2015 Mobile Trends


According to Cisco, the number of mobile-connected devices exceeded the world’s population in 2014 and tablets will exceed 10 percent of the global mobile data traffic by 2016. So with all of these mobile devices, what are the mobile and mobile app trends and what should we be expecting? In our search for these trends in mobile we came across this infographic about mobile apps usage from Go-Globe.

Some of the trends outlined in this infographic are:

Mobile apps now account for more than half of all time spend on digital media.

The estimated worldwide mobile app revenue for 2017 is 77 Billion.

The average time people spent on their mobile apps increased by 21% over the last year.

85% of people prefer native mobile apps.

All of these mobile devices, platforms and mobile app trends mean more opportunity for developers. Omnis developers see this growth as an opportunity as well, and since Omnis is a cross-platform development tool, developers only need to build apps once to deploy across multiple devices and platforms. The need and desire for all things mobile seems to be continually trending upwards and with that so does the need for an application development tool such as Omnis Studio.


Mobile app usage


Every Business is Mobile


The world is hooked on mobility and people all over the world love their mobile devices. And, statistics indicate this growing phenomenon isn’t going to change, but rather proliferate to every facet of our lives. We recently came across an interesting infographic below, showcasing some startling projected user trends.   If your business has not fully embraced mobility, you may miss out on the evolving opportunities that await.

Mobility is Everywhere

Some of those amazing statistics include:

  • That currently there are 2.4 billion PCs, tablets and smartphones worldwide and the app universe is also expanding.
  • By 2017 mobile users will have downloaded 268 billion apps – spending over $77 billion.
  • And that Gartner predicts that by 2017 half of all employers will require employees to bring their own devices.

Current mobility trends bode well for the Omnis application development platform – both for existing Omnis developers whom are already leveraging the capabilities and flexibility of our technology platform, as well as new developers looking to create enterprise apps using Omnis as their tool of choice for web and mobile business applications

Cross-Platform Apps for Business

To focus on just one aspect of Gartner’s 2017 prediction — over half of all employers will require employees to bring their own devices to work — offers great news for Omnis deployment. Those employees bringing their own devices will definitely include a wide variety of versions, makes and models. Therefore, this evolution towards mobility means businesses must enable employees to work with tools from the likes of virtually any device platform and operating system.  With Omnis Studio, applications are inherently cross-platform and can be deployed across multiple devices, operating systems and platforms.  The bulk of your code can be written once, and the unique JavaScript Client technology allows you to deploy on virtually any device. So bring on the mobile future – Omnis Studio is ready.


Every Business is a Mobile Business

Mobile Phone & App Store Stats


People use smartphones everywhere and view them as their essential tool. A December 2013 article from Business Insider stated that one in every five people in the world own a smartphone and one in every 17 own a tablet. But how many of these smartphones are filled with apps, and what kind of apps are people using? A recent infographic by BlogMost breaks down app usage and we thought we’d pass it along.

According to the BlogMost infographic, by the end of 2015 the following statistics are predicted:

  • About half a trillion apps will have been downloaded
  • Consumers will spend more than 23% of their daily media consumption time on their mobile phone
  • Nearly 65% of e-mails in the US are opened on mobile devices
  • 65% of social media activity occurs on a smartphone

The infographic also breaks down apps based on operating system types and gives the stats for app downloads, cost of apps, downloads per phone and total apps in the various OS stores as well as total app revenue in 2013.

Omnis Studio offers developers a cross platform environment with multi-database support for deployment across multiple devices and operating systems, delivering users an even bigger opportunity for downloads, revenue and options in general.

Smartphone App Store Statistics

A Case for Healthcare Mobile Apps


With continuous changes and increases to healthcare requirements, technical innovations enable medical practitioners to adapt to the changes accordingly. Web and mobile software based solutions are beneficial to both patients and doctors, providing dramatic improvements in diagnosis, treatment and management of medical data.

