Meet Slofie, Apple’s New Upgrade to Selfie

Meet Slofie, Apple’s New Upgrade to Selfie

There was a time when people were crazy to get their pictures clicked on the front face 0.3 Megapixel camera. I still remember when Sony came up with the Ericsson Z1010, business owners thought of it as a must-have possession for their business meetings.


The concept of having a front face camera has diversified so much in the last decade or so. With the advent of technology, these camera phones are easily affordable for the masses. Every now and then we hear of a new launch by X, Y, or Z company. Thus, there are a lot of options in front of us to buy the selfie camera of our choice.


With the recent announcement and subsequent launch of Apple’s iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, the selfie thing is taken to a new level altogether. Launched a month ago in September, the new Apple smart phones now boast of giving slow-motion videos from the front camera. In order to take a ‘Slofie‘, the only thing you need is to tap the record button followed by quick movements of head, hands or face and then again tap on the record button to finish.

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Slow-motion ‘Slofie’


Apple’s Launch of ‘Slofie’

The slow-motion ‘slofie‘ could be recorded at 120 frames per second giving great detail to the videos. The 12 Megapixel camera adds great depth to the video. Not only this, the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Max contain several great features like wide-angle selfie feature, Multi zoom feature and excellent low light feature.


The only thing you need to do is to turn in your iPhone to the landscape mode and the camera will do the rest on its own.

Apple’s Innovation Slofie Received Instant Reaction

Though releasing the slofie feature in itself is a remarkable step but it has received mixed reactions from the public. Some users that were desperately waiting for this front faced slow-mo feature are glad that finally, they can see themselves in slow motion.


For them, entering the room or eating something in slow motion is a fun thing and they greatly like this innovation. But many a people on twitter bashed Apple for releasing such a feature saying they are tired seeing slofie.

An image of a man shooting a video which is a slofie
Slofie Be Like

But how can they be tired when this feature has just rolled in?
There have been several users who just didn’t like the term selfie and compared it to a sloth that is a slow and lazy animal. Several other Twitter users came up saying that they will have to see iPhone users taking slofie and irritating them often. Apple’s patent claims on the terminology Slofie added fuel to the wildfire that has been existing for quite a few days in the online space.

This patent claim is also a hindrance to other companies like Samsung, Sony and many others who might have their plans of coming up with such a technology in the future.


But despite all the negativity, we see the positive side of it. Being a leading app development company, we gladly welcome the innovation and think that it will be a key step towards more such innovations to come.

Why Slofie Is A Great Innovation For the Future?

Irrespective of what people say, nobody can deny that Slofie is in itself a great innovation loaded into the iPhone devices. Now, not all users can go and edit slow-motion videos. When it comes to recording video from the front faced camera in 4K, there is hardly anyone. This makes iPhone Slofie a great addition to the selfie lovers across the globe.

Some unique features in Slofie camera’s of iPhone 11 Series

  • Firstly, the camera sensors provide support for optimal image stabilization. This itself is a great feat especially for a front camera which is quite compromised in quality compared to a back camera.
  • The ability to record in 4K and Smart HDR makes it unbeatable irrespective of the price.
  • Slow-motion videos on the front camera and that too in 4K is a dream of every phone owner.
  • One can take ultra-wide photos from the front camera due to its f/1.8 ultra-wide sensor.

Countering Challenges of Selfie With Slofie and otherFuture Apps

Taking selfie poses so many challenges which could be countered with a slofie. Let’s analyze all those aspects were having slofie phones or camera app can be useful. Being a leading Mobile App Development company, here is what we think you can get in slofie taking phones and apps.

Challenge #1: Taking Perfect Portrait Photo

Taking a selfie is quite easier with our day to day Smart Phones. However, taking a perfectly straight portrait photo is a challenge. To deal with it, building a camera app that tells the exact dimensions of a user and whether one is still straight or not can prove to be the solution for the existing problem.
Tip: As a leading iOS and Android App Development Services provider, we think this problem could easily be countered.

Challenge #2: Group Photo

Clicking perfect group photos require a selfie stick or need a camera to be placed at an arm’s length. Moreover, different individuals mean different skin tones making it difficult to satisfy everyone. But with a 4K front camera like iPhone 11 series, one can easily get the best exposure to light and hence can get superior images.

