Mobile Application Development 2018-04-25T04:20:04+00:00

Mobile Application Development – Native and Cross Platform Apps for Businesses and Consumers

Go mobile to reach your customers anytime, anywhere

You need to be where your customers are, and more and more of your customers are using mobile devices. Mobile apps provide the best experience for your customers and prospects to interact with your brand. We’ll work closely with you to create, publish, promote, and maintain engaging mobile apps that meet the needs of both your organization and your customers. Whether you’re looking to publish rich content or develop a mobile commerce platform, we’ll apply our expertise in developing apps for mobile phones and tablets for all platforms.

We are experts in cross-platform technologies like Xamarin and ReactJS – helping keep development time and costs down. And if you need complex integrations – with, for instance, ERP services, authentication services, third party data services and the like, then there can be no better partner than us.

FEATURED WORK

Pearson System of Courses - K-12 Mobile App

Pearson System of Courses – Bringing Digital Content to K-12 Classrooms

Pearson System of Courses - K-12 Mobile App
Pearson System of Courses - Early Learners Mobile App

Pearson System of Courses for Early Learners – Digital Content and Apps for K-1 Education

Pearson System of Courses - Early Learners Mobile App
HR Mobile Apps Connected to SAP

DiscoverSimple HR – Integrated Mobile Apps for Human Resource Teams

HR Mobile Apps Connected to SAP
Fresh Direct Mobile Apps for Grocery Shopping
Online Grocery Store – Porting Mobile Apps to Xamarin Cross-Platform Technology
Fresh Direct Mobile Apps for Grocery Shopping
NY State Monuments Mobile Apps

New York State Monuments – Mobile Apps as Tourist Guides

NY State Monuments Mobile Apps
My Air Force Life Mobile Apps

My Air Force Life – Social Mobile App for Air Force Veterans and Families

My Air Force Life Mobile Apps
SkyM8 - In flight social connections

SkyM8 – In-flight social networking app

SkyM8 - In flight social connections

TECHNOLOGY STACK

Some of the frameworks and tools that our development teams have used recently. A list that grows by the day.

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Apple WWDC 2020: One Seamless Ecosystem

July 1st, 2020|Categories: AI, NLP, Machine Learning, Mobile Development, News and Announcements|

Image credits: Apple 

The announcements from this year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference can be summed in three wordsefficiencyconsistency, and control. As software and app developers, Quantilus is keenly interested in Apple’s vision as it determines what we are able to create and build for clients on Macs, iPhones, and iPads. New features and capabilities mean new possibilities. The news with the most impact relates to the Mac but has broader implications across iPhone and iPad in the future.  

Custom-built Apple CPU: A Monumental Shift 

The significant announcement—and certainly the one with the most buzz—is Apple’s plan to transition Mac products from Intel processors to its homegrown ARM-based chips called Apple SiliconThe new silicon chips are similar to the processors Apple uses for iPhones and iPads. Apple plans to release the first siliconpowered Mac by the end of 2020, with the full transition of the entire Mac product line occurring over the next two years. But not to worry, Apple will continue to support and release new Intel-powered Macs for years to come, so it’s not exclusive (at least for now). It does send a clear message that Apply will not rely on Intel moving forward. The move will end Apple’s dependence on a third-party CPU, which tended to dictate what, when, and how of its product lineup. Apple will now have complete control and will reap efficiencies with the integration of hardware, software, and services across its entire family of products. As a result, Apple can build better products across the board.  

So, what does this all mean for developers, clients, and end-users? The fact that iOS and iPadOS apps can run natively on silicon-powered Macs is a key benefit because an app can now work across all devices. One common and scalable architecture across all the Apple devices makes it easier for developers to create software across Mac laptops/desktops (MacOS), iPhones (iOS), and iPads (iPadOS), which equates to reduced time and costs. Additionally, the new processors are faster and offer higher performance at lower power consumption, which means better processing, improved graphics performance, and longer battery life—all valuable features for end-users.  

MacOS Big Sur: Bridging the Gap 

Touted by Apple as the biggest design update since MacOS X, the release of Big Sur (MacOS 11) offers refreshed designs for all apps on the system, including calendar, notes, podcasts, and music. The new operating system also boasts a revamped Safari browser with improved tab management capabilities, new privacy features, browser extensions, and built-in language translationOther notables include updates to Messages that offer better conversation management and group messaging options and a redesigned Maps app featuring Guides from trusted sources and 360-degree views of destinations.  