Omnis Studio SlideShare Presentation

Our featured slide presentation examines two use cases demonstrating the effective importance of web and mobile applications in the healthcare industry. The first is a Patient Diary by CNM, a software solution provider in Germany who created an electronic patient diary mobile app called LifeChart, thus revolutionizing the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder among patients in clinics across Germany. The second is a medical office solution called “siMed” created by Swiss application developer, amétiqsiMed is a complete management system for doctor’s offices and medical centers – making patient records and practice data accessible via desktops, tablets and smartphones. This web and mobile solution provides healthcare providers the freedom to access that data whether in the office, at a hospital or during out-of-office hours.

Both case studies represent real-world examples of web and mobile applications in healthcare today. They also demonstrate the power, ease and adaptability of Omnis Studio in this vast industry. Omnis Studio’s offers cross-platform, “code once-deploy anywhere” technology that understands the importance of real-time access to data, quickly and easily.


Mobile Apps by the Numbers


The overarching theme of today’s application development environment is the explosion and proliferation of mobile apps, making them one of the most important tools for enterprises and consumers alike.

In a well presented infographic filled with data on mobile apps, some interesting statistics that reiterate the importance of mobile apps and mobile app development stand out: On an average day in January 2013 in the US, 22,988,064 Android apps were downloaded and 18,896,451 Apple apps were downloaded.

In December 2012, US consumers spent an average of 127 minutes per day using mobile apps.

There are 1.3 million new devices added every day.

The countries with the most iOS and Android devices are:

  • United States with 222 million
  • China with 221 million
  • United Kingdom with 43 million
  • South Korea with 30 million
  • Japan with 29 million
  • Germany with 27 million
  • France with 23 million
  • Canada with 23 million
  • Russia with 19 million
  • India with 19 million

Revenue from mobile apps will grow by 60% in 2014.

Omnis Studio is a rapid application development platform for building mobile enterprise applications that can be deployed to virtually any device – possibly even to those 1.3 million new devices added every day. More stats from the infographic are below.


Mobile Apps by the Numbers


The Smartphone Wave

According to a recent “Chart of the Day” by Statista (see infographic below), United Arab Emirates (UAE) ranks first among the top 15 countries with the highest smartphone penetration per Q1 2013 statistics. Based on this trend, approximately 3 out of 4 individuals in the UAE own a smartphone. South Korea and Saudi Arabia have the second and third highest rates. The United Kingdom is ranked ninth with a penetration rate of 66 percent and the United States is ranked thirteenth with a penetration rate of 55 percent.


As evidence indicates, smartphones are constant companions to more than half the population of many countries. So what does this mean for application developers? With increasing smartphone penetration, comes great opportunity for mobile and web application development. It is good to point out that mobile and web apps built using Omnis Studio’s JavaScript Client can run in a browser and therefore on virtually any device, on any platform – including laptops, tablets and smartphones – all from the same code base.

Smartphone penetration is changing the face of cross-platform development and the way businesses are accessing online digital content and enterprise data. Software application developers must evolve or be left behind.


Mobile Apps for the Enterprise


Recent findings point to industry predictions that 2013 is the year of ‘Mobile Apps for the Enterprise’, as it appears the enterprise is reassessing their view of mobile platforms to address their business needs. Responses to a recent survey performed by Harvard Business Review indicate growing interest and motivation in utilizing mobile devices to access their enterprise system applications and critical data.

As the survey infographic highlights, the need and growing interest for mobile enterprise apps crosses all industries, departments and roles.

  • 58% of respondents have already deployed industry specific mobile apps.
  • 52% of respondents have deployed line of mobile business apps – including apps for department of finance, CRM, HR and field services.
  • 54% of respondents indicated the mobile investment drivers as the need for executive access to critical business information.

