The top 100 Android non-Google Apps

Would you like to see the top 100 Apps out of a sample of 1,700 devices from all over the world?

As part of our work at Staytuned, we’ve been trying to understand how people use their phones and how we can help them to have a better mobile experience and user their phones more efficiently.

Part of this learning has been looking at which are the most installed Apps by the users. Obviously Google Apps are at the top of the list (given that we are talking about Android devices which already come with most of the Google Apps) but it was interesting to see who are the other top Apps installed by users and see which categories are the most popular.

Here is a list of the top 100 non-Google Android Apps that we saw from our data:

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Everybody has an idea for a great App; sadly most of them won’t be successful.

According to Gartner, less than 0.01 percent of consumer mobile Apps will be considered a financial success by their developers through 2018 (see article here)

The fact that almost every person has an idea for “a great App” (for us who work in tech, its quite common to hear this every time we go out for lunch or drinks) and the fact that now its easier and cheaper to create an App (even if you can’t code, you can manage to get a cheap App developed by a freelancer or a dev shop) has flooded the App Stores with a huge amount of Apps, which means that the fight for users is getting every time harder. According to AppBrain, there are around 35k new Apps submitted to the Play Store every month (see their stats here).

It hard for Apps to get discovered, user can be bought but costs are getting higher or are many times not sustainable, and getting users is just the beginning of the battle for the success of an App.

At Staytuned, we are building an automated virtual assistant for Apps, which we call an App Concierge. The idea is quite simple, we want to make smartphones truly dynamic to adapt to people’s life in real time to give the users the most relevant Apps based on their context (whether they are at home, at the office, driving, at the gym, at a supermarket, traveling, or at any other location). We believe that we can help people to use their smartphones more efficiently by removing the hassle of searching for Apps on their phone, using installed Apps more often, and at the same time help App developers to get the users attention by being displayed when the user is likely to use them.

At the moment, Staytuned is also an App, (available only for Android) so we are also in the battle to get users, but I won’t go into details about how we are planning to acquire our users here.

A key piece of our company is the data to understand how people use their smartphones and how we can help them to use them more efficiently. We released a beta version a few months ago (you can download it now from the Play Store here) and we’ve been learning about the behavior from more than 3,000 users.

Find below some of our learning.


 

The average user had 158 Apps installed on his Android device

Even though users had an average of 158 Apps installed on their devices, in many cases, up to 85% of this Apps where system Apps (I’ll go into detail in a future post)

The most impressive number that we’ve seen so far was a list of 28,125 unique Apps generated by 1,700 users.

Numbers speak themselves about how hard is the battle for users, with more than half of the Apps of the sample having only 1 user.

  • 1% of the Apps of the sample where installed in only 1 out of the 1,700 devices
  • 3% of the Apps of the sample where installed in only 10 or less out of the 1,700 devices

Google and Facebook own us

  • The three most popular non-Google Apps were part of Facebook. Facebook (84.8%), WhatsApp (76.14%) and Messenger (74.25%). And Instagram (51.9%) was the fifth most poplar App
  • The most popular Apps were Google Apps such as Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Drive etc., all being installed on close to 100% of the users. A bit obvious since Staytuned is Android only, although they are not always installed in devices with older Android versions)

I will be writing a series of posts like this one with some the relevant information from our learning, such as engagement metrics and mobile behavior in terms of context.

Stay tuned for more

Alex

 

Here is an infographic for all of you who prefer graphics instead of text:

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Vatsalya Ahuja

The summer of 2015 might as well be a career-defining month for me

Experience of an intern at Staytuned – Vatsalya Ahuja

Having always been interested and enthusiastic about the start up world and an avid Peter Thiel follower, I applied to various startups for the position of a software engineer intern. And boy, was I fortunate to get noticed by Bernhard of Staytuned Inc. on AngelList. After a personal interview at Starbucks, Bangalore and a rigorous technical test, I landed myself a month long internship at Staytuned Inc..

Cut to first day at work; It was an ideal start. Bernhard introduced me to Sachin, the CTO and Abhishek, a full time employee. I also had a Skype chat with Alex, the CEO.I was introduced to the platform we would use to coordinate our activities and was handed over my task for the month-A notifications module based for the flagship Staytuned App.

