Interior design and decorating resource Houzz is the overall best Android app of the year, according to Google, which this evening announced the results of the first-ever Google Play Awards at its developer conference, Google I/O.While in previous years, the company had rounded up large numbers of apps for Best of lists, the new Google Play Awards instead follows Apple s model of selecting winners across a variety of categories.Google also nominated apps that reflected a group of developers who were taking the best advantage of Google s services, like Best Use of Google Play Game Services, plus those who did the best job of implementing Google s newer design language, Material Design.The move was likely meant to signal that not all of the best and most creative new apps are exclusive to iOS, or launched on iOS first.Houzz ended up winning the Best App title, beating out BuzzFeed News, Colorfy, TuneIn Radio and Yummly.From the startup world, the smart airfare prediction engine Hopper won Best Standout Startup and millennial-focused investing app Robinhood grabbed the win for Best Use of Material Design.
A month ago, Google unveiled the nominees apps in the Play Awards - the winners have now been appointed in ten different categories. Only apps released in the last year and launched a major update over the same period have had to compete. No Swedish app is among the winners as far as we can see. Full list sandwiched below. Did you know any of the titles previously? Best app Houzz Best early adopter: World Around Me Best familjeapp: Think Rolls 2 Best go global: Pokemon Shuffle Mobile Best game: Clash Royale Most inventive: NYT VR Best Material Design: Robin Hood Best indie Alpha Bear Best use of Play Game Services: Table Tennis Touch Best startups: Hopper
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Google hosted the first-ever Google Play Awards this year at Google I/O, its annual developer conference held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.We re now reaching over 1 billion users every month and there s literally something for everyone, Google noted in an email.From real-time multiplayer to beautiful Indie games, industry changing startups to innovative uses of mobile technology, developers like you continue to push the boundaries of what apps can do.Five nominees are selected for each of the 10 categories, and unlike Apple, Google doesn t split its wins between phones and tablets.The Best Standout Startup is Hopper, an app that gives you the best time to fly and buy tickets at lower rates.You can view the full list of winners below:Best App: HouzzBest Early Adopter: World Around MeBest Families App: Thinkrolls 2Best Go Global: Pokemon Shuffle MobileBest Game: Clash RoyaleMost Innovative: NYT VRBest Use of Material Design: RobinhoodBest Standout Indie: AlphabearBest Use of Google Play Game Services: Table Tennis TouchBest Standout Startup: HopperThe Google Play store is a big deal — it s Google s way of hosting and offering apps to its billion-plus Android users.
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Supercel Clash Roayle won the award for best game on Google Play Awards Gala, says Android Headlines. Awards were given in the context of the Google I / O developer event in San Francisco. Other competed for the title of best game finalists were Alphabear, Clash of Kings, Fight the Future Marvel and Star Wars Galaxy Of Heroes. Another Finnish-player game Fingersoftin Fast Like a Fox was nominated for both an indie game developers the most innovative application or game category, but was left without prizes. The best application was awarded the Houzz, which can design a new home interior. Source: Tivi
Venture capitalists like to keep score, and app marketing agency Sensor Tower has come up with a new way to rank, based on the number of downloads for companies in a VC s portfolio.And the winner is … Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, based on the popularity of the apps Snapchat, Spotify, and Uber.Sensor Tower counted 265 million downloads for apps that were backed by the top VCs in 2015 in the U.S. iOS app store.The agency then created a chart below with the top 20 VCs based on mobile download estimates from its Store Intelligence platform, which tracks all apps, including the top 1,000 most-installed iOS apps.Expanding on prior research by CB Insights, Sensor Tower looked at a group of more than 30 venture capital firms with substantial active investments in the mobile apps space exits are not included .KPCB came out on top, with active investments in 13 of the top 1,000 apps, including Snapchat, Spotify, Flipagram, Duolingo, Text Free, Shopkick, Houzz, Airbnb, Nextplus, Flipboard, Pinger Textfree, and Up by Jawbone.These apps had 81.26 million downloads on the U.S. App Store in 2015.Institutional Venture Partners was No.The six categories without any qualifying apps funded by the top 20 firms we analyzed were: Books, Catalogs, Navigation, Reference, Sports, and Weather.Games had the most apps in this group by a wide margin with 21, including the Supercell titles, Angry Birds 2 from Rovio, QuizUp!
So seriously, stop what you re doing and get over to our ticketing page right now to get your extra early-bird tickets to the best startup show in the Bay Area.You ll get to watch a few dozen startups take part in the illustrious Startup Battlefield competition, in which they ll be vying for the $50,000 grand prize, the coveted Disrupt Cup and, perhaps even more importantly, the attention of investors, press and the rest of the tech community watching in person and online.You will also be able to check out hundreds of early-stage startups on display in Startup and Hardware Alley, pitching their products and services to the thousands of attendees on the show floor on all three days of the show.Past speakers include the likes of Mark Cuban, Houzz CEO and co-founder Adi Tatarko and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, to name just a few.Disrupt SF 2016 runs from September 12-14 at San Francisco s lovely Pier 48, and we can t wait to see you all there.Our sponsors help make Disrupt happen.
