Mobile App Development

How Custom Android Apps benefit Retail Industry

Today, smartphones have become a tool in the hands of entrepreneurs to survive in the competitive market. At times, having an enterprise mobile app is a compelling necessity for the business. Android is a massive platform, which is surfacing as the most demandable and fast-growing in terms of the number of users. From the business viewpoint, developing Android apps for your enterprise will simplify your business operations, and offer you an opportunity to expand.

IT has revolutionized the manner in which the retail industry works. These days, many retail companies are using mobile apps to sell their products. The custom mobile apps can increase the customer engagement with the features like the favorite list, peer reviews, shipment tracking and direct online ordering for their products. It saves your customers from over-crowded malls and facilitates you to deliver products at their home.

M-commerce mobile app can provide the personalized user experience. It enables you to know what your customer needs at the moment, through simple and easy UI.

Below are some of the convincing factors that explain how the Android retail mobile app development turns retailing into comprehensive services:

  1. Enticing shopping experience: In retail mobile apps, you can list your products with all the necessary details, features, and specifications. It enables your customer to make choice between different products, compare their prices, including pictures and videos to show the quality of the product. Using the Android platform, you can target many people as Android users are more than that for an iOS platform.

  2. Personalized services: Android apps offer great solutions to make your customers happy through the deals, discounts, special coupons, and cashback offers specially designed for your loyal customers.

  3. Marketing with cross-promotion: After uploading the product details, you can share them on social media platforms. With the cross-promotion of the products, you can gather more traffic at your store, as well as at your website. With the integration of social media, you can spread your brand across large masses.

  4. Customer Relation Management: With Android retail mobile apps, you can readily handle the complaints, get feedback, and reply to the queries, if any, on your orders. Also, you can send push notifications for the latest updates. Such apps facilitate building a strong and fruitful customer relationship.

With our feature-rich and futuristic custom Android apps, we help you grow your retail business. Our team of dedicated app developers will help you with the ultimate mobile applications for retail industries.

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Mobile App Development

Five Prevailing Trends in iOS Application Development

The App Store is surging with the iOS apps across various categories and the developers strive for coping with the latest trends while developing user-friendly applications. Today, entrepreneurs also have started embracing iOS technology through integrating iOS apps in their system to boost business. In such a scenario, all the iOS app developers need to follow the latest trends to excel in the domain and come up with the innovative and interactive business apps.

Following are the current trends for iOS app development that are used to develop out of the box apps:

  1. IoT-enabled iOS applications: The cloud-based apps introduce us to one of the latest mobile app development trends that gained loads of attraction – the Internet of Things. IoT-based apps take advantage of the cloud platform for storing and accessing the critical company data.
  2. Apps compatible with wearables: Wearable technology is not restricted to the IT industry only, they also serve healthcare industry with quality products. As per a research report of International Data Corporation (IDC), wearables have recorded 20.3% of annual growth rate in 2016. As Apple Watch is gaining ground, iOS apps need to be compatible with wearables.
  3. Touch sensitive iOS applications: After the launch of fingerprint feature in iPhone 5s, companies have started adopting the concept for enhancing device and data security. A touch ID is a feature in the iOS apps to leverage the benefits of fingerprint feature, especially for eCommerce and banking business.
  4. Upgraded UI/UX: The simple and smart navigation-friendly design, layouts, graphics and quality animation can improve the user experience. Upgraded UI/UX also helps developers add the value-added features in custom iOS app development.
  5. GPS addition: Business enterprises are increasingly dependent on GPS for rendering their best services based on the location. The GPS addition in iOS apps is beneficial to provide information, reviews, and price comparison about the services or products as per the consumer’s location.

At Ecosmob, you can explore more about the iOS app solutions and services under the hood of custom iOS app development services and grab the new opportunities for expanding the business.

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Telecommunication

Avail Business-friendly Features of IP PBX Solutions

PBX (Private Branch Exchange) is a private telephone network used within organizations to handle business communications. It permits companies to link employees with customers by utilizing extensions over numerous hard-wired connections. Nowadays, IP PBX systems work mostly the similar way as its traditional twin. The major difference is-IP PBX uses VoIP/IP address instead of hard-wired phone lines.

