Stickers on mobile apps are nothing new. As a matter of fact, popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat routinely make full use of stickers in their respective apps. But recently, stickers are starting to be integrated in apps that do not necessarily belong to the social media category.
According to the results of a survey recently conducted by Morgan Stanley, 92 percent of owners of iPhone devices are either “somewhat” likely or very likely to purchase another new iPhone unit in the next twelve months. Quite obviously, 92 percent is an incredibly high retention score, and any phone maker would die to achieve that level. For Apple, the recent retention rate is an improvement over the 86 percent rate it managed a year ago.
A few days ago, rumors started circulating that Google was planning to bring its Assistant digital assistant to mobile devices made by tech rival Apple. Well, the company has recently made an official announcement during its annual I/O Developer Conference, stating that Google Assistant is indeed on its way to iOS handsets. But wait -- doesn’t iOS already have Siri?
Ting Mobile has some exciting news for its customers. Earlier today, the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) announced that it has struck a deal with Apple. Based on the announcement, the MVNO will start selling the latest iPhones as well as offer AppleCare protection for these devices. Not to mention, certified used iPhone devices may be procured directly from Apple through Ting. Each iPhone purchased is eligible for financing of up to 24 months.
Although Apple managed to sell 50.8 million units of iPhone devices during the first three months of this year, that unit sales figure still failed to clear the 51.4 million units sold projected by Wall Street. Still, in terms of revenue, the $2.10 per share earnings (on revenue of $52.9 billion) posted by the tech giant was better than the $2.02 per share earnings (on revenue of about $53 billion) estimated by industry watchers.
2016 was a forgettable year for Apple -- the phone maker after all saw its iPhone sales decrease for the first ever in its history last year, leading some to think that the company might not be that mighty after all. But after a robust holiday season, Apple seems to have regained its bearings, and analysts from Wall street appear to agree.
As indicated in a new report recently released by App Annie, mobile app stores registered their best performance ever in terms of the number of downloads and revenue figures during the first three months of this year. In both Android and iOS mobile operating systems, the volume of downloads have increased by 15 percent year over year in order to hit almost 25 billion around the world. By the way, that 25 billion also includes new downloads, excluding re-installations or downloads made in previous quarters.
By consensus, Samsung’s newest addition to its Galaxy lineup of smartphones -- the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus -- appear to be the number one (or only) choice when it comes to taking full advantage of ultra fast network connection speeds that some wireless carriers are already starting to introduce.
This might be good news for those who currently own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s -- the biggest wireless carrier in America has a new limited time promotional deal that promises to give two hundred bucks for specific iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s owners who decide to port their phone numbers to the Big Red’s network.
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