Voice call functionality is very hot at the moment. Skype, Fring, Viber, Google and dozen other applications have had voice functionality for many years, so what’s the rush to release voice call now?
Facebook sent a team of product managers and engineers to Africa in 2013 in order to do user research and see how well the app worked. The result? Performance improvements and backend changes.
There is a massive growth in internet usage in Asia, and millions of people are getting online for the first time every month. Over the next decade, most of the growth will be in emerging markets – Asia, Africa and Latin America. At the core of it all, are chat apps.
On February 19 2014, Facebook announced they had acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion. WhatsApp is one of the most popular chat apps out there, with nearly half a billion people. WhatsApp is one of the few chat apps that has created chat apps for Symbian, Nokia Series 40 and the Nokia Asha platform – all platforms that most software companies left…
A 3D printable phone that could replace feature phones and basic phones? Is a modular, open hardware ecosystem the way to go to give billions of people mobile internet access worldwide?
Margaret Gould Stewart, Director of Product Design at Facebook, held a presentation at TED 2014 about how Facebook designs their products for more than a billion people. Here are some takeaways:
Twitter has more than 645 million registered users whereof around 115 million are active per month. The link below shows a live tracker of all emoticons used on Twitter. Can you guess which ones are the most popular? Yep, hearts and crying.
This presentation from 2008 by Paul Adams is a good reminder of what designing for emerging markets is about. Chaos. Adaptions. Workarounds.