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Ooh-AR – Augmented Reality Platform

An interactive, engaging platform recently the world’s leading transport operator FirstGroup have come onboard

19th February 2014

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Childcare.co.uk – B2C Mobile Apps

Award winning app providing parents and childcare providers with everything they need at their fingertips

19th February 2014

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Hermes Datacomms – B2B Data Insight App

Realtime data from Microsoft SharePoint providing customers with data they need through their smartphone

19th February 2014

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iOS 7 – Thoughts from the Mobile Dev Team

Once again we are subjected to another Apple announcement, this time promoting the new iPhone 5s and 5c. Although our team haven’t yet got their hands on the latest model, they have given their thoughts on the new operating system, iOS 7. Alex Don and John Auger, our vastly experienced iPhone app developers, both give their varied opinions, offering insight into the pros and cons for the iOS 7. Alex says; “iOS 7 brings a welcome UI overhaul, largely abandoning the dated and unsightly real-world metaphors found in previous versions of iOS, in favour of a cleaner, brighter and content-focused aesthetic. Unfortunately, iOS 7 feels unfinished and disjointed in places, with a confused design language (I’m looking at you home screen icons, Notes and Reminders apps), frustratingly lengthy transition animations and home screen icon text that is unreadable on many wallpapers. Disappointingly, if you strip away the fancy new UI, what remains is largely unchanged from iOS 6 in terms of user-space features. Control Center is a useful and welcome addition, but it simply adds basic functionality long enjoyed by users of other platforms and inexplicably missing from iOS until now. The other key new feature, AirDrop, in true Apple style, is both proprietary and unnecessarily restrictive – it only works between iOS devices and doesn’t support any iPhone prior to the iPhone 5. Even the cheapest Android device provides the ability to quickly send files to other devices via widely supported Bluetooth OBEX/GEOP profiles. Why is it that I still can’t do this in iOS, 6 years into its existence? Elsewhere, the iOS keyboard lives on, still without support for gesture typing or a persistent number row, Notification Center looks fresh but still offers no support for dismissing individual notifications, instead requiring you to dismiss groups of notifications organised

24th September 2013

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iOS 7 Release Review

Recently, Apple announced the release of iOS 7 beta. Since then all of the techies have been downloading iOS 7 to see what it’s made of. We have been watching a series of videos from WWDC on the new iOS 7 features for developers. A number of APIs that allow designers and developers to leverage to new look of iOS 7 look extremely interesting. Deference (content is key – and UI should never compete with it) Clarity (text is readable and legible at all sizes – users can now change font sizes dynamically to suit their needs, and the focus is on functionality) Depth (utilising metaphors of physical layering for UI elements to give views context and users understanding of their place within the app’s flow) Taking into account the three aspects above, the design approach that Apple have focused on is specifically towards iOS 7. Existing apps that have been built for iOS 6 and below may not perform as well on iOS 7. Those apps that have been developed for iOS 6 and below will need to consider updating the UI to stand inline with the iOS 7 UI. With the amount of apps already on the App Store and the new apps to come adopting the new OS will result in a mixed design style on the App Store. An interesting article by Marco Arment outlines his thoughts on iOS 7, a comment that stood out was: “I don’t think most developers of mature, non-trivial apps are going to have an easy time migrating them well to iOS 7. Even if they overcome the technical barriers, the resulting apps just won’t look and feel right. They won’t fool anyone.” What the One Result mobile team make of iOS 7… Our newest recruit on the mobile team John

14th June 2013

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Mooch Bar – Brand and Responsive Website

Bringing a whole new level of style to Birmingham’s busy nightlife with online presence that’s consistent across all devices

28th May 2013

Man vs. Machine or Man becomes Machine?

