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9/8/2010 12:35 PM RssIcon

By Suzanne Ginsburg

Less than one year ago, most of my clients were requesting iPhone app design.  Today they are still asking for iPhone app design but many also say, “Do you do Android, too?”  Most of them plan to start with one platform, see how things go, and then decide whether to invest in the second platform.  This roll-out strategy is often tied into engineering costs.  Since few developers possess the coding skills required for each platform—Objective C for iPhone and Java for Android—it’s often necessary to hire two development teams. But what about design?

Would I, too, have to do twice the work when designing for the iPhone and Android?  And what will happen if the Windows, Palm, and Blackberry app stores take off?  Would I have to do five times the work?  This dilemma reminded of the “browser wars” back in 1996, when Netscape and Microsoft used to hire evangelists to teach design and coding for their respective browsers.  Eventually these proprietary standards were replaced with industry-wide standards but it didn’t happen overnight.

Many say the same will be true of the different smartphone platforms, that they’ll eventually be replaced with something like HTML 5.  This could happen at some point, but we’re not there yet.  HTML 5 works well for “web apps” and “hybrid apps.”  “Web apps” look very much like native apps but they can’t access device data and hardware such as the user’s contacts, the photo library, voice recording, and device movement. In contrast, “hybrid apps,” which provide access to web content through a web viewing area, can access the device hardware and include native user interface elements.  Companies like PhoneGap provide tools to simplify cross-platform development for hybrid apps.  Using these tools, developers can create apps that are nearly identical across platforms.  This may be effective for certain apps, e.g., games, but productivity apps, e.g., email, may want to customize the UI for each platform.

So we’re back to the dilemma: do designers have to do twice the work to create native apps for the iPhone and Android?  Based on my recent analysis, I came to this conclusion: the app definition and concept phases would be very similar regardless of platform, but the app refinement and production phases would require adaptions to create full-fledged native apps for each platform.  The remainder of this article discusses these differences based on these four phases: Definition, Exploration, Refinement, Production.

Read more here.

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Rose Business Solutions 
Office Location:  San Diego, California, United States
Type:  Reseller,Training Firm,VAR
Industry Focus:  ERP, CRM, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Not For Profit, Distribution, Hosting, Retail


Rose Business Solutions is the leading business solutions provider for emerging middle market companies with $1 million to $500 million in annual revenues. Our solutions extend from the back to the front office and include the leading Microsoft-based Enterprise Resource Planning/Accounting (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Professional Services Automation (PSA) applications. During the last 20 years, the company has assisted over 400 companies with over 4000 end users in multiple industries and multiple countries and has grown to be one of the nations largest Microsoft value added reseller for business solutions.

 

 

Congruent Software Inc. 
Office Location:  Bellevue, Washington, United States
Type:  Systems Integrator,VAR,Other
Industry Focus:  IT consulting services


Congruent, a Microsoft gold certified partner is a Global IT Services company which specializes in providing outsourced software development and systems integration services to ISVs and Fortune 500 companies alike. Being the single source for all your business technology needs, Congruent is headquartered at Seattle, Washington with its offshore development center based at Chennai, India.

 

 

The Resource Group 
Office Location:  Renton, , United States
Type:  Reseller,VAR
Industry Focus:  Wholesale/Distribution Industries:Our long-time experience with both the distribution industry and Microsoft Dynamics GP ensures you have a solution that is automated so you can ultimately sell and ship more products to your customers. Our specialty is working with companies that distribute consumer goods, food and beverages.Software Subscription CompaniesBusinesses in the software industry face many day-to-day challenges. The most common are related to fast growth and constant change. Significant employee and revenue growth can take years for many traditional businesses. However, high technology firms can experience this type of growth in months. As such, you need a business software solution that deploys quickly, changes structure easily, and can scale as volume increases. The Resource Group has helped numerous clients grow in this industry by implementing Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle important business needs such as deferred revenue and recurring billing.Healthcare for Medical Laboratories, Multiple Facility Clinics and Assisted Living:Healthcare organizations face many challenges today. Having a solid financial software solution that helps keep costs down and efficiencies high is essential. The Resource Group provides software solutions that help healthcare organizations operate at top efficiency so they can focus on their core business of providing excellent care and service. We work with a variety of healthcare providers and specialize in serving:Multi-Site ClinicsAssisted Living / Long Term Care FacilitiesMedical Laboratories


The Resource Group assists clients in gaining valuable business insights enabling their financial systems to become a competitive advantage. We leverage our knowledge of finance, technology and the engineering process to confidently deliver rock solid implementations to companies.We can help your organization scale to new heights by assisting in pre-sales evaluation, implementation planning and execution, as well as on-going support and services around the Microsoft Dynamics® GP solution. Our dedication ensures that your organization chooses a solution that meets your needs and future plans.

 

 

HighJump TrueCommerce EDI Solutions 
Office Location:  Cranberry Township, , United States
Type:  ISV
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Channeltivity 
Office Location:  Charlotte, , United States
Type:  Other
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Channeltivity is the world's most user-friendly Partner Relationship Management (PRM) SaaS solution for global companies. We make channel management easy.

 

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