This mobile moment
Stay up-to-date on anything and everything happening in the Mobile world. From news articles to new laws, up-and-coming mobile apps to the latest mobile trends — this is your space to discuss This Mobile Moment.
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Over the last two weeks a new app has popped up out of nowhere, and shot to the top of the App Store charts in the US and UK - dethroning Temu in the process, before being seemingly removed by Apple completely. Driven by going viral TikTok, Wrapped for Instagram was an app developed by a third party ‘Wrapped Labs’ (i.e. not by Meta) and was marketed as giving Instagram users a Spotify Wrapped style experience. Users could supposedly see how many hours they had spent on Instagram in 2023, who their best friends were and even who had viewed their profile the most (i.e. who’s been stalking you on Instagram). Over 100m had viewed the #InstagramWrapped on TikTok but many of the videos had users claiming it was a scam as the insights from Wrapped for Instagram changed every time users used it and given that users also had to put in their Instagram user name and password, there were very justifiable fears that their Instagram accounts were at risk of being hacked. Users could even choose to s
Hello data.ai Community,This is our first ever conversation centered on the topics in this week’s data.ai “Insights Newsletter.” If you have any questions, thoughts, or your own insights of your own from this week’s newsletter, comment below and our Sr. Director Market Insights, Randy Nelson (along with others) will be jumping in to continue the conversation. New ai app insights and more from data.ai As we enter the home stretch of 2023, the data.ai Market Insights team is increasingly focused on the biggest trends of the year and where they could lead the mobile ecosystem in 2024. We’re also taking the temperature of various verticals, like mobile games, to see if they fared better than expected this year. We’re doing this from numerous angles, some you’ll see here and others in our upcoming State of Mobile 2024 report in January.Cheaper, Ad-Supported OTT Tiers Are Putting the Squeeze on Pricier Subscriptions2021 saw a surge in free, ad-supported (AVOD) streaming options on mobile. Th
Hello and happy Friday everyone!What was happening in Mobile this week? Check out the top 5 trends below. 📣X introduces audio and video calls 📲📣X is introducing voice and video calls to the platform. 📞 The new feature is currently in testing 🧪 but is available to iOS users, soon to be released on Android. This is another update to X following Elon Musk’s promise to make X an “everything app.” 🎮The *new* Fortnite Chapter 1 🔫 🎮Fortnite is “rolling back the clock to 2018” in their much anticipated new launch, Chapter 1. The time-traveling tale 🕰️ is set to bring back old locations and remixes on classic skins, all of which have been spotted 👀 in a new teaser trailer 🎬. Fortnite Chapter 1 launches on 3/11/2023.💰Microsoft selling Copilot AI tool 📊💰Microsoft is capitalizing on the new era of AI with its new add-on tool. The Microsoft 365 Copilot is now available for Office app subscriptions, specifically those for business. The feature costs $30 per person per month and is esti
Welcome back to this week’s roundup of trending news in the mobile world! 📰 🍔🎉 Wendy's Celebrates National Cheeseburger Day with a Penny-Saving Deal! 🎈 To mark National Cheeseburger Day on Sept. 18, Wendy’s is offering a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger for just a penny with any purchase in-app from Sept. 18 - 22. Simply check the "Offers" section on Wendy's app.. Mobile marketers out there - stay tuned, we’ll be watching closely to see how this move boosts downloads and engagement.📱🍔💲 🛍️ TikTok Takes on Amazon with Big Holiday Discounts 🎁 TikTok plans a month-long holiday discount campaign starting late October. It aims to lure shoppers to its new online marketplace by offering up to 50% discounts. This move puts TikTok in direct competition with Amazon and Walmart during the busy holiday season. 🚀📱🛒🎉 Unity Revises Fees Amid Developer Backlash 🎮 Unity, a popular game development engine, faces backlash for a proposed $0.20 fee per game install for titles selling over 200,000 copie
