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Going Global With iOS 11: WWDC 2017 Localization Updates

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Are you more Android, less Apple? Keep an eye out for our updates from Google I/O 2017 Developer Conference, coming soon to the blog. Subscribe to our Localization Newsletter and be the first to know when we publish!  Highlights from WWDC 2017 One of the tech world’s most anticipated events—Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)—took place earlier this month at the San Jose Convention Center with more than 5,300 attendees. This year, Apple’s new HomePod stole the show. (It’s a Siri-powered speaker and


[Slideshare] How to Win Asia Like Spotify

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Spotify seems to be everywhere in the news these days. A sky-rocketing valuation. Reported widening losses. Rumors of a delayed IPO. Through all the buzz and scrutiny, it’s undeniable that Spotify continues to grow at an exciting rate all around the world. In late 2016, we reported on the music streaming company’s steady international expansion. (Read more about their International Growth Strategies and Asia Expansion in our two-part series.) Since then, Spotify has continued to move fast and gain traction in both local markets and the


9 Strategies from Cisco’s Continuous Localization Expert

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What does it take to introduce, then implement an entirely new localization strategy at the “number 1 IT company in the world”? This was the challenge that Cisco’s Internationalisation Architect and “Chief Localization Evangelist” Gary Lefman faced early 2015. He realized that nearly all of the development teams he worked with at Cisco had “gone agile”—they were all using the agile development methodology that is fast becoming the industry standard. So, faced with this daunting task, Gary got to work.


[Technical Tutorial] How To Localize Your Android App

Ready to Localize? Today, we’re excited to launch Part 2 of our free Localization Academy tutorials: a technical tutorial on localizing your Android app.  Our Localization Academy tutorials are a roundup of the best tips we’ve learned from helping thousands of companies set up internationalization, translation workflows, and internal infrastructure over the years. Go to OneSky Localization Academy now! Why Localize Your Android App? Since we first published our iOS Localization Tutorial, the positive feedback we’ve received has been overwhelming. Our initial hypothesis, and the motivation behind


[New Data Report] The Proven ROI Benefits of App Localization

Download our statistical analysis to unlock a key piece of your localization strategy. Read Our Report Now The global app market is now worth $44.8 billion; this number is expected to double by 2020. With mobile-first and mobile-only markets emerging around the world, it has never been more tempting to launch your app on the international market.  With tools that save up to 50% cost and strategies that allow you to test a market for $20 USD, it’s never been easier to go global. Our


How to Grow a Business in 190 Markets: 4 Lessons from Airbnb

16 January 2017 Update: In 2015, we first published this case study on Airbnb’s global growth. Now, almost 2 years later, Airbnb is not slowing down anytime soon, with further expansions, acquisitions, and new products in 2016, including the much-hyped Airbnb Trips. With so much growth under its belt, we thought it’d be a good time to take another look at the tactics that first launched Airbnb to the world. We hope you enjoy the new Slideshare format and focus on


6 Game Localization Tips from BANDAI NAMCO

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BANDAI NAMCO’s Historical Global Growth It’s hard to hear that classic “waka waka” soundtrack and not immediately be taken back. PAC-MAN is the classic arcade game of the 1980s, and we’ve all found ourselves at some point running in fear from Blinky, Inky, Pinky, and Clyde. But PAC-MAN isn’t just famous because it’s great. Its founding company, Namco, used an inventive and highly successful localization strategy during a time when most other companies weren’t even thinking about the possibilities of


21 Ways to Get Your App Featured on the App Store

15 November 2016 Update: It’s been almost one year since we first launched this post. To date, it has become one of our most popular articles! Since times are always changing in our industry, we’ve decided to update some of last year’s information in the original article (below). We’ve also adapted the content for Slideshare, so it’s more accessible and useful to a wider audience.  And as always—let us know in the comments below if you’re successfully featured. Good luck!  21


How Spotify Wins 6 Challenging Markets in Asia (Includes Japan Pre-Launch Case Study)

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This post is Part 2 of our in-depth analysis of Spotify’s global expansion. Part 1, which covered 9 International Growth Strategies Spotify used to acquire more than 100 million users, can be found here. “We want to be everywhere in Asia,” said Sunita Kaur, Managing Director for Spotify Asia to Bloomberg earlier this year. 3 years since Spotify’s Asia expansion, while not yet “everywhere” in the region, the company’s in great shape. The music streaming service first launched in Asia in


9 International Growth Strategies from Spotify

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This article is Part 1 of our 2-part series on Spotify. Read Part 2 for a deep-dive on Spotify’s successful Asia expansion, including their pre-launch strategy for Japan.  2016 is Spotify’s year in the spotlight. Then again, since its meteoric rise in the last decade, Spotify has already spent many years on everyone’s radar. To date, Spotify has half a billion registered users, more than 100+ million active users, and 40 million paying subscribers worldwide—all streaming the 30 million songs on