Mobile Technologies

Push Notifications

Push Notifications

Communicating with your users properly through push notifications is an art form. It starts with HOW you ask permission in the first place. The user experience gurus at Productive Edge have developed optimal strategies for determining user intent before asking permission. On iOS and desktop Safari, this is particularly important because Apple only gives your application one chance. However, even after a user has given your application permission to send push notifications, that permission is always only one poorly targeted or poorly timed message away from withdrawal. Time zones, user demographics, priority and intent are key factors in determining what to push and when to push it. No matter the industry, business sector or type of application, push notifications can be one of the most powerful ways to interact with your users. Consult with Productive Edge and develop an intelligent, organization-wide, push-notifications strategy today.

Voice Interaction Voice Interaction

Voice Interaction

In many cases, your users will be more efficient and find greater satisfaction interacting with your application or web services by voice. Whether those interactions happen through CarPlay, Amazon Echo or smartphones, it is imperative to design those interfaces with simplicity and best practices in mind. The engineers at Productive Edge can help your organization identify the aspects of your application that make sense for voice interaction. Contact us today to find out more.

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Machine Learning and AI

Machine Learning and AI

It is often said that data is not information and information is not knowledge. Your organization and its applications are likely producing mountains of data that are presently going unused. Let Productive Edge help make sense of those valuable intangible assets by applying the latest techniques in big data and machine learning to your internal and external data stores. We will work with your stakeholders to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that your untapped data will most surely reveal after intelligent analysis by the world’s most sophisticated machine learning and artificial intelligence platforms. It is not just a matter of feeding in your raw data and hoping IBM Watson or Microsoft Oxford can make sense of it. We will help you to first scrub, filter, organize, and summarize your data in ways that will give those brilliant systems a much better chance of producing successful results that will improve your bottom line.

Machine Learning and AI

Computer Vision

Perhaps your organization needs to automate the tagging of images or alert users to visual events that meet predefined criteria. Maybe you have an application that needs to simply compare visual data over time. Productive Edge has the tools and experience to apply the amazing technologies of Computer Vision to your organization's goals and objectives. Contact us today to learn more and see what you may have been missing all along.

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Peer to peer Networking

Peer-to-peer Networking

Connecting to nearby devices isn’t just for mobile gaming. Technologies like bluetooth, peer-to-peer WiFi, beacons and NFC open up possibilities for local area mobile connections that aren’t dependent upon cellular networks or restricted by WiFi firewalls. From collaboration scenarios to handoff features to multi-perspective input, Productive Edge can help your organization build device-to-device connectivity into your mobile apps.

Camera Integration

Camera Integration

If your application or service needs to allow users to capture photos, videos, scan documents or process bar and QR codes, Productive Edge has the media framework expertise and experience required. Even if your app doesn’t need to use the camera in traditional ways, chances are that the camera, microphones and related sensors can be put to good use to make some aspect of your application more intelligent, more efficient or more aware. Schedule a call with our media framework experts today to find out how to put these tools to use for your business in innovative ways.

Passbook & Wallet

Passbook & Wallet

Users often need quick, secure access to tickets, receipts, security credentials and more outside of your application. Technologies like Apple Passbook and Google Wallet enable your app to securely store key documents for convenient access. Our creative team will work with your company to design attractive passes and our engineers will engineer a solution that is both intuitive and secure.

Deep Links for App Content

Deep linking exposes your app content to spotlight search and provides a mechanism to open an application's content using custom URL schemes. With deep linking you can send users directly to information they are interested in when they open your app. You can also use deep links in any ad format: Mobile App Install Ads and Mobile App Engagement Ads.

In-App Purchases & Subscriptions

Architecting your mobile app to allow users to purchase consumable content, non-consumable content or access to advanced features requires sophisticated planning during initial development. The monetization experts at Productive Edge will help your team make the right choices in terms of approach and implementation. If your app or services are sold on a subscription basis, we will work with your team to implement those capabilities optimally on the various app stores.

App slicing

App Slicing

Rather than requiring every user to download 100% of your app, it is now possible to architect mobile apps more efficiently for the App Stores enabling users to download only what they need for their particular device. It is also possible separate lesser used portions of your content and deliver those on demand. These techniques help users to download your apps faster and take up less storage on their devices.

Contact intigration

Contact Integration

Data entry should be minimized on mobile devices. Integrating your app with platform address books and
third-party contact API’s can save users time and greatly improve the user experience. As with any permission
request, it is important to explain the benefits of providing your app with access to confidential information
before asking permission. Address Book and contact integration requires careful planning in both user experience
and technical implementation. Schedule an exploratory session with Productive Edge today for an overview of
our approach to this and similar data integration techniques.

Peer to peer Networking

Bluetooth

From remote speakers and thermometers to door locks, fitness trackers and smart scales, connecting your app to traditional bluetooth accessories can really expand the possibilities. Utilize Bluetooth low energy BLE technology found in iBeacons and Datzing Beacons to provide location aware functionality that simply wasn’t possible a few years ago. Our experience with these technologies can help you to identify opportunities you’ve never imagined.

