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Mobile Trends Shaping MENA In 2024

Explore the dynamic mobile trends shaping MENA in 2024, from the widespread adoption of 5G, to the rise of super apps, mobile e-commerce growth, the key role of affiliate marketing, and more.

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The mobile industry landscape in the MENA region is evolving at an unprecedented pace, driven by technological advancements, changing consumer behaviors, and the ever-growing demand for connectivity.

As we delve into 2024, let’s explore the key mobile trends. Alexander Kryvosheiev, CEO of mobile performance network Mobmio, leveraged his experience of collaboration with hundreds of mobile apps to determine factors that are currently shaping the mobile landscape in this dynamic region.

5G Continued Adoption

Significant investments in infrastructure promise faster internet speeds, low latency, and enhanced connectivity. Countries like the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar have already rolled out commercial 5G services, with others, including Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iran, planning their implementation. Visionary development plans such as Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and Qatar’s National Vision 2030 underscore the region’s commitment to digital transformation.

Rise Of Super Apps

Super apps are gaining prominence in the MENA region, offering users a comprehensive experience by integrating multiple services into a single platform. Going beyond traditional functionalities, these apps seamlessly combine messaging, e-commerce, ride-hailing, and more. Local and international companies are investing in the development and expansion of super apps, promising users a more integrated and efficient mobile experience.

Mobile e-Commerce Growth

E-commerce is experiencing significant growth in MENA, with mobile devices playing a central role. According to Mobmio’s data, mobile sales in MENA grew by an impressive 20% in H1 of 2023 YoY, with over half of all orders placed through mobile phones. Businesses are optimizing their platforms for mobile accessibility, and mobile payment solutions, including digital wallets and contactless payments, are gaining widespread popularity, aligning with the region’s push toward a cashless economy.

Affiliate Marketing Is The Key For App Growth And Monetization

Affiliate marketing emerges as one of the key instruments for app growth in 2024, providing a cost-effective means to expand an app’s reach. Collaborating with partners through platforms like Mobmio can lead to increased installs, higher user engagement, and potential revenue-sharing opportunities. The affiliate marketing channel also gives mobile apps an additional monetization stream. Mobmio estimates that global revenues of mobile partners grew by 20% in the first half of 2023 – and the second half of the year is expected to show even stronger growth in app revenue from affiliate sources.

Quality Of Traffic Matter

Both mobile applications and the brands are placing a heightened focus on the quality of traffic. In 2024, the development of proprietary anti-fraud systems or partnerships with contractors, such as affiliate networks and agencies, capable of addressing this concern, will be crucial for app owners.

Alternative Traffic Sources Gain Popularity

Alternative mobile traffic sources, such as messengers and TikTok, continue to gain prominence in 2024. The sales share through these platforms is expected to grow in MENA, and mobile applications are actively utilizing them to expand their user base. The high engagement levels and inherently mobile nature of these platforms provide nearly seamless user acquisition channels for applications.

The mobile landscape in the MENA region for 2024 is characterized by innovative trends that promise to reshape how individuals connect, consume content, and engage with digital services. From the widespread adoption of 5G to the rise of super apps and the surge in digital commerce, the MENA region is on the verge of a mobile revolution. As businesses and consumers embrace these trends, the mobile industry in MENA is set to play a pivotal role in shaping the region’s digital future.

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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.

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After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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