Mobile

  • Comscore’s Latest Says Apple Top Smartphone OEM, But Android Still Top Platform In U.S.

    Comscore’s Latest Says Apple Top Smartphone OEM, But Android Still Top Platform In U.S.

    Ahead of Apple’s WWDC event, analytics firm comScore released on Friday a new report detailing Apple’s mobile operating system iOS’s growth in the U.S. market. The reported noted that, in April, Apple ranked at the top smartphone manufacturer with a 43.1 percent market share, up from 41.3 percent in January. The next largest OEM was Samsung, with a 28.6 percent share, down… Read More

  • Opener For iOS Lets You Open Web Links In Your Apps Instead

    Opener For iOS Lets You Open Web Links In Your Apps Instead

    If you’re a nerdy sort of iPhone user, then you know the frustration that comes from tapping a link on the web and then being directed to some crappy mobile website for the app instead of the lovely, native version you already have installed on your phone. For example, a link in a news article referencing a tweet might take you to Twitter’s mobile site instead of the Twitter app. Read More

  • Re:quest Offers A Faster Way To Respond To Messages On Apple Watch And iPhone

    Re:quest Offers A Faster Way To Respond To Messages On Apple Watch And iPhone

    If you’ve ever gotten stuck messaging friends back and forth just to get the answer to a simple question, a new iPhone and Apple Watch application called Re:quest wants to help. Designed to eliminate circular conversations that seem to go nowhere, Re:quest instead offers a simple way to send a friend a set of answers to a question you pose which they can choose from with just a tap. Read More

  • AppFigures Debuts Its Own App For Tracking App Store Performance

    AppFigures Debuts Its Own App For Tracking App Store Performance

    App store intelligence platform appFigures today rolled out a new iOS app that will allow app developers to track their own apps’ performance, including things like downloads, revenue and app store reviews. The launch is a long time coming for the app tracking firm, which previously offered its API to several third-party app publishers instead of focusing on its own native mobile… Read More

  • Doorman Raises $1.5 Million To Eliminate Missed Package Deliveries

    Doorman Raises $1.5 Million To Eliminate Missed Package Deliveries

    Everyone has, at some time or another, experienced the frustration that comes from missing a delivery – that is, coming home only to find a delivery notice stuck to your door. A company called Doorman is trying to solve this problem by allowing customers to schedule their own deliveries as late as midnight, seven days a week. Now Doorman has $1.5 million in seed funding to continue to… Read More

  • Tiggly Words Teaches Kids To Read Using Real-World Toys That Work With An iPad

    Tiggly Words Teaches Kids To Read Using Real-World Toys That Work With An iPad

    Tiggly, a company that makes a line of “iPad toys” that combine real-world objects with virtual play in mobile applications, has now rolled out its latest product: a new game and real-world toy combination it’s calling “Tiggly Words.” The idea is that young children can place the provided letters on the screen as part of gameplay in order to build words, unlock… Read More

  • Google Debuts App Invites, A More Personalized System For Inviting Friends To Try Apps

    Google Debuts App Invites, A More Personalized System For Inviting Friends To Try Apps

    Google has debuted a new product called “App Invites” aimed at helping mobile app developers grow their application’s user base. Now in beta for both iOS and Android, App Invites includes a set of standardized tools for sending out app invites over SMS and email, highlighting recommended contacts, creating personalized onboarding experiences for new users, and measuring… Read More

  • Worldwide Smartphone Growth To Slow In 2015, As China Reaches Saturation

    Worldwide Smartphone Growth To Slow In 2015, As China Reaches Saturation

    The writing has been on the wall for some time, but analysts at IDC are again confirming today that the worldwide smartphone market will continue to see its overall growth slow in 2015. The firm says that global smartphone shipments will grow just 11.3 percent this year, down from 27.6 percent the year prior. The changes are attributed, in part, to the Chinese smartphone market reaching… Read More

  • Bundle’s New App Automatically Organizes Photos For You

    Bundle’s New App Automatically Organizes Photos For You

    Organizing our massive photo libraries is a task that a number of startups and big companies alike are still trying to solve. While Google is poised to introduce a new, standalone Photos app at Google I/O this week to address this challenge, a new Amsterdam-based startup called Bundle has also now launched an app focused on helping users automatically group photos together into albums and… Read More

  • Fixed’s App Can Now Fix Your New York Parking Tickets

    Fixed’s App Can Now Fix Your New York Parking Tickets

    Fixed, a mobile app that fights parking tickets on your behalf, has now arrived in New York City – its first new market outside of California, where the company already operates. New York is one of the biggest markets for parking tickets in the U.S., Fixed founder David Hegarty notes, as it issues 10 million parking tickets per year. That’s one new ticket every three seconds, he… Read More

