Andy Boxall

Andy Boxall is a technology journalist obsessed with smartphones, tablets, and wearable tech.

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Andy Boxall

In App Deals

February 17, 2017

Replyyes

Mobile messaging engagement platform ReplyYes has completed its Series A funding round, in which it raised $6.5m. The round was led by Madrona Venture Group, Cross Culture Ventures, Lowercase Capital, Muse Capital, and Arnold Venture Group. ReplyYes is best know for its SMS service where messages give users the chance to instantly buy vinyl records. The service, called The Edit, started 18 months ago and has seen more than 100,000 sales since then. Dave Cotter, ReplyYes’s CEO, said: “The ReplyYes mission is to help people discover and purchase the things that they love. Our platform enables brands to engage and transact with their customers where they increasingly are – on their mobile phones messaging. Through this latest investment, the world’s leading lifestyle brands will be

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In App Development

February 16, 2017

wwdc 2017

Apple has set the date for the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference, its annual developer get-together, which is famous for its keynote during which new products are often announced. WWDC, as it’s also known, will take place between June 5 and June 9 this year. WWD 2017 will be held at the McEnery Convention Centre in San Jose, a short distance from Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters. In addition to the possibility of new hardware, Apple is likely to show off iOS 11, and new versions of WatchOS, tvOS, and more. Developers attending the event will be able to quiz the many Apple engineers available, and take part in workshops dedicated to making the best of Apple products and software. However, space is always limited, and demand

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Andy Boxall

In App Deals

February 16, 2017

snapchat

Snap Inc, the company behind Snapchat, is preparing for its initial public offering, and is looking at a valuation of between $16.2b and $18.5b according to reports. This is slightly lower than the expected $20b to $25b, which has been rumoured in the past. Snap’s latest filings show it wants to raise around $3.2b from 200 million Class A shares, which will be priced at around $16 each, but may drop as low as $14. Should the sales work out as expected,  co-founder Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy’s share will drop from 21.8% to 14.5% of the company. However, they will maintain control. The intention following the IPO is to use around $2.1b for “general corporate purposes, including working capital, operating expenses, and capital expenditure,”

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Andy Boxall

In App Data

February 16, 2017

sensor tower dating apps

Russia loves its dating apps, and is the world leader in downloads for them, according to data from Sensor Tower. Tracking download figures over the last three months of 2016, dating apps were responsible for 0.39% of the total app downloads in Russia, closely followed by Brazil, with 0.38%. Interestingly, the globally recognized dating apps such as Tinder and Plenty of Fish, don’t make it into the top five most popular dating app list for Russia. Instead, it’s Frim that takes the number one spot, followed by Mamba, Badoo, Topface, and LovePlanet. In Brazil, the apps will be more familiar. Tinder takes number one, with Badoo and Plenty of Fish in second and third position, and Happn and Jaumo rounding out the top five places.

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Hatch games

Hatch, the cloud-based mobile games platform startup, has confirmed at least 50 game studios have signed up to stream their apps to players, and that the intention is to launch on Android later this year. Announced at the end of 2016, Hatch lets players play mobile games without downloads or in-app purchases, instantly and with added social features including gameplay sharing. Former SVP at Rovio Entertainment, Juhani Honkala, is behind the project. The 50 studios onboard at this time will contribute more than 90 games to Hatch, ensuring there’s plenty of content at launch, and the names include Ubisoft, Ustwo Games, Taito, Double Fine, and Bandai-Namco. Juhani Honkala says: “As we continue to build our collection of top-tier gaming experiences for a range of audiences,

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Facebook Live

Facebook will launch a new app designed for use on television hardware, such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung’s Smart TV platform. The app will be video-based, providing a big-screen experience for Facebook members. Speaking at the Code Media conference, Facebook’s partnerships VP Dan Rose, said: “A lot of people when they’re watching video on News Feed during the day will save it for later because they don’t have time to watch that three-minute video. Now it’s easy to go on your TV if you want to do that at night.” It’s part of a major push into video for the social network. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has recently spoken about plans to commission longer-form, high quality video content, which now has a further place

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Andy Boxall

In App Stats

February 15, 2017

live streaming video

Facebook Live is topping the charts of the live-streaming app platforms, followed closely by YouTube. However, Periscope, the app which pushed live-streaming into the public eye, languishes down in fourth position. The data comes from UBS Evidence Lab and Statista, and is based on the popularity of each platform with users who watch live streams. Facebook Live and YouTube received 17% and 16% respectively, followed by Snapchat’s Live Stories in third position with 12%. It’s then Periscope and Twitter both with 9%, and Younow in sixth place. Facebook hasn’t released new statistics for Live video, but research from mid-2016 shows that in June, there were 1.9 million live-streamed videos, with 6.8 billion cumulative views.

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In App Data

February 14, 2017

Line users

Line Pay, the mobile payment and wallet service offered through the Line messaging app, has reached 10 million registered users. This represents a 280% increase over the figure from last January. The total value of all transactions carried out on Line Pay has also dramatically risen over the past year, jumping a massive 1380% in the same period, although Line hasn’t provided any other data on this aspect. Line Pay transactions have risen dramatically over the past year In a press release announcing the figures, Line states: “The Line Pay service is part of Line Corporation’s vision for becoming a wide-ranging “Smart Portal” for people’s lives, serving as a gateway to a world where vast arrays of information and services, both online and offline, are

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Tapjoy offerwall

In-app monetization platform Tapjoy has released a new version of its offerwall, named Offerwall Plus. It features a range of improvements, but most notably provides more customization tools, for a more native in-app user experience. It’s also simple to integrate into your apps, particularly if you already have Tapjoy’s SDK installed. Offerwall Plus gives game and app users the chance to earn in-app currency by engaging with their choice of ads. Tapjoy says by using the new Offerwall Plus platform, a 20% increase in the average revenue per daily active visitor has been seen in beta tests, compared to the regular Offerwall. Jeff Drobick, Tapjoy’s chief product officer, said: “Tapjoy pioneered the mobile offerwall back in 2010, and for years, app developers have trusted the

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playdemic

TT Games, best know for its catalog of Lego video game titles, created with U.K. developer Traveller’s Tales, has acquired Playdemic for an undisclosed sum. Also based in the U.K., Playdemic started out developing social games on Facebook, but has since focused on mobile game development. It has been very successful. Its various titles, which include the recently released Golf Clash, have been downloaded more than 50 million times, and racked up $50m in revenue. The good news is, TT Games and owner Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will continue supporting the games. Playdemic will work alongside TT Games, TT Fusion, and Traveller’s Tales following the deal’s completion. Tom Stone, TT Games managing director, explained more: “Playdemic brings a unique set of skills to complement our

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