Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AppMethod - One-stop mulitdevice app development platform

IoT has to be 'Universal'. Therefore, it has to be multi-platform, multi-device, device-size agnostic and more. This is why you hear more and more 'cross-platform' development. This app works on iPhone but not on Android etc. will not do. AppMethod is one such program from the veteran, Embarcadero.

Sign up here to get software that you can use to build apps in record short time.
Registration is needed, but easy with few elements.

Note that the downlaoded program (file size: 3GB) is free for only one year. Read the information on
the download page above.

See overview here taken from a video on the site

Features overview
  • One-stop mulitdevice app development platform

  • Supports Internet of Things

  • FireUI Multi-device designer

  • Enterprisemobility Devices with FireDAC support

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lumia Cyan and Denim Updates

These are Windows Phone 8.1 updates.

Lumia Cyan Update features:
  • Personal Start Screen
  • Action Center
  • Word Flow Keyboard
  • Improved and updated imaging Apps
    • Nokia Camera
    • Nokia Storyteller
    • Creative Studio
More details here:

Here is a Lumia Cyan Update Video

Denim Update aka Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

Supported features/enhancements:

  • Cortana
    •  UK and China as Beta
    • India, Australia and Canada Public alpha
    • US-Natural language, Car kit integration via Bluetooth; snooze reminders and better calendar
  • Live folders
  • Organize Folders, apps
  • Apps Corner-Customized Start Screen suitable for employees
  • SMS Merge and Forwarding
  • Snooze Time for Alarm App
  • Consumer VPN-Security feature while using public Wi-Fi
  • Mobile Web Site improvements
  • Store Live Tile
List of Nokia Phones that leverage Denim update features such as Lumia Camera:
Lumia 930
Lumia Icon
Lumia 1520
Lumia 830

Cyan Update for Nokia Lumia Icon is not coming soon

It looks like Verizon is not going to roll out Cyan Update in the near future as they are "taking quality issues very seriously". It is being rolled out to so many others and they even have a schedule.

Thankfully I have no fixed contract for my Nokia Icon and I am seriously considering returning it.

All high 5's for Microsoft Lumia 535

Microsoft launched a low priced smart phone (Lumia 525)  today with some very desirable features. Probably I will ditch my Nokia Icon 929 and get this one as Verizon is most likely not going to roll out Windows 8.1 for this Nokia Icon.

It has,
  • 5" screen
  • 5 Megapixel front-facing camera
  • 5 Megapixel rear-facing camera
  • Skype & OneNote
  • Reasonable battery capacity 1905 mAh
  • Single SIM or Smart Dual SIM(both 3G)
  • Personal experience with Action Center, Word Flow, Live Folders, Cortana
  • 1.2 GHZ quar-core processor and 1 GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal memory Plus microSD card slot (up to 128 GB) for external memory Plus 15GB Free OneDrive
  • Available colors: Cyan, bright Orange, bright Green, white, dark Grey and Blackat a very
affordable price, about 110 euros (8000 Indian Rupees in India).

When can you buy? Soon, during this month
More details here
Watch this promo video here:

Monday, November 10, 2014

Windows Phone Sensors and Carriers

I have been looking at sensors as related to Health and Fitness apps and I came across a problem which prompted me to look at all Nokia phones to see the sensors available on the phones and the carriers who offer the phones.

Well, Verizon sold me a phone which is really a Nokia 929 as a Nokia Icon Black. I am not if it is the same as Nokia Icon.

Here is a listing:

Verizon Phones
Lumia 822
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.
Lumia 928
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.
Lumia Icon
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, SensorCore.
Reference: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/mobile/phone/lumia-icon/specifications/

AT&T Phones
Lumia 830
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, SensorCore.
Lumia 635
Accelerometer, SensorCore.
Lumia 1520
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, SensorCore.
Lumia 1020
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Barometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.
Lumia 925
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.
Lumia 520
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor.
Lumia 920
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.
Lumia 820
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.

T-Mobile Phones:
Lumia 530
Lumia 635
Accelerometer, SensorCore.
Lumia 925
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.
Lumia 521
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor.
Lumia 810
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.

