The hottest Mobile Apps Substack posts right now

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@andrewchen 3215 implied HN points 06 May 24
  1. Offline experiences take more intent and time, while online experiences are convenient but ephemeral.
  2. Tech products need to provide value quickly to retain users in a dopamine-driven culture.
  3. The culture of product management in tech is geared towards constant incremental progress to meet short-term goals.
Big Technology 18639 implied HN points 12 Jan 24
  1. WhatsApp is experiencing significant growth in the United States, with a 9% increase in daily users in 2023.
  2. Many Americans are now turning to WhatsApp as their go-to messaging app, avoiding the blue vs. green bubble debate.
  3. This surge in popularity is attributed to the influence of Tim Cook and strategic planning efforts.
Jacob’s Tech Tavern 1304 HN points 27 Nov 23
  1. The idea for the app came from the author's toddler's fascination with planes, leading to the creation of a radar app.
  2. The app was built to be engaging and fun for kids, with features like showing nearby flights and being oriented correctly.
  3. The author went through user testing with their toddler to ensure the app was enjoyable and successful before launching it on the App Store.
Console 472 implied HN points 01 Jan 24
  1. The post features coolest open source projects of the week, including mobile apps, music streaming, React, and other software.
  2. Projects like Inure, Plasmic, and Dockge showcase innovative solutions and technologies in the open-source community.
  3. BlackHole, Twenty, and Plate are examples of projects with significant stars and potential impact, like a music player app, a modern alternative to Salesforce, and a rich-text editor for React.
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The Superteam Blog 137 implied HN points 04 Feb 24
  1. The newsletter celebrates Superteam members' achievements like projects hitting milestones and generating revenue.
  2. Community members contributed to ecosystem through code and content in areas like developer tooling and content creation.
  3. Updates on projects shipped in January include Proto App, Saganize SDK, and Little Unusual, highlighting key milestones and activities.
First 1000 1041 implied HN points 28 Feb 23
  1. Let the 1% help you build, they're probably more willing than you think
  2. Reward the 9% for their efforts, they just want to know they'll be recognized
  3. Make the 90% feel something, sometimes emotion is more powerful than utility
Substack Blog 748 HN points 11 Apr 23
  1. Substack Notes is a new space for sharing short-form content and connecting with other writers and readers on the Substack platform.
  2. Notes can help writers grow their audience and revenue by sharing links, images, quick thoughts, and snippets from Substack posts.
  3. Writers can use Notes to recommend others' work, share commentary and inspiration, 'restack' a quote, and provide a behind-the-scenes look into their content.
Ivy’s Substack 4 HN points 06 May 24
  1. The problem with addiction algorithms on mobile is that social media apps are designed to trap users into endless scrolling by suggesting related content, locking you into an addictive experience.
  2. One solution to combat addiction algorithms on mobile is to use a mobile browser with add-ons like UBlock Origin which allows for customization to block specific elements on websites, helping users control their usage.
  3. By using customized filters with add-ons on a mobile browser, like Firefox with UBlock Origin, it's possible to block specific elements on websites like Reddit and Instagram, effectively reducing addictive behaviors and shifting focus to other activities.
Jacob’s Tech Tavern 16 HN points 19 Feb 24
  1. The app's creator derived inspiration for the 2FA app from spotting interesting patterns in the codes, like counting sequences and repeated numerical patterns.
  2. The concept was proven through a proof of concept demonstrating local code generation and push notifications for rare interesting codes.
  3. The app development process included tackling challenges like storing multiple 2FA accounts securely, implementing interestingness features, and improving performance with optimized processing tasks and notifications.
Thoughts 19 implied HN points 30 Oct 23
  1. The concept of using AI to describe images has evolved over the years, from human-powered descriptions to ML-based automated descriptions.
  2. The Implai app takes image descriptions a step further by adding enhancements or filters, providing a new way to share 'text photos'.
  3. Users can create 'text photos' with descriptions and apply 'tilters' to enhance the appearance before sharing and engaging with others in the app.
Tigerfeathers! 15 implied HN points 09 Mar 23
  1. Sri Mandir is a startup creating an app aimed at transforming devotion for smartphone users in India.
  2. The app combines traditional practices with modern technology, making it nostalgic yet innovative.
  3. Sri Mandir's success highlights the significant market for religious products and the potential for growth and impact in faith-tech industry.
Jacob’s Tech Tavern 1 HN point 04 Mar 24
  1. Testing on a real device to identify user-facing problems is crucial for improving app performance.
  2. Profiling the app using Instruments to identify bottlenecks and implementing targeted code improvements based on the findings can significantly enhance performance.
  3. Improving processing speed, utilizing parallelism, and optimizing code to run earlier during app launch are key strategies for enhancing the performance of Swift apps.
AI Brews 2 HN points 07 Jul 23
  1. Microsoft Research introduces a novel generative model that can create any combination of output from any input modalities.
  2. MoonlanderAI launches a generative AI platform for building immersive 3D games using text descriptions.
  3. Bark on Discord now provides text-to-audio capabilities, offering realistic multilingual speech and various audio outputs.
The journey of a solopreneur (by David Journeypreneur) 0 implied HN points 03 Jan 24
  1. Converting a website to an Android app enhances user experience, expands reach, and boosts engagement and loyalty.
  2. Consider custom app development or no-code app builders like for conversion.
  3. offers a user-friendly interface, no coding knowledge requirement, quick conversion, design templates, and affordable pricing.
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends 0 implied HN points 19 Mar 15
  1. Explaining the magic of Google Autocomplete: It's more than what Google initially envisioned and keeps things quirky. Let's keep Autocomplete weird.
  2. How Larry King tweets: He uses a flip phone, calls an assistant to transcribe, and claims to tweet daily. A unique approach to social media.
  3. Effects of Internet trends: Punctuation-less humor is catching on, but it might not be everyone's cup of tea. Trends in online communication evolve quickly.
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends 0 implied HN points 16 Dec 14
  1. The resurgence of chat rooms online has significance beyond nostalgia, serving as an intimate space amidst public-facing social web and surveillance concerns.
  2. Even years after unintentionally gaining fame for 'restoring' a fresco, Cecilia Gimenez remains a notable figure and a hero in her internet-famous town.
  3. Questions about preloaded apps on phones raise reflections on modern tech values, like why certain apps are considered essential while others can be deleted.
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends 0 implied HN points 25 Sep 14
  1. Researchers tracked tweets before and after breakups, revealing funny, sad, and typical youth behaviors.
  2. 4chan's mysterious activities include leaking nudes and convincing people to nuke iPhones.
  3. North Korea's controlled national intranet operates secretly and humorously, with notable features like enlarged fonts for Kim Jong Un's name.
Venture Prose 0 implied HN points 29 Jul 16
  1. Key elements for a successful mobile consumer app include product-market fit, positive virality rate, and retention over time.
  2. To succeed, a mobile app must provide utility, become a regular part of users' lives, and foster a sense of community.
  3. Building a mobile consumer app involves creating great UI/UX, ensuring quick user benefit discovery, and connecting users for interaction and engagement.
Cybervelia 0 implied HN points 17 May 23
  1. Testing an IoT app without checking its BLE communication can be a missed opportunity.
  2. Reverse engineering an app involves dissecting core components like device name, service discovery, and behavioral analysis.
  3. Understanding how to create a fake device, connect it to the app, and analyze exchanged data can reveal valuable insights in app testing.