The boom in global smartphone numbers has led in turn to a surge in the number of apps. Google Play houses 2.2 million apps, while Apple’s App Store has a mammoth 2 million apps – and this won’t slow down anytime soon. Gartner predicts that more than 268 billion downloads will generate US$77 billion worth of revenue in 2017
Today, apps are no longer built just for smartphones. They’re needed for wearables, connected homes, smart cars, IoT-enabled devices, and much more. Heading into 2017, this presents a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs and consumers; the space promises to be very exciting indeed. Cloud-based apps and services have become more important in 2016. The ability to share and sync data in real time with servers and other devices has driven many innovations.
Amazon’s a la carte video subscription marketplace is doing so well that rivals are now looking at similar approaches. Last month, Bloomberg reported that Apple may sell subscriptions to individual video services through its TV app on iOS and Apple TV, and now sources tell Variety that Roku is planning a subscription video marketplace for its own streaming devices this summer. In both cases, users would be able to sign up for new services without having to download separate apps or re-enter their billing information.
Amazon’s take on a la carte subscriptions, called Channels, launched in late 2015, and now offers 235 channels as add-ons for Amazon Prime subscribers. Those channels get heavy promotion in Amazon’s Prime Video apps and on Fire TV devices, and there’s practically no friction to signing up. A recent survey by The Diffusion Group found that Channels made up 53% of all direct-to-consumer subscriptions for HBO, 72% for Showtime, and 70% for Starz. For those networks, Amazon is providing the kind of distribution that once required a cable box, and in exchange, it’s own Prime service is becoming much harder to quit. It’s no surprise that Apple and Roku are getting envious.
Two of the co-founders of the art filter app Prisma have left to build a new social app. Prisma, as you may recall, had a viral moment back in 2016 when selfie takers went crazy for the fine art spin the app’s AI put on photos — in just a few seconds of processing. Downloads leapt, art […]
Peek, a U.S. startup aiming to digitize the travel activities industry, has pulled a $23 million Series B round of financing and uncorked a partnership with Google that will help increase its visibility. Founded in 2012 by Ruzwana Bashir (CEO) and Oskar Bruening (CTO), the San Francisco-based startup describes itself as “OpenTable for the activities market” in […]