Not many people will be familiar with its name, but mobile advertising agencies wanting to keep abreast of developments in mobile technology would do well to make a note of Zedge, a highly popular Android app which can now brag 50 million installs and more than 22 million active users.
An app for personalized content and game discovery
Zedge, which has offices in New York City and Norway, offers game recommendations and personalized content along with free ringtones and wallpapers — and it’s reaching beyond Android with the launch of a new iPhone app. The new iOS app, which launched on December 17th, follows the startup’s addition of a mobile games discovery channel earlier this year. Android users use it to sieve out the games that don’t interest them from the vast array of dross out there. Based on their previous activity, the app presents them only with the ones that are likely to hook their attention.
The app will expand to encompass the full range of Android features in stages, beginning with wallpaper but adding additional personalization and recommendation functions vertical by vertical. Ringtones will be available for the iOS app early in 2013, with games coming on-stream shortly afterwards.
Professionals in the world of mobile phones advertising will find the technology most enticing.
The app’s recommendation engine relies on users’ interactions with the content from its channels (like games, ringtones and wallpapers), analyzing an abundance of anonymized data before serving up a list of recommendations matching their previous interests. Moreover, it gets better and more accurate the more it’s used, thanks to Zedge’s cunning deployment of machine learning and clustering theory.
The new gold standard for game discovery?
According to the company’s COO Jonathan Reich, in preparation for the iOS launch, Zedge completed a big upgrade of its infrastructure involving migration to new hardware and a revamp of its architecture – developments which he believes will significantly improve download speeds and response times. As he puts it, it’s all part of the company’s aim to become the “de facto standard for game discovery” on both Google Play and iOS.
There may be a way to go yet; but with a respectable ninth place in Google Play’s plethora of free apps, this firm has good form when it comes to making rapid progress.