Better communication between applications will improve the mobile experience. In the past several months, Google, Apple and Facebook have announced deep-linking initiatives that vary based on company goals. In this article we’ll discuss the motivations behind them and a brief technical overview of each solution.
Facebook introduced App Links, an open, cross-platform solution for application-to-app linking, at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco April 30, and the social network announced in a developer blog post Tuesday that more than 1 billion unique App Links have been enabled by mobile developers, adding that App Links can now be used in mobile app ads through Preferred Marketing Developers.
Two weeks ago, Facebook announced App Links, a proposed standard for routing traffic between mobile applications. If the app developer community adopts the App Links standard, there will finally be a cross-platform standard for linking between apps. It will also help drive significant new revenue for Facebook’s ad products.
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and in the case of deep links within applications, App Links, an open, cross-platform solution for app-to-app linking introduced by Facebook at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday, bypasses mobile browsers as part of its straight line.
Spotify‘s Facebook application has been topping AppData‘s leaderboards for some time now. It’s the top gainer this week in monthly active users, accumulating almost 1.4 million new MAUs. Spotify has more than 32 million MAUs, and its daily active user/MAU engagement has increased 5 percent in the past week.
King.com leads the pack when it comes to the top Facebook developers. According to AppData, the social gaming company had an average of 93.5 million daily active users, giving it more than 23 percent of the market in March. Microsoft had about 26.6 million DAUs in the same time frame, with nearly 7 percent of the market. It was followed by Zynga (18.2 million DAUs), Spotify (12.4 million), and Supercell (11.3 million).
Mornings just got a little more social on ABC, as “Good Morning America” introduced its #socialsquare, a digital expansion of its Times Square studio, describing it as “the new social nerve center” for the broadcast.
AppData announced Friday that its data are reporting King.com‘s ascendance. Although we called into question the sustainability of the developer and its most popular game, the data indicate that King.com is not a one-hit wonder.
Facebook and its Parse cloud-application platform are set to invade Austin, Texas, for South By Southwest, complete with the Parse + Facebook ice cream truck, and the social network published a schedule of Facebook and Parse SXSW events and talks in a post on its developer blog.
It’s year in review time at Facebook, and Pope Francis donned the crown as the most-talked-about person or event globally, while Super Bowl XLVII took home the U.S. trophy, according to data released by the social network Monday.