Cricket Phones
Lumia 635
Accelerometer, SensorCore.
Lumia 630
Accelerometer, SensorCore.
Lumia 1320
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer.
Lumia 530

Metro PCS
Lumia 521
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Creating cross-platform apps with a tab view template - Part 1

If you have not reviewed my previous posts please do so now.

Cross-Platform Project apps that you can choose for designing apps here:

Step-by-step procedure to create a ListView app here:

There are some slight changes in this version and I recommend you download the latest.
Here in Part 1, I will cover using the tab view template in Intel XDK for cross-platform and
in Part 2, I will cover modifying the template and deploying it to your device.

If you do not have the latest Intel XDK you can get it from here:

Download the above and double click to install.
Launch the Intel XDK application from its shortcut. You may get a warning as shown.

Click Yes - Safe Restart
This happens if you did not exit the application normally the previous time.

The following page is displayed.

Click Open an Intel XDK project.

You will get displayed the Start a New Project window as shown above.

Click Start with a template
Choose tab view and click on Tab View App.

Click on Use this template

This takes you to:

This template, like the List View template,  uses the Intel App Framework which is free and Open Source targeting mobile apps for HTML5 Mobile browsers.

Click Download ZIP. You could also clone as explained in the my previous post, but to keep it simple just click Download ZIP and save it to a location of your choice.

You have downloaded template-tab-view-master (258KB) file. Extract the files from this ZIP.

In the previous screen  click on Use this template.

You may need to login to your account to get started.

You will be taken to create a Project screen to specify folder and project name.

Click Create.

If successful you will see a congratulatory message. Click OK to the message.

In the Your Intel'XDK Projects page click on MyTabView (the name given by you)

Click on Develop tab in the Toolbar at the top.
You will get displayed the index.html page as shown.

The coding for the tab view is at the bottom as in the enxt paragraph:


Each tab is associated with a page having its own icon and navigation.

At this point you can run the app right away.

You can just run this app without doing anything else as the right hand side shows the live development tasks. There are tow of them:
  • Run My App
  • Live Layout Editing
Click Run My App
You can run it on your own device (my Windows Phone) or run in an Emulator of your choice. There is quite a bit of choice of the device here.

For now click on Run in Emulator.
Nokia Icon emulator opens in a new window as shown. You can play clicking the tabs (4 of them) and see how the pages are rendered.

This next one is for iPhone.

There are many other choices here.

You want to build a Web App with Intel XDK? Find here.

Read about other Intel XDK templates here.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Come Tuesday it is not Nokia Lumia, it is Microsoft Lumia

Microsoft Lumia smartphone will be released on coming Tuesday. The promotional image is not
breathtaking. I am not sure what kind of designers they have in Redmond. They should send them out to Cupertino.

This picture is from the below link
This is the beginning of change over of names from Nokia to Microsoft. I do sincerely hope that
Microsoft does not fire its staff responsible for Camera as I believe the Nokia branded cameras (I
have an Icon) are perhaps the best of the cameras.

Add your comments here:

Another change I would personally like to happen is that Microsoft provide the upgraded OS (Windows Phone  8.1) to all phone owners irrespective of the carrier. This is a must, I would not take no for an answer. I have been ranting about it for a considerable time.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Get the latest Intel XDK and jump start app development

Intel XDK is continuously evolving. The version number now is (November 4) v1536 and you can download from here for the major mobile platforms:

Also download product briefing here:

The key benefits from the pdf are listed here:
  • Easy-to-use streamlined intuitive workflow from idea, design, debug, build and deploy
  • Develop efficiently: Integrated design, test, and build tools for many devices
  • Deploy simply: Across more app stores, and form factor devices
The new features in this release:
  • Apache Cordova CLI and Plugin version is updated to 3.5
  • Intel App Preview Updates
  • App Designer Updates- App Starter deprecated
  • Code editor and Web Services updated
  • Google Play games services add to featured Cardova plugins list
  • Build system has been updated
Also serveral issues in the previous version have been addressed
Read more here:

Get the latest version:
Version 1995 here.

Build Web Apps with Intel XDK.