There are many areas of marketing technology that are considered “hot” right now.And yet MarketsandMarkets forecasts that the global event management software market alone is expected to grow from $5.10 billion in 2014 to $7.78 billion by 2019.Despite all the event creation, promotion, attendee check-in, and management solutions available — both at the low end and within the enterprise — many companies still run their respective seminars and conferences exactly as they used to decades ago.In B2B circles, the days of stapling business cards to manually completed “lead sheets” are still with us.Even now, with smartphones and tablets as prevalent as they are, double-entry of attendees is rife, and sales reps have no clue when an “important person” walks into the conference hall.Today, Attend wants to change that for good with the release of a new mobile app that augments its existing event management platform.
In research published in the journal Evidence Based Mental Health, a team at the University of Liverpool found that many mental health apps and online programmes lack "an underlying evidence base, a lack of scientific credibility and limited clinical effectiveness".Simon Leigh, co-author of the study, argues that apps should be "well-informed, scientifically credible, peer reviewed and evidence based"."The rate at which apps come out is always going to outweigh the rate at which they can be evaluated.Mental health apps have grown in popularity at a time when psychological services have faced an increased demand and decreased resources.Many people find it hard to access services because of geography, because of mental ill health, because of physical disability.We've also found that, in the 50% of cases that do get to a GP, they're not able to guide mental health problems adequately."
Users have long complained about performance issues and it sucking up battery and last year Facebook s chief product officer, Chris Cox, took the unusual step of making his staff ditch their iPhones and move to Android until they sorted out the issues.But the problems have remained, and recently they led the Android blogger Russell Holly to dump the app, starting a chain reaction which revealed something rather interesting about the app s performance.Prompted by Holly s revelation that life on Android was better without Facebook s app, Reddit user pbrandes eth tested the app s impact on the performance of an LG G4.They found that when the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps were uninstalled, other apps on the smartphone launched 15% faster.They found similar results when testing for app loading performance.Over the course of a day my Huawei Nexus 6P had 20% more battery.
Samsung SmartThings Hub and sensors Photograph: SamsungThe Internet of Things – where seemingly ordinary devices connect to each other and the internet to make them more than the sum of their parts think fridges that know when you re out of milk and then order more for you – is still more a concept than a reality for many.Samsung s SmartThings hub hopes to be that central pin that connects them all.Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the GuardianIt supports home-network based devices, plugging into your router to control them through fixed or Wi-Fi networks, as well as two of the most broadly used wireless home-automation standards, ZigBee and Z-Wave.It means that the Hub can talk to almost every product currently available on the market that doesn t use an isolated proprietary system.
p Update 09/05/2017: People backing-up WhatsApp conversations through iCloud will now benefit from the messages being encrypted by default.WhatsApp has confirmed the backed-up files are encrypted and it is believed the feature was introduced in late 2016 but wasn't spotted until now.WhatsApp has turned on end-to-end encryption across all of its apps, the company has announced.The Facebook-owned app, which has more than one billion monthly active users, has turned on the Signal Protocol, developed by Open Whisper Systems, by default.The open-source private messaging system, which has been supported by Edward Snowden, will protect group chats, attachments, voice notes, and voice calls made across WhatsApp on Android, iPhone, Windows devices and some Nokia and BlackBerry models.The encryption method lets users see content that has been sent but does not allow service providers, such as WhatsApp itself, to access the content of the messages.
You heard me correctly, I said “meh.”I’m not talking about the “meh” used to ironically describe something beautiful/awe-inspiring; like when your friend uploads a beautiful sunset to their Instagram story and captions it “meh” (yeah, yeah, we know you are such a jetsetter).Hailing from the mobile app analytics industry, I’ve seen many founders pour tons of hours and thousands of bucks into apps that just don’t perform or deliver a good experience.Plus, when the idea comes from your own experience, it can make it even more challenging to detach yourself from the concept and look at the app from an objective viewpoint.If you have an idea, go out and validate it, but validate it the right way.The problem of ego oftentimes leads to what is known as confirmation bias.
Now, watch faces will display notifications and information from any Android Wear app, much like Apple Watch s own watchface complications.That certainly helps if you want a watch that s basically an at-a-glance notifications ticker on your arm.That s why it s developing three new ways for messaging on Android Wear: smart replies, handwriting, and a swipe keyboard.A 1.5-inch display is still far from any kind of display I d want to try to communicate on for than five seconds, but at least Google is experimenting.On the fitness front, Android Wear 2.0 takes the personal coach approach.Google-powered smartwatches will soon come armed with automatic activity recognition—a feature long present on Fitbit wearables—and will funnel health information with the Google Fit API.
