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Internet Giants Race to Faster Mobile News Apps

US tech Giants are Turning to the news in Their Competition for Mobile Users, Developing new, Faster Ways to Deliver content, the Benefits for Struggling BUT REMAIN Unclear Media Outlets. Mobile “Drives so much traffic” Because many People Start Their Day reading news on a Phone or Tablet. Several new Apps Hope to Capitalize on That by attracting news Readers and the Advertising Dollars They Bring.

Facebook Launched ITS “Instant Articles” Earlier this year in partnership with a Number of Media Organizations to Provide Access to the news 10 Times More Quickly, through social Media Infrastructure ITS, than MOST news Websites do. And Google is Said to be Preparing a similar system in partnership with Twitter to allow Mobile Users to fully load an article on Their Phone in a fraction of a Second, compared with 10 seconds Nearly Today.

The Rapid Development of the news has Managing Director Mobile Products Demonstrates How the new battleground for tech companies seeking to Keep Users Within Their Ecosystems, where They CAN reach Them with More Products, Services and Advertising. “There’s a big Competition for Mind Share,” Americans Spend an average of Three Hours per Day on Mobile Devices, compared to just over Two Hours on PCs. Mobile Advertising is surging. North American Mobile ad Spending is set to Jump to $ 61 Billion by 2018 from $ 19.7 Billion Last year. A new Model? The Moves are Giving Media companies Incentives to make Their Products More Mobile Friendly.

The New York Times Will allow Access to 30 free Articles per Day on Apple News, for instance, compared with 10 per Day for Readers who go to the Daily’s Website or news Application. BUT it Remains Unclear WHETHER THESE new Apps Will Help Organizations Find a lasting news Economic Model to Survive the Digital age. ACCORDING to the Pew Research Center, Daily US Print circulation is down 19 percent over the Past Decade and Print Advertising has fallen More than 60 percent. In combatting That Decline , WHETHER news Organizations have to go after to Decide on Their Own Digital Readers or to Team up with tech Firms. In THESE new Apps, the Publishers Appear to have Chosen the Latter. For Both Apple and Facebook, news Publishers Will be Able to Keep 100 percent of ad Generate Revenues They Themselves and 70 percent of the Revenue from ads sold by the tech Platforms.

For now, the Agreements look Pretty Favorable to the Publishers. BUT the Long-Term Impacts REMAIN Unclear, ESPECIALLY as to How the Partnerships Will Affect the Digital Subscriptions or purchases of Individual Articles Previously sold Directly by the Media Outlets. A New York Times Spokesman Said it is “Important to Ensure That The Times is available in a Wide Variety of places where People Find Their news and information,” Noting That the Daily CAN be Accessed through Services SUCH as Flipboard, Microsoft’s MSN News or Google Play Newsstand. Krum agrees, Saying news Organizations need to Adapt to the Ways Consumers Access the news Today. “It’s much More Casual” than in the Past, SHE Said. “It’s not like going to buy a newspaper anymore. The newspaper has to Find you.”

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/internet-giants-race-to-faster-mobile-news-apps-1225838

Apps make life easier, and more fun

It’s the marketing slogan that has become a maxim for daily life in the tech age: There’s an app for that.
Apps – short for application – are downloaded programs that have become a staple of smartphones and tablets, turning what were little more than novel gadgets into photo studios, portable offices, vast libraries and video game consoles.
And, despite a stereotype of technophobia, older adults are also starting to embrace them. A study released in April 2014 by survey group Nielson, said 51 percent of cellphone owners over age 55 have a smartphone. Another study released by the same firm in July 2014 said, on average, that age group was spending 21 hours a month across 22 apps.
Locally, more than a few residents have incorporated apps, from the whimsical to the practical, into their everyday lives.
Some people said one app that has been helpful from a productivity standpoint is Office Lens, a free app that is part of Microsoft’s suite of programs. The app allows someone to take a snapshot of posters, whiteboards or documents – even at an angle – and it will automatically straighten and crop them into usable images.
People used it several times at conferences and to snap a picture of programs from events he/she’s attended with his/her friends.

http://www.gvnews.com/news/apps-make-life-easier-and-more-fun/article_aeb88d12-5efe-11e5-9882-4b7ebbc08774.html

People now spend more time using apps than watching TV

Mobile apps are taking over — but, really, are you surprised?

