At the early part of last year, things were going well for Snapchat. But ever since its rival Instagram launched Stories, Snapchat seems to have suffered a significant decline in growth, at least according to statistics contained in its IPO filing. This appears to be consistent with what various industry watchers have observed -- that Snapchat usage has been impacted dramatically by the roll out of Instagram Stories.
Last year, Nintendo released its first ever mobile game for iOS users. The Super Mario Run app first launched on the App Store back in December 15. Ever since then, the app has been able to reach 78 million hits from iOS users. Surprisingly though, only 5 percent of players made a decision to get the full version of the game by paying $10 to unlock it.
Starbucks has introduced a new feature called My Starbucks barista in its mobile app, and basically it is a voice operated digital assistant that lets consumers order and even pay for the food and drinks they buy by way of verbal requests. Customers are even allowed to modify their drinks, just like they would with a real life Starbucks barista. On top of that, the US based coffee giant also took the opportunity to debut a new skill for the Amazon’s Alexa platform.
About a couple of months from now, owners of mobile devices powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system will finally be able to experience Super Mario Run on their smartphones and tablet devices. According to tweets by Nintendo Japan and Nintendo USA, the best selling game will be made available to Android handsets starting on March of this year.
In an effort to make navigation much easier for its users, Snapchat has just launched a universal search bar in its interface. This new universal search bar is easily (and always) accessible at the top section of the mobile app, and people can easily make use of it when searching for friends, groups, Discover publishers, and Our Stories. This latest feature from the messaging giant is now currently being deployed to select Android mobile devices, and it should start arriving at iOS mobile devices as well any day now.
By any measure, Super Mario Run managed to register an outstanding initial sales run in its first four days. Indeed, the game from Nintendo just became the first mobile app to breach the 40 million download mark on Apple’s App Store.
Officially, Super Mario Run is the first game ever that Nintendo specifically developed to be played in mobile devices. But just recently, the app has achieved a new milestone -- becoming the fastest selling mobile game ever in the history of iOS. Super Mario Run accomplished this by managing to hit 40 million downloads in its first four days since wide release, as revealed as much by a press statement published by Nintendo.
Yup, you read that number right. According to a YouTube video posted by the official user account of Pokemon Go, players all across the globe have indeed walked a staggering 8.7 billion kilometers since the widely popular mobile game was first launched last summer. To put 8.7 billion kilometers into context, that is roughly equivalent to about 200,000 trips around our blue planet.
Instagram now offers users a new means for making images and videos even more fun. The social media giant is launching Stickers that show basic names for locations, as well as information on time and date, weather updates, and even emoji. On top of that, the company also brings limited time seasonal graphic elements such as Christmas trees and Hanukkah menorahs, plus a paint brush for holiday candy canes.
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