GOOGLE I/O 2013 AND APPLE WWDC – MOSCONE WEST, SAN FRANCISCO-CALIFORNIA

Public awaited much more of this conference, however the news released at GOOGLE I/O 2013 did not disappoint. Celebrated in San Francisco from May 14th to 17th, GOOGLE I/O did not introduce a new Nexus neither an updated version of the Android operating systems.

 These are some of the most important points Google introduced that may be the most interesting ones for our team of developers:

  • New APIS for developers at Google Play Services ( new functionalities optimized to reduce battery use)
    • New Google Maps Android API v2 – allow developers building Google maps in apps
    • New location APIS – fused location provider, geofencing (virtual fences, app triggers when entering or leaving these fences) and activity recognition (help users with physical activity – figures out if the user is walking, cycling or driving with no use of GPS)
    • Google Cloud Messaging: push from cloud to apps allowing as well upstream messaging to send data from apps to server
    • Synchronised notifications between devices
  • Developer Tools – improved features at ANDROID STUDIO
  • New monetizing features added to the developer console: optimisation tips, app translation service, referral tracking, usage metrics and revenue graphs (no need to connect to Google Analytics
  • New Mobile API features:
    • JAVASCRIPT speed improvements
    • WebP – open source royalty free compression technology: space saving image format, 31% reduction in size.
    • VP9 – open royalty free video container: 63% reduction in size. Future of YouTube videos.
    • Data compression on Chrome for mobile

 Other interesting releases:

  • Google Play: redesigned, simpler interface.
  • Google+ sign in: allows user signing into web pages, apps etc using your google account – cross-platform single sign-in
  • All Access: music program similar to Spotify. Allows users managing their own Music Library,  creating Playlists and Radio created from favourite genres. Subscription fee $9.99/month, 30 day trial. Only available in US by the moment.
  • Google Play Games: Google’s own videogames’ platform for Android and Chrome. It will also be available for iOS platform.
  • Google Maps simplifies and improves its interface for both web and mobile versions.
  • Introduction of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 using pure Android operating system instead of Samsung’s TouchWiz. This new device with come with an unlocked bootloader and original Android’s ROM, the same one of Nexus devices. This way, the new S4 will not wait to get an update of the operating system when it is released.
  • New improved features for Google+ in its aim to be a direct competitor of Facebook.
  • Updated Google Hangouts app brings Google into the instant messaging and multiplatform market. Available for Android, iOS and Chrome, a redesigned interface and integrating group videocalls from the original Hangouts.

 Now that Google I/O is over we are awaiting new releases at Apple’s WWDC 2013, that will be held from June 10th to 14th. Introduction of iOS 7 and/or OS X 10.9 are expected to happen during these 4 days.

 But not only a new version of iOS Operating System, much more is expected to surprise the public at Apple’s Year Event. Above all when this has been the worst years in Apple’s history, a year in which the company has lost positions in the ranking in front of its direct competitors.

Despite Apple’s income decrease, its stocks lose a 40% and Samsung sales overtook iPhone, Apple is still the first one in figures. Numbers do not lie:

  1.  Apple earns in iPhone sales as much as Microsoft with the whole business. Only overtaken by Samsung whose growth reaches 16.8%.
  2. Earns as much as Microsoft and Google together, that is $9547 millions net from January to March, a 17.8% less than last year though.
  3. Apple gross margin falls but is still in a good level. Nevertheless Apple may be forced to released a cheaper version of iPhone to face its biggest competitor, Samsung, as they already did with the Mini iPad.
  4. Defeats all competitors in cashApple owns more than $145K millions, what supports its big value in the stock market.

Pata Negra App Development


With this headline the online magazine Emprendedores introduced our company on January 15th.

And that’s the way we keep on working, placing quality first.

Our foresight on settling in London is producing results, where The MVP Studio bets on British start-ups. Our apps, developed according to the Minimum Viable Product, are as good as the ones with more funds. We are specialists not only in helping entrepreneurs developing their idea but also in improving it.

Quality is what we offer because quality is what defines our team of developers, awarded by The App Date as the best app in 2012.

It’s been already 5 years since we started as Mensamatic represented by our brand Linkants giving service to many private clinics, restaurants, gims, etc in the SMS business, and Develapps in iOS and Android app development.

Every time we have more competition within the market of app development, but we keep on making differentiation our hallmark. We offer quality products whose quality and functionality exceed customer expectations.

In Develapps we are working hard to gain positions within the app development market.

