Mobile Category: Mobile

Estonian Taxify enters Ukrainian taxi market

Taxify, an Estonian copycat of Uber, started operating in Ukraine last month, reported Ukrainian high tech blog AIN.UA. The service has already enrolled 20 drivers to offer rides in Kyiv (Kiev) after training at Taxify’s office.

While Taxify’s user interface and pricing are identical to those of Uber, the Estonian service takes a 15% commission fee on rides, well below Uber’s 25%.

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All iPhone 7 owners in Ukraine are criminals, says head of Ukraine’s fiscal service

Head of Ukraine’s Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov said on Sept. 27 that all the iPhones 7 that are found in Ukraine have been smuggled into the country.

“If you see someone with an iPhone 7, you can tell those people that they are criminals,” Nasirov said at the Cabinet of Ministers’ meeting.

According to him, for the last two weeks, the customs officers have focused on looking particularly for Apple electronics on the border, and especially iPhone 7, their latest smartphone released on Sept. 7.

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Ukrainian-founded Allset secures $2.35 million from Ukrainian and American investors

Earlier this week Allset, a mobile app helping restaurants cut dining time in half by allowing customers to pre-order their meals, has secured a $2.35 million seed round.

The roud was led by New York-based venture capital firm Metamorphic Ventures with participation from Andreessen Horowitz and FJ Labs as well as previous investors Alexander Chernyak, a startup entrepreneur operating in the USA, Russia and Ukraine, and Andriy Dovzhenko from Kyiv (Kiev)-based SMRK VC Fund.

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Horizon Capital becomes majority shareholder in Ukrainian telecom operator

Last week Horizon Capital, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based private equity fund manager, announced that it had increased its stake in Datagroup, a major Ukrainian independent telecom operator, from significant minority to over 70%. Horizon Capital will assume operational control of the company.

When contacted by Ukraine Digital News, the fund declined to disclose any further details.

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Ukrainian railways company to sell tickets via smartphone app

Ukraine’s state railway network administrator, Ukrzaliznytsia, plans to develop its own mobile application to sell train tickets, its chief executive officer has announced.

CEO Wojciech Balczun said during an Aug. 10 meeting with representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce that Ukrzaliznytsia plans to launch an Android app to selling railway tickets by the end of 2016, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

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Ukrainian startup Roopor turns heads at Publicis contest, receives €100,000 in funding

Roopor, a project developed by Ukrainian digital marketing agency, is among the 90 winners out of 6,000 applicants to Publicis90. This global innovation contest was organized in late June by the French advertising and PR giant.

The startup was the only awarded project coming from Central and Eastern Europe.

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Uber launches in Ukraine with support from local authorities

On June 30 Kyiv (Kiev), the Ukrainian capital, was added to the map of Uber’s global operations, joining a group of some 450 cities. City mayor Vitali Klitschko was the first client of the service.

As reported by Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA, the service was presented officially by Arkadiy Veshebenyuk, General Manager at Uber Ukraine, and Anthony Le Roux, General Manager at Uber Eastern Europe.

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Russian mobile photo app Prisma leads App Store ranking in Ukraine

An art filter app launched by a Russian programmer, Alexey Moiseenkov, is leading Apple’s App Store ranking in Ukraine – as well as in Russia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Moldova and Uzbekistan – ahead of Whatsapp, VK, Instagram, Youtube, Skype and other traditional leaders.

In a totally unexpected surge, the app has been number one in Ukraine everyday since June 18 (just a week after launch) according to AppAnnie data reviewed by Ukraine Digital News.

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Ukrainian startup claims to make content loading four times faster to enhance mobile apps

A Kyiv (Kiev)-based startup has just launched a media content optimization solution for mobile applications called ‘Pixpie.’ By speeding up content loading, this technology delivers pictures “2-4 times faster than typical content delivery networks” (CDN), the startup claims.

In addition, Pixpie, which handles storage of app content, helps mobile app developers offload their servers and improve server performance. App developers may also expect “simplified media management” thanks to Pixpie’s CMS solution, while various effects can be applied to images (such as blur, rounded corners, and many others).

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Mobile marketing professionals to discuss industry trends on Black Sea beach

Mobile Beach Conference, a leading mobile marketing event in Eastern Europe, will take place on May 28-29 in Odessa, Southern Ukraine.

Dedicated to the latest industry trends and efficient business networking, the event held in a non-standard conference format at the seaside with beach parties and a ‘Mobile Princess’ beauty contest finale.

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