Automated Vehicle Transport Service Application.

This application is used for automated vehicle-shipping services by Brokers, carriers, car haulers. Brokers can create quotes/ orders & assign it to carrier. Its mobile-based platform allows shippers and carriers to come together online to review price quotes, schedule delivery times, scan available loads, and review available transport listings.

Carrier can pick the order and its status to be picked up. Also Brokers/Carriers can see the dashboard with New orders/picked up orders, messages, and emails. Application is enhanced with Relay functionality, Accessorial functionality, Carrier Search, Oversize functionality, Quote engine reform, setting change for emails, Fuel surcharge entry, comprehensive load optimization, tracking and notification tools, and extensive independent carrier network etc. Complexity of application has reduced a lot and it becomes more reliable to use.

The application can be used both in Online as well as Offline modes. Offline mode works in two ways as follows

  • No/Poor Connectivity: App detects the poor or no connectivity automatically whenever app tries to interact with server or Google APIs. Under this case, while app continues to work normally but it stores all the inspection related data locally on submission of inspection. Now whenever user launches the app next time, app checks for better connection, if found it will start auto sync.
  • Turn on Offline Mode: Under settings screen user is provided with option to turn on offline mode, this means app will be forced to work in offline mode regardless Wifi or Better network availability. Once this option is ON, app does not use any internet or any server communication, everything is stored locally and user has to sync the data by pushing the SYNC button under settings screen, no auto sync is performed in this case.
  • VIN scanner is another innovative feature in the app, under settings screen user is provided with an option to scan the VIN of a car. Once user launch the VIN scanner, app fetches the CAR information from the server using a third party API. This information is displayed to the user on a new screen “VIN Detail” and user is provided with option like, search this VIN on server for assigned loads or do local search etc.

New wave of technologies driving growth of mobile apps

The overall content discovery dimension of user engagement has changed over the years. Due to the advent of mobile devices information sharing has transformed dramatically. Connected devices allow them to access information with just a push of a button, Gone are those days when a user has to visit a website to obtain any data or information. Moreover mobile websites were seen to be intrusive with a combination of link and text as the overall user experience was below par.

This led to the revolution of mobile apps that not only offered highly engaging user experience but also ensured that content discovery and search is made seamless and personal. It was the age of applications and websites became redundant in half a decade. Mobile first strategy has become the need of the hour as mobile app developers come to the forefront. Platform like android and iOS have clearly indicated that mobility is definitely the way for the future.

There is no denying the fact that technology always moved at a really fast pace and the services used today might soon become redundant in the near future. As far as mobile apps are concerned, they offer a new distinctive way of information sharing. with new technologies like IOT and big data coming into picture, enterprise have started to envision future driven processes in order to stay ahead of the game. Google glass is one aspect that has been talk a lot in the corridors of tech evangelists.

Businesses have started to use mobility in order to target specific user base and increase profitability. User engagement is the idea behind everything, as mobile apps provide a real time tool for communication. Already there have been many real world applications using technologies like NFC and iBeacon. there have been a slew of reports that have stated time and again that mobile solutions would overtake desktop computing in the near future.

It is expected that with IOT coming into the picture, there would be billions of devices that would get connected to the internet with in the next decade. this would not only drive future of mobility but also make the overall services highly efficient due to the release of enormous amount of big data. Analysts have already predicted that big data would drive the data centers of the future. not only consumer sector, but enterprise mobile apps development has evolved over the years.

Businesses are now incorporating cloud as well as mobile application management tools in order to boost efficiency and make all the processes work in accordance to each other while keeping the burden off valuable resources. As the need for a more personalised experience increases, developers would need to better understand the end user requirement via big data analytics. this would not only help in bridging the gap between the two end but also ensure better services and products.

Mobile apps have literally killed the web

There has been an ongoing debate regarding the future of mobility and how mobile applications have literally killed any innovation on the web. There is no denying the fact that most of the services providers are now looking for new ways to implement their mobile first strategy. With consumer centric attention now emphasising on mobile apps, there has been a huge void that has been created in the web ecosystem.

As HTML5 came to the mainstream, there was a much needed respite as websites were able to close the gap between mobile apps and mobile web. Mobile applications these days follow a rich and get richer dynamics and it has been the status quo for all future innovations related to it. There is still a lot that needs to be done on the mobility sphere, with future innovations like internet of things and big data coming to the mainstream. Moreover there are various interactions that have paved way for intrinsic engagement in enterprises as well as businesses.

As mobility goes through the next phase of innovation it is driving mobile apps developers away from web. The crux of all future technologies is focused towards personal experiences which can be customized as per the user requirement. Internet has been unable to offer that introspect which is why the convergence of mobile apps have been widely accepted.

Information sharing that has till date driven the internet, is being accumulated in the app stores, with applications after applications being developed to simplify the user interaction in real time. Services providers have started to care less on how their websites perform, and are focusing how they can implement their mobile strategies.

The problems does not end there, but escalates further with many developers giving up on web interaction and moving towards mobility in terms of native applications. Ask any mobile application development company and they will have just one answer that mobile apps are future and websites have become redundant. There is hardly any innovation going in terms of web experience and most of the technologies that are coming to the forefront are based on mobility and mobile applications.

Although mobile web has its fair share of advantages over native applications, there is no denying the fact that apps have taken the center stage among user engagement. There are a slew of instances where an end user would generally prefer an app over mobile web. From personalization to native functionality with the devices, applications makes perfect sense. Over that the coming of age of internet of things as well as connected devices, the viability of mobile web has decreased drastically.

