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4 Useful Tips for an Effective Mobile App UX/UI Designing

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There are so many mobile apps design and development companies out there in the market in the present times. And each one of them promises world-class mobile app designing and development services but unfortunately only few delivers. The biggest reason behind the poor quality of mobile app design and development services are the inappropriate designs i.e. UI and UX. In other words, we can say that mobile app UI/UX designers fails to understand the client’s vision and expectations which results in unacceptable app UI/UX. There are many other factors which leads to an unsuccessful mobile app in terms of client’s investment and user’s engagement. Let’s find out some of the major factor which needs to be kept in mind while designing an effective mobile app UI/UX.

Understanding Client’s Vision – The most common and serious mistakes which UI/UX designers makes is they hardly interact with the clients. In fact, most of the times mobile app designing professionals get the understanding of app design from their marketing or sales team and not directly from the clients. This cost them a lot during project delivery as most of the times UI/UX is not as per the client’s requirement. UI/UX designers must understand this fact that they need to interact with the client directly rather than gathering information from sales or marketing teams. They also need to understand that in order to deliver an outstanding mobile app design they should be clear with the client’s ideas and vision. To be a successful UI/UX designer one to needs take initiatives for understanding client’s outlook and delivering best possible mobile app design.

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Don’t Forget to Sketch Wire Frame – Most of the times, UI/UX designers don’t take pain for sketching a well-defined wire frame of the mobile apps and suffers. In order to create a responsive mobile app design it is very important to draft crucial UI/UX aspects in the form of wire frame. The another reason that make UI/UX wire frame so important is helps designer as well as developers each other point of view on the app development process. Wire frame helps designers as well as developers to understand the details of the app in a much systematic way which avoid the scope of argument during the development phase. Moreover, wire frame simplifies things for the designing and development teams and ensures the smooth and flawless app development process. So next time don’t forget to sketch and discuss the mobile app wire frame with your development team before you start us with UI/UX designing.

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Unleash Your Creativity – It has also been noticed that many of the UI/UX designing professionals are lacking creativity in the present times. The reason being is that they don’t want to take chance with their jobs. Most of the designers believe in copying successful existing mobile app UI/UX designs. This is what disappoints clients as they want their app to be completely different from other existing mobile apps for grabbing user’s attention and making money out of it. Mobile UI/UX designers need to understand the thin line between inspired and copied. As a creativity person they need to think and approach mobile app design creatively in order to come out with a fresh and engaging mobile app design. So next time whenever you get your next project try to think creatively and out of the box. And remember the famous saying that, ‘Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else.

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Always Welcome Feedbacks – While serving the deadlines, most of the times mobile UX/UI designers forget to take feedbacks from their clients. It’s always beneficial to share every possible progress on the designing front with the clients. Regularly updating your clients is considered as a good practice as designers gets to know where they are going wrong with the app design. On the other hand it reflects their seriousness on the project to the clients. Feedbacks from team members are equally important. Moreover, feedbacks helps in improving the existing design every time. In nutshell, we can say that a capable UX/UI designer always welcome suggestions in place of taking them as a criticism.

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We hope these tips will help our readers in understanding mobile app UI/UX designing in a better way. TechAhead is an ISO 9001:2008 certified award-winning mobile app design and development company. Also awarded by SourcingLine & Sourcelysis, TechAhead is highly appreciated for delivering world-class mobile app design and development services since 2009. Users looking for unbeatable iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows app designs and development services can write to TechAhead at sales@techaheadcorp.com

New Job Search App from LinkedIn – Gateway to Your Dream Careers

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On 19th June 2014, LinkedIn launched its Job Search App for iPhone users. This is the 6th standalone app unveiled by LinkedIn. This Job Search app is the fourth launch by LinkedIn in last 18 months. This app is exclusively designed for helping users in finding and applying most relevant jobs in their respective domains.

This app comes with an advanced job searching filter which enables users to find out jobs on the basis of their industry, seniority level and location etc. Job seekers can also save jobs in which they are interested. Moreover this app recommends jobs which are quite similar to jobs applied and saved by the users. LinkedIn also stated on its official blog that, everything which users are going to do within the app will be completely confidential and will not be shared with their LinkedIn network.

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As 41% of the total LinkedIn traffic comes from mobile, and the company is expecting the mobile traffic to touch 50% mark by the end of 2014. Job Search app is expected to improve the user’s experience with its advance features which will help users in finding the best job opportunities with great ease.

Job Search app is current available on the US app store only. The Android version of the app is expected to hit the market later this year. LinkedIn spokesperson also revealed that, ‘As if for now, they can’t tell when will Job Search app will be available for international users.’ LinkedIn also released a SlideShare Post for explaining the important features of Job Search iPhone app.

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Job Search app is free available download on iTunes. _______________________________________________________________________________________

We hope Job Search App will help our readers in searching and getting the best jobs in their respective industries. For more news and updates from mobile industry stay tuned to TechAhead’s Official Blog column.

TechAhead, is an ace mobile application development company delivering world-class mobile solutions since 2009. Well-known organizations like SourcingLine and BestDevelopmentCompany (BDC) has awarded TechAhead for developing and delivering high performance iPhone, iPad, Android & Windows apps. Recently, TechAhead has started exclusive Apple Swift Development services in India and overseas.

Everything You Want to Know about Apple’s Swift, Programming Language

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During WWDC 2014 event held on 2nd June 2014, Apple introduced Swift, new programming language for the iOS developers. Swift is expected to write a new era in Apple’s history. iOS developers around the world are very curious about Swift and wants to know everything about this new programming language. Let’s find out some unknown facts about Swift.

