You are here

Google will make page speed a factor in mobile search ranking starting in July

Google will make page speed a factor in mobile search ranking starting in July Google today announced a significant change in how it ranks websites for mobile searches: it will now take page speed into consideration as one of its signals, the company says. The change, which Google is referring to as the “Speed Update,” will go into effect in July 2018, and will downrank very slow websites under certain conditions. Though speed will become more of a factor in determining the order of search results, the change is not so drastic…

Read More

Amazon takes on Wish with an “Under $10” selection of products that ship for free

Amazon takes on Wish with an “Under ” selection of products that ship for free Amazon has quietly launched a new feature that’s seemingly aimed at helping the retailer better compete with discount shopping apps such as Wish and others. In the Amazon iOS app and on the web, Amazon recently added a new section offering products under $10 that ship for free. Some of the products are also available on Prime, but the feature doesn’t appear to be limited to Prime subscribers. The retailer didn’t officially announce the addition…

Read More

Global app downloads topped 175 billion in 2017, revenue surpassed $86 billion

Global app downloads topped 175 billion in 2017, revenue surpassed billion Global app downloads topped 175 billion and consumer spending exceeded $86 billion in 2017, thanks to growth in emerging markets including China, India, Brazil and Russia, according to a new report from App Annie out this morning. Notably, India has now become the number two country by downloads, passing the U.S., which is now third. China has long since been in the lead. The difference between the total downloads App Annie is reporting (175b) and the 91.5 billion recently…

Read More

Lyft Concierge, its ride-booking service for businesses, opens to all

Lyft Concierge, its ride-booking service for businesses, opens to all Lyft today announced it’s expanding its Concierge program – the service that allows organizations to schedule rides for other people – to more business customers. First announced in 2016, the service was originally designed to help patients get to medical appointments, particularly in areas where they may not have a car of their own, like New York, where more than half of households are car-free. The 2016 partnership between Lyft and the National MedTrans Network aimed to change that by offering…

Read More

Amazon Fire TV becomes an interface for Live TV with select Amazon Channels

Amazon Fire TV becomes an interface for Live TV with select Amazon Channels Amazon’s Fire TV is getting an update that will help viewers better discover live TV programming, and even be able to tune into live channels with Alexa. The voice integration builds on the recently added “On Now” row on the Fire TV homepage, where you’ll find the live streams from channels like HBO, Showtime, Starz and Cinemax, if you’re signed up through Amazon Channels. This row will display what’s currently airing on those channels, so you can…

Read More

A dark mode for YouTube’s mobile app is spotted in the wild

A dark mode for YouTube’s mobile app is spotted in the wild Last spring, YouTube rolled out a massive update to its desktop site that included a redesign, faster underlying framework, and the addition of a dark mode. Now, that dark theme may be making its way to the YouTube mobile app, as well. The change was recently spotted by MacRumors (by way of Reddit), and is already appearing for some users of the most recent version (13.0.1) of the YouTube mobile app. It’s not clear at this point which…

Read More

Time spent in apps grew just 6% last year, down from 11% in 2017

Time spent in apps grew just 6% last year, down from 11% in 2017 The app economy is continuing to grow, with the worldwide revenue from app stores expected to top $110 billion this year, according to recent estimates from App Annie. However, the time people spend using their apps is starting to stagnate, another report has found. In Flurry’s “State of Mobile 2017” annual wrap-up, the firm reported that overall app session activity only grew 6 percent from 2016 to 2017. That’s down from the 11 percent growth it…

Read More

Delivery logistics platform Bringg raises $12M from strategic investors, including Salesforce Ventures

Delivery logistics platform Bringg raises M from strategic investors, including Salesforce Ventures Delivery logistics platform Bringg announced today it has raised another $12 million in Series B funding, bringing the total round to $22 million. The round, which follows the initial Series B from last spring includes new, strategic investment from automotive leader Dr. Shmuel Harlap, shipping and real estate magnate Eyal Ofer, and Salesforce Ventures. Previously, Bringg had raised $10 million in Series B funding led by Aleph VC, with Coca-Cola and prior investor Pereg Ventures also participating. The Chicago and Tel…

Read More

PSA: No, you can’t order a Batman toy by yelling ‘Batman’ at your Echo

PSA: No, you can’t order a Batman toy by yelling ‘Batman’ at your Echo There are a number of reasons why one may take issue with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders using the official @PressSec Twitter to register a personal complaint about a consumer product in her household, as she recently did with a tweet about Amazon Alexa. But the one issue we’re going to mention here on TechCrunch is that she’s incorrectly characterizing how Amazon Alexa’s e-commerce ordering system works. Simply put, one cannot just shout “Batman!” at…

Read More

Netflix was 2017’s top non-game app by revenue

Netflix was 2017’s top non-game app by revenue Netflix was the top earning app of 2017 that wasn’t a mobile game, according to Sensor Tower’s new year-end report on the most successful apps and publishers across Apple’s App Store and Google Play. In previous years, the top spot had gone to Spotify, and before that, LINE. But this was Netflix’s year to shine. The service saw gross subscriber revenue of approximately $510 million – a 138 percent increase over last year – per the firm’s estimates. That’ about 2.4 times…

Read More