‘Tiny but effective’ is the new buzzword for mobile apps in the next 5 years
A brand-new app has found a niche that will revolutionise the way mobile phones and tablets work for the foreseeable future.
Read moreThe app, called Zentangle, is a tiny but effective way to make it easier for users to use their mobile devices with one hand while working.
In a nutshell, it is a way to use a smartphone or tablet as a touch pad while working with a tablet.
“It’s pretty much a touchless version of a keyboard,” says Andrew Smith, CEO of Zentangled, which is based in London.
“So it can be used to input text, type and swipe with one finger.”
Smith says that this is a big change from a decade ago when most people worked on computers with a keyboard or mouse.
“There was a huge emphasis on touch,” he says.
“But in the past, we would have had to have a keyboard and a mouse to work on the web.”
This shift towards touch is one of many factors that have propelled the smartphone industry towards the mobile revolution.
“In a lot of ways, the internet of things (IoT) has led to the evolution of mobile,” says Mark Mather, principal research scientist at IHS Global Insight.
“We have these connected devices, these connected appliances that are basically making the web of things.”
And so as a result, the user interface and the UX of that connected device has changed dramatically.
“With this new technology, we’re seeing these devices become more responsive to users.”‘
It’s a great way to get into a meeting’The app has been in development for more than a year and has been piloted in the UK and Australia.
In this latest iteration, it uses a different approach to what’s usually associated with a traditional touch-based smartphone app.
“Rather than making a lot more of an effort to be touch-enabled, the company has been looking at ways to integrate that with a simple, yet effective, way to work with a touchscreen device,” says Smith.
“I think it’s a really good way to give users a new way to interact with their phones and to use it with a one-handed approach.”
Zentangle was created by an app company called FauxFog, which also develops apps for tablets and smartphones.
It was developed in collaboration with British-based company, Zentang, and the company is based on an open source design language, called Xcode.
“They’re really focused on bringing that to the consumer,” says Mather.
“As well as being able to build on the existing tools and APIs, it gives them the opportunity to be able to bring their own ideas to market.”
Zesti’s app, meanwhile, was developed by a small team at Fauxfog.
Zentang has also developed an app called Mover that is similar to Zentangles design language.
It also has an app for developers to build applications that work with tablets and phones.
“Our developers use the technology, and we’ve been very keen to get it in there,” says Fauxfeog’s director of technology, Steve Baker.
“The idea is to give them a chance to build an app that is more than just a keyboard.
It’s about getting people to use the device with their hands and having them actually be able and comfortable using it.”
For example, if you’re using your tablet and you don’t have a mouse, or if you have a tablet and a keyboard, it’s actually more of a hassle.
“In addition to being a tool for the hands, the technology also helps users work with the screen, by enabling them to use touch to make text and input easier.”
Zentangles was created for people who want to be comfortable working with their devices and they don’t need to be using a keyboard.””
But with this technology, if there is a physical keyboard, there’s a way you can use that to get things done in a very intuitive way.”
Zentangles was created for people who want to be comfortable working with their devices and they don’t need to be using a keyboard.
“The idea behind Zentangling is to get people using the device while still having a keyboard for input.”
This is something that is incredibly useful to users, because they can do things with their phone or tablet without having to use any additional hardware,” Baker explains.”
You can go into the office and you can have a conversation with a colleague, and you’re not just typing on the keyboard.
“This approach also offers a new option for those who want a little bit more functionality for their phones or tablets.”
Zetal is another mobile app that uses a touch-friendly design language called ZTK.”
It’s just a really convenient way to be more productive with your mobile device.”
Zetal is another mobile app that uses a touch-friendly design language called ZTK.