Introduction to Swift

Swift is built on Low Level Virtual Machine (LLVM) compiler & runtime which is also used in Objective-C. Swift is supposed to blend the best features of Objective C & C. This programming language also offers some new feature without compatibility constraints. The best thing about Swift is that programmers can see their lines of codes in the real-time while they are writing them. Moreover, Swift is compatible with iOS7 and OSX 10.9 and higher. If you wants to see how Swift app looks like and how they works, than you can see Apple’s WWDC app which is the first ever iOS app developed on Swift.

Advantages of Swift

• iOS apps developed on Swifts shows better performance and are faster.

• Swift helps developers to develop app & software much faster as compared to Objective C

• Optimization and Changes can be tested instantly on Swift.

New Features of Swift

• Swift supports Closures with Function Pointers, Generics & functional programming patterns.

• Improved memory and many bug and crashes sources has been solved in Swift.

• Debugging apps become much easier than before with Playgrounds and Read-eval-print loop (REPL)

Other Interest Facts about Swift

• Users can use Swift and Objective C in parallel by considering some rule

• Swift and Objective C also use the same runtime

Apple has also launched a manual for the iOS developers, where they can learn more about Swift. We hope this information will help you in understanding Swift in a much better way. Stay tune to TechAhead’s official blog for latest news and updates of mobile world.

TechAhead is one of the rare mobile application development company which offers ‘Customized Swift App Development Services‘ worldwide. TechAhead is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company which also offers iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows apps development services across the globe.

Now Manage Your Vehicle Fuel Expenses With Fuel Buddy, Android App.

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With the rising prices of fuels, it has become very difficult to manage monthly vehicle expenses for most of us. Mismanagement of monthly fuel expenses are leading to chaos in day-to-day life. This chaos can be avoided with the help of a free android mobile application. Developed by Mobifolio, Fuel Buddy is free android app which works as a complete Vehicle Management Tool.

This highly productive mobile app manages your fuel/gas consumption expenses along with your vehicle services and maintenance details. This android app comes with lucid UI which explain every details of fuel consumption and vehicle management with great ease. Fuel Buddy, also have a schedule backup feature which ensure the data security. In other words, we can say that you will never going to lose your fuel and other vehicle related data on this app.

Not just schedule backup feature, Fuel Buddy comes with many other mind-boggling features. Some of the key feature of this amazingly useful android app are -

● Fuel Buddy is one of the most feature packed vehicle management app on Android. In spite of being loaded with features our goal with Fuel Buddy is to keep the user interaction as simple as possible, for example, the user can record a fill-up in as less as three clicks.

● Fuel Buddy can record fuel fill-ups and maintenance/service records for unlimited vehicles. Most fuel apps allow limited vehicles.

● Fuel Buddy offers highly customizable screens. We have left it upto the user on the level of details he wants to input during a fill-up or service record

●  Offer beautiful graphs, charts and metrics to monitor your vehicle’s performance

● Fuel Buddy is the only app on Android that can calculate efficiency based on Octane value, Fuel Brand and Filling station

● Fuel Buddy also lets you take a picture of your receipt and attach it with your Fill-up record.

● Also have a feature that lets you email your fuel records along with the receipts right out of the app

● Put a lot of onus on backing up the users records. There are multiple ways in which the user can back up his records, he can store these on his phone, or on the cloud. He is also allowed to take scheduled weekly, monthly or quarterly backups on the cloud.

● Fuel Buddy has a feature to let the user find the closest fuel station along with their fuel prices. This is in collaboration with GasBuddy and is mainly used in the US.

● Fuel Buddy is one of the very few apps that lets the user chose independent distance, volume and consumption units. For eg, the user can record distance in kilometers, volume in gallons and the consumption in km/litre. This is useful in countries like Canada and UK where they have both the metric and imperial system.

● Fuel Buddy also supports voice input.

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Fuel Buddy is free on Android. Mobilfolio is planning to launch Service Reminder feature in the upcoming version of Fuel Buddy.

We hope Fuel Buddy, will help you in managing your weekly, monthly and quarterly fuel/gas and other vehicle expenses in the best possible way. At TechAhead, we always tries to bring mobile applications into limelight which can make human lives easy and joyful.

TechAhead, is an ISO 9001:2008 certified mobile applications development company. Recognized by well-known organizations like SourcingLine and Business Development Companies (BDC), TechAhead offers iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows-based applications development services.

Order Your Medicines Anytime, Anywhere with FrankRoss Smartphone App

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Frank Ross, an India based pharmacy chain has introduced the Smartphone app for ordering medicines 24 x 7. By using this innovative medicines ordering smartphones app, users can get their medicines wherever they want and when they want. This smartphone app will be helpful to the senior citizens and all those who are suffering from any health condition and can not visit the pharmacy store.

Gautam Jatia, CEO, Frank Ross Pharmacy stated, “Users can order medicines throughout the week between 8 in the morning till 9 in the night using this smartphone app. With the help of centralised home delivery centre they can get their medicines within four hours of ordering throughout Kolkata. Some other facilities like medical help-line and prescription reminders are gradually to introduce to this smartphone app.”

Presently operating as a division of Emami Frank Ross Limited and a part of the prestigious Emami Group, the saga of this 108-year-old pharmacy chain reflects a growth from strength to strength. The Frank Ross Pharmacy is now successfully operating 99 exclusive stores across the states of West Bengal, Karnataka and Gujarat, with 84 outlets in West Bengal, of which as many as 64 are in Kolkata.