More so than the new visual look, Big Sur represents Apple’s vision of a consistent experience across its family of productsIt is a look that Apple describes as “entirely new but instantly familiar.” While the modern user interface and user experience are new to the Mac, one can’t help to notice that it looks like iOS on a computerAdditionally, the unique experience of Big Sur includes some features, such as widgets, messages, and guides, touted in the next release in the fall for iOS and iPadOSThe underlying theme is a cohesive experience across devices for Apple customersThe average American household owns 2.6 Apple products, and that number jumps to 4.7 products for affluent households. Consequently, the familiarity here is a positive takeaway because of the universal apps and features means that the user experience is consistent. Users will not need to learn how to do the same task different way on a different device.     

iOS14 and iPadOS 14: Improved usability and access 

The news for iPhones and iPads focused on updates to system software. Apple’s next iOS and iPadOS release in the fall will offer users new and improved usability, features, and experiences with their phones and tablets. All great news for the 193 million iPhone users in the United States.  

Apple has wholly rethought apps management and organization on the iPhone. Common user frustrations are addressed, and app content will be served and customized to the user thanks to on-device machine learning. Consequently, developers, clients, and end-users will have better access and visibility for installed and/or frequently used apps.  

The new capabilities to look forward to with iOS14 include: 

  • WidgetsWidgets—offering timely content at a glance—can be added to the home screen based on your interests. Additionally, smartstack will surface the widget you’ll want to use next based on the user’s behavioral patterns of activity, time, and location. 
  • App Library: The new App Library will put an end to the endless sifting and search for apps across multiple screens. App Library will organize all the apps into smart folders  and in an easier-to-navigate view. And, like the widgets, the App Library will organize and predictively serve up the apps when you need it. 
  • Compact Call User Interface: No more full-screen takeovers while on a call or using Siri.  A new compact design for these interactions allows simultaneous access and use of your screen Additionally, picture-in-picture comes to the iPhone, allowing for multitasking while on a Facetime call or watching a video. Users now will be able to Facetime chat with friend about where to go for dinner while searching for restaurants on Google 
  • App Clips: Looking to pay for your parking or coffee with an app? App Clips allow users access to certain parts of product or service apps without downloading the full app through scan of App Clip code, QR code, or NFC tags. To leverage this capability, developers need only to create a clip under 10MB in size and ideally use sign-in with Apple and Apple Pay to ensure the user won’t need to login or create an account.  
  • Updated Messages: The new features for Messages offer better management, control, and communications. With the new release, users will be able to pin messages, seamlessly keep up with group threads, and further customize images, emojis, and Memojis.  

Most of the new capabilities in iOS14 apply to iPadOS 14, so best to focus on what’s going to make the iPad experience even better and users more productive and creative. These include:  

  • New Search Tool: With a new streamlined user interface, search on the iPad will look and perform much like that on a MacAdditionally, search on iPad will be more comprehensive and capable of finding anything on your device or on the internet. This indicates further convergence between the iPad and the Mac.  
  • Scribble: Apple Pencil users will be thrilled to know that their handwritten text will now automatically convert to typed text when scribed in any text field. Write a response with Apple Pencil to a text in Messages or a keyword search in Safari. Additionally, on-device machine learning will enable the iPad to distinguish between handwriting and drawing. Notetakers can now easily select, cut, and paste handwritten notes as typed text in documents.  
  • Enhance Augmented Reality: A new ARKit will allow developers to create augmented reality apps with such depth and precision that experiences will seem even more real. The capability will impact the ability to accurately depict virtual try-on experiences, interior design, and more. And the introduction of Location Anchors will allow developers to pin their AR experiences to a specific location anywhere in the world.  

The Bottom Line 

Picture a line representing user experience with Mac at one endpoint and iPhone/iPad at the other endpoint. Now, picture each endpoint moving toward one another, inching closer and closer togetherThe implications point to complete convergence in the future across Mac, iPad, and iPhone experiences. And while these will continue to be separate products with different use cases, it signals a warm welcome for those users who have use for two or all three products 

For Apple, getting consumers to buy into the ecosystem is what it’s all about. Luckily, the experience will be seamless for the consumers who do.  

 

How Social Distancing Guidelines will Accelerate Adoption of Existing Technologies

June 19th, 2020|Categories: AI, NLP, Machine Learning, Emerging Tech - AR, Cloud, Blockchain, Mobile Development|Tags: , , |

As the reopening phase continues to accelerate across the globe, people and businesses are entering the beginning of a new normal with social distancing, health, and safety moving to the forefront of technology. The adoption of emerging digital tools that can help promote social distancing guidelines and limit pandemic spread is increasing every day, so here are few that you should know about:

CompanyTRAK

In cooperation with the CDC, many states require specific measures to be taken by businesses beginning to reopen their workplace. CompanyTRAK is one digital solution that is leading the way in contact tracing and social distancing technology.