What followed was 30 days of intense work, excitement and learning. Saying that Sachin is a tech genius would be an understatement. He helped me immensely during work and even otherwise. Bernhard and Alex, on the other hand, have impeccable management abilities and were stern when needed and fun otherwise. Couple that with their knack to spot the tiniest of bugs flawlessly, and you get a team that is destined to succeed.

Abhishek was fun to work with too. We enjoyed working together and helped and accompanied each other quite well.

One thing that amazed me was their work ethic, commitment and the strive for quality. The amount of hours that they put in everyday was astounding. That really motivated me to give in my 100% too.

But most of all, all them are unassuming and fun to work with. There obviously was pressure and deadlines to adhere to; but they also made it a point to acknowledge my good work and keep me motivated.

All in all, that one-month was a complete experience, there were happy moments, tense moments and a lingering satisfaction of doing productive work that I am sure would be on millions of smartphones soon. The only thing missing was probably that beer we could never get hold of..:p..

I hope I get to work with all of them in the future too.

Cheers

Vatsalya Ahuja

Yota Devices Partners with Staytuned to Provide Users with a Personalized Smart App Concierge

Virtual Assistants Will Become a Crucial Interface to Apps

It is expected that by 2017, consumers will use virtual assistants as the interface to 50% of their mobile apps for ease of use and have the potential to become to apps what search has been for web, according to predictions by Gartner.

BARCELONA, Spain. – Mar 06, 2015 – Yota Devices, the developer of YotaPhone, the world’s first dual-screen mobile phone, and Staytuned, the developer of an automated virtual assistant for apps, announced a partnership agreement to develop Staytuned’s app concierge solution for YotaPhone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (See Yota’s press release here).

At first glance, YotaPhone has the appearance of a normal smartphone, but its back always-on electronic paper display (EPD) make it one the most innovative and disruptive smartphones in the market and opens up possibilities for unique applications and new ways to use the device.

Staytuned’s app concierge will add context awareness to YotaPhone by automatically organizing the user’s apps and displaying the most relevant apps and services, depending on where they are, time and personal habits.  The solution learns from the user behavior in different contexts and is able to predict the user needs, providing a real-time personalized mobile experience.

Smartphone users have more than 50 apps on average, making it hard to efficiently use and obtain the benefits of the apps. Staytuned solution learns from the user’s behavior and eliminates the process of repeatedly searching for apps and information.

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“Our smartphones know whether we are driving, at the office, at home, traveling or walking in the city. We believe that our smartphones should use this information to provide users with what they need, when they need it” – Alejandro Garcia Del Bosque, CEO of Staytuned.

With Staytuned’s solution, Yota will incorporate a dynamic user interface into its EPD that adapts to the user’s needs and is many times helpful even without the user’s interaction. Some examples are automatically displaying loyalty programs at physical locations of merchants, closest public transportation stations, and upcoming departures, among others.

Staytuned Demo YotaPhone

“Staytuned and our “always on” EPD will take personalization & awareness of your most important apps and services to the next level on YotaPhone” – Matthew Kelly, Head of Global Alliances & Managing Director, Americas.

The solution will offer a new kind of mobile experience designed to make the user interface of smartphones dynamic, adapting to the user’s lifestyle, so that users can get more out of their smartphones in fewer steps.

About Yota Devices:  Yota Devices is a private international company dedicated to the development and production of high-tech consumer LTE electronics such as smartphones, modems, and routers. Its latest product, YotaPhone 2, is the world’s first “two-fronts” smartphone with the Yota Always-On Display. Yota has been recognised for its innovation with numerous awards at GSM Mobile World Congress 2014 and the Golden Lion in the Innovations category at the international festival Cannes Lions. The company has offices in Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America. Please visit the company website for more information: http://www.yotaphone.com and CEO’s Facebook account https://www.facebook.com/VladislavMartynovrus

 About Staytuned:  Staytuned is a Palo Alto-based technology company developing an automated virtual assistant for apps, which provides users with accurate and fast access to relevant apps and services. The patent-pending solution learns from the user behavior, hardware, location, as well as other factors and dynamically changes the user interface of smartphones to provide users with a personalized and context-aware mobile experience. The company was founded in 2014 and is backed by Plug & Play Tech Center, where it was part of their Startup Camp acceleration program. For additional information please visit www.staytunedapp.com

Media Contact:
Alejandro Garcia Del Bosque
CEO & Co-founder
alex@staytunedapp.com
+1 (650) 387-0163

First of all, thank you very much for your amazing feedback….