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Emami Frank Ross Limited is operating in India as a division of Emami Group, one of the well-known and prestigious group. Emami, is a 108 years old pharmacy chain which has joined hand with Frank Ross for delivering next level medical facilities in India. There are 99 exclusive pharmacy store which can be reached by using this smartphone app all across the states of West Bengal, Gujrat and Karnataka. Most of these pharmacy stores are located in Kolkata. The exact number outlets in Kolkata is 64 out of 99. We hope there will be many more stores like these all across the India so that senior citizens and differently abled can get medical aids with great ease using smartphone app.

Frank Ross is available on Android and iOS

For latest mobile news and updates stay tuned to TechAhead’s official blog space – www.TechAheadCorp.com/blog. TechAhead, is a leading mobile applications development company which offers iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows-based app development and delivery services in India and overseas.

Get Rid Of Your SmartPhone Addiction Using BreakFree, Mobile App

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Are you a smartphone addicted? Here is a mobile app which can help you in overcoming your smartphone addiction. BreakFree, a mobile app launched by a couple named Mrigaen and Nupur Kapadia – Co-founders of Mobifolio, a India based start-up will remind you to take a break from your smartphone addiction. On an average, an adult smartphone addict check his/her smartphone around 110 times within every 24 hours. In other words we can say, Once in every thirteen minutes of their lives. BreakFree, helps users to get rid of their smartphone addiction by reminding them about their data usage.

According to the Flurry Analytics, there are around, 176 millions of smartphone addicts around the world. Launched in February 2014, BreakFree is helping smartphone addicts around the globe in quitting their addiction of wasting their time in unwanted and non-productive smartphone activities. BreakFree, provides users with an “Addiction Score” based on some metrics like – Time spending on using apps, How many times the phone got unlocked, numbers of minutes or hours spend on calls etc. BreakFree also notify users if they are using a single app for more than an hour or they can talking on a call for an hour or long. BreakFree also provides some Smartphone management tools like – Disabling the internet, rejecting incoming phone calls, automatic text message reply. These smartphone management tools can be started on daily basis as well as on monthly basis depending upon the users requirements.

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BreakFree, is available free on Google Play Store. Here is the free download link to BreakFree for android users - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mrigapps.andriod.breakfree.deux

Moreover, a premium version of the app is also available for $1.99. This premium version gives every possible breakdown and statistics about the time spent on each app. Some of the other key features of BreakFree, mobile app are - 

● Usage Monitoring - On BreakFree, an Addiction Score is prepared on the real-time basis using highly advanced mobile algorithms. With the help of Addiction Score, users can easily track their progress on daily, weekly & monthly basis simply by observing the graphs shown on the app. This help in overcoming addiction step by step.

● Non Intrusive Notification – By using friendly character “Sato”, BreakFree warns users by sending timely notifications. For example – If a users is using a particular app for too long or is busy on call(s) for more than an hour and Sato asks them to slow down a bit and take rest.

● Phone Management Tool – By using this feature, users can disable their internet, reject incoming phone call and send automatic reply to text messages. Users can completely control their smartphone addiction by using this feature on the particular and day they want. For example – If you are willing to spend some quality time with your family without any disturbance, you can simply disable your internet for that particular time span using phone management tool feature.

● Usage Statistics – This feature shows you the usage statistics Addiction Score, app you use the most and the calls you make or receive on daily, weekly and monthly basis. For example – If you know that you launch WhatsApp around 35 times in a day than you can easily cut short the numbers of time you launch it next day.

● Parental Control – This feature is exclusively for the parent who are worried about the children’s smartphone addiction. By using this feature, Parents can keep a track on their children’s data usage. Moreover, they can also schedule their internet hours. In nutshell, we can say that BreakFree also works as a great parental control devices.

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We hope that BreakFree will help you in getting over your Smartphone addiction for a better personal life and improved health. At TechAhead, we always tries to bring best of the mobile news and stuffs which can really help our reader in living much better lives through our official blog posts.

TechAhead, is an ace mobile applications development company delivering excellence since 2009 world-wide. TechAhead offers top-notch iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows-based mobile applications development services.

4 Misconceptions You Need to Overcome for a Great Mobile UX Design

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There is no doubt about that UX design is one of the prime factor which leads to a great mobile app. Every revolutionary mobile app have an addictive and lucid UX design which is a fun experience in itself for the users. It has been notice that behind every successful mobile app there is a great UX design. The reason behind this is that every users wants a mobile app which can fulfil their specific needs with great ease in the least possible time. For developing such a user-friendly app it need to have a simplified UX design which is high on functionalities. Unfortunately, it is not so easy to get such a simplified UX design for mobile apps.

Due to the lack of worthy UX design most of the mobile app fails to deliver the expected  business and results from it. Here are five mistake which can be avoided for getting the right kind of UX design for your mobile app –

1. Understanding User’s Vision and Needs – The most important thing here which needs to be understand is that, you are not going to use your app all alone. For understanding this critical issue one need to start thinking from the user’s point of view leaving the personal likes and dislikes way behind.Once you starts thinking from the user’s point of view, many interesting and useful facts comes across your way like -

● Different people use the same mobile app in different ways. You get to know about the different user cases possibilities and the things which you think are not needed or are good for the app are not true. This can be explained as, if you think that for every great messaging app it needs to have blue and white UI design is not correct to a great extend. You not need to force youself to design an app UI in the blue and white combination just because Facebook messaging is having the same colours used in its UI.

