Opens Up New Revenue Opportunity for Mobile App Developers and Publishers
TOKYO, December 17, 2013 – Linkify, a new startup innovating on the Semantic AR for mobile search, today announced its private beta program. Linkify’s mobile search SDK (software development kit) for the iOS platform dramatically accelerates mobile text-based searches by linking to popular search engines, news and reference sites from within a browser. Linkify’s functionality introduces a new way that users can perform mobile searches on words without having to go to other sites, open up additional tabs or apps to obtain their search results.
The new SDK also offers iOS developers and publishers a completely new revenue stream, introducing an improved way for users to do mobile searches with the option of clicking on contextualized ads within the results.
According to Google, 1 out of every 7 searches is on a mobile phone, with some market analysts projecting mobile searches to outpace desktop local searches by 2015.* Yet users of even the newest smartphones still find the mobile search experience woefully inadequate.
“Linkify’s new SDK gives users blazing fast search results compared to the existing mobile user experience (UX) for search and greatly improves it on either a smartphone or tablet. Our SDK also opens up an entirely new revenue stream, which gives mobile app developers and publishers the ability to monetize a new, high-value feature,” stated Ikuya Yamada, Linkify’s co-founder and CTO.
Leveraging a proprietary machine-learning engine that recognizes the meanings of keywords and intelligently generates relevant links, Linkify’s SDK improves the touch-screen UX, a key step forward as touch-screens are fast becoming a mainstream UI. Private beta test participants will not only get early access to Linkify’s SDK but can also contribute to shaping its roadmap. Once accepted into the private beta program, developers can add Linkify’s SDK to their iOS apps by simply copying and pasting a snippet of code.
iOS developers can begin test-driving Linkify’s SDK by signing up here: http://beta.linkify.mobi/. Linkify has already announced a private beta for the Android and it plans to expand its efforts to additional mobile platforms in the future.
Linkify is a Tokyo-based start-up developing innovative new ways to connect people to information and drive the realization of the Semantic AR for mobile search. As part of Studio Ousia, Linkify’s aim is to raise the standards for mobile search and the mobile user experience. Linkify’s team was singled out at a recent GigaOM Mobilize conference and was one of only 10 companies invited to participate in its LaunchPad spotlight. Investors include Nissay Capital and Seed Technology Capital Partners. For more information please visit http://www.ousia.jp.