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Smartphone Apps Development at a Glance

Smart phones have become very popular with people across the globe. Many software developers around the world make a decent amount of money by developing software and applications for these mobile devices. There are quite a few platforms that can be used for smartphone apps development. Each platform has its own language, and apps development tools with which we can create applications. The two most important platforms are: IOS and Android. Let’s take a brief look at each of them.

IOS

The official language for Apple’s mobile devices is IOS, which is based on Objective-C. With this language we can create applications for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. There are different versions of IOS but all of them are programmed using Objective-C, and Xcode, which is the development environment (DE) powered by Apple. With it, we can create desktop applications for Mac and iOS. Xcode plays an important role in iPhone apps development and most alternatives to create iPhone applications (Appcelerator, Phonegap, and Corona) always rely on this tool for creating the final build.

The only problem is that Xcode is only available with Mac. So, to create iOS applications you need a computer which uses Mac OS. Important requirement: to deploy applications in the App Store and to test applications developed in your own iPhone / iPad, you must purchase a developer license which costs around $100 per year.

Android

Developing apps with the help of Android is comparatively easier. First we have the language Java to develop applications and a platform called SDK that runs on all the popular operating systems including Windows, Linux and Mac. If you want a development environment, you can use a plug-in called Eclipse ADT that includes a simulator, which works on all platforms, and is free and open source.

Spy on Smartphone Cell Phones

There are so many applications for smartphones these days its hard to decide what you really need and also just finding the best applications for you is difficult. Now there is an application for most smartphones such as ones with the Android operation system and also Blackberry brand smartphones that will allow you to be able to spy on others cell phone calls, texts and also provide the location of the person you are spying on.

Cell Phone Spy Software is very intelligent and can really come in handy when you need to keep an eye on your spouse, your children, or even an employee that you think may be taking advantage of you.

This application on your smartphone can really help give you exact details about what you are spying on. For Example, there may be an employee that you suspect is texting or making phone calls and wasting valuable work time that you are paying them for. In this case you can watch over there phone calls and text messages to see when and what they are saying to decide if they need to be reprimanded.

As far as spying on your family such as your teenage child the ability to be able to see there text messages can be big in this day and time when every teenager loves to send out text to there friends constantly. With our Cell Phone Spy software you can also track them with a GPS indicator that is backed by Google maps that will give you there exact location at anytime you need to find them.

The Importance of Content in the Smartphone Web

As a business owner you have to realize that mobile Internet is growing at an uncontrollable rate, and will soon surpass desktop and laptop computers. As the Smartphone gains popularity local searches become more accessible. The challenge is for businesses to have mobile friendly websites. Currently one half of all local searches are performed on mobile devices. As a consequence business owners have to create mobile websites to meet their clients’ needs.

Smartphone users are surfing the web on-the-go and as a consequence in a very different manner than they would when using their desktop or laptop at home or at the office, sometimes they are multi-tasking and looking for quick information that includes contact information and driving directions. Thus the importance of content that makes it easy for clients on-the-go to find what they are looking for.

Desktop websites use lots of images, text, flash and other elements to make it attractive. Users of Smartphones are not looking for all this. The objectives and goals of a mobile website have to be different and have to be thought through.

As mentioned above, Smartphone web browsers are on-the-go and multi-tasking, reason why business owners have to provide their visitors with fast and concrete information that can easily be read on a small screen.

Goals are always important, but in the case of mobile sites it is crucial that the goal is very well defined and clear, whatever it is – to buy, sign up, visit, reserve, etc.

Properly written content becomes crucial at this point. Desktop websites make use of lengthy text to promote their products and services and to appeal their clients and prospects. Mobile sites cannot disregard the importance of content but it has to be written in a way that it encourages visitors to look around and effectively portrait and sell your product or service.

Photography and Your Smartphone

Last week I read a couple of articles about using photography apps on smartphones. These articles focused on smartphone photography apps and how they are changing photography… for better and for worse… depending on which article I read. I read the comments both for and against the smartphone apps, but was waiting to fully form a solid opinion of my own before I posted my own thoughts on the subject as well. After much reading, discussion, and consideration, I’ve come to recognize photography apps on my smartphone (Droid Razr) have helped me augment my creativity which in turn has helped my photography as a craft.

I must admit creatively, I really wasn’t spurred on by any smart-phone app with funky filters, frames, or retro settings. As I’m not a big post-production editor, I didn’t really find anything special in any of the photo editing apps either. Knowing the general rules of lighting, timing, and composition, along with a solid understanding of technique are what photographers use to make great photographs. To date, there is no smart-phone app which can replace this fundamental knowledge requirement, and I would hesitate before using an app which claimed it could replicate these skills. I do not think DSLRs will ever be replaced by smart-phone cameras, but I do see how smart-phones can be used as a tool to augment DSLR photography – personally and professionally.

Getting Fit On Your Smartphone

According to Mobihealth News, a report by ABI Research shows there will be over 169 million wireless health and fitness devices available by 2017. This largely widens the scope for companies to enter into the health and fitness industry with a rapidly increasing level of related hardware. A large proportion of utilized devices for fitness will be the smartphone.

Further studies by ABI Research have estimated the sports and fitness app market alone to cross $400 million (£248.6 million) from the accumulative 1 billion health related app downloads by 2016. This suggests a strong growth and the potential increase of public participation in fitness regimes and more active lifestyles.

At the present time, smartphones are one of the most heavily used physical devices to aid fitness, however, the accuracy of the data that smartphones can gather has always been questioned. Nevertheless with the addition of external devices that can link up to your smartphone for fitness information, the quality, consistency and speed of fitness information has been drastically improved. While the improvements continue rapid progression, companies have found ways to encourage more and more people into exercising.

No longer do fitness apps hold the image of being a chore and a waste of important leisure time. A number of recent mobile apps have utilized public attraction to gaming and fused the two together. Games like ‘Zombies, Run’ and ‘Missile Wars’ have used gaming to encourage participants to keep active. Zombies, Run created by developers Six to Start, makes running addictive through allowing your character to collect ammo, supplies, medicine and more, while you run. The idea is that the more you run, the more you collect and secure distance from the Zombies.