Challenge #3: Video Selfie

There are quite a few challenges while shooting videos from the front-facing camera. There is no phone camera that can shoot front face videos in 4K. Of course, DSLRs and action cameras can do that but with front-facing video Slofie coming to picture, one can great slow-motion video selfie at a frame rate of as high as 240 fps.

Slofie, Patent And The Impact On Android Users

The reason why Apple is going for a patent for the term Slofie is due to the fact that they came up first with slow-motion video images. However, this is not something that is purely out of the box.
Many companies have in the past loaded phones with great front face cameras. The only difference is in implementing the slow-motion effect in the mobile phone. A short front face video is pretty similar to a slow-motion slofie.


Soon Android phones might also come up with such a feature. In a nutshell, technological advancements like ‘Slofie’ is a great step for users of all sorts of devices.

Final Verdict

Apple’s video selfie or Slofie is a great innovation for all of us. Rather than creating disgust over it, it’s better to accept it. Soon, Android users might also get the same feature in Android OS provided Slofie becomes indispensable.


As far as Apple is concerned, launching this feature may result in a great inflow of sale orders. Filing a patent on Slofie may cement Apple as the innovator of this technology. But trying to limit it to only Apple users is not a great effort as technology is there to be shared. Let’s see what comes next for all of us Selfie lovers in the future.


What do you think about Slofie? Shall Android also come up with this soon? Have an iOS or Android project in Mind? Contact Parangat Technologies, a leading Mobile App Development Company across the globe.

Everything you need to know about Development of an App like PubG

Everything you need to know about Development of an App like PubG

If you’re thinking that mobile apps are exclusively for large name brands like Walmart and Bank of America, you’re wrong. Many small and midsize businesses are following the mobile trend, understanding that an effective mobile strategy involves more than just a mobile-friendly website.
A great example is a game that has officially made nearly half a billion dollars – and the complete version of it isn’t even out yet. It’s PUBG – “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” – an amazing shooter game that lets 100 real players fight against each other on a deserted island. As each match progresses, the game puts survivors into closer and closer quarters. The player who survives – and there can only be one – is crowned as the winner.  It has created such a buzz over the internet that does not to die down soon.

Things to know about development of an App like PubG

  1. A unique idea
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PUBG is all about you and other 99 players who touch base on an 8X8 km island and need to battle to be the last one who survives. You are permitted to utilize a wide range of amazing weapons, vehicles and supplies for shooting out other players. It is an amazing idea of engaging users and for making them a game addict.

  2. Soft Launch

The game was so popular on the desktop, that the team behind PUBG didn’t want to take any risks and launched the game just for the users in Canada. Actually, the scope was to check the sport and to examine however the audience can receive the mobile version, but this strategy is also a great method for game developers to eliminate the errors that may appear. Either way, if you want to discover the advantages and disadvantages of the soft launch and to learn the best practices when it comes to releasing your product on a smaller market, we have the best guide for you. Going back to PUBG Mobile, the game was in beta test for just a week before its worldwide release.

  3. Interface

The graphics of PUBG are astonishing, particularly when playing on the highest settings. There don’t seem to be terribly frame drops, however, the map detail and textures are not as much as the PC or console release and that is normal.

The touch-screen controls work amazingly well for a game as complex as PUBG. Utilizing the default setup, you go ahead with a virtual control stick, utilizing your other thumb on the right portion of the screen to control your point. You fire, point down sights, bend, go inclined and get to your backpack with virtual buttons on the right side of the screen.

Once you are comfortable with the layout, you will see you have access to all the similar actions as on the desktop version including free-looking and leaning. You can modify the layout of the virtual buttons totally by sliding them around and changing their transparency and size

4. Monetization Strategy

The mind behind the game followed the similar framework seen before in the Game category. The game is free to play, download and in-application elements are available for the individuals who need to buy them. In the meantime, we should say that the game-play does not rely upon the user’s budget.

After the features described above, PUBG seems to be an enormous machine with innumerable features. It is a high-level mobile gaming app. These kinds of games are normally created by experienced professionals and include high development costs. It is a high-reward and high-risk market. These games include an awesome level of details and are abundantly well-designed.

Conclusion:

Want to know more about building an app like PubG? Request for a free quote to reach out to us on [email protected] and our experts will get back to you with the best solution for your business.

Blockchain in Trade & Finance

Blockchain in Trade & Finance

Blockchain technology has found its big utility in trade and finance and there have been a substantial increase in the number of trials. However many pilots and trials have failed also. There is an increased awareness among parties and certain well-known names have come up in this blockchain in trade & finance.