A new report from Flurry says people are spending more time in mobile apps than watching TV. In 2015, U.S. consumers spent 198 minutes in mobile apps per day compared to 168 minutes watching TV. That time in mobile apps is up from 139 minutes in 2014 and 126 minutes in 2013, and that doesn’t include time spent in mobile browsers.

The report also notes it’s difficult to quantify how much of that time spent on apps overlaps with time spent on TV, since lots of people use their phones while watching TV. And while apps are making headway, TV usage isn’t decreasing. while apps are making headway, TV usage isn’t decreasing.

Meanwhile, mobile users have been trained to pay for content, according to the report. Games have traditionally dominated the top-grossing charts of app stores.And with a growth in sales from in-app purchases, traditional media companies could “move its content to apps and stream it over-the-top, charge consumers for it through the App Stores, and still make money from ads,” the report concludes.

Flurry’s data comes at the cusp of the new Apple TV announcement. At Wednesday’s Apple event, CEO Tim Cook said the television experience has been static while mobile innovation has flourished. His response is a simple vision: “We believe the future of television is apps. In fact, this transition has already begun.” With the Apple TV’s new OS supporting apps and an App Store for third-party apps, users can stream content from Netflix as well as shop and play games.

With new features like these, one thing is clear: The future of television means more than just watching television.

http://mashable.com/2015/09/12/time-on-mobile-apps/#qQ.Eq8Sb0Pkj

The Importance of User Experience for Mobile Apps

Today, mobile application development technology is evolving at a very shocking pace. However, in a market where quality and performance always come before brand loyalty, creating a fluid user experience (UX) is key to the success of any mobile app development project.

User experience is becoming an increasingly crucial feature when it comes to the digital landscape. It defines how the user feels and thinks about your product from his or her own perspective. It is about making something valuable, easy to use and effective for your target market.

Therefore, there is a need to adopt a user-centered approach to mobile application development that gives emphasis to the needs of target users. Improved UX translates into several key benefits for the companies that provide it, and here are some of them:

1. Loyal User Base :

Everyone has the experience of using an app with lots of bugs and errors, complexities, frustrating interactions and unexpected behaviors. The truth is that, a poorly designed application reduces customer loyalty. Users won’t have a high tolerance for unstable applications and nothing can turn them away faster than a bad first impression. You may not be able to foster a lasting relationship with users.

2. Reduce Support Costs :

A well-designed app can save you money and time. Consumers regularly struggle with simple issues that solutions can easily be found on a well-designed app. Mobile applications give customers a way to not only find solutions but to connect with your business 24/7, irrespective of where they are. They can offer direct personal calls with sales people, access to a help desk, live chat and even provide on-going support to customers.
3. Increased Customer Satisfaction :

Customer satisfaction is one of the keys to running a successful business. Success in any industry is often measured by the number of satisfied customers. The better experience you provide for your clients, the more satisfied they will be – and the opposite is true. The worse experience you create for your customers, the more frustrated they will become with your offering. They will rarely recommend your product to their friends and relatives. The same applies to mobile applications.

The most common reason why users might abandon or delete an app is poor user experience. If an app can’t provide a positive first impression, it is probably going to frustrate users and it is likely going to be deleted.

4. Increased Sales :

A well-designed app will have increased traffic, transactions, and conversations. These apps will attract and keep more clients who will buy more products and leave positive feedback. Happy customers often spread the word to their friends and families. Users won’t share your app if it fails to meet their expectations. They also review your application online, which plays an important role in convincing other potential users to download the application. Also, the reviews reflect the current user satisfaction with the application. Remember online reviews is a trusted sources of information, and building trust with users is a key component in ensuring that more people download and use the app.

5. It Gives You an Edge Over the Competition:

It is nearly impossible to stand out in a crowd of well over a million. It is important that your app stands out from the rest. However, making your product stand out in a saturated market is not as easy as you think.While there are a lot of tricky gimmicks that you can try to make your app noticeable, you need to involve the user from the beginning in order to succeed. You have to make sure your item is user-friendly – before anything else. Users are attracted to apps that can provide them with what they really want.

