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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.

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Avastone Technologies LLC 
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Founded in 1986 and located in Orange County, California, Collins Computing is the largest Southern California Gold Certified Microsoft Dynamics partner. Collins Computing is the only Microsoft Dynamics partner to be named to the prestigious Microsoft Inner Circle for 14 years. Exclusively delivering Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains), Microsoft Dynamics AX, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM applications, we've implemented solutions for some of the largest and fastest-growing businesses.IN THE CLOUD OR ON-PREMISE: Whether your business needs the advantages of a cloud-based solution or the security of an on-premise deployment, we can help you make the wisest decision for your company. CONTACT US: Collins Computing is an integrator of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM for over 400 companies worldwide with a focus in Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside and Phoenix, AZ. Collins Computing is here for you.Contact us at info@collinscomputing.com, call 800-943-9211 or visit the website at www.CollinsComputing.com. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: We also work closely with existing Microsoft Dynamics customers to assist you with upgrades, training, or Microsoft Dynamics software support,

 

 

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Turnkey Technologies, Inc. is a Gold Microsoft Dynamics ERP, Gold Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Exchange, Silver Microsoft Platform Hosting and Cloud Accelerate partner servicing local, regional, national and international customer since being founded by Chris Gherardini in 1994. Turnkey has established itself as a client focused information technology solutions provider.Our team has been built with top-notch professionals that provide our clients with high value end-to-end analysis, implementation, deployment, customization, integration, training and support services. Our clients span multiple industries; as such we take pride in our ability to understand and speak our clients’ business language, creating an efficient line of communication.Today, Turnkey provides off-the-shelf business application software along with consulting and software development services to a wide range of satisfied clients. Our clients represent various industries such as financial services, healthcare, distribution, manufacturing, service, construction, oil & gas, aviation, government and others.If you are considering new accounting software, upgrading your existing system, or if you currently use Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains), Microsoft Dynamics AX or Microsoft Dynamics CRM and want the best local support and training, contact sales@turnkeytec.com or go to www.turnkeytec.com today!

 

 

SP Marketplace 
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Type:  ISV
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SP Marketplace (SharePoint Marketplace) is a provider of business software applications built on Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365. These templates include IT Help Desk, CRM, Intranet Portal and Employee Self Service applications.

 

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