Mobile

  • Kids app maker Toca Boca debuts its first consumer product collection at Target

    Kids app maker Toca Boca debuts its first consumer product collection at Target

    Toca Boca, a hugely popular kids’ app maker, has grown to over 170 million downloads across its line of 38 apps, which 13 million children use every month. Now, the company is transitioning its brand beyond the digital space to become a maker of real-world products, as well. In an exclusive deal with Target, announced today, Toca Boca will launch its own collection of… Read More

  • Facetune maker’s newest app, Enlight Photofox, is a powerful image editor

    Facetune maker’s newest app, Enlight Photofox, is a powerful image editor

    Lightricks, the maker of the popular selfie-correcting app Facetune, is debuting a new photo-editing app today called Enlight Photofox. This is the second time that Lightricks has launched the next generation of an existing app as an entirely new, standalone application — a strategy that’s still somewhat rare on today’s App Store, outside of sequels to games. Read More

  • The new Taster VR app brings VR content from the BBC to your smartphone

    The new Taster VR app brings VR content from the BBC to your smartphone

    The BBC today released a new mobile application that will allow it to experiment with transforming BBC content into VR experiences. The app, called BBC Taster VR, comes from the broadcaster’s testing ground for new ideas, Taster, and uses technology from EEVO to publish videos in a VR format. Initially, Taster VR only offers a couple of projects, one of which is 360 video from the… Read More

  • Facebook is rolling out its ‘Find Wi-Fi’ feature worldwide

    Facebook is rolling out its ‘Find Wi-Fi’ feature worldwide

    Facebook is expanding one of its newer features designed to help mobile users find accessible Wi-Fi networks. The company had begun testing a “Find Wi-Fi” option last year on mobile, which highlighted free, public Wi-Fi networks nearby. At the time, the option was only available on iOS in select countries, as something of a test. Today, Facebook announced users worldwide on both… Read More

  • Google’s new experiment, Triangle, lets you block individual apps from using mobile data

    Google’s new experiment, Triangle, lets you block individual apps from using mobile data

    Google recently began testing a new tool for helping people better manage the mobile data used by their smartphones. The new Android app, called Triangle, is currently being tested in the Philippines, and lets you do things like view your data balance, see which apps are accounting for the most data usage and even block individual applications from using your mobile data. Read More

  • Twitch’s mobile app is adding live streaming, dark mode and more

    Twitch’s mobile app is adding live streaming, dark mode and more

    Amazon-owned game-streaming site Twitch today announced a series of changes coming soon to its mobile application, the most notable of which is the ability for broadcasters to stream directly to their channel from the app itself. That doesn’t mean you can live stream gameplay as of yet, though. Read More

  • Dating apps are embracing video

    Dating apps are embracing video

    Dating apps are, in their own way, a form of social networking – especially as they expand into new areas like friend-finding or professional networking. So it only makes sense that they would adopt video as well, given the growing popularity of the format on social apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, as well as the industry’s larger embrace of “Stories” as a… Read More

  • App economy to grow to $6.3 trillion in 2021, user base to nearly double to 6.3 billion

    App economy to grow to $6.3 trillion in 2021, user base to nearly double to 6.3 billion

    The global app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion by 2021, up from $1.3 trillion last year, according to a new report this morning from app analytics firm App Annie. During that same time frame, the user base will almost double from 3.4 billion people using apps to 6.3 billion, while the time spent in apps will grow to 3.5 trillion hours in 2021, up from 1.6 trillion in 2016. These… Read More

  • Uptime, YouTube’s experimental app for watching videos with friends, opens to all

    Uptime, YouTube’s experimental app for watching videos with friends, opens to all

    YouTube’s experimental app Uptime, which lets you watch videos with friends while reacting and commenting, has now opened up to all users. The app was first launched in March of this year, from Google’s internal incubator, Area 120, as a means of testing a more interactive and social way to watch YouTube. However, it initially required an invite to use it. That requirement was… Read More

  • YouTube’s mobile app will soon better display all video formats, add messaging

    YouTube’s mobile app will soon better display all video formats, add messaging

    On the heels of a major redesign of its desktop site which delivered an overall cleaner look-and-feel and a “dark mode” for nighttime watching, YouTube this week announced it will soon roll out an update to its mobile app, as well. The new app will better support video shot in other formats and orientations, by dynamically adapting its player to whatever video you’re… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only, offers a year of service for $1

    Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only, offers a year of service for $1

    In attempt to woo customers away from competitors, Virgin Mobile USA today announced a deal that will see it transitioning to become an iPhone-only carrier. The company is also partnering with Apple to activate Virgin’s services in Apple’s stores. To kick off this change, Virgin introduced a limited time promotion that will see it giving away a year’s worth of unlimited… Read More

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