Leading web and mobile based app developer Apigee has been snapped up by Google in a deal worth around $625 million.
Google is, apparently, looking to strengthen its cloud business and a spokesman said that companies are increasingly moving beyond communicating with visits and phone calls and looking instead to communicate via APIs.
Some of the firm’s customers include Vodafone, Burberry and the World Bank.
The deal by Google’s one step in its push become a big player in corporate computing and it’s likely that there will be more business apps coming to the market.
Bank allows accounts to be opened with selfies
The HSBC has announced that customers can open an account with an app using a selfie.
The bank will use facial recognition technology to verify the images as it looks to streamline its application process.
However, a driving licence or passport will still be required for extra security measures though the main attraction is that customers do not have to attend a branch in person to open a new account.
The HSBC already utilises voice recognition and fingerprint technology for millions of its banking app customers.
iPhone 7 could be used for AR apps
Launched to huge fanfare, the new iPhone 7 has been widely welcomed and now experts in the sector say the smartphone’s camera has the potential for being used for augmented reality apps.
The phone has two cameras that combine to work as one as a ‘dual’ camera and now mobile phone watchers say this could be a move for Apple positioning itself as a leader in the augmented reality world.
The iPhone seven a wide has a telephoto lens as well as a wide angle lens and is the first step for more phones to feature dual cameras and, along with the feature, more apps to utilise it such as Pokémon Go.
China is world leader for apps
An interesting article MarketWatch highlights that with 195 million Chinese people having smart phones by the end of 2016, there’s still huge growth for more phones and apps for them.
Many of the Western world’s best-known applications such as Twitter and Google are unknown in China which is created its own equivalents which often have more functionality.
Also, by 2020 it is predicted that more smartphone users in China will be using mobile payments and its current market is around twice that of the US and its market for apps is growing rapidly.
One announcement this week is WeChat announcing its platform is now being open to other companies to create their own functionality into its so users can use the app for inventory and project management as well as corporate communications.
In other app news …
According to data, Microsoft Windows 10 now accounts for 14% of the Windows phone market with most users still sticking with the 8.1 version. As a platform, Windows Phone accounts for 0.7% of the world’s share with Windows 10 mobile accounting for a fraction of that. It doesn’t help that Dominos, the pizza maker, has just announced this week that its app for Windows has now been binned.
BlackBerry has announced its first Android phone – the first of three slated to be revealed this year. The catchy-named DTEK502 will cost less than £300.