Mobile App Use Rockets for Olympics

The US TV viewing figures for the Rio Olympics may have dropped when compared to the London Olympics but there’s been a huge leap in the number of people watching events with mobile phone apps.

Flurry Analytics says TV watching dropped by 18% though the number of sessions on mobile devices rocketed 24-fold and mobile apps dealt with eight million sessions every day.

Their report reveals that the mobile sessions grew in most countries and the global figure increased while the games were on.

The global growth saw an increase of 42% overall, while US use grew by 14% and in the UK it was 60% but Canada recorded an astonishing 156% increase.

Most of the mobile apps being used were mainly for live streaming of events though there was a big leap in navigation apps for tourists to use while in Rio.

Flurry says the figures highlight the trend of users moving away from traditional media and towards their mobile device.

When testing mobile phone apps consider the weather

Mobile phone app developers should take the weather into account when it comes to testing their apps, according to a report.

Apteligent says that mobile apps run more slowly in the summer.

The actual figure is about 15% and, according to the report, it’s down to the science in the propagation of radio waves.

Essentially, humidity, or in this instance water vapour, causes slight delays because it weakens the radio signal strength.

Researchers in Lithuania have also found that the radio signals also weaken in moisture, sleet and snow as well as rain.

iPhones could catch thieves

Apple has patented a system for the iPhone which utilises its sensors that could identify, and potentially catch, a thief by tracking their fingerprints as well as photos.

The feature works along the lines of some third-party apps which will take a photograph of someone who enters an incorrect password.

With the new system, the iPhone will also capture the user’s fingerprint and gather other data including the phone’s location, time and video.

Parents don’t know what ‘generation app’ is doing

Research has revealed that parents have no idea what ‘generation app’ are doing on their mobile devices, says the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).

In a report they say that 60% of teenagers now have an online account their parents do not know of and 57% of parents say they don’t know what their children do whilst online.

The research is aimed at understanding the lives of teenagers and the issues and problems faced during their digital daily life.

There also appears to be a growing disconnect between parents and their offspring with 67% of parents saying they have asked their teenagers to report online instances that made them uncomfortable or scared.

However, just 32% of the teenagers questioned in the survey said that their parents had asked them to follow a rule like this.

Dutch FA wants to use apps for football thugs

The Dutch FA has announced that its working on a fingerprint app to help ensure convicted thugs do not sneak into football matches.

So far, system testing has been effective and the organisation is now looking to local authorities to help support the project.

The system also utilises GPS to track where the convicted hooligans are to ensure they are not in or near football stadiums.

The Dutch FA says the mobile phone app will be cheaper and more effective than the reporting system currently in place which sees people banned from stadiums reporting to local police stations on match days.

In other mobile app news…

It appears Lenovo phones are about to come preloaded with more Microsoft apps including Outlook, Office, Skype and OneDrive. A formal announcement is expected soon.

A report has revealed that of the mobile device users who were given an opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile, just 14% of users did so. The figure comes from promotion network AdDuplex which suggests the platform is struggling to attract adopters.

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