Google Play saw more downloads in the first half of the year, but Apple's App Store posted nearly double the revenue, at $22.6 billion globally, Sensor Tower reports. The App Store, however, has several advantages, including its presence in China and the fact that Android apps are available in venues other than Google Play.
Image thumbnails are showing up more often in Google mobile searches, rising on July 13 from 15.7% of all mobile page-one search results containing image thumbnails to 44.5%, according to RankRanger. The rise comes after years of testing by Google, which now appears committed to the feature, writes Barry Schwartz.
Noonlight, a personal safety app developer formerly known as SafeTrek, is working on connecting with more gadget markets to expand its offering into devices such as smart speakers and other smart home devices. The company has several agreements to integrate its offerings, including with Amazon, Google, Nest, Canary and Biostrap.
Several global operators had to reconsider their supply networks following the US trade ban on China-based ZTE. Some operators considered using more suppliers to avoid issues that could be created when a single supplier is banned.
A McDonald's location in the Knoxville, Tenn., area held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday to celebrate technological upgrades at the eatery and 17 others in the area. New tech tools include self-order kiosks and mobile-ordering and payment options offered through the McDonald's app.
An Australian build-your-own bowl and burrito concept called Hey Zeus will open its first US location in Spokane, Wash., by the end of 2018. The restaurant has no front of house employees and relies on kiosks to create a cashless restaurant experience.
The restaurant industry scored nearly 2% higher on the American Customer Satisfaction Index this year thanks in part to technologies such as automated kiosks and mobile ordering. Acceptance of these more common types of consumer-facing restaurant technologies is gaining ground among consumers of all ages, according to the National Restaurant Association's 2017 State of the Industry Report, which found that 1 in 3 customers surveyed said they're using more restaurant tech now compared with two years ago.
Restaurant software creator Toast raised $115 million during its latest funding round, bringing the Boston-based startup's total valuation to $1.4 billion. The company, which works with eateries including Jamba Juice, B.GOOD and Dos Toros Taqueria, will use the funding for hiring as well as research and development, CEO Chris Comparato said.
JUST is preparing for a wider roll-out of its Just Egg vegan alternative to scrambled eggs made with a mung bean protein isolate. San Francisco's Flore eatery and Equinox Restaurant in Washington, D.C., offer the vegan scramble, and JUST partnered with Veggie Grill to offer the egg substitute in a breakfast burrito along with vegan chorizo and dairy-free cheese.