● For building a great mobile app you should not just focus on your personal need for getting the right kind of idea. For example – If you don’t like buying clothes using the mobile app, it doesn’t mean no one like to buy clothes or other stuffs using mobile app. In fact, there is a huge numbers of users who uses mobile app for buying clothes and their daily needs.

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2. Step by Step Strategy – Having an app UX design having every feature you think should be there is not all a great idea. Most of the people think it is a good strategy to build the very first version of the app having numbers of features. Its better to have an app UX design which can successfully carry out the main task it is supposed to do in it’s first version. As, users initially don’t care about the features you app is having expect the one for which they downloaded it.

It is better to add new features in the UX design of the app with every single version update of it. Creditability of the app gets boost up because of this and eventually enhances the user’s engagement and retain-ability. For example – You are having an online recharge mobile app than you can start-up with a UX design having the mobile recharge feature for the first version. The features like online DTH recharge, online shopping etc can be added to the upcoming versions of the app one by one.

Step by step evolution of the app UX design keep strategy keeps the excitement among the users which eventually boosts the app popularity among the users and enhancing the revenues of the business owners.

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3. Don’t be a Copy Cat – Copying the UX design of the top trending app is one of the worst thing that can be done to any mobile app. Features should be corporate in the app as per its marketing strategy and not just because other popular apps are having those features in their design. There is nothing wrong to be inspired by a great mobile business solution but one should not blindly follow it. Many of the people thinks that adding the replica features of the top-notch mobile apps is a sure-shoot way of developing the perfect mobile solution for their business which is not at all true

One need to creative and original while designing the user interface of a mobile app to get right kind of user response from it. Its better to have a well-defined strategy before pitching the UX design of any app and not to copy the trending app concept. One must always remember, every great app was just an idea before it was turned into reality by implementing right kind of strategies and creative approach to it.

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4. Out of the Box Thinking and Team Work – Usually companies believes UX designing is a cakewalk and hire a single employee who is the only decision maker for finalizing the creative and marketing aspects of the app. In fact, it is the design of the mobile app which decide its destiny and is responsible for the positive or negative user’s feed backs. It needs in-depth discussions and brainstorming sessions for getting the right creativity and marketing strategies before starting the app development procedure.

In fact, it need a team of marketing and creativity geniuses for predicting and designing the right kind of UX design for the mobile apps of different genre. As nobody can predict with surety what going to be liked and what is not by the users. The team of creative and marketing professional needs to come out with a promotional planning on the basis of their experience and skills which can lead to a effective UX design for the mobile app.

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We hope these tips will help you in getting the upright UX design for your business mobile app which can help in expanding your profit rate and branding to an great extend. At TechAhead, we always tries to bring the latest news and tips which can really help out our readers.

TechAhead, is an award winning mobile applications development organization. TechAhead has been listed among “Top 15 Mobile Companies in the World” by SourcingLine”. Business Development Companies (BDC) also declared TechAhead as “One of the Top 5 Android Applications Development Companies”.
TechAhead, offers word class iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows applications development and delivery services.

5 Top-Notch Video and Voice Calling Apps For You

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We live in the era where we all are very busy in our own spaces and are getting away from the people we love and admires the most. Hectic and busy schedules have become a seriously issue which is leading human race to isolation and loneliness in the present scenario. Maintaining equilibrium between personal and professional lives is the area of concern for most of us today. We can overcome this dilemma with little carefulness and with the use of right kind of technology. Yes, you heard it right with right kind of technology in fact. Each one of us can be in touch of our families, friends and pals no matter wherever we are.

This is possible with the latest Video call apps enabling people seeing and talking to their contacts on the move on their smartphones and tablets in just few clicks. Here are top five video calling apps (compatible with iOS, Android, MAC, PC’s and laptops) which can be really useful to you and your connections -

1) ooVoo Video Call, Text & Voice – ooVoo video calling app is best in term of video quality and clarity moreover you can make voice call and send text like other video calling smartphone applications available presently. Extra ordinary video quality in the unique selling point(USP) of this mobile app. The another thing which makes ooVoo better and different from other existing products is it’s “Group Video Chat”, where you chat with your twelve contacts using Wireless fidelity(Wi-Fi), 3 Generation(3G) or 4G Long Term Evolution(LTE) Internet connectivity. ooVoo is really very easy to use with more than Ninety millions users and is available on more than three hundred smartphones and tablets world-wide. ooVoo has been awarded thrice for its excellent quality of video calling and resourcefulness. ooVoo has been awarded as, Best social networking application 2013 by Tabby Awards, Best application technology 2013 by Appster Awards and Best android application 2011 by well know PC Magazine.

Some other features of ooVoo Video Call, Text & Voice app are listed below -

Cross Platform Connectivity – You can connect with your family and friends while using android smartphone or tablets on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, MAC, Laptops and PC’s and vice versa

SuperClear™ video – With this latest SuperClear™ video technology you can have the highest quality of video calling on your smartphone, tablets, laptop, PC etc without any extra data consumption.

Echo Cancellation – For crystal clear voice during the video call sessions without any distraction.

Fab 5 – With this amazing feature you can put any of your five contacts in your list on speed dialling mode.

Rich and Bright Filter – For video recording and in-call videos.

Free Google Play Store link for downloading ooVoo – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oovoo

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2) Tango Messenger, Video and Calls – Tango is a much more than just a video, voice and text messaging mobile app unlike others. Tango is a completely interactive and whole lots of fun as it offers a much more than instant messaging in the form of video, voice or text. Tango is in fact a “Messaging and Mobile Social Networking App” and has been awarded with many prestigious awards like – Best communication application in 2013 at Appy Awards, Must have Apps List – 2013 verizon wireless and Best texting application in 2013 at About(dot)Com Reader’s Choice Awards. Here are some highlighted features of Tango -

No Registration – You not need to create a login and password for signing Tango.

