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Samsung promises foldable display devices by 2015, tries to make ‘fonblet’ a thing

Samsung estimates that by 2015 it will have the ability to produce phones with foldable displays. This would help them with their current market of large phone-tablet devices and make them more appealing. This annoucement could be a reaction to help ease the mind of their investors since the Galaxy S4 did not sell as well as anticipated. Samsung showed a promo video at CES of what this foldable phone display could be. They also hope to have the screen resolution of their phones at 2560×1440 next year which is a huge jump from 1920×1080.

 

 

Samsung promises foldable display devices by 2015, tries to make ‘fonblet’ a thing | VentureBeat.

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Android iOS mobile news

Restaurant search service Zomato devours $37M to fuel global expansion

Zomato, a company based in India, has been one of the first Indian consumer internet companies to build a significant presence outside of India. The app that they have built is a restaurant search app that is based on iOS, Android, Windows phone, and the web. Their biggest competition they face is Yelp which gets 115 million visitors a month. Zomato uses crowdsourced reviews, ratings, pictures and menus for their app and the menus on the app are updated once every 3 months. In the next two years they hope to continue expanding into 22 more countries.

 

Restaurant search service Zomato devours $37M to fuel global expansion | VentureBeat.

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Fiksu upgrades FreeMyApps to reward users for actions

FreeMyApps is an app that rewards users for downloading other apps and receiving rewards for that in the process. A new update will give more incentives for app users to keep using these apps. The company is going give more rewards for in app actions such as completing the tutorials and reaching milestones in the games. Overall this should help app companies and advertisers by seeing users return to their apps rather than putting them down after 5 minutes. It could also help bring in more users as free in-app rewards that you normally purchase is very appealing.

 

Fiksu upgrades FreeMyApps to reward users for actions, not just downloads (exclusive) | GamesBeat.

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Android mobile news

YouTube’s Android app will finally let you play music in the background

The YouTube app for Android cannot currently play music in the background but soon there will be a background audio feature added. It will allow the audio of a video to play while the  device is in sleep mode or in another app. This may not be useful for a lot of videos but it will allow users to play their playlists in the background like many have wanted for a while now.

YouTube’s Android app will finally let you play music in the background | VentureBeat.

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Sony’s next smartphones could charge in just an hour — wirelessly

Sony is working on a new smartphone that consumes twice as much electricity but it allows it to charge in an hour. The new charging tech will be Qi standards-compliant (quick and wireless). This device will use 10-15 watts of power but will have a control chip to make sure that the amount of power will not destroy the phone due to heating issues.

Sony’s next smartphones could charge in just an hour — wirelessly | VentureBeat.

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iOS iPad iPhone mobile news

iOS 7 adoption ‘much slower’ than iOS 6

Apple’s new operating system, iOS 7, reached an 18% adoption rate in its first 24 hours of launch and surpassing iOS 6 within a few days. According to Millennial Media, iOS 7 actually has a slower adoption rate than iOS 6. iOS 7 had a 185% daily growth rate but iOS 6 had a 264% daily growth rate. The speculated reasons for this could have been the size of the update or the fact that iOS 7 had a much bigger impact on how users used their devices has it gave the look and feel of iOS 7 a flatter appearance.

 

My take: There are more iPhones and iPads on the market than when iOS 6 came out. This could give the appearance that not as many people are taking to as quickly when really the numbers could be a lot closer. Since this source does not give graphs that are labeled they could be exaggerated a lot.

 

iOS 7 adoption ‘much slower’ than iOS 6, ad network says | VentureBeat.

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Flickr’s iOS app finally does the uploading for you

Flickr has updated their iOS app to do auto-uploads which brings it closer to other popular photo apps like Facebook and Dropbox. The new update requires iOS 7 and puts your photos into a cloud locker where they can edited then posted later. With this update Flickr also has a new auto-straightening tool that allows users to crop and tilt askew photos for users with the press of a button.

Flickr’s iOS app finally does the uploading for you | VentureBeat.

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Simple’s MoneyDrop promises instant money transfers

Simple is a banking company based in Portland, Oregon that released their small banking app just a year ago. They have plans to release an instant money transfer feature to the app that allows users to identify other users around them that also use the app, and instantly transfer money via Bluetooth. Simple thinks that they have an advantage over other larger banks because they are newer and can add features as they go. They currently have over 55,000 customers and they are partnered with Visa. They can send out debit cards and they have a feature in the app that lets each user deactivate a debit card straight from their phone.

Simple’s MoneyDrop promises instant money transfers, emphasis on the instant | VentureBeat.

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Cover launches in NYC to let you pay restaurant bills with your phone

Cover is a new app that has been in beta testing in New York for about 10 months and lets you pay your bill at restaurants with your phone. The bill split up by the restaurant and diners simply view their phone to view the bill in the Cover app. However, since the restaurant splits the bill evenly it leads to the problem of paying more than they intended if someone in their party orders extra food. The target group for the app so far has been Michelin-starred restaurants since most smaller restaurants already use different payment apps. Also, it has a reliance on the restaurants to adopt their app if they are going to be successful. They company faces the challenge of making this app convenient and valuable to both customers and businesses.