3D touch

3D Touch

Pressure sensitivity technology enables new and exciting ways for your users to interact with their mobile devices. We can program your app to reveal new functionality on supported devices. Depending upon whether the user taps lightly or pushes down on the screen with more pressure, new gestures like Peek and Pop on iOS allow users to view details quickly without leaving their current screen. At Productive Edge, we embrace these new user interface constructs in original ways to add greater dimension to our client’s apps.

Handoff & Seamless Transfer

More and more, users need to switch from their smartphones to their desktop computers or tablets for more detailed work or visa versa. Providing these capabilities is essential for optimal efficiency in your organization.

HomeKit & Brillo

HomeKit and similar technologies are not restricted to the home. There are endless possibilities for how these tools can be leveraged in business environments. Perhaps you believe that your application or services wouldn’t benefit from controlling switches and lights, locking doors or controlling other appliances. As with any technology, the key is to brainstorm how it might be used in your business to stay ahead of your competitors.

At Productive Edge, we won’t leave any stone unturned in our analysis of which mobile technologies will work best for you.

Healthkit

Announced by Apple as an open source project three years ago, HealthKit has truly revolutionized mobile healthcare technology. There are many useful ways that apps of all kinds can both contribute to and read from this rich central store of user health data but it is important to consider user privacy and security. Our substantial experience working with HealthKit on Enterprise apps enables our team to anticipate and address critical factors your company must consider. Reach out to our sales team today to schedule a meeting with our in-house HealthKit experts and find out why our approach to health data is second to none.

CarPlay & Android Auto

According to the US Census, the average commute time in the US is over 25 minutes. That’s a lot of time spent in the car with your hands on the wheel. But the hands-free technologies behind CarPlay and Android Auto have implications far beyond the automotive experience. Designing and Programming your app for hands-free operation can also benefit accessibility requirements, smartwatch integration and smarthome possibilities just to name a few.

Music Integration

According to Edison Research, Americans spend over 4 hours a day consuming audio. Allowing users to access basic music controls from within your app will keep them engaged. Every app can benefit from thoughtful integration of music controls and audio support. At the very least, we will help you make sure users can keep listening to their music when they launch your app. These types of user considerations are what sets Productive Edge apart.

Social APIs

Integration with existing social networks like Facebook, LinkedIN and others can simplify the sign-in process and provide additional capabilities to the services your app provides. Productive Edge has deep experience with all of the major social network API’s including important do’s and don’t that can make all the difference. Contact our sales team to find out more about how social integration can help take your app to the next level.

Calendar Integration Calendar Integration

Calendar Integration

Communicating with your users properly through push notifications is an art form. It starts with HOW you ask permission in the first place. The user experience gurus at Productive Edge have developed optimal strategies for determining user intent before asking permission. On iOS and desktop Safari, this is particularly important because Apple only gives your application one chance.

However, even after a user has given your application permission to send push notifications, that permission is always only one poorly targeted or poorly timed message away from withdrawal. Time zones, user demographics, priority and intent are key factors in determining what to push and when to push it. No matter the industry, business sector or type of application, push notifications can be one of the most powerful ways to interact with your users. Consult with Productive Edge and develop an intelligent, organization-wide, push-notifications strategy today.

GameCenter

It’s not just for games. Although GameCenter and Google Play Games are intended for multiplayer interaction, the concepts behind these technologies are worth considering for many different types of apps. Even if your app doesn’t keep score, it is unlikely that your company will have no use for groups, leaderboards, achievements or multi-user collaboration. Schedule a call with our gaming experts to explore how the concepts of multi-player games could be brought to your app to improve user experience and engagement.

Maps & Location Services

GPS technology has changed the world as we know it. Longitude, latitude, altitude, compass direction and other location related information can be employed to solve a wide variety of application requirements beyond just mapping. The Productive Edge difference means redefining how technologies are used to solve problems beyond the obvious. Taking the right approach to explaining to users why they should give you access to their location while using your app can make all the difference in opt-in rates. Contact us today to find out how we’ve leveraged location information to solve unrelated problems and improve user experience.

Direct Messaging

It’s no surprise that text messaging is the most commonly used feature on smartphones today. Live, instant, direct interaction via text and photos worldwide has brought everyone much closer together. Don’t let your app or your business fail to capitalize on the important technologies behind direct messaging. Let Productive Edge show you how DM can work for you.

Chat Bots

In a perfect world, your users would spend all their time in your app. Truthfully, users spend most of their time in messaging and chat apps. New technologies on iOS and Android allow for chat bots and special versions of mobile apps to run right from within the chat client. Contact us today to find out how your app can be extended to reach your users wherever they might be.

Mobile Security & Encryption

Security is serious business and your app is no exception. However, a mobile app is usually part of a broader ecosystem. Many mobile app development shops don’t have anywhere near the experience Productive Edge has on the server side as well as the mobile app side to ensure that both components are locked down equally well. Sometimes encryption is the answer, other times, intelligent authentication strategies are more important. Whatever your challenge, you can trust the security consultants at Productive Edge to architect and engineer an end-to-end strategy that will accomplish your goals and fulfill your industry requirements and without compromising usability and user enjoyment.

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