Installing apps is a time consuming pain in the arse sometimes.Google just announced it s brilliant solution to this problem: Instant Apps.What s more exciting is that Instant Apps will be compatible all the way back to devices running Android Jellybean.The most common way to activate an Instant App download seems to be clicking on a link, but Google also suggests it could be done in other ways.In one example, an NFC tap actives the download of a payments app at a parking meter.Although Google s announcing the initiative today, it s not ready for prime time just yet.
Google engineering director Erik Kay talks about the new Allo messaging app and Duo video calling app during Google I/OGoogle has revealed its latest project to the world - an app which can effectively write your text messages for you.Allo learns over time from your style of writing and emoji use, and will present replies accordingly.Its Smart Reply feature is capable of analysing pictures sent to you - for example, a dog or a baby - and generating suggestions such as "Aww, cute dog!"will return results without the need to clarify who 'he' is.Clever feature Whisper Shout is an amusing way to enlarge or downscale your text in order to convey your emotions more clearly, and you can write and doodle on photos using Ink - similar to the way you can draw over Snapchat photos.Alongside Allo, Google launched new video messaging app Duo, which provides a live video preview of the caller in order to make the call feel less intrusive.
Amazon has announced a host of forthcoming improvements for its Fire TV devices that ll offer greater voice commands and more 4K content.In a press release on Tuesday, the firm announced a new range of Alexa voice commands that ll make it easier to find and play content.Users will be able to launch apps, play content by speaking into the Fire TV remote.More skills borrowed from the Amazon Echo speaker are also coming, including the ability to find local movie show times, read Kindle books and find local businesses.to find out what movies are playing in theatres near you or specific movie timesYouTube 4K Ultra HD—Access YouTube s full 4K library via the YouTube.com app on Amazon Fire TV when connected to a UHD-compatible TVSearch for local businesses and restaurants using Alexa—Ask What Mexican restaurants are nearby?to get convenient information on businesses nearbyAccess Kindle e-books via Alexa—Say Read The Nightingale to listen to text-to-speech enabled books from your Kindle library through Amazon Fire TVcomments powered by Disqus
In an update coming soon, drivers will be able to access all of Android Auto s functions straight from their cellphone in any car.That means people who can t afford a brand new ride or an aftermarket head unit will still be able to use Google Maps, voice controls, and messaging simply by mounting their mobile on the dashboard.Better yet, the system can be managed with OK Google commands, a process known as hotwording.Using Android Auto in a 20-year-old hooptie sounds pretty great, but the app itself is set to acquire a few new features including Waze.Read more: MyHyundai could be the first carmaker-specific Android Auto appFinally, as we reported earlier today, automaker-specific apps are coming to Android Auto.The first of the batch is called MyHyundai you won t believe who makes it , and it adds exclusive functions like Roadside Assistance, monthly vehicle reports, maintenance alerts, and even a Valet Mode.
Xiaomi s VP teased that the company would have a presence at Google I/O, and, true to his word, the Chinese firm has unveiled a new set-top box bound for U.S. shores.Voice commands, as on Android TV devices like Asus Nexus Player and Nvidia s Shield TV, are parsed by Google s dedicated search app, and the Mi Box s Cast integration will support the standard library of Chromecast-compatible video, photo, and music apps available on iOS and Android.The 4K Mi Box will also ship with the newest version of Android, tentatively named Android N. It features picture-in-picture support, APIs for live video recording, and playback of High Dynamic Range content.In terms of inputs, the 4K Mi Box sports an HDMI outport, a USB port, and an AV port.At an I/O developer session, Sony announced that Google s operating system will power its 2016 Bravia TV line.On the set-top box side of things, Sharp s releasing the Net Player.
As part of the letter, Google has asked developers to allow this feature, called Family Library, for previous purchases.It s important to note that developers can indeed decide if they want to enable the feature for past purchases.It s not yet known exactly how the feature will work on the consumer side of things — for example, we have yet to see how Google will verify different family members.It s possible that the same concept will apply to Family Library.The new feature is certainly a welcome one for families with multiple devices.No longer will the kids in the family have to pay to access apps that the parents already have — the feature could also help prevent children from making large purchases without the parents knowledge.