IP PBX solutions offer unified communication. We can get features like voicemail, fax, unified messaging, conferencing, contact center solutions, mobile accessibility etc. over a single platform with the help of IP PBX solutions.

Several business-friendly features of IP PBX are listed here:

  1. Easy to setup, configure and maintain: It is extremely easy to configure and maintain. It projects a visible business growth & offers resource-intensive features.

  2. Significant cost savings: IP PBX solution uses the VoIP technology for business communication purposes. VoIP can significantly reduce the cost for long distance and local calls.

  3. Web/GUI based configuration: It enables easy administration via a user-friendly web interface. It gives a single-page overview of important information and statistics in real time.

  4. Scalable, reliable and efficient: IP-PBX software solution offers highly scalable business communication solutions. Customers can get a seamless experience with unlimited call access to telecommunication systems from anywhere in the world. The power to establish connectivity between executives, vendors or any other professionals, regardless of the location or distance is what drives the solution above the rest.

  5. A wide array of features: IP PBX solution offers several value-added features like call recording, call routing, conference bridging, music on hold, etc.

Overall, the overheads for an installation of IP PBX is much less than the traditional, hardwired systems. As it is an Internet-based system, it requires no additional hardware or plugins.

The next-gen IP-PBX solutions built by Ecosmob are dynamic and feature-rich telecommunication systems, which are perfect for the enterprise. If you are seeking for multi-tenancy, you are at the right place, we are a leading multi-tenant IP-PBX solution provider and offer cost-effective communication solutions.

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Telecommunication

Manage Long Distance Telecom Traffic with Class 4 Softswitch Solution

The term “Softswitch” is the fancy contraction of “Software” and “Switchboard”. Softswitch is the central device in the communication network. As carrier class servers, they control voice phone calls across circuit-switched and packet switched networks. A Softswitch connects phone calls across the Internet using Internet Protocol by means of software running on general-purpose systems.

Softswitch is analogous with the traditional PSTN (Public Switched Telecommunication Network). A Softswitch can route calls virtually and automatically as per the programming logic without the need for an operator. Now, soft switch routes call using VoIP technology, rather than traditional PSTN, thus it is also called VoIP switch.

Softswitches employed to transmit VoIP traffic between carriers are usually called Class 4 soft switches. They are mostly used to route larger volume of VoIP calls over long distances. They are restricted for long distance telephony only, and known as wholesale solutions. Their most important attributes include protocol support and conversion, an average time of one call routing, transcoding, a number of concurrent calls, calls per second rate etc. Additional benefits of Class 4 Softswitch for VoIP service providers are listed as:

  1. Call/fax routing: Softswitch solutions offer inbound call routing. Though the feature is available for wholesale retail customers, call routing can benefit your business and increase accessibility from different locations. With Class 4 Softswitch, you can also enable fax routing via different fax servers.

  2. Scalability: With the business expansion, network scalability is the ultimate need of your communication system. With our Class 4 softswitch solutions, you can get the customized solutions as per the requirements that ensure the network scalability.

  3. Reduce cost: Class 4 Softswitch solutions reduce a cost of handling calls by load handling. It also boosts the capacity of existing connections by offloading data to IP networks.

Today, VoIP technology is gaining traction across various industry sectors worldwide. More than 70% communications are now making through VoIP rather than traditional telephone, because of its promptness, scalability, and safety. At Ecosmob, we offer you the premium quality, customized Class 4 Softswitch solutions.

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Telecommunication

Conferencing Solutions- The Promoting tool for Recruitment

The crucial stage when you are appearing for the job as a regular employee or as a supervisor is an interview/ HR process. When gaining a job is always the charm but the HR process always panics you and adds the inconvenience of reaching the destination on time. The trepidation of this heart-pounding situation can be reduced a little by the audio, video, and web conferencing solutions.

