Mobile phone virtual reality – The technology that is heading right towards us

Virtual reality in games has been a dream of gamers all round the world. Gaming would always turn into reality with the help of virtual reality kits. Moving around the room as the real character in the game, killing the enemies and defending from them would be a real fun moment for you with a virtual reality kit. Virtual reality was never ever meant for mobile phones for sure. But it is a surprising fact that virtual reality has been tried out for mobile phones and many of the leading mobile companies like Samsung are trying its hand virtual reality in mobile phones.

Kits of transforming mobile phones into headsets for virtual reality have been heard in rumors recently. The rumors of Samsung building its own virtual reality kit actually surprised the whole tech world. The virtual reality kits will be working the similar manner like those virtual reality kits that are designed for screens.  With the help of the kit, the viewer is provided with two images simultaneously that are same. You can save the changes that you need for positioning the image in each eye. The accelerometer as well as the sensors can be matched with the accessories you are been provided. This will help in creating a realistic head tracing as well as good interaction. 

Most of us have the misconception that virtual reality needs the aid of highly designed screen and even electronic equipment that you will not get in a simple Smartphone. But the reality is that a Smartphone can work much better than a screen and other kinds of gadgets used for bringing in a virtual reality.

The virtual reality kit consists of a virtual reality headset with rubber straps for holding the kit to your head, and a plastic case of holding the phone. The case can hold phones up to 4.7 inched screens or more. The phone is tightly strapped to the front side of the person viewing. There are round lenses that separate the display right in front of the each eye.

You will be able to watch a movie or play games with such highly advanced virtual reality kits. You can turn your phone into something which you have never ever dreamt of. During the time run, it can be seen that smart phones will turn out the whole digital world. It can help you view movies in great dimensions and help you play games as if in the real world, thus giving entertainment a totally different meaning. 

Oculus Rift, which was bought by Facebook for a deal of $2 billion, will be reaching out to the gaming millions during the latter part of this year. Sony has already announced its headset, with the Project Morpheus this March. Microsoft too has bought the smart glasses specialist Osterhout Design Group for $150 million for the purpose of bringing out this technology to the world. Xbox One lovers will be glad to hear about the rumors about the virtual reality gadget Neo VR that will be arriving in the market soon.

Carrie Miller is a writer at Zealous System – An emerging web and mobile Apps development company and also a journalist by home-profession has written this article stating about the importance of Second screen apps in our life. 

Second Screen Apps – A Bright Future to Interact With Latest Gadgets In A Better Way

Second Screen Apps – A Bright Future to Interact With Latest Gadgets In A Better Way

Second screen refers to the use of mobile devices, tablets or smart phones to provide better viewing experiences for content on other devices such as television or computers. The term explains to view the interactive features on an external device using a special app called as Second Screen App. The second screen phenomenon represents and attempt made to make Television’s more interactive for viewers, and also help in promoting social events around specific programs. The use of these screens is increasing day by day in the broadcast industry where new display devices like tablets, smart phones are forming a new era when thought about digital media. It also helps in shaping the businesses and how the customers and consumers may use this digital world. Another use is transferring portable data through cloud based software systems along with various other ways of transferring content over wireless platforms directly to customer’s devices.

Downloading such apps to a mobile device lets boob tubers acquire required information about any movie, TV show or commercial. This would be mere entertaining for whole lot of mobile users! Some of the apps are listed below:

Into Now

This is an app powered by Sound Print recognition technologies which analyzes live television audio and matches it against the fingerprints available in its database. Additional features included is a built in meme generator that helps it stand out among various second screen apps.

Sound tracking

This free app is used to share various sound tracks with any person from your list. It also allows the users to identify songs where ever they hear them. Because of this identification technique that it uses it is known as an identification app which is worth download.

Twitter

The 140 character social network doesn’t have any listening features but an excellent tool to have while watching television program. We can also read specific program tweets by clicking a hash tag and interacting with other people watching the same show.

Zeebox

This app identifies the show being watched and being experienced with show times, chat rooms and social media activities. It has higher aims, but this app has certain performance issues too.

