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Mobile industry trends and business challenges

Mobile devices became pervasive objects as soon as people used mobile phones, smart phones and PDAs anywhere and at anytime. Mobile applications let people access information and act on decisions or make purchases anywhere, anytime. There are number of areas where mobile applications are in demand like shopping, entertainment, security system, surveillance on certain items, travel reservations, mobile games, search, mobile stock trading, social networking etc.

So there is a huge demand for mobile application development. The key to stay ahead in fast placed and competitive mobile market is to consistently deliver robust and faster time to market solutions!

The market drivers/expectations are

  • Quick turnaround
  • Quality deliverables
  • High return on investment
  • Significant value add

However, the design and implementation of mobile applications is not as straightforward. Beside this, the design and implementation of user interfaces for mobile devices and applications is different from what is done for desktop PCs due to the different form factors and context of use.

Mobile application development has its associated challenges like

  • Developer need to develop basic GUI components which consumes significant amount of time.
  • Since there are inherent memory limitations on most of the mobile devices; developed components need to be optimized for memory and speed.
  • Available third party component libraries are not optimized for memory neither they are as user friendly and robust. More often these libraries are very expensive.

Over the years Aftek has gained significant expertise in developing mobile applications including security system, m-commerce applications, mine logistics systems, stock trading applications etc. We have a proven track record of delivering robust, customer centric, and time to market solutions.

Mobile Solutions

Today's mobile applications heavily use wide range of technology for creating mobile applications viz. J2ME, FlashLite, Android, iPhone. Aftek provides support for various mobile platform like Symbian (Nokia, Sony Ericsson, BenQ, Motorola, Siemens, LG), iPhone, Blackberry, Android. Our mobile solutions also consider various communication medium like Bluetooth, SMS, GPRS, Wi-Fi, NFC.

While developing mobile solution one need to consider various device idiosyncrasies like rich GUI, various screen size, keyboard mappings, backend integration, limited memory and storage handling.

  • Flashlite
  • Symbian C++
  • Android
  • iPhone, iPad
  • WinCE PDA

Following matrix provides an overview of our expertise on various aspects of mobile solution across platforms.

Mobile expertise Flashlite, J2ME, Symbian, iPhone, iPad, Android, WinCE PDA

Following aspects of mobile application will explain the matrix in more depth.

  • Rich GUI
  • Main focus of Aftek mobile solution is rich GUI which mainly includes flexible user interface, animation, and effortless visual effects. Another key feature in our solution is, various screen sizes support is taken into consideration, which will fit the GUI into various handsets seamlessly.

  • Backend integration
  • The clean interface provided by each mobile solution makes it easy to separate business logic from its presentation layer. One can communicate with any backend server using any of the above mentioned components.

  • Application integration
  • We also support combined solutions for better performance and result e.g. Symbian C++ and FlashLite communication. J2ME and FlashLite communication. Using such combined approach one can have better looking GUI along with strong backend communicators.

Component library
  • Device testing
  • Our mobile solution supports wide range of devices like Symbian (Nokia, Sony Ericsson, BenQ, Motorola, Siemens, LG), iPhone, Blackberry, Android, HTC. We also provide End-to-End testing of mobile application across various devices. Our testing services includes mobile testing, application testing, secuirity and device support/certification. We also provide solutions for mobile testing viz. Test Quest (TQ), compatibility checker application (for J2ME) which will be mainly used for testing various feature support on different devices.

  • Communications
      • GPRS
      • SMS
      • Wi-Fi
      • NFC
Aftek component library

Aftek provides solutions for all such wide variety of technologies. In order to create good looking user interfaces for such mobile applications, developers must either write their own custom low level GUI components or use those from an existing library. The process of writing these components from scratch is a time consuming and expensive and needs to take device fragmentation and variable screen sizes into account. Aftek has developed component libraries which mainly aim at reducing development time and focusing reusability concept while designing mobile application.

Irrespective of underlying technology the library focus is on speed and performance. The library has been designed and optimized to work across a huge range of devices and we have spent a great deal of time ensuring that the performance of every GUI component is lightning fast.

Benefits of component library

  • Reduces development time by 30% to 40%
  • Reduces recurring testing efforts, as the components are tried and tested
  • Reduces the overall maintenance efforts as well
  • Enables faster time to market solution

Aftek component library