Last week was one of the most exciting weeks in Staytuned history so far. Android Community has featured our app in a basic post just saying that Staytuned landed on Google Play.

First we thought “Very cool, but probably not a big deal” but then out of a sudden we saw this post picking up and people downloaded the app more than a 1000 times on that day.

This was very exciting, the first “real” proof that people want this! Just think about how many people are a thousand – well, a thousand is definitely enough for a big party 😉

But the fact is, that like everybody always says, there are many highs and lows when running your own company.

Android development is very demanding because there are so many different models and devices out there. Every single one them with a different screen size, different resolution, different services, different functionalities or all together.

So what happened is that the first review came in – 1 star –

“So broken – This is so broken it not only doesn’t work properly but it causes my stock lock settings to not work if I turn Staytuned off. Uninstall”

This came like a shock because it runs pretty good on all of our devices. But very soon we realized that this is exactly the kind of feedback that we need at the current stage of our company. We want to deliver the best experience and we can only make the app better when we know what does not work properly. Still, It doesn’t feel good to know that we’ve lost an excited user and that we will probably have a hard time to get him back (if we ever get him back).

Then, the second review came in…

And like the saying goes, if you keep giving your best, you’ll get your reward after a few bumps in the road. 5 stars!!!

“Nice and not complicated – Happy to see that you chose tech over animations. Tired of too many apps that focuses only on the animation”

Nothing more to say!

We started answering to all these people, thanking them for taking the time and providing us with valuable feedback. We are constantly inviting our users to join our Super Users Community, where we discuss bugs and future development features. All of our users can become part of the making of Staytuned. Actually, a lot of the users who reported bugs in the first time and gave us bad reviews are now amongst the most active super users –

Another review said:

“like the concept – even if It force-closes quite often and obviously a lot of features are still work-in-progress. I would like to see the polished version of this lockscreen app :)” (4 stars) .

And now we are hooked – we want more of this feedback! We reached out to every single person who downloaded our app (we are sorry if you found our emails annoying) to get more feedback on what they like and what is not working (yet!). Again, the response rate was amazing and this just encourages us to keep working until we deliver the best smartphone experience to all of you.

We could’ve share this since long time ago (not that it’s a secret), but this day the words came to life:

Startups are always a kind of roller coaster, sometimes it goes up and sometimes it goes down, but it is always lots of fun. And even more fun with great company on the way!!!

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Finally we really want to say it once again: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR AMAZING FEEDBACK – WE APPRECIATE EVERY SINGLE LINE OF TEXT, EVERY SINGLE SECOND IT TAKES YOU TO HELP US GETTING A BETTER SOLUTION OUT THERE!

So throw your hand in the air with us and enjoy what is coming up –

Ps – if you are reading this and haven’t downloaded our app, waste no more time.

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Get it and join our Super Users Community.

 

Bernhard
bernhard@staytunedapp.com 

Staytuned graduates from Plug and Play Accelerator

Season 1 of our own Silicon Valley series is over – Staytuned for more…

Last week was a bit more hectic than usual. We participated at the Demo Day from the Fall 2014 Expo from Plug and Play and it was our graduation from a 10-week acceleration program called Startupcamp (which is part of Plug and Play). In case you haven’t seen it, have a look at our pitch.

 

Time flies by…

It fells like time flies by, while at the same time, it feels like ages. Last week was the ninth month after I left my job at the German Accelerator to start working full time on Staytuned and it has been quite an exciting ride.

