Google has revealed the results of a study of consumer behavior among Ukrainian Internet users, reports Ukrainian IT-news portal proIT. According to the report, which involved the survey of 1,000 adults (aged 16+) in in January of this year and was completed by market-research firm TNS at Google’s request, 56% of those polled state that they are regular Internet users. However, this figure spikes to 96% when considering only those who are 16-24 years old.
The percentage of smartphone users has increased more than threefold from 7% in 2012 to 24% in 2014. 71% of Ukrainians report that they use their smartphones on a daily basis, in comparison with 69% who report daily use of computers and 67% who report daily use of tablets.
Life.SREDA, a Moscow-based venture capital firm focusing on mobile and online fintech startups, is to invest $1.5 million in Settle, a mobile payment service developed by Kyiv (Kiev) -based startup Advice Wallet.
Combining mobile payments and a loyalty scheme in one app, Settle makes it possible to both order and then pay your bill at a restaurant or café through a smartphone. Users register via a social network and link their bank card to the app. The app displays the menu and allows clients to divide up a bill between friends, carry out P2P transactions and receive offers from establishments.
The ongoing crisis in Ukraine is threatening to destabilize the operations of Magento, an open-source content management system for e-commerce web sites owned by eBay and based in Kyiv (Kiev).
In its last quarterly report for the second quarter ending June 31, 2014, eBay noted that “The current situation in Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula, along with the response of the Russian and United States governments to this situation, have the potential to adversely affect our operations in Ukraine. In addition, many of our employees in Ukraine could be required to serve in the military for extended periods of time under emergency circumstances, which could disrupt our Magento business.”
Earlier this month Miratech, a Kiyv (Kiev)-headquartered IT outsourcing companies operating in several European countries and the United States, announced that they have opened a new development center in Slovakia.
The opening of this center will allow the firm to attract English, French, and German-speaking engineers in order to better serve clients in Western European countries, offer government IT-investment support programs, provide technical education at local universities, and more.
Google announced last week that they are expanding their All Access Music service to Ukraine among five other countries – Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Peru. With this latest move, Ukraine joins Russia as the only former Soviet republics with access to the service.
The All Access Music service launched last summer as a streaming music platform to compete with Pandora, Spotify, and others and has since expanded to dozens of countries around the globe.
In a meeting met with representatives of public organizations last week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was astounded that Ukraine was one of the last countries in the world where 4G technology has not been implemented and 3G is weakly deployed.
The introduction of modern 3G and 4G communications technologies will quickly have a positive influence on the economy, he believes.
Microsoft Ukraine general manager Dmitry Shimkiv, who was an active participant in the Maidan Revolution, was appointed deputy head of the presidential administration for administrative, social and economic reform last week.
According to Ukrainian media, Shimkiv’s first task in his new post will be to reform the structure of the presidential administration so as to raise its efficiency and performance as much as possible. The scope of his activities will include not only economic reform, but a wider range of issues as well.