry consumes digital services i.e through mobile apps.

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Everything you need to know about VR Technology

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What if we told you that you could see Eiffel Tower and come back in a moment, without even spending a penny? That you could stand in the middle of World War II in 1945, without taking a bullet? You would probably mock it off, unless you are either a French war veteran who was there in the World War 2 or someone who knows what VR technology is.

Intrigued, aren’t you? Keep reading.

What is VR Technology?

VR stands for Virtual Reality, which is pretty much self-explanatory in itself. With the help of VR technology, one can create a virtual environment with the help of latest software and hardware technologies. In Virtual Reality, a person generally uses a head-mounted equipment with audio output and hand controller to perceive and interact with the virtual environment. The virtual environment is nothing but a 3D, computer-generated space, which changes or reacts to the person’s responses, if needed. It can experienced on a laptop as well, and recently thanks to mobile app development companies, VR can now be experienced on your phone screen as well.

Initially, VR technology was exclusively available for R&D, Aerospace Exploration, and Remote Explorations, but in the past few years it has been released for the digital world, hence, for the general public as well.

Types of Virtual Reality

Based on one’s level of participation and interaction in the virtual environment, Virtual Reality is of three types:

  1. Non-immersive

If you are even a little bit of gamer, you must have heard of Nintendo’s Wii Controller; yes, that is an example of non-immersive virtual reality. Typically, non-immersive reality does not involve anything more than handheld controllers. In other cases, you may interact with keyboards, joysticks, trackballs and similar stuff.

The graphics quality of non-immersive VR is minimal and hence, it is not too expensive and is easily available.

  1. Semi-immersive

The underlying technology in semi-immersive VR seems similar to that used in non-immersive VR; except it is not. Few of visible differences between immersive and semi-immersive VR are that in non-immersive VR, display is small as compared to the huge display used in a semi-immersive one. Also, the quality of graphics in semi-immersive is much better as compared to non-immersive VR. However, some of the major differences between the two are: use of shutter glass and projectors.

The purpose of using projector in this type of VR is to create a huge projection of the virtual environment. And then the shutter glass that the person wears enables him to perceive depth in the picture, making a 3D-effect come alive.

Semi-immersive VR experiences are far better than the basic one; hence, a higher price to pay. Semi-immersive VR is costly to wield because of the high-quality projection equipment required. At present, semi-immersive VR systems have almost extinct, considering its use among the general public, because people have a discovered a better and unbelievably cheaper option to experience the real potential of VR, which is in fully-immersive VR.

  1. Fully-immersive

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Fully-immersive VR systems are probably the first widely accepted form of VR, for two reasons: first, they are affordable and easily available. Second, they blow your mind.

In fully-immersive VR systems, you usually have these small, head-mounted devices, with an incredible potential of projecting surreal imageries. What you wear is called a Head-Mounted Display (HMD), which is basically two monitors with adjusted focal length and depth perception, placed right in front of your eyes. For the best fully-immersive VR experience, one can use CRT-HMD for ultra-high resolutions with refined details.

The expansion of fully-immersive VR happened somewhere 2013, when major mobile manufacturing companies started distributing VR gears in typically their flagship smartphones. Back then, Google and Samsung were amongst the most popular mobile makers that distributed VR.

As of today, we have Google Play Store swarming with apps released by the top mobile app development companies, games and simulators that offer advanced VR experience through virtual environments that offer a person, the capability to interact with their surroundings in a completely natural way. Not only that, VR is currently being used in almost every large sector, such as education, transport, military, gaming, entertainment and many more.

Most popular VR gears

Among the many available in the market, only the high-end VR gears can guarantee the type of VR experience we are talking about. So if you are planning to buy one, choose one among these:

  1. Oculus Rift

Released in 2016, Oculus Rift has been one of the most anticipated VR headsets ever. Backed by Facebook, it got the much needed mass reach even before Palmer Luckey – the founder of Oculus VR announced its official launch.

The most interesting feature in Oculus Rift is that it is a plug-n-play device that can be used with any device that supports VR technology. At present, most of the high-end laptops and gaming consoles offer VR support in their devices, and this is why, Oculus Rift has always been most popular in the gaming community.