Connectivity – Tango offers a cross-platform connective using Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G LTE with compromising with quality of video and audio clarity

Group Chat – Tango offers a group chat up to three hundred users at a time along with one on one video, voice chatting option.

Social Networking – You can make your own personalized profile on tango like Facebook and other leading social networking site. You can upload status, picture and videos on your profile. Like, comment and share your contacts status, pictures and video in the same fashion. Tango also have “People You May Know” option where you get connection suggestions of the friends of your friends.

Fun and Gaming – There are over thirty featured games on Tango. You can challenge your friends and share you high score on the leader-board. You can discover, listen and share songs with your friends via using Spotify. Use funny animations for personalizing your calls and texts.

Free Google Play Store link for downloading Tango – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sgiggle.production

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3) Skype – free IM & Video Calls, is undoubtedly one of the most popular video calling app on Android, iOS and Windows OS enabled smartphones, tablets, PC’s and laptops. More than 250 millions people across the globe using Skype for talking to their family and friends via video calls, voice calls or text messages. Some of the key features of Skype are listed below -

Low cost call to mobile phones and as well as on landlines phone

Compatible on TVs too – Apart from smartphones, tablets, PC’s, laptops and MAC Devices, Skype is available on Television set too.

Share Your Selfie – Share you pictures with your contacts along with your present status with your contacts using Skype.

5 Star Rating – Skype is rated with 1,805,084 five stars rating on Google Play Store and is highly recommended and loved by the users.

Skype is available free on Google Play Store. You can download it for free via using this link – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skype.raider

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4) Video Calling Free – This is another video calling app to look for with simple user interface and high-definition video quality. This video calling app has that everything which is expected by users and absolutely free on leading app stores. Video Calling Free is not so popular like other Skype, ooVoo and Tango but is undoubtedly no less in any of the aspects in term of video, audio and connectivity. Let’s put some limelight on some of the main feature of this Video Calling Free app -

Easy Login – Users can easily login into their Video Calling Free with their Facebook details. User’s information is subjected to privacy and are just needed for the users authentication.

Video Calling Free is an “Open Market Seen application” which enables you to make video and voice calling on 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connections.

Make unlimited numbers of high-definition video and voice calls “without using your cellular voice charges.”

Here is the free Google Play Store download link – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.classicapps.video.chat

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5) Android Face Video Calling – At the five-spot we have Android Face Video Calling, this app is exclusive for Android users but is completely compatible with other range of smartphones, tablets and with PC’s, MAC and laptops.

Download Android Face Video Calling app free from Google Play Store now – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vdocalling

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With our weekly blog-post we are putting our best effort to come up with the latest buzz and updates in the mobile and wireless industry. We are pleased with the recent response from you and expect the same in future too.

TechAhead, is listed among “Best Five Android Applications Development Companies by BDC” and is “One of the Top Fifteen Mobile Companies by SoucingLine”. TechAhead, provides top-notch mobile applications development services and is a ISO 9001:2008 certified company. Recently TechAhead, has initiated premium applications development for newly launched Nokia X Software Platform along with the four ace mobile applications development services i.e. iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows

Sneak Peek at New Nokia X, The Next Generation SmartPhone

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Nokia is back with their yet another mind-boggling innovation in the mobile phone industry. This time it’s Nokia X, latest smartphone which is grabbing all the eye-balls in the market. Nokia X is a mid-tier smartphone which runs on modified version of Android operating system and is known as “Nokia X Software Platform”.

In simple words, we can say that for the very first time Nokia smartphones will come with the modified version of the Google’s “Android Open Source Project” i.e. (AOSP). But, this doesn’t mean that this new genre of smartphones will come under Android category. Nokia X Software Platform is an independent operating system which has many things quite similar to Android OS. In nutshell, this new hybrid smartphone which will make you feel as if you are using Windows and Android at the same time. Apart from this Nokia has also launched two variants of the same available in the market by the names – Nokia X+ & Nokia XL having enhanced software, hardware and features specification. But for now let’s get to know more details about new Nokia X.

Design & User Interface Specifications -

The new Nokia X is not so lavish but it doesn’t mean that it’s not a good-looking devices anyhow. In fact, the hardware specification are quite lucid like most of the previous range of Nokia smartphones. The corners of the phone are specified with a broad case. The back panel of the phone is coated with polycarbonate which makes the phone smooth to touch and handle. Nokia is offering a range of colours for Nokia X and its variants out of which brighter one are more likely to preferred.

The one unique feature of this smartphone is its “Single Capacitive Button”, which is simply a “Go Back Command” button. This button is quite similar to the home button being used in most of the smartphone these days. This button brings you back of the home page pausing the app you are using at that time. Similarly, pressing this button on home screen brings you back on the app which went in the pause mode back and resume it. The home screen of Nokia X is much liker the other windows smartphones with tile-format icons arrangement.

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No doubts, Nokia X is not the most happening handset like latest iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S series. Users are going to notice a bit of lethargy while they are browsing website and web contents with Videos, images, info grams etc and even sometimes with the app icons of the home screen of the phone. But it doesn’t mean that Nokia X is not preferable smartphone to choose. In fact, the user experience is quite decent with the limited number of resources which never leave frustrated and clueless about the thing happening.