As on date, the trade finance has bottlenecks and factors such as–

  • Manual contract documentation
    The bank manually reviews the financial agreement provided by the importer and sends financials to the correspondent bank
  • Invoice factoring
    Exporters use invoices to achieve short-term financing from multiple banks, adding additional risk in the event the delivery of goods fails
  • Delayed deliveries
    The shipment of goods is delayed due to multiple checks by intermediaries and numerous communication points
  • Manual review
    The export bank must manually conduct AML checks using the financials provided by the import bank
  • Platforms
    Since each party across countries operates on different platforms, miscommunication is common and the propensity for fraud is high
  • Duplicative bills
    Bills of lading are financed multiple times due to the inability of banks to verify their authenticity
  • Multiple versions
    As financials are sent from one entity to another, significant version control challenges exist as changes are made
  • Delayed payment
    Multiple intermediaries must verify that funds have been delivered to the importer as agreed prior to the disbursement of payments to the exporting bank.

Advantages of Blockchain technology

In view of the factors listed above, it has been found the blockchain in trade finance brings about following added advantages-

Review and appraisal in real lime

Financial documents linked and accessible through Blockchain are reviewed and approved in real time, reducing the time it takes to initiate shipment.All bills and invoices are easily accessible on the blockchain giving real time transparent viewing

Removal of intermediaries

Banks facilitating trade finance through Blockchain do not require a trusted intermediary to assume risk, eliminating the need for correspondent banks financial institutions and banks which are in trade and finances through blockchain do not require intermediaries resulting in faster transactions

Elimination of double spending

Bills of lading are tracked through Blockchain  and are thus eliminating the problem for double spending All invoices and bills which are being tracked through blockchain remove the requirement of double spending.

Simpler contract execution

In view of contract terms being established and met the final status is there on the blockchain in real-time. This results in a reduction of time. As contract terms are met, status is updated on Blockchain in real time, reducing the time and headcount required to monitor the delivery of goods

Authentication of ownership

The blockchain provides the clarity of the location and ownership of the items as it is well established.The title available within Blockchain provides this transparency .

Settlement and fee reduction

As there is the removal of intermediaries there is substantial reduction in fee. All contract terms executed through Smart Contract remove the need for correspondent banks and added transaction feesRegulators are provided with a real-time view of essential documents to assist in enforcement and AML activities

It is hereby seen that with the introduction of blockchain the business clarity and hurdles have been removed, there is authentication of ownership, simpler contract execution, review and appraisal in real time etc

Women’s Day 2019 at Parangat

Women’s Day 2019 at Parangat

She can so that we can! From #MeToo to #HeForShe, it has been a pretty interesting year, the voices that demand gender equality are now louder than ever. They should be celebrated for the hard work they put into whatever they do and for the finesse with which they manage life with such ease and grace. Women should be celebrated every day! Women’s Day 2019 at Parangat technologies was all about honoring the women for their hard work.

How Parangat celebrated International Women’s Day?

Parangat Technologies is constantly working to have a workforce reflective of the consumers it serves, at all levels of the organization. Every year we at Parangat Technologies proactively associate ourselves with the celebration of Women’s Day by planning events and contests for the women of Parangat. On this very special day, as a gesture of commemoration of the hard work of the ladies, they were delighted with lunch that was organized by the men of Parangat.

To inspire conversation and bring further awareness to gender equity, Parangat Technologies celebrated International Women’s Day with a video that shares how Parangat employees Press for Progress and asking a simple question “What Women’s Day means to them”.

We firmly believe in cognizing and making headway for the achievements of women every day, and International Women’s Day serves as the perfect day to continue to strengthen its commitment. The Women of Parangat are the ones who through education, conversation and opportunity, empower women and engage men to advocate for gender equity in the workplace – and in the world – in support of women’s individual success, collective advancement, and business improvement.

And remember to #BeBoldForChange.

P.S: Here’s a picture of subset of our Noida Office’s female team members from the celebration on Women’s Day 2019 at Parangat Technologies.

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A Complete Cost Guide For Entrepreneurs to Develop an App Like Tinder

A Complete Cost Guide For Entrepreneurs to Develop an App Like Tinder

There are many factors involved when considering the development of dating apps like Tinder App. There are various different aspects to the development of online dating apps that can beat Tinder dating app at its own game or at least present some competition.

