We're still coming down from the awesomeness of our recent Hack Week, but the projects that our devs were working on have got us thinking about the changing face of mobile technology. From our own early forays into developing a mobile-friendly app, all the way through to the innovative role of mobile at the biggest corporations in the world - here’s the best stuff that we’ve seen this week.
We're often asked if we plan to create a mobile version for FreeAgent. So we decided to take the chance during Hack Week to review how we can optimise the FreeAgent system for smartphones. Codenamed FieldAgent, the results have been pretty good so far. See the progress we’ve made on our engineering blog, along with all our other Hack Week goodies.
After Starbucks teamed up with payments app Square to manage all of its credit and debit card transactions, fast food giant McDonalds has now also muscled in on the mobile game. They're currently trialling a payment system in France, where customers use a dedicated McDonalds app to order and pay for meals - with PayPal powering all of the transactions. You may never have to use coins to buy a burger again...
Your mobile phone is great for storing information about the places you’ve been - but science is proving that it can also guess where you’re going next. Researchers have developed an algorithm that uses data on your own mobile phone - and also those of your friends’ - to predict where users will be in 24 hours: and it’s usually just 20 metres off target. That’s outstandingly accurate, and we think it could be a major milestone for the future of location-based mobile apps.
And speaking of great location-based apps, here’s a handy list from London’s Evening Standard chock-full of the best ones currently available for travellers. From phrasebooks and translators through to apps that scan your surroundings and tell you what hotels and attractions are nearby, these are resources that even the most hardened tourists and business travellers should never be without.
Think there’s some awesome mobile news that we’ve missed? Hit us up on Twitter and let us know. And have a great weekend!