Original source: http://www.emprendedores.es/

*Pata Negra (black leg) is an expression used in Spanish to say that a product has great quality. Originally comes from the Serrano Ham from black acorn-fed pigs, hence black leg, known as being one of the best hams.

PixelPin: passwords on images

Every time is more and more difficult to remember all the passwords, alphanumeric combinations really easy to hack, in only 5 minutes they can access your account; up to 8 days if you combine capital letters.

A research by GP BULLROUND, JANRAIN and SPLASHDATA published at METRO reveals how simple are the most used passwords, among others password, 123456, 12345678, and full words as monkey or dragon.

Professor John Chuang and his team at the University of California, Berkeley, think ‘passthoughts’ are the future of passwords.

A headset, which can be bought on Amazon for less than £70 called the NeuroSky MindWave, measures the brainwaves of the thoughts established as password and lets you in.  According to professor Chuang, the passthoughts are difficult to hack and can’t be guessed by observing the smudge patterns on your device’s touchscreen.

 However the system has a reliability of 99 per cent. The remaining 1% responds to the fact that scientists are still not certain whether brainwaves are as distinctive as fingerprints and retinas.

 Geoff Anderson, co-founder of London-based company PixelPin, app developed by Develapps, thinks a 99% is not enough.

PixelPin suggests a different way of replacing easy-to-hack alphanumeric passwords, it allows you to set any photograph you choose as the lock for your device. The key to access your device is four ‘passpoints’ set on the photograph, chosen in sequence.

 Anderson is dubious of biometrics in general, and in password using biometric aspects, among other reasons, because if you ever get hacked you can’t reset your fingerprints or your eyes.

 The idea is that this method is more resistant to hacking because it becomes impossible to search for known words or sequences and visual memory is a lot more reliable than the part of your brain which keeps forgetting your PIN number.

 Source: http://metro.co.uk/

Most battery consuming Apps

Our main concerns related to apps were basically to make something functional and efficient that does not weight much in our device, or whose memory use do not slow down the app running. What about the use of the battery?

There are apps whose battery consumption is so big that battery life can be reduced drastically.  Hence the charger is one of the essentials in our handbag.

No smartphone offers a long lasting battery, that’s not new, but if you add to this any of the following apps installed in your device it still lasts less.

  • Geolocation Apps: when using an app that makes use of the GPS, geolocator system turns on and battery runs low. It is advisable not allowing apps to access to our location when they request. Instead, check or uncheck the location option at your Settings menu.
  •  Apps with Push notifications: apps that will inform about any change since your last visit or the reception of a new text, such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Foursquare. Uncheck Push notifications option at the Settings menu and check updates for yourself, it will make you save battery.
  •  Apps requiring wireless connection: Those apps using streaming (music players or online radios) or those offering voice + video calls (Tango, Viber, Skype) do need WiFi connection or, at least, a fast 3G. And fast will you run out of battery if you use them constantly.
  •  Image loading apps: Display is the most battery consuming part of the device. Hence those apps where image, photo or video loading are the core task, consume almost as much battery as geolocation. For instance Instagram or Flickr.

Original source: www.20minutos.es

Develapps at the IX Computer Engineering Congress in Valencia

 

Last Thursday, April 25, in the semanainformatica.com 2013 (computer week 2013), took place the IX Computer Engineering Congress.

In the field of boom in apps’ market several successful development companies were introduced, among them Develapps, and invited to discuss about the latest tendencies  in app development.

Representing Develapps was our CTO Daniel Juan. We will summarize the topics treated in this discussion in four points:

-       The MVP Studio: most of the questions from the public addressed to Dani were about this original concept created in London by our CEO, Juan Hontanilla, and Quim Canet. People found really interesting the possibility of creating a functional product with a minimum cost.

-       Related to the previous topic, the audience questioned the viability and adaptability of our MVP apps. Those apps were developed initially to reach a limited audience, as a trial functional version to get investments and develop a full product. However, our product development ensures the scalability of the app when applying to a wider market. They are apps developed from a limited budget but able to reach a big audience.  Our apps are able to adapt to the environment for two reasons: besides the great work of our developers, it is because of our collaboration with third parties that ensure the perfect running of our apps at anytime. We work with Urbanship for Push notifications and Parse for cloud storing and backend services.

-       Apple monopoly (including the closure of AppsGratis) and the increasing number of apps developed in Android platform, was a topic that concerned the public. In Develapps we still have more projects in iOS than in Android.

-       How do apps get funding? When external investments are hard to get and pay per use apps do not get enough downloads to pay its own development, micro-payments integrated in the apps are the best solution. Some others to also include banners to get quick funds.