Looking back at 2014, one could say that mobile apps took a giant leap forward in adoption as an enterprise development platform. One key component to mobile’s adoption moving forward will be test automation.
Secret’s “dramatic” app update (which I foreshadowed earlier this month) has arrived. The Verge has published an in-depth look at the confessional app’s attempt to relaunch itself after user downloads and app engagement plummeted.
Secret now looks and operates a whole lot more like its rising competitor Yik Yak. Images no longer dominate the feed. Instead, it’s primarily text-based, with the pictures appearing as thumbnails. It has turned away from the media emphasis of its nemesis Whisper and has abolished the website that curated the popular Secrets.
Power Secret users (if there are any left) will cheer about the new addition of one-to-one messaging. In the first version of Secret, users wanted a chatting tool so badly they turned en masse to alternative service Anonyfish, which was created to address the hole in the Secret product. But now when someone posts a Secret, others can directly chat them, keeping their anonymity.
The biggest change in Secret’s relaunch is that users’ feeds will be divided into “friends” and “nearby” instead of “friends” and “explore.” The nearby function shows posts from anyone within set locations, like cities or universities. “It’s more important what is said than who said it,” Secret CEO David Byttow told The Verge. “Our goal is to facilitate conversation — either in a physical location, or socially, with your friends.”
That’s a total ripoff of Yik Yak’s core function, but before you scoff at the move you should know Secret isn’t the only one doing so. Twitter previewed a nearly identical feature itself during its recent earnings call and is reportedly working with Foursquare to power it. Take a look at the three product comparisons: Yik Yak first, Twitter second, and Secret third. See some similarities?
Yik Yak clearly has these other social apps on the run, lest they get overtaken by a newcomer. Since Yik Yak’s appearance, it has skyrocketed through the app download charts, gone viral in college communities (much the way [company]Facebook[/company] did), and raised $62 million from WhatsApp backer Sequoia in late November. Its location-feed premise is by no means proven, but it has shown enough traction to worry far bigger companies.
When I wrote a feature on Yik Yak in October, I asked “Could Yik Yak be the real winner among anonymity apps?” It looks as if the answer may be yes.
Veracode’s service hooks into the development tools used by coders so that its cloud-based system can scan their application for vulnerabilities or bugs in the code.
Web apps are still an easier choice for many enterprises to make when it comes to deciding how best to develop for smart devices. Even if they wanted to develop a native app, often times they simply cannot.
To coax more hardware makers into the Windows Phone fold, Microsoft and Qualcomm have started doing the engineering for them. A new reference design could make building a new Windows device an easy process.
The Wii U is a flounder, forcing creator Nintendo to slash sales and take a loss on the console for the third year in a row.
The Steam Machine line may have access to virtual reality very early in its life cycle.
Mozilla’s holiday game contest puts the emphasis on HTML5 development.
After years of evangelizing, John Carmack has finally jumped to Oculus VR full time as CTO — leaving behind his decades of work at id Software.
The last four months have been a roller coaster for Ouya. And, as the holidays loom on the horizon, what’s next?