The World of HTML5 Applications

The Mobile App developers of a leading Phoenix Web Design Company ask its users if they have heard about the recently-gained-popularity apps, the HTML5 Applications. The kind of buzz these apps have picked clues us into that they are probably going to be the face of the mobile application world, this year or probably next. Though we strongly think that this is “one side” of the debate going on and blazing between the HTML5 apps versus native apps and this is what people are listening and seeing for quite a long time. This whole “will-shake-the-landscape-of-mobile-application” tends to make its presence in the limelight every now and then and we reckon that this going to remain as it is for quite some time. Until the whole shell breaks and all the best apps, we’ll witness in future will be the HTML5 apps. It’s highly unusual to see mobile developers carrying out these kinds of debates and the proponents of both the sides going on and about why their version should be considered the best. But when these kinds of discussions actually come out of the developer-zones and straight into the limelight where normal people like us hear them, it actually sends us into frenzy where we can’t seem to decide what to believe.

HTML5 in a hybrid form is steadily picking up the pace with mobile developers using this technology like it is being distributed like a cake, we thought it would be nice to devour a part of the cake too and try to understand how the cake is made and how it actually tastes.

Let’s first understand what is an HTML5 App?

To tell you honestly, I personally, and I think most of you also, might have heard about the “trending” HTML5 apps when once the man who changed the scenario of cellular communication and certainly the fate of Apple Inc. Steve Jobs mentioned that it would be the future of the web and Flash apparently wouldn’t. And up to some extent, his statement saw the day of light when the Cupertino Company blocked access to any kind of Flash Player on iOS. But to be honest it wouldn’t take an eye of a genius to guess that this was coming because HTML without an iota of a doubt has a lot more going for it than Flash ever in its history did. But we are certainly happy about the fact that mobile development has found a good and effective way to code applications.

HTML 5 refers to Hypertext Markup Language that we are currently on the 5th version of it. But when you hear about HTML5 apps it means web application developed with the 5th revision of the HTML web content standard and designed and developed for smartphones, tablets and other hand devices.

While making HTML5 apps mobile developers are basically dealing with these three codes.

  • HTML is actually providing a framework for the apps where mobile developers can write out their code and an application will transform into something we can use and interact with.
  • CSS is there to provide a way to visualize how all the individual bits of code will work out once they are rendered and is fully displayed on our screens.
  • The burden of all this lands on the shoulders of JavaScript that makes all these bits of code attractive and be able to perform their task.

HTML 5 allows for the development of more complex and easy to install functions than the earlier version of this web standard. This clearly means that the files created through HTML5 will be more like apps than like content. Adding a cherry on the top is the fact that all the mobile devices that are gracing the markets now will be able to support HTML5 apps. This means that developing a mobile application for multiple platforms with a screen that has its own version of that app would be now easier than ever since a code needs to be written only once.

This means that the mobile developers only have to write his or her piece of code only once and fine tune it and can put it everywhere. This is quite a relief from having to write separate code for Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, and HTML for webOS and BlackBerry 10. The developers can bring his or her code to life using whatever development environment they choose, be it Notepad or the complex one’s like Visual Studio or Adobe Dreamweaver, debug and fine tune it in whatever web browser they want and will actually work everywhere.

Your phone too will be able to support HTML5 apps. We have all seen HTML5 apps being used as a web page. To place the perfect example of this we have micro-networking site like Twitter and Google’s advertising-supported email service Gmail, which clearly presents HTML5 apps at work. Since HTML5 comes with the added advantage that it can be rendered by a web view component, putting a window inside a basic app frame to develop an app you can install directly on your phone is simple and fast.

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Also to make matters much easier, there are third-party apps available that can do everything for you, like Apache Cordova. This third party tool helps new and amateur developers to bring their new ideas to life and display it to everyone. It also helps seasoned developers to come up with new ideas that we have not seen or heard before. HTML5 dropped in a native application can run the code and make use of the assets it derives from the internet, but a developer has the liberty to install these locally and point the code there for offline native apps.

For more information on HTML5 apps, you can contact the expert mobile app developers and coders of a leading Seo Services In Phoenix Arizona, Etoile Info Solutions.

Are There any Difference between User Interface and User Experience?

For the SEO experts of a leading Company in Seo Services in Phoenix, the struggle to understand the actual meaning or to put in better terms, to understand the difference between the two conceptually interlinked terms is going on for quite a long time.

Earlier the problem wasn’t really that prominent because of the minimal nature of web design and development technologies that were being used. Today the internet is filled with abundant of different web design layouts and development languages that have made the gap between the two all the more distinct. Though used interchangeably, when explained separately, both the terminologies do present the users with different elements of the human-computer interaction and this is what we are going to talk about and deconstruct these terms word by word to reach to the utter depths of their meanings.

Before we get down to the task, laying out strikingly dissimilar differences between the two terms a result-oriented agency offering seo services in Phoenix Arizona would first like you to understand the meaning of the two terms.

What is User Interface?

User Interface (UI) design is the large and evolving arena. Theoretically speaking, it is the amalgamation of different website content (text, images, videos, webinars, documents, etc), form (Buttons, headings, labels, text fields, menu, navigation bar, drop-down lists, check boxes, graphic design, etc), and user behavior (What will happen if I click/check/drag, type etc).

It takes a lot of experience, keen attention to detail, a lot of practice, and a lot of user testing to get to the core of successful user interface design. Being a user interface designer requires your senses to visualize and practices to mold according to what the users deem qualified of being a flawless and perfect user interface design. A top-notch and highly converting user interface revolves around the boundaries of engaging, interactive, aesthetically magical and emotionally driving to make your products more lovable and beautiful and website all the more approachable.