 

http://www.business2community.com/mobile-apps/importance-user-experience-mobile-apps-01321326

36% of Smartphone Owners Use Messaging Apps, Says Research

Small business owners seeking to use social media to connect with customers may want to take a closer look at mobile messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Kik, and iMessage.
Those are among the more popular types of apps that smartphone owners are using, according to a recent study.
Specifically, these messaging apps are most popular among young-adult users, the survey says, It notes that 49% of smartphone owners ages 18 to 29 use these apps. While 41% use apps such as Snapchat or Wickr which automatically delete sent messages after a short time. Including adult respondents, the survey says 36% of smartphone owners reported using those mobile messaging apps, while 17% said they used temporary messaging apps like Snapchat and Wickr.
Mobile messaging apps, for the first time, were separated into a different category from cellphone texting in the survey. Results reflect the larger growing trend of mobile use among consumers for Internet access and connecting with their friends. In fact, according to the survey, 85% of adults are Internet users and 67% use smartphones.
Writing in the official Pew Research Center report, Maeve Duggan writes:
“These apps are free, and when connected to Wi-Fi, they do not use up SMS or other data. Furthermore, they offer a more private kind of social interaction than traditional social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter.”
At the same time, small business owners can hardly abandon social media. Sites like Facebook continue to reach millions so small business owners can’t go wrong continuing to focus on them to reach clients and potential clients. While the social media platform’s popularity has leveled off since 2012, it is still a major platform for reaching general consumers, the Pew Research Center explains.
“Facebook remains the most popular social media site,” the report notes. It adds that 72% of online adults use Facebook. At the same time these Facebook users are highly engaged, with 70% saying they access the platform on a daily basis.
Also worth highlighting: The proportion of online adults who use Pinterest and Instagram has doubled since Pew started tracking social media platform adoption in 2012. Some 31% of online adults use Pinterest compared with 15% in 2012. While 28% use Instagram versus 13% in 2012.

 

36 Percent of Smartphone Owners Use Messaging Apps, Says Research

Top 5 Tools for Multi-Platform Mobile App Development

We all know how bothersome multi-platform mobile app formatting can get. Each platform is unique and exhibits different features, capabilities and behaviour. But then, multi-platform apps are truly “in” today, so you as the developer, need to find solutions to develop the best cross-formatted apps, without emptying up all your resources on developing for just a couple of platforms at one time.

Fortunately for you, there are some really great multi-platform developer tools in the market today, using which you can easily achieve your aim. Here is a list of the top 5 dev tools for cross-formatting mobile applications.

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1. RhoMobile

RhoMobile offers Rhodes, which is an open-source framework based on Ruby. This permits the developer to create native apps, spanning over a stunning range of OS’ and smartphones. The OS’ include Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, iPhone and RIM, which pretty much covers it all.

The framework supplied by RhoMobile is such that you only need to code once. This code can be used to build apps for most of the major smartphones. Native apps are great for working with available hardware, so your job gets done with ease, speed and accuracy.

RhoMobile also offers developers RhoHub, which is a hosted development environment, and RhoSync, which can be employed as a standalone server to keep all the app data current on the users’ handhelds.

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2. PhoneGap

PhoneGap, which won great acclaim at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco’s 2009 Launch Pad event, is an FOSS environment that allows developers to create apps for Android, Palm, Symbian, BlackBerry, iPhone, iTouch and iPad devices. This platform uses standard web development languages such as HTML and JavaScript.

PhoneGap allows the developer to work with device hardware features such as accelerometer, GPS/location, camera, sound and much more.

PhoneGap additionally offers an Adobe AIR app and also online training courses to help the developer access native API’s and build mobile apps on its own platform.

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3.Appcelerator

The Titanium Development Platform from Appcelerator, which incidentally has a formidable fan following in Twitter, aids the development of native mobile, tablet and desktop apps via web programming languages such as HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby and Python. It now powers over a 1,000 native apps per month. The best thing about Titanium is that if gives users easy access to over 300 APIs and location information.

Additionally, Appcelerator also offers customizable metrics for actions and events. Apps can be totally hardware-based and all app data can be stored either in the cloud or on the device.

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4.MoSync

MoSync, yet another FOSS multi-platform mobile app dev SDK tool, is based on standard web programming. This SDK offers the developer integrated compilers, libraries, runtimes, device profiles and other useful tools. While support for JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, Python and such other languages is planned, MoSync now includes Eclipse-based IDE for C/C++ programming.

MoSync offers support for several types of OS’, including Windows Mobile, Android, Symbian, Moblin and even a mobile Linux distro. Support for the iPhone OS andBlackBerry will be coming soon, after the release of MoSync 2.4.

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5.WidgetPad

WidgetPad is a collaborative, open-source environment for development of smartphone apps. This program uses standard web technologies, such as JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3.

Included in this platform are source code editing, collaboration, debugging, project management, versioning and distribution. WidgetPad, which is now in private beta, can be used to create apps for the iOS, Android OS and WebOS.