PBS Kids

A brand of the popular television network, PBS has launched PBS Kids super vision, an app that allows parents to connect with their own children on a new level. This app was built in 6 months to be simple and effective in terms of monitoring and remotely connecting with children. With privacy being a huge thing to worry about, the app connection requires only one login at a time with a unique code. Once the code has been entered, the parent’s iphone will be able to see what the kids are up to using websites.

Thus the recent figures show a clear tendency of the user to use a device while watching television. They also have shown that a greater frequency of the use of tablets or smart phones when watching these shows distinguish a higher differences on social networks of the content being watched.

Carrie Miller is a writer at Zealous System Australia – An emerging web and mobile development company and also a journalist by home-profession has written this article stating about the importance of Second screen apps in our life. 

The Changing Base of Technology with Location Based Apps

The Changing Base of Technology with Location Based Apps

Wonder how the world would have been if the locations could be traced just a few years back? One would not have had to search for alibis; the phones would have been the best alibi. The cases would not have stretched for long years as the person would have been able to trace out all the possible evidences using the phone itself. Most of the cases in the recent times get solved thanks to the location feature available in the phones of the today’s time and age.

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Australia has all apart “Separate” Apps category from Google Play

Australia has all apart “Separate” Apps category from Google PlayGoogle Play has launched it new series of apps and games made especially for Australia. Google has introduced a new section ‘Made in Australia’ in its web version and mobile version of its App store. Once inside this section the caption seems interesting – “Homegrown Apps”. Like people have a special liking towards anything home-grown, Google is leveraging on Australian made Apps also.

Australia is an important hub for mobile App development. Australian people love technology and always try to keep up with latest gadgets and gizmos. Now with so many smart phones and smart devices available in the market, Australians also are in the race for using the latest apps released first.

Localization of Apps

This emerging trend has made Google develop and deploy local apps that target locals in each place effectively. It is only obvious that Google Play will have apps developed for other regions also similar to Australia. Google was the first to SEO pages with respect to location. Similarly they have now localized the mobile app world also. This can make a big impact since most people especially non-residents will have a special liking towards anything made in their native place. Google Play has tried to leverage this tendency and developed Localized apps.

It does not mean that Google Play will leave out all other apps made in other parts of the world suitable to the device. It is just that Google Play has included another category in Apps that is localized and will get preference while people search for apps from their smart device. 

Reaching out to more people

With localization Google Play plans to reach out to non English speaking group which form a big majority of mobile users. People can now play games and use utilities in their language. This will open wide a large group of people accessing Google Play apps in each location. Similarly for developers also it provides huge range of opportunities. Instead of concentrating on one location for developing apps, Google Play now will have apps developed locally for major locations. Google will also leverage a lot from localized apps since the developers will have a better idea about what the users are looking for since they are familiar with the locals.

Homegrown Apps

The catchword ‘Homegrown Apps’ itself is very nostalgic for most Australians especially those living outside Australia. The same applies to everyone since people tend to have a soft space for their native country and native people. Google Play is also offering popular Australian TV shows, music and gift cards localized.

The Future of Localized Google Apps

While the “Made in Australia” is the only localized version available right now in Google Play, more local versions are soon expected. More and more non-English speaking groups will be accessing these localized versions of apps through Google Play. With more versions of “Made in” apps expected to release soon from Google Play, the mobile developers will see a huge rise in users of internet data for these local apps.

Mobile Development and the Major Areas of Difficulties

Mobile Development and the Major Areas of DifficultiesTechnology is always evolving with the changing market dynamics and varying needs of the consumers. In the mobile app development industry, this change is highly evident. Almost every day, we get to see the mobile companies releasing different mobile phones and such other portable devices in the market. There has also been constant up gradation in the existing mobile phone versions.

There is no doubt about the fact that mobile development is indeed a tough job. Although the tools and Software Development Kit or SDK’s have improved over time yet the basics of mobile development has remained the same.

In this article, I have tried to highlight the areas of difficulties in mobile app development.

