Thanks to GeekCeption, we can now look at most of the beautiful animations embedded in Android N, before its official release. In fact, he films them all in slow motion, which makes them even cooler to look at. Everything you see is of course, based on the latest developer preview that Google released a while ago.
There are people who will try to convince you that these effects are unnecessary, but they are wrong. A user interface is all about the user experience and how the different animations look while performing various tasks on the phone is an integral part of that experience. There's a reason as to why the OEM companies put so much effort and money into the special effects and animations; it is because of the fact that without them, smartphones would just be boring pieces of technology that people use.
Apart from the tech bit, one simply cannot ignore the happiness and excitement that can be seen on the host's face throughout the video! You might start to smile a bit yourself as the infectious cheerfulness begins to catch on by the end of the video. Take a look now to see what we are talking about.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Because of the incremental improvements in mobile technology, and the ever increasing use case scenarios of a mobile setup, more and more users chose a phone over a desktop computer as the main device.
The mobile market is huge. Any business owner that's looking to grow his brand or to build an entirely new brand around an app should invest some resources in the mobile ecosystem and develop a useful app. These days, even when you play bingo with a bonus you won't get the chance to take full advantage of benefits unless you do it via an app
Location-based apps are great because they can be very useful for users, ensuring a higher user retention rate. Most applications have one form or another of geolocation implementation. In case you want a few ideas, we prepared a list with cool implementations for location-based apps.
On-Demand Services and Delivery
On-demand services and on-demand deliveries take great advantage of GPS functions to locate and connect with the client. Uber and Lyft are the two most popular on-demand transportation apps, and both of them utilize GPS extensively to pair a client with a nearby driver.
This location-based app business model could be perfect for a business that's providing tangible products to people. Through such an application, business owners would be able to take orders and fulfill them quickly by guiding the delivery person straight to the client through GPS.
The client would also be able to consult the application and get real-time data about the status of their delivery. Such a system would surely provide a great user experience; a reason why business owners should focus more of their attention on location-based app development.
When traveling into a city that you're not familiar with, you will end up relying a lot on maps and mobile applications. Geolocation has a great use case in this industry, being able to find the nearest hotel and book it on the spot, from your phone can prove to be of great help when traveling.
Even if you don't have a massive booking application such as Airbnb, a location-based app for a local hotel can be a great idea as well. Having a private application for your hotel that your clients could use to find your location and book a room instantly would surely help your brand.
Moreover, the management of the hotel could take full advantage of the app's features and send direct notifications to all of the clients about events, promotions, or other important news. In such a tech-savvy world, the implementation of such an app would surely help the hotel create a loyal base of clients.
Even if you don't need geolocation to deliver products, you can still use this feature in its most basic form. You can easily implement a map and GPS features in your app to help your customers find your store easier.
Leading retailers use this kind of apps to help people find the store that's the nearest to them. Some of the retailers even use such apps to help people navigate inside the store and find the products they need.
Location-based apps can be of great help to most users, a reason why their loyalty to your brand could be higher than usual. The use cases of such applications are often mandatory for specific business models but, they can also be a nice addition for any regular business that desires to provide a better user experience.
Even if there are a lot more, we mentioned above three cool ideas for location-based applications that can be applied by any business owner.
At WWDC, Apple comes up with the next-generation iOS operating system for the iPhones and iPods (7th generation). The phone comes with several cool improved features and changes. The first major change is related to its home screen. The iPhone now supports widgets which can be dragged and dropped from the today screen to the home screen. You see a redesigned App library when swipe right from the home screen which contains every application on the device in a neat folder system. You can also remove the unused apps from the home screen without actually uninstalling it. Thanks to a new smart stack feature, you can stack widgets based on time, location, and activity.
Like many things on iOS, Siri also got a completely new redesigned interface as well. The new interface opens a tiny Siri blob at the bottom-center of the screen instead of taking the whole space. Similarly, whenever you receive a call, a new compact calling screen appears that doesn't cover the whole display. Apple has also introduced a new App clips support to iOS 14 that makes everything super easy for the users who don't want to install apps for small things. With this feature you can use some features of the app like purchasing coffee, making a restaurant reservation, etc. just by scanning the code. These app clips can also be shared in messages.
An existing feature of an iPad that allows you to make FaceTime video calls while using your phone at the same time has come to the iPhone with iOS 14. With the messaging app, you can pin up to 9 conversations at the top of the app. There is also support for new in-line replies that allows you to reply to a specific message in a conversation instead of a general message. The app also has a new Memoji option that includes additional hairstyles, face coverings, age, and stickers, etc. The iOS 14 has introduced some improvements in Apple Maps as well to provide specialized electric vehicle routes, cycling directions, etc.
The latest update also added a voice translation feature that lets you choose two languages, and translate your voice into the voice as well as text translation. The company is adding support for the U1 chip, which will be able to unlock cars without the need to take your iPhone out of the pocket. Apple has not revealed the exact date for the rollout of this new iOS 14 updates but has said that it will be available later this year. Typically, the new iOS rollout begins in September, just in time for the new iPhone launch. However, it remains to be seen if Apple sticks to the same timeline.