india amazon

Amazon’s mobile app strategy in India is paying off, with the online retail giant quickly catching Flipkart, the local leader in mobile ecommerce. Statistics from 7Park Data and Atlas show Flipkart has a 30.7% market share in the mobile ecommerce market, while Amazon is now right behind it at 30.5%. Snapdeal trails far behind both with 10.8%, The investment Amazon has put into its mobile app is working out, while Flipkart is losing out. Over the past year Flipkart’s app engagement has fallen by 11.5%, but Amazon has seen a huge 46% rise. The time spent in the app by consumers is also up by 14.9%, while Flipkart’s engagement has dropped by 42.6%. It’s bad news for Flipkart elsewhere too. Just under 41% of mobile

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Andy Boxall

In App Development

April 24, 2017

iphone camera

Developers can now integrate Apple’s Live Photos on to websites. The Live Photo feature lets iPhone owners shoot short, video-like pictures with their device, but sharing the pictures online has always been problematic. Apple has now introduced LivePhotosKit, a JavaScript API that allows Live photos to be embedded on a site, in the same way a regular still or video can be added. It appears as a DOM element, and playback can be controlled either by the developer and the site, or by the viewer. The LivePhotosKit player is compatible with Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer. This covers versions on iOS, MacOS, and Windows. However, for now it’s only in beta for Chrome on Android. Apple has published a reference guide on

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Andy Boxall

In App Development, iot

April 24, 2017

iot central

Microsoft wants to make the Internet of Things easier to manage for developers, and has launched IoT Central, a software-as-a-service solution for ease of development that’s built on its Azure cloud platform. It’s designed for customers that don’t have much experience in cloud development systems, and is a fully managed service, making larger IoT projects possible for more businesses. Microsoft wrote in its launch post: “The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming a critical aspect of doing business. In the same way that web, mobile and cloud technologies have powered digital transformation, IoT is the next big catalyst. Yet while IoT brings a new set of benefits for companies that want to keep an edge on their competition, it brings challenges too — IoT

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Sensor Tower game rev 2017

Mobile games are ruling the app stores, and are responsible for 80% of the revenue from the Apple App Store, and 91% from Google Play. Data company Sensor Tower has revealed an astonishing rise in mobile game revenue in 2017 alone, showing a 53% jump in year-on-year performance. This time last year, mobile generated $7.8b for app stores, but during the first quarter of 2017, Sensor Tower has recorded $11.9b in revenue. While the Apple App Store grew its revenue by 35%, it was outperformed by Google Play, which leapt from $2.9b in revenue during Q1 2016, to $5.3b in Q1 2017. This is an 83% rise. App installations weren’t left behind either. A 15% increase saw the 7.6 billion installs at the beginning of

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Summary: Here’s all you need to know about how an iOS application benefits your business to help it grow at a global scale. Ask this question on an open platform and no one would goad to deny the fact that Apple is the world leader in the mobile revolution. The number of users Google’s Android has compared to iOS is a different story altogether. Because a lot of factors come in and play a role in deciding these numbers like the reach, budget, accessibility, platform compatibility including others. But when you look into the size of businesses at large that iOS apps attract and the value proposition and resource authority they collectively cater to, no platform would even compare with those numbers. Of course, if your

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Artyom Dogtiev

In App Business

April 20, 2017

You want a mobile application to be built for your business but you’re afraid of the cost it will have? You’ve heard that it takes several months for developers to make an app, haven’t you? Forget all of these claims, these are all just prejudices. Is there any other solution than outsourcing the development of my app? Of course, if you want to outsource the development of your app it can quickly get really expensive. Indeed, an app development agency will have to start from scratch to build your app, so it will obviously take time. And with the hourly rate most companies charge for this service, you can end up with a stiff bill. Indeed, creating an app from scratch takes a lot of

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Andy Boxall

In App Business

April 20, 2017

iPhone Red

Chinese authorities are set to meet with Apple regarding video streaming apps available through the iTunes App Store, with a view to, “tightening up checks,” on the content they can provide, according to a report from Xinhua News Agency. Confirmed by regulators at the Beijing Cyberspace Administration, it follows a joint investigation with two other government departments into three Chinese video streaming sites. The sites, toutiao.com, houshanzhibo.com, and huajiao.com, have reportedly violated four regulations, and management teams potentially face criminal charges. Exact details of the content shown hasn’t been released, but it includes live broadcast material forbidden by law, including adult content. The investigation says all three sites, “were found to lack systematic management and to have been inadequate in checking information, emergency response and

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bose

Audio product manufacturer Bose faces a lawsuit in which it’s accused of collecting data from its headphone app, and sharing it with third-party companies, without user consent. The lawsuit has been filed in Chicago, according to Fortune, and says a person’s audio history is a window into their lives and views. The Bose Connect app sits between the company’s Bluetooth headphones and the connected device, providing additional features, but isn’t essential to their operation. The lead plaintiff says the app lets Bose access audio history, listening habits, and basic personal details. The collected data is shared with marketing firm segment.io, all without agreement from the user. Jay Edelson, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit, told Fortune: “Companies need to be transparent about the data they

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Imagine that you’re at a supermarket. In front of you there’s a shelf with two identical products by different manufacturers. The price for both products is the same, but one of the manufacturers promises you a discount  for your next purchase at this store. Which product will you choose? According to various  polls, more than 50% of buyers in the US will prefer a brand or store with an interesting and convincing promo. Therefore, on one hand, sellers are competing when it comes to promotions and discounts, trying to make the buying process into a game. (These days it’s difficult to imagine a retailer that does not use gamification to increase sales.) On the other hand, buyers expect a bit more than just a regular

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Andy Boxall

In App Development

April 19, 2017

camera effects platform

Facebook has announced the Camera Effects Platform, an extension to its Facebook Camera mode, which is open to developers and the first step towards introducing augmented reality effects. The platform comes with two tools, Frame Studio and AR Studio. Frame Studio works on the web, and can be used by anyone to create frames used in profile pictures or in the camera app; but it’s AR Studio where the real fun begins. Currently in closed beta, AR Studio lets developers make animated effects, masks, and interactive items for use in the camera, or a Live broadcast. These effects are brought to life in augmented reality using face tracking, sensor data, location, and special algorithms. Facebook’s beta partners on AR Studio include Electronic Arts, Nike, TripIt,

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