Its Google I/O time again! At One Result we are avid watchers of both the Apple and Google worlds to see what exciting innovations or skeuomorphic squashing leaps will be announced by the current leaders of the consumer tech world. The most daring product of the moment is Google Glass. Whether or not (this time around) the technology (and the people its aimed at) is ready, this or something similar will likely be a standard accessory in 5-10 years time. Unlike just another smartphone announcement, or yawn inducing iteration on the smart TV, Google Glass is a potentially revolutionary product. The Glassware (Google’s term for apps, see http://glass-apps.org/ for some examples) that we will see over the next few years will likely contain real innovation and be used in ways we can’t foresee. From education to the erotic this may be the start of another land rush for developers and entrepreneurs. As with most new technologies there are plenty of naysayers. If you’ve had the pleasure of watching Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror episode “The Entire History of You” (if you haven’t head over to http://www.channel4.com/programmes/black-mirror/4od) you will be very much aware of how deeply integrating such technology with day-to-day life can have unintended consequences. Mobile phones have their negatives, from parental worries about teen sexting to yet another thing which reduce our powers of attention, and Google Glass will be no different. Bans have already started appearing over concerns with privacy. These are likely to have easy fixes and some countries may enact legislation to deal with this – South Korea has a law forcing all cameras to have a shutter sound which cannot be disabled. There will also be a period of time where people wearing Google Glass in the street are viewed with some suspicion, just like the

15th May 2013

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Infographic: Google Glass Specs

Google Glass is no doubt one of the most anticipated gadgets of recent months. Since the recent distribution of the first beta units the hype has un-surprisingly further grown. So what can you expect for your money? What will you be getting and how will they perform? As there is currently nothing really like this on the market, there is nothing really to compare to, however the package offered from the people at Google seems pretty rounded. In partnership with mcommerce.io we have produced this visual representation of what to expect from Google Glass.

15th May 2013

Latest One Result Apps

One Result has worked with some fantastic clients in the past few months to produce some exciting apps. This is a taste of some cool stuff available now on the App Store and/or Google Play. Servango Servango is a great app for either making some extra money or getting someone to do jobs for you. This app earned me some brownie points last month with my girlfriend. I persuaded her to get a real Christmas tree this year on the proviso that I disposed of it after Christmas. I had forgotten how big and spiky Christmas trees could be. Thankfully I used Servango and a couple of hours after posting a job the tree had gone! A guy near to my girlfriends house was browsing the app, gave me a quick call and picked it up and took it to the tip. A clear win for me – for a small amount of money I saved myself getting my car full of needles and wasting an hour on a Saturday. Download Servango from the App Store… Childcare UK Childcare UK recently got a ‘Best of 2012′ from Apple in the disruptive services category. Just today an update has been released for Android which makes the app even more useful for parents and childcare providers. Now instead of having to go into the app to check your messages and see who has viewed your profile or added you as a favourite the latest update introduces push notifications. On Android we used GCM (Google Cloud Messaging) to alert the user. Now you can pull down your notifications and see what has been happening on your Childcare account. This feature is coming to iOS later in the month. Download Childcare UK from the App Store… Download Childcare UK from Google Play… Comics in

6th March 2013

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StaySafe – Technology Partner, Lone Worker Platform

Leading Lone Worker solution providing businesses across the world with the support they need

22nd February 2013

One Result Reviews Apps for the New Year

Did you give yourself any New Years Resolutions for 2013 or is it a tradition which is well and truly dead? Whatever the case, the One Result mobile development team looks at some apps which should help organise tasks, quit bad habits and turn over a new leaf. The Apps we reviewed… GTasks   Halifax Home Finder

14th January 2013

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Comics in The Classroom – Educational iPad App

Providing children with a far more interactive learning experience through comics with audio and visual content

27th November 2012

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Lynx Purchasing – GP Calculator Multiplatform App

Helping caters manage their menu costs via their smartphone

27th November 2012

The Takeover of Mobile Internet

So, mobile is predicted to take over the internet in 2015/16. With more apps than ever and mcommerce becoming a huge influence in online shopping, let’s look at the facts. This infographic comes courtesy of Six Revisions.

