Appnext Expands Its Mobile Consumer Experiences Through Strategic Investments

We are excited to share that Appnext (an Affle Group company) announced a strategic investment in Bobble AI Keyboard, joining Xiaomi as co-investors. Bobble AI offers an indigenous social keyboard that includes speech-to-text capabilities and is accessible in approximately 100 international languages, including 23 Indian languages. Appnext will own exclusive monetization on all Bobble pre-installed default keyboard for Xiaomi across multiple devices in India. This investment comes at the heels of another recent strategic investment as a co-shareholder with Samsung India in IndusOS, which operates Indus App Bazaar, India’s largest independent indigenous apps store on Samsung devices, where Appnext will…

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