Some of the striking features of Oculus Rift are AMOLED Display, 960 x 1080 pixels per eye, Xbox integration 3D Audio Spatialisation, Touch Controller and a dedicated user experience.

  1. Google Daydream

One of the cheaper options especially built for mobile phones, Google Daydream took the market by storm when it was launched in the winter of 2016. Mobile app developers also seized this opportunity to build amazing apps with VR support. The only issues with Google Daydream is that it was launched only for a limited number of phones, but that is changing. Google later extended support to Samsung’s flagship phones as well, which immediately resulted in increased sales of Google Daydream, as Samsung phones are one of the highest selling mobile phones in the world.

Is the VR Market growing?

We believe figures speak better than words, and here is what the figures (derived from Statista.com) say.

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Clearly, from what we see in the graph, VR market is set to grow at a blistering pace. Consequently, the usage of VR technology in every sector practising it, would grow manifold.

Conclusion

Despite all the buzz for the growth in VR market, something that we are being ignorant of is the fact that these devices are quite expensive and in the future, if we want an even better experience, we may be looking at even pricier devices which may spoil the entire concept of affordable technology that we are cumulatively aiming for. But then, what do we know!

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Why Developers are super-excited about iOS 11?

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With yet another phenomenal launch of the 11th major OS upgrade, Apple has once again raised the bar for its competitors. And the effortless way in which Apple does it, makes releasing an OS look like a cakewalk. But then that’s only because there is years of intensive R&D involved that places them in a comfortable position, every single time they launch something new.

This time, it is iOS 11, ready to bear the torch of Apple’s legacy with its exclusive features that allows developers to usher into a new digital era founded by Apple itself. So what is it about iOS 11 that the iPhone app developers can’t wait to get their hands on? Let’s find out:

New Horizons in Machine Learning

Apple has always been on the innovative front, and as expected, it has now extended its probe into Machine Learning, which is currently one of the hottest topics among developers, with Core Machine Learning, or simply, Core ML. It primarily allows one to integrate latest ML models with existing app frameworks. Having built upon low-level technologies, Core ML harnesses hardware capabilities in an even better way to unleash the greatest iOS potential ever.

Core ML enables developers to explore domain-specific frameworks and functionality. With the help of it, developers can now work in areas of intelligence such as Image Analytics, Intelligent NLP utilities and much more.

Some of the most noticeable applications of Core ML would be in facial recognition, location-based suggestions, in-chat functions etc.

Enhanced Resolution equals Enhanced UX

iOS 11 supports the highest-ever resolution in an iPhone i.e 2436 x 1125 pixels, enabling the developers to come up with greatest UX ever. SuperRetina display as well has broken the barriers in display technology. With Super Retina Display, developers can explore the true potential of GPU. In a nutshell, better resolution means better apps, better functionality, breathtakingly graphics and overall, the best UX design.

Augmented Reality of the Highest Order

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The first-ever demo of Augmented Reality proved to be ‘The Milestone’ in the world of technology. With Apple revealing ARKit in the iOS 11 package, it has redefined Augmented Reality in the truest sense.

App developers have particularly been waiting for this move from Apple because it grants them the power to explore areas like Handheld AR devices, Navigation, Virtual sightseeing, Gaming and many more we are yet to imagine.

With ARKit, developers would be able to innovate technologies using TrueDepth Camera with sub-areas like real-time animated graphics via face tracking, intelligent camera functions, and advanced facial mapping powered by an exclusive built-in engine for the purpose.

The most trending application of ARKit for the developers as well as users is Visual Odometry, which lets the camera analyse its surroundings in real-time and co-ordinate it with Core Motion Data, to build an interactive virtual world.

Better Voice Functions

With the iOS 11, iPhone app developers can now create voice-based applications with better accuracy and complete control. Also the voice commands for Siri in iOS 11 are improved and more than that in the previous version. Translation ability has also been added to Siri’s list of features with which developers can introduce voice functions in their apps and might even integrate the previous app versions with voice capabilities of the new iOS 11.

