This Week in Mobile - August 25, 2017

With vacation season winding down and school starting back up, mobile news has admittedly been a little slow the past few weeks. In many parts of the U.S., though, kids are back in the classroom and we adults are putting our noses back to the grindstone. Here in Austin, TX (Kony’s corporate headquarters), we’re bracing for rain from Hurricane Harvey and keeping everyone down on the Texas coast in our thoughts.

That being said, let’s dive into This Week in Mobile. And maybe keep an umbrella handy.

Here are the best hurricane-tracking weather apps for when Harvey comes knocking - FastCompany, August 25, 2017
Hurricane Harvey is bearing down on the Texas coast and people are battening their hatches, looking for flashlight batteries, and stockpiling supplies. If you want to track the hurricane, these apps are your best bet.

Majority of U.S. consumers still download zero apps per month, says comScore - TechCrunch, August 25, 2017
Apps are dominating consumers’ digital media habits, but getting people to try new ones is still a tough sell. That’s the latest from comScore’s newly released 2017 U.S. Mobile Apps Report, which finds that 57 percent of consumers’ time spent using digital media is now taking place in mobile apps. Of that, 50 percent is occurring in smartphone apps versus only 7 percent for apps on tablets.

3 Ways Companies Are Building a Business Around AI - HBR, August 23, 2017
There is no argument about whether artificial intelligence (AI) is coming. It is here, in automobiles, smartphones, aircraft, and much else.

Global wearables market to grow 17% in 2017, 310M devices sold, $30.5BN revenue: Gartner - TechCrunch, August 24, 2017
Analyst Gartner is expecting to see growth of 16.7 per cent, year-over-year, across the global wearables market this year, which encompasses a variety of device types and form factors — from smartwatches to body-worn cameras and even head-mounted displays.

Android Oreo vs iOS 11: What’s different and what’s the same? - TechCrunch Mobile, August 21, 2017
Google just announced Android Oreo and it packs a handful of new features. Some are at the system level and speed up the system and extend the battery life, while others are features that will change the way users interact with their phone. A lot of these features should be familiar to iPhone and iPad owners. Normally Apple is the one accused of copying Android, but for Android Oreo, Google lifted a handful of features straight from iOS, while a couple of new functions are hitting Android before iOS.

Banks are more worried about Amazon and Facebook than actualfintechstartups - Mashable, August 22, 2017
Fintech startups are trying to disrupt banking. Turns out, their efforts aren’t really what have major banks worried.

Build and deploy apps with a mobile app development platform - TechTarget, August 21, 2017
Mobile app dev platforms are comprehensive tools that let organizations build, test and manage mobile apps, which can help to streamline operations and control costs.