Apparently, the summer’s most popular app for generating a gaming craze, Pokemon Go is about to be Pokemon Gone as analysts say its popularity is already on the wane.
The game has seen users leave their jobs, being mugged for their phones and crash their cars but research firm Superfly Insights says that Pokemon hunters are now beginning to abandon the game.
The app itself is free for downloading and has generated around £200 million with in-app purchases that help players progress.
Research reveals that the number of these purchases have plummeted which, the firm says, indicates that people may still have the app on their phone but they are no longer using it.
The firm’s chief executive said the performance levels for the game last week were ‘absolutely abysmal’ as he said goodbye and thank you for the ride.
Banking app revolution on way
Banks in the UK have been told to boost their efforts to provide apps for customers that match the services that can be found in high street branches.
Indeed, by 2018 there will be a new single app available to enable customers to access their bank details.
The move follows a two-year investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into rip-off bank accounts.
The new app will work for all banks and enable customers to apply for overdrafts, loans and mortgages on a mobile phone and also transfer cash between accounts.
Rise in snooping apps
There has apparently been a rise in people using stealth apps to monitor someone’s movements, particularly when partners are suspicious of their lover.
India Today TV investigated the activities of several private detectives and found lots of invisible monitoring software available that can be easily downloaded onto a mobile phone.
The software tracks the user’s activities as well as texts and phone conversations.
There are no laws in India to regulate private detectives so they can sell the apps to clients for around £300 a year.
‘Drive safe’ mode for smartphones
In a bid to make smartphones less distracting for motorists, a motoring charity says a ‘drive safe’ mode could the introduced which would operate in a similar way to flight safe options when people board aircraft.
The idea comes from the RAC Foundation who say that growing numbers of people are becoming overwhelmed or distracted with information while at the wheel of a vehicle.
Indeed, the charity says that around 70 fatal accidents occur on the UK’s roads because of ‘distraction in vehicle’ while 20 crashes are the fault of drivers using a mobile phone.
The Foundation is also now calling for an international set of guidelines to enable manufacturers to restrict the level of distractions in the cabin and for mobile phone apps to be made safer when someone is behind the wheel.
Mobile apps could boost beer sales
Mobile apps could help boost spirits and beer sales among young adults, according to research from Canadean.
The firm says that one in three consumers around the world want to know more about pairing food with a suitable alcoholic drink and there’s an opportunity for apps as well as social media to offer advice.
The apps could be crucial tools to encourage young people to think about pairing their drink and food more often, the firm said.
A spokesman for the company said firms need to use highly visual social media platforms and create beverage-dedicated apps which will demonstrate to young adults the experiences to be enjoyed by drink and food pairing.
Android could have serious security bug
Android devices could have a security flaw that enables attackers to have complete access to its data, according to research.
The revelation from research firm Checkpoint says it has uncovered bugs from the software that runs the Qualcomm chipset.
Unfortunately, the Qualcomm processors are found in 900 million Android phones though there’s no evidence that their vulnerabilities are currently being exploited by cyber thieves.