AppReview: Five Nights at Freddy’s

There are just a few people on the internet by now that has never heard or played Five Nights at Freddy’s. Sure, it is originally a point and click game for PC’s and even consoles, but Five Nights at Freddy’s has gained a lot of attention from being playable in cellphones and tabs too. It has gained so much popularity though its gameplay is very straightforward and even downright simple. Garnering so many fans from so broad a demographic, this game has gone on to merit two sequels to the original game a testament to the success of this simplistic yet very likable game.

Five nights is a scary game where the player works as a night watchman for a pizza place not that different from a regular Chuck E. Cheese. All one has to do is get through five nights of being in the guard’s quarters. There is one kicker thought at night, the haunted animatronics of the pizza place move and become murderous.

More than anything, the game five nights at Freddy’s succeeds at being one thing-scary. It is, at its very core, a horror game. There is not much that can be said about it except that it is just a bunch of clicking.It does fit in well to the goal of the game though- checking the security cameras for the activities of the scary animatronics and conserving electricity to survive the night.

The game gives a great portrayal of the creepiness that comes with a job of being a night watchman. People have loved the simplicity of the operation of the game and the fact that it is not as complicated as other horror games. That said, the game’s not being complicated most certainly doesn’t mean not complex. Yes, there is a background story to the game. There are a lot of things that happen on and off screen and some that one would just have to be very observant about to know more. In this, the game succeeds by not pretending to be
anything more than what it is- a scary point and click game.
Though there are some detractors, this game still proves to be a very worthwhile endeavor for its creator as it delivers exactly what it promises chills down the player’s spine. This type of game may bore others but for those open-minded and adventurous, this is one that should never be missed.

Disclaimer: The content of the above mobile app review are the opinions of the reviewers and is intended for informational, educational and discussion purposes only, and should not be used, interpret or relied upon as any form of recommendations. We does not endorse or accredit the mobile app. We make no representations or warranties with respect to the app for the company owned the app and the app developer developed the app.

6 To-Dos before marketing your new mobile apps

Today, trying to develop your business without proper marketing is likeTrying to climb a tree to catch a fish. Mobile app marketing is no different in this regard. With so manymobile applications  being developed day-after-day, the probability of showing off your newly-developed application becomes lesser and lesser unless it is marketed really well.

Any marketing strategy requires proper planning and execution. Any individual, who really wants to make it big, has to develop a market plan that is tried and tested in other operations. In this case when marketing your apps, there are several questions you need to be asking yourself.

1.Know your Target Audience

As you know, mobile applications are available in a variety of categories like applications for students, mathematicians, astrologers, bedtime applications, kid’s education, cooking, multimedia, games and many more. So whom are you going to target? Who are the ones that might best utilize your app?

So targeting your audienceis the most important factor that might make or break your business. More often than not, your apps are more likely to succeed if they are a potential solution to people’s problems.

For example, if you have an app that can solve any of the modern teenage problems (say you have an app that can find solutions on the web for all teenage problems like smoking, drinking, and many more) then your target audience is the teenagers.

2.Let your Message be more appealing

The next big thing is how you get these products marketed or how you make them appealing to your targeted people. This is very important. Every piece of message you pass on has to be conveying and convincing. The value of your app has to be understood simply by the look of your presentation or writing.

Anything that is unique about your application has to be pointed out. This can be anything including features, sounds, animations and other functions. A lot of your success depends upon how well you explain your app. You may even popularize the smallest of advantages you see in your product.

3.The Pricing Factor

Another important factor that will determine your success is the pricing of your app. It is very easy to be carried away here. You should be careful not to over-price your app. Some people tend to do this hoping to prosper faster. On the contrary, this could backfire. You might end up gaining very little as there are few people willing to try out new apps digging deep into their pockets.

On the other hand if your product is competitively priced, you will have more people paying greater attention to your new invention. This will result in much more and longer benefits. You will have more people peeping into your product through referrals and other means and so that would mean long time prosperity.

4.Study your competitors

In the modern arena, this strategy cannot be ignored. Make a detailed study of all the competitors around you. As a beginner it would not be smart to challenge an experienced game developer or a professional programmer. Here, being mild and keeping away from the big boys would be the right thing to do.

And of course, if you are confident enough of your genius gems, you may go ahead and challenge them. But again, be careful as your skill might be challenged.