CompanyTRAK’s solution would trace employee interaction within a building with the use of Bluetooth scanners and geofencing. Employees would receive notifications when they move within the 6-foot distance that the CDC recommends or if they’ve come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Another daily exercise that may become a new normal for workers across the United States is called Self-Declaration. This tool would allow companies to ask employees COVID-19 related questions daily (such as temperature) to help the employee understand if they’re prepared to go into the office or work from home.

Pending a patent, CompanyTRAK will help companies reach new regulation requirements that many states are now enforcing.

NOVID

Another solution is utilizing sound and echoes to help promote social distancing guidelines. NOVID points out that Bluetooth and GPS technologies can provide inaccurate measurements at times, and their solution uses ultrasonic technology and a phone’s microphone to listen to inaudible sounds.

While some might worry about the potential privacy infringement with increased Bluetooth technology, location tracking, or voice recording, NOVID suggests their solution doesn’t record any audio in the human voice range.

Wearables

Wearables are an existing technology that is finding another use to help with social distancing guidelines. Some applications, in particular, can monitor and alert people within six feet of each other in a workplace by equipping a wearable device. Estimote created a wearable device that works out of the box, keeps track of social distancing stats, is connected to a local and secure database, and can immediately report the health status of employees. The employer, meanwhile, has access to a contact tracing dashboard, tracking each device.

Also, Amazon recently announced a pilot in which they’ll be testing wearables that will send alerts to workers when they might violate rules that encourage social distancing in the warehouse. The wearable features a plastic sleeve, LED lights, and an audio system.

Contactless ATMs

An area of concern for financial institutions is supporting customers with new technology that will provide for their current safety concerns when they’re in contact with their bank.

 In a recent interview with ATM Marketplace, Simon Powley, head global advisor consultant for Diebold Nixdorf, echoed how customers feel right now: “You want your customers to be safe. You want to leverage devices that can be kept clean. You want to set up contactless transactions at an ATM or pre-stage them through a mobile phone.”

So what’s an example of the technology Simon Powley mentioned? The scenario of this type of contactless ATM transaction might include walking up to an ATM and being able to connect your phone’s banking app to the nearby ATM. In this scenario, you’d never have to touch the ATM to deposit checks or to take cash out.

Three Indian banks recently started testing contactless ATMs that featured QR codes for customers to access the ATM through their mobile devices. All PINs and cash amounts can be entered through a mobile banking application.

Contactless Elevators

Another Indian company, TechMax Solution, has been working on a touchless elevator panel for any store, office, or residential buildings. The panel “buttons” are activated when pointed at from about half an inch’s distance. Also, the panel can be added next to current button layouts, so there’s no need for building managers to worry about switching out the technology in the elevator.

From social distancing guidelines monitored from mobile devices to never needing to use your hands on communal surfaces again, the adoption of existing technology is accelerating across the globe in several industries. With this movement comes the new priority of creating efficient solutions that promote the health and safety of the user. The new normal in technology was on its way already, but recent events have the adoption of this technology a necessity.

Learn more about what Quantilus has to offer here.

Launch Announcement: InnerView – the Definitive Recruitment and Staffing Podcast

February 4th, 2019|Categories: Mobile Development, News and Announcements, Web Development, Marketing, SEO|

We are tremendously excited to announce the launch of InnerView – the Definitive Podcast driving thought leadership in the recruitment and staffing industry. InnerView is a collaboration between the teams at Quantilus, eNamix (https://enamix.com), and Appliqant (https://appliqant.com).

You can check out the latest episodes of the podcast and subscribe at: https://innerview-podcast.com.

To listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/innerview/id1451081544?mt=2

To listen and subscribe on Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ikjemzybzn7yspqerbqhzkc2ecq?t=InnerView

To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=364342&refid=stpr

To listen and subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkQ5WpwNDmcHPHsoGCYE1fg

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Mobile App Development Company

October 29th, 2018|Categories: Mobile Development|Tags: , |

Whether you’ve got a large company with dozens or hundreds of employees, or a smaller business that employs only a few other people, a content management system (CMS) makes life easier, more organized, and manageable.

Content Management Systems Defined

To better understand how a CMS really can increase your company’s profitability, it makes sense to understand what it is and how it works. At its most basic element, a CMS facilitates people’s ability to more efficiently manage content. Some companies use internal, proprietary CMS while others opt for licensed, internet-based software to operate websites. The software enables the creation, editing, and publishing of a wide range of content that includes text, images, videos, and forms on websites.

How content management systems work

PHP, Perl, and Python are the languages typically used to program CMS, which are hosted locally, on company servers, or online. Generally, these systems support the very widespread MySQL database system.

