THE VOICE APPS REPORT: The top issues with voice discoverability, monetization, and retention — and how to solve them
- This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service.
- As voice platforms continue to gain footing in homes via smart speakers — connected devices powered primarily by artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled voice assistants — the opportunity for voice apps is becoming more profound.
- However, as observed with the rise of mobile apps in the late 2000s, any new digital ecosystem will face significant growing pains, and voice apps are no exception.
- Thanks to the visual-free format of voice apps, discoverability, monetization, and retention are proving particularly problematic in this nascent space.
- In The Voice Apps Report, Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, explores the two major viable voice app stores.
- It identifies the three big issues voice apps are facing — discoverability, monetization, and retention — and presents possible short-term solutions ahead of industry-wide fixes.
Zodiac Ascending: Astrology Startups Reach for the Stars
- In designing the experience, Ross was inspired by the rise of meditation apps like Headspace and Calm, which “have been able to translate what was a very esoteric Eastern practice into something that’s a really compelling digital experience.” Calm, a “meditation unicorn,” has raised $88 million at $1 billion valuation.
- “The venture world has definitely been paying attention to everything that’s happening in meditation and wellness and self-care more broadly,” he says, and yet “no one has translated or reimagined the astrological reading for a mobile format.” With Sanctuary, he aims to fill the gap.
- “I don’t doubt that there is demand from people wanting this type of information, but I wonder if it’s really beneficial for us to consume that information, and if so, is there any way we can back that up scientifically?” says Nicolas Wittenborn, a principal at Insight Venture Partners, which has invested in wellness apps like Calm.
Google will implement a Microsoft-style browser picker for EU Android devices
- After receiving "feedback" from the European Commission, last night Google announced it would offer Android users in the EU a choice of browsers and search engines.
- Further ReadingEU: Google illegally used Android to dominate search, must pay $5B fineIn July, the European Commission found Google had violated the EU's antitrust rules by bundling Google Chrome and Google Search with Android, punishing manufacturers that shipped Android forks, and paying manufacturers for exclusively pre-installing Google Search.
- Google said its bundling of Search and Chrome funded the development and free distribution of Android, so any manufacturer looking to ship Android with unbundled Google apps would now be charged a fee.
- Google was forced to lift this restriction as part of the EU concessions, and now manufactures can simultaneously ship forked Android and Google Android on different devices.
HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution
- The HP Windows MR Headset, which ran on Microsoft’s mixed reality platform, was designed to compete with products like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
- But mixed and virtual reality headsets have evolved a lot in just a couple years, with companies pushing the envelope both in terms of resolution and inside-out tracking, and HP is right on trend.
- That’s crisper than the 2160 by 1200 pixel-per-eye resolution of the HTC Vive Pro, as well as Samsung’s Odyssey HMD headset and the Acer Mixed reality HMD.
- Those are the kinds of apps I used when I tried on the new Reverb, which again has support for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, as well as Steam VR.
- These kinds of apps underscores that HP’s sweet spot is the enterprise market, even if the company is also offering a consumer version of Reverb.
Two of Mark Zuckerberg’s most important executives are leaving Facebook, less than a year after he shuffled their roles
- Zuckerberg says product head Chris Cox, seen by many people inside Facebook as the company’s second-most-powerful executive, is leaving the company after 13 years.
- Chris has also done great work in many roles, including running our business development team, leading Internet.org, which has helped more than 100 million people get access to the internet, and most recently at WhatsApp, where he has helped define the business model for our messaging services going forward.
- I’m excited that Will Cathcart will be the new head of WhatsApp. Will is one of the most talented leaders at our company -- always focused on solving the most important problems for people and clear-eyed about the challenges and tradeoffs we face.
How to get more space in your Google storage
- For many of us, Google storage is the modern-day hard drive.
- But just like with a traditional hard drive, the space isn’t infinite, and running out of room can be a real problem.
- By default, Google gives you 15GB of space to use for everything associated with your account.
- (If you have a paid G Suite account, your limit’s likely higher.) That includes content connected to Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos (if you’re saving your photos at full resolution).
- Google Drive is a common place for space-sucking files to build up and wear down your quota, but tidying things up doesn’t take long.
- Apps associated with your Google Drive storage can sometimes have hidden data, but all it takes is a couple of clicks to remove it.
- Odds are, you’ve got plenty of old attachments sitting in your Gmail account that you don’t really need.
Xiaomi announces $65 Redmi Go for India
- At an event in New Delhi, India today, Xiaomi announced its first Android Go phone, the Redmi Go. This is a low-end device with a 5-inch 720p 16:9 screen, 1GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 425 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a 3,000mAh battery, and 8GB of expandable internal storage.
- The Redmi 7 is essentially a lower-end version of the Redmi Note 7 that launched in January: it has a 6.26-inch “waterdrop” notched 720p display, a Snapdragon 632 processor, a 4,000mAh battery, 2 to 4GB of RAM, 16 to 64GB of storage, and a 12-megapixel camera with a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
- The Redmi 7 will go up against phones like the Realme 3 from Oppo’s spun-out sub-brand, and — as is typical for this series — will be very competitive on price.
Alibaba's Adhesive Buttons Help the Visually Impaired Interact With Smartphones
- A design team led by DAMO Academy, the $15 billion research initiative formed by China’s premier e-commerce site, Alibaba, is working to make smartphones more accessible to the blind and visually impaired.
- China also has the highest population of visually impaired people, according to the latest data available from the World Health Organization.
- At the Fortune conference, Zhao demonstrated the haptic solution her team has created to help visually impaired people interact with smartphone apps.
- The solution is a combination of software, called Smart Touch, and hardware, called Braille Buttons.
- Zhao said her research team found that many people with visual impairments process speech much faster than people with no sight difficulties.
- As a designer, that discovery reminded Zhao how important it is to work with clients to develop a solution together—rather than parachuting in and expecting to have the answer.
WhatsApp Is Testing a Pair of new Features to Stop the Spread of Fake News
- WhatsApp is trying get a handle on the ugly side of its platform by testing two new features that could help stop the spread of false information.
- Will Cathcart, who was named the new head of WhatsApp last week after Chris Daniels resigned, will have to find solutions to help stop the deadly violence that has spread as a result of messages on the platform.
- Last March, the Sri Lankan government temporarily shut down WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and Viber, another messaging app, to stop the spread of misinformation fueling ethnic conflicts in the country.
- However, in January, the service said it would only allow people to forward a message to five individuals at a time, marking a drastic drop from the previous limit of 20, which allowed rumors to quickly spread.