Siri, in iOS 11, has also been instilled with a better AI logic that equips it with the ability of performing more tasks compared to iOS 10. However, some of the functions that the developers have been asking for, have been left untouched in the iOS 11 as well, because Apple is still not sure about integrating with 3rd party apps.

Another significant development that Apple has introduced in iOS 11 is the integration with wearables and HomePod.

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Who is Sophia ‘The Humanoid’?

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The Terminator movie series almost had us believing that the future just might eerily be dominated by robots. While the picture of the future we perceived back then was quite intimidating, the reality at present seems far from frightening. Today, we have Sophia – a humble and optimistic robot that understands the consequences of its actions; and therefore, weighs its options before vocalizing its thoughts; or more precisely ‘its intelligence’.

How come? Take a look at how she responds to an announcement by panel moderator and business writer Andrew Ross Sorkin at the Future Initiative Conference at Riyadh, Saudi Arab.

Andrew: “We have a little announcement. We just learnt, Sophia; I hope you are listening to me, you have been awarded the first Saudi Arabian Citizenship for a robot”.

Sophia: “Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am very honored, and proud for this unique distinction. It is historic to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with citizenship.”

Check out the video here:

Source: CNBC

Yes! That’s right. World’s first humanoid robot with a citizenship for a country! Coming from a robot, the response is at least rational, if not the best we could expect.

So what exactly is Sophia?

Sophia is a humanoid robot, which has been designed to learn, adapt and thus, work with humans in the best of their interests. Back in 2015 on 19th April, Sophia was initiated for the very first time. Created by Dr. David Hanson of Hong Kong-based ‘Hanson Robotics’, Sophia has multiple aspects to its technology that cumulatively allow her to behave, think and respond to certain queries and involve in simple conversations. Notably, the robot’s deep cognitive intelligence is capable of determining appropriate facial expressions while conversing; making the robot look as good as real.

And oh, did we tell you that Sophia’s face has been modeled after Audrey Hepburn, who was one of the greatest British actors of all time.

Technologies behind Sophia

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Sophia is equipped with state-of-the-art robotics, which uses different advanced forms of technologies of the present. A magnum-opus of Dr. Hanson, Sophia’s technology mainly has three aspects: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Visual Data Processing and Facial Recognition.

Artificial Intelligence allows Sophia to understand human conversations and respond accordingly. This is possible because of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing (NLP) algorithms that the robot follows. This part of Sophia’s technology is powered by SingularityNET – a blockchain-based decentralized AI economy, which uses Smart Contracts to trade AI technology.

Visual Data Processing is what enables Sophia to process and respond to what it captures through its eye, which are actually cameras. The cameras also allow Facial Recognition, which in turn allow Sophia to find people and make eye-contact.

The Voice Recognition part has been instilled in Sophia by none other than Alphabet Inc., better known as Google.

Lately, Sophia has been interacting with people at various conferences, media events, and more. It recently participated at the Future Initiative Conference at Riyadh Saudi Arab, where it was endowed with the citizenship of Saudi Arabia. Earlier, the robot was at a meeting on AI and sustainable development at United Nations.

Conclusion:

AI can prove to be one of the most useful technological utilities for mankind in upcoming years. Reducing complex tasks to minuscule; AI in advanced robotics is capable of saving people a lot of time, money and effort, at home as well as at workplace. However, there are always some limits to AI, which should not be explored to keep things on the safer side. We must not forget robots have been created for humans and not the other way around.

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How to Select Best App Analytics Tools for Your App?

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Analytics is a trend of the current decade. The need of knowing what your customers do with your app is equally important as how you develop your app. Advantageously, you can have app analytics tools in place, which helps you analyse key metrics like how much time users spend on your app, how they navigate between pages, and what encourages them to make a buying decision.

But how do you select the best app analytics tool for your app as there are dozens of app analytics tools in the market?

In fact, app analytics tools come with unique capabilities such as some tools are extremely good at measuring the acquisition cycle, while some are top-notch at tracking usage. So it is key to analyse what is your ultimate goal to achieve with app analytics tools.

Considering a variety of aspects in mind, here we are providing you with info on top analytics tools that are used to monitor, track, and analyse app performance alike.

