Mobile

WeChat Mini Program Launches at World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

WeChat Mini Program Launches at World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

Richard Whiddington, Jing Travel

As Chinese outbound travel continues to rise, this high-spending segment is increasingly appealing to destinations worldwide. Deploying WeChat, China's No. 1 superapp, may be key for travel brands and destinations looking to unlock this market.

1 month ago

Google Expands Power Over Local Discovery and Travel Tools

Google Expands Power Over Local Discovery and Travel Tools

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It will be fascinating to see whether consumers embrace booking various elements of travel using Google Assistant. Perhaps more interesting is the way that Google Maps has become an all-purpose superapp in recent years.

1 month ago

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform the World of Superapps: A Skift Deep Dive

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform the World of Superapps: A Skift Deep Dive

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Consumers in the West reach almost reflexively for the Google Maps app as the service becomes a nearly ubiquitous utility despite a dearth of messaging and payments. Whether it evolves into the next superapp may depend on whether users really want a do-everything app and the mood of regulators seeking to break up big tech.

2 months ago

SoftBank May Lose Uber Board Seats After U.S. Security Review

SoftBank May Lose Uber Board Seats After U.S. Security Review

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

It doesn’t look good for SoftBank. The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment has immense power under President Trump and has been cracking down on foreign investment. This puts overseas investors in a very uncertain position, which could lead to fewer international business deals.

2 months ago

Vista Global Buys Uber-Style Private Jet App

Vista Global Buys Uber-Style Private Jet App

Lucca de Paoli and Manus Cranny, Bloomberg

Vista is getting bigger, as more and more companies realize it’s way easier to rent a jet rather than own one outright. Now, this most recent acquisition makes booking seats even easier, but who knows if it will catch on with luxury travelers.

2 months ago

Travel Megatrends 2019: Real-World Experiences Gain Value in an Era of Tech Burnout

Travel Megatrends 2019: Real-World Experiences Gain Value in an Era of Tech Burnout

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Travel companies are honing their own technological innovations even as Silicon Valley acknowledges the dangers of tech overload. Travelers must find a balance.

3 months ago

Brits Could Lose Free Mobile Roaming When Traveling to EU

Brits Could Lose Free Mobile Roaming When Traveling to EU

Thomas Seal, Bloomberg

Brexit would have a steep price, and no longer escaping mobile roaming charges for Brits traveling to the UK, and for European Union citizens traveling to the UK, could be one of the components. Were leave voters thinking of that?

4 months ago

Hotel App Six Travel Claims to Measure the Real Influence of Influencers

Hotel App Six Travel Claims to Measure the Real Influence of Influencers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Hotels and other brands would welcome a tool that enables them to accurately tally the number of bookings that can be directly attributed to various influencers. But it remains to be seen how effectively Six Travel can deliver on its promises.

4 months ago

Berlin App Has Grand Ambitions to Handle All Transport Modes

Berlin App Has Grand Ambitions to Handle All Transport Modes

Frank Jordans, Associated Press

The app sounds like a good idea, but it remains to be seen whether all of the incumbent transit systems, with their vested interests, will hop along for the ride.

4 months ago

Expedia Winning at Mobile in Southeast Asia: New Study

Expedia Winning at Mobile in Southeast Asia: New Study

Raini Hamdi, Skift

A bigger chunk of online travel bookings will be made through mobile in Southeast Asia and players need to improve the user experience fast. Learn from Expedia, which has been anointed the guru of mobile in the region by a Google/Accenture study.

4 months ago

Uber Plans On Disrupting Itself With All Kinds of Transport

Uber Plans On Disrupting Itself With All Kinds of Transport

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

As the company prepares for its IPO, it wants investors to know that its ambitions are big. But it's hard to imagine scooters becoming wildly popular, and it's an expensive investment, especially at a time when growth of its core business is slowing.

4 months ago

How Much Longer Can Lyft Maintain Its Friendly Image?

How Much Longer Can Lyft Maintain Its Friendly Image?

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Lyft has earned a reputation for being the nice guy, but that can't last long if it wants to be number one in a cutthroat industry.

5 months ago