Points to contemplate while developing a Mobile App

There was a time when CDMA phones were used for the purpose of calling and messaging. It was the only swiftest way to reach the masses without actually meeting them in person. Today, it’s an era where we are using more advanced version of CDMA phones called “Smartphones”, which are becoming an essential device for everyone these days. We use Smartphone Apps everyday for managing our daily routines. Many apps are downloaded by people every day, however the reality says that a large number of them are deserted. Recent research says that a buyer spends 85% of time on Smartphone Apps, but merely 5 Apps are used actively everyday.

Let’s discuss some points to consider before you start developing an App:

Analyze the domain where you are going to use your Mobile Application

Mobile Application development is a very vast area, thus you should think carefully before you start developing a magnificent App. Let’s consider that you are going to develop an App for social media, then you have to broaden it with an aspect of keeping the following points straight in your mind. Always be precise what you want in your appealing Mobile Apps:Do you want to make a Facebook-like website that allows users to create profiles, upload photo or video, send messages and to keep in touch with your friend?

  • Do you want to make a Facebook-like website that allows users to create profiles, upload photo or video, send messages and to keep in touch with your friend?
  • Are looking for the exact features that shares images similar to Instagram?
  • Or are you simply enabling the user to post and interact with messages that are limited to 140 characters?
  • You want to simply enable a user to post and associate with messages.

Choose the best platform to develop a Mobile App  

Choosing the best platform for Mobile App Development is like you have your work cut out for you. You have to find the best perspective from where you want to see your App. Researching by yourself about the basic functionality of different types of platforms: iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry RIM to find their capabilities and their pros and cons. This strategy leads to a major success in developing Mobile App.

Make your App elegant for all the different screen sizes of Smartphones

It is obvious that your App should be compatible with all the basic screen sizes of smartphones available in the market. To be more genuine, even if you are using the same mobile platform, the resolution may vary based on the device type you are using. In other words, if you are using iPhone 6 plus then screen size varies that on iPhone 7. Your mobile must have a pleasing and user friendly UI that can automatically distract the user’s attention.
Don’t create heavily loaded App for better customer engagement

Users keep exploring by themselves and look forward to install an App that is suitable for their mobile memory space. It is better to have less than having too much on a Mobile App. Double check yourself about the app that it must not contain too many images and heavy loaders that lose user’s focus.

Create a buzz with focused market strategy before you launch the App in the market

Your market is the most important place where you will sell your Mobile App. Treat market as your best friend and it will effectively give you a possible buyer. Examine the strategy properly to bring the best results for you. Having a touch of Mobile marketing expert will always be favorable.

Finally test your App before it reaches to potential customers

Last but not the least, your Mobile App should be tested properly before it appears in the market. Mobile App should be tested by considering basic aspects such as:

  • Working on App without internet
  • Working of functionality
  • Structure consistency throughout the App

By considering all the aspects as discussed above you should step up your game before it gets out of hand. But it always depends on how much you stretch yourself while developing an awesome Mobile App.

 

Google I/O 2017 – Keynotes From Kaira Software’s Perspective

Google’s annual I/O 2017 event has just clicked the market a few days ago. It was not just an annual developer festival but, it is for the masses who earnestly engage with latest technology. In this event Google has revealed plenty of alluring points. So here are the 6 Strong Essences that you must read.

Get faster and more flowing notifications with Google’s upcoming OS – Android O (Beta)

Notification dots, Android O (Beta) style notification feature is a very powerful way of getting alerts that appear on the top of the App icons. This notification badge is connected with many channels (of notifications) in an App which inform the user about the pending notifications. You need to press and hold the App icon you want to see the notifications for and swipe to reject them.

Not to miss out Android Wear 2.0 Features

The software update of Android Wear 2.0 comes up with optimized design for watches and other devices having a round screen. Android Pay is now connected to a button for instant launch as it’s an easy way to pay with your phone in the store without opening any other App.