Most of the businesses value app users more than web users and this shift in stance from both ends has literally brought website innovation to a grinding halt. The roadmap of mobility is clear with the emergence of connected devices. The next big thing might not include web but would definitely be driven by mobile applications.

Blackberry speculated to support Google PlayStore in upcoming update.

There have been huge convergence going on in the field of mobile platforms as Blackberry and windows are trying hard to stay in the game. On the other hand android and iOS have taken a huge lead in terms of application database as well as user base. Now it seems that blackberry is trying a whole new approach as far as application database is concerned. Rumors are going on that Blackberry could support PlayStore in their latest BB 10.2.1 update. Ascertaining the popularity, usefulness and reach-ability of Android (especially after launch of ICS), Blackberry seems to have thought of benefiting through their mobile counterparts.

This is not the first time that blackberry would be trying such a move. Even now most of the applications running on blackberry are some kind of port of android applications. Canadian mobile-makers are left with no good options to survive in market, other than joining hands with their competitors instead of only bidding over their exclusive applications.

There are no confirmations and rumors are based on the leaked four pictures of Blackberry Z10, which could also be a creation of Photoshop, displaying Play Store apps on Blackberry handset. For the mean time these can only be taken with a pinch of salt but if Blackberry actually instills support for Play Store then it shall stead enabling users to enjoy richness of both platforms with no side-track download of Android apps requiring another computer and the Android Runtime.

Mobile Best Practices – Keys to a Successful Application.

The advent of mobility has revolutionized the overall technology ecosystem, with most of the organisations trying to implement their mobile first strategy. It is important to understand that there is a need for a strong focus on key areas to make sure that embarking on mobility solutions is not taken as an alternative approach and there is a schematic planning and management of resources.

There are various reports that have suggested that in order to have a successful application, organisations as well as developers need to adhere to certain systematic steps. There is a need to emphasize on mobile analytics at a pre-development phase in order to understand the requirement and mobile strategy.

There are nearly 86 percent of adult mobile users across the globe out of which more than half use it to access internet. but analysing the targeted audience, developers can create a more personalised experience for the end user.

The focus of the applications ought to be on precision rather than options. It has been seen time and again that developers try to implement various features in their applications giving it a wide approach. This makes the overall applications redundant which is why 76 percent of all features apps in all app stores offer unique functionality. If developers need to offer options to the end user, they need to emphasize on cross platform support.

There is also a need to plan an overall workflow before the start of the development that gives the developers vital insight on the software development life cycle. Most of the applications fail to attain their ROI, due to the inadequate planning beforehand, which leads to time and cost leakages, hence hampering the overall project.

Security is a major aspect that is needed to be kept in mind, due to a range of security alerts. Reports have suggested that there are more than 23,000 eminent mobile threats for smartphones, which is why there is a need for better security modules to be implemented while developing an application. Along with security, developers need to focus their application with performance and fluidic design elements.

An average users prefer not more than 8 seconds or 3 interactions to reach to their targeted information. This is why developers should undertake responsive design with better content availability to far greater user experience.

More than 60% of the applications encompass on SEO techniques to reach out to targeted audience via various platforms like mobile ads, social networking and other promotion networks.

These mobile marketing techniques are highly vital as it gives broader reach towards targeted audience. Users review are also vital as they provide a positive outlook of the application. Over 45% of the app installs by the end users are based on these users reviews which give an added leverage to the application viability.

It is important to understand the mobility brings a huge phase of transition in the current business processes. This why the application should be build around legacy processes so that it is easy to adjust to the transformation and attain maximum output.

Often it is seen that the application is unable to attain the output that was intended due to the coherent approach incorporated during the development phase. Overall these keys to mobile best practices are highly vital that can surely lead to a successful application deployment.

Enterprise Mobility Best Practices Market Analysis Information and Trends:

Emphasize on mobile analytics to determine the targeted audience

Focus functionality on precision rather than options

(, Digital marketing report)

Emphasize on cross platform support

Plan a workflow before starting development

Provide end to end encryption for backend data integrity( security threat report, May 2013)

 Incorporate mobile marketing techniques to promote your application

(Mobile planet data,

Emphasize on responsive design with fluidic UI and better content availability (

Build your app around current business process

Seek user review to create a positive outlook for the application

(Gartner Mobile analytics report 2012)

SenchaCon 2013 developers conference to bring vital insights to HTML5 frameworks.

HTML5 has surely changed the overall paradigm of web applications. Gone are the days when web pages used to usher with static web pages. It is an era of responsive web design, and developers have started to incorporate various HTML5 development modules to enhance overall intuitiveness of web pages. Sencha UI is one such HTML5 framework that incorporates javascript to make it easy for developers to create highly responsive web applications.

Especially built for mobile web, Sencha touch provides highly powerful libraries to developers in easy to use interface. Although, HTML5 has taken the overall web with storm, still there are various tools like sencha and kendo, that still require support from the developers community to optimize HTML5 development. In order to spread more awareness and help create better HTML5 tools, there will be a developers conference from July 16-19, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

SenchaCon 2013, would span over 60 session through three days with major emphasis on coding and collaboration time. This conference would provide vital insights to various modules of Sencha Touch, Ext JS, Architect, and all of other technologies. There would also be various sessions on cloud integration, service side configuration as well as backend browser technology. Developers would also take part in a full day hackathons with cutting edge Javascript as well as HTML5 coding.

There would also be multiple boot camps ranging from Tizen, Windows Azure, blackberry and sencha Touch. Technologies like WebRTC and CSS Filters, as well as up-and-coming specifications like the Web Cryptography API and ECMAScript 6 would also be showcased during the three days for the conference. HTML5 holds a vital key to the future of web and developer conferences like these bring together like minds to create better products.