Pure App Analytics Tools

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is the official tool by Google for Android apps. It can also be used for iOS app. It’s a free to use app and has a simple data collection framework. It lets you measure and track intuitive data like active users, actions taken, goals, in-app purchases, crashes, etc.

Flurry

Flurry, owned by Yahoo, is easy to implement and understand. Flurry offers you everything that you require to track and measure your app metrics. Unlike Google Analytics, Flurry is dedicated for app only.

App Monitoring and Performance Analysis Tool

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New Relic

New Relic is an application performance monitoring tool at core and even you can use it as an analytics tool. It comes with a free trial. It lets you analyse the performance of the app across each wireless carrier or Wi-Fi network. It lets you understand how response time, data transfer, and network issues hamper your app’s performance. You can also analyse app’s performance across devices, OS versions and more.

Acquisition and Marketing App Analytics

Acquisition and marketing app analytics tools help you track where your users come from and manage your push notification campaigns.

App Annie

App Annie is a brand tool in the world of app analytics. It helps you track downloads, in-app purchases, and ad spend. You can use App Annie to track your app both on Apple App Store and Google Play Store as it is able to pull off data from both the stores. You can also track many apps of you under one account like how Google allows to handle many accounts under one AdWord account.

Localytics

Called as a mobile engagement platform, Localytics leverages most of the data it collects to enable marketing automation features. You can also use Localytics to analyse the performance of push notifications or build the group of audiences to remarket your app or app services on social media or external ad networks.

Tune

Tune is one of the best app analytics tools to analyse how users discover and install your app. You can leverage Tune to manage in-app campaigns, analyse app store performance and understand what encourages users to download your app. Tune also helps you amplify the quality of traffic your app getting.

Conclusion:

Mobile app analytics is really key to ensure your app run seamlessly across devices and to enhance user engagement and increase revenue. But the success of any app doesn’t just depend on analysis, rather your app should be solid enough in its features and functionalities.

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Google Tez has More than You Already Know About It

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Google Tez has More than You Already Know About It

Now it’s payment arena Google has stepped in. Tez that was released on September 17 is a buzz word among app lovers, tech enthusiasts, and business minds. Tez is a free payment app in India, which allows users to link up their bank accounts to transfer money to other Tez users through Unified Payment Interface (UPI) system, a payment system launched by National Payments Corporation of India and regulated by the Reserve Bank of India. UPI lets users transfer money between any banks in real-time on the mobile platform. The name ‘Tez’ is derived from the Hindi language, which means ‘fast’.

To start with, users can link their bank account to Tez and transfer money to their registered friends in a fraction of second, specifying the recipient’s details. Tez doesn’t store money as it doesn’t have any wallet, at least not right now. Instead, it directly transfers the money to the bank account. As of now, Tez supports 55 banks in India, including Axis bank, ICICI Bank, State Bank of India and HDFC Bank. These four banks also help Tez process payments.

Unlike other payment apps available today, Tez allows to make payment through Audio QR and this feature is called Cash Mode and it uses ultrasonic sounds to exchange money, leveraging sensor and microphone. Cash Mode lets users transfer money to nearby users (only), where both parties don’t need to share their mobile number. To do so, users require to update device calibration.

Users can also pay through a QR code mode, where they just have to scan the code and make the required payment. Payment can also be done using mobile number that is linked to the bank account.

How Tez Stays Different from Paytm?

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Paytm is already ruling India’s e-payment space and stays far ahead from its rivals. By unearthing grand opportunities after demonetization, Paytm touched the base points of India’s e-payment space. In fact, Paytm has more options compared to Tez. But Tez gets recognition from the brand name “Google” and from the specialized feature called Cash Mode. Tez is available in English and 7 Indian languages (Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu).

Also Read: How much does it cost to develop a Paytm like app?

Though Tez has brand name to stay relevant in India’s digital space, the question arises is whether the tech major will succeed in the market that is already dominated by Paytm, Mobikwick, PhonePe, and other established e-payment companies.

What Google CEO Pichai and Other Industry Experts Say about Tez?

Speaking on Tez, Sundar Pichai said Tez will help India move closer to digital transformation. Here is the tweet made by him:

“We hope that the launch of @TezByGoogle will help take India one step closer to your vision of @_DigitalIndia.