Many Mobile Apps to Choose From

While these numbers are comprehensive, there are more findings to support growth in the mobile app for enterprise space.  We’re aware that today’s mobile phone users download many apps. One of the factors in the drive for apps into the enterprise is coming from the realization that individuals are using their own mobile devices (BYOD) in the work environment. Findings in a recent article published that the average smartphone has 41 apps. We imagine that only a small percentage is specifically for business so by this the market appears to be under-penetrated, however gaining momentum and interest.

Offline Capabilities for Enterprise Adoption

The ease of access to critical business information and ability to work “offline” may be an important element to mobile device success in the enterprise. With TigerLogic’s Omnis Studio 6.0 release, mobile enterprise applications will have offline capabilities to run a mobile app without the need for an internet connection. Omnis Studio’s “standalone” solution can fully operate a mobile app when a connection to the internet from a mobile device is intermittent or not available.

In “online” mode, Omnis Studio built mobile apps can be connected back to the Omnis App Server to synchronize your mobile app database and application content with an online database. This mode would suit end users need to synchronize their database or update their client application files to a central location once an internet connection is re-established.

Omnis Studio for Enterprise Mobile App Development

Accessing enterprise systems from mobile devices offers a great opportunity for Omnis developers. Omnis Studio provides the ability to create apps that connect natively to all leading databases, and deployable across virtually all platforms, and all devices — something which the enterprise is looking for.

Learn more about Omnis Studio.

HTML5 & Omnis Studio Cross-Platform Capabilities

In today’s economy, developers are looking for ways to easily extend their business applications and access critical enterprise data with the latest generation of mobile and web-based devices. With the evolution of Omnis Studio, it’s now even easier to develop cross-platform enterprise system solutions in less time and with fewer resources.

Omnis and its ability to create web HTML5 based applications provides a code once, deploy anywhere framework. The Omnis JavaScript Client uses scripting compatible with HTML5 and CSS3 to enable support for all popular browsers and devices, including tablets, smartphones, desktops, and web-enabled TVs. 

Omnis Studio is equipped with an easy-to-use form builder while using the same backend code to create interactive web and mobile apps. The Omnis development environment makes extensive use of drag-and-drop ready-made components – all scripts and styles are built for you to help you get your Omnis apps onto the web and mobile devices, fast.

As many recent industry surveys indicate, there is current growth and adoption of HTML5. And for good reason as highlighted in our infographic — HTML5 is:

  • 100% cross-platform
  • Supported on all browsers
  • Will run on virtually any device and any mobile platform

Omnis Studio is compatible with web HTML5 standards and can therefore adapt to the ever-changing landscape of cross-platform development and deployment. To learn more or to download a 90-day trial of our latest version of Omnis Studio, go to: http://www.tigerlogic.com/omnis.

BlackBerry Experience Forum – Visits Paris & Frankfurt


Momentum continues to build for the new BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 as the BlackBerry Experience Forum (BEF) travels across the globe, recently making a stop in London. TigerLogic’s UK Omnis development team was on hand in the Vendor Partner showcase to demonstrate how Omnis Studio’s JavaScript form design for BlackBerry 10 phones can offer users a great experience on this platform. These events are specifically designed to provide hands-on time with BlackBerry 10 and allow developers and resellers to evaluate the new device and services offered by the Canadian phone maker (RIM renamed to BlackBerry after their iconic black phones).

“We were one of 40 partners in the BEF13 London Showcase. While demonstrating Omnis Studio cross-platform development and deployment capabilities, the ‘code your apps once, deploy anywhere’ message was warmly received by prospects to our stand. Use of native wrappers for each device providing speed of development and consistent user experience coupled with a single development code base is a ‘utopia’ for mobile app developers, providing the best of all things”, commented Bob Whiting, General Manager, Tigerlogic UK Ltd, at the London event on March 6.