Conferencing technology enables you to give the interviews as per your comfort, at your own place from the remote location. It helps you finding the internships and getting the virtual (work from home) as well as full-time jobs. These days a lot of companies are utilizing conferencing solutions for the Recruitment process. Even segregated by the geographical boundaries you are near to the millions of job opportunities that are matching your skill set.

We are providing 3 type of the conferencing solutions, namely: Audio conferencing solution, Video conferencing solution, Web conferencing solution.

  1. Audio conferencing establishes the communication link between recruiter and the applicant anywhere around the world without even deploying much data.

  2. Audio conferencing helps an applicant in reducing the fear of interview process.

  3. In order to continue recruitment process, video conferencing solutions are the aptest ones as it details about the audio-visual contact of the candidate.

  4. It enables the candidate to directly show up on the screen and thus eliminates the previous preparation of arrival and waiting in the conference room.

  5. The technical training, meetings, and webinars bring web conferencing solutions into the picture.  

How is conferencing solution beneficial for you?

As an Interviewee:

  • You never like to travel the horizons just to give an interview which may or may not have all the rounds lined up in a single day. This way the conferencing solutions reduces your trouble of physically showing up at the office.

  • Mostly, the simple act of sitting in front of the recruiter make you insipid. But, thanks to audio conferencing for just talking the recruiter without his/her physical presence. This makes up your mind to go for the final face-to-face interview round in the video conferencing.

  • Irrespective of the confirmation of your selection, the traditional recruitment process adds a lot of expenses for the remote locations like travel, food, hotel booking (in the case of divided rounds) etc.

  • There is always a saying “Never put all of your eggs in the single basket”, likewise you will be applying for numerous jobs at the same time rather than relying on one. The conferencing solution will resolve your trouble to attend the back-to-back interviews if any.

  • When you are on the web conferencing/ video conferencing, you can share your documents via network collaboration tools which save you from the trouble of carrying the original documents from place to place.

  • You have the freedom and opportunity to have a conversation with the employer anytime, regardless of the weather conditions.

As a Recruiter:

  • You have the choice to take the interview anywhere and anytime as per your comfort.

  • Even when you are having numerous interviews lined up, conferencing solutions will not create the hindrance in your day-to-day office because of the interviewers appearing for the recruitment process.

  • In case, your co-HR is at some distant location, you both can still conduct the interviews simultaneously without any constraint of location or time zone.

  • Video conferencing enables you to communicate with the remote workers of your company, that enables you to access the greater pool of talent which reduces your turnover and adds value in achieving the target of the company.

  • For conducting the remote training sessions, or meetings without actually gathering in the same office, conferencing provides the best solution. Even some conferencing solutions provide the feature to record and download the conversation so that you can access it later for reference.

Conferencing is the flexible, easy, efficient and tech-savvy idea that is the benefiting solution on both the ends of the employee as well as of the recruiter, and thus makes challenging recruitment process as bit handy and straightforward.

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Mobile App Development

Native App Vs Hybrid App – Which One To Choose?

The use of smartphones and mobile devices to access the web, buy online and interact with others has gone up exponentially in recent times. For any company in any segment, it is a given that they must have an app. However, it takes time to develop apps, sometimes as much as six months and a company could lose out to the competition if it waits for a full-fledged native app for iOs, Windows or Android platforms. They take a shortcut and opt for hybrid apps.

Hybrid and native apps

Hybrid apps may be defined as websites that have been redesigned to function like a native app. Whereas native apps need to be downloaded and installed, hybrid apps use HTML5 and JavaScript and a user does not need to download it. The browser is the platform for functionality. Native apps are built from the ground up on Java and SDKs for Android native app development or Objective-C and Swift tools for the iOS platforms. Native apps, if done right, take advantage of the device functionalities like camera, microphone, GPS and other sensors to offer a more personalized, focused and targeted experience to users. It also allows tracking. Customized mobile app development for the Android or iOS also allows a seamless app that feels just right on that specific platform and enhances usability. Even newbies can learn and use the native app with ease and they are more likely to derive greater satisfaction. Hybrid app development focuses on using the web browser to deliver functionality to the user and it may be more complicated or lack certain features. Clearly, the first choice should be native apps but given the time and expense is it the best under the circumstances?

