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.
It was only a few weeks ago when invites to the mobile version of Fortnite were first sent out. But this week now sees the highly anticipated free to play title (which also comes with the Battle Royale game mode) being made available to all owners of Apple devices, as long as their handset is supported.
For those not familiar with the Fortnite game, basically its set up involves having a hundred players parachute on an island where they have to find all kinds of weapons and essentially fight to the death until one victor emerges (hence, the Battle Royale reference).
We sort of expected it to happen, with all the rumors flying around last week. But Apple fans and tablet enthusiasts should still get excited with everything that the tech giant has announced at its recent “field trip” event held at the Lane Technical College Preparatory High School in the city of Chicago in Illinois.
Fresh from announcing more than a week ago that it was rolling out Google Lens to non-Pixel handsets, Google has now revealed (via a tweet) that it is now doing the same for the feature to iOS powered mobile devices.
One of Google’s artificial intelligence driven features, the Google Assistant, has now found its way to the iPad. With this latest development, Apple’s tablet offering officially now has a trio of other digital assistants on top of the tech giant’s own Siri feature. Those three are the aforementioned Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana (via the release of a version optimized for iPads last February), and Amazon’s Alexa (which happens to be the third most downloaded app among iPad users during last year’s holiday shopping season).
One week ago, a flaw was discovered on iOS and MacOS powered devices and machines. First reported by a software developer named Abraham Masri, the ChaiOS bug not only causes Apple gadgets to lock up, crash, and restart on their own, it also can lead to other more serious issues, like battery problems and resprings, among many others.
The second biggest smartphone vendor in the world may still be dealing with some nagging battery related issues since December of last year, but it did something very right in the first day of 2018, or more accurately, its horde of fans did. On New Year’s Day, iOS mobile users spent a jaw dropping $300 million in purchases from Apple’s App Store.
Sensor Tower has recently released its latest projections with regards to app usage in America. According to its forecast, owners of iPhone devices who are based in the United States will be spending an average of $88 every year on paid mobile apps three years from now. Based on new data that it had collected, the company found that the money users spend on apps and in-app purchases is on the rise every year. For instance, iPhone users have paid an average of $63 in 2017, which represents a 33 percent increased compared to last year’s spending. Sensor Tower predicts that a couple of years from now, the growth over 2016 will have increased to a whopping 86 percent.
This week, Amazon is unveiling a new feature called Amazon Spark. Akin to Instagram’s use of shoppable images, Amazon Spark basically urges users to post photos of products they like, as well as ideas or stories. Apart from allowing people to react by posting comments or smiles, the feature also has a shopping functionality that can translate to purchases with just a single tap.
When it comes to app stores, Google Play and Apple’s App Store are two of the most dominant in the world, but it appears that the place for Android apps is not generating as much revenues as its iOS equivalent. According to a report recently released by Sensor Tower, Android mobile users based in the United States on average are spending 33 percent less on Google Play as compared to iOS mobile users are doing on the App Store. Interestingly, the market research firm’s report shows that Android users are downloading more mobile apps for every handset, an average of 42 from Google Play in 2016.
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