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12Sep

After much anticipation, we all witnessed the launch of the iPhone 6 just a few days back, and they even had one more surprise in store. It seems Apple has finally made the leap into the wearable technology market by launching their very own Apple Watch. The watch will be available in three different versions, the stainless steel watch, aluminum watch Sport and 18kt gold Apple Watch edition.

apple watchApple Watch design

If you watched the launch or saw the pictures online, you already know how sophisticated and attractive the Apple Watch is. The device is protected with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and features a curved touchscreen display. It is beautifully finished with a highly polished space black stainless steel case. Similar to normal watches, the Apple Watch has a button on the side of the dial that they call the ‘digital crown’. The crown allows you to navigate through the watch seamlessly, as well as functioning as the home button. Don’t like the strap, no worries. Six different straps will also be available, each with a quick-remove clasp.

“Apple introduced the world to several category-defining products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press release. “And once again Apple is poised to captivate the world with a revolutionary product that can enrich people’s lives. It’s the most personal product we’ve ever made.”

Apple Watch features

Apple has also launched their groundbreaking healthkit platform with iOS8, so it’s only right that the Apple Watch has health and fitness capabilities. By using built-in sensors, the Apple Watch can track your movement, heart rate and activity. The data downloads directly on to Apple’s health app for review and analysis. Not only does it measure your heart rate, the watch also counts your steps and how many calories you’ve burned, which is a great feature that allows you to keep track of your long-term fitness goals.

I think one of the best features I appreciate is the wireless charging with the use of an inductive charging pad that connects magnetically to the back of the watch. Along with its health and fitness capabilities, the Apple watch is set up to take messages, emails, directions, and they have also included our friendly companion, Siri. If you watched the launch, you would have also seen another cool feature that allows you to draw to your friends using the new digital touch system for quick communication.

“We’ve set up to make the best watch in the world. One that is precise. It’s synced with a universal time standard,” says Tim Cook.

applewatchesCompetition?

If there is one thing that could jeopardise how many Apple Watch are sold, is the fact that you have to be connected to an iPhone to use it. The Gear S, one of the watches out of many developed by Samsung will be released in October. And, unlike the Apple Watch, the Gear S will be equipped with 3G connectivity; thus acting as a separate device, which allows you to make and receive calls.

It’s worth the wait

We are all eagerly awaiting the release of the Apple Watch, though no exact date has been set. The expected retail price of the Apple Watch will be starting at $349, and we won’t expect to see it on the market until early 2015. Until then we’ll just rely on Tim Cook’s promise, “it’s worth the wait.”

12Sep

Everyone has been excited looking forward to the launch of the iPhone 6. When they did launch, Apple introduced two new phones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. The two new editions are thinner and host a myriad of features, such as faster camera, faster processor and faster payment made possible with Apple Pay. And, with a smooth metal finish and retina HD display, the iPhone 6 comes beautifully designed. With all their new features and the release of the iOS 8, the iPhone 6 has been a cause for worry for the 9 million developers currently registered with Apple.

iphone 6 goldThe bigger the better

One of the more noticeable aspects of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the size of the screen. The iPhone 6 stands tall compared to its predecessors at 4.7 inches, whilst the iPhone 6 Plus at 5.5 inches. They’ve also upgraded the display to what they’re calling Retina HD with a 326ppi density and 750 x 1334 pixels resolution for the iPhone 6 and 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution for the iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone 6 for game developers

You will be wondering how the new iPhones will be affecting the gaming industry. Now, most developers will be concerned about the size of the new screens, perhaps all of their 9 million registered developers. Should they be concerned? Well, not that much. No need to redo your apps to match the size of the new screens. Thanks to the iOS 8 platform, and a desktop-class scaler, apps will automatically adjust to various screen sizes. But no good deed goes unpunished: even if X-code allows apps to adjust to various sizes, iPhone 6 features like horizontal viewing will require some work. Phil Schiller, Apple’s Marketing Chief displayed how well it works with the CNN app.

The 64-bit A8 processor has a 25% speed boost and a 50% increase in graphics performance. The iPhone 6 Plus has 285% more pixels than the iPhone 5s, which is quite a substantial amount. Additionally, Apple is introducing Metal in iOS 8, an optimization in the operating system that allows developers to get “closer to the metal” when coding. It is also meant to eliminate many performance blocks that are found in traditional graphics APIs. Developers and publishers like EA, Square Enix, Ubisoft and many other “traditional” players in the industry are all more than happy to partner with Apple.

