The Apple vs Android debate has hit the banks, as BNZ rolls out Android Pay with Krunch and Colenso BBDO in the wake of ANZ’s Apple Pay.
Today MediaWorks launched a new and improved version of its 3Now app for mobile and tablet including a new look and feel and upgraded functionality. We chat to MediaWorks chief information and product officer Tom Cotter about what users and advertisers alike can expect from the revamp.
2014 was Android’s biggest ever year, with one billion handsets shipped around the world (Apple shipped 193 million and made more on app purchases). It has a big focus on growing that number and getting its phones into developing markets. So, it’s done the logical thing and embraced the power of animals in advertising as part of its ‘Be together. Not the same’ campaign.
The wait for mobile viewing is over for Sky subscribers who don’t own iPads, as the broadcaster has just announced the launch of a new version of the Sky Go app that’s compatible on certain versions of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Since launching in December last year, the Sky Go app has only been available to subscribers via Apple’s products—and the popularity of this initial release has led Sky to increase the inclusivity of its offering. Updated with statistics from Nielsen and with comments from TVNZ’s general manager of on-demand Jason Foden.
MEA Mobile has rounded out the platform suite for its iSupr8 app, which lets uers add vintage-style filters to video in a range of resolutions. It hopes to rival the likes of Vine and Instagram by catering to pro photographers as well as consumers.
The proliferation of smartphone ownership changed the vocabulary of body language, in the sense that it stopped people from pointing to a bare wrist when asked for the time. These days, when asked for the time, people almost reflexively clutch at their pockets as an allusion to their phones. But, now, Google is attempting to rewind the evolution of body language by introducing Android Wear, a modified operating system that can be used in a range of smartwatches that consumers – beyond tech junkies – would actually consider wearing.
The creator of the Android app Caller Ads, currently being piloted, is targeting telcos and advertisers that have messages to push to prepay mobile users. The cloud-based service’s first iteration is like an audio pre-roll subscribers opt to take before a call.
Radio streaming service Pandora has brought the functionality it introduced in its 5.0 app for iOS devices earlier this year to a new version for Android tablets. The interface of Pandora 5.0 for Android tablets has also been optimised for the larger screen size of these devices.
The marketing deal between Google’s Android and Nestle’s Kit Kat was celebrated by the marketing fraternity (the choc-tech website is worth a look) and met with surprise by some in the tech space (it was initially thought the new IOS would be called Key Lime Pie). But, as this cartoon suggests, real humans may have a different take on the deal.
A round up of the news from Google’s I/O conference, including news of a new streaming music service, redesigns everywhere, map goodness and tools for frazzled Android developers.
Apple smartphones are on the decline while Samsung’s star is burning brighter, but the iPhone and iPad manufacturer is still leaps and bounds ahead of competitors in New Zealand, according to mobile ad network InMobi.
I only had three days with Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S4. That’s not nearly enough time for me to do a proper review, so instead consider this a preview and commentary on my very fleeting flirtation with a good phone.
No, Facebook isn’t releasing a phone. It is however working to further envelop its users into its ecosystem, with the upcoming launch of Facebook Home.
Findings from InMobi’s Mobile Insights Report Q3 show Apple remains the dominant force in the New Zealand market, with 42 percent of total impressions, a nine percent increase from last quarter. But there are also positive signs for Android, climbing five percent to take 34 percent of the total market share. PLUS: infographic action.
With the rise of daily deal sites, smart phone technology and e-commerce, the way we’re shopping is changing rapidly and a discount culture has well and truly taken hold. And while New Zealand may be lagging behind slightly in comparison to other tech-savvy nations, lasoo.co.nz is hoping to remedy that slightly with the launch of its “smarter shopping assistant” on Android and Windows Phone apps, which allow shoppers to find and select the best deals while wandering in ‘meatspace’.