Hello data.ai Community! My name is Randy Nelson and I am the Senior Director of Market Insights here at data.ai. I'm also the creator of our bi-weekly Market Insights Newsletter, the latest edition of which is hitting inboxes across AMER, EMEA and APAC today.As usual, we’ve tried our best to bring you original analyses that provide context around current trends and happenings you won’t find elsewhere. Since we love researching the app ecosystem, we tend to pack these newsletters a little more full than you might be used to, so there’s plenty to discuss. We also have more to say on most of the topics, which can thankfully spill over here and hopefully spark some conversation. The team and myself are here and excited to talk with the community!Looking at our stories this time, the one with the most threads to pull on and is likely to become a fully fledged blog post soon (and likely part of a report) is the steep decline of titles that utilize non-mobile-gaming IP: comics, movies, TV sh
Hi everyone, I’m Ella Jones, a marketing intern at data.ai. This week, we’re bringing you a round-up of the latest mobile news- check it out below! 📰 Dive in to data.ai’s Top Five Mobile News Stories of the Week 📱🌟 Up Neobank set to launch 'Up High' premium banking for power-users! 💼🏦 Up is growing rapidly with over 715K customers and $1.5B deposits. Stay tuned to see how subscription mobile banking progresses! 🚀 📣 Meta explores paid subscriptions to let users skip ads. 💰This is in response to strict data regulations in Europe and potential resistance from users. 🌐 Apple and Microsoft challenge EU's 'gatekeeper' designation for iMessage and Bing under new tech regulation (Digital Markets Act). 🇪🇺💬 Companies with over €7.5bn annual turnover, €75bn market cap, and 45 million EU monthly users face regulation. 🍏💻 TikTok shop ends shopify integration, shifts to closed-loop model 🛒✂️ TikTok's transition aims to control traffic and enhance platform revenue. ByteDance ta
I would normally post this in the Media and entertainment group, but because Threads just made history, I felt it appropriate to share in This Mobile Moment. Forbes just published this article: “Threads Now Fastest-Growing App In History—With 100 Million Users In Just Five Days” Some of the interesting key facts:By achieving the milestone in less than five days, Threads has overtaken ChatGPT’s record, as the OpenAI chatbot had reached the 100 million mark in two months. Threads’ record-breaking launch has been aided by a simple sign-up process that requires users to log into the app through their Instagram accounts—which is used to populate their profile details and follow lists. Despite being widely viewed as a direct competitor to Twitter, the user experience on Threads is different in many key ways. Most significantly, Meta’s app ditches Twitter’s reverse chronological timeline—which displays posts in real-time—with an algorithmic feed similar to Facebook and Instagram. Posts displ
Hi everyone, If you haven’t updated to iOS 17, it’s worth doing so to experiment with a few of the new features particularly those that have already led to new features in apps: Carrot Weather - Thanks to Apple’s new Personal Voice accessibility feature, which mimics a user’s voice, Carrot can now sound just like you when providing weather updates. In order to use Personal Voice you need to read 150 phrases into your phone (takes about 15 minutes) and then the machine learning algorithm learns what your voice is like and aims to recreate it. https://techcrunch.com/2023/09/18/carrot-weather-for-ios-17-introduces-a-voice-impersonation-feature-and-more/ Pixel Pals - with widget updates to iOS 17, Pixel Pals have taken full advantage and created fully interactive home screen games. There’s even a hack to make the app logo transparent which could really make the Pixel Pals logo stand out https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pixel-pals-widget-activity/id6443919232Facetime via Apple TV -Apple wil
📰Dive in to data.ai’s Top Five Mobile News Stories of the Week 📱🌟 📱iPhone 15 Pro Revolutionizes Mobile Gaming: Resident Evil 4 Sets the Stage!🎮 Apple's iPhone 15 Pro is breaking barriers with its $60 Resident Evil 4 remake, defying industry doubts about mobile gaming. This move marks a critical moment in testing mobile's potential for AAA titles. Is this the dawn of a new era in mobile gaming? 🚀📱 🚀 Tinder Launches Exclusive $499/mo Subscription: Tinder Select For $499 per month, this exclusive invite-only subscription lets you message users you haven't matched with and boosts your profile's visibility among the "most sought-after" users. This premium plan aims to offer an elite dating experience for the top 1% of active users. 💑📱 🗣️ OpenAI's ChatGPT: Now Speaks and Sees! OpenAI introduces a game-changing ChatGPT update, enabling two-way spoken conversations. ChatGPT's large language model fosters natural dialogue, with five human-like voices and the ability to respond to
