Facebook, motivated by the pandemic-driven shift to ecommerce, announced new shopping destinations within its most prominent apps, which launched throughout 2020. Called Facebook Shops and Instagram Shops, these are essentially discovery pages where users can scroll through feeds of shoppable posts and make purchases without leaving the app.
AirAsia, one of the world’s largest budget airlines, is on a mission to build a regional super app. While it follows in the footsteps of titans like WeChat in China and Gojek in Southeast Asia, if AirAsia succeeds, it will blaze a path for travel and other industries not endemic to the mobile space.
As these technologies provide fitness in a gamified form, they could help provide sufficient motivation to exercise for those who tend to lead sedentary lifestyles. What’s the catch? Despite greater overall accessibility, fitness technologies like VR and workout apps require broadband connectivity. There’s a persistent digital divide, with 27.6 million in the US lacking home internet access in 2021.
The Money by Afterpay app will let customers retroactively turn a payment into installments. The soon-to-launch lifestyle and money management app includes a savings account and a physical debit card and helps users manage their BNPL payments.