Testflight from Apple is a program with which beta testing for iOS applications can be performed. It consists of a service, which provides the functions, and an app on the test device that interacts with the user. Testflight is especially interesting from the perspective of developers, because they get faster feedback. Also for companies, the use of Testflight is an advantage, because what helps in development increases productivity.
Testflight has been used by app developers as an beta test platform since several years. Apple bought the service this year in connection with the acquisition of Burstly, the company that originally developed the platform. Apple has redesigned the program and made it available as an integrated iOS 8 service for both developers and testers.
Certainly you’ve read some of the many news and articles about the new version 8 of Apple’s iOS, which circulated in the past few months in the media. All the new functions and applications where described extensively in these texts. In business, this is important, but equally important are things that home users mostly do not care for. These mainly include data security, a coordinated management of the mobile equipment and the software as well as an accurate measurability of productivity improvement.
Both Google and Apple are entering the smartwatch market: Google with the operating system “Google Wear”, Apple with a custom iOS version and the corresponding hardware. This will be the first serious attempts to establish this new market. Initially, the key application are fitness, social networks and the controlling of apps. But why shouldn’t smartwatches be used also in the industrial sector – similar to phones and tablets?
At the developer conference I/O 2014, Google has unveiled the next version of the Android operating system. It could get the version number 5.0, but this is not yet confirmed. Anyway, for Google it is a big step forward.
iGrow is an iOS/Android application that was created by XINFO for Summerrain GmbH (Switzerland).
The application supports individual growth as well as personal performance improvement and aligns it with the achievement of strategic enterprise objectives. This is accomplished by simple exercises that require little time and are performed daily by the staff.
iGROW can be used in companies, associations or societies of any kind that want to realize the full potential of their employees.
Earaction is an application for smartphones that is used for noise awareness among young people. Especially this target group is often not aware of causes and effects of too much noise – that is why hearing impairments are quite common at a young age already.
The app provides information about the sensory organ of hearing. It will alert you to potential hearing damage and important preventive measures. A simple hearing test evaluates your hearing performance and strengthens your awareness of this highly sensitive organ. Particular emphasis is placed on a simple representation of complex acoustic physics. With interactive listening experiences, knowledge and more understanding of noise and decibels are taught. You can compare, for example, the hearing capabilities of a healthy and of a damaged ear.
The application was created by us in collaboration with the University of Munich and the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health. It is available on Google Play:
We have published an article in the new issue of mobileDeveloper (5/2012, pp. 60-64): ‘In Kontakt treten’ (Making Contact). The topic of the article is how to retrieve addresses from a mobile device in a new way (using the ContactsContract).
MobileDeveloper is one of the leading German magazines for developers who write programs for smart phones and tablet computers.