GiveBlood – Android App Review

Earlier this year a friend of mine invited me to try out donating blood with her. It’s something I’d been meaning to do for years, but always put off because I didn’t know anything about the process, and needles are never a comfortable experience. A simple phone call makes getting your first donation appointment setup

Building Mobile Apps that Pair with Other Devices

The huge majority of mobile apps live in their own bubble; they don’t interact with any other devices. Sure, some apps connect to other phones, but these mostly go through cloud-based systems, not directly connecting to other phones nearby (with notable exceptions, like FireChat There is a new class of apps becoming mainstream. These

Percentage-based Margin and Size Layouts in Android App Development

As an Android developer with a background in web development, the first thing that I noticed designing user interfaces for Android apps was that there is no screen-related relative dimensions. Developers may say there is a ViewGroup called RelativeLayout, which as the name implies, is relative. However, this layout only helps you to have views

Weaving the Strands of the App Development Business

I’m a bit of a sci-fi fan, and am quite intrigued in stories involving parallel timelines. In one timeline, I could be a completely different person. Perhaps the exact opposite of who I am in this timeline. Or perhaps some of my decisions in this timeline affect my other counterparts, possibly very directly or somewhat

RxFiles Plus – A New Approach to One of Our Most Successful Apps

RxFiles was one of the first apps Push Interactions built way back in 2011 and has remained one of several very successful apps in our portfolio. Since its first release, RxFiles has continuously been in the Top Grossing Medical Apps category for both iPhone and iPad apps. The app has remained a top seller for

Product Vision and Leadership Key to New Product Development

As developers at Push Interactions, we are often called on to assist our clients with the product development process. And as an app development company, we also work to develop our own products. On a daily basis, we are refining our product development process to identify market opportunities and design and develop new products that

Increased Granularity in Android Runtime Permissions

Google recently unveiled their new Nexus phones and have begun the launch of Android Marshmallow. In this blog I’m going to talk about what I think is the most important added feature in Android Marshmallow: Runtime Permissions. You may recall the scenario where you want to install an Android app and the Play Store asks

Enterprise Distribution in iOS 9 – Untrusted Enterprise Developer

Untrusted Enterprise Developer In iOS 9, Apple changed how Enterprise distribution works.  You may have seen the following dialog stating “Untrusted Enterprise Developer <developer> has not been trusted on this iPhone.  Until this developer has been trusted, their enterprise apps will not be available for use.” This was in order to better protect users.  But does

Mobile Takes over From Desktop

Something we have long predicted has finally happened. In terms of Google searches, mobile now has more searches than desktop. This point is especially striking given the fact that the “Desktop” category included tablets like the iPad, which are not what you would traditionally think of as a desktop computer. This means that for the

Trusted Canada – Curated Local Businesses

I want to highlight on of the apps we published back in 2013. We worked with Sara from Trusted Canada to present the list of Trusted Businesses in both Saskatoon and Regina. The Trusted list is a list of curated businesses who have been verified by Sara as businesses that offer value to their customers

Meet Our Team – Sam

How long have you worked at Push? It has been two months that I have been working as a Quality Assurance Engineer at Push. I moved to Saskatoon and started here in August this year. Why did you become a Quality Assurance Engineer? I love being part of the Software Development Process as a tester

Swift is coming, you will adopt it, or give up native iOS development

We feel, like many do, that Swift – Apple’s new programming language – isn’t quite ready for production. We aren’t currently using it for any projects beyond small internal experiments. Swift is still undergoing heavy revision by Apple and the tools provided for Swift development are in need of refinement. But make no mistake Swift is coming. For now, one

Shoppers Drug Mart App Review

I recently downloaded the Shoppers Drug Mart app, and it’s pretty great! It certainly serves as an advertising platform, but it does it in such a way that I didn’t find myself immediately uninstalling the app. So they’re off to a good start! The app always has coupons and the latest flyer, as well as

Stress or Pressure?

I read a great post by Steven Sinofsky yesterday, titled “Stress or Pressure?” It’s a repost from a while back, but is timeless wisdom from a very smart man. For those who don’t know him, Steven Sinofsky worked at Microsoft for over 20 years, his last stint was as the President of the Windows division.

Co-op Adds Coupgon Coupons to Mobile App

Co-op released an update to their mobile app which gives users the ability to browse, clip, and redeem Coupgon coupons in their mobile app. It’s been a long-requested user feature, so we were very happy to add it to the app. We worked in partnership with the development team at Coupgon to integrate this feature

Carleton Mobile App Re-launches for 2015/2016 School Year

Today was the first day of classes at Carleton University, and students were greeted with a brand new version of the Carleton mobile app to enhance their university experience. In this new version, we have added some exciting new features to make student’s lives easier. Grade Notifications Gone are the days where you have to

Meet Our Team – Ron

Name & Position Name:  Ron Rambarran Title: Regional Sales Manager How long have you worked at Push? I’ve been with Push since July 2015. Why did you join the field of Sales? I love being able to control my own income, meeting and cultivating relationships with people, and always having something different to do every

Apps for Creating Living Photos

If you’ve ever been on a vacation to a beautiful place, you’ve likely tried to capture the moment with a photo. If you look back on your vacation pictures, however, you will often find that the photo doesn’t truly capture how it felt to be there. A picture provides only a tiny, static window into

Meet Our Team – Mason

How long have you worked at Push? It has been one month that I have been working as a software developer at Push. I joined the Android development team July 2015. What did you do before joining Push? I am a recent Master’s of Science graduate in the field Computer Science. I have been a

Meet Our Team – Gurinder

How long have you worked at Push? I started working at Push in April 2015 as VP of Sales & Business Development.  My role at Push is to grow the business by aligning with the right partners and bringing on new customers. After many years of working in telecommunications, and most recently with a software