Best tools for designing mobile apps:

App designers have worked continuously to refine design tool kits to speed up the workflow and execute right design decisions. These tools have helped enabled designers to clearly communicate ideas and solve any technical troubles. Evaluating various extensions, plug-ins, tools and other resources have become necessary for the design cycle. Here is a list of some of the most popular mobile app design tools:

Sketch: Sketch has become a popular alternative to photoshop for designing mobile apps among designers. Unlike photoshop, Sketch is more focused on UI/UX design that offers a powerful set of features. It helps designers to create wireframes, visual design and vector logos, thereby achieving overall productivity with no wastage of time. Sketch is easy to use and offers additional features such as multi-resolution exporting and shared styles and symbols.

MockPlus: Mockplus is a powerful prototyping tool that is code-free and easy to follow. A simple drag and drop option allows designers to make interactions and preview ways to test the prototypes. Mockplus’s simplicity and efficiency is an USP for this tool. The collaboration features makes team work as time efficient as possible.

Adobe Experience Design (XD): Being the main competitor of Sketch, Adobe XD offers all the basic features like wireframing, prototyping and much more. Although the easy to use XD is still in the preview state, many app designers who have started using it are providing positive feedback.

Marvel: The Marvel tool helps users to create designs, prototypes and collaborate with other team members as well. It allows designers to synchronize their designs with other tools like Sketch, photoshop and illustrator, and cloud storage services such as dropbox and google drive. It allows designers to add animations easily without the need of an after effects expert.

UXpin: It is a wireframing and prototyping web tool that has a simple interface and many built-in features. This tool organizes the workflow by keeping all the layers of the design intact. The usability testing feature helps perform tasks, count the users and their clicks and display results to the team. This dynamic toolkit consists of several design elements for creating great designs from scratch. Additionally, the drag and drop feature helps users to build wireframes or prototypes that are compatible with multiple devices with a range of display resolutions.

Justinmind: It is a great prototyping tool that can be downloaded and used to work offline as well. This dynamic tool comes equipped with an extensive widget library that enables users to enter HTML, videos, docs, interactive maps and online/offline content in the website or application.

The tools mentioned above speeds up the design process, giving users more time for refining their designs. For world class mobile app designs and all your app development needs, send your queries to contact@bmsils.com

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Welcome to the world of PlanetAR:

Virtual reality and augmented reality are two new buzzwords in the world of e-learning. Augmented Reality could drastically change the way in which we inherent knowledge, especially online. The PlanetAR brand consists of several innovative products that offer an interactive experience that makes learning fun for toddlers. Our team of experts has designed the products based on the suggestions by early childhood experts and parents.

PlanetAR Animals:

Interact with animals in AR like never before. Buy the complete set of the interactive and informative Planet AR cards for kids. PlanetAR Animals cards are a collection of 9 animals.

“Planet AR – Animal” mobile app* is available for both android and iOS devices. It offers an enjoyable and educational experience for kids with captivating animations and sound effects.

Have an elephant on the palm of your hand or maybe you’d prefer a lion instead. Examine the animals up close in 3D mode. The 2D sketch will turn into a 3D moving animation which allows you to spin, turn and zoom in and out of each animal. PlanetAR Animals gives you both interesting and informative facts about animals.

PlanetAR Alphabets & Numbers:

Flashcards are no longer boring with the new Planet AR Flash Cards. Planet AR Alphabets and Numbers is an educational and interactive game for children. Pair the App with Planet AR Alphabets and numbers flashcards and watch as the numbers and alphabets spring to life. Planet AR app is available at Google Playstore and App store. It offers an easy way for little ones to learn and pronounce alphabets, numbers and fundamental vocabularies.

One set of flashcards consists of 36 Augmented Reality Flashcards. 26 Alphabets cards, 10 numbers cards, 1 instructions card, a discount coupon,

PlanetAR promotes imagination, self- learning, creativity and much more. You can get your set of PlanetAR Augmented Reality Flash Cards on Amazon. Use Promo Code: PARAND20 and get 20% discount.

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Mobile based vehicle tracking solution:

Why have a mobile based vehicle tracking?

The only other person who loves your bike more than you do is a thief. A determined thief is not deterred by common measures that you take such as using a U-lock, chain lock, or even parking in well-lit and crowded places.

The Bykehound device and mobile app is an innovative and unique security solution for your two wheeler. The Bykehound device is easy to install on your bike and is connected to your smartphone via the Bykehound mobile app. The app has a number of interesting and useful features to ensure your bike’s safety round the clock. The compact and handy device doesn’t require much effort to configure with your smartphone.

The operation of the Bykehound tracking device is so simple that even people without the technical know-how can access and use it with ease. With a robust back-end the user friendly Bykehound mobile application is available for both android and iOS devices.

List of features:

Arm/Disarm: The user friendly app allows users to activate/de-activate the bykehound device on their vehicle from anywhere.

