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Several App Developers from India Find New Apple Tech a Boon

Reality Composer lets developers build animations and interactions on iOS and Mac to enrich the 3D content

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

By Nishant Arora

It all started with a dream to create something for the world and with innovative Apple technologies like Swift and ARkit (AR) at their disposal, several app developers from India have created a niche space for themselves.

Take the case of Rama Krishna, Founder and CEO of Hyderabad-based Fluid Touch that has developed productivity apps like Daily Notes, Tasks and Noteshelf two for iPhones, iPads and even Apple Watch.

“Right now, we have four million users globally. Japan is a very big market for us and India is slowly picking up. We are looking forward to the new Apple development framework SwiftUI that would help us make powerful user interfaces,” Krishna told IANS on the sidelines of Apple’s annual developers’ conference ‘WWDC 2019’.

To help app developers create top-of-the-line apps, Apple has unveiled SwiftUI which is a revolutionary development framework that makes building powerful user interfaces easier than ever before.

ARKit 3, RealityKit and the Reality Composer are other advanced tools designed by Apple to make it even easier for developers to create compelling AR experiences for consumer and business apps.

“The new development technologies make app development faster, easier and more fun for developers, and represent the future of app creation across all Apple platforms,” Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi said.

SwiftUI provides an extremely powerful and intuitive new user interface framework for building sophisticated app UIs.

Using simple, easy-to-understand declarative code, developers can create stunning, full-featured user interfaces complete with smooth animations.

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Software Systems Co-founder Hemant Kumar who has created Enpass Password Manager app is extremely positive with the announcement of SwiftUI.

“We have around 2.5 million downloads across the App Store and Google Play Store. The idea behind Enpass Password Manager is to increase the security awareness among people and motivate them to start using a digital locker,” Kumar told IANS

“We create super strong passwords and all your data gets protected with a single password. The app is tightly integrated with every platform, whether it’s iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux or Android,” he added.

SwiftUI saves developers time by providing a huge amount of automatic functionality including interface layout, Dark Mode, Accessibility, right-to-left language support and internationalization.

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The newly launched ARKit 3 puts people at the centre of AR.

With Motion Capture, developers can integrate people’s movement into their app, and with People Occlusion, AR content will show up naturally in front of or behind people to enable more immersive AR experiences and fun green screen-like applications.

With Reality Composer, anyone can quickly prototype and produce content for AR experiences that are ready to integrate into apps using Xcode or export to AR Quick Look.

Reality Composer lets developers build animations and interactions on iOS and Mac to enrich the 3D content. (IANS)

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Microsoft Ready to Help Indian Startups, Says President Anant Maheshwari

Microsoft is focused as much on selling third party solutions as their own, and this co-sell motion has helped generate $8 billion in revenue for partners within 18 months

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

Armed with a cutting-edge technology platform, a well-established partner organisation and an expansion of M12 venture fund, Microsoft is ready to help Indian startups across the spectrum embrace the next phase of growth, Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said here on Monday.

India, which saw a tremendous growth in the startup space in the last couple of years, is now witnessing a growth in the business-to-business (B2B) tech startups coming up with innovative ideas to deal with local problems.

“With our intelligent tech expertise, deep focus on trust and unique global go to market partnering, we empower unicorns and startups to scale sustainably at a global level,” said Maheshwari.

“We remain excited about India’s entrepreneurial startup potential and will continue to accelerate it as a growth engine for the economy,” he added.

India witnessed a dramatic rise of eight unicorns in 2018 from among the start-ups across verticals as against a mere nine in six years from 2011 till 2017, according to IT industry apex body Nasscom.

The start-ups joining the select club for their valuation over $1 billion are Oyo Rooms (hospitality), Zomato and Swiggy (food delivery), Udaan (retailer marketplace), Byju’s, (edu-tech), Paytm Mall (e-tail), Freshworks (software programmer) and Policybazaar (digital insurance).

Maheshwari said Microsoft is uniquely positioned to support Indian startups to achieve scale and evolve from market ready to enterprise ready.

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

The introduction of M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, in India in February is creating new value for startups, VCs and the company itself to maintain the pace and direction of innovation.

“M12 is looking at investing in innovators who have aligned their focus on cutting-edge technologies that better enable digital transformation. The portfolio development team at M12 is specifically built to help support and scale companies by leveraging the expansive resources of Microsoft,” said the company.

According to reports, venture capital investments in Indian tech business-to-business (B2B) start-ups have been trending upwards, with over $3.09 billion raised in equity funding across 415 deals in 2018 — 28 per cent more than $2.41 billion in 2017.

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Under the “Microsoft for Startups” initiative, startups can co-sell with Microsoft sales teams, get access to top tech VCs in the global arena and mentorship from industry veterans.

In less than 18 months, Microsoft for Startups has closed more than 120 co-sell deals with more than $126 million in active pipeline for startups.

Microsoft is focused as much on selling third party solutions as their own, and this co-sell motion has helped generate $8 billion in revenue for partners within 18 months. (IANS)