THE VOICE APPS REPORT: The issues with discoverability, monetization, and retention, and how to solve them
- This is a preview of a research report from BI 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 this 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.
Recode Daily: With a subpoena, special counsel Robert Mueller brings the Russia investigation closer to President Trump
- Giving patients control of their health information will help give patients control of their health, posit senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner and federal Medicare and Medicaid administrator Seema Verma, who argued for progress in digital health care data in a Recode op-ed yesterday.
- Google, Amazon and Microsoft’s cloud businesses helped more than double spending on data centers last year.
- On the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask, SB Nation editor in chief Elena Bergeron talks about brackets, streaming apps and paying players.
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Repl.It 1.0: IDE that Grows from Playgrounds to Fullstack Apps
- If you want to use files, write to files, split your code into modules, etc., you just do that and behinds the scenes the environment will switch to one where you're interacting with the filesystem.
- You use it to listen on a port, any port you'd like; we'll detect that, host your server/repl on your Repl.it subdomain (forever!) and that's it you're developing/deploying an application.
- We also know that not all applications will grow incrementally so in typical Repl.it one-click-start fashion we've pre-setup a Django, Rails, Express, and Sinatra apps.
- Repl.it serverless apps are unique in that they're stateful and that the same repl, same protocol, same everything, that you use in development is deployed and running in production.
- After getting user-interest @pyelias is starting to explore building a full stack application using Django.
Lumavate Secures $2.5M in Seed Funding and Announces Partner Program
- Lumavate, the leading enterprise platform for developing progressive web apps (PWAs) at scale, today announced its raise of $2.5 million in seed funding.
- The Lumavate platform capitalizes on the transition from native mobile apps to PWAs–a major shift happening in mobile tech that is disrupting the way companies interact with consumers.
- PWAs were first introduced by Google in 2015 and the technology has been backed by major tech players such as Apple, Microsoft and Firefox–making it widely available to consumers regardless of their mobile browser.
- Through the Lumavate platform, companies can deliver highly-personalized mobile experiences faster and at a fraction of the cost compared to native mobile apps.
- Lumavate is an enterprise platform for building progressive web apps (PWAs) at scale.
- Through the Lumavate platform, companies deliver highly-personalized mobile experiences throughout the entire customer journey.
Supernova promises to automatically convert Sketch mobile app designs into native UI code
- More than three years in the making — and the brainchild of co-founder Jiří Třečák — the Supernova Studio macOS app promises to automatically convert mobile app designs created in Sketch, a popular vector design tool, into native UI code, thus bridging the gap between prototyping and design, and front-end development.
- He also admits the idea and early versions of Supernova was born out of his own frustration as a mobile app developer that saw every new project employ a lot of repetition.
- In contrast, Supernova Studio attempts to automate this transition, allowing the developer or designer to choose which components correspond to their respective design elements, before creating the code, resources and everything required for front end app development.
'Server Rendering with React and React Router'
- Now that we get the big picture, let's work on creating the foundation for what will become a server rendered React Router app.
- What .hydrate is going to do is it tells React that you've already created the markup on the server and instead of recreating it on the client, it should preserve it and just attach any needed event handlers to the existing server rendered markup.
- That "Hello World" was initially rendered on the server, then when it got to the client and the bundle.js file loaded, React took over.
- You need to make sure that the component is rendered with the same data (or props) on both the client and server.
- The idea is when a GET request is made to our server, instead of calling renderToString immediately, we fetch the popular repositories first and then call it after giving our React app the data.
This eQuoo app games you to into learning useful psychological skills
- So it’s interesting that a new app has launched to tackle the thornier problem of how to improve your emotional intelligence.
- That’s the hope of new app startup eQuoo now launched on the Apple App store and Google Play.
- eQuoo essentially helps you build up people skills.” Her team also includes, Med Buckey (CTO), Professor Markus Maier (Head of research) and James O’Brien (Lead developer).
- The startup opened the Beta on in Australia and New Zealand and has a weekly growth rate of 19% and a 4.8 rating in the app store.
- Phase one will be building advertisement and subscription, but after that, it plans to work with insurance companies as a mental health game that prevents anxiety and depression.
MoviePass update removes ‘unused’ location requests from iOS app
- At any rate, the new version appears to address the concerns of privacy advocates.
- Users can control the permissions of apps individually, of course, but even so it is the developers’ responsibility to inform users what their software is doing, so an informed choice can be made.
- I’ve asked MoviePass for more information and will update if I hear back.
WeWork is on an acquisition spree — and they’re all over the board
- WeWork’s acquisition of digital marketing company Conductor yesterday marks its fifth acquisition in the past seven months.
- Most of its deals have been outside of WeWork’s core business of renting out work space, ranging from education tech to apps for construction workers, and have been for undisclosed amounts.
- Conductor (March 2018) — A digital marketing startup that helps businesses target advertisements to their customers based on user data.
- WeWork has since expanded it by opening a school in Brooklyn that offers students no tuition upfront, but instead a repayment plan.
- In addition to these acquisitions, in the past year WeWork has also bought a large stake in Wavegarden, which makes wave pools; purchased the iconic Lord & Taylor flagship department store building on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, which will serve as its new corporate headquarters; and led a $32 million investment round in The Wing, a co-working/membership club for women.
Facebook adds video chat to Messenger Lite, its pared-down Android app
- After bringing its pared-down Android app Messenger Lite to mature markets like the US and UK last autumn, Facebook is expanding its features to ramp up engagement.
- Messenger Lite, first launched in 2015 was initially part of an effort from Facebook to build more apps to boost usage in developing countries, where mobile usage is more costly and people are more likely to use more lower-end Android devices.
- Originally launched with a focus on Messenger’s core features — text messaging, photo and link sharing and stickers — today’s launch of video chat is a sign of two things.
- Messenger Lite is in over 100 countries today, and while it’s not nearly as popular as basic Messenger in the US, it remains a popular app in many less mature markets, as of today firmly in the top 10 app rankings, and definitely in the top 25 of dozens of smaller countries, according to stats from AppAnnie.