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What I see an idle way of going about developing a user interface design is to visualize the entire product buying experience a sort of journey, which presupposes visiting a website all the way to the final check out page. Every user that takes on the task of downloading your app from the abundant of other apps available in the App Store/web, all the way through using it, completing a plethora of tasks and perpetrating goals within an app view this as a journey and that journey needs to be delightful and streamlined one.

What is User Experience?

Surfaced in the late 1990s, the term user experience was conceived by cognitive scientist Don Norman when he was assisting the Advanced Technology Group at Apple as vice president.

Here is how he defined user experience,

“‘User experience’ encompasses all aspects of the end user’s interaction with the company, its services, and its products.”

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Basically, user experience carries with itself a broad range of disciplines that primarily circumnavigates around user’s easiness to smoothly explore the nooks and crannies of a website or an application. User experience as visualized by many isn’t only the visual interaction between your product and a user.  This concept covers varied dimensions of the entire journey a person takes while exploring the depths of your application.

UX compasses the following customer journey facets,

  • The complete process the user has to go through to reach to your company’s product.
  • The string of actions users carries out in order to interact with the product interface.
  • The pool of emotions and reactions that arise when they try to accomplish a particular task.
  • The first impression (which can also be the last) they take away from the first journey they took of your application.

UX designers are responsible for weaving out product layout that successfully delivers a product or service that fulfills the expectations and needs of the customer along with ensuring that they able to accomplish their goals seamlessly and smoothly.

What differentiates User Interface from User Experience?

Now, it is really hard to pinpoint differences between the two terms, though we have chalked about definitions and the elements that make up these two terms, stating differences between the two terms is literally like asking the difference between a pizza and the ingredients with which a pizza is made, or the difference between a water bottle and the material with which a water bottle is made.

UI and UX are different to the point that UI is the structuring of individual digital interfaces, while UX encompasses designing and structuring the overall consumer experience or the journey from the initial app download or website visit to the final product checkout page.

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In a nutshell, UI is the part of UX, but that simply doesn’t imply that UI is a small and meager part of the UX. Both the jobs are big enough that neither can be accomplished with the successful implementation of the either. Revolving around both the terms are the different concerns, objections, tasks and different skills and mindsets. User experience is responsible for answering the bigger questions that are, why are people coming to your site? What do they want to do and how are you going to help them to do it? A user interface, on the other hand, is trying to give answers to these important questions by developing interactive and seamless digital interfaces to make a emotional connection with a user. Research is a vital part when it comes to designing user experience, this is the only way of knowing what makes a user tick, which interactions can bring out the desired reactions from the users and thereby build easiest, engaging and streamlined interactions. Both the UX and UI designers have somewhat similar goals to accomplish.

  • The final product is living up to the expectations of the user/ customer.
  • The final product is liked by the user/ customer.
  • It is the user who’ll use the product, not the designer, so it is quintessential to determine how the user will engage with the products and services, not the other way round.

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The Evolution of Google Search Engine Results in 2018

The experts of a leading Phoenix Web Design Company is reminiscing what Larry page once said in one of his orientations,

“We want to build technology that everybody loves using, and that affects everyone. We want to create beautiful, intuitive services and technologies that are so incredibly useful that people use them twice a day. Like they use a toothbrush. There aren’t that many things people use twice a day.” – Larry Page, Co-Founder of Google and CEO of Alphabet, Inc.

I don’t think there is any other company in the world more inclined towards innovation and creativity than Google. We’ve all seen this company grow into a mega search engine over the past so many years and we simply can’t put this all onto the increased internet usage, technological developments and changing user preferences (though all this is, in fact, part of it), they earned the status by being the most meticulous organization in the world.

And their meticulousness is clearly visible in the plethora of changes being done to the lifeblood of their business, the mega evolving SERPs and Search Engine Optimization techniques to rank websites.

We are simply not restricting these changes to Mobile-first indexing, AMP and voice search, we are talking about the less talked about but definitely-making-the-different kind of changes. In the past one and two months, Google has announced and started experimenting with a variety of SERP alterations that are definitely going to shake the landscape of search engine result pages.

Let’s have a look at how Google is changing the search engine result pages.

Length of Snippets in Search Results: In mid-December 2017, Google has officially increased the length of rich snippets in search engine results. They have definitely made some modifications to the way it displays snippets in search results. Earlier the length of the snippets was restricted only to 160-235 characters, but now the Google results are showing results with snippets increasing even 235 character limit and falling somewhere between 300-320 characters.

In most of the cases these snippets will dynamically change, purely based on the nature of the search query. The snippets are designed to answer efficiently the user’s question without having them to click on the linked page. If Google will not be able to fetch out an answer from the content of your page, the snippet will likely to remain at 160 limits.

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Introducing the Answer Carousel: What are these? Let me refresh your memory. Are you seeing Google display certain questions with small answers just below the first result snippet naming Best Answers? Yes, those answers are Google’s way of testing out its new feature that employs a carousel structure for answer snippets to a given search query. The main motive behind incorporating these Answer Carousels is to let users find the answers on the search page without clicking on the linked links.

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Knowledge Panel Incorporations: Google is updating how they are going to display its product-knowledge panels on mobile so they can give even more details about the specific products in the search results.

Google has officially confirmed the same in its Keyword blog, stating,

“Today, we’ve added more images and related searches inside select Featured Snippets to help you learn even more about your topic, or to discover new things related to your interest.”

“For example, while looking at the Knowledge Panel about skiing, you’ll see related searches for sports such as snowboarding directly inside the result.”

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For those who are not aware of what knowledge panels are, it is the block at the beginning of the SERPs that displays an extracted answer from a given web page.