In the range where Nokia X falls, it’s a better smartphone as its offers efficient access to Twitter, Facebook and other aspect from other smartphones of the same standby packages. Moreover, it’s quite affordable and come with Nokia’s branding value. Nokia X is a dual-sim smartphones which gives freedom of switching between networks along with Nokia’s outstanding battery life. The another useful feature of Nokia X is “Home Screen Customised Notifications” which includes a text-based arbitrary. This is something which you are not going to get on a Android smartphone till now and it’s quite user-friendly.

The basic specifications of new Nokia X can be summarized into below mentioned points -

1- Screen Resolution - Nokia X comes with a Four inches, 800×480 display.

2- Camera Quality - Three mega-pixel rare camera

3- Memory and Data Storage - You can store data up-to 32 Gigabyte in your Nokia X via micro SD card with 512MB RAM and Four Gigabyte of in-build storage.

4- Battery Backup - 28 days Standby battery, talk time of 10.5 hours, internet surfing time 4.5 hours

For details information about Nokia X, you can visit – http://Goo.gl/hk1e2e

From the above discussion, we came across some of the major pros and cons of using Nokia X, let’s have a look at them -

Major pros of using Nokia X are -

1- Affordable - Nokia X and it’s variants are quite affordable and offers the most of the features which expensive other smartphone have. Moreover, it also offers some more features which are not there is other smartphones of higher price tag.

2- Light and Sleek - Nokia X is very light-weighted and is sleek unlike the other big and bulky smartphone which have higher risk of physical damage and theft.

3- Battery Backup - Unlike most of the other smartphone, Nokia X promises a longer battery life with longer talk time and browsing time periods.

Some of the cons are also listed below -

1- Sluggish OS as compared to iOS and Android OS

2- Web navigation is not smooth

3- No Google Play Store

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The other two variants of Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are too very interesting smartphone option in the market today. Let’s have a look at the Comparison of Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL

Key specifications of Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL:

Model

Nokia X

Nokia X+

Nokia XL

Display

4.0-inch WVGA (800x480p) IPS LCD screen with pixel density  of 233 ppi (pixels per inch)

4.0-inch WVGA (800x480p) IPS LCD screen with pixel density of 233 ppi

5.0-inch WVGA (800×480) IPS LCD screen with pixel density of 187 ppi

OS

Nokia X Software v1.0 (part of AOSP- Android Open Source Project)

Nokia X Software v1.0 (part of AOSP- Android Open Source Project)

Nokia X Software v1.0 (part of AOSP- Android Open Source Project)

Processor

1GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 series CPU

1GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 series CPU

1GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 series CPU

RAM

512MB

768MB

768MB

Storage capacity

4GB (expandable up to 32GB)

4GB (expandable up to 32GB)

4GB (expandable up to 32GB)

Camera

Main: 3.0-megapixel camera with 4X zoom,   (No-flash)

Front camera: N/A

Main: 3.0-megapixel camera with 4X zoom,   (No-flash)

Front camera: N/A

Main: 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash. Panorama lens

Front: 2.0-megapixel HD wide-angle camera, f/2.8 aperture

Battery

1500 mAh;

Talk time: up to 13.3 hours (2G) and 10.5 hours (3G)

Standby mode with dual-SIM: close to 17 days

1500 mAh;

Talk time: up to 13.3 hours (2G) and 10.5 hours (3G)

Standby mode with dual-SIM: close to 17 days

2000 mAh;

Talk time: up to 16 hours (2G) and 13 hours (3G)

Standby mode with dual-SIM: close to 30 days

Add-ons

Dual-SIM, Bluetooth v3.0 (with HS), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), micro-SUB v2.0, Nokia store apps with third party Android applications, microSD card slot, stereo FM Radio,

Dual-SIM, Bluetooth v3.0 (with HS), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), micro-SUB v2.0, Nokia store apps with third party Android applications, microSD card slot, stereo FM Radio,

Dual-SIM, Bluetooth v3.0 (with HS), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), micro-SUB v2.0, Nokia store apps with third party Android applications, microSD card slot, stereo FM Radio,

Dimensions

115.5 x 63.0 x 10.4 mm

115.5 x 63.0 x 10.4 mm

141.4 x 77.7 x 10.9 mm

Weight

128.7

128.7 g

190 g

Colors

Black, Cyan, Green, Red, White and Yellow

Black, Cyan, Green, Red, White and Yellow

Black, Cyan, Green, Red, White and Yellow

Price

 MRP in India after taxes: ₹8,599

€99 (around ₹8,500 )

(excluding local taxes)

€109 (around ₹9,300)

(excluding local taxes)

At TechAhead, our motive is to give best possible information of latest buzz and trends in the mobile industry. We put our best efforts to bring up the latest news in the marketing through our Blog, we hope you people are liking it.

TechAhead, is well renowned for its quality mobile applications development services and most importantly satisfied customers. TechAhead, has now started Nokia X Software Platform Applications Development Services also.

Top 10 Teddy Bear iOS Apps for Kids

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Teddy Bears are kid’s best friends. Nearly everyone had one during his childhood. With the advent of technology kids are more into gadgets and gizmos. Hence to help them learn with fun and once again join hands with their old friend Mr. Teddy we have compiled a list of 10 Teddy Bear Apps for kids. These Apps will help your child develop a better memory and IQ at a faster pace.

 FairyFail HD

1) FairyFail HD:- The game is similar to Angry Birds but with lots of tweaks and graphical enhancements. Your aim in this game is to release the Teddy Bears from their cage. A fire extinguisher, throws bats at the cages which break open when you hit them using the right parabolic path, but the game does not end here. If you hit the Teddies at the right angle you will see them fly away on a balloon, else they might hit a bomb or get trapped in the box. Overall a great game for youngsters which is easy to master but hard to conquer as the stages advance.