Launching Tez, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said “Google saw a great potential in Indian economy and businesses. And the idea of “Tez” was discussed by Pichai in January, just after demonetisation. Tez is likely to make major advances in digital transaction volumes”.

Though Google is expecting drastic change from Tez, industry experts have their own opinions. Research Director at the global research and advisory firm Gartner, D D Mishra said “It is too early to say whether Tez can be a game changer as evolution in this business is going to continue, but yes it has the capabilities to bring disruption as of now”.

On the other hand, Mishra also talked about India’s emerging mobile payment system. He said “The mobile wallet industry too is evolving and we are at an interesting stage in this competition. Eventually, UPI payments will have an upper hand if it continues to remain free and provide better security, convenience and add more value added services”.

The Bottom Line

On the whole, India’s digital space is having vast potential to explore for entrepreneurs. Forward-thinking businesses are already leveraging it. If you’re among them and planning to leverage the trend, there is no better time than today to put a stepping stone.

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The Future of Robotics: What Does it hold for 2017 and Beyond

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What would be the future of robotics? It’s miscellaneous. Powered by dynamic innovations in the field and trending technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, robotics has been a mainstream topic in all industry verticals. Robotics is expected to differentiate operations and activities in both business and day-to-day life.

Research firm International Data Corp (IDC) predicts that 35 percent of leading organizations in logistics, health, utilities, and resources will automate operations by 2019 by leveraging robots.

Research director of worldwide robotics at IDC Asia/Pacific, Jing Bing Zhang said “technological development in artificial intelligence, computer vision, navigation, MEMS sensor, and semiconductor technologies continue to drive innovation in the capability, performance, autonomy, ease of use, and cost-effectiveness of industrial and service robots. Robotics will continue to accelerate innovation, thus disrupting and changing the paradigm of business operations in many industries”.

IDC’s Manufacturing Insights Worldwide Commercial Robotics program recently brought out the list that unveils 10 predictions for worldwide robotics for 2017 and beyond. The list holds some interesting forecasts, if they become possible, we will be able to see a considerable impact on business and society. The list overlooks on both opportunities and challenges.

1. Evolution of robot “as a service”:

By 2019, around 30 percent of commercial service robotic applications will be turned as a robot-as-a-service (RaaS) business model. This benefits organizations in cutting down the cost for robot deployment.

2. Upsurge in chief robotics officers:

By 2019, 30 percent of large organizations will have chief robotics officers or they will define a robotics-specific function in their business strategy.

3. Rise in robotics deployment vendors

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There will be a more choice of robotics deployment vendors by 2020.

4. Robotics-related job streams:

By 2020, robotics will create around 35 percent new job streams, and the average salary is expected to see 60 percent hike.

5. Robotics-specific regulations:

By 2019, there would be robotics-specific regulations to protect jobs and to handle security, safety, and privacy concerns imposed by government entities.

6. Increase of the software-defined robots:

By 2020, 60 percent of robots will be driven by cloud-based software which helps in defining new skills, cognitive capabilities, and application programs. This could be a stepping stone to form the robotics cloud marketplace. And that may also create a new market for mobile app development companies and other software-specific firms.

7. Hike in collaborative robots:

It is predicated that around 30 percent of all new robotic deployments will be smart collaborative robots in 2018. They perform three times faster and better than today’s robots and are human friendly.

8. Introduction of Intelligent RoboNet:

By 2020, around 40 percent of commercial robots will see 200 percent improvement in their overall operational efficiency as they will be connected to a network of shared intelligence.

9. Increased appliance of robots in industry sectors:

By 2019, 35 percent of leading organizations in logistics, health, utilities, and resources will automate operations by harnessing the power of robots.

E-commerce robots:

By 2018, the order fulfilment warehousing and delivery operations of around 45 percent of the 200 multinational ecommerce and omni-channel commerce companies will be managed by robotics systems.

Conclusion:

Robotics is already a power agent for many leading global organizations to improve quality, increase operational productivity and agility, and enhance stakeholders’ experience, but it will be augmented in coming years. It is interesting to see who will be a real gain getter.

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