Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Report: Xiaomi sales climb but Huawei remains China’s top smartphone brand

    Report: Xiaomi sales climb but Huawei remains China’s top smartphone brand

    China’s Xiaomi, once the world’s highest valued tech startup, is getting over a disappointing two years with a notable spike in sales in its homeland during the second quarter of 2017. That’s according a new report from analyst firm Canalys, which estimates that Xiaomi, which was valued at $45 billion at the end of 2014, shipped 15 million phones during the quarter to… Read More

  • Blue Apron COO Matthew Wadiak steps down in post-IPO shakeup

    Blue Apron COO Matthew Wadiak steps down in post-IPO shakeup

    Blue Apron announced several changes at the executive level today, including co-founder Matthew Wadiak stepping down from the COO role to become a senior advisor. Wadiak’s changing role comes after a painful IPO for the meal kit delivery service, which first had to reduce its original IPO price and has since seen a significant drop in its share price. Read More

  • Qualcomm opens its mobile chip deep learning framework to all

    Qualcomm opens its mobile chip deep learning framework to all

    Mobile chip maker Qualcomm wants to enable deep learning-based software development on all kinds of devices, which is why it created the Neural Processing Engine (NPE) for its Snapdragon-series mobile processors. The NPE software development kit is now available to all via the Qualcomm Developer Network, which marks the first public release of the SDK, and opens up a lot of potential for… Read More

  • Fleksy keyboard to get major reboot under ThingThing’s dev team

    Fleksy keyboard to get major reboot under ThingThing’s dev team

    Third party keyboards might seem like an app fad blast from the recent past. But the smartphone keyboard space could be set for a shake up as long time player Fleksy gets a new team working full time on the app… Read More

  • Vacation home pricing engine Beyond Pricing picks up a startup for nearby comparisons

    Vacation home pricing engine Beyond Pricing picks up a startup for nearby comparisons

    While Airbnb may have started off the wave of renting out a room in your house periodically to travelers for some extra income, that industry has blown up to include a lot of other competitors like VRBO. That’s led to many vacation rental owners putting their homes on multiple sites, which has led to the emergence of startups like Beyond Pricing — which helps vacation home… Read More

  • Facebook acquires Source3 to get content creators paid

    Facebook acquires Source3 to get content creators paid

    Facebook is on the cusp of a big push to lure independent content creators to share their art through the News Feed. But it needs to prove it can help creators monetize their content without allowing piracy to run rampant. That’s why it’s acquired content rights management startup Source3, including its team and technology. Read More

  • Google releases the final Android O developer preview

    Google releases the final Android O developer preview

    Google today launched the fourth and final developer preview of Android O, the latest version of its mobile operating system. As expected, there are no major changes in this release and, according to Google, the launch of Android O remains on track for later this summer. Given that Android Nougat was on a very similar schedule, I expect we’ll see a final release in August. Read More

  • Apple just dropped iOS 11 beta 4 for developers

    Apple just dropped iOS 11 beta 4 for developers

    Apple just released a new beta of iOS 11 ahead of the final iOS 11 release in September. Things are still quite rough and I wouldn’t recommend installing the beta on a production device just yet. You don’t want to risk having your phone become useless. The beta 4 is only available if you’re a registered developer for now. While Apple also has a public beta program, the… Read More

  • Amazon’s chat fiction app Rapids ties up with Amazon Studios with launch of ‘Signature Stories’

    Amazon’s chat fiction app Rapids ties up with Amazon Studios with launch of ‘Signature Stories’

    Today’s kids aren’t just reading books. They’re also tapping and playing with interactive stories on tablets as preschoolers, then delving into instant messaging-like chat fiction apps as teens. Amazon’s entry in this space, Amazon Rapids, was announced late last year as a way to bring this style of interactive fiction to readers in the 5 to 12 age range. The company… Read More

  • Netflix was the top grossing app in Q2, with mobile revenue up 233% since last year