22nd November 2012

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Audio Trails – Welcome To… Platform

Tourism app to enhance the experience of tourists when visiting Norwich City

21st November 2012

From one of our Mobile developers… What I like about Android

I’ve never been what you would call an Apple fanboy – despite buying nothing since 2008, until recently, except for Apple computers, phones, media players and tablets. There is always plenty of good and plenty of bad in a product, regardless of the manufacturer or technology In July, I and two other One Resulters purchased Nexus 7s from Google. The price, prospect of a new toy and the latest version of Android was too tempting. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Android Jelly Bean on the Nexus 7 is as ‘luxurious’ as iOS 5 it does have many features that I liked and a user experience that was surprisingly comfortable. If you are an iPhone or Android user who only reads the iPhone or Android blogs and news you are getting a fairly distorted view of the tech world! As a developer it isn’t really the glossy, swipey, touchy feely UI that excites me the most. It is how you control that UI and write exciting user experiences. iOS is all about Objective-C – a language that on first view is a little strange, certainly compared to more conventional languages. Android is based on Java, a less exciting but more widely used language. In addition to the language difference there is another fundamental difference in how apps work. In iOS most non-game apps consist of a number of view controllers. A view controller, at a simple level, represents a single screen in an app. For example you might have a log in view controller and a view controller which shows a web page. If you want one view controller to move the user to another screen you create a new instance of the view controller representing the new screen and then ‘push’ it onto the stack. Android

6th November 2012

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Google and Apple Meet at 700,000 Apps

Google have recently thrown another spanner into Apples works by hitting the 700,000 milestone for the amount of apps available for android. This figure is up from the amount that was announced only last month when Google confirmed to CNET it had an impressive 675,000 apps available. The big fuss about this figure is the fact that only a month ago, what was the leader in this field, Apple, made it publicly known that they had 700,000 apps available in their app store. This figure was then further backed up at the launch of their iPad mini last week. When it comes to user adoption the amount of apps available for a device or operating system play a major part in the process. Apple always led the market with apps but recently, with devices on the Android platform becoming major contenders for Apple, the amount of apps for these has been quickly increasing and Google have been catching up. On the other end of the scale completely, Microsoft have announced over the last couple of days that they have 120,000 apps available for its Windows phone OS. Although this is still a big figure it is quite far behind in the fight for the number one position.

31st October 2012

What I like about Android…

From iOS to Android. I’ve never been what you would call an Apple fanboy – despite buying nothing since 2008, until recently, except for Apple computers, phones, media players and tablets. There is always plenty of good and plenty of bad in a product, regardless of the manufacturer or technology. First Impressions In July I, and two other One Resulters, purchased Nexus 7s from Google. The price, prospect of a new toy and the latest version of Android was too tempting. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Android Jelly Bean on the Nexus 7 is as ‘luxurious’ as iOS 5 it does have many features that I liked and a user experience that was surprisingly comfortable. If you are an iPhone or Android user who only reads the iPhone or Android blogs and news you are getting a fairly distorted view of the tech world! As a developer it isn’t really the glossy, swipey, touchy feely UI that excites me the most. It is how you control that UI and write exciting user experiences. The Differences iOS is all about Objective-C – a language that on first view is a little strange, certainly compared to more conventional languages. Android is based on Java, a less exciting but more widely used language. In addition to the language difference there is another fundamental difference in how apps work. In iOS most non-game apps consist of a number of view controllers. A view controller, at a simple level, represents a single screen in an app. For example you might have a log in view controller and a view controller which shows a web page. If you want one view controller to move the user to another screen you create a new instance of the view controller representing the new screen

12th September 2012

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iPhone apps

iPhone App Developers Our dedicated iPhone App Developers have released various types of iPhone applications to the App store over the last couple of years for a wide range of companies. Our iPhone apps have ranged from a GPS safety tracking app to  a web app  for the UK’s leading childcare portal. Get in touch today! Why Create an iPhone App? The Apple iPhone is one of the fastest growing technological phenomena of recent years, and the market for its applications (or ‘apps’) is increasing equally rapidly. Over 350,000 apps are currently available from the iTunes store, and Apple has recently announced the downloading of over three billion apps. iPhone app developers are uploading more apps every day. For any individual or business with an engaging idea, iPhone app development can provide an excellent return on investment and a channel to reach a global audience. Whether you are providing a mobile version of the service your website already provides, breaking completely new ground with a game changing tool or you choose to amuse and amaze with a sound effect game, apps are with users when they need them and can be downloaded almost instantly. Can your business afford not to be there? The device that arguably started the mobile revolution. The iPhone is all about power, excellence and engaging levels of interaction that are still virtually impossible for its competitors to beat. The iPhone is everywhere, and together with Bluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi and it’s cameras it provides an amazing platform for any business to embrace and delight their customers. Visit our iPhone app development page for more information. No matter what areas you work in, iPhone app development can add real value. Whether you are looking for a new house, want the latest information from the stock market or to

