Apple iPhone X usage tops that of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus during their respective launch weekends

Localytics, a firm that deals with mobile analytics, measured app usage globally on 70 million iOS devices to come up with usage rates for individual iPhone models. According to this bit of analysis, the adoption of the Apple iPhone X during its opening weekend topped the initial weekend of usage for the combined Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus. The latter two were launched on September 22nd while the iPhone X launched on November 3rd.

According to Localytics, the Apple iPhone 7 is currently the most widely used iPhone model as nearly one out of every five Apple handsets in use is …


Google removes iOS support in Google Play Games Services due to low usage

No, Google doesn’t hate Apple, but sometimes the company must make tough decisions for the greater good. That’s probably why iOS support in Google Play Games Services (GPGS) has been removed.

The Mountain View company announced today a new policy change for its Google Play games services effort that doesn’t include iOS support, as well as a couple of other features that aren’t used as often as Google had expected.

Apparently, Google listened to developer feedback and tracked usage before taking the decision to remove some features and start focusing its resources on other areas that …

US unlocked Moto G4 Plus now getting Android Nougat update with one-handed usage mode

Owners of the unlocked Moto G4 Plus in the US reported that Motorola is updating the handset to Android Nougat. Weighing in at 741MB, the package includes the core set of features which debuted with the operating system, as well as a new one-handed mode. So expect faster operation, Doze mode for power efficiency, Quick Settings, Multi Window and more stuff you can read about right here.

In the meantime, we are awaiting the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, although only the latter will be reaching the US – priced very affordably at $229. The smartphone is up for pre-order …

Family Link is a new Android app that helps parents manage their kids' usage of smartphones and tablets

As smartphones and tablets become more widely available, people of all shapes, sizes, and ages are able to get their hands on them easier than ever before. This increase in availability has resulted in more and more adolescents being able to use smartphones and tablets, and while exposing children to technology at such young ages is a great way to teach them how today’s gadgets work, it should go without saying that there are restrictions/limitations need to be set in place when a youngster has his or her hands on a device that’s capable of accessing the Internet in its entirety.

On …

Millennials fuel increasing usage of mobile payment systems

Apple’s fiscal Q1 earnings report showed a 500% increase in Apple Pay transactions year-over-year. Since Apple gets a slice of every transaction, this is a big deal financially. Besides Apple Pay, other mobile payment services are seeing a rise in usage. Scott Blum, VP at Total Merchant Services, gives credit to the millennials for this. Making up one quarter of the U.S. population, Blum predicts that this generation will lead the way as credit cards become obsolete, replaced by the mobile wallet.

As typically occurs with new technology, there are those who would prefer to use the old methods. …

Netflix mobile streaming quality to double without affecting data usage

Most of the press you see around Netflix pertains to the content that it offers, but it turns out there are some interesting things happening on the tech side of the company. Netflix has long worked to make sure it doesn’t cause too much of a hit to your mobile data cap, but its latest breakthrough could be a game changer and it’s all thanks to the company’s new “Dynamic Optimizer” tool. 

Netflix worked on the tool with the University of Southern California and the University of Nantes in an effort to find a way to maintain video quality while reducing the amount of …