Developers can also take advantage of the updated resolution and display size in other ways. They can make use of features like ‘reachability, which allows users to double tap the TouchID to bring up their notifications. It’s only fair considering the larger screen, so smart features like this will allow users to work seamlessly on the phone with just one hand.

iPhone 6App Extensions

Lets not forget the groundbreaking healthkit platform that allows devices to connect via Bluetooth to the platform to track health data. This is all made possible with Apple’s new operating system feature, app extensions. This is a huge opportunity for app developers. App extensions allow third-party application to talk and work with each other. Developers can now build apps for wearable devices that are linked with the healthkit platform. The health app industry is set to increase rapidly thanks to this, and it is the best time for Developers to take advantage of this.

The above features will allow app developers to adjust their apps to iPhone 6 easily with minimal tweaking. There are many new features developers can take advantage of, and we can expect to see many of them producing game-changing apps.  The iOS 8 is Apple’s biggest change yet, since the introduction of the App Store in 2008, so it’s time to make use of all the new installments in the game.

Apps for iOS8 are already starting appear in the market. If you too want to develop an app, here are some iOS 8 templates you can use:  Swipe the Arrows Blueprint, Just Avoid Them, Avoid the Dots and Timberman Ultimate.

12Sep

Technology has become part of our lives; we can’t live without it, and daily advancements in technology is changing the way we do things altogether. As humans, we are always looking for ways to make our lives easier and more productive in the hope of becoming a more efficient person, a dream that is shared by many. The fire had the lighter, for water we have taps and progress in the automotive industry took away our necessity to walk. Now in the 21st Century, you can add reading the newspaper to the ever-growing list of tasks technology has replaced. Yes, that’s right, you can now be informed about the latest headlines and stories, and you won’t even have to read one word. Shocking news? Well, Israel based Wibbitz in their latest iPhone update allows you to convert text from articles into a beautiful video of the story.

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How does Wibbitz work?

Launched by Zohar Dayan and Yotam Cohen, Wibbitz uses a proprietary algorithm that draws in articles from every news source to create an outstanding 60 – 120 seconds video of a story. It does this by pulling videos, images and clips from various articles and then by combining this with siri, you can have your phone telling you the story within seconds, allowing you to kee:p up to date with the latest stories at ease and saving your eyes some trouble. The videos are optimized for your mobile screen, which brings stories to life in an aesthetic appealing way. And, the great thing about Wibbitz is, you don’t need to sign up or login, just download the app and be introduced to a world of information without having to do anything.

The app has evolved from making software that converts text to videos, to a news delivery app. There are 7 set categories within the app, which include Top News, Markets Overview, World, Business, Technology, Sports, and Entertainment. You can always add more categories depending on what your interests are. With a sophisticated user interface, it is easy to navigate around the app and the videos load really quickly. Usually, siri narrates the videos, however an actual person reads out the videos for the top stories, which allows for a much better viewing experience. You can always share your favorite stories on social media.

Wibbitz in the future

The app however, does have some drawbacks and glitches, and there are a few features that we hope to see in future updates. These include an audio feature, where you can just listen to the latest stories, along with an option to save videos for offline viewing. ‘’We have a very big vision at Wibbitz and many challenges in being able to create a visual story from pure and unstructured text,’’ says Dayan, in response to the app’s glitches. “As with any automated solution, glitches may occur, but our technology today is over 90% accurate and we are constantly improving it to deal with any type of content. We are analyzing hundreds of thousands of articles per month to the word, and we’ve built things in a way that the more data we process the smarter the algorithms get.” Currently, Wibbitz is only available on iOS, and rumors say that they are currently working on an android version of the app.

If you like the idea of an app for news and have an something in mind that you’d love to put into action, we have the templates for you that will allow you to skip all the developing process and just reskin it to you preference. Here are a few of them:  News App, Live TV App, News App fro Android. Now, enjoy and be creative!

 

11Sep

Swift has been in the making for four years. It’s amazing that Apple could hold such awesomeness secret for that long of a time. Swift is the best thing that could have happened to you this year if you are an iOS developer.

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Swift is a big deal for us developers. The language has been designed for safety; the syntax is much more simple and concise; it runs side by side with Objective-C; it’s incredibly fast; it is designed both for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. In many ways Christmas has come early this year for many of us Swift being announced at WWDC.

Apple has always been renown for their conciseness. Their description of Swift hits the nail on the head: “Swift is an innovative new programming language for Cocoa and CocoaTouch. Writing code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and apps run lightning-fast. Swift is ready for your next iOS and OS X project — or for addition into your current app — because Swift code works side-by-side with Objective-C”.