Omnis Studio is an integrated development environment for creating enterprise, web and mobile apps that will run on virtually any device, on any platform, including BlackBerry phones and tablets. As the BEF moves on its international tour this week, TigerLogic will again participate in the Partner Vendor Showcase at the BEF Paris (19 March) and Frankfurt (20 March) events. For more information about these live events, go to: http://www.blackberryexperienceforum.com/

The BlackBerry Experience Forum is connecting top enterprise IT decision-makers with developers of enterprise mobile apps. Delegates are experiencing great new device features and learning how to send more info to them and process more info on them. We’re excited to preview an Omnis Studio 6.0 app running in a new BlackBerry 10 wrapper. The demo app displays on a BlackBerry Z10 device, in standalone mode with local database support and QR scanning capability.

On the left, the Omnis Studio 6.0 beta design environment under OS X illustrating our BlackBerry 10 demo app in design mode. On the right are the Omnis Studio Property Manager and the app running in the BlackBerry 10 simulator.

To see more Omnis BlackBerry 10 demo app photos, visit our Facebook page or to  learn more about Omnis Studio’s mobile app capabilities, visit www.tigerlogic.com/omnis.


QR Codes & Omnis


QR code use is growing as one of the latest advances in mobile phone app technology to mobilize your business. Smartphone users can scan a special QR code in print magazine advertisements, in cars, on business cards and product packaging, temporary tattoos, and even clothing labels to jump instantaneously to a web address to capture information. If you are unfamiliar, a QR (Quick Response) code is a type of two-dimensional barcode that was first designed for the auto industry in Japan back in 1994. QR codes are labels with information attached to them, which can be read by machines. They have become widely popular not only due to their fast readability, but also based on their large data storage capacity in comparison with UPC barcodes. 

QR Codes & Mobile App Integration 

QR codes can be placed in any location and offer a seamless approach to endless scenarios of information gathering and sharing through the use of smartphone apps.  Used in conjunction with enterprise business solutions, the QR code value-add is immediately clear providing: brand mobile marketing, instant website access, easy access to stored payment options, government clearance, tracking manufacturing parts, access to online videos and product reviews, viewing a virtual home tour from a ‘For Sale’ sign, and even gathering nutritional information from a box of cereal. With QR codes, both companies and consumers alike are able to make use of information exchange in a more valuable way. And, many experts foresee that QR codes will become more and more commonplace worldwide.

Live Omnis Studio QR Demo

To showcase Omnis Studio, the new BlackBerry®10 (BB10), and QR code integration — the Omnis development team built an Omnis Studio demo app to illustrate how QR codes might be used on the BlackBerry Z10 in the enterprise. This newly built demo app was easily created in only one month’s time after the BB10’s January 30th release in the UK so that we may preview it at the BlackBerry Experience Forum Partner Vendor Showcase recently held in London on March 6 and upcoming in Paris on March 19 and Frankfurt on March 20. The BlackBerry demo illustrates a fictional fruit wholesale company, “Blythberries”, based in the Blyth Valley in Suffolk, UK. The demo app records the stock levels of different fruit inventory and allows the user to increase or decrease quantities by scanning QR codes for each type of fruit. The “Blythberries” demo app is running inside a native BlackBerry wrapper, which provides access to QR scanning and geographic positioning capabilities of the BlackBerry Z10 device.

The “Blythberries” BB10 demo app is customized to allow users to view the product catalogue (including fruit quantities), the current location of customers and supplies, and current stock levels as both a bar and pie chart. From the Omnis Studio app itself you can process deliveries and new stock by simply pointing the phone camera at the QR code and tapping ‘Out’ when making a delivery or ‘In’ when picking up new stock. TigerLogic’s demo BlackBerry 10 app demonstrates how Omnis Studio and its JavaScript Client technology enables developers and enterprises to create all types of web and mobile apps that will run on virtually any device, on any platform, including desktop PCs, tablets and smartphones running BlackBerry OS 10. The app showcases both client hardware device capabilities and server side data integration with backend data servers, suitable for creating all types of enterprise and vertical applications.

To see more Omnis BB10 demo app photos, visit our Facebook page or to explore more about Omnis Studio’s mobile app capabilities, visit www.tigerlogic.com/omnis.