Rio Olympics 2016

Stepout2Play: Time to ring in the Rio Olympics 2016!

The Olympic torch and the craze have been re-ignited after an interval of four years. This time it is the beautiful Brazilian city of Rio De Janeiro that is hosting the sporting mega event from 05 Aug to 21 Aug 2016. There are a record 207 countries participating in the Rio Olympics 2016. And the Indian delegation is at its strongest-ever, with a 100+ member team.

So, will India fulfill the dreams of a billion and own this Olympics?

We would like to find that out too!

Join us at Stepout2Play as we deep-dive into the world of Olympics and provide updates, medal tally and fun-facts every day!

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Native or Hybrid – Apptions to consider

Introduction

The App-mania that began in 2008, has paved the way for a billion-dollar industry. While the app economy is pegged to reach $101 billion by 2020, this year it is projected to be around $50 billion. As of June 2016, there are over 4.5 million apps available for download. (Combined figure of number of apps available for Android and iOS users). With these numbers, it is apparent that apps are here to stay and they mean big business.

Native and Hybrid Apps

There are two main types of Apps – Native and Hybrid.

Hybrid App vs Native App

                         Hybrid App vs Native App

Here’s a quick 101:

Native apps – Apps that have been developed for use on a particular platform or device. Because native apps are written for a specific platform, they can interact with and take advantage of operating system features and other software typically installed on that platform, for example Camera, GPS, etc. Technologies used are Java for Android and Objective C/Swift for iOS. Example: Facebook (Here’s Why Facebook went Native)

Hybrid apps – Apps built mostly using cross-compatible web technologies, such as, HTML5, CSS and JS and then wrapped in a native application by frameworks such as Cordova and Ionic, which provide necessary hardware plugins, like Camera, push notifications, etc. Example – Amazon Appstore (Learn about Amazon’s penchant for Hybrid)

 

Which one to choose? Each side has its own evangelists, listing out their pros. But we give you a comparison that will help you to quickly grasp the key points. Here’s a info-graphic of the comparison!

 

Native vs Hybrid App

                                                                           

Tabular Comparison

Criteria Native Hybrid
Quick time to market

The time taken by the app to hit the market. While native apps require a long development period, hybrid apps are faster to build

 

Slow

 

Fast

External Dependency

If your app is dependent on phone components such as Camera, GPS, etc. then it is better to go for a Native app. Hybrid apps can be built with plugins to access these features, but there will always be an external dependency on third-party developers.

 

Independent

 

Dependent on 3rdparty plugins

Development & Training Efforts

Specialist developers on Java and Objective C to work on Native Apps. However, for Hybrid app, it would suffice for the developer to be aware of HTML5, CSS and JS.

 

High budget

 

Low budget

User Experience

Users report better experience on Native apps than Hybrid apps. Native allows developers to use standardized UI controls, which makes interfaces more natural to users.

 

Higher UX score

 

Lower UX score

 

 

 

Now that you have a fair idea, which side are you on? Team Native or Team Hybrid?

Stepout2Play: Asli Panga starts tomorrow!

Sports fever has gripped the country once again, and this time for a reason other than cricket. While we ‘bleed blue’ for cricket, it is apparent that other sports are fast gaining attention among Indians. The tremendous success of the Pro Kabaddi League stands testimony to this fact.

Now onto its fourth season, the league has captured the imagination of millions of spectators. Such is the reach, that this season will see 24 international players from 12 countries of the likes of South Korea, United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, Japan and more.

With the Pro Kabaddi League promos hitting TV screens, fans are geared for exciting showdowns in the much-awaited Season 4. Expectations are running high, courtesy the nail-biting moments and action-packed performances delivered in the previous seasons. The question on everybody’s mind is who will clinch the title this time? The champions, Patna Pirates, or the defending champions U Mumba? Or, is this the season of the underdog, Puneri Paltan?

Well, during Season 3, AgilizTech’s in-house oracle, Guddu, decided to stop wondering and start predicting! Guddu devised an analytical model that can foretell a match’s outcome solely on the basis of the teams’ past performances. Last season, 55% of the predictions came true! Now, Guddu is back with a new, improvised model to tell you who will most likely be this season’s superstars, for every match, every day!

Guddu’s predictions are available on our website http://sportsnews.stepout2play.com. Watch this space for Pro Kabaddi Season 4 daily match updates, season summary and more.