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App revenue set to double, outpaces downloads

App revenue set to double, outpaces downloads Global revenue for mobile apps is set to double, according to new forecasts from Ovum.The analyst firm says over the next five years, app revenue will grow by 2.

US TV broadcasters now want to help you binge watch your favourite shows

Clearly, broadcasters need such rights to fend off competition from subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) providers such as Netflix and Hulu, but there’s more to it than satisfying consumers’ needs to watch TV on demand.Even after years of relentless disruption, the key driver of success in the TV business remains unchanged: great content that consumers love.

Why enhanced video will prove to be much more than a gimmick

Why enhanced video will prove to be much more than a gimmick In October last year, we predicted that the world was about to enter a new era of user-generated media, where innovation would centre on two key areas: capturing and sharing.But a third area of innovation is set to rise and rise in importance, especially for video.

WhatsApp shares data with Facebook ahead of monetisation

WhatsApp shares data with Facebook ahead of monetisation The move comes as WhatsApp prepares to roll out an application-to-person communications offering, which will enable businesses to send chat messages to WhatsApp users.” It has also said that WhatsApp and other third parties will remain unable to read users’ messages (which are protected by end-to-end encryption).

Google’s Daydream View is a good, if tentative, step forward for mobile VR headsets

Google’s Daydream View is a good, if tentative, step forward for mobile VR headsets Tucked in among new phones, routers, and Amazon Echo copies was a new VR headset called Daydream View that will work with Google’s new Daydream VR platform and supporting devices (Pixel, Pixel XL, and other new OEM android smartphones).It’s a nice step up from the Cardboard disposable headset, but disappointingly does not add sensors to aid user positioning.

Google’s new devices: Don’t be fooled

Google’s new devices: Don’t be fooled That’s the warning from analyst firm Ovum, talking about Google’s recently announced set of Made by Google devices – the Pixel premium smartphone, the mobile VR Daydream headset, a Wi-Fi home access point (Google Wi-Fi), a new 4K compatible Chromecast stick and a smart home speaker called Google Home.Instead, de Renesse says Google’s new artificial intelligence service, Google Assistant, is at the core of its new branded venture.

The rise of dedicated portable headsets

The rise of dedicated portable headsets In a busy week for VR headset announcements, just 48 hours after Google unveiled Daydream View, Oculus demoed a prototype of its dedicated portable VR headset at its annual developer forum.Unlike the conservative (but cheap) Google device, this new headset does have full movement sensing, and it bridges the gap between smartphone-based VR headsets and dedicated home VR headsets (such as Rift).

Google and Snapchat use AI and wearables to shake things up

Google and Snapchat use AI and wearables to shake things up Two major announcements happened in the world of OTT communications in September: Google launched the smart communications service Allo (which has integrated AI, reinforcing the role AI will play in communications) and Snapchat rebranded itself as Snap Inc.As a messaging player, Snapchat is taking a bold step into the wearables domain, demonstrating that communications players are quickly extending their scope well beyond communications.

nsumer-facing intelligent agents have promise – but beware the hype

nsumer-facing intelligent agents have promise – but beware the hype But service providers must be wary of the hype surrounding intelligent agents and not underestimate the challenges that accompany them.“With the integration of payments, intelligent agents could also provide an end-to-end shopping experience,” she says.