Google Lens – An App that every Smartphone should have

Google introduces a set of computing capabilities that recognizes eye vision (Camera)  and is capable of understanding what action you’re going to perform. For instance, you can now view the serial number of your keyboard with the use of Google Lens i.e. your Mobile Camera.

Having Low Memory Space in your phone? Android Go is a worthy solution!

Is your Smartphone getting slower with every download? Do you have to reset your phone every time when it becomes sluggish? Then, Android Go is like a blessing in disguise for you! It’s essentially a light version of Android O. It contains a Data Management tool to manage your phone and memory card very smoothly.

Use Google Assistant anywhere with the support of more Languages

It’s a great news for iPhone users that they will be able to use voice assistant on their device as a standalone App of Google Assistant. Google is giving opportunity to iPhone users to access Google Assistant on iOS. Google Assistant SDK enables users to use their iPhone(s) in furthermore languages like French and German.

Google Home – Enjoy the most efficient way of Wireless Technology

Google Home, a smart speaker is fully loaded with Google Assistant consisting “Proactive Assistance” along with Wireless Calling facility. This smart tabletop speaker allows the user to speak in any manner they want, to access online and offline services and Google Home will find the finest way to help.

Kaira Software Pvt. Ltd. Is One Of The Leading Enterprise Web & Mobile Apps Development Company In India With An Industry Experience Of More Than A Decade.

Triple Your App Downloads By Developing Minimum Viable Product!

You have got an amazing app idea! That’s great! Now, all you need to do is get it turned into a splendid application and cherishes huge user retention rate and sales revenue… right? Well, this is the ultimate stuff that every startup or entrepreneur wants from its app. So, what happens if you have spent years in the development of an amazing application and when the final product is released and there are no conversions? You would simply end up with the loss of time, money and your valuable resources.

As we know, there are lots of expectations tied up with a newly launched product. It includes adding to the brand value, gaining a competitive edge, securing your investments and much more. So, an unexpected output due to lack of practical knowledge of users need could risk up your developer’s efforts and the investment done. What’s the way out there? This is where the existence of Minimum Viable Product is highly significant to avoid such unnecessary risks in Mobile App Development.

MVP – The Right Choice

To most of us, Minimum Viable Product is just an acronym of MVP. Well, MVP stands more of concept rather than a technique. An MVP mobile app is a product with basic features that forms its base. Developing MVP for your product is pretty simple. Decide exactly what your USP is, represent it clearly in front of your customers and see their responses. Despite developing a company first product that may or may not a success, releasing MVP at an early stage gives you plenty of time to accumulate the data and gauge intended customer interest areas.

There are innumerable companies like GlamSquad, Amazon, Taproot+ and much more that have made use of MVP.

Example:

Let’s assume that you want to make a photo editing app. The first thing that any mobile application development company would leverage you is a basic app that allows you to add 5 filters to an image followed by adding a frame. Once the basic concept is approached and liked by your targeted set of audience, you will strategize with phase 2 development.

When app developers have earned enough profit from phase 1, they will provide you with some more advanced features like adding more filters, frames, and accessories like hairband, bow, tie, sandals and more. Now phase 2 is cleared and another round of profit is credited in developer’s account, it will soon launch phase 3 where collage maker and sharing would be an addition to the existing app.

This is how MVP actually works. To have a better understanding of MVP approach for mobile app development, let’s find out how we can use it.

How MVP Influence App Developers And Mobile App
Development?

  1. Evaluating Market Demand:

No one can predict the demands of new applications. So, in order to evaluate whether you app idea would be adopted by your audience or not, it is recommendable to create a video or teaser page and gauge its subscription list. High-blown up the list would clearly indicate that large mass of people is highly interested in your app idea. Social media is one of the best tools to evaluate market demands in most cost effective way.

2. Identify App Potentials:

Though an MVP of a particular app may not seem to be the outstanding versions, still it can have the potentials of turning it into best one. If the MVP version of your app is liked by your audiences, app developers are likely to expand and improve the app by adding more features and functions and improve or re-design complete app in order to save your investments in the app. Thus, the final product is expected to reach the desired level of success in the best possible way.