In this “Christmas atmosphere”, today we want to give you a very useful present: a complete e-book to help you learn the new Apple’s Swift Code and to develop and launch your first game. This e-book was written to show you how to use Swift in practice. We will be making a simple Flappy Bird game for iOS with a twist: we will be working both in Objective-c and in Swift.

Whether you are new to Swift and Objective-C or you are a veteran developer, this book can get you up to speed with a hands on example of an actual game. I hope you are as excited as I am about learning Swift, so let’s get started.  Want to download the e-book? It’s free! All you have to do is share this post by clicking on the button below, share it on any of your social networks (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+) and you’re ready to read it! Enjoy.

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11Sep

Like many other sectors, time constraints and busy schedules hamper the delivery of quality education. Teachers would love to offer their students extra help where they need it, and provide answers to problems they may be having with their study. This has led to development of strategies aimed at improving service delivery, including apps such as the Remind app, which is available on Android and iOS as a solution to keep teachers connected with their students.

remind-appRemind was formerly known as Remind 101. It is a one-directional text messaging service that is offered free of charge. The app allows tutors to send messages to their students as well as their parents in real-time. The goal is to bring the one-together the instructor, parent and student even though they may not be in the same room.

How Remind works

The premise behind the app is fairly simple. It works by assigning a specific phone number to the teacher. This number is the only number used for communication purposes and this means the student is not able to view the teacher’s private mobile phone number and lets face it, not many teachers would want their mobile number being distributed to a bunch of kids. This restriction is aimed at making sure high level of professionalism is maintained at all times and that nothing goes astray. The teacher is able to send assignments, updates, announcements and reminders via the app and this ensures that learning can continue even outside the classroom, without allowing the student to contact them via their personal mobile number.

The app is gaining in popularity, but many feel that it does have one fatal flaw, which is that messaging only takes place in one direction. This means that if there are any misunderstandings in communication, or something is deleted accidentally or misread, then it’ll have to wait until the student is back in the classroom to be resolved.

Remind innovates teaching methods

If the recent developments are anything to go with, this handy app will certainly change the teaching and learning experience. Teachers no longer have to be physically present to hand out assignments, which means they can use the entire class time to ensure their students fully understand the course material. Also, updating the students with new information or reminding them when assignments are due will ensure that students keep up to date with their work and there are no excuses for missing deadlines!

If reading about Remind inspired you an App that would benefit your area of business, why not check out the app templates on our website and try your hand at creating your own app. You could come up with something just as good as this handy app!

11Sep

After the announcement of the iPhone6 and the Apple Watch, we were curious to know what our iOS developers thought about the new devices. Today, we will have a chat with Jack, also known as Planemo , developer of Game about square and Photo with dodge. Ready to hear about some developer insights on the recent news? Let’s get started.

games of squares

Chupamobile: Hi, we know you are an iOS developer but we’d like to know more! Can you present yourself to the community?

Jack: Hi, it’s about 3 years that I started working in the game industry at the Planemo Studio company. I developed different kind of games: simple small reaction games, quiz games, 2d shooters. I used a wide range of engines: cocos2dx, Unity, Corona, but most of all I like to develop under the Native iOS SDK.

C: What are your first impressions after having watched the keynote?

J: The event was really amazing. I think it’s one of a most productive presentation as it brought us the largest number of long-awaited gadgets. The new Apple device for the phablet sector – iPhone 6 plus, and iPhone 6, Apple Pay system and of cause Apple Watch with the outstanding design. Apple knows how to make an event really exciting.

C: Higher screen resolution, better battery, bigger screen… do you think the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are finally different than the other iPhone generations? Why?

J: Yes. First of all because of the improved performance metrics, the new A8 processor delivers 25% more CPU power and 50 % better efficiency than the A7. Moreover, Apple has added support for 20 LTE bands (iPhone 5s has 13), it’s huge because no other smartphone can provide it. For example users of iPhone 5s from USA cannot use LTE in Russia, with iPhone 6 it’s possible. And of course one more important thing – built-in barometer. Thanks to that the new iPhone «understands» the difference between running and cycling and can accurately determine the distance traveled with the ups and downs.

C: What do you think of the new graphics API, Metal, already introduced in the last WWDC and repurposed now? Will it impact the market and change the feeling of playing on a smartphone? Or do you think playing on the phone will never be as exciting as playing on a real game console? Tell us your opinion about the future of smartphone gaming!

