Turbotodd

Ruminations on tech, the digital media, and some golf thrown in for good measure.

Archive for the ‘mobile’ Category

Broad Spectrum

leave a comment »

Happy Friday.

It appears that Amazon is interested in buying prepaid mobile wireless service Boost Mobile from US carriers T-Mobile and Sprint.

According to a report in Reuters, Amazon is considering buying Boost because the deal would allow it to use the “New T-Mobile” wireless network for at least six years.

New T-Mobile is the name that T-Mobile and Sprint use to refer to the new entity that would result from their merger, one that still requires regulatory approval.

Reuters also reported that Amazon would be interested as well in any wireless spectrum that could be divested as part of the deal.

Analysts estimate that Boost has seven to eight million customers and a transaction could be valued at $4.5 billion if the deal included wireless spectrum and facilities.

Meanwhile, we’re getting some of our first public looks at Uber earnings…the company reported $3.1B in revenue in Q1, which was up 20% year-over-year, and gross bookings of $14.65B dollars, up 34% year-over-year but with a net loss of $1.01B.

From CNBC:

On a call with analysts, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he likes “what we see on the competitor front in the U.S.,” referencing Lyft’s earnings call where executives said they are beginning to compete more on brand.
“I think that competing on brand and product is, call it, a healthier mode of competition than just throwing money at a challenge,” Khosrowshahi said.

If you’re a Chrome user and interested in security, see this piece from WIRED, one entitled “Google is finally making Chrome extensions more secure.”

The improvements come as part of a wider company push to evaluate how much user data third-party applications can access. Google launched the audit, known as Project Strobe, in October alongside an announcement that Google+ had suffered data exposuresand would be shuttered.
Later this year, Google will begin requiring that extensions only request access to the minimum amount of user data necessary to function. The company is also expanding its requirements around privacy policies: Previously, only extensions that dealt with personal and sensitive user data had to post the policies, but now extensions that handle personal communications and other user-generated content will need to articulate policies, as well. Google says it is announcing these changes now so developers have time to adapt before the new rules take effect this fall.

Some funding news: BabbleLabs, which is focused on improving speech quality, accuracy, and personalization in voice apps, has raised a $14M Series A. The round was co-led by Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital.

Written by turbotodd

May 31, 2019 at 11:23 am

How Apped Is That?

leave a comment »

App Annie is once again out with its “Spotlight on Consumer App Usage” report, and once again app usage growth looks like a hockey stick, up and to the right.

But wait a minute, you say, as you hit pause on that Facebook Live stream of a skateboarding bulldog. I thought everybody, including me, loaded all those apps on their iPhone or Android and then never opened them again.

To an extent, that may be true. You may not be using many apps, but the ones you…and the collective “We”…are using, boy are we using them.

“We,” in fact, used apps for nearly 1 trillion hours in 2016. I don’t know how much lost productivity 1 trillion garners, but I suspect it’s a lot, and I suspect there’s even an app to help us figure it out.

App Annie indicates the fast uptick in 2016 only continues to accelerate in the first few months of 2017, and concludes simply that “Mobile apps have become vital to our day-to-day lives.”

So let’s get into some of App Annie’s actual numbers.

The average smartphone user used over 30 apps per month, in recent months, and on average, between one-third and one-half of the apps on users’ phones were used each month.

So yes, there are still a lot of app orphans out there in the world, but it’s unquestionable that consumers increasingly manage their lives through apps.

App Annie also indicates in its report that in all the countries it examined, smartphone users used an average of at least nine apps per day, with iPhone users using slightly more per day than Androids.

A quick glance around the globe reveals that smartphone users in Brazil, India and China used the most number of apps per day, and despite WeChat’s dominant position in China, even in the Middle Kingdom users still use 11 apps per day on average!

If we look the categories of usage, utilities and tools are the most used (Think Safari on iOS and Google on Android), but beyond that, other top boxes include Social Networking, Communication, and Social.

