Mobile app spending exceeds $100 Billion Last Year

Mobile App Spending - Man with Phone

New research reveals that mobile consumers were big spenders in mobile marketplaces in 2018. Mobile analytics firm App Annie has found that consumer mobile app spending reached a milestone in 2018. Mobile consumers spent more than $100 billion downloading software and paying for services from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store last year. This is a 75% increase from two years ago. The $100 billion mobile app spending milestone, which also included in-app purchases and in-app subscriptions, is reportedly a 75% increase from 2016. What’s more App Annie’s…

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Mobile game addiction blamed for negatively impacting student exam scores

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Student association in India wants to ban PUBG. The Jammu and Kashmir Students Association in India has called for a ban on the popular mobile game version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The student association claims that students are suffering mobile game addiction from playing PUBG Mobile and it is causing poor test results. The students association says the mobile game is more addictive than drugs. The student body reportedly appealed to the governor of Jammu and Kashmir state to ban PUBG Mobile. The association claims that the game is extremely…

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Mobile banking facial recognition tech implemented by Singapore’s OCBC Bank

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OCBC Bank allows Malaysian customers to use facial biometric technology for authentication. Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC Bank), has launched OCBC OneLook, a new mobile banking facial recognition service. By simply looking at their mobile device, customers of the Singapore-based bank can access their account balances and transactional activities. The new service can be accessed by iPhone X users. Presently, the mobile banking facial recognition service introduced by OCBC Bank, can be utilized by Apple users who have an iPhone X, iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR models. Customers who…

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Honda Dream Drive brings in-vehicle payments to drivers

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Honda’s in-dash system prototype uses mobile technology and voice control. Honda Dream Drive is the first integrated driver and passenger in-vehicle infotainment, commerce, service and rewards dashboard in the automotive industry. The fully integrated car experience is a collaboration between Honda and Visa. Drivers will be able to order a range of goods and services via the in-dash system. The Honda Dream Drive system, an AI (artificial intelligence) based technology, was first shown as a concept during CES 2017, under a collaboration with ConnectedTravel. Since then, the Japanese auto manufacturer…

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GPS technology deployed in Thailand to keep CSD Police in line

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The tech tracks the movements of on-duty CSD police to prevent them from skipping their duties. The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) in Thailand has cracked down on on-duty CSD officers by tracking their whereabouts in real-time using GPS technology. The technology has been implemented to keep on-duty officers honest, ensuring that they are actually completing their rounds when on patrol. Some officers have been finding their way out of patrols by scanning QR codes at home. There are certain areas in Thailand that require an increased level of policing. In…

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Walgreens customer experience to receive boost from Zebra mobile computers

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One of the US’ largest drugstore chains is transforming its customers’ shopping experience. Walgreens has partnered with Zebra Technologies to bring Zebra mobile computers to its workers and customers to both enhance customer experience and improve worker productivity. The goal is to bridge the gap between the digital and physical store experience. Store associates equipped with the latest technology improve the overall shopping experience. Zebra’s 11th annual Global Shopper Study revealed that 55% of surveyed shoppers and 74% of retail store associates believe that store associates who are equipped with…

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Square In-App Payments processing becomes a reality

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Square has launched a customizable SDK in-app payment solution for iOS, Android and Flutter. Square In-App Payments SDK (software development kit) has been launched by the San Francisco-based financial tech company, enabling developers and sellers who use its services to accept in-app payments. While Square has products to help sellers accept payments on the web and in person, this is the first time it will be available in mobile apps. Buyers can securely pay for physical goods or services purchased via mobile app. With the Square In-App Payments SDK, developers…

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“OK Google” – Google Maps to be updated with Google Assistant

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Google Maps will allow users to control navigation with their voice. Thanks to Google Assistant, Google Maps will become an even more hands-free tool, enabling both Android and iOS smartphone users who use the app to control navigation with their voice, further simplifying the process. The integration allows users more than just the ability to use voice-control navigation. Once the update has been rolled out to Google Maps users across the globe, they will be able to enjoy the convenience and freedom of simply using their voice to ask the…

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L’Oreal wearable skin sensor can measure pH levels in real-time

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The company unveiled its new wearable technology at CES 2019. The L’Oreal wearable skin sensor, called My Skin Track pH, is said to be the first wearable and companion app to easily measure personal pH levels. The French beauty giant unveiled its new tech by La Roche-Posay at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The sensor can measure personal pH levels in 15 minutes. Using trace amounts of sweat, the L’Oreal wearable skin sensor can measure personal pH levels in as little as 15 minutes. The user’s pH levels…

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Geolocation for QR Codes is a game changer with Solyo

Geolocation for QR Codes

Solyo.io introduces a revolutionary QR Code Marketing Platform. Solyo.io makes any product smarter and enables brands of all size to engage richer conversations with their customers, at the right moment of need. Tailored experience for each moment of need In-store, QR codes powered by Solyo, will present pre-sales information such as in-store coupons, product presentation, product authentication or product ratings. By detecting the store where the QR code is scanned, a coupon specific to each store is being presented : One QR code enable hundreds of retailers. At-home, the very…

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Study finds over half of consumers use retail mobile apps when shopping in-store

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Consumers are using their mobile devices to enhance their in-store shopping experiences. A new study from Yes Marketing has found that 57% of consumers surveyed used retail mobile apps while shopping in-store. Consumers used the retailer’s app to locate items that were on sale, to redeem coupons, etc. The results of the study suggest that retailers need to focus on delivering a multichannel experience to consumers. According to Yes Marketing, the discovery made in its “Surviving the Retail Apocalypse” report indicates that the industry has reached a tipping point in…

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