It s cliché to say that the kitchen is the center of the home, but we re going to do it anyway, if only because two recent surveys prove the old axiom.Last week, Ikea released its Life at Home report, based on its survey of 12,000 residents of Berlin, London, Mumbai, New York, Shanghai, Toronto, and five other cities.Not only is the kitchen the third-largest room in many homes behind living rooms and master bedrooms , it s where the bulk of remodeling money goes.Sixty-three percent of respondents said they cook to create the feeling of home.Back in 2014, only about 13 percent of homes had at least one smart-home device, according to one survey, and Houzz indicates that it s the young ones those aged 24 to 35 who are most likely to buy into home automation right now, though it was only 26 percent of them.Demographics are definitely something to consider with this data.
So seriously, stop what you re doing and get over to our ticketing page right now to get your extra-early-bird tickets to the best startup show in the Bay Area.You ll get to watch a few dozen startups take part in the illustrious Startup Battlefield competition, in which they ll be vying for the $50,000 grand prize, the coveted Disrupt Cup and, perhaps even more importantly, the attention of investors, press and the rest of the tech community watching in person and online.You also will be able to check out hundreds of early-stage startups on display in Startup Alley and Hardware Alley, pitching their products and services to the thousands of attendees on the show floor on all three days of the show.Past speakers include the likes of Mark Cuban, Houzz CEO and co-founder Adi Tatarko and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, to name just a few.Disrupt SF 2016 runs from September 12-14 at San Francisco s lovely Pier 48, and we can t wait to see you all there.Our sponsors help make Disrupt happen.
Interior designer might sound like a job ready-made for a rom-com heroine, but it s a profession you can earn credentials for and that is a crucial part of building a new home.Designers help pick palettes, create layouts, and find furniture for existing homes — and their help comes at a price.Hourly rates can range anywhere from $50 to $500, according to home renovation site Houzz.On top of that, some designers use their discounts in their own favor, charging you the retail price and keeping the extra for themselves.Some won t even take a project if the budget isn t substantial enough.But if the thought of trying to re-create a living room from your Pinterest board on your own is too daunting, there are quite a few design sites that will charge you a flat fee to design your room for you.
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The Swedish mediestartupen Strossle is strengthening its organization and bring in a new ceo for the Swedish market.Strossle, which was previously called Sprinkle, a service that lets publishers share content with each other.It should in turn give more page views and additional advertising revenue.to strengthen the organisation up its management, and bring in a ceo for the Swedish market.It will be Anna Holmquist, who among other things has a background in journalism and has held senior roles in content marketing, among other things, Houzz, Family and OTW in Sweden."It is with great pleasure that I look forward to lead the Swedish part of the company and together with the team build on what the founders have created," says Anna Holmquist in a comment.
I work for a furniture manufacturer and we are starting to sell online starting with chairs.We are on Amazon, Overstock, Wayfair, Houzz, and have our own website.Orders are steady but not like we want as we will have days that are really up and days where no orders come through with only about 3 or 4 total orders coming from our own website where prices are much lower.We have the capability and want to do over 10 orders a day as we can manufacture more chairs or new ones.Prices are reasonable and not that high so are there any tips or tricks you suggest to increase orders or do selling these types of items just take time to build reputation?We run ads on Amazon and our own website but for the others do not as we don't have the option to.
Palo Alto s Houzz has announced a revolution.Let s call it a revolution of bath and beyond — as in motion-activated toilet seats and mood-lit showers.The 2016 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study is a careful documentation of the many ways in which high-tech is penetrating the home s inner sanctum.More and more, folks want to linger in their bathrooms, often while playing with their mobile devices.The report notes that checking email, texting and taking phone calls are the most common activities 63, 49 and 38 percent of respondents, respectively .It s time for tech in the bathroom, because 46 percent of bathroom renovators can no longer stand the old bathroom they re turned off aesthetically and 29 percent choose to upgrade because, well, their bathrooms are breaking down more of a practical problem, along the lines of toilets that don t flush .Toilets are central: Among the 70 percent of renovating homeowners who are upgrading their toilets, a fifth are choosing a toilet with at least one high-tech feature, says the report.Here s the breakdown for high-tech toilet features:— Self-cleaning: 43 percent— Overflow anti-clog protection: 31 percent— Motion-activated cover or seat: 28 percent— Built-in nightlight: 18 percent— Heated seat: 17 percent— Self-deodorizer: 12 percent— Hands-free flushing: 9 percentOther high-tech and luxury bathroom accoutrements include radiant heating, chandeliers, towel warmers, bathtubs built for two and supersized showers.Taking a more careful look at those showers, Houzz finds that mood lighting, digital controls and built-in sound systems are now prevalent.For a little light bathroom reading, here s the full report.Credit: Houzz
That s a fair question given the percentage 58 of people who use mobile devices in their home bathrooms, says the 2016 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, as reported on Silicon Beat.High-tech kitchen appliances, such as refrigerators and stoves, are understandable luxuries.Smart home systems connect devices in your home to your car, your wrist, the cloud, and beyond.The top triggering events, in other words, the reasons why people decided to renovate their bathrooms, were can no longer stand the old bathroom 46 percent , wanted to do it all along and finally have the means 38 percent , and old bathroom deteriorated/broke down 29 percent .Eighty-two percent spent between $5,001 and $50,000 on their bathroom renovations, with the largest number, 42 percent, spending from $10,001 to $25,000.It s mostly all about toilets, bathtubs, and showers.
