This week: Apple’s App Store proves mobile growth, the dominance of mobile and smartphones for viewing the Olympics in Rio, and the new iris scanner in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7.
Apple’s App Store Has Paid Over $50 Billion to Developers
Apple’s App Store has paid out over $50 billion (that’s a “b”) to developers…and it appears to be growing quicker than ever. Contrary to the overall feeling of “app fatigue,” this statistic reflects prosperity, that more people are using iOS devices and developers may be doing a better job at bringing in more payments.
Read more about Apple’s App Store growth and its future at The Verge.
Rio 2016 Summer Olympics: Mobile and Smart Phones Expected to be the “First Screen”
The expectation is that mobile phones and tablets will become the “first screen” used to view live coverage of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. This switch from prerecorded TV to mobile reflects viewers’ desire for more content and the ability to control what they see. This approach provides the desired level of customization and on-demand accessibility.
Read more about mobile and smart phones taking over in Rio at VentureBeat.
New Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Iris Scanner: Buy with Your Eyes
Samsung just announced that the Galaxy Note 7 will allow users to complete mobile payments using a built-in iris scanner. In what is a big step in biometrics, the iris scanner will be similar to fingerprint sensors in that you can choose authentication by fingerprint or iris via Samsung Pay.
Those concerned with security will appreciate this option because Samsung claims it is cannot be hacked.
Read more about the Samsung Galaxy iris scanner at Mashable.
Chrome 52 for Android Boast Smoother Video Playback and More
Last week, Google launched Chrome 52 for Android, which boasts some powerful features. Chrome 52 for Android makes video playback feel smoother, load faster, and consume less battery. Also, video in Chrome 52 now works with Data Saver Mode, providing a lightweight version of the video that can be downloaded and played and saving as much as 50 percent in data downloads,
Read more about Chrome 52’s impressive new features at VentureBeat.
Facebook Continues Hard Push to Use Messenger App
Facebook is again forcing users to adopt its way of communicating. Two years ago, it forced use of the Messenger app by deactivating messaging in the main app—which angered users over privacy issues and general inconvenience. Although most users switched, Facebook is going after holdouts by blocking mobile browser access to messages on Android phones and by extending the ban to all markets and to iPhone users.