Dating Applications - Parangat

Now when you start developing a dating app, it’s hard to ignore Tinder. Since it entered the market, it has created a niche out of nothing virtually on its own. There were a couple things mainly that stood out from the rest in making Tinder App a hit amongst youngsters and teenagers alike.

Tinder App - Parangat

Though it has great interactive design and a lot of functional features, it was its swipe gesture, geolocation feature and match on chat option that made it a hit. Now, it was as inventive as it was user-centered and practical. These are the things that you need to keep in mind as you go along the development of an app like tinder and will decide cost accordingly.

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Below is the list of factors that affect the development of your Android app especially one such like tinder and this invariably your costing estimate for the same.

1- App development Platform
2- Backend Development
3- Web Portal Development
4- Q/A testing

When you take into account the above various factors, you get a rough estimate of the cost that would be required to develop an app like Tinder. Further, based on your geolocation and the workforce that you hire and expertise that you require, you can zero in on the total amount.

App Development Platform

There are mainly two app platforms being used worldwide i.e. Android and iOS. Both very popular amongst its users for their own qualities and specifications. When it comes to launching an app like this, it becomes hard how to decide between choosing two platforms.

Ideally, iOS users generate more revenue but that’s compensated by a large number of Android users worldwide. When choosing between one platform or other, you can always choose to go with cross-platform/hybrid apps as compared to native apps to each platform.

Native vs Hybrid App Development - Parangat

Now, native apps take somewhat 200+ hours for android app development and around 250+ hours for an iOS app development. Hybrid apps need approx 350 hours of development time and require more technical expertise which means higher developer cost as well.

Backend Development

With heavy traffic and the database that an app like tinder requires, you must have a fully equipped admin backend technical panel if you are hoping to compete with tinder app on some level. It usually takes around 180-200 hours for an efficient developer to create it.

This backend panel will not help you track down analytics of app users, it will also help you analyze user behavior and latest trends. You will have to keep yourself upgraded constantly if you want to last in a long time.

Note: To make the best out your backend panel, make sure that it has feasible integration with several other tools such as google analytics etc.

Web Portal Development

If you’re aiming big then you need to have some source of your entire database or information repository to which users can refer to via some extension. The cost for developing such an extension depends upon the features that you choose to go with. Generally, it can take 100-150 hours of development time.

Q/A testing

Quality analysis for debugging purposes is one of the most important phases in which any flaws left whatsoever are detected and resolved before final release. Due to this stage being highly technical and through, it can take anything between 150-200 hours to be completed. That all is including the app deployment on the app store.

All the above things considered apart, there is also the matter of technical expertise required and resources needed. Most of all, everything can depend upon whether you outsource or hire a team to build your app.

These 4 are the general team members that you will need for a basic dating app:

  • 1 Graphic Designer for about 50+ hours with charges ranging from $25 per hour and above.
  • 1 UX designer for approx 100+ hours with the price per hour starting from $25 same as above.
  • 1/2 programmers depending upon your choice between native and hybrid apps costing $25 per hour and above for native developers and $35 and above for hybrid ones.
  • 1 Quality Analyst for about more than 100 hours with per hour cost starting from $15.

Note: Above is just a rough estimate for the cost of the team members and depends highly upon their technical expertise, experience and the country you are in. Hiring members in developed countries such as America can cost twice or thrice as much as hiring them from a country like India.

Calculating all the above hiring costs and number of hours required from initial development to app deployment, we can put an estimate between $30k-$50k for an average dating app with your basic features. Needless to say, the higher you go in terms of UI, UX, technical features etc, pricing increases with the same.

Factors to Consider While Enterprise App Development

Factors to Consider While Enterprise App Development

Enterprise application development has made essential the seamless flow of internal communication across various departments such that data-driven and factual decisions undertaken get even simpler. An enterprise mobile app is helpful for any business in solving specific business problems, improve the business processes, and make the involved employees more productive. It is such an important aspect these days that Mobile application development companies are professionals hired by big brands and business to either develop an enterprise application to bridge the gap between the potential users or buyers and the business provider or sellers. Else, develop apps that are intended to cater the internal business processes. Also, to stay abreast of the continuously changing technology, businesses are willingly entering the app development field. In today’s world, even a small, local vendor/store has become tech-savvy by owning a personal enterprise application for his business and prefers most of the transactions through Paytm, PhonePe or any other such popular payment gateways.