Locate My Bike: Users can track and locate their stolen vehicle on the map on a real time basis.

Call Emergency: With a single click, users can call anyone in their primary contacts.

Follow Me: Users can allow loved ones to track their location on a real time basis.

Immobilize: Users can turn off their vehicle engines through the user friendly mobile app.

With the increase in the number of bike thefts in the country, now is the right time to invest in the Bykehound device.

The best free apps for your android smartphone:

From fantastic widgets to task automators, there are many mobile apps that showcase the power and flexibility of Google’s platform. Here are some of the most popular and useful free apps for android devices.

Blue Mail: This is one of the most popular and simple to use app for accessing emails. It supports a ton of email providers and comes with color coding for organization, app themes, Android Wear support, and widgets. Another interesting feature of this app is the option to block notifications during certain times to help users customize their experience.

AppLock: This simple but powerful app allows users to lock apps with passwords. It is free to use and contains ads. AppLock offers a number of features for users; however, the ad-free version of the app has a few features missing.

Credit Karma: This financial app allows users to check their credit score and notifies them when there are major changes to the score. This underrated app also suggests potential credit cards that the user is qualified for based on their credit score.

Feedly: It is one of the most popular news apps in the market. This RSS reader enables users to subscribe to tons of different websites and get news from all of them. Feedly app is easy to use and completely free, and supports podcasts, YouTube channels, and more.

Gboard: It is Google’s official keyboard app and offers a number of features like gesture typing (swiping), light theming, voice typing, emoji search, GIF support, and more. It also has a built-in Google search option that lets users search the web without leaving the keyboard or the app that they’re in. This free app also syncs between multiple devices.

Groupon: This app is simple to use and is one of the most popular apps among users. It allows them to browse for discount coupons that can be used for goods or services that they want. Users can also track coupons that they have used and take advantage of deals instantly. It is definitely an app worth trying.

KeePassDroid: This password manager is like a locker where users can save all kinds of sensitive information. This includes login details for websites, serial numbers and much more. Additionally, users can export their stuff to proprietary file types so they can transfer the data to other devices. This app is completely free and does not contain any in-app purchases.

Quik: It is a free video editor app that strings multiple videos taken by the user in a sort of video collage. Users can choose the duration of the clips, make cuts, add effects and more to add a little flair to the videos.

TickTick: It is among the most popular to do list apps in the market that enables users to make lists, share tasks with others, organize tasks in multiple ways, get reminders and set recurring tasks. There is a paid version of the app that offers other features like calendar support and more.

1Weather: It is one of the best weather apps in the play store and provides information such as current weather, forecast for up to 12 weeks, radar to see storms approaching, and other interesting stats for users. The app also provides severe weather notifications and offers customizable widgets. The free version of the app provides all the features but is not ad-free. There is an option for in-app purchase to remove these ads.

Best AR apps for your smartphone:

Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the categories of apps and games in Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store that has grown in popularity in recent times. Augmented reality refers to the enhancement of our real-world environment through computer-aided sensing. AR Apps use the phone’s camera or other sensors to give users more enhanced information about their environment. Companies using AR for a number of applications has become to driving force for augmented reality application development. AR is rapidly growing in popularity by merging elements of the virtual world, into our real world. Here is a list of the most popular AR apps and games.

Pokémon Go: This game combines Nintendo’s Pokémon with augmented reality technology. It sends players exploring their neighborhood on foot to discover, photograph and collect Pokémon. The user’s phone functions as a map and viewfinder, guiding them towards Poké Stops to collect various items.  Pokémon Go is a free game that is available for both android and iOS devices.

Ingress: It is a massive multiplayer augmented reality game available for both android and iOS users. This GPS based game has players joining rival secret societies to fight for control over “Exotic Matter” (XM). Players can use their devices to travel to real world locations to gather “XM” and gain control of portals around buildings and landmarks.

World Brush: This app allows users to draw and paint over real-world views using a variety of virtual brushes. The virtual painting is saved to its approximate GPS location, which allows other World Brush users nearby to view your creations. There is also an option to like, dislike and report offensive content. This app is currently available for iOS users only.

AR MeaseureKit: This app offers several handy utility functions for users. It is available for iOS users only and turns the user’s iPhone into a measuring tool. The ruler function in the free version of the app enables users to measure the length of surfaces. There is also a chaining tool for measuring more complex lengths. An in-app purchase unlocks full functionality of the app that offers tools for placing AR marker pins, measuring angles, trajectories, a person’s height, and checking whether a surface is level as well.

Fitness AR: This app allows users to visualize their running and biking routes in 3D, overlayed over the real world. They can sign in with their Strava account and select one of their recorded routes or explore the featured ones. The app also allows users to circle around and explore the map from multiple angles. This app is currently available for iOS users only.