    Netflix was the top grossing app in Q2, with mobile revenue up 233% since last year

    Netflix’s booming subscriber growth, announced in the company’s earnings last week, is also being felt on the App Store, where its app has again become the top earner in terms of revenue. According a recent report from app store analytics firm Sensor Tower, the app in Q2 saw 233 percent revenue growth year-over-year to $153 million in the most recent quarter. That’s up from… Read More

  • Fairphone ends support for first repairable-by-design smartphone

    Fairphone ends support for first repairable-by-design smartphone

    Fairphone, the European mobile phone maker and social enterprise that has made it its mission is to build and sell fairer smartphone hardware, has announced it is ending support for its first handset, the Fairphone 1.  Read More

  • Dropbox CTO Aditya Agarwal is leaving

    Dropbox CTO Aditya Agarwal is leaving

    Aditya Agarwal, who came to Dropbox via its acquisition of Cove way back in 2012 and was given the CTO role last year, will be leaving the company. Agarwal held the CTO role for about 9 months and was previously the VP of engineering. Agarwal is leaving the company as it begins to aggressively tout its success as a business. Read More

  • Mobile savings and investment service Acorns is on track to do 1 billion trades in 2017

    Mobile savings and investment service Acorns is on track to do 1 billion trades in 2017

    Acorns is quickly turning into an oak tree in the financial services space. The company now boasts more than 2 million investment accounts (with 600,000 opened in 2017 alone) and is on track to do 1 billion trades in 2017 through the proprietary broker-dealer that it created. Read More

  • The IAB finalizes its new ad standards

    The IAB finalizes its new ad standards

    The Interactive Advertising Bureau, a trade group representing online publishers and advertisers, has released new standards around mobile and web advertisers. Not every publisher and advertiser will follow these standards, but the standards are important because they help establish best practices around what is and isn’t acceptable for the industry. If done right, they help maintain… Read More

  • Legendary Pokémon are headed to Pokémon Go

    Legendary Pokémon are headed to Pokémon Go

    Pokémon Go’s getting Legendary Pokémon, those ultra rare, ultra powerful pocket monsters that typically figure prominently in the narrative arc for the main series console games. The Legendary Pokémon will appear as Eggs at gyms, and they’ll act as bosses for the new Raids that the game recently introduced – once defeated, you’ll get a chance to catch them, much like… Read More

  • Viber acquires Chatter Commerce, the startup behind its shopping keyboard

    Viber acquires Chatter Commerce, the startup behind its shopping keyboard

    Messaging app Viber earlier this year made its first foray into shopping services with Instant Shopping, a feature that lets you search for items for sale via a keyboard when you have the messaging app open. Today, the company is announcing some more e-commerce related news: it’s buying the startup that helped build that feature. Viber has acquired Chatter Commerce, maker of a… Read More

  • Facebook ‘Groups for Pages’ unlocks fan clubs

    Facebook ‘Groups for Pages’ unlocks fan clubs

    With Facebook’s newest feature, a musician could run an on-site fan club, a brand could organize its ambassadors and a newspaper could discuss articles with just its top readers. Today Facebook globally launched Groups for Pages, allowing the 70 million Pages on Facebook to create their own distinct communities and feeds. Read More

  • Facebook tries to prove Instant Articles beat mobile web

    Facebook tries to prove Instant Articles beat mobile web

    One-third of all link clicks on Facebook already go to its self-hosted Instant Articles. Facebook claims they drive more referral traffic click-for-click because people don’t abandon them mid-click as they do with slow-loading mobile websites. Now Facebook is teaming up with Nielsen to prove that individual publishers benefit when they post with the Instant Articles format. Read More

  • Samsung’s Bixby assistant finally comes to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the US

    Samsung’s Bixby assistant finally comes to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the US

    After much delay, Samsung has begun rolling out its Bixby smart assistant to users in the U.S. The company said today that an update will allow owners of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ to gain voice capabilities for the service. Read More

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