Google boosts app store success by installing apps without the store

Bango is obsessed with app store billing optimization – leveraging mobile innovations to simplify the payment experience, boost spend and increase customer engagement. We are therefore delighted to learn that Google is streamlining their Android app discovery and installation process.

Recent reports state that Google is rolling out the ability to install apps from search results on their Android smartphone – without requiring the user to go into the Google Play store. This immediately removes friction from the process to provide a better user experience. The payment mechanism remains unchanged, offering the exact same payment options and flow as the app store without the need to step outside of the search results.  Continue reading

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Bloomberg interview with Bango’s Ray Anderson

Ray Anderson on Bloomberg

Bango CEO, Ray Anderson sat down with Guy Johnson on Bloomberg Television’s “The Pulse” at the end of December for an interview titled, “Bringing Back ‘Crazy Frog’ Personalization in Tech”. Watch the video here.

Ray discusses how 2015 saw Bango grow end user spend by 100%, build momentum in emerging markets and pioneer the industry by launching Google Play in Africa.

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Announcement: Bango expands collaboration with Microsoft

Bango has expanded its agreement and integration with Microsoft Corp. to deliver carrier-billed payments across Windows 10 devices. As a result, charging payments to the user’s phone bills will become available to Windows Store customers.

With more than 110 million devices running Windows 10, consumers are using the Windows Store to acquire a vast range of applications and entertainment content that can be used across devices. For the first time, customers running Windows 10 on a PC or tablet will now be able to buy digital content by charging the costs to their mobile phone bill.

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Announcement: Placing and Notice of General Meeting

Bango plc announces a placing of 12,222,222 new ordinary shares at 90 pence per share to raise approximately £11 million

The Placing comprises an initial placing of 944,000 new ordinary shares of 20 pence each (“Ordinary Shares”) (the “First Tranche Placing”) and a placing of a further 11,278,222 new Ordinary Shares (the “Second Tranche Placing”). The new Ordinary Shares proposed to be issued pursuant to the First Tranche Placing are expected to be admitted to trading on AIM on 16 November 2015 and the new Ordinary Shares proposed to be issued pursuant to the Second Tranche Placing are expected to be admitted to trading on AIM on 1 December 2015.

Read the associated Circular to Shareholders here

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Recent article about iTunes carrier billing on O2 Germany

Bango was asked to comment on an article in TechCrunch about use of DCB for iTunes in Germany.

We cannot comment on Apple’s expansion of support for carrier billing, other than to say we are delighted that Apple is extending the use of direct carrier billing following last years support for iTunes voucher sales.

Other app stores, including Google, Amazon, BlackBerry and Microsoft, have found carrier billing to be a successful payment method and  have gradually expanded its availability. We expect  that Apple will see success by increasing its paying customer base through carrier billing and follow a similar path.

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Mark Rosten joins Bango as SVP Development

Mark-RostenBango is delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Rosten to its senior management team, in the role of Senior Vice President of Development. Mark is leading technology innovation and product delivery for Bango as demand for the Bango Payment Platform continues to grow, driven by app stores expanding the roll out of carrier billing to their customers worldwide.

Mark has over 25 years’ experience in developing and leading strategic initiatives for technology companies. He has an extensive background in the systematic delivery of software and critical projects. Most recently, as E.U. Director of Product Development at GHX Europe, he designed and implemented their mission critical B2B transaction platform, becoming the market leader for the UK healthcare market. Building on that success he deployed solutions for European-wide medical device manufacturers, defining the standard for a global business rules platform. Continue reading

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Progressive Equity Research Report; The Mobile App Store Marketplace: Direct Carrier Billing

Progressive Equity research has released a report on the mobile app store marketplace, with direct carrier billing as its main focus.

The report provides an in depth view of the carrier billing app store environment, including; market share, competitive positioning as well as the overall opportunity that carrier billing represents as a standalone payment method, stating;

“We believe DCB represents a rapidly growing sub-sector of the mobile payments market, driven by the increasing numbers of apps available on the respective stores”

The report’s findings place Bango as the leader of carrier billing within the marketplace suggesting “The market is dominated by one player – Bango, achieving a share of over 40% of the total market.”

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Announcement: Interim Results

Bango today announces its unaudited Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2015.

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Announcement: Google Play launches first carrier billing in Africa as Telkom SA deploys Bango Payment Platform

Combination of huge Android growth and the #1 carrier billing platform opens-up app store experience to all Telkom SA customers

Bango, and Telkom South Africa, have partnered to launch carrier billing in Google Play, a first for Africa. Telkom SA is using the Bango Payment Platform to provide the service to its Android customers, giving them access to a universal payment method to fully enjoy the app store experience.

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To break into the mainstream sometimes it’s best to go underground

Amazon Underground, the new app for Android smartphones, offers a selection of apps, games and in-app content, all for free. It is designed to break Amazon into the mainstream on Android smartphones by increasing store distribution and customer acquisition. Consequently it means even greater choice on the Android platform.

Major app stores like Google Play dominate the mobile ecosystem. Google regulations state that all digital media and apps should use the store payment system to bill for digital goods using credit cards or carrier billing. With Android accounting for 78% of all smartphones shipped worldwide in Q1 2015 (IDC), Continue reading

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