Mobile

Spotify tests a TikTok-like vertical video feed in its app

TikTok has seen its short-form video feed copied by a host of competitors, from Instagram to Snap to YouTube and even Netflix. Now it looks like you can add Spotify to that list. The company has confi

Fairphone hits software support longevity akin to Apple’s iPhone

Fairphone, the Dutch social enterprise dedicated to making consumer electronics (more) sustainable and ethical, including by supporting repairability so that users can hold onto their hardware for lon

Afterpay unveils BNPL subscription offering for US customers

The service will launch in both the U.S. and Australia beginning early in 2022 and will be free for customers who pay on time.

Netflix’s gaming service adds two more titles, including the return of Gameloft’s Asphalt Xtreme

Earlier this month, Netflix’s new gaming service became globally available across both iOS and Android with a debut lineup that included two “Stranger Things”-themed games and a few

Spotify debuts a ‘Netflix Hub’ featuring music and podcasts tied to Netflix shows and movies

Looking for the soundtrack from your favorite Netflix show? Now, it will be easier to find thanks to an expanded partnership between Netflix and Spotify. The streaming music service today introduced a

Bitrise grabs $60M to keep companies updated with constantly changing mobile requirements

Bitrise is meant to support developers who are busy running processes rather than creating new value for customers.

South Africa’s Mobiz nabs $4M to expand personalized SMS marketing into the US

Mobiz, a South African startup integrating hyper-personalization into mobile marketing, has raised a pre-Series A round of $ 4 million from HAVAƍC, Futuregrowth, Launch Africa, Allan Gray E-Squared V

Walmart will be the first retailer to test Twitter’s new livestream shopping platform

Twitter’s e-commerce initiatives now include livestream shopping and Walmart will be the first retailer to test the new platform. Over the past year, Walmart has invested in live shopping by hos

Lydia adds stock and crypto trading to its payment app

French startup Lydia is entering a whole new category by adding trading to its financial super app later this year. The company is partnering with Bitpanda for this feature. Lydia users will be able t

This Week in Apps: Apple defends app ad buying, Spotify gains lyrics, Instagram kills Threads

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

Zuma takes in fresh capital to convert your next apartment tenant lead into a contract

Given its product market fit in real estate, Zuma now aims to implement its business model into other industries with sales teams, like healthcare, automotive, insurance, education and fashion.

New app Snax combines short-form movies with interactive games

Short-form video apps have seen major successes, like TikTok, as well as dramatic failures, like Quibi. Now, a new app called Snax wants to offer a twist on the popular vertical video format by giving

Spotify finally rolls out real-time lyrics to global users

After years of ignoring consumer demand for in-app lyrics, particularly in the U.S., Spotify announced today it will make a new Lyrics feature available to all global users, both Free and Premium, acr

Waldo brings its ad-free, private photo-sharing service direct to consumers

Waldo, a photo-sharing platform that has historically targeted businesses, schools, camps, sports leagues and other organizations, is capitalizing on the growing anti-Facebook sentiment to promote its

Instagram will shut down its companion app Threads by year end

Instagram’s standalone messaging app Threads is shutting down. The app will no longer be supported by the end of December 2021, the company confirmed to TechCrunch after reports of its impending

AllTrails raises $150M after COVID accelerates people’s interest in exploring the outdoors

Following a COVID-driven boost, the popular AllTrails resource for hikers, bikers, climbers and anyone else who enjoys the outdoors, announced today it’s raised $150 million from the growth fund

Runway raises $2M seed, launches its ‘air traffic control’ system for mobile app releases

Runway, a startup that emerged from the challenges that faced Rent the Runway’s first iOS team, is now exiting beta and launching its service that simplifies the mobile app release cycle —

Gift-giving mobile app Goody nabs more capital to scale in time for the holidays

The holiday season is in full swing, and just in September and October, the volume of gifts sent grew by 615%.

Amazon adds to its Rivian stake

Nestled in Rivian’s S-1 IPO filings was a note that the EV company’s “cornerstone investors” had “indicated an interest” in buying up to $5 billion worth of its sto

Spotify expands into audiobooks with acquisition of Findaway

In an effort to expand beyond music, Spotify has been investing hundreds of millions to build out its podcasts business. Now the company has set its sights on another form of audio, with today’s
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