Google offers new video calling app called Duo

Carpe Diem with the launch of Google Duo, a new video calling app for Android and iOS users. According to the principal software engineer, Justin Uberti, the new Google App Duo is mobile-only and developed to be Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC). It has taken away a plethora of hurdles behind video calling.

Duo has assured fewer dropped calls, and even supports handing off calls to and from Wi-Fi and cellular connections. It is easily available to download from Google Play and Apple’s App Store for Android as well as Apple users respectively. It is great that you don’t have to make a separate account, nor use a Google account for using Google Duo.

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The application was unveiled at Google’s I/O 2016 developer conference and was further available in private beta for a summer launch. It is a great opportunity for android app development newbies to know that Duo has been focused on mainly three areas. They are:

Simplicity

The new Google app Duo has been developed with the focus to make the calling experience as simple as possible. It is, for this reason, there is no need for the user to make a new account. It is also blessed with a new interface. It taps easily to make a call and answer anyone at ease. All in all, we can say everything is focused on getting you into a call as quickly as possible.

The best part is that, if a user navigates away from a call, the video will automatically stop. In short, if you can’t see yourself, the person you’re also calling can’t see you.

Speed and reliability

Before the Google Duo development, the team at Google worked hard to understand different network topologies. They had spent hours to understand different network topologies, ensuring to degrade the call gracefully when packets drop.

A lot of emphases was given on handing off between the various networks. For instance, Duo tries to switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call. Wow! It means the user can call either from home or in office premises and can stay connected even if get out of Wi-Fi range.

If the app doesn’t have two connections simultaneously; it simply monitors to see if a better connection is available. Most of the time, the app prefer using Wi-Fi. The app switch to cellular if Wi-Fi degrades or gets out of range.

Making the app feel human

The last ultimate goal was to get the app out of the way. It focuses on the other person and connects with them. It is enriched with a great feature called Knock Knock. It helps the users to see a live video of your caller before you pick up. But it is important to note here that, Knock Knock only works for people in your contacts. For Android devices, the great app operates on the lock screen while on iPhone you have to be in the app to see the video preview.

I hope you liked the features of Google Duo explained here. It isn’t going to replace your existing video app completely, but it can be a noteworthy contender in near future.

Apple Music For Android is Officially Ready After Spending a Long Time in Beta Version

Last year, there was a great buzz about Apple subscription music service to Android users. But now Apple is all set to launch its new product for the masses. This is great news for those Android users who had subscribed to Apple’s paid music, as now the Android version is out of beta. It is now available on the play store, and can be said that it is officially released for everyone. The new launch coexists with the latest release of the Apple Music Android update which brings the app to version 1.0. This has added some essential changes to Apple’s latest Android app and has further motivated for mobile app development.

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It is now expected that the Apple music for Android will boost equalizer setting as well as unnamed performance, playback and stability improvements. The equalizer settings were not initially ported from iOS platform because it is not present in the original version of the application and can be found in the settings of iOS application.

It has given users maximum control over the manner in which they play content purchased through Apple Music and iTunes. Isn’t it great that you can yourself adjust the bass and other levels of music types, such as classical or rock? Not only this, the new Apple Music for Android will also be offering a home screen widget, which will allow you to play and download music to an SD card. The app is also recently updated with video playback and family plan features. It is nothing but an advanced music recommendation system. All in all, we can say if you’re using the iOS version of Apple Music you’ll probably be more happy with its Android port.

Apple Music for Android in Beta testing was for approximately one year which has polished the expectations of the users. Although it is a rare move for Apple, which has typically restricted its services to the iPhone or iPad users. Of course, Apple is not alone in the race! There are many competitors such as Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, who are focusing on music-streaming business. Therefore, one potential way out for Apple Music to flourish and convince Android users is to switch to iOS and purchase music from iTunes.

Wrapping up

Apple music has swept many people. In June 2016, it was discovered that Apple has signed up 15 million paid subscribers a year after its launch, which is pretty good! But it is still very far away from its competitors like Spotify who have pooled 30 million of subscribers in half a year. It is great that both the companies, i.e., Apple and Spotify give free trials to its users, but just for three months and a month respectively.

Currently, it has 3.3 ratings on Google Play Store and found several bugs like unexpected crashes, music not found, etc. It is soon expected that Apple will respond to these complaints. Till then, for those who are enjoying it, let your music play!

Unravelling the Prime Tips of UX Designing In Mobile Apps

With the burgeoning smartphone technology, UX plays a vital role in the mobile application success. It has excellently intensified user satisfaction and has put more efforts on its usability and accessibility. A mobile app is considered successful only after creating an impressive design or adding enhanced functionality. Therefore, it is well said, that a perfect mobile application is a combined effort of several factors. In which, UX revolves around application’s screen sizes and hardware specifications.

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Therefore, it has become crucial for mobile app development companies to focus on developing a widely compatible, qualitative as well as performance centric mobile applications for the users. So here in this post, we have discussed some important UX strategies that may assist you in the mobile app development and can help you to produce a perfect mobile app model.

1. Research, Research, Research

Before diving deep into mobile application development, it is significant to understand what does your market demands. You cannot simply put down your head, and start building. Understand whether there is a need for such application or not. Is your market big enough to earn money? Who are the competitors? Research and analysis may help you in making assumptions.

 2. Listen to the viewpoint of every user

Listen closely to the feedback you receive from everyone you test or pitch. But never feedback from each individual piece of feedback. Take your time to judge over the arguments. It is necessary to do this, or else your product will suffer from lack of focus.

 3. Don’t get Settle on Compromises

It is not always necessary that you’re happy with the results, or flow or designs. But it is the best what you can do for your users. Right? But we would suggest, never time limit your creative process. Try to keep your user experience or design in the front seat of your app vehicle. Don’t be scared of trying it harder than the next time unless you get what you’re looking for. Make sure to give yourself enough time to test and play around with different ideas, flows, and wireframes.

 4. Stay Focused

At the time of developing a mobile app, it is paramount to stay focused. It is well said that it is very easy to lose focus on the product but plenty of days passes on to perform other necessary start-up roles. So forget that there is nothing to market nor sell anything without an impressive and valuable product.

 5. Focus on Simplicity

Always remember, most of the new users are interested in smooth and seamless functionality rather than its appearance. Make sure to offer straightforward in-app purchase, faster registration, etc. Remember, to focus on what your users are expecting and how you can meet their expectations with your mobile application. Avoid adding the unrequired information within your application, or it might mess up your app’s design.

 Conclusion

So, that’s it for now! Hope that the strategies covered in this post will assist you in maximizing the user experience of your target mobile customers.