Google helps retailers with app deep links

Noting that US retailers’ conversion rates on desktop computers are two times higher than on mobile, Google is working to increase mobile engagement and sales by adding deep links to apps from shopping advertisements. “There are lots of great shopping …

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Google acquires app prototyping platform Pixate

Google acquired Pixate, maker of a visual prototyping platform that allows designers to create test apps that run natively on iOS and Android devices, with its staff joining Google’s design team. Pixate will also continue to be a standalone product “without …

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Samsung launches mobile payments trial

Samsung Pay, the Korean vendor’s response to rival services from the likes of Apple and Google, last week (15 July) started a trial in South Korea ahead of its full rollout. The trial will involve “select customers”, according to the …

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Google cites mobile growth in strong Q2

Google announced solid results for the second quarter of 2015, which it said reflected growth across a range of products, “most notably core search, where mobile stood out, as well as YouTube and programmatic advertising”. Ruth Porat, CFO, said in …

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Google’s Waze launches carpooling app pilot in Israel

Google owned Israeli start-up Waze has launched a carpooling pilot called RideWith in the Gush Dan region of Israel, an “easy way to connect with people who have similar commutes, so you can ride together on the fastest route”. Drivers …

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US Facebook users can send cash via Messenger app

Facebook launched a free P2P payments service for users of its Messenger app in the US, joining a competitive market for such services. The move is not a surprise: Back in March, the social network announced the launch in coming …

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Google secretive about Agawi streaming app acquisition

It has only just come to light that Google acquired a startup called Agawi last year, The Information revealed, a technology platform company focused on low-latency streaming of apps from the cloud to mobile devices. Agawi’s technology lets consumers use …

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Satellite firm OneWeb chooses vendor for massive constellation

OneWeb, the venture with grand plans to deliver global connectivity via satellite, turned to Airbus Group for the manufacture of 900 low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites. The firm, whose backers include the Virgin Group and Qualcomm, is forming a joint venture …

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Google maintaining Android One support, despite lukewarm response

Google remains committed to its Android One project, despite signs that vendors in India – where it was initially launched – have cooled toward the effort, Economic Times reports. According to the paper, Micromax, Karbonn and Spice, the initial backers …

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