5.Making a Praise-worthy After-market Plan

Last but by no means the least, always make a praise-worthy plan that will yield the best after-market results. For example,think of the followers or the feedback obtained from individuals who have downloaded and used your app. These feedbacks are like gold. This will in turn attract or drive away users into your section. The more number of satisfied customers or the more positive feedbacks, the better are your chances of success. Again, people who are aware of your successful app will follow you to your next app development. There you have a readymade set of customers to test your new app yet again.

Here you see how one brilliantly marketed app, can help you in your next venture.

6. Utilize of Social Media

Social Media is a blessed tool or a boon to people involved in marketing. They can be used efficiently to build on any kind of marketing.

In recent times, the tools available for app marketing in social media have increased considerably. However, the above mentioned strategic ideas have to be followed in order to experience any kind of genuine success.

AppReview: Star Cruises

Star Cruises

Being in a luxury cruise is just about the best way to spend some high quality vacation days. Of course, in going about securing a reservation or just plainly keeping tabs on a specific cruise, it can get difficult. This is particularly what mobile apps such as the Star Cruises App is invented for. With such an app, getting in touch with a certain Star Cruise has never been easier. It has been designed to make the Star Cruises experience memorable and all the more convenient.


The good thing about the Star Cruises app is that it somehow makes the booking part of the cruising experience very easy and very conveniently fast. One thing that the user will notice the moment the app is running is the ease and speed that it can process commands and just how much it is a breeze to go through. The interface is very user-friendly and, without a doubt, it can be used and operated by just about anyone who can use a phone or a tablet. One other thing that can be noticed is that though the interface is very simple and straightforward, it is still very stylish and never dull. Another great thing about this app is that it can be adapted for those who are not natural English speakers. It even has an enabled simplified Chinese content. Also, the user will have a lot of choices to avail of offers and promos as the app would be updated when discounts and promos are offered. Also, it is a very good place to look for other offers from other products as it now has enabled promotions for non-cruise products.


But despite the Star Cruises App being a very great app for cruise enthusiasts and vacation-goers, it is not perfect. For one thing, it cannot be downloaded and installed by just about any kind of version of Android. It has to be a 4.03 version of the Android OS or above. Another little annoyance that could be gotten from this App is that the offers and bookings that it provides are exclusively for Star Cruises ships. Though this is understandable because this is an exclusive app from Star Cruises, there are some who would still appreciate being able to compare and contrast it with other cruises.
All in all, the Star Cruises App is just about everything that someone planning to be or is in a Star Cruise, could really enjoy. It gives the user ease from the booking to the updates and keeping track of the activities all throughout the cruise. Though it is not without any flaws, this gem of an app is still very useful for users who really appreciate convenience.

Disclaimer: The content of the above mobile app review are the opinions of the reviewers and is intended for informational, educational and discussion purposes only, and should not be used, interpret or relied upon as any form of recommendations. We does not endorse or accredit the mobile app. We make no representations or warranties with respect to the app for the company owned the app and the app developer developed the app.

Time Spent In Apps Up 21% Over Last Year

While there may be an upper limit as to how many apps people interact with over the course of a month, new data shows that the time spent actually using apps is increasing. In fact, the average time people spend in their apps is up by 21% year-over-year, with music, health and fitness, and social apps showing the largest increases.

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The data also backs up what we’ve already heard from other sources. For instance, Nielsen recently said consumers were now spending an average of 30+ hours per month, and had an average of 26.8 apps installed on their mobile devices and the majority of our digital media consumption is now taking place in apps, accounting for 52% of the time U.S. consumers now spend with digital media.

Music apps have seen the greatest time spent in app increases, up 79% over a year ago, while health and fitness apps (51% increase) and social networking apps (49% increase) followed. The study says these shifts have a number of contributing factors. For example, the move away from iTunes to music apps like SoundCloud and iHeartRadio has changed consumer behavior, while mobile device hardware improvements have made them better health devices, prompting the increase in that category.

Meanwhile, social networking apps continue to see what the firm dubs “snacking” behavior, meaning it exhibits the highest number of app launches but the lowest session length.

This data is to remind app publishers and marketers that time spent in apps – the session length and number of app launches, that is – are metrics that also matter. After all, there was a bit of a hubbub earlier this year after comScore found that users simply weren’t downloading that many apps – the average smartphone user downloads 3 apps per month, it had said.

The bigger picture here is that while most users may not feel the need to constantly download and try new applications, they do spent a lot of time in those they already have installed.