This Week in Mobile

Posted March 23rd 2016


More internet users are paying bills via mobile.

S&P Global Market Intelligence surveyed 3,897 adult US mobile banking app users. According to the data:

  • 73% said they use mobile payment apps to pay a bill
  • 41% of mobile banking app users use one to pay for retail purchases, by either waving or tapping their phone
  • 34% use / collect reward points
  • 23% send money to a friend

In terms of pay bills via mobile devices, that’s up from 6% in 2011 and 33% in 2015.



1. Huawei Pay to expand in China, another potential threat to Apple Pay. The Chinese smartphone vendor has collaborated with the state-owned bank card processor China UnionPay Co, to expand its online payments service called Huawei Pay.

2. Small businesses are benefitting from mobile apps. A recent survey by CotractIQ, gives insights that 62% of the businesses hired developers already had apps or were in the process of building one. Of those, 20 percent used their apps purely for branding purposes, 30 percent have revenue generating apps and 50 percent use them for support and engagement.

3. ClicksMob merges with AppGrade for mobile video marketing. ClicksMob, a mobile audience acquisition platform, has announced a merger with AppGrade, a mobile video monetization platform. The companies will focus on monetizing video ads and acquiring audiences.

4. Like to enable Wi-Fi Calling in your iPhone? Apple’s iOS 9.3 software update lets customers place voice calls over Wi-Fi, and they’ll soon be able to use VoLTE for higher quality, more reliable cellular calls.

5. How about a wearable panic button in your activewear? That’s the future that Yogasmoga, the yoga apparel brand known for its high-tech fabrics, is imagining. For women, taking a night jog can feel frightening. It is trying to solve the problem that the phone or watch is struggling, on-click action.



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To Round: the Bubble Task Manager

There are a million ways to manage your to-do list, but you’ve probably noticed that they all have one thing in common–they’re sequential lists. To Round takes a new approach and puts all your tasks in bubbles for a fun take on managing your to-dos.

Type in your task, select the size of the bubble to indicate its importance, and To Round will drop a bubble labeled with the task’s name into your list. Bigger bubbles will find their way to the bottom, so you can keep track of your most pressing to-dos.

To Round also has the other to-do lists features you’d expect: you can schedule tasks for later, add tags for easier sorting, and view a list of completed tasks. You can also use tags and filters to view certain types of to-dos.

To Round is available as a free download for both iOS and Android.



Mobile Summit 2016 April 4-5, 2016 | Sausalito, CA

M2M World Congress April 26-27 | London, UK

Internet of Things World  May 10-12, 2016 | Santa Clara, CA


Contributed by Tathagata Samanta and Tracy O’Neil