Priority

The first priority for a company, whether it is offering BI Solutions, online ecommerce, finance, social networking or any other, is to get to the customer, engage and retain him. If time is short then it is recommended that companies first engage specialists for hybrid app development and streamline existing websites to offer a near app like experience on iOS and Android. Such hybrid apps can be launched quickly and help retain a customer. It must be kept in mind that hybrid apps call for data from the server and if traffic is high and bandwidth is low then such apps may load slowly and cause dissatisfaction. The hybrid app may offer a compromise but it does help to reach out to customers while the company also goes in for native app development for iOS and Android. This arrangement could be the best compromise and well worth the extra cost of hybrid app followed by native app. Why spend more money on native mobile app development?

Choose native apps

One of the simplest reasons is that almost all companies are offering native apps and one must follow suit. Native apps developed by experts in native app development offer unprecedented ease of use, fast loading on any mobile device, reliability, security and superior performance. While all these features are important, the user experience counts for a lot too if one wishes that the user keeps the app on his phone and continues to make use of it. Survey shows that 50% of respondents emphasized mobile app performance and performance can only be realized when the app is native.

One might argue that if a hybrid app does not offer extreme ease of use and lacks features of a native app why bother with it all and why not wait a little while longer and launch a full featured, easy to use and better built native app from professional native app development companies? This argument too holds water and it is all up to a company to decide whether it should get to market first and keep customers engaged with a hybrid app (with the risk of dissatisfaction) or if it can afford to wait longer. However, these days, experts in mobile app development can rush through native app development with speed so this should not be much of a problem when it comes to deciding between native and hybrid apps. Ecosmob is one such mobile app development company that offers speed of execution and faultless performance with the accent on great user experience in native apps.

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Telecommunication

Transition to 4G VoLTE Sees Increased Use of Class 5 Softswitch Among Carriers

Telecom operators, especially mobile carriers, the world over are transitioning to 4G and VoLTE services and class 5 softswitches are playing an increasingly important role in their service delivery. While landline calls are routed using hardware and physical switchboards, VoIP wholesale services rely on softswitches to carry out a host of functions.

The class 5 softswitch offers real time voice communication, video calls, conference calls, instant messaging and other features. These features include voice to mail, fax to mail, serial and parallel call forking, call forwarding, voice recording, call blocking or routing and others through an easy to use administrative interface overlaying sophisticated implementation. There are off the rack class 5 softswitch solutions and there are customized softswitch solutions with a world of difference.

Off the shelf solutions have a feature set from which some may or may not be of use to the VoIP wholesale businesses. It does not allow customized inclusion of logos or a menu system or billing facility that is inherent in softswitch solutions. A carrier in a specific location may require customization in routing calls over specific regional or international networks. These may not integrate readily into the existing IT infrastructure. The user telecom operator or VoIP business has to adapt to the packaged software instead of the other way around and this invariably creates dissatisfaction. Further, when it comes to upgrades or services, such readymade packages are not amenable to modification unless the vendor agrees and this may be expensive.

On the other hand, selecting a vendor who offers customization for class 5 softswitch solutions brings in a host of advantages. The developer, ecosmob, for example standardizes implementation of JSON-HAL and HTTPS languages for easy integration with third party application. Billing and accounting processes are customized to suit the user and include facilities for prepaid and postpaid customers with automatic alerts and so on. Monitoring according to the user’s requirement is customized. Vendors ensure that their solution for class 5 softswitch is fully compliant with SIP and XMPP standards. They assist users with implementation and fine-tuning during deployment. As is usual, hindsight provides information on modifications that would improve usage and by selecting a custom software provider, such modifications are carried out with ease. Last but not least, as and when technology changes or upgrades are required, a custom developer is always at hand for seamless support. Use of class 5 switches is increasing and in this scenario it is in the interests of wholesale VoIP businesses that they opt for a custom solution.

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