In the last nine months, we pitched our idea all over the world (literally, I was in India, Germany, Mexico and the US). And by the way, the idea has evolved quite a lot, but everybody knows that’s fairly common with startups. Even while the idea has evolved, our motivation remains the same: we want to make people’s usage of mobile phones more intuitive and efficient. We believe that our mobile phones are one of the most powerful tools in our life and it should be easy for people to make the most out of them.

The past months have been a continuous learning process, involving all kind of things such as finding a cofounder, pitching your idea, incorporating feedback, learning from mistakes and sometimes learning to be confident about your idea even while some people might not see its potential.

Demo Day was a great opportunity to show people what we’ve been working on over the last few months and we are quite happy with the outcome. Staytuned received a lot of interest from attendees of the event, including potential investors and partners. Like the name says it, Demo Day was just one day and now the next season of our story begins (even though there was never really a break). We keep working day and night to make Staytuned every time better and keep up the progress of our company.

Our official time at the accelerator might be over, but this is just the ending of the season and the beginning of the next one. The knowledge and connections that we acquired in the last months will always be part of Staytuned.

Staytuned's Team at the Fall 2014 Plug and Play Expo

It feels great to look back and see what we’ve achieved, but the best feeling is that there is no day that we don’t wake up excited about what’s to come. We’ve managed to build a team of 5 and got 3 great advisors onboard. We also received our first external investment (besides our savings), which was part of the Startupcamp acceleration program. Now we are on a closed beta and getting ready to launch our product soon!

Staytuned for more…

The DEV perspective of an early stage startup

Being the product developers for Staytuned is no easy labor, we had to adapt really fast to changes and hear questions like “How hard is it for you to write an Operating System?” But it is an experience every developer in the world NEEDS to have.

While it is a hard experience in which you will face a lot of challenges, it is also an opportunity to create your own product and most likely make some awesome friends.

So, after this killer introduction let’s cut to the chase and list the challenges and how to deal with them.

Developers working late

Casual night working late

STOP WHINING

Take this advice for life in general; but for startup world, whining and complaining people are the most annoying thing to have in your team. Thankfully at Staytuned we didn’t have to deal with this, but we saw some of this drama at Plug And Play Tech Center. Its okay to fight and having issues, but learn to understand when you are wrong, and think about the product, not about your broken ego (boo-hoo).

LISTEN TO IDEAS

As cliché as it might sound this is the truest statement I learned. The guys would just sit for hours and hours spitting ideas and ideas, hoping for us to make them work on matters of seconds. Obviously we somewhat hated it, but we do know it would’ve been impossible to get such an awesome product working without these guys! But it is not all about listening, if you just sit there and listen to what people want you to do, YOU ARE NOT DOING IT CORRECTLY and should go get a corporate job! You have to pitch your ideas to the other team members and fight for it, that is what will give you an amazing product.

SLEEP DEPRAVATION

Surely, everybody knows developers don’t get their 8 hours sleep like normal people, but if you plan to join a startup you must be ready for 3 hour or less sleep sessions before returning to the code. Not even Tank (Go watch your Matrix movie) has seen as much code as we have seen in late hours. You will get to hate your partners when they wake you up to continue working, but it is all worth it. Why? Don’t ask you will get to this parte pretty soon. Just try to stay away from caffeine, taurine, sugar and all of those keep-me-up products, only use them if you really, and I mean REALLY need them. Take sleep turns, read about Napoleons sleep habits and plan ahead.

LOVE/HATE YOUR CODE

You will be writing lines and lines of code, and you will be proud and you will destroy it faster than you debug it! You have to learn how to forget man! Let the code go for some better code will take its place. Sounds like relationship advice but it is. When I firs came to Staytuned I found a marvelous semi functional product which made me so happy and which took us about one week to completely destroy and create another different product. We created all kinds of cool features, which; guess it, we destroyed. But with each round of ideas, we would get closer and closer to what we wanted, the best version of our app by building some of the features into it and leaving some out. Be ready to pivot!

