Mobile

  • Tinder to adopt Bumble’s ‘ladies first’ feature in a future update

    Tinder to adopt Bumble’s ‘ladies first’ feature in a future update

    Tinder will make a change to its dating app in an upcoming update that will allow women to message first, according to a report from MarketWatch this morning, which TechCrunch has also confirmed. The new option will allow women to choose when to start a conversation, but it will not be the default setting as it is in Bumble. Instead, women will be able to decide whether or not they want to… Read More

  • WhatsApp has launched person-to-person payments into beta in India

    WhatsApp has launched person-to-person payments into beta in India

    WhatsApp has begun testing a new payments feature in India that will allow people to send money to other WhatsApp users, excluding merchant accounts. The feature is currently in beta, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans, but hasn’t been publicly announced because it’s not widely available at this time. The company has been  working on support for a… Read More

  • Tinder is launching a new location-based feature set this year

    Tinder is launching a new location-based feature set this year

    Tinder will launch a series of new features based on location in 2018, its parent company Match Group revealed during this week’s Q4 2017 earnings. The dating app maker has been fairly vague on what these new features will entail, having only described them previously as something that will blur the “distinction between digital and real-life dating, and dating and simply engaging… Read More

  • Google’s data-friendly app YouTube Go expands to over 130 countries, now supports higher quality videos

    Google’s data-friendly app YouTube Go expands to over 130 countries, now supports higher quality videos

    YouTube Go, a mobile version of YouTube built for emerging markets with features like offline viewing and nearby sharing, is today expanding to over 130 countries worldwide. This wider rollout will make YouTube Go available to a large number of people who want the ability to watch YouTube videos, even if they don’t have a good connection, or find themselves offline. The list of new… Read More

  • Google Flights will now predict airline delays – before the airlines do

    Google Flights will now predict airline delays – before the airlines do

    Google is rolling out a few new features to its Google Flights search engine to help travelers tackle some of the more frustrating aspects of air travel – delays and the complexities of the cheaper, Basic Economy fares. With the regard to delays, Google Flights won’t just be pulling in information from the airlines directly, however – it will take advantage of its… Read More

  • Instagram now allows businesses to schedule their posts

    Instagram now allows businesses to schedule their posts

    Instagram today made a long overdue change to its product that social media managers have wanted for some time – it will allow businesses on Instagram to schedule their posts. Before, there were unofficial means to aid with this – like tools that would send out a push notification to remind you to publish a post at a given time, for example. But no functionality was available… Read More

  • Cake raises $5 million for a swipeable mobile browser

    Cake raises $5 million for a swipeable mobile browser

    A startup called Cake has an ambitious plan to take on incumbents like Chrome and Safari to build a better browser for mobile devices. The company announced this morning it has raised $5 million for those efforts from Peak Ventures, Pelion Ventures and Kickstart Seed Fund. Cake was founded in late 2016 in Provo, Utah by Jase Bosarge, who had originally developed technologies and a… Read More

  • Google Play hit record 19 billion+ downloads in Q4 2017, its highest quarter ever

    Google Play hit record 19 billion+ downloads in Q4 2017, its highest quarter ever

    Smartphone adoption in emerging markets just delivered the highest number of app downloads Google Play has ever seen in a quarter. According to today’s report from App Annie, Google Play app downloads topped 19 billion in Q4 2017, a new record. That also makes Google Play’s download lead over iOS its largest ever, at 145 percent. Specifically, the downloads were driven by… Read More

  • Qualcomm to appeal $1.23B fine from EU over LTE chip dominance in the iPhone

    Qualcomm to appeal $1.23B fine from EU over LTE chip dominance in the iPhone

    Qualcomm’s longstanding dominance in LTE chipsets for smartphones, and specifically with Apple’s iPhone, is getting a major hit today. The European Commission today announced that it would be fining the company €997 million, or $1.23 billion, for abusing its market position between 2011 and 2016, related to its relationship with Apple. The figure works out to 4.9 percent of… Read More

  • Yahoo Finance launches social savings app Tanda, an alternative to credit cards

    Yahoo Finance launches social savings app Tanda, an alternative to credit cards

    Yahoo Finance today launched a new app called Tanda that allows small groups of either five or nine people to save money together for short-term goals. The app uses the concept of a “money pool” – that is, everyone participating in one Tanda’s collaborative savings circles will pay a fixed amount to the group’s savings pot every month. And every month, one member… Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • A dark mode for YouTube’s mobile app is spotted in the wild

    A dark mode for YouTube’s mobile app is spotted in the wild

    Last spring, YouTube rolled out a massive update to its desktop site that included a redesign, faster underlying framework, and the addition of a dark mode. Now, that dark theme may be making its way to the YouTube mobile app, as well. The change was recently spotted by MacRumors (by way of Reddit), and is already appearing for some users of the most recent version (13.0.1) of the YouTube… 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

  • YouTube’s in-app messaging and Community tab may make their way to YouTube TV, YouTube Music

    YouTube’s in-app messaging and Community tab may make their way to YouTube TV, YouTube Music

    YouTube is aiming to bring its set of social features, including the in-app messaging system and “Community” tab for creators, to its wider suite of apps. Specifically, the company is interested in porting those features to its YouTube TV app aimed at cord cutters, as well as its Music app. Read More

  • Facebook brings Messenger Kids to Fire tablets

    Facebook brings Messenger Kids to Fire tablets

    Messenger Kids, Facebook’s new app designed to allow those under the age of 13 to more safely communicate thanks to parental controls, is today launching on Fire tablets. The service had originally debuted on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in early December, but today’s launch will also see it arrive on the Amazon Appstore in the U.S., as well. The app’s debut has not been… Read More

  • Ripple, a Tinder spin-off backed by Match, launches app for professional networking

    Ripple, a Tinder spin-off backed by Match, launches app for professional networking

    A team of former Tinder employees, led by Tinder’s original CTO Ryan Ogle, are today launching a new app aimed at professional networking. The app, called Ripple, aims to be a sort of mobile-first alternative to LinkedIn that addresses some of the problems common to the aging, now Microsoft-owned business networking platform. Read More

  • App revenue climbed 35 percent to $60 billion in 2017

    App revenue climbed 35 percent to $60 billion in 2017

    Global app revenue climbed 35 percent in 2017 to reach nearly $60 billion, according to a new report today from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, which measured paid apps, subscriptions, and in-app purchases across both Apple’s App Store and Google Play. However, Apple is the one pulling in the most revenue, the report found – at nearly double that of Google… Read More

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