Star Walk 2: This AR app uses the device’s sensors and location data to present an interactive view of the night sky. The app will display a matching view of constellations, planets and other celestial bodies in real time when the device is pointed skyward. While the Time Machine mode allows users to view starscapes at past or future dates, the night mode makes the app more comfortable to use in low light conditions.

Augmented Reality technology has changed the face of smartphone apps and gaming. AR adds digital images and data to amplify views of the real world, giving users more information about their environments.

Want to develop an Augmented Reality app? With 7 years of experience in developing mobile apps, we at BMS Innolabs are ready to take any challenge to make the best use of our expertise for your business.

Top anti-virus apps for android:

Android is the most widely used operating system in the world, and Antivirus apps are one of the most popular types of applications among android users. With increasing number of security threats, it would be wise to install an antivirus or a security app on your device. There are several such apps available on the Google Playstore. While some just have the option to run automatic scans, there are other apps that actively try to prevent malicious web pages and files from being opened or downloaded. Here is a list of some of the most popular security apps for android devices.

AVAST mobile security:  Antivirus giant, Avast, has created an app which goes above and beyond just a regular scanner. Features offered in this app include a call blocker, firewall and even an anti-theft option that allows users to remotely lock or wipe their android device if it goes missing. Initially, the app used to be paid but is now free to use and has ads that can be removed with a monthly or yearly premium. The ‘in-app locking feature prevents malware from launching apps such as internet banking automatically.

Bitdefender antivirus Free: It is a lightweight app that frees up system resources and saves battery life. This app does not run in the background, which means users will have to schedule scans or run them manually to be safe. There is a paid version of the app that offers the basic antivirus as well as real-time protection for the Chrome browser and anti-theft features as well. There is also a Privacy advisor tool that adds an additional layer of security to the user’s smartwatch, which alerts them if they leave their phone behind.

AVL: Antiy AVL security solution’s features include not only an antivirus database, but also a scanner capable of detecting any kind of executable file making its way onto the device. Other useful features include a call blocker to prevent calls from malicious numbers, an anti-phishing feature to stop harmful websites from loading. The app is lightweight and does not drain the device’s battery life.

McAfee security: McAfee is a well-known antivirus software that is available for both PC and android devices. The free version of the app includes features like antivirus scanner, block access to potentially malicious websites, tracking a lost device, and the app can also take a picture of the thief in case the device is stolen. Another useful feature is the ability to scan apps to check if they leak sensitive information of the user.

Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus: The free version of the security app has many features and is very good at detecting malware. It also blocks any malicious sites or links before the user clicks on them thereby preventing an infection. The premium version of the app offers additional security features such as automatic scanning, anti-phishing, call filtering and text filtering. The supports android wear which simplifies security management.

Top Messaging Apps:

Since the appearance of smartphones and the subsequent explosion of mobile apps in the market, low-cost chat and social messaging apps have been proven to be a cheaper alternative to operator-based text messaging via SMS. Traditional SMS text messaging has become old-fashioned with the rise in popularity of these online messaging apps. There are several messaging apps that offer social networking features with improved security. They not only provide the option to send messages, but also offer voice calling, video calling and file-sharing options as well. Many messenger apps offer interesting features like group chats, exchange of graphics, videos, audio messages and even stickers or emoticons. Hers are some of the most popular messaging apps based on the number of monthly active users on both android and iOS devices.

Whatsapp: With over 1.2 billion active users, Whatsapp is the most popular messaging app among smartphone users around the world. This free to use app is very easy to setup using just the phone number. This feature rich app allows users to send text, photos, voice and short video messages to their WhatsApp contacts. The app has continuously added new features like emoji, video calling, and most recently, end-to-end encryption.

Facebook messenger: Social media giant Facebook’s foray into mobile messaging is its messenger app. It is a dedicated messaging app that builds on company’s existing chat network and offers more mobile messaging features. Users can sign in using their facebook account credentials to use the apps features such as send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls to other users. There is also lighter version of the app called Messenger Lite that can run on older Android devices and requires less memory and processing power.

We chat: With over 900 million users, we chat dominates in the Chinese mobile web. This app offers users with features like free instant messaging, video and voice calls, group chat, and multimedia messaging as well.

QQ mobile: This app has over 800 million users and offers a number of unique features. This includes making video calls, send voice messages, texting with emoticons and more. The most interesting feature is Live Translation with a built in translator that supports over 50 languages. The app offers location-based discovery functions to find QQ users nearby and make new friends.

Skype: Microsoft’s Skype is most known for its video and voice call functionality. The app also boasts a robust instant messaging system. It allows users to send text, photos, short video messages to other Skype users, even when they are not online. Skype credits can be used to calls to mobile phones and landlines. It is very popular among companies for its business friendly features in its professional version. Even in the face of stiff mobile competition, this old warhorse has stood the test of time.