3. Helps To Achieve Customization:

Though your app final version may have gain success for one set of audience but it may result in losing another part of the audience. With minimum viable version, app developers can involve all flavors of users and create a tailored version that would undoubtedly expand your app reach.

4. Eliminating Risks:

Every new mobile app developed has a risk of being compared to the best-featured app of its niche. Another set of risk associated with the mobile application is to stand strong in terms of ideal performance. It may run well at developers end but may crash or report bugs in users smartphone and there would be no room to fix those bugs. Development of an app MVP version eliminates those risks and leads developers towards the development of a top-notch application.

Real-time data collected from users are far better than the data of pre-development research. So, if you want to develop the best mobile app for your business, ask you app development company to acknowledge you with MVP version of your app to map success in an app store.

Why Software Testing is necessary

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.”

Introduction:

We all know that IT firms commit a substantial amount of Human and Machine resources for the development of various software products according to requirements specified by Clients. Software Testing is Obligatory because Every human being makes mistakes. Many of these mistakes are minor, but some of them are expensive or dangerous.

In the Digital era, we all have had an experience with software or Application that didn’t work as expected. Software that does not work can have a large impact on A Brand or Company.

Impacts:

  • Financial Loss – Financial loss covers losing users right through to Financial penalties for non-compliance to legal requirements
  • Waste of Time – This impacts more in our busy life, Because if transactions taking a long time to process and didn’t get the right outcome. Also, can include staff not being able to work due to a fault or failure
  • Damage to business reputation – If a company’s product or Application is unable to provide service to their customers due to software problems then the customers will lose confidence or faith from the organization and probably Swift their business elsewhere or will go for the other competitors either.
  • Injury or death – It might sound dramatic but some safety-critical systems or Robotic surgery could result in injuries or deaths if they don’t work properly.

The importance of software testing:

  • Software testing is necessary to specify bugs developed in SDLC’s Development Phase.
  • To prevents the user from facing the problems of usability and gain the confidence about the reliability of the software or application.
  • It’s really required to ensure, that an application shouldn’t drag into any defects because it can be very expensive in the future or in the later stages of the development.

At Kaira Software Pvt. Ltd., all our resources are ISTQB certified, meaning they are tested for their software testing skills.

Software products passed and approved by Kaira Software Pvt. Ltd. has outperformed for years without any further bugs discovered.

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Generic testcases for selenium 1 The extension methods

Selenium is a great tool to automate UI testing but the code it generates is difficult to read and definitely not easy to maintain. The conclusion was that it was just a good code sample. Moreover, there was a huge scope of not writing code for many of the routine checks like javascript validation of data entered by user and messages.

Most selenium test cases would constitute of filling up form fields , click a button and check for error messages or their absence. Since selenium depends on strings selectors for identifying and manipulating controls, the idea was to have selectors for all sorts of form fields and populate them with random values. This would constitute the laziest testing technique but effective for checking for 500 status code or page crashes caused by not handling empty fields, not checking for data types and lengths. Taking screenshots will help notice layout issues quickly as well.

But before we start, we need to add a couple of methods to make our life easier. Selenium has a ready method GetAllFields() for getting all form inputs but it skips the select and textarea for some reason.Moreover, it does not help us to get specific controls like checkboxes to manipulate.For example checkbox can be checked using Check() and Write() is used to add text to the textboxes. This complicates the code a bit more.
To make it easier and more natural to code, we added extension methods to get each type of control.

private static string[] GetControls(ISelenium selenium, string strXPathLocator){
int cntControl = Convert.ToInt32(selenium.GetXpathCount (strXPathLocator));
string[] strControls = new string[cntControl];

     if (cntControl > 0){
for (int i = 1; i <= cntControl; i++){
strControls[i – 1] = selenium.GetAttribute(strXPathLocator + “[“ + i + “]@id”);
}
}

      return strControls;

}

The above method uses selenium’s general method of getting elements using XPath. It takes an instance of selenium and the XPath expression as parameter. It is private so that public methods can pass the necessary expression and allowing the test case writer to forget about Xpath. It is also in line with the GetAllFields() method provided by selenium. Unfortunately, there is no other way to get the string array of control ids yet.

