The numbers are in and online Black Friday sales broke records yet again. $4.5 billion in online sales were logged during the Black Friday period. However, the more significant number is that $1.5 billion of those sales were made using a smartphone. While online sales made via desktop still dominated, the preferred method for browsing […]
The Apple Watch got off to a slow start, but all of a sudden the sales numbers have taken off. Here’s where the numbers stand and why this boost means that the future is going to be focused on wearables
Confirming what we already know, new data shows that by the year 2018 two-thirds of people in key digital markets will own a smartphone. There has been a massive surge in smartphone adoption in the Asia Pacific region. Singapore leads the world in smartphone penetration, with an estimated 97 percent of the population owning a […]
Black Friday might be the time of year when most big retailers pull themselves out of the red, but that time of year for app developers is in January. This huge boost in app downloads and sales is directly related to the fact that many people receive brand new mobile devices for Christmas and are […]
Of all the companies that can have a big impact on the economics of the media industry, Apple seems poised to revolutionize media consumption with its Apple TV device. Here’s how it’ll happen
Samsung’s virtual reality headset, the Gear VR, is available for consumers, but there are still many things people don’t know about it. Here’s a breakdown of what you should know about the new virtual reality device. First of all, this is much more than Google Cardboard. The big difference is that this is a real […]
Apple’s programming language, Swift, has officially gone open source and is now available at swift.org. They have also made the source code available on GitHub as well as releasing a Linux port to expand access to the language. The company is also sharing design guidelines for the language so that there is a more cohesive […]
Using and downloading apps from app stores has become second nature for most people, which is having a radical effect on the economy of the app market. With lots of changes occurring, are you prepared for what the future holds?
The hope of many app developers is that their app will go viral and result in a huge surge of installs. Going viral is a surefire guarantee of success without having to put in a ton of effort. However, there is some work you can do in order to help boost the chances of your […]
The big new frontier in mobile app success is geo-targeting and content relevancy. The introduction of beacon technology is making it easier and more convenient for retailers with shopping apps to push ads and coupons directly to users’ phones who are in the vicinity of their stores. This type of real-time, moment-based targeting has already […]
While your competitors are all focusing on the wrong aspects of app store optimization, you can follow this guide to make sure your app is primed for discovery. Here’s how to take advantage of the app store optimization components that are largely overlooked.
In the perpetual battle for the thinnest mobile device, Apple is poised to make the most drastic change yet. The tech giant is predicted to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack from their devices, which has been cited as the main limiting factor in creating a thinner device. The removal of the 3.5mm jack would reduce […]
Black Friday was bigger than ever this year, but it wasn’t only sales that saw huge numbers. Stats from the iOS App Store show that retail shopping app downloads surged more than 25 percent on Black Friday. The push toward mobile purchasing was also evident from the large portion of sales that were made using […]
It’s taken a long time for us to reach the point where we can wirelessly charge our mobile devices, but now the market is bigger than ever. However, is wireless charging a passing trend or does it have true lasting power?
Apple is making a steady push to make Apple Pay a global system. The company hopes to release a version of Apple Pay in China by February according to a new Wall Street Journal report. Apple has allegedly inked deals with China’s four major banks, which is a big achievement, although it’s unclear whether Apple […]
Android has finally announced an update to its Android Studio app development tool. Android Studio 2.0 is first being released as a preview so that feedback can be received and tweaks made before a final launch. The upgrade will have a new feature called Instant Run that promises to dramatically improve development workflows as well […]
All of the most useful apps have one thing in common – they work offline, too. Before you start developing your app, think offline-first!
The iPad Pro was promised to be a laptop-replacing tablet designed from the bottom up to be the perfect device for creative professionals. The only problem? There aren’t very many apps for creative professionals. The main problem is that there currently isn’t a pricing model in place to offer professional-grade apps on iOS that will […]
Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMPs) are finally gaining some traction. AMPs work in a similar way to Facebook’s Instant Articles, which are optimized for a mobile experience. Google announced a bevy of publishers who are interested in partnerships to deliver content via AMPs. These partnerships include the BBC, Sankei, the New York Times, News Corp, […]
Instead of GM, Ford, and Toyota, the future of self-driving cars is going to look more like Google, Apple, and Uber. Here’s why software platforms and app developers are going to be at the forefront of autonomous vehicles.
The Internet and mobile phones have made the world a much smaller place. Developers now need to think on a global scale, especially when releasing their apps and launching campaigns. If you’re hoping to release your app in foreign markets then you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared to do it properly. That means making […]
These days 5 bucks can buy you a combo meal at McDonald’s or an entire Raspberry Pi computer board. Raspberry Pi has been offering affordable hardware for DIY programmers and hobbyists for years, but its newest device, the Raspberry Pi Zero, is smaller and faster than ever. It has a 1Ghz ARM11 core application processor, […]
Need a job? There’s an app for that! Here’s how the mobile landscape is changing the way people search for employment!
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 […]
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!