Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • WhatsApp officially launches its app for businesses in select markets

    WhatsApp officially launches its app for businesses in select markets

    WhatsApp today officially launched its new WhatsApp Business app in select markets, including Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S., ahead of its planned worldwide rollout. The addition of business profiles and new messaging tools aimed at business customers is part of the company’s broader plan to generate revenue by charging larger enterprises for advanced tools to… Read More

  • Nomad’s new wireless charging hub is a traveler’s best friend

    Nomad’s new wireless charging hub is a traveler’s best friend

    If you spend any meaningful amount of time in hotels, you’ll know that many of them are still living in the age of the 30-pin adapter, even though most of us have already moved on to Lightning, wireless charging and USB-C. Nomad’s new wireless USB hub really cuts down on clutter, and makes it easy to charge what you need to charge, when you need to charge it. Read More

  • Giphy builds transparent GIF library for Instagram Stories

    Giphy builds transparent GIF library for Instagram Stories

    Instagram now lets some users slap background-less GIFs sourced from Giphy onto their Instagram Stories. Rolling out for wider testing with a Giphy-branded design, the new GIF sticker engine could further differentiate Instagram Stories from Snapchat, which has yet to embrace the animation trend. Read More

  • Google will make page speed a factor in mobile search ranking starting in July

    Google will make page speed a factor in mobile search ranking starting in July

    Google today announced a significant change in how it ranks websites for mobile searches: it will now take page speed into consideration as one of its signals, the company says. The change, which Google is referring to as the “Speed Update,” will go into effect in July 2018, and will downrank very slow websites under certain conditions. Though speed will become more of a factor… Read More

  • Google’s Project Fi now caps data bills at $60

    Google’s Project Fi now caps data bills at $60

    Google’s Project Fi cell service never played the “unlimited data” game that most carriers in the U.S. like to play (and which is never truly unlimited). Instead, Google simply offered data at $10/GB/month and would give you a refund for any data you paid for but didn’t use. Now, however, it’s taking its own stab at what is essentially an unlimited data plan. With… Read More

  • Global app downloads topped 175 billion in 2017, revenue surpassed $86 billion

    Global app downloads topped 175 billion in 2017, revenue surpassed $86 billion

    Global app downloads topped 175 billion and consumer spending exceeded $86 billion in 2017, thanks to growth in emerging markets including China, India, Brazil and Russia, according to a new report from App Annie out this morning. Notably, India has now become the number two country by downloads, passing the U.S., which is now third. China has long since been in the lead. The difference… Read More

  • Time spent in apps grew just 6% last year, down from 11% in 2016

    Time spent in apps grew just 6% last year, down from 11% in 2016

    The app economy is continuing to grow, with the worldwide revenue from app stores expected to top $110 billion this year, according to recent estimates from App Annie. However, the time people spend using their apps is starting to stagnate, another report has found. In Flurry’s “State of Mobile 2017” annual wrap-up, the firm reported that overall app session activity only grew… Read More

  • Lawmakers said to be behind Huawei’s continued U.S. carrier woes

    Lawmakers said to be behind Huawei’s continued U.S. carrier woes

    The latest entry in Huawei’s ongoing struggles to come to the U.S. proved to be one of the more unexpected and engaging CES storylines last week. But there are still plenty of layers of this onion left to peel back. This morning, Reuters is confirming speculation that AT&T’s last-minute decision to pull out of a deal with the Chinese phone maker comes as U.S. lawmakers… Read More

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