This data suggests the continued relevance and importance of social categories to marketing efforts for all types of apps (especially if you’re concerned about the concurrent rise in the use of ad blockers).

Android users used over 30 percent more games than iPhone users, and yet iOS still leads in gaming revenue, thanks to much higher average revenue per user.

Average usage per day varies by country, with the U.S. averaging two hours and 15 minutes per day (which adds up to about one month per year…One month!). South Korea, Brazil, Mexico and Japan averaged around three hours per day.

If you break down usage across categories by sessions, Dating and Productivity apps saw the highest average sessions per day with around four. But Finance and Productivity users spent less than one minute per session.

So, to net that out, people are spending nearly six minutes per day looking for dates, juxtaposed with spending four minutes per day on Productivity. Or put more simply, for every three dates they find, they knock off two things on their To Do lists!

For advertisers, the good news is that the variation between categories in time and sessions per day means there is no one-size-fits-all apps strategy, and App Annie suggests marketers should define their KPIs in the context of their apps’ specific use case.

It’s an App world, and we’re just living in it…more now, than ever.

Written by turbotodd

May 5, 2017 at 3:51 pm

Posted in 2017, android, apps, iOS, mobile, research

Santander Boosts Client Experience with Enterprise iOS Apps

leave a comment »

Santander and IBM have announced a collaboration to design and develop a suite of IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps to support the banking group’s digital transformation and give employees the tools to create deeper engagements with their customers.

These custom-built, native apps made for iOS will be rolled out across more than 11,000 iOS devices, changing how Santander’s commercial network employees, including those supporting Corporate, SME, Private and Retail Banking, approach their day-to-day activities and boost productivity.

Using iPhone, Santander employees can expect to have immediate access to up-to-date information on products, services, and clients, allowing them to make better recommendations to customers on bank products such as Santander’s 1|2|3 account for SMEs, an account that provides cash back incentives for customers, rewards through Santander shares and offers a high profitability among other financial advantages.

These iOS apps will be designed with a user-centric approach and be specifically tailored for employees working in Santander’s central offices and the banking network.

“Innovation is one of Banco Santander’s identity signs. Collaborating with IBM will help us accelerate our digital transformation and improve the client experience to anticipate customer needs,” said Javier Cuenca, ‎Managing Director T&O Area Banco Santander.

IBM will work with Santander to quickly and efficiently design, develop and deploy multiple native iOS apps using Apple’s modern programming language, Swift.

Every app will be seamlessly integrated with Santander’s enterprise systems, putting real-time data at the fingertips of employees. Santander is leveraging IBM’s app design and development model – Mobile at Scale – that will support the rapid development and deployment of these apps the first set of which are planned for release in April, and new apps will continue being developed during the next two years.  

Go here for more information regarding IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps and services.

Written by turbotodd

February 27, 2017 at 10:13 am

Posted in 2017, iOS, mobile

Tagged with

IBM And Bell Canada Partner On Enterprise Mobility

leave a comment »

IBM and Bell Canada today announced they are joining forces to offer IBM MobileFirst for iOS market-ready enterprise applications for iPad, iPhone or Apple Watch.

Canada’s largest communications provider, Bell will combine its expertise in mobility services with IBM’s robust suite of apps tailored to meet the specific needs of professionals across multiple industries, including energy and utilities, government, manufacturing, retail and more.

“Bell is excited to be the only Canadian provider to offer IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps, helping businesses become more efficient and productive by taking greater advantage of their mobile iOS devices,” said Nauby Jacob, Vice President of Products and Services at Bell Mobility. “Supported by secure and reliable connectivity on Canada’s largest and fastest broadband wireless network, and access to Bell’s broad suite of IoT solutions, enterprise customers can further transform their business.”

The made-for-business iOS apps are powered by IBM analytics and leverage Bell’s leading LTE mobile network to enable professionals to easily retrieve real-time data and insights, empowering them to make better and more informed decisions while in the field.

You can learn more about IBM MobileFirst solutions here

Written by turbotodd

January 17, 2017 at 8:58 am

%d bloggers like this: