Mobile Health App Helps Expecting Mothers in Bangladesh

Photo via Flickr / IRRI images

Photo via Flickr / IRRI images

Thirty years ago, the mortality statistics for expecting mothers in Bangladesh were grim. In 2002 things were not much better as the risk of dying from pregnancy in Bangladesh was 1 in 21, compared to 1 in 4,000 in industrialized countries. Ten years later, in 2012, pregnant mother mortality was down 68%, but still remained a public health concern. A new mobile app called Aponjon has now created a mobile app that reaches 100,000 soon-to-be mothers, dismissing common misconceptions, informing them of warning signs and directing them to local healthcare centers when needed.


Hooked looks to improve mobile app discovery through intelligent algorithms


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Mobile app discovery platform Hooked has announced the launch of new technology that aims to improve app discovery through the use of predictive search and intelligent recommendations. The technology is powered by multiple “machine-learning algorithms,” as well as through analysis of the applications currently installed on a user’s device. (more…)

One-touch Conference Call Dialing with MobileDay


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Conference calls can be a pain. Just consider some of the factors that must align for success: correct dates and times, proper dial-in numbers and access codes. To that end, MobileDay has created a one-touch dialing app that makes conference calls a snap. But the app offers more than just convenience. By routing toll-free and local call-in numbers to the proper parties, the companies that host the calls stand to save thousands of dollars each month, according to PandoDaily.


Mobiroo launches “All You Can App” subscription service in Malaysia


Toronto-based Mobiroo will begin to offer its “apps on-demand” service in the Asia Pacific. Through a partnership with Malaysia’s biggest telecommunications provider, Celcom Axiata Berhad, Mobiroo will offer an “All You Can App” subscription service providing unlimited access to a selection of top paid apps and games. The service acts very similarly to the way Netflix or Spotify streaming works. The current app library is nearing over 750 with more titles added daily. (more…)

Report: 160 billion apps to be downloaded on mobile devices in 2017


According to new reports from Juniper Research and news site Cinema Blend, the mobile app market will expand to 160 billion downloads in 2017. Just in 2013, there is only a 80 billion download projection, which is already a significant increase year-to-year.

In its report entitled, “Future App Stores: Discovery, Moonetisation & Ecosystem Analysis 2013 – 2018,” Juniper Research discussed the app discovery and app store revenue. It also brought up new app discovery tools put in place to spread awareness to and increase downloads. The report specifically mentions the new Google Play Game Services feature which will make discovering apps that friends easier to find. It will also rank free apps higher than paid ones, increasing the total number of downloads for the year.

The numbers here show that the mobile market is constantly growing. Unlike other gaming platforms, mobile apps and downloads are not limited by hardware restraints and is the easiest to appeal to casual users. There are no signs of slowing for the industry.

For more information, refer to Juniper Research’s whitepaper available here.

Breaking into the iOS leaderboards, Distimo shares required revenue and downloads to place in the charts


For app developers, finding top placement in a respective app store charts can be helpful for discoverability and viral growth. However, breaking into the top charts has become increasingly difficult for the iOS store. Mobile app analytics firm, Distimo, has released some statistics on what it takes for an application to break into the top charts in the iOS app store. According to a monthly report, the company found that:


Chartboost Lets Developers Organize into Groups


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Chartboost has announced the launch of Groups for Direct Deals, making it easier for mobile app developers to connect, cross-promote, and grow without paying fees.


How App Store Rankings Affect Developers and Gamers


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An informal petition has been launched among iOS app developers, each stating their views on why Apple should remove its chart system from the App Store. Instapaper creator Marco Arment is one of the many voices pleading for Apple to remove the lists, and his reasoning is incredibly sound. (more…)

Cleverbug says over 24 million birthdays in its system, brings online images offline for greetings cards

Screen Shot 2013-06-12 at 12.49.42 PMCleverbug, a smartphone application that takes social network data and uses it for personalized physical greetings cards, told at the recent Inside Social Apps show that is has now reached 20 million birthdays in its database. The app originally launched in mid-January and attained 25,000 downloads in February.

Backed by an Ireland based VC, Cleverbug integrates with Facebook’s Open Graph to remind users of friends’s birthdays or other life events such as engagements or pregnancies. Users can then create a personalized greeting card using Facebook photos and in-house designs, and send it for free digitally or on a printed card at the price of $2.99 plus postage.


YouTube founders think China hasn’t heard of Vine

wanpai_650Wan-Pai is a new free app for iOS and Android from AVOS Systems, the company started by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the founders of YouTube. Wan-Pai is Vine, the six-second video sharing app, but for the Chinese mobile market.

Everything from the interface to the editor’s picks seems directly lifted from Vine. Wan-Pai does try to distinguish itself by adding filters and using a salmon color scheme instead of Vine’s green. Annoyingly, where it is different is a noticeable lag before videos start playing instead of Vine’s near instant playback. (more…)

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