Android app accelerator application Neumob, founded in 2014, announced that it had raised $2.3m in a funding round with Accel Partners, Shasta Ventures, Menlo Ventures and Plug and Play Ventures. The application has been built to save time rather than compress files and minimise bandwidth like other services such as Opera Max do.
Neumob accelerates apps
Using WAN optimisation, which increases data transfer efficiency across networks, users are given 3GB acceleration for free. Additional gigabytes are available through in-app purchases.
Frederic Lardinois, author at TechCrunch, who tested the app, finds:
“I’m typically rather skeptical of these kinds of services. (…) Only a few of them actually do anything besides show you ads. Neumob clearly doesn’t fall into this category. After I used it for a few hours, the service tells me that it sped up my connections by about 35 percent on average and some apps did indeed feel a bit snappier. But others, like the NYTimes, Redfin and Twitter, had issues with loading images and new content when the service was turned on.”
In addition to its Accelerator, Neumob offers VPN services, called Traveler, to forego country website restrictions. If e.g. you are in China wishing to access Facebook, VPN lets you forego local website restrictions. With security being a core issue for many smartphone users, the Encryptor will ensure that your mobile traffic remains secure and hackers cannot steal your private data. The company says:
“The less user data we store, the better it is to maintain user privacy. Your data will be collected or utilised only to the extent necessary to perform our services or if you have given us your consent beforehand.”
Neumob has also added a Reporter function which let’s you gain insights as to which apps use the most data. Competitor Opera Max recently added App Pass to its features. It allows mobile users to trial apps free of charge and is aimed at developing countries where data is more expensive.