Cover launches in NYC to let you pay restaurant bills with your phone | VentureBeat.

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Facebook introduces new mobile ads to combat app abandonment

Facebook has introduced a new feature to its mobile app that tries to get users engaged in apps they may already have installed. It displays advertisements for apps that users have supposedly tried and then deep-links them into the app from Facebook to use it. Facebook thinks this is a great way to help app companies that suffer from user abandonment of their apps. If the ad displays an app that you do not have and you click the ad it will redirect you to the appropriate app store to download it. The overall the purpose of this new feature it to make users aware of smaller and new apps and to remind them when their older apps have received updates so they can go back and try them again.

145M app installs later, Facebook intros new mobile ads to combat app abandonment | VentureBeat.

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Startup gets U.N. nod for its developing-world tech | VentureBeat

BiNu is a startup that aims to build technology to bring smartphone features to feature-phone users in developing countries without having to worry about the spotty networks or data plans. It places emphasis on the usability of the phone. BiNu received an award from the U.N. for working toward a new set of goals to be accomplished by 2015. BiNu wants to connect the world and enhance peoples’ interactions with each other.

 

Startup gets U.N. nod for its developing-world tech | VentureBeat.

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Google Glass competitor ships 50K devices, takes Intel investment, hints at Apple connection | VentureBeat

Recon is a company that has just shipped about 50,000 units of its new wearable computer technology which directly competes with Google Glass. These glasses are made for professionals and athletes and are durable. They display heartrate, distance, and other stats that athletes supposedly care about. These glasses pack a dual core 1GHz processor, Wifi, bluetooth, an HD camera, an HD display, and ANT+ for device communication. They cost $599 and to celebrate a partnership with Intel they are $100 off. Google Glass only goes to “Glass Explorers” right now and is a steeper price of $1,500. Early next year the company expects to release a new version as the current version is geared toward skiers.

Google Glass competitor ships 50K devices, takes Intel investment, hints at Apple connection | VentureBeat.

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With 10M users, Magisto’s automatic moviemaker app commands the ad potential of a cable TV show | VentureBeat

Magisto is a video editing app for mobile devices that allows users to combine video clips, pictures, and audio into short videos. It recently hit 10 million users, up from 3 million 6 months ago. This is important because it is showing a trend in how mobile consumers are producing video content. This app seems to be getting some attention and there is a possibility that it could find a good use in the advertisement industry due to the short length of the videos that are produced.

 

With 10M users, Magisto’s automatic moviemaker app commands the ad potential of a cable TV show | VentureBeat.

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iOS iPad iPhone mobile news

Google Wallet launches on iPhone

Google has launched its virtual wallet on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this morning and Apple does not have an app that can prove as an alternative to Google Wallet’s service yet. Google Wallet allows users to send and receive money by just knowing their friend’s email address. Also, Google monitors the app for fraud. The only app that has similar features is Apple’s Passbook which does not store currency as of yet but they have filed for a patent on “combined virtual currency and digital wallet” technology.

 

Google Wallet launches on iPhone … before Apple’s digital wallet | VentureBeat.

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Android mobile news

Samsung follows Apple’s lead with 64-bit smartphones of its own | VentureBeat

Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S5 will have a 64-bit processor that is similar to the one just announced on the iPhone  5s. While the new processors in both phones will be nice for high-end games for mobile devices (Apple demo’d Infinity Blade on the 5s) there may not be a need for these processors right now. Also, just because a 64-bit phone appears on the android market doesn’t mean that developers will take advantage of it right away.

Samsung follows Apple’s lead with 64-bit smartphones of its own | VentureBeat.

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Phonebloks

Phoneblok is an interesting idea that aims to extend the life cycle of modern phones. The phone components come in the form of “bloks” that fit onto the board of the back of the phone. They are interchangeable and it makes the phone feel more custom for each user. The benefit of having a product like this on the market would be that everyone could get the phone that they want. The drawback to this is that major companies may not jump onto this idea, so finding your favorite brands for each “blok” could be tough until it gains popularity.

Phonebloks Looks Like a Kid’s LEGO Phone, But It’s a Great Idea – Droid Life.

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Android mobile news

Nexus 5 Could Get LTE, 5-Inch Display And Snapdragon 800 Processor, Per FCC Filing For New LG Device | TechCrunch

Google may have accidentally leaked the Nexus 5 in their own promotional video for the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. If this does turn out to be the Nexus 5 then we already know that it will be LTE capable. Read the full article here: Nexus 5 Could Get LTE, 5-Inch Display And Snapdragon 800 Processor, Per FCC Filing For New LG Device | TechCrunch.

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Apple Tests iPhone Screens as Large as Six Inches – WSJ.com

Interesting article on Apple opening up their options with the iPhone. They are trying to compete with Samsung by offering different screen sizes and price points on the new iPhones to be released soon. Read it here: Apple Tests iPhone Screens as Large as Six Inches – WSJ.com.