App Store:- https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fairyfail-hd/id466766834?mt=8&uo=4&at=10l4CB

 your-teddy-bear free-app

2) Your Teddy Bear! FREE:- This App is for kids with Age 4+ and allows users to dress up their Teddy, take its picture, showcase them along side other users from around the world. With more than 100 premium clothes for various occasions like Valentine’s day, springs, summers, office and numerous customizations the game is indulging and easy to use. Users can also share the images of their Teddy Bears over Facebook and Instagram.

App Store:- https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/your-teddy-bear!-free/id467957961?mt=8

 

 teddy-bear-maker-app

3) Teddy Bear Maker :- This is a cute App which allows kids to create their own digital Teddy Bears from scratch. At the start you are given 15 different patterns, a user has to select a design from this list. Then a user has to cut and sew a pattern he desires. Once this is done, user needs to fill his design with cotton a give his design a shape. The final steps involves customizing the Teddy to make it look different, there are 70 different costumes, 100′s of accessories and props to chose from. Users can also share their designs on Facebook or send it by email.

App Store:- https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/teddy-bear-maker/id469869102?mt=8

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4) Talking Teddy Bear HD:- There is nothing better than having a talking Teddy Bear. This is the one of cutest App on the iPad platform. This App does various other things than just talking, it can do gestures like crying, yelling, laughing, playing musical instruments like drums, and a lot more. The brown coloured Teddy in this App also reacts to gestures, you can talk to him, tickle him, make him jump, dance and do a lot more. All this can be shared over Facebook, Youtube and email as videos. The App has several other features to explore, like puzzles, Teddy’s friends etc.

App Store:- https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/talking-teddy-bear-hd/id427800257?mt=8

  bear-hospital app

5) Bear Hospital :- This iOS App by iBear Story brings hospital in your mobile App, kids can learn what happens in an hospital through this App. It has beautiful looking bear nurses, medical equipments, medicines and expert doctors. The aim of this App is to treat sick bears. A small sick bear is brought to the treatment area and nurses serve him after diagnosing, he is then treated until he regains health. Apart from this some of the other things to do in this App include making money, increasing personal reputation by getting grades to become a better doctor etc. Overall a great way to teach your kids how an hospital works.

App Store:- https://itunes.apple.com/il/app/bear-hospital/id454699230?mt=8

 teddy-runner app

6) Teddy Runner :- Teddy App by Collesta Inc. is a cute Teddy Bear game, where you have to run across stages in a much similar graphical interface to that of Mario Bros. and defeat cute looking enemies by throwing salmon at them. The main character is a pink coloured Teddy bear, game is rated 4+ and is free to download from the App store. It is available in two languages, Japanese and English and requires iOS 5.1 or higher to run.

App Store:- https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/teddy!!/id602551474?mt=8

teddy-hd app 

7) Teddy HD:- This App has been developed by Martin Schultz is a simple puzzle slider game, where the user has to align the tiles to complete the picture of a Teddy Bear. The game is free to download and is rated 4+ this app provides and amazing tool to develop the minds of toddlers, to assist them in solving this puzzle, numbers are written on top of each tile and a user has to align the picture in the right order. The game also keeps track of the time taken and the number of moves used to complete a puzzle. The game is 28 MB in size and requires iOS 4.3 or higher.

App Store:- https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/teddy-hd/id387613549?mt=8

 teddy-lin app
 

8)Teddy Lin:- This App is developed by developer Manuel Hurtado, and is much similar to the Clumsy Ninja App where the user gets a chance to interact with a Teddy named Lin. The App supports over 200 types of movements which includes, gestures like laughing, singing, custom movements, dancing etc. The game also has mini games to keep a user occupied. Touching the Teddy helps him perform some predefined gestures, though the poor graphics and monotonous background can be easily become boring.

App Store:- https://itunes.apple.com/app/id717210392

 teddy-mix app

9) TeddyMix 2:- TeddyMix 2 – Build and design by Leripa AB, is a complete learning and fun experience for kids. Where the user has to create its own world with adorable looking animation. From houses, to kitchen, living room, garden etc. This App is completely free with no in app purchases or ads. The App is aimed at helping pre-school, nursery kids or any one who likes teddy bears. The user has to interact with different objects in the four environments, a house with a garden, a street, a living room and a kitchen. Some of the gestures include cooking in the kitchen, sweeping the floor, drinking, eating fixing the road, planting trees etc. The music in the App is soothing to ears and is best suited for your child. This App is available in 10 different languages including English Dutch, and Finnish. If you like this game you should also check out TeddyMix 1 Sort and categorize game.

App Store:- https://itunes.apple.com/app/id455981824

 teddy-bear app

10) TeddyBear:- The TeddyBear App by publisher Siam iDev is a simple memory game which involves remembering two similar pictures and matching one picture with its pair. The pictures shown in the game are various coloured Teddy Bears. This game aims to improve the memory power of your child. The game is free to download from the App store and is rated 4+.

App Store:- https://itunes.apple.com/app/id434221303

There are several other indulging Apps for kids with teddy bears in it, all you need to do is just make a search on the App store and download them according to the desired age group. These Apps helps in improving your kids memory and IQ level at a much faster pace. According to iOS developers at TechAhead Software, “kids make up a large number of mobile users and targeting them is profitable for both developers and consumers.” App’s like  My Little Pony by Gameloft and Hasbro tempts kids to spend over £69.99, though this is completely immoral and is against business ethics. The focus of developers targeting such audience should be to impart knowledge with little emphasis on profit generation.