Hello data.ai Community,Here are last week’s top 5 mobile trends: 🌎 OpenAI’s ChatGPT now has 100 million weekly active users 🔥🌎OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman announced that ChatGPT now has 100 million weekly users, 2 million of whom are developers. The platform was launched nearly a year ago and, within two months, had an estimated 100 million monthly users, setting the record 🏆 for the fastest-growing user base.👾 Nintendo confirms live-action Zelda movie 🎬👾The massively popular video game 🎮 franchise “The Legend of Zelda” is set to be made into a live-action film. Following the success of Nintendo’s “The Super Mario Bros. Movie," The Legend of Zelda” is the next game to debut on the big screen 🎞 📣 Samsung announces ChatGPT alternative 🧠 📣Samsung has unveiled its own generative AI model called Samsung Gauss. Samsung Gauss consists of three tools: Samsung Gauss Language 🌍, Samsung Gauss Code 🧑💻, and Samsung Gauss Image 🖼️. The model is planned to be incorporated into phones, l
Hello everyone,This post is a tad late since it refers to last week, but nonetheless, still helpful as we start a new week and jump into November! Check out the latest mobile trends from the end of October: 🛍️ Farfetch’s Acquisition of Yoox Net-a-Porter Stake Gets EU Approval 🇪🇺The complex agreement would see the luxury marketplace eventually take control of its top competitor from current owner Richemont.💸 Apple Pay Later is now available to all users in the US 🇺🇲Apple is making Apple Pay Later available to all users in the United States. Apple Pay Later allows users to split the cost of an Apple Pay purchase into four equal payments over six weeks without interest or late fees.🗺️ Google Maps is getting new AI-powered search updates, an enhanced navigation interface, and more 🌍Google is adding a slew of new updates for Maps, including a few AI-powered features that are designed to make it easier for users to search, explore their surroundings, and get to their destinations.💠
Hey folks! Tony here. Your friendly neighborhood Sr Enterprise Customer Success Manager at Data.ai. I typically work with our investment clients but I came across this interesting Tinder article that I had to share. Apparently Tinder now lets family and friends play matchmaker?!Thankfully I’m off the market, but please do not tell my mother about this feature! While the new feature is hilarious, it is a really creative way to add new users, increase time spent, and potentially add engagement from the non-single demographic. Creative feature that pulls on "industry" metrics to influence the product roadmap: "According to a study commissioned by Tinder, over 75 percent of young singles discuss their dating habits multiple times a month with their friends, so this just optimizes the process a little."I’d love to hear what others in the Community think? Has anyone tried this feature...maybe during Thanksgiving dinner?
Happy Friday everyone! We’re back with a round-up of the top 5 mobile news stories of the week, with big updates from giants like Apple and Tencent. 🚀 Roblox Boosts Revenue With 3D Goods Sales! Premium plan users can now sell 3D items, expanding the marketplace. 📈 Seeking to reinvigorate growth, Roblox introduces user-generated 3D assets and interactive tools for developers. Could this move deepen engagement and up the ante on user-generated content? ?💰 🍏 Apple Vision Pro Unveils New App Store Loaded with VisionOS Apps and More! They're launching a brand-new App Store for Apple Vision Pro, packed with visionOS apps, and hundreds of your favorite iPad and iPhone apps that also work on visionOS. 😎 🔄 Most iPad and iPhone apps will just work on visionOS, no tweaks needed! Developers, your apps will hit the App Store for Apple Vision Pro this autumn, with users diving in early next year. 📅 🇨🇳 Tech Giant Tencent Launches 'Hunyuan' AI Model in Race for China's AI Supremacy Tencent
Hello everyone! Here are the top 5 weekly mobile trends from last week:📣📰 Sam Altman is back at OpenAI 📣In a dramatic reversal ⏪ of events, Sam Altman, will return 🤝 to OpenAI as CEO with Greg Brockman his co-founder alongside him. We looked at consumer behavior during the uncertainty to see 🔎 if recent leadership changes spurred further interest and usage in the app. Read 👀 our earlier post to find out.❓🌐 Siri or ChatGPT voice assistant❓Amidst the restructuring, OpenAI’s ChatGPT Voice feature is now available to all free users. Apple’s 🍎 latest smart phones, 📱the iPhone 1️⃣5️⃣ Pro and Pro Max, allow you to replace Siri as your voice 📞 assistant and reconfigure the Action Button to activate ChatGPT instead. Which is your preferred voice assistant?📣✋ Google Meet now detects when you raise your hand 📣This new AI powered feature on Google Meet recognises when your physical hand 🙋is raised and triggers the hand 🖐️ raise icon to notify participants in the video 📽️ call. This
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