Next we add a method to get specific types of inputs/controls.

public static string[] GetAllCheckBoxes(this ISelenium selenium){

  return GetControls(selenium, “//input[@type=’checkbox’]”);           

}

The above method is specific for the checkboxes. There will be similar ones for radiobuttons, textarea and password fields. There are a few more extensions that were added for the sake of convenience. You can download SeleniumExtender.cs for all of them.

With these extensions, we are ready to go to the next step of actually writing our testcase. This is the subject of the next post.

Kaira Software Pvt. Ltd. Is One Of The Leading Enterprise Web & Mobile Apps Development Company In India With An Industry Experience Of More Than A Decade.

 

Using KO Validation Only If Effectively

Knockout is a JavaScript library that helps you to create rich, responsive display and editor user interfaces with a clean underlying data model. Any time you have sections of UI that update dynamically (e.g., changing depending on the user’s actions or when an external data source changes), KO can help you implement it more simply and maintainably.

It also has a validation library that has built-in methods for validating user input.

Let’s say you want to validate an observable only if a certain condition is satisfied.  We have an onlyIf property for that in ko.validation plugin.

    

 self.Observable1.extend({

        required: {

            message: “Value is required”,

            onlyIf: function () { return (self.Observable2() === false); }

        }

    });

Now, the condition may or may not depend on the same class’ property.  The key thing is it must be accessible from the extend method. Let’s assume we have the following ViewModel.

 

var ViewModel = function() {

    var self = this; 

    self.UserModel = {

        Email : ko.observable(),

        Password: ko.observable(),

        ChooseToRecieveMessages: ko.observable(),

        Phone: ko.observable()

    };

};

   

Now we want Phone to be required only if ChooseToRecieveMessages is set to true. We cannot extend Phone in the UserModel directly as the declaration of ViewModel is not yet complete. The browser will throw an undefined javascript error. If UserModel was a function definition, then it is a different thing, but in this case, it’s not.

So we implement our code as follows.

 

$(document).ready(function() {

    var vm = new ViewModel();

    vm.UserModel.Phone.extend({

       required: {

           message: “Phone is required”,

           onlyIf: function() {

               return (vm.UserModel.ChooseToRecieveMessages() == true);

           }

       }

    });

 

    ko.applyBindings(vm);

});

   

We extend the observable just before applying bindings.

This technique will ensure that our ViewModel is declared before we use its properties. It will also be very helpful if we have more than one ViewModel and onlyIf depends on properties from both ViewModels.

Kaira Software Pvt. Ltd. Is One Of The Leading Enterprise Web & Mobile Apps Development Company In India With An Industry Experience Of More Than A Decade.

Capture Webcame Images using Javascript + Flash For browsers

Here we are going to describe HOW we can use device cameras for taking picture using Java-scripts w/ flash. There are many third party library are available which can make this very easy. Examples a.) jQuery webcam plugin b.) JPEGCam etc.

We will use jQery webcam plugin here for capturing webcam images. Note: This plugin use flash so this examples works only with flash supporting device browser. For jQuery webcam plugin in use you have to first download webcam.js which you can get from here.

Configuration for jQuery webcam is very simple. You will have just add few line of code to make capturing enable on single click.

STEP 1:

<div id=”webcam”></div>     /*add html element on your page*/

You have done with html configuration.

STEP 2:  JavaScript Configuration

jQuery(“#webcam”).webcam({
width: 320,    /*width of your flash movie, you can adjust this as per your need*/
height: 240,   /*height of your flash movie, you can adjust this as per your need*/

Kaira Software Pvt. Ltd. is one of the Leading Enterprise Web & Mobile Apps Development Company In India with an industry experience of more than a decade.