You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks.And developers might be able to take advantage of the Play Store s significantly more mature deployment features, including A/B testing, staged app rollouts, developer replies, and others.Last month, eagle-eyed Reddit user TheWiseYoda spied a setting in an early release of Chrome OS — version 51 in the Developer Channel — that referenced a way to enable Android Apps on Chromebook devices.The groundwork for the migration has long been laid.Later that year, Google began letting publishers seed Android apps to seed users, but in a limited fashion — installs were restricted to the Chrome Web Store.Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google had been working for two years to merge Chrome OS and Android, and that it planned to launch the result — a new, unified operating system that runs on PCs — in 2017.
If you ve got a good idea, then submit it to android.com/n, or send it out on social media using the hashtag NameAndroidN.Daydream will provide a very Samsung Gear VR-like home screen for Google s new VR mode, which will give access to a suite of new VR-focused apps including Google Play, and YouTube.Launcher, multi-tasking, and multi-window supportAndroid N now has launcher shortcuts — which means you can set specific shortcuts 3 to 5 within any app that implements them to quickly perform actions.Other changesOf course, apart from adding new features, the Developer Preview 2 also adds some changes to existing APIs in Android N — such as how developers can now specify a separate minimum height and minimum width for multi-window support.Other stellar Android Marshmallow features include improved apps permissions — which give you greater control over what information you share with companies – and Android Pay, which is the newfangled mobile payments app Google made to compete with Apple Pay and revitalize Google Wallet.The 6P easily manages a full and busy workday, but it can t last through two of them.
Allo is a messaging app that employs Google Assistant to help out users in their conversations.It can be used to find things quickly within a conversation, for example a restaurant when you re planning dinner.The app also offers Smart Reply, which suggests quick message responses based on the content and context of what s being discussed.View photosMore Google The app is based on a user s phone number, so it is not limited to those who choose to sign up or create an account on the platform before being able to use it.Google says the aim of Duo is to make video calling faster and more reliable, and again is based on a user s phone number, making contact with anyone in your contacts easier.As part of the central message of openness and accessibility, both apps will be available on both iOS and Android when they launch later in the summer.
View photosMoreF33a316a694247ea8676f11886468e32The next-generation Android N mobile software needs a name, and Google wants you to help.Google announced Wednesday that it's calling upon the world to help them name Android N, which you can do on its website.Each Android release has a name that follows the last one alphabetically, and they all are named after desserts.The last two Android versions were named Lollipop and Marshmallow.So Google wants you to hop on the website and give them your best dessert suggestion starting with N. Our favorites right now are Neapolitan, Nougat, Nerds and Nutmeg because mm .Not surprisingly, Twitter users had a bit to say about the topic.
The upcoming Android N release will allow Android to run natively within cars, letting Google put much deeper hooks into the cars it runs on, the company announced Wednesday at its I/O developer conference.It also means that carmakers can incorporate Android directly into instrument clusters.The concept, on a Maserati Ghibli, is also equipped with a 15-inch 4K display and a 720P digital cluster."As they move away from using proprietary systems for infotainment, a big win for them car manufacturers is going to be that the ecosystem that s part of Android will come with that so they don t have to think about, 'How do I go out and make developers write for this proprietary system?'"Of course, it will still be up to individual car companies to decide whether or not to adopt Android, and they will have a lot of flexibility in deciding exactly how they implement it into their vehicles.Even then, we won't be seeing Android N running natively on anything more than a concept anytime soon.
This announcement came from Google's Google I/O website this afternoon after the main keynote was completed - appearing, as it were, to show how Google mentioned such an update in said keynote.This information comes from a session description as posted on the official developer conference Google I/O 2016 webpage.There the data suggests that this session will not only show developers how to bring their apps to Chrome - it'll give them a Chromebook to do it on.Google's description of the session continues, "Come to this session and test your Android apps for Chrome OS.You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks.It's suggested that this event, which starts at 4PM local time at Google I/O on Stage 5, that Chavez will bring expertise on this subject from his many years as a developer - having developed App Runtime for Chrome not too long ago.
This system will be released into the wild as soon as Google's done working on it - which doesn't appear to be all that long from now.That's just the beginning - it requires a smooth system to run in order to be adopted, and indeed accepted - by users worldwide.As such, Google suggests that Android Instant Apps will "Run Android apps as seamlessly as loading a webpage."Perhaps just as important as the speed at which these app bits open is the fact that this will all work on Android devices on Android versions as old as Jelly Bean.It's a system that lots and lots of smartphones are still running today - we can't all be Nexus users.Google's next step is, of course, allowing you to see just that one tiny portion of the app with the option to download the whole thing.