Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing it’s a good time to check in on how well retail shopping apps are faring on Apple’s iOS App Store. An analysis by Sensor Tower shows that only one third of the major retail apps analyzed showed a growth in user acquisition between 2014 and […]
Archives for November 2015
Cold weather and touch screen devices don’t mix. It can be very frustrating being outside in the freezing cold weather and having to remove your glove to send someone a text message. Sure there are fingerless gloves and specialty gloves that work with touch screens, but those aren’t the norm. Apple has finally caught onto […]
Google and China had an epic falling out 5 years ago. Now Google is coming crawling back. The search giant is hoping to establish itself in the Chinese market with a release of its Google Play Store. Will it be enough or is it too little too late?
Brands have finally learned that it’s extremely advantageous to have an app available to their customers. Consumers who have a brand’s app installed spend 48% more than others. However, the amount of work put into that app can vary greatly between brands. Simply having an app with the brand’s name attached to it isn’t enough […]
Apple’s much-hyped iPad Pro has finally been released, but users are experiencing some frustrating problems with the first models. It can be infuriating when a brand new piece of tech has problems right out of the box, but before your ship your iPad Pro back to Apple, check and see if these solutions can fix […]
Ready or not, virtual reality is here. Samsung has officially released Gear, the first-ever consumer-grade VR headset. And it’s actually pretty incredible. Check out the full overview!
It’s no secret that Apple is strict about the apps that it allows in its iOS App Store, but the announcement that the popular F.lux light-dimming app has been banned is leaving the developers and the user base frustrated. F.lux is a simple app that adjusts the brightness and color temperature of screens at nighttime […]
No, Google+ is not dead. In fact, Google has announced that a completely revamped version of the social network is being rolled out across the web and mobile devices imminently. The goal of the update is to make it easier for users to post content, search, and connect with others. Google has been in talks […]
Think you can get away with not beta testing your app? Nope! It’s a crucial step in the development process. Here’s everything you need to know about beta testing your app!
What’s the top priority for enterprise mobile apps? If you said “making lots of money” then you’d be wrong. A new survey shows that a large majority of enterprise apps are focusing on creating a better user experience for their customers. The goal of an improved user experience is to drive consumer loyalty, which is […]
Google has been doing lots of redistribution and consolidating at its headquarters as of late. The newest announcement out of Google HQ is that all of its cloud services are going to be combined under one unified umbrella. This means that Google for Work, Cloud Platform, and Google Apps will now be part of the […]
It’s about time, Apple! Search results in Apple’s App Store will now better reflect the actual content of a search. What a crazy concept! See how search has been vastly improved in the App Store
Is Apple giving its own iOS apps an unfair advantage in the iOS App Store search results? New evidence suggests that the device used in an App Store search will result in different outcomes for app popularity. When performing an App Store search on a desktop, some of Apple’s apps don’t rank very high within […]
If you needed even more evidence to understand the explosive growth of mobile then the fact that Google’s mobile Chrome browser has doubled its user base in the last year to reach 800 million people should do the trick. That 800 million number isn’t just installs on devices, which could skew the numbers, but a […]
If you didn’t already know, people are crazy about streaming video content on their mobile devices. Check out the recent app store rankings to see just how dominant video streaming apps have become!
In many parts of the world there’s a minimum listing price for apps within the Google Play Store. This number varies depending on the country and the currency, but is typically a small amount of money. Google has announced that it is now lowering the minimum price of apps in 17 countries so that more […]
Google is giving app developers and publishers until January 11th of 2016 to declare whether or not their apps on the Google Play Store feature ads. Google intends to display this information on the app listing page along with all the other relevant facts. This new requirement will cover any ads that are delivered by […]
Want to use an app but don’t want to go through the hassle of installing it onto your phone? You’re in luck. Google now lets you stream app functionality right in a Google search. Awesome!
Google and Facebook are typically at odds with one another’s goals, but a recent agreement has the potential to be beneficial for both companies. Previously Google searches were not able to index any content found in the Facebook mobile app. The new deal reached between the companies will allow Google to “crawl” the indexes of […]
Just how much of the mobile market profits is Apple currently raking in? A staggering 94 percent. Apple only accounts for 15 percent of the mobile market share, yet they’re laying claim to nearly 100 percent of the profits. Samsung is the only other company to make any profits since all the other companies are […]
Apple has released the Apple Pencil, a stylus for the iPad Pro that promises to be the best touch-screen accessory on the market. Does it deliver on that promise?
‘Fallout 4’ is a big new video game from Bethesda that’s available for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. The game is open-world and takes place in a post-apocalyptic Boston in the year 2077. The main inventory of the game is controlled via a wrist-mounted device in the game called a Pip Boy. In a […]
When Apple announced its new iPad Pro many people wondered whether the tablet would be a replacement for a standard PC. The answer, straight from CEO Tim Cook, is that the iPad Pro will be a PC replacement for, “many, many people.” He believes that people will conclude that they no longer need another device […]
Major companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft are being forced to reach across company lines to find success in a global marketplace. The real winners? The consumers.