Although each particular system has its own “flavor,” they share more similarities than differences. Users can define, edit, and arrange individual content modules like texts and images, for example, using HTML or WYSIWYG editors (what you see is what you get). These editors make website design very easy.

Current popular content management systems

Among some of today’s more popular CMS are the following:

WordPress (Open Source, uses PHP, MySQL)

This very cost-effective CMS is fairly easy to use, so you’ll also save money on upkeep and maintenance if you or an employee is capable of updating your site’s content. It’s easily accessible and updatable—all you need is internet access anywhere, anytime. The CMS is SEO-friendly, and when you use WordPress to build a website, you’ve got instant availability to simple, constant codes that facilitates Google indexing. You can also customize each page to focus SEO campaigns on high-converting pages, for example, to rank higher in search engines.

WordPress offers syndication, which is a highly efficient method of earning inbound links to your site. New content—like blog posts—can go automatically to an RSS feed. That option makes it easier for other people to syndicate the content you generate across directories and other websites. The CMS also includes responsive web technology, which means your site’s pages adapt to fit whatever devices on which they’re viewed.

If you choose to add plugins, WordPress makes it easy. Not sure of a new feature? The site has a healthy community of users happy to share experiences and advice. And since the system operates on a universal, open source platform, it’s easy to transition its maintenance from one person (or firm) to another.

Joomla (Open Source, uses PHP, MySQL)

This CMS is also a community-driven project and is the second-largest global open source CMS. It’s used by eBay and IKEA, Harvard, and the UN Regional Information Center for Western Europe. It’s easier to use because it requires minimal expertise in coding and programming. The graphical user interface allows people to easily change colors, layouts, fonts, and features with no coding needed. On the other hand, if you do want to add a customized tweak, you can use the built-in override system to modify the system’s templates.

This CMS works well for simple and high-performing sites and looks less like a blogging platform. Since it’s a “light” PHP framework, web developers can write web and command line applications using PHP. It allows users to create multiuser and interactive websites like online storefronts, social networking sites, and e-commerce sites. WordPress still dominates with the number of plugins and themes it offers, but Joomla has nearly 8,000 of its own plugins, templates, components, library, language, modules, and packages.

Joomla’s built-in SEO tools come ready to use immediately and include keyword planning and monitoring, metadata creation and modification, sitemap generations, menu creation, robot exclusions, and support for SEO-friendly URLs. Some of the optional extensions also provide URL redirection functions, link management, native analytics, and browser standardizations.

A potential drawback to this CMS is its user interface’s degree of complexity, which is higher than WordPress’s. There’s a bit of a learning curve and it’s not as intuitive; however, many companies that use it feel it’s worth the time to learn it.

Drupal (Open Source, uses PHP, MySQL/MariaDB/PostgreSQL/SQLite/Oracle, MSSQL)

Drupal is the third-most popular global CMS because it’s reliable and stable. Its flexibility makes it a popular option for a wide variety of websites including community portal sites, intranet/corporate sites, blogs/art/portfolio/music/multimedia sites, e-commerce, resource directories, and social networking.

It includes a good degree of functionality that include polls management, a graphics modification tool, user management, and advanced menu management. Site admins can create new user accounts easily, divide users into groups, give assignments, and establish permission rights.

It’s a very scalable CMS which allows easy integration of the modules with its core. It includes over 29,000 modules and over 1,000 themed templates. The system’s structure enables users to categorize content through URL addresses, paths, and customized lists, which makes it easy to manage, search, and even reuse content. It offers a very large selection of customizable attributes in features, operation, layout, and design. Facebook, Twitter, and Google analytics provide an extensive API support system, and it’s also SEO-friendly, like the other two major CMS.

Also like Joomla, this CMS is mobile ready and doesn’t require special programming to adjust the website view based on the device on which users view the site. It does, however, require more advanced knowledge to install and modify, and if you’ve got a very large website, the script generates a large server load which slows it down more than WordPress.

Is it really worth it to use a content management system?

A CMS helps users to manage sites—a real benefit for sites that see a high volume of content. Users don’t need to be crackerjack programmers, either. There’s no need to access a website’s code; instead, the CMS include tools that are fairly intuitive to use. WordPress is, by all accounts, the easiest to learn whereas Drupal does require at least some basic coding/programming knowledge.

The three largest CMS also have a robust online community forum from which to seek advice and additional components to customize the system to an individual business’s specific needs.

Still not sure?

If you agree with the following questions, chances are, your company would benefit from using a CMS-based website:

  • My company updates its website content often.
  • My company’s website includes more than 10 pages.
  • My company regularly outsources website updates to third parties.
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