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Mobile UI vs UX: Knowing the difference can save your strategy

Friday Aug 1, 2014

UI vs UX

The demand for UI (user interface) and UX (user experience) designers has risen sharply over the past few years – directly related to the need for superiority and differentiation in a mobile app marketplace that continues to get more crowded.

While it’s clear that businesses see the importance of investing in their products’ UI and UX, what isn’t always clear is the line between the two. Continue reading

The Coming Beacon App Revolution: 4 Phases of Business Enablement via Smartphones and Tablets

Tuesday May 20, 2014

BeaconsIn the past few years, three phases of smartphone sophistication – touch and communication, coarse location, and high-quality cameras – created opportunities that spawned some of today’s most successful software companies. Now, we’re on the verge of a fourth phase: granular location based on Bluetooth Low Energy Beacons. Continue reading

Beacon Applications in the Home and Office (Part 2): Think Operational Efficiencies and Cost Savings

Thursday May 8, 2014

BeaconsIn the second post in this series, we explore some additional use cases for beacon technology, including home automation and business efficiency applications. If employed correctly, beacons can transform consumer and corporate experiences, making them more personal, more effective, and more about the user. Continue reading

Beacon Applications in Retail and at Events (Part 1): Think Personalized Experiences and Increased Revenue

Tuesday May 6, 2014

BeaconsBluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons are providing new challenges for mobile app developers and businesses. In two blog posts posts, we’ll be walking through beacon use cases that go beyond the existing, standard retail ones. This is the first post in the series. Continue reading

Developing Apps for the Updated Android User Experience

Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

IllustrationsIt’s clear that the Android platform is evolving at a rapid pace. And, with that, improving the ways in which developers build apps, as well as the ways in which app users engage with these apps. Staying up to date on these changes is crucial for mobile developers as the platform raises the bar in terms of what users can expect for functionality, ease of use and features. Continue reading

The Evolving Enterprise Mobility Ecosystem

Thursday Feb 13, 2014

Kinvey-Enterprise-Mobile-Ecosystem-Map-600pxEnterprise mobility is a classic IT disruptor. It’s the kind of disruptor that companies like IBM, Oracle and VMware, SAP, Salesforce, etc. were built on. It may look like a peripheral part of IT infrastructure now, but since mobile will be the primary access point to apps and data for many enterprises, many — if not most — new apps are going to be “mobile first.” Continue reading

Native vs. Web. vs. Hybrid: How to Select the Right Platform for Your Enterprise’s Mobile Apps

Monday Oct 28, 2013

kinvey-native-web-hybrid-blog-lp-thumbToday, we’ve released our latest eBook: “Native vs. Web. vs. Hybrid: How to Select the Right Platform for Your Enterprise’s Mobile Apps,” a comprehensive look at three different approaches to enterprise app development to help organizations make smarter decisions about their mobile platforms Continue reading

Intermediate Android Development: Tic Tac Toe Sample App

Wednesday Aug 7, 2013

EdTeachingThis March, our in-house Android experts taught a 2-day class titled “Intermediate Android App Development.” It gave developers the skills and knowledge needed to take their Android app to the next level. This video will take you through a tic-tac-toe sample app to showcase some key Action Bar concepts. Continue reading

Intermediate Android Development: Action Bar Support

Friday Jul 12, 2013

EdTeachingThis March, our in-house Android experts Ed Fleming, Michael Salinger and Morgan Bickle taught a 2-day class at Intelligent.ly in Boston. The class, titled “Intermediate Android App Development,” gave developers the skills and knowledge needed to take their app to the next level. Check out their latest video and learn how to support the Action Bar on older versions with tools like ActionBar Sherlock. Continue reading

Intermediate Android Development: Action Bar Usage

Tuesday Jun 11, 2013

EdTeachingThis March, our in-house Android experts Ed Fleming, Michael Salinger and Morgan Bickle taught a 2-day class at Intelligent.ly in Boston. The class, titled “Intermediate Android App Development,” gave developers the skills and knowledge needed to take their app to the next level. This lesson is a bit of a deeper dive into the Action Bar: learn about different usage methods, including getActionBar, onCreateOptionsMenu, OnOptionsItemSelected, and Fragments. Continue reading