With all this one can easily understand the importance of building enterprise applications for a business and having them to ensure that the business is having a progressive growth. Not only this, but enterprise application also ensures that all resources are used to the optimum value and there is an efficient model of work. Now, as we have established the importance of an Enterprise app, let’s understand what actually an enterprise app is and how it is developed.

What is an Enterprise App?

An enterprise application as the name suggests is obviously a business application. The mostly used term is a big business application. In today’s corporate environment, enterprise applications are complex, mission-critical, scalable, component-based and distributed in terms of the purpose they serve. They may be deployed for use on a variety of platforms across the span of corporate networks, intranets, or the Internet itself. They are data-centric, purpose specific and user-friendly for best experience. Also the enterprise app must meet stringent requirements for security, administration, and proper regularised maintenance. In short, they are highly complex systems.

Look-and-Feel of An Enterprise Mobile App - Parangat

Above image shows an example of the look-n-feel of an enterprise mobile app. Such Enterprise App Development means satisfying hundreds or thousands of separate business requirements. One more concept increasing the complexity of the app is that every development decision you make to satisfy the specified requirement affects many other requirements and functionality of other purpose modules, often in ways that are quite difficult to understand or predict. As if this is not enough, one more complexity is that that the failure to meet any of these specified requirements can actually mean the failure of the entire project!

Enterprise App Development

Once the need of an enterprise app is understood and the perks of having one is explained, the next question that arises is, “How to Build an Enterprise Application?” The question seems straight-forward and a novice answer would be, by getting in the app development cycle and going through it. But it is not that simple. Most of the popular business and organisations hire professional Enterprise App Development companies to get their app build. This helps them have the app developed in proper time span and continue their focus on the business.

The key features that need to be kept in mind during enterprise app development are:

Best Practices for Enterprise App Development - Parangat
  1. Knowing and Targeting Your Audience: As an enterprize mobile app needs to solve the specific business problems or serve precise business needs. Hence, one must properly identify and define the business needs very clearly and accurately to accomplish predefined business/organization goals. It is of utmost importance to spend some time in identifying business needs and to have the mobile app customized according to the precise needs. This, in turn, can reduce the development cost to the testers and developers. Unless you are as famous as Facebook, Google, Microsoft or Instagram, don’t expect your app to have a tremendous appeal to a mass audience. This is one huge biggest mistake that mostly many businesses make with their enterprise app development project as they intend to target everyone and end up targeting none. Before you begin with developing or even planning to build your enterprise app you must have an exact idea of who your audiences are and what they desire from your app or what you want to serve. Once you are cent percent sure of your target audience and have them classified based on factors affecting your business aspects, it is easier for you to market and promote your app in the best way for the utmost output.
  2. Problem Solving:  How would your app offer value to lives and why should the target audience or your internal employee use it or even install your app and not one offered by your competitor? This is one of the most important questions that any business must answer while developing their enterprise mobile app in the first place. Your enterprise app solution should address a problem that is being faced by most of the users. If you can find an actual problem that hasn’t been solved by anyone else before, you have struck a gold mine!
  3. Security & Functionality: It is important for any business to understand the difference between consumer apps and enterprise apps. While both of them may seem to be the same from the user’s point of view, as a business it is of optimum necessity that you lay stress on the security and functionality of the business enterprise apps. Users are likely to install and use enterprise apps when they are subscribing to your business services or when they have the intention of doing business with you. In both these cases, your enterprise app needs to live up to the high expectations and serve the best interest of the user in terms of security of data, user experience and personal information of the user.
  4. Focusing on User Experience: Would you ever love driving an ultra-luxurious high tech vehicle that is very complicated to manoeuvre? Irrespective of your business brand value, your enterprise app is of as much value as the user experience it offers. One must have alpha and beta testing along with a closed group actual user feedback on the experience that your app offers. The enterprise app development process must be moulded as required by the feedback from the user.

Conclusion

These are the most basic steps that any enterprise app development process must consider to have the best app and ensure that it fulfils the enterprise goals. To have a top enterprise mobile app developed for the business, one optimum way is to use mobile app developer companies like Fluper.

Also one must remember that the business and user requirements and expectation are continuously changing. So the enterprise mobile app development services and a process must keep in mind that the process and their app need to be adapting and enhancing continuously.
For more details on the process of an enterprise development app, you can also visit this article.