So, we’ve made it to the halfway point of 2017! It’s been an extraordinary six months, a whirlwind of amazing activity. We’re mostly unscathed, and our ambition for the rest of the year is just as bold. We’ll be out to celebrate six months of success shortly, but for now let's take a look at the most interesting communications tech news from around the traps this week.
Google spoke to Computerworld about the rise of the web app, and the technology that’s seeing more companies moving back to the web, making web apps as good, and network-independent, as native mobile apps.
The Australian Financial Review reported that Westpac’s mobile banking customers won’t be able to make payments while they’re in popular chat apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat and WeChat anymore. The short lived ‘Westpac Keyboard’ was banned by Apple and speculation by industry insiders is, of course, that Apple intends to launch its own payments keyboard.
According to iTnews, an emergency call-based location solution is being proposed to pinpoint emergency callers to Australia’s Triple Zero (000) service by using their mobile phones. The advanced mobile location (AML) technology is capable of sending accurate location-based tracking data to emergency services. Unfortunately, it’s currently only available for Andriod. That leaves 40 percent of mobile phones across the country unable to be tracked.
Our very own VP for Asia and global channels, and all-round nice guy, Andrew Fry, offers up his advice to retailers across Asia on using mobile engagement. Check out his piece in Retail in Asia for all the tips and tricks to not only improve the customer experience but grow sales.
That’s it from us. We wish you a happy Fourth of July weekend in the US and a fiscally responsible end of financial year for all our friends in Australia.