FEEDBACK, OH DEAR

Last but not least, think about what a customer’s feedback is and make it 10x worse. The guys from who you get feedback are not only testing your app, they are also helping improve it; so they don’t have as much time as we would like to write a proper feedback slate. Expect comments like “Please make this faster”, “App crashes, fix it”, “DELETE ALL BUGS”, “I don’t get why Facebook does this so easily” and so on… Bear a little patience to your favorite guys, the UI and the Business guys. They only want the best for the product and most of the time they just don’t know how to talk to us.

At the end of the day, you will feel a great satisfaction knowing that you are doing things differently; that you are not “Jack’s complete lack of surprise” (now this is Fight Club) and you are doing things in a different way. Make friends, not connections. Have fun and enjoy doing what you like the most. If you don’t like developing software, quick learning and unplanned product development please stay away from this awesome experience.

by Alan Faz

Staytuned selected as Runner-Up at the Consumer Mobile Demo Day

San Francisco September 10, 2014

Just a week before the Plug&Play Fall Expo 2014 Staytuned entered a pitch competition at the Consumer Mobile Demo Day in San Francisco. Alex, CEO of Staytuned convinced the Jury (F50 Investors) and Staytuned got selected as the Runner-Up. Have a look at the newsletter.

 

 

Watch the video of the announcement and stay tuned for more exciting updates!

How it all started…

We live and work together in Silicon Valley and like thousands of other startups, we share the dream of building a successful company. We believe that the interaction with our mobile phones could be so much better and we are building an intelligent system to make people’s mobile experience way faster and efficient.

We’ve been working on the StayTuned for almost 6 months now and even while it feels like just a few weeks, we’ve gone through a lot over the past few months. It sometimes feels like we finally made it and sometimes it feels like we haven’t even started. This mixed feelings are somewhat new and we still haven’t gotten used them.

Our story might be a little unconventional, but so are the stories of many founders in Silicon Valley. This is the place where a big chunk of the world’s innovation takes place and it is no wonder that it is crowded with immigrants, nonetheless, the story of a Mexican, a German and an Indian as cofounders together  attracts people’s attention (see our about us).

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It all started about a year and a half ago, when Alex and I met at our previous work at the German Accelerator. We had different backgrounds but we shared an interest for Silicon Valley and technology. During our work, we learned a lot about how startups are built and how the premier hub serves them to create big companies. We were really lucky to get the chance to work there and learn from the best. This was also a great opportunity to build our networks, ranging from startups, mentors, investors and all kinds of people.

After working together for some time (we were roommates at that time and still are), we felt that we are ready to take the opportunity to add something to the world and build something new. We finally decided to leave our jobs by the end of 2013 and started working on our project.

Alex has a business-oriented background, having worked as an Investment Banker immediately after his Bachelors in Financial Management & Entrepreneurship. Even with an engineering background, I also focused on a business-oriented workspace while working at the German Accelerator and lacked coding skills. All we needed to start our own startup was finding an additional cofounder with the technical skills to help us make our dream product come true, or at least that was what we thought.

Finding technical talent is probably the most heard problem among aspiring entrepreneurs. Some people believe that it is not necessary to have a technical cofounder on board and that it is enough to outsource or hire technical talent, but we strongly believe that a technical cofounder was the best option.

After a frustrating search in the Bay Area, we decided to separate with the intention of expanding our search efforts. Alex went to India with the hope to find a cofounder and I went back home to Germany. After a month, none of us was able to find the ideal candidate, and by ideal candidate I mean, a guy who had both technical skills and the social fit. Everybody talks about how hard it is to meet cofounders (specially technical) and many people relate it to finding  a wife. We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but we actually didn’t expect it to be as hard as it was.

Due to several reasons, we decided to meet in Germany and jointly go around the cities with big universities to continue our search for a cofounder. Additionally, we set our own goals for the next two months, which included developing a prototype, and get seed funding. As you can probably imagine by this point, things didn’t go exactly as planned.

The search for a technical cofounder was quite tricky, no matter the country where we were. Here are some of the most common questions/answers that we got from potential candidates:

  • How much do you pay?
  • That’s a great idea but it is too hard to built
  • Why should I need you two guys if I want built that
  •  I can earn more money when working for a corporate
  •  Let me know once you have funding

Simultaneously to our search for a technical cofounder, we were constantly pitching to angel investors and accelerators, but soon realized that a prototype was mandatory for people to even start listening to us seriously. We decided that we couldn’t waste more time by having no progress on the development of the product and that we wouldn’t let someone else (a person who was still virtually non-existent) delay us.

