Sprint worked with Facebook to develop a Facebook application that lets customers invite friends on Facebook to join a Sprint "Framily" group plan. The collaboration is novel and an indication that Sprint is putting a great deal of emphasis on the plans, which were unveiled in January.
BARCELONA, Spain--Mobile application discovery service Quixey (a 2013 Fierce 15 winner) is making a dramatic update to its "Functional Search" service, with the intention of redefining mobile search as smartphones, apps and the Web continue to evolve.
The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters, have been targeting smartphone applications as part of a years-long surveillance effort to gather data such as a smartphone users' locations and the unique identifying characteristics of their phones, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Mobile applications are largely confined to smartphones and tablets right now. However, over the next few years the expected proliferation of wearable computing devices such as watches, wristbands and headphones, as well as Internet-connected appliances, will spur a major surge in the amount of personal data people share via apps, according to a new report from research firm Gartner.
Over the last year, a number of firms started to launch deep-linking services that will send users who click on a banner or a link not only to the app itself, but to a specific location within an app. For consumers, that means it would be faster to make a transaction on a mobile commerce app, for instance, or to see content specific to a certain level of a mobile game. Special report.
At the end of the day, business services are admittedly less "sexy" than consumer apps, but may well represent the better opportunity for operators to generate revenue and remain relevant going forward, and provide them with the "happily ever after" they're looking for.
Ericsson said its ConsumerLab survey found that 52 per cent of smartphone users want to use their fingerprints instead of passwords and 48 per cent are interested in using eye-recognition to unlock their screen.
Apple and Google are taking steps to improve application discoverability in their respective app stores, including a new search function from Apple that tries to make a more educated guess at what smartphone owners might be looking for. However, there are still plenty of third party app discovery services and app search firms that hope to make finding apps even easier. Special report
Samsung Electronics welcomed application developers to San Francisco on Monday for its first-ever Developer Conference, and although the company is a behemoth in the Android smartphone and tablet markets, it has been quietly making a push for another platform it supports: Tizen.
Since the launch of Fire OS 3.0 (code-named Mojito) last month on its HDX and HD tablet devices, Amazon has begun working harder to court not only large app publishers, but also the indie developers who may consider it an app store afterthought.For more on Amazon's quest to lure developers, check out this FierceDeveloper special report.