J: Because of the Metal engine there is a “less software layer” between the hardware of the iPhone and the game code. And this improves the quality of the graphics available on the platform. The graphics in the games which was showed during the presentation was really amazing, good work Apple. I think the future of the smartphone gaming is really bright. Why do you need a real game console if something like an iPhone 6 Plus can give you the same and even better gaming experience? Because of the Metal we can expect a higher number of great graphically improved games for iOS and improve the performance of a number of older titles.

tim cook fitnessC: Do you have the feeling the Apple Watch is going to open a new market for apps or you think is just a temporary trend? Do you see a real future in Apple Watch?

J: I think Apple Watch will open a wide new market for the apps because watch is a more personal device than a smartphone. And I think many people want to customize it up for yourself. It might be a huge market for apps. I do not know what will be Apple Watch for most people. As for me, it’s first of all a really cool fitness tracker and a new interesting way to chat (using a watch) with funny emoticons.

C: Do you plan to work on Apple Watch applications? Why?

J: Yes, I plan to make the apps for Apple Watch. Because I like to make apps, especially for iOS, and Apple Watch looks like a cool gadget. Yes I definitely will do that :)

C: Now it’s time to get your apps compatible with iOS 8, are your products ready for it?

J: Yes, all our apps are compatible with iOS 8, we even tested them. All of our iOS devices has long been upgraded on iOS 8 for developers.

C: One last question: We’d love to know if you are working on any new projects, any cool stuff to be released soon on Chupamobile? We are really curious about it! :)

J: Currently we are working on the two small apps related to financial (it will use Touch ID, of course) and fitness category. I think some of them (or both) will be available soon on Chupamobile. Thank you.

C: Thanks a lot, it has been a real pleasure!

11Sep

Leya Thacherril

Hey Chupamobilers!

It’s Leya! I bet you have seen me posting on the blog lately. It’s been a month since I’ve joined the Chupamobile team and I think it’s about time I introduce myself.

I’m of southern Indian origins but I was born in Rome and lived almost my entire life here, in this beautiful city. As far as my academic background, I hold a BSc in International Business and I’m currently pursuing an MBA.

During my high school years I enjoyed travelling across Europe and once I’ve started going to college, well, I did the same! Just kidding, I wish I was though. Instead, I kept myself busy with some serious work. I started by working in the tourist sector as a tour operator and tour organizer. Once I realized that wasn’t exactly the path I wanted to take, I started working as an event manager. Later on, I moved to London to continue my studies and there, I decided to cultivate my passion for fashion and joined a fast-growing retail company as a marketing manager.

Each of the experiences I had, taught me valuable lessons that made me grow personally and professionally. Today, I’m excited to be part of this young and innovative team and I can’t wait to engage you with many more interesting posts.

For any tips, ideas and suggestions, feel free to drop me an e-mail at leya.thacherril@chupamobile.com.

Talk to you soon ;)

11Sep

We’ve all been there, in our fitness and diet phase, where you’ve made a promise to yourself to workout and start eating healthier. Either it’s your new year’s resolution, trying to fit into your wedding dress or you decided it’s time for a change. Staying fit and eating right has become increasingly popular in recent times, especially with all the health guidelines from your health service, documentaries and horror stories on the effects of poor eating habits. Everyone is becoming more health conscious, and with this raised levels of consciousness there’s money to be made for gyms, dieticians, healthy food companies and weight loss marketers. So, it’s not much of a surprise that we’ve seen a boom in health and fitness apps in recent times with their usage increasing to 62% in the past six months; a rate 87% faster than the rest of the app industry. That’s right, everyone wants a piece of the pie (mind the pun), and now you can get a fitness app for nearly everything from pedometers, training videos, calorie trackers and much more.

health and fitness appThe way our mobiles are interacting with our health and fitness priorities is incredible. Apple’s iOS8 will see the release of their health app along with a healthkit platform, which will revolutionize the health and fitness app industry, and it won’t be long before we see real-time patient to doctor monitoring. Though, Apple won’t be the only player in the game, as Google will also be releasing their own fitness app Google fit, and Samsung already has two smart watches and one fitness band, and the projection is that by 2017, there will be 1.4 billion mobile sensing health and fitness app downloads globally. As players increase in the industry, more and more people will start creating their own apps, accessories as well as devices that are accompanied by apps. Top apps like mapmyfitness have gained popularity, particularly with a social media integration feature, which allows users to motivate, share achievements and even compete with each other

These numbers reflect a great opportunity for app developers and it’s the perfect time for them to increase their mobile revenue through health and fitness apps. A recent analysis by Flurry found that predominant users of these apps were women between the ages of 35 and 54, and they also found that the main users were sports fans, parents and avid runners. With the growing number of app usage, we are heading towards another triple digit growth year, and this includes the health and fitness app industry. These numbers increase exponentially with the usage of wearable devices that are linked with apps, and the latest research by IHS Technology shows that sales of sports, fitness and activity-tracking devices will grow from $2.2billion in 2014 to $2.8billion in 2019. Using these analytics, app developers will be able to create the right apps and employ the correct marketing tactics to target specific groups of people, and you can be sure that revenue and traffic will also increase.