ASUS has confirmed that it will be entering the Augmented Reality world with its very own headset sometime in 2016. The device will be a version of Microsoft’s HoloLens, but will likely be lower in price. Microsoft is hoping that the HoloLens will be an entire category of devices, rather than a product line it […]
If you have a game available on the Google Play Store then you need to be taking advantage of Google Play games services, which can be accessed via the developer console. The Player Analytics feature of the Google Play games services gives you all sorts of valuable data about how people are playing your game […]
The Blackberry Priv is finally here and we take a look at all the positive things it brings to the mobile table. Take a look at the review and decide for yourself!
One of the biggest pitfalls of the current crop of GPS, mapping, and navigation apps is that they require you to have a constant connection to function. This is obviously a problem when you’re on the highway and you lose service. Google understands this problem and has created a solution. Now users of Google Maps […]
Not to be outdone by competitors, new evidence suggests that Apple will be getting in on the person-to-person payment game. The new service will likely be an extension to the company’s current Apple Pay service rather than a standalone app. Apple is currently in talks with many of the nation’s largest banks, but the company […]
Brazil? With 137 million smartphone owners, it’s a market that absolutely needs to be on your radar. Their mobile market is booming and now is the time to get involved!
Apple’s iOS has Safari, Opera, Chrome, and even an Adblock Plus mobile web browser for customers to choose from. There’s one notable exclusion from this list: Firefox. Mozilla, the parent company of Firefox, was resistant to bringing a version of its popular web browser to iOS because Apple’s software policy requires browsers to default to […]
Facebook has Instant Articles, Apple has its new Apple News app, and Google has its own Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). The goal of all of these systems is to help content load more quickly on mobile devices. Page load speed is a critical factor for websites. Conversion rates drop 27% after one second and bounce […]
Not to be outdone by the competition, Facebook is releasing a new standalone news app called ‘Notify’ that wants to be your go-to breaking news source. Find out how it works!
Google has been revamping its YouTube platform recently with the release of its subscription-based YouTube Red service and now with its release of YouTube Music. The new music-based app is free to use and functions in much the same way as the regular YouTube app for playing music. However, the dedicated YouTube Music app will […]
The Internet has created big opportunities for finding consumers in any part of the world. All it takes is a look across the pond to see the potential for a new audience. Currently there are seven countries in Europe that boast 90% Internet penetration, purchases made through mobile in Europe are expected to double to […]
If you’re developing an app from the mindset of a developer, you’re missing the point of app creation. These are the three key considerations you need to take into account when developing an app
It was big news when Microsoft released its suite of Office apps for mobile devices, and now those apps have gotten a significant upgrade on Android. The biggest news is that those apps are much smaller. Microsoft claims that the new version of the Word and Excel apps will be a whopping 50% smaller than […]
The new Apple TV has finally launched, but it seems to be missing one small thing: quality apps. In a competitive market where apps can make or break a platform, it seems strange that the Apple TV is coming up short from its content creators. While it certainly has its fair share of apps, many […]
Don’t waste your app’s potential with a bad name! Learn how to create the perfect name that will give you the best success in the app store!
Forget about coffee. Starbucks is serving up the best digital consumer experience available anywhere in the world. What is it that Starbucks is doing and why is it so far ahead of the competition? Starbucks has been investing in our current mobile technology future for years. By researching and looking at ways to make consumer […]
Mobile payment systems are all the rage these days with every company introducing its own mobile wallet system. Google has been at the forefront of online and mobile payment systems with its Google Wallet app. That app just got a big new upgrade that adds some much-needed features. First and foremost, the new version of […]
Apple’s new CarPlay feature is a winner, even if there are still some bumps in the road that it will need to eventually overcome. Check out this early review!
Facebook is expanding – again. The social networking giant split its popular messaging service into its own app called “Messenger” and now the company is set to release a new standalone app called “Notify”. The app will function as an alternative news feed where the emphasis is on real world news itself. Curated content from […]
The music streaming wars are heating up and the two companies that are at the front lines are Apple and Spotify. Apple Music is a new contender and has fewer subscribers than Spotify, but given the massive user-base of Apple devices and their billions of dollars to throw around, it’s likely that Apple Music will […]
Unlimited doesn’t quite mean unlimited. Microsoft has gotten rid of its unlimited storage option for its OneDrive cloud storage service because people were using it for, well, unlimited storage. Find out how exactly the service is changing
Virtual reality is not as far away as you might think. The creation of Google Cardboard is making it cheap and easy for people to bring a VR experience into their own homes. Now Cardboard is getting a boost with YouTube announcing that it will be including support for the VR platform on all of […]
The Apple App Store is making lots of money. By 2021 it’s estimated that the store will be raking in $30 billion in annual revenue. This is great news for app developers, especially when factoring in the calculation that app developers will have been paid out a whopping $140 billion by the end of the […]
Companies are pushing for a virtual reality future, but the world isn’t quite capable of producing virtual reality content – until now. Lytro has unveiled its new Immerge virtual reality camera and it’s going to completely change the game. See for yourself!
Here’s even more data that makes it clear that mobile is the future of the Internet. More than 70% of customers of mobile-centric brands access their email via mobile devices. The pattern indicates that the world is shifting to a “mobile first” ideology. Users have numerous ways to interact with the content on their phone […]
Zerodium, a company that pays for security information and exploits, has paid out $1 million to an anonymous group of hackers to find exploits in Apple’s mobile iOS 9 platform. The company started a competition in September called “The Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty” and announced the winner at the beginning of November. The […]