Inconsistent Nature of Mobile Devices

Mobile devices vary in screen size and specifications; however the real problem with mobile gadgets is that they have different kinds of sensors and a wide range of network connectivity tactics for use in mobile apps. The state of these sensors or network connectivity methods is unknown when a mobile phone user fires up your application.

Temporary Data Connections

Data connections are usually transient and prone to failure. If your app relies entirely on a network connection, you will have a lot of justification to make that you will not have to deal with in case of a web application or a desktop app. That is just the start of the problem. Mobile development experts can be pushed to the background at will.

Limited Storage Space

Many mobile devices have a small storage space that can lead to dumping your cache. The storage memory will automatically get filled up leaving no room for specific software to run. Batteries can also wear out thus causing all sorts of problems.

Desktop Apps More Privileged

While the desktop computers sit comfortably with a steady power connection and an uninterrupted internet connection, mobile phones have issues such as limited storage space, leak of confidential data and GPS. It is indeed a not-so good environment for mobile development.

App Design and Layout Problem

Mobile app development professionals face yet another crucial problem with regard to app design and layout. Almost every mobile device having a separate screen size and alignment and there arises the problem of app design and layout in this case. In case of Android devices, the number of screen sizes is approximately 100. When an app developer is designing a user interface, he must take utmost care to ensure the particular app works well on all the Android phones. Moreover, a lot of time gets wasted in fixing a large number of bugs that come up during the designing phase.

Operating System and SDK Version Fragmentation

Since the release of the first iOS and Android operating system, many new versions have been launched in the market. The mobile apps face big challenges for supporting the old as well as the new versions of iOS and Android. Software that works perfectly in one version may not work well with another one. Development professionals need to spend extra hours to resolve such app operating issues. Android is extremely patchy in both hardware and software versions. There are at present more than 11,000 different Android devices used by people.

Low Level Programming in Mobile Software

Almost every mobile app that is used in various portable gadgets needs to be multi-threaded resulting in greater complexity. Developing a mobile app is time-consuming as well. A developer can build a desktop or web app at a faster pace. For quick mobile development, these days many developers use HTML and JavaScript, or tools like Appcelerator.

Zealous System, a leading company based in India specializes in innovative mobile app development that will allow your business to draw attention of its target customers and create a genuine interest in them. We specialize in different types of mobile app designs that include Blackberry Application Development, iPhone Application Development, Android Application Development, Windows Mobile Application Development, and Symbian OS Application Development.

GDC 2014 and the Top Moments Related to Gaming

GDC 2014 and the Top Moments Related to Gaming

This year as well the prestigious Game Developers Conference (GDC) was held between March 17 and 21 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, California. It was the 28th GDC held in a row. There were around 24,000 professional video game developers who participated in this Conference for learning, sharing, and networking with the other attendees having a video gaming background.

GDC has come a long way since its humble beginning in 1987 by the game designer Chris Crawford in his living room. At the 2014 GDC, a lot of discussions were held regarding the future of gaming. Some important announcements were also made including Google soon to be releasing a number of new game development tools and game gift codes for Google Play Games and such other Google products.

In this article, we have tried to provide a peek through regarding the current state of the gaming industry and what new is going to come.

Virtual Reality is the In-thing

There were no surprises involved in Sony’s announcement of the virtual reality headset – Project Morpheus at GDC 2014. According to industry experts, it was a planned one. Codenamed the Oculus Rift, a PC-compatible head mounted display was also showcased in this event strengthening the fact that consumer-based virtual reality will dominate the technological conversation in the future.

Sony knew very well that the failure of 3D television has left a wide gap for some new technological invention to inhabit the market. The concept of virtual reality-based headsets helps people come closer to “presence” as we play different video games.

As far as Microsoft is concerned, well this company did not present anything new at this event; however the fact that Microsoft has employed Jaron Lanier, the man who popularized the concept of “virtual reality” in the 1980s, makes us believe that within a few months perhaps we will be seeing some new game development tools and applications from the software giant.

Democratization of Game-Making will Continue

At this year’s GDC we came to know that GameMaker: Studio is now supporting PlayStation4, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3.  GameMaker: Studio is an easy-to-use software among all the video creation tools released till date.

