Because coffee. According to a blog post from eMarketer, Starbucks’ mobile payment service (which operates by way of the coffee house chain’s main mobile app for about seven years now) seems to be the market leader in the United States, in terms of the number of users who have completed mobile payment transactions.
Attention, owners of Android powered mobile devices, here is some epic news that is to die for -- Fortnite will be arriving on the most popular mobile platform in the face of the planet some time in the summer season of this year. After landing on Apple’s devices more than a month ago, the game has since topped the iOS charts in the last few weeks. Pretty soon, it just might do the same on Android’s gaming charts as well.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that in any given boring moment, a mobile user can be sucked into the YouTube blackhole. And while it is true that for the average person, watching endless clips of funny cats, toppling dominoes, or Rube Goldberg machines is nothing to be ashamed of, other people may not be too proud of their viewing history. And for sure, nobody wants to have their YouTube home page bombarded with more weird Russian dance videos after accidentally viewing a Dance of the Babushka clip.
Not only did the 2018 I/O developer conference bring new updates with regards to Google’s upcoming Android P mobile operating system (whose beta can now be downloaded, provided you have a compatible smartphone device) and other really cool stuff, this year’s event also announced big upgrades for the tech giant’s own mobile payment system, Google Pay.
The largest mobile service provider in America has decided to rename and redesign its FamilyBase parental controls app into the new Verizon Smart Family service. It goes without saying that the rebranded version will see Verizon Wireless continue to offer the same functionalities of FamilyBase while introducing some fresh key features.
According to new information presented by Sensor Tower, it seems that owners of iPhone devices who are based in the United States have spent 23 percent more in apps in 2017, compared to their spending during the previous year. Whereas the average consumer spending on in-app purchases was $47 for each active app user in 2016, that has since increased to an average of $58 per active user for the whole of last year.
Facebook may still be facing flak over the whole Cambridge Analytica thing, but it is business as usual for one of its brands, Messenger, which now supports sharing of 360 degree photos and videos, as well as HD video (720p quality, to be exact). But the social media giant has noted that before they can be shared, those 360 degree images and HD content have to be shot outside the Messenger mobile app.
Amidst some recent excitement brewing over this year’s rumored upcoming new generation Apple Watch model, not many people may realize that a number of well known mobile apps have been disappearing from watchOS (Apple’s operating system for wearable devices) during the last few months.
And just this week, one of the most high profile social media apps out there, Instagram, has joined the club, albeit quietly. Indeed, when updating to version 39.0 on iPhone, Apple users may notice that the Instagram app for the Apple Watch is now nowhere to be found when paired with the iPhone.
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