Tag: category-/Internet & Telecom/Mobile & Wireless/Mobile Apps & Add-Ons

Bunch raises $3.85 million for social mobile party app for gamers

Bunch, the party app for mobile games, has raised $3.85 million from top games companies including Supercell, Tencent, Riot Games, Miniclip, Colopl Next, and Uken Games, bringing its total funding raised to $8 million. The strategic investment from key players in games and mobile showcases the power and potential of Bunch’s app to set the […]

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The power of personalization in the post-app era

Presented by Sinch Mobile apps were once heralded as the future of customer engagement. A must-have for any brand or business looking to acquire and retain an increasingly mobile-savvy customer base. Fast forward ten years and mobile app use is in significant decline. Worse still, 71% of consumers would mute or delete an app if […]

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Niko Partners: Battle royales boost India’s mobile gaming growth

PUBG Mobile has been downloaded over 100 million times in India, according to the analysts at Niko Partners. Niko Partners went over the data in a new report, which also reveals that the group is starting coverage for the country, adding it to its repertoire along with China, Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea, and Chinese […]

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GitHub launches iOS app, Android app coming in 2020

Popular project collaboration tool GitHub today announced a range of upgrades for programmers and developers working together including the launch of a GitHub mobile app for iOS smartphones and iPads. An Android app will be released in early 2020, GitHub VP of engineering Dana Lawson told VentureBeat. GitHub on mobile devices will allow users to […]

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Wappier raises $4 million to power data visualization for apps and games

Mobile monetization gets harder and harder every year (heck, I’d bet this gets more difficult by the week in this ultra-competitive market). Companies have long been trying to solve this problem for studios and publishers, and the latest one to offer tools to help here is Wappier. Wappier is a platform that uses AI models […]

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App Annie: 5 predictions for mobile app and gaming success in 2020

App Annie collects a lot of data on mobile devices, apps, and games. And so the consumer insights company has five predictions for the year ahead in mobile. The company said that 2019 was a landmark year for mobile, with 20% year-over-year growth in consumer spending in the first three quarters of the year — […]

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Google launches App Defense Alliance to fight the spread of malicious apps

Google today announced a new initiative intended to fight the spread of malicious apps on Android. It’s called the App Defense Alliance, and it’s a collaboration between Google, ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium aims to reduce the risk of app-based malware by identifying and remediating new threats. Google says that it’s integrating its Google Play Protect […]

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Deep customization is the new default for apps

If you take a look at the latest iOS update you will see a handful of new opportunities for users to tailor how their device looks and performs. Between UX settings like Dark Mode, more detailed permissions for how you share personal data, and customized shortcuts that allow you to converse with your apps — […]

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You can now unlock WhatsApp for Android with your fingerprint

WhatsApp is finally rolling out fingerprint unlocking to Android phones, some 10 months after the feature first reared its head in an early Android beta build. It’s worth noting here that WhatsApp has already introduced biometric security to its iPhone app, having added support for Face ID and Touch ID back in February. Touch ID, […]

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App Annie: How to go after Generation Z

App Annie, the mobile market data and analytics firm, released a report today on how to win over the hearts of Generation Z, or the folks under 25 that can’t be found via traditional media. And here’s a hint: you can target them with finance and shopping apps. This demographic is now the largest population […]

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Google’s experimental Morph app highlights a feature that should be baked into all smartphones

Google launched five experimental mobile apps this week in an effort to encourage third-party app developers to build digital well-being tools into their own products. The general message to the development community was this: Here are some functional prototypes of what we would like to see more of on Android, now go and build your […]

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Google launches Jetpack Compose developer preview and Android Studio 4.0 Canary

At Android Dev Summit 2019 today in Sunnyvale, Google made a slew of developer announcements for its mobile operating system. The company released expanded APIs for Android Jetpack, Jetpack Compose in developer preview, and Android Studio 4.0 Canary, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE). Think of Android Jetpack as the successor to […]

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Android Pie passes 20% adoption after 12 months

Google today shared that in August 2019, Android Pie had 22.6% adoption. That means the second-latest version of Android was running on a fifth of devices after some 12 months. Google did not share adoption numbers for any other Android version, including Android 10, the latest version that started rolling out last month. Meanwhile, iOS […]

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Google launches 5 experimental digital well-being apps for Android

Google has launched a handful of experimental apps designed to showcase how mental well-being can be built into digital products. The launch comes amid growing concerns over how smartphone and social media addiction may contribute to depression and loneliness, particularly in young people. Google is touting its new Digital Wellbeing Experiments as a platform — […]

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Black Desert Mobile hands-on preview — one of the prettiest fantasy MMOs on mobile

South Korean game publisher Pearl Abyss is about to launch its highly anticipated Black Desert Mobile on iOS and the Google Play Store. I’ve had a look via a preview, and it is one of the prettiest games on mobile. The game debuts on October 24. The mobile massively multiplayer online role-playing game is a free-to-play […]

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Why have hyper-casual games replaced gacha in Japan?

In 1999 — some 20 years before the birth of Apple’s App Store when mobile phone owners in the West could only play Snake — people in Japan already had the ability to play games directly onto their mobile phones. Since then, Japan’s mobile ecosystem has become such a dominant force that it generated $13.3B […]

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As iOS 13 hits 50% adoption, Android fragmentation keeps getting worse

It’s barely news at this point that Apple’s latest version of iOS is off to a strong start with users — just like iOS 10, iOS 11, and iOS 12, it didn’t take long for at least half of all iOS devices to switch to iOS 13. Apple announced late yesterday that 50% of all […]

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You’re not Pokemon Go — don’t hammer AR into your mobile game

In 2018, mobile gaming accounted for over 74 percent of App Store revenue. With this gold rush comes a slew of new games, to the tune of over 500 per day. This can make it tough to stand out. Two of the biggest methods? Using famous intellectual property, and using augmented reality. Licensed to make […]

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Facebook launches PyTorch Mobile for edge ML on Android and iOS devices

Facebook is planing to release PyTorch Mobile for deploying machine learning models on Android and iOS devices. PyTorch Mobile was released today alongside PyTorch 1.3, the latest version of Facebook’s open-source deep learning library with quantization and support for use of Google Cloud TPUs, and tools like Captum, which supplies explainability for machine learning models. […]

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Apple leaks unreleased Sleep app for Watch

Prior to the launch of the Apple Watch Series 5 in September, sleep tracking was expected to be one of the major new features, enabling wearers to correlate their resting movements with shallow and deep sleep — but the rumored app never launched. Now an official Apple Watch App Store listing (discovered by Daniel Marcinkowski) confirms that […]

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Snapchat’s latest mobile game is Subway Surfers Airtime from Sybo Games

Sybo Games has launched its endless runner game Subway Surfers Airtime on Snapchat’s mobile game platform. Copenhagen-based Sybo designed the game for Snapchat’s real-time multiplayer gaming platform, Snap Games. It is a side-scrolling multiplayer racing game that lets up to ten players surf, slide, grind and glide across a slick 2D cityscape, all in a […]

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