6th September 2012

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Willmott Dixon – Document Management

Digital tool for the sales teams to showcase previous projects through various multimedia tools

4th September 2012

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Mobile Apps

One Result’s mobile team deliver high quality apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Our recent achievements include developing a number one grossing app, being featured on BBC News, and winning a tech challenge on Channel Five’s renowned Gadget Show. Our experience encompasses a wide range of verticals and we have developed apps f

4th September 2012

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Magic Whiteboard – Interactive Children’s App

iPad app a huge hit for Dragons Den winners Magic Whiteboard

16th August 2012

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Green Room Retail – Sales Presenter App

Improving the consistency across the sales team and increasing engagement in sales meetings

16th August 2012

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24/7 Coach – Football Coaches Tactical App

Top score for football coaching iPad app providing coaches with everything they need at their fingertips

16th August 2012

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Infinity CV App – CV Creation App

Career boosting iPhone app to help job seekers create their CV on the move

16th August 2012

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Toyella – Showcasing Products Interactively

Boosting high-end toy and games sales is child’s play with new intuitive iPad app

16th August 2012

The rise of the mobile web

Does your business have a mobile strategy? Is you website responsive? If not, then maybe these stats will make you think… In March 2012, mobile devices accounted for 10% of all traffic to online retail sites and 6.6% of sales. Source: Econsultancy There are more mobile phones in the UK than people. The number of smartphone searchers doubles every two months. Source: GPMD The study by mobile phone website Recombu.com, revealed that Brits spend five hours a week browsing the internet on their smartphones, equating to 260 hours a year. Source: The Telegraph Gartner is forecasting a 98% increase in tablet sales for 2012 with 118M units to be sold. Source: Forbes Mobile access will overtake fixed Internet access by 2014. Half of all local searched are performed on mobile devices. Source: Smart Insights Mobile internet users will reach 113.9 million in 2012, up 17.1% from 97.3 million in 2011. Mobile shoppers will reach 72.8 million in 2012. Source: HubSpot This was written by Marc Lloyd our lead front end developer with great experience of mobile site development.

16th August 2012

Google’s latest release: Nexus 7

Competition rises. Up until recently there has been lots of talk about Google’s product range and the inability to compete with Apple. Since 2010 Apple has dominated the tablet market with the iPad. It seems that times are changing as Google has released the Nexus 7, the latest piece of kit that everyone is talking about. We’ve been using the Nexus 7 for the last couple of weeks, and although we do love our Apple products, this device has wow’ed us! With superb features such as:   Unlock with facial detection Speed and slickness of the UI Lightweight and portable 7″ HD display Latest Android OS – lots of manufacturers have older versions! This device is really something special and for a small investment starting from £159 you could own one too! We predict that this is going to question some peoples loyalty to Apple’s products. Three people in the office already own one (and they have always been Apple fans). With this device competing with the likes of Apple and the popularity of Android devices now increasing isn’t it time you thought about mobile development of a native Android app or a cross-platform app. This post was written by Chanade Murphy-Johnson, Project Manager – soon to be a Nexus 7 owner!

10th August 2012

Quick script to help with ad hoc deployment

Easy ad hoc. At One Result we work closely with our clients to ensure the app that goes onto the App Store is exactly what they want. In addition to great functional specs, collaborative creative and a user centred design process we provide regular builds so that they can keep track of progress and provide feedback as early as possible.

3rd August 2012

Childcare iPhone App a great success

Our New App is Putting Parents in Touch with Brilliant Childminders & Baby Sitters Childcare.co.uk is “an award winning online meeting platform that helps match parents with local childcare providers”. Since launch it has been a phenomenal success with over 400,000 registered members made up of over 150,000 childcare providers, 70,000 babysitters, 25,000 nannies, 25,000 registered childminders and 30,000 parents.

9th March 2012