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This Week in Mobile
"Top up” your weekly knowledge of the mobile industry. What mobile app design and development company, Fueled, thinks you should pay attention to this week.
Here at Fueled, a design and development company based in New York and London, we are obsessed with everything that happens in mobile, be it rumors of iPhone hardware, subtle Android updates or new apps we love.
Every Friday, we’d like to help you “top up” your weekly knowledge of the mobile industry so you can keep your finger on the pulse.
Earlier this week, Facebook offered to acquire the instant photo sharing app, Snapchat for a cool $3 billion. Then, Google (reportedly) tried to outbid Facebook by offering the app makers $4 billion. The Snapchat co-founders Even Spiegel and Bobby Murphy politely declined, confident that the app would only grow in value. We've consulted some 14 year olds and they've assured us that the app is on the verge of being so over. Everyone seems to have an opinion but, only time will tell. We'd hate to make a $4 billion mistake.
Motorola has launched the Moto G, a low-cost smartphone aimed at consumers in emerging markets. Motorola released the phone on Wednesday in Brazil and in some parts of Europe. It will arrive in the US by January. Reviews, so far, are generally positive. Smartphones for all!
Facebook Chat Unites
You have to respect how Facebook can connect anyone, from the Turkish man that runs your favorite deli to your 87 year old grandmother. Now, Facebook is connecting Android and iOS users, too. This week, Facebook expanded its "contact via phone number" to all Android users and iOS users using Facebook Messenger. The SMS-like app allows users to connect to anyone in their contact list, no matter the operating system or if you're even "friends" on Facebook.
Phones of the Future
2014 is going to be full of surprises. Smartphone makers have to stay on top of the game, and that means innovation in both style and technology. Word on the street is that Samsung will release a smartphone next year with a three-sided display. Great news for those of us with digital ADD. Apple is rumored to be developing two new iPhones with larger, curved screens.
The first smartphones from Jolla will go on sale in Finland on November 27th. Jolla, the independent mobile design and production team, has created sleek new phones that will run on Sailfish OS, a Linux operating system that once powered Nokia devices. The smartphone will be sold by Finnish mobile company DNA and is expected to expand to the rest of Europe via different carriers.
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