Android Vs iOS – 2014 Trends for Profitable App Revenue Generation

iOS vs Android

Let’s start by setting the record straight. It’s no longer iOS vs. Android but rather iOS and Android. Most serious app developers have realized by now that the best way to maximize revenue from an app is to be on both platforms. While some developers prefer to start on iOS and fine tune their offering before taking it to Android, others launch simultaneously on both platforms.  

The strategies for app revenue generation can vary from iOS to Android as the former offers higher revenue per download whereas the latter has the benefit of larger reach. However, a notable difference is that companies and developers are planning for porting from one platform to the other at the early stages in the development process, which wasn’t earlier the case.  

Here’s our take on the trends in 2014 for developing apps on iOS and Android that bring revenue to developers.

 The New Freemium

 Since it was introduced on 2009, Freemium or Free-to-Play apps, especially for gaming, have seen steep rises in revenues that come in through micro-transactions that allow users to pay their way to a higher level or additional time to complete a quest. At the end of 2013, 92 per cent of the gaming apps on iTunes App Store had in-app purchases as did 98 per cent of the ones on Google Play.

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While apps such as Candy Crush continue to rake in revenue for developers, there are signs that the general public is getting disenchanted with this technique of money grabbing through deprivation as it urges users to purchase extra time, lives or tools to get to the next level. Already games such as PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies 2, which was awarded an honourable mention for Game of 2013 by Apple, have introduced a new model where the majority of the game remains free-to-play, with no deprivation. Instead, it offers downloadable content such as different modes or new plants that users can opt to get.
This ‘free-with-options’ trend is likely to dominate the stores in 2014.

 Going Beyond Gaming

 There’s no denying that Freemium apps will be successful in 2014 too. However, their revenues are likely to expand to genres other than gaming and move to music, messaging and news, among others. The success of messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Skype in generating revenues across multiple markets is an indication of the potential market for non-gaming apps across different regions.

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There are indications that these social messaging apps might become platforms in their own right by offering users additional content through the freemium model. This could range from purchase of premium emoticons to books and music.

Going Global

In 2013, Japan overtook the United States to become the biggest app market in the world, accounting for the highest revenue generation, and it’s not just localized apps that contributed to these statistics. Western vendors Supercell and King had two of the Top 10 iPhone apps in Japan (3 of the Top 10 iPad apps) in 2013. This trend is likely to continue as more companies in the West look at newer geographical markets such as Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mexico and the BRIC countries, which have recorded strong performances and increased number of downloads in 2013.

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Both the iTunes App Store and Google Play have over a million apps each on their stores and have crossed the 50 billion mark in terms of downloads. When looking at what the year holds for app development, besides revenue maximization, it’s important to keep track of users’ needs and preferences as the key to a successful app is innovation and offering something unique that no one else does.

TechAhead is a leading Mobile App Development company that is known for its creative approach that perfectly blends an app’s functionality with innovative design and user interface. The company has successfully developed apps across genres for iOS and Android.

5 Mobile Apps for Spicing up Your Valentine

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It’s February once again and if you take a walk down the streets or simply pay a visit to your favorite store, you definitely cannot escape the fact that once again, love is in the air. And if the red roses peeping out from store fronts are not enough to convince you, then the numerous deals for couples you will find in every store you visit will definitely do the trick.

Now that we have established the fact that this is “valentine season”, the tricky question of what to get your significant other to spice up the day or week pops up, and as we are your favorite source of tech news, here is a little list to spice up that special day.

avocado app android

Avocado: for couples who can’t get their fingers off smart devices, this social networking app is the perfect platform for  inviting your partner to enjoy a private digital space for the both of you. Avocado allows you share multi-media files—images, videos and audio messages—with your significant other. This means that you can plan your Valentine’s Day and shares images showing the places you plan to take her or him to on that day.

Play Store:- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.avocado.android

proflowers-app

ProFlowers: Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day isn’t recognized or set as a public holiday that allows us take the day off from work. Therefore, what else would a working person love more than a mobile app that lets you place orders for flowers and other accessories—teddy bears, chocolates and other items—which can be delivered directly to your door step. ProFlowers also comes with a feature that allows you choose both the delivery date and time if you are looking to surprise that special person.

App Store:- https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/proflowers-quick/id784143852?mt=8

photofunia-app

PhotoFunia: Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without photo’s to remember the special moments of the day and this is where PhotoFunia comes in. This android based photo app is quite different from the norm because you can play around with its features to beautify your photographs. And the features include; approximately 150 themes that allows for the attachment of your partners head on him or her favorite hero. It also integrates sharing features for online posting.

Play Store:- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.photofunia

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VirtualDJ Home: without music love cannot flourish and on the 14th of February, it is imperative that you have the right mix of songs to remind your other half about all the special moments of your relationship from the day you first met and other occasions that occurred throughout your relationship. And the VirtualDJ Home app is just the perfect tool for collecting and mixing your love tape. It comes with a simple interface that makes it quite easy to use.

App Store:- https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/virtualdj-home/id417934534

 Kindu app

Kindu: and the best way to end a day of love is definitely creating the mood for some intimacy and Kindu helps you do that. This app helps you send your ideas of intimacy in a subtle manner to your partner and it does this by asking certain questions that wouldn’t embarrass you or your date.

App Store:- https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kindu-couples/id346524753

These mobile Apps will help you get closer to your partner during this valentine season. If you are single the social networking app will help you find some friends, on the other hand the photo app will put you in a nostalgic mood. Have fun with these amazing apps and share your favourite Apps in the comments below.