But be it the summer or winter, the temperature in the house is never right.It ll cost thousands of dollars for rewiring and new installation.A Good Ceiling Fan is Hard to Find, or is it?Interior design magazines and how-to blogs have been telling us for years that ceiling fans are eyesores.These descriptors just don t fit the aesthetic design of the ceiling fan anymore.Home remodeling and design website, Houzz, tells us that the right ceiling fan can style a room and serve as the cherry on top to bring the interior to a classy finish.
Microsoft announced its Hololens augmented reality goggles years ago, but we ve never quite been told what Microsoft thinks it will be used for.Well, at the event today in NYC, Microsoft finally gave us an answer.Augmented reality and the Hololens kit will be a game-changer for buying furniture online.DON T MISS: iPhone 7 vs. Pixel real-world speed test: The showdown we ve been waiting forOn stage, Microsoft has been showing off a bunch of different Hololens demos.The most interesting was probably an integration with Houzz, an online renovation store.
Houzz, the popular platform for all things home remodeling and decorating, is expanding to India.This marks Houzz s entry into its fourteenth market, but none of its current markets can obviously rival the sheer size and growth potential of the Indian market.In addition to the expansion into India, Houzz is also launching its Pro local marketing program and subscription service for home professionals to an additional 150 metro areas across six countries outside of its U.S. home market.As Houzz co-founder and CEO Adi Tatarko told me, the service already saw more than a million monthly uniques from India before it even launched this localized version.In addition, over 40,000 local professionals were already using it, too.Tatarko told me that this is a very meaningful launch for her, not just because it s a big one but also because we already have a very prominent community there.
James Currier is an entrepreneur Wonderhill, Tickle, Jiff , investor/advisor AngelList, Honeybook, Lyft, Doordash, Houzz and the founder of NFX Guild.In this interview, Currier talks about growth for market networks vs marketplaces, and how user psychology is the most important "growth hack" of them all.Why it's so hard to grow marketplaces and what the market network model offers instead 2.Language is the foundation of user psychology, and the trigger for human motivations 3.How changing one word led to 46 million registrations in 6 months 4.How motivations and messaging will change 5.
Curious to know if anyone has ever priced out, or used Houzz Pro for their website/SEM solutions?I'm looking to get an idea of what their pricing is and what value they bring to the table, and if you have had any experience with them!
Just six female investors have claimed spots on this year’s Midas List, up from five women a year ago.The list also has two female newcomers, Kirsten Green, founder of Forerunner Ventures, and Ann Miura-Ko, cofounder and partner at Floodgate Fund.The Midas List, coproduced by Forbes with TrueBridge Capital Partners, ranks VCs on the number and size of exits over the past five years, with a premium on bolder early-stage deals.VCs in the top 10 averaged 10 deals involving companies with at least a $200 million acquisition or IPO, or a private valuation of more than $400 million.Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker was once again Midas’ top-ranked woman VC, claiming the 6 spot, thanks to her shrewd bets on companies like Chinese commerce site JD.com , Instacart , Slack , Spotify, Facebook FB -0.28%, Airbnb and Houzz.Since top Kleiner partner John Doerr stepped away from the firm’s new funds, Meeker has taken on more responsibility and helps lead the team’s digital growth equity team, which focuses on surging Internet companies.
p Houzz, an online platform dedicated to interior design and home decor, added some new augmented reality functionality to its iPad and iPhone app.View in My Room 3D allows users to preview up to 300,000 different pieces of furniture and other decor products in their home before they make a purchase.A 2D version of this functionality was introduced in 2016 and was used by 50 percent of people who shopped via the Houzz app.The new iteration transplants 3D models into the user’s home, accurately representing materials and textures to offer a realistic visualization of how the physical item will look.View in My Room 3D can be accessed via individual product pages for compatible items within the Houzz app.This launches the camera, with the desired object overlaid — users can rotate and re-position the item to their specifications to get a good idea of how it might be placed in practice.
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