At Sonin we feel it’s important that we deliver the latest mobile news to our readers from an industry that is constantly evolving. Whether you’re new to mobile, an industry leader, a start-up or a multinational brand, having access to the latest mobile news is vital for your app development. Here are our top mobile news headlines so far in April.
Last updated: 20/04/2017
Amazon has officially rolled out its Lex AI service to all developers after previewing it towards the latter end of 2016. This will enable developers to build apps with speech recognition and natural language understanding capabilities, opening up wider opportunities for businesses to bridge the physical and digital worlds and enhance the overall experience for their app’s users. This can vary from booking restaurants at home, to searching for company data whilst in the workplace.
Instagram announced at F8 that it’s built support for using the majority of its features without internet access on its Android platform. Launched to help Instagram grow in developing nations where data is considered too expensive, users will be able to view content previously loaded in Instagram’s feed, leave comments, like posts and unfollow pages. For businesses launching apps of their very own, offline mode brings many benefits by providing users with a richer experience.
According to the 2017 Mobile Consumer Report, 60% of consumers would feel comfortable talking with a chat bot, meaning that marketers should increase their efforts to deliver immersive experiences on the emerging platform. That said, only 22% of consumers have actually engaged with a chat bot, making it important for businesses to highlight the benefits to their customers.
Source: Information Age
Environmental organisation Greenpeace UK has launched a VR app that gives it supporters the opportunity to experience endangered locations such as the Amazon and Arctic first-hand. The app is populated with 360° films that transport individuals to precious environments, then enabling them to sign petitions and make donations.
Due to come into effect on 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been passed to give EU citizens better protection over their personal data, and more specifically how it is handled by organisations. This means that in some way or another, all businesses are affected, and if you own an app, you’ll be affected too.
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