There was another announcement that Unreal Engine which is high-powered and notably costly game-making software is now available as a subscription model. According to GDC, Unreal Engine 4 is available for only $19 a month.

There is No Singular Future for Games

All different types of games that have so been invented come under the single roof of “video games”. Video gaming is a technology, an art, and a sport. That is why we get to see a wide range of games starting from the storytelling games to sport games such as Clash of Clans.

A number of video games won awards at the 2014 Game Developers Conference including the Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us won the Best Game at the Game Developers’ Choice awards and the Papers, Please won four awards at GDC.

At this event, GDC attendees also learned about the plan, execution, and monetization strategies of popular free-to-play game development like Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans. Also, Vlambeer, an indie team managed by two men who came from Utrecht, announced that its game “Lufrausers”, sold for a one-time payment on PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita during GDC reaped profit after just three days.

We, at Zealous System, firmly believe that game is not just an idea that is developed somehow. Rather, we strongly emphasize on the fact that a good quality game demands dedication and intense hard work. At Zealous System, while working on mobile game development project, we pay attention to several factors. More specifically, we ensure that gaming ideas developed by us are marketable, retain interest of the players, and also bring in profit to our clients.

 

Game Developer Double Helix bought out by Amazon

Game Developer Double Helix bought out by Amazon

Well known online retailer Amazon.com is trying to bolster its presence in the software market – it has bought out the video game development company Double Helix for an undisclosed amount.  A company spokesman said that the acquisition is an important part of the company’s commitment to develop and offer their customers a number of innovative and interesting games. 

Amazon didn’t offer many details on the deal and there are quite a few rumors swirling about the fact that the company is working hard on developing a standalone console to compete with Sony and Microsoft.  This device will be offered with gaming capabilities. 

Amazon spokespeople are keeping a tight lid on such information. The Seattle based retailer intends to keep all 74 of the company’s employees – after all, good game developers are hard to come by.  Both companies confirmed the deal but refused to give out any more details.

Reasons behind acquisition:

Amazon is trying to expand its presence in the gaming market and has made a serious commitment do so by selling games like Killer Instinct, developed by Double Helix.  This game was released at the same time as Xbox One by Microsoft, in 2013. Early rumors abound with regard to the Games console – it is supposed to be priced cheaper than Sony’s PS4 and Xbox One.  Mobile games being developed will compete Consoles like Gamestick and Ouya which run on the Android OS.

Amazon hasn’t confirmed or denied that their Games division is working on a games console to run on Android – it is supposed to be in the development stage at one of the centers.  There are hints that they will make an announcement sooner rather than later.

Amazon already has a games studio, split over 3 different locations – San Francisco, Seattle and Irvine.  Double Helix is based in Seattle as well and may figure prominently in Amazon’s plans to roll out set top boxes.  The Amazon Games job webpage is filled with listings for job openings.  According to the company, they are trying to develop fun games with innovative features – one can assume that these will be available across different platforms like web browsers, smart phones and for tablets.  Amazon games are available for iOS and Android and can be purchased and downloaded from the Amazon App Store.

In 2012, Amazon introduced a gaming studio to consumers and released several games like Air Patriots in Google Play and Living Classics for Facebook.  It has been hiring quite a few game developers and job openings for programmers and engineers are aplenty.   This particular deal was announced by TechCrunch.

According to reports, Amazon is supposed to be working on a revolutionary V1 product which will allow the company to deliver digital media in a completely new way to customers and create waves in the current marketplace. The same rumors predict that the games console offered by Amazon will have games as well as streaming music, Amazon’s cloud player and even movies on demand from Lovefilm. Amazon did not respond to multiple requests from comments but took time to talk to TechCrunch.  Double Helix Games is still an independent company according to its website, which has yet to be updated.

Carrie miller is working at Zealous System that is the renowned mobile development company that is specializes in a wide range of mobile game development services and also has a passionate hobby to keep herself updated with recent technology news. She says that, teams in different locations across the country from Sunnyvale, Boston and Seattle are partnering up to come up with a new game changing product.  They definitely expect it to be bigger than the Kindle.