  • Google’s Project Fi Invites To Reach Everyone By Mid-Summer

    Google’s Project Fi Invites To Reach Everyone By Mid-Summer

    Project Fi, Google’s recently announced plans to offer its own wireless cellular service, appears to have a lot of demand – or at least, that’s what an email sent out to potential customers seems to imply. The email informs those who previously registered their interest in trying out the new service that, due to the number of requests Google has received, it will likely… Read More

  • Firefox For iOS Begins Its Beta Testing Program

    Firefox For iOS Begins Its Beta Testing Program

    Mozilla’s Firefox browser for iOS is nearing public release, as the organization is now actively recruiting beta testers willing to try the app ahead of its App Store debut. A recent survey sent to potential testers is asking for details about which devices they own, and instructs them that the beta will require a version of iOS 8 or higher in order to work. It also reminds… Read More

  • Google Fixes AdMob Bug Affecting Windows Phone Apps’ Ad Revenue For Weeks

    Google Fixes AdMob Bug Affecting Windows Phone Apps’ Ad Revenue For Weeks

    A problem that led to Windows Phone app developers seeing declining ad revenue from Google’s AdMob ad network has now been resolved, says Google. Earlier this week, news emerged that a number of Windows Phone developers had seen their ad fill rates drop by a significant amount during the month, which greatly impacted their ability to generate revenue using Google’s ads in their apps. Read More

  • Little Labs Raises $3 Million From NEA And Others For Its “Smartwatch-First” App Studio

    Little Labs Raises $3 Million From NEA And Others For Its “Smartwatch-First” App Studio

    With the introduction of the Apple Watch, many believe that smartwatches as a new computing platform now has the potential to explode. One company betting on that trend is Little Labs, an L.A.-based app studio founded by mobile industry veterans that’s focused exclusively on building experiences for the “post-phone” era. The studio today has a small handful of apps for… Read More

  • Groupon Launches Breadcrumb Live To Bring Point-Of-Sale Management To The iPhone

    Groupon Launches Breadcrumb Live To Bring Point-Of-Sale Management To The iPhone

    Groupon has been expanding its footprint beyond daily deals for some time, and today the company is doubling down on its investment in its restaurant point-of-sale system Breadcrumb with a new app designed to bring live sales data to the iPhone. With Breadcrumb Live, the company is offering restaurant owners the ability to pull up sales information, check counts, performance trends and… Read More

  • Shuffle’s New iPhone App Lets You Create Disposable Phone Numbers…And Emails, Too

    Shuffle’s New iPhone App Lets You Create Disposable Phone Numbers…And Emails, Too

    A new mobile app called Shuffle has launched a simple utility that lets you create additional, disposable phone numbers you can use to call or text as well as receive voicemail through, right from your iPhone. The app is a competitor to longtime favorite Burner, which has, for some time, offered similar functionality. But Shuffle takes things a step further, by also allowing you… Read More

  • Amazon’s New Ad Platform Lets App Developers Target Both Android And Fire Users

    Amazon’s New Ad Platform Lets App Developers Target Both Android And Fire Users

    Amazon announced this morning the launch of a new advertising platform for mobile app developers who distribute their Android apps by way of Amazon’s Appstore or even Google Play. Called “Advertise Your App with Amazon,” the new program allows developers to promote their app across Amazon’s network of Fire tablet wakescreens, as well as via mobile placements on the… Read More

  • AT&T Will Begin Offering Hulu To Its Customers Later This Year

    AT&T Will Begin Offering Hulu To Its Customers Later This Year

    Hulu and AT&T announced an expanded deal today designed to bring the video streaming service to AT&T’s customers on both mobile devices and on the web. Starting later this year, customers will be able to access Hulu shows through an AT&T app on their mobile phones, as well as through an AT&T website for Internet viewing, the companies said. The two are also exploring… Read More

  • U.S. Mobile Users Spend The Most Time In Facebook And Instagram, Elsewhere Messaging Apps Dominate

    U.S. Mobile Users Spend The Most Time In Facebook And Instagram, Elsewhere Messaging Apps Dominate

    Messaging apps are becoming the most heavily-used type of app in a majority of key markets worldwide, based on both smartphone sessions and time spent in apps. However, according to new data from App Annie, the U.S. is an exception to that trend. Here, Facebook still dominates in terms of smartphone sessions, while both Facebook and Instagram led by time spent in apps. The data collected… Read More

  • Wiith Is Like Tinder For Meeting New Friends, Not Dates

    Wiith Is Like Tinder For Meeting New Friends, Not Dates

    If you’re looking to meet new people but don’t want to explicitly commit to it being a date, as on Tinder, a new app called Wiith wants to help. The social app aims to connect nearby people who share the same interests and have them join up for local activities and events – like a more informal version of Meetup, perhaps. The idea that the younger, mobile generation… Read More