We decided to move forward and get our first prototype, which was not an easy task with only basic coding skills. We started talking with developers and outsourcing agencies in order to get our first prototype. This is quite an established industry, so we soon realized that there are many options to do this and that obviously they all try to maximize their return. The first quote we got was for $30k, which was clearly above of our budget (it would’ve been stupid even if we had the money).  Then we decided to go the other way around, setting a maximum budget and seeing if people would agree to do what we wanted. Our budget had a cap of $4k and even while many agencies declined us, we did manage to find several agencies and freelancers willing to do our prototype. It took us about two weeks to make a decision, but we finally got someone to do our prototype for $700. We got some really good detailed project requirements from the agencies describing exactly what our project needed, which we used for actually getting the job done by a more junior developer (a bit of a cheap move, but being cheap is always good for startups).

Getting our first prototype was cheap, but was also time consuming. Our developer was based in Indonesia and for some reason he was never available for talking on Skype (my guess is that his English was not that good and he preferred written communication). The price only included the programming; this means that we had to get the design on our own. We started to involve our Networks to help us on the things we couldn’t do at that time – Thomas (big thanks here) helped us on the first design. After almost 4 weeks of late nights of talking with our developer, drawing wireframes of how the app should look and work and great input from Thomas, we managed to get our first prototype; A PRODUCT TO SHOW TO PEOPLE.

We finally had a version to show around. The feedback from our friends and supporters was not amazing – the app itself was not adding too much value to the user and we were a little bit frustrated that we still didn’t find any potential co-founder.

So we kept on doing what we can do – Finalize the Idea and Vision and go out and pitch to everybody – literally everybody. And by doing that – the whole thing changed, and changed back again, and again to something else. But we knew we where onto something.

At one point we knew we need to either get some funding to buy the development skills or this will not work out – our opportunity costs were too high.

So we applied at all possible Incubators and Accelerators. And actually got invited to the first call and then to the pitch almost all the time. This was both a great feeling & learning and our motivation rose. Fortunately we didn’t get into any of the programs :). But at that point we almost saw things getting to an end. The feedback was always – “Who of you two is the CTO of your Tech Company” – answering this with none was always the neck breaker.

As time flew by and our prescheduled timeline seemed to exceed we got nervous – was this the end of all our efforts? Not even having something we could test in the market?

With the persistence of “We want to follow our dreams” – We broadened our search to a global extend. We posted the ad all over the internet, including sites such as AngelList and social groups. But it still seemed hard to find the right person.

What we searched:

  • A rock star developer who is capable to built one of the smartest things ever
  • Willing to relocate and leave their current thing
  • Is ready for the biggest adventure ever
  • Willing to take the risk of founding a startup
  • And can have fun with us

It was “almost” impossible

Here are some approximate numbers of what we found out of close to 500 profiles/applicants/people that contacted us:

  • 40% business developers of outsourcing app companies,
  • 33% business guys who saw the great opportunity to join a startup with a great idea in Silicon Valley
  • 12% Recent graduates with minor development backgrounds
  • 5% with great technical skills and previous experience

We started talking both with recent graduates and experienced developers, but still it seemed hard to find someone who simply felt right.

Out of all these emails and interviews, there was one email that caught our attention, were the candidate described himself as “a serious startup addicted programmer & an intrapreneur” on the first sentence. This email came from Sachin Unni, our current CTO and cofounder.

After this email, everything went perfect. We had a couple of Skype calls and everything seemed just too good to be true. There was a clear fit for the team, not just the right technical skills. The complicated part was that Sachin was based in Singapore. After lots of calls and a lot of thinking (including some technical interviews from one of our advisors), we finally decided to make an offer to Sachin to join us as a cofounder.

Sachin accepted the offer and joined us. The main question was when would he be available to relocate and his answer was quite clear –  I already started to work late nights. I have to finish things up at my current job and will need to get a Visa. After that, I’ll be wherever I need to be.

