Kuwaitiful got recoded from scratch, again. This time it was all about efficiency; a bulk of code has been removed including the feature that saved posts on your cache memory. You must have to be online to browse the app. The app is much more organized and less clustered. You can pick the category you want right from the menu now. Kuwaitiful on iOS got a major update recently too.
I guess this is what happens when you become successful too fast. Flappy Bird, the super addictive game which is hard play will be taken down in 10 hours by it’s developer because he can’t take it anymore, he wants his normal life back. Even though it’s estimated he’s making $50,000 ad revenue per day from the game.
The game is very popular in Kuwait right now and has been downloaded 10′s of millions of times worldwide. My recommendation is if you haven’t download the game, you should do so now because it might not see the light of day again. If you have an Android click [here], if you have an iOS click [here].
Update: As the developer promised, the app has been removed from Android and iOS stores. Although it seems to be back up on android again.
The Nexus 5 was released on October 31st without an event, it just simply popped up on Google’s Nexus page. No one knows why they didn’t make a buzz about it but I think I might. The Nexus 4 event was cancelled because of a hurricane so it was forced to be released without a big event.
The phone had crazy demand and went out of stock in minutes, it took months for Google to restock. Clearly having no event didn’t damage sales, so they decided to do the same thing for Nexus 5 I suppose. The specs were no surprise, they were leaked a long time before the release date of the device.
I was disappointed for two reasons, it looks very similar to the Nexus 4. The reason I like android is because of variety, and they sort of killed it with the Nexus 5. I wanted a completely revamped design, they barely touched the device. The second disappointment comes with the specs, they’re mid-end and not flagship material.
Has an 8 megapixel camera which I already have on my Nexus 4 and battery life hasn’t improved much, knowing my Nexus 4 battery life after a year of use it being beyond terrible. Should have called it Nexus 4S. I decided not to grab one, instead I ordered an LG G2, I loved the device after writing a full review about it.
There is one situation where I would recommend the Nexus 5. If you’re looking for a clean Android and have a low-budget of around KD 100 then I would highly recommend this device, it’s the best device you can ever get based on its price.
Nexus 5 got released a few hours ago, I’ll have a separate post on that explaining why I didn’t get one and which Android device I got instead. Something that has been awaited for years on Android are Emoji’s, many have complained to me about this as the only Emoji’s were on Whatsapp and could not be used on instagram. While browsing Android 4.4 new features this one popped up and the only thing that popped in my mind was “it’s about time”.[Link]
Nice to see someone is finally bringing a hackathon event to Kuwait. For those that don’t know what it is, it actually has little to do with hacking and more to do with innovation. Zain are looking for developers that can make an app which lets users pay products and services without entering credit card information, rather using their phone’s credit/bill. Details can be found [here].
- 1st Place: $10,000
- 2nd Place: $4,000
- 3rd Place: $1,000
I’ve been using the local app Next Payments for well over two months now. People seem to confuse it for a telecom payment app when it’s actually much bigger than that. It’s a payment solution, you have cash, KNET and then you have Next Payments. The app basically lets you pay with your phone.
They use a token based system. The merchant will have Next Business and you will have Next Pay that’s available on [Android] and [iOS]. The merchant will enter your bill and will get a 4 digit number, that number you input in your app and it will show you the bill. All you need to do after that is click on pay.
The video above demonstrates what I just explained. You add credit to your Next Payments account using KNET. You can only use the app in eligible stores, there were a few when I wrote about the app 6 months ago. They have now more than tripled their [directory] adding Caribou and Smashburger to name some big ones.
I was pretty excited when the app got released so I downloaded the keyboard. I wrote about the new technology a few months back but I guess it’s not for me. Those that type in English and Arabish will have a very hard time with the keyboard but those who only type in English will type much faster after getting use to the app.[Android]
I am looking forward to what Minuum will be used with however, things like watches or even sunglasses. Everything can be used as a keyboard, it’s just a matter of how. Who knows, maybe one day it will be used as the keyboard to use while driving.
Android Central managed to leak an image of what the landing page of BBM on Android would look like on BlackBerry’s website. All rumours are pointing to the app launching on both Google Play and Apple’s App Store very soon. I don’t think it will replace WhatsApp in Kuwait but I do think it will have a strong market penetration with time. Ex-BlackBerry users do miss the app.
Click [here] to sign up with BlackBerry, they’ll email you once the app is available.