So the cat is finally out of the bag: during some hectic days we have been helping Simula create an app for the Norwegian Institute for Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet/FHI) to reduce the time required to track the spread of the Coronavirus in Norway. This app could increase the speed in tracking the spread of the virus as well as actually reducing the spread when it's released.
At Shortcut we ❤️ Android just as much as iOS. Our Android developers love the flexibility and power of the Android platform, and as the design guidelines and possibilities on the platform have evolved a lot over the last years, working with Android has become ever more fun.
Remember ten years ago, when everybody was talking about going mobile first? When the mobile web started gaining traction, quickly followed by the advent of native apps on smart phones, the IT business moved from viewing mobile users as a potentially interesting niche of users to becoming the main target for digital products and services. This trend – mobile first – has been a key driver in Shortcut’s success in the market. When we approached customers, talking about mobile apps around 2010, most organizations were skeptical to investing in mobile services, since they were still seeing far higher numbers of users on desktop platforms than on mobile. Since then, some of the largest new digital services have been mobile only, with apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Vipps and REMA 1000’s Æ as some huge digital success stories with a practically non-existant presence on the old (ie. desktop) web.
It should come as no surprise that many customers were just as skeptical when Google announced that they were moving from a mobile first to an AI first approach to digital product development last year. Artificial Intelligence has been a much researched topic within the industry for more than five decades, so why this change in focus today?