Last week I stepped on a piece of news with yet another story about the voice-driven assistance services which have gained so much traction recently: “Mozilla is crowdsourcing voice recognition to make AI work for the people“. I have been an enthusiastic Alexa user myself right from the start. I believe voice-based assistance services, voice-based human-computer interaction, in general, have a bright future. At least bright in terms of a sharp surge in usage and a myriad of use cases that bring benefits to most consumers and businesses. Continue reading “How Mozilla’s Common Voice Project bubbled up my very own 2013 AI- & Voice-Assistance Services Ideation again (André Cramer)”
Over the course of the last weeks and months you couldn’t escape news and stories about messaging platforms going after B2C use cases à la “order me some food”, “book me a hotel room” or “I need a ride downtown in 30 minutes”.
Pioneered and taken to huge success in Asia by platforms like Weixin/WeChat, LINE and Kakao, especially Facebook with its two behemoth platforms Messenger and WhatsApp is taking decisive actions to bring businesses and consumers together on their platforms. Kik is even faster, having just launched such a botstore for brands. In their launch line-up are 18 well-known brands such as Sephora, H&M or The Weather Channel. And with these moves, communications platforms will tap into significant revenue streams in the form of rev shares and commissions for being the facilitator between businesses and consumers in everyday Transactions.
Continue reading “AI is absolutely essential for the Messaging Platform Business Model to take over the World (of B2C) (André Cramer)”
35,000 visitors from all over the world are yet another milestone in the ongoing rise of SXSW as one of the key events of the tech industry. A must-visit conference that this time even the president attended. In his speech at Austin’s The Long Center for the Performing Arts he made an impassioned and partisan plea to technology professionals and tech-minded citizens to apply their ideas and talents toward solving some of the country’s biggest challenges and philosophical divides.
But there was much more to SXSW 2016. Continue reading “My SXSW 2016 key take-aways (André Cramer)”
It’s Mobile World Congress time again. Not only the world of telcos and phone-related manufacturers meet there, but meanwhile it has become a colorful mix of everything technology related it seems. Still, the smartphones or mobile computing devices are in the center of attention.
The decade of the Smartphone as we know it is ending
Almost 10 years ago the iPhone has entered center stage and in fact did change everything in this industry. The revolutionary first iPhone was of course not the first smartphone in the market; in fact it came years after the term ‘smartphone’ had been coined for the first time. What is remarkable about it was therefore not the invention of a new category of device, but the combination of the right mix of technologies Continue reading “Mobile World Congress 2016: Where are we heading with Smartphones – or where do we need to head? (André Cramer)”
Congratulations and kudos to the WhatsApp team for achieving this remarkable milestone. The first messaging app/platform which has not been started by one of the internet giants but was born as a true startup.
I am stressing this despite no other messaging service, no matter if startup or bred by an existing tech giant, ever having reached this mark. Facebook Messenger, so to say the sibling service under the roof of Facebook, is closely behind WhatsApp, but then it had all the help and pushing power of the core Facebook service. The most significant support was certainly the forced de-coupling of core Facebook and Messenger and the need to install the dedicated app to continue using chat and messaging in the Facebook mobile experience. Continue reading “Wow! WhatsApp has passed the 1 Billion Active User Threshold. Which Telco has 1 Billion users… anyone? (André Cramer)”
Facebook will remove the WhatsApp annual charge and introduce B2C features for brands to interact with their gigantic user base. This will make life more challenging for those service providers that have been exploiting loopholes and ambiguous terms & conditions to provide brands with communications channels to WhatsApp subscribers.
So now it’s official. The first significant news and updates from Facebook regarding the future of WhatsApp after the acquisition have been announced last week. WhatsApp will start removing its annual charge ($1 or local equivalent) across the different versions of its app. They also stress that in return for removing the annual charge there will be no introduction of 3rd party ads. Instead they open up their ecosystem and officially introduce business-to-consumer use cases. Continue reading “WhatsApp’s official Opening-Up to a B2C Ecosystem is the logical next Step (André Cramer)”
The Rise of the Internet of Things
We’re living in a time where it is difficult not to come across the industry buzzword of IoT, the Internet of Things. Generally, I don’t like buzzwords; i like getting things done, helping consumers and businesses by using the latest and most promising technology. But, no doubt, the Internet of Things surely represents a disruptive wave of possibilities that will affect everyone over the course of the next years. And as it is with so many other technologies, products and platforms which are currently setting out to change the world because they are based on exponentially developing ingredients, the Internet of Things is set for this exponential development, too. Continue reading “The Internet of Things and the pressing need to address Security Topics (André Cramer)”