Mobile

  • The NFL and Verizon’s new streaming deal will bring games to all mobile carriers

    The NFL and Verizon’s new streaming deal will bring games to all mobile carriers

    Verizon will no longer be the exclusive U.S. mobile carrier for watching NFL games on smartphones and tablets. According to an announcement this morning, the company – and TechCrunch’s parent, by way of Oath – says that it has closed a new deal with the National Football League that will allow it to stream live games to fans regardless of mobile network. The deal includes… Read More

  • Facebook adds support for live streaming and video chats to Messenger games

    Facebook adds support for live streaming and video chats to Messenger games

    Last November, Facebook launched Instant Games, a new platform for gaming with friends inside the Messenger chat app. Today, the company is announcing a couple of notable new features for this gaming platform, including support for live streaming via Facebook Live and video chatting with fellow gamers. The idea with Instant Games is to boost people’s time spent in Messenger by giving… Read More

  • Apple introduces a new pay-per-install ad product called Search Ads Basic

    Apple introduces a new pay-per-install ad product called Search Ads Basic

    Apple today is introducing a new way for app developers to acquire users for their apps: it’s launching a pay-per-install advertising product called Search Ads Basic. The “basic” branding signals that this product is being aimed at smaller developers compared with the existing Search Ads product, which is now being renamed to Search Ads Advanced. Launched last year, Search… Read More

  • Consumer spending across app stores worldwide to top $110 billion in 2018

    Consumer spending across app stores worldwide to top $110 billion in 2018

    Consumer spending on all mobile app stores will surpass $110 billion in 2018, according to a new report from App Annie, out today, which forecasts the state of the app ecosystem for next year. The $110 billion figure represents a 30 percent increase from the year prior, the firm also said, adding that the majority of the overall spend will come from games, as before. However, the introduction… Read More

  • Target launches its own mobile payments system with debut of ‘Wallet’

    Target launches its own mobile payments system with debut of ‘Wallet’

    As promised earlier, Target today launched its own mobile payments system with the introduction of “Wallet” in the Target app. Wallet, as the name implies, allows Target shoppers in-store to both check out using their smartphone as well as take advantage of their Cartwheel digital coupons and discounts with only one scan of their barcode. Already, Cartwheel savings in… Read More

  • You can now import your Instagram contacts into Messenger

    You can now import your Instagram contacts into Messenger

    Facebook and Instagram have begun testing a feature that allows you to more easily bring your Instagram contacts into Messenger. The experience, which is entirely opt-in for the app’s users, is the latest in a series of integrations between Instagram and Facebook’s properties, which has earlier included the cross-posting of Instagram Stories to Facebook as well as the ability to… Read More

  • Tinder tests a new feature that uses A.I. to suggest who to ‘Super Like’

    Tinder tests a new feature that uses A.I. to suggest who to ‘Super Like’

    If you’ve ever quickly swiped through Tinder, you know that sometimes your fingers can get away from you – and, all of a sudden, you’ve Super Liked someone without meaning to. Oops! Tinder today is addressing that problem with a new feature now testing in select markets that will make Super Liking a more intentional experience. Called “Super Likeable,” the… Read More

  • Jellies is a kid-friendly, parent-approved alternative to YouTube Kids

    Jellies is a kid-friendly, parent-approved alternative to YouTube Kids

    As YouTube reels from a series of scandals related to its lack of policing around inappropriate content aimed at children, obscene comments on videos of children, horrifying search suggestions, and more, a new app called Jellies has arrived to offer parents a safer way to let their kids watch videos on mobile devices. Jellies was built by Ken Yarmosh, founder of Savvy Apps, which has been… Read More

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