Digital Wellness on Android: a second look

I got a chance to look at Google’s digital wellness feature on a developer’s version of Android P and it was interesting but also a bit disappointing. As I said in my previous post last week, just having access to this data is helpful and enlightening. I opened up the dashboard at around 5:00pm and … Continue reading Digital Wellness on Android: a second look

Digital Wellness: the future of mobile app development or a passing fad?

The data is out: we’re addicted. We’re spending almost six hours a day online and of those 3.3 hours are on mobile devices. We are officially addicted to our phones.  The conversation around addictions often focuses on the addicted “just stopping” whatever it is they’re addicted to. Yet an entire industry built on gum and … Continue reading Digital Wellness: the future of mobile app development or a passing fad?

Notifications in Android O: what to expect

Notifications are tricky but are essential when building a mobile app. Nir Eyal, who wrote the book on building habit-forming products says “[notifications] are the Pavlovian bell of the 21st century and they get us to check our tech incessantly.” They are the triggers to bring a user back into an app, and they do … Continue reading Notifications in Android O: what to expect

What’s next for Citymapper? A bus?!

Loyal readers know by now that Citymapper is one of my all time favorite apps. It offers the best public transport route planning I’ve seen with delightful features such as a recommended car to be best situated at the end station and what exit to use from the station that’s closest to the final destination. … Continue reading What’s next for Citymapper? A bus?!

Toll Roads – adding another dimension to Google Maps

Yes, I’m going to talk about Google Maps again. I know, I’ve been writing a lot about travel apps, but they are one of the most popular mobile apps category and a road trip in new places always surfaces new needs. Our road trip took place in the approximately 250 mile distance between New York … Continue reading Toll Roads – adding another dimension to Google Maps

What’s your favorite app?

It seems like an innocent question, right? One that you could answer after a second or two of thought? After all, you use your phone every hour, every day. Surely you know what your favorite app is, right? I gave that question some thought this week as a product management exercise. As exercises go, it … Continue reading What’s your favorite app?

Reali: trying to do something different in real estate

How do you find out about new startups in Palo Alto, the Heart of Silicon Valley? By driving around and seeing wrapped cars parked in strategic places. As I was driving, I couldn’t take a photo of the car for you loyal readers but I did go and look up the startup. It’s called Reali … Continue reading Reali: trying to do something different in real estate

Moovit vs Citymapper: making public transportation easy

Earlier this week, Techcrunch reported that Moovit, a public transportation service, has revamped and relaunched its app. As a big fan of Citymapper, one of its competitors, I wanted to see how an already really good product could be improved. Right off the bat, Moovit is beautifully designed and doesn’t introduce new forms of UI, which I … Continue reading Moovit vs Citymapper: making public transportation easy

Location tracking on mobile: the new battlefield?

A few weeks ago the Wall Street Journal reported on its readers’ top tech peeves for apps and gadgets in 2016 and I was not surprised to see one of my “favorites” included on this list: location tracking. It’s a valuable bit of information for advertisers so it’s not that surprising that apps like to … Continue reading Location tracking on mobile: the new battlefield?

The best mobile app of 2015, according to TechCrunch

In anticipation of the upcoming Crunchie awards, TechCrunch released the list of nominees, er, finalists for the Best Mobile App of 2015. This award will go to “the mobile application that made the most waves in the mobile app landscape in 2015.” That’s quite an accolade so let’s take a closer look at these finalists, … Continue reading The best mobile app of 2015, according to TechCrunch