It’s an appealing market that everyone should take advantage of, and here at Chupamobile we have the right templates needed to increase your revenue. Our Activity App Template and BMI calculator which has features that have been taken from the best apps currently on the market, and then combined with outstanding custom graphics, which has turned it into a fully compatible iOS7 fitness app that you can modify and develop as your own. If the health and fitness app industry isn’t appealing to you, don’t worry; we have thousands of app templates that are guaranteed to bring you success.

10Sep

Before yesterday’s  launch in Cupertino Apple went through millions of different versions of their Apple Watch, and it’s not just a way of saying, as Apple Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive reported “When you actually do the calculations, it’s millions and millions”.

Apple’s aim was not to create something that everyone would wish to wear but instead something that people would actually wear. How did they do it? With the best people working on it.

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The team behind the Apple Watch

Former Burberry CEO, Angela Ahrendts, was recruited by Apple to help their fashion team create wearable technology that everyone would want. Have they succeeded? We definitely think they did. When Angela started working on the project, she asked herself one question “Can wearable technology ever be stylish?”.

Apple devices are known for having a sleek and elegant products but yesterday’s event saw a heavy focus on fashion that began in the same week the company announced that the acclaimed designer, Marc Newson, will be joining the team of Apple Design. Among the other important people that worked to create the Apple Watch are Musa Tariq, formerly of Nike, and Paul Deneve, previously chief executive of Yves Saint Laurent.

For the device launch launch, a fashion industry PR, with quite a bit of weight, Anita Borzyszkowska, was hired by Apple to recruit a wide range of fashion journalists and Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, was among the guests.

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The collections

Apple launched three distinct collections:  Apple Watch, Sport and Apple Watch Edition, each reflected the traditions of a fashion brand, with each collection aimed at a different demographic.

Aside from all the numerous digital functions, which we will discuss in a separate article, the device is clearly designed to capture a much wider target than it did before, we’re not only talking  about tech fanatics but also about luxury goods and fashion customer.

The Apple Watch Edition line, can be easily compared to high-end luxury jewellery. The design team has succeeded in overseeing a product whose aesthetic meets the standards of its technology. “If you look at the way handbags have become statement items, and your choice of handbag tells the world something about who you are, I suspect that Apple will be going this way with the wearables” tells Ben Thompson, editor of Statchery.com.

With the Apple Watch the company has definitely revolutionized wearables  by combining fashion, luxury and technology and opening a market which will be probably dominated by them.

10Sep

Currently there are big industry names out there creating games with tons of features, so making your own game could really frighten you. But this is not always the fact. Many independent developers have their shot in stores like the App Store to present their own game. Guess what? The most simple are the most successful. So if you want a piece of that pie, you can start developing your own simple game and post it out there.

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App Reskin: How it works

A great way to do it is to find a ready template for your game idea. If you’d like to build a brick breaker game – which  are quite popular in the app stores – you can find a ready template that only needs reskinning. If you don’t know what reskinning means, is basically changing the game artwork and leave the game engine itself intact. This way, you reduce the time of coding to a minimum possible extent and you focus only in the looks of the game, which is exactly what your potentials customers see.

The reskin process for that kind of games is very simple. By changing the artwork it’s like building a completely new game, totally different from any other game existing in the market. So by changing the game’s sprites (characters, menu labels, buttons, backgrounds, etc.) you present a whole new user experience. Most of these templates require a minimum and sometimes zero code development experience. This way you don’t have to change the source code of the game at all if you don’t have any particular new feature to add to the game. Even if you have some new feature to present to the game, the code is designed to be very scalable in order to support easy extension of its modules and classes, since most of the game are being developed using an object oriented approach with languages like Java (Android platform) and Objective-C (iOS platform). No matter if you need some code extension or not, using a template will lead you to have a full game of your own ready to be published, very easily and very fast.

Our site presents a lot game templates for you covering a wide variety of game types, like “Blustrick” which is a full game template for building and extending a classic brick breaker game, “Swinging Copters” which is the popular obstacle avoiding flying character template and many poker games templates like “iOS Poker Pro”. Don’t hesitate to check them out and be part of the game development industry yourself!