With this news Alex and me went back to Silicon Valley and activated our networks, deleted all complicated numbers from the pitch (these were mandatory for the pitches and applications in Germany) and made our vision ready for some serious SV-Pitching.

After several pitches to friendly VC’s we had our first meeting scheduled with Ali Reeza the Managing Director of Plug and Play Ventures. He directly understood the Vision, asked the right questions. We got one of the questions that had been hunting us for the last few weeks “Who is coding?”, but this time we were more prepared. Sachin had already made some progress on our prototype and had been working with us for some time. After hearing about Sachin, Alireza’s answer was – “Get me in touch with your CTO which non of you has ever met in person before. If he really exists and is at least half of what you guys are telling me – I’LL INVEST!!!” – Amazing feeling btw 😉

Long story short – everything worked out and we are now part of the startup camp at Plug and Play.

A Mexican, a German and an Indian with the startup dream in Silicon Valley. We usually joke that all of this was just like online dating ending in a marriage, but like Sachin likes to say “All things are falling into place”.

Bernhard

StayTuned gets accepted by Plug & Play Techcenter’s Startup Bootcamp

The team of StayTuned is excited to announce its acceptance into Plug and Play Summer 2014 Startup Camp. The three founders, Alejandro Garcia del Bosque, Bernhard Janke and Sachin Unni are very confident that the 10-week acceleration program in the heart of Silicon Valley will help them to reach their aspiring goals.

Let the acceleration begin!

 

The revolution of mobile news is just beginning

Mobile is taking over in many fields, one of them being the news industry. Recent studies show a significant increase in consumption of news using smartphones and tablets. This has been forcing news publishers to take mobile as a serious part of their business.

A comprehensive study conducted by the PEJ and The Economist in 2012 revealed a good amount of data about the trends in news consumption behaviors. Get the full report for free here.

Some of the interesting insights outcomes of the survey where:

  • 64% of tablet owners and 62% of smartphone owners say they use the devices for news at least weekly
  • Getting news is one of the most popular activities of smartphone users
  • There has been movement over the last year toward using the browser rather than apps for tablet news consumption
  • People notice ads on mobile devices and maybe even more likely to click on them than they are to click on other digital ads.

Smartphone News Consumption

The study also provides an insight about the different behaviors of users in different mobile channels (tablet vs smartphone). Although the user might be quite similar in some areas, there is a clear higher engagement of the user on mobile.

News Consumption Tablet vs Smartphone

We believe that this trend will remain strong in the future, that’s why we are working to make it easier for users to consume the most relevant content for them in the most efficient way.

 

How are news consumed in the US?

It is not a secret that mobile has become one of the most important channels for news consumption. This trend has been correlated to the penetration of smartphones and mobile data services. To better understand the role of mobile in news consumption, have a look at this infographic provided by Uberflip. Although this reflects consumption of news in the US, it is still quite a good indicator of the trend.

 

 

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How often do you check your phone?

Smartphones have become a part of our daily lives. They’re always with us and always connected. It is amazing how dependent we are on our devices and it is even more amazing all that we can do with them.

Here is quite an interesting graph published by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where it shows how people interact with their phones during the day

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If we have a look at the numbers, messaging and calling are still the most used functions of phones. What is also interesting, is that messaging and calling amount approximately one third of the times we check at our phones during the day. This means that two thirds of the times that we check our phones, we are doing something besides calling or messaging. This makes it clear that the usage of mobiles has become something more than just a mean for communication. This isn’t something new, but it is still quite interesting to have a look at the numbers and see how the use of smartphones have allowed the mobile industry to grow into all kind of segments.

Assuming that this numbers are accurate, this means that people check their phones 150x per day on average, which means that the phone is unlocked 150x per day. This is one of the reasons for the popularity of lock screen applications. From the app developer perspective, this is great opportunity to interact with the user and from the user perspective. The question that still remains is how can the user also benefit from this moments?

 

The numbers listed above were part of the an Internet Trends report published by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Find below the full report

Give people what they want when they want, in the form they want it

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