Unicorn sipface and coffee “emojis” are cool, but Starbucks’s iPhone keyboard needs more work

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 25, 2016

Apparently, software keyboards for the iPhone have become a must for brands. Earlier this morning, Microsoft released Word Flow for iPhone, its gestural Windows 10 keyboard with one-handed typing and predictive text input.

And now, Starbucks has jumped on the bandwagon and released an iPhone keyboard of its own.

Available for free from the App Store, Starbucks Keyboard lets you add a little personality to your emails, texts, social media posts and more with branded “emojis” like Frappuccino blended beverages, iced tea, coffee and even a purple unicorn sipface.

It’s a nicely done app that shows potential, but I dislike the fact that they’re advertising it as an emoji keyboard because these things are more of stickers that get pasted as image attachments. Read More

 

Spotify fans can now discover and save music playing overhead in U.S. Starbucks stores

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2016

Spotify and Starbucks on Tuesday announced a new partnership that permits visitors to identify music playing overhead in participating Starbucks stores.

The Sound of Starbucks, as it’s called, also lets music lovers save identified songs to a playlist on Spotify.

This functionality and in-store overhead music experience is available starting today at select Starbucks location. The feature requires the latest version of the mobile Starbucks app and permission to use location services. Read More

 

Starbucks app gets 3D Touch quick actions

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2015

Several major apps have added 3D Touch support earlier today. Wunderlist and LinkedIn, for example, have brought out support for Home screen shortcuts and Peek and Pop gestures within the app with 3D Touch. And now, Starbucks has issued a similarly-themed update to its iPhone application in the App Store.

With Starbucks 3.3.4 for iOS, you can press the app’s Home screen icon lightly on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus to bring up a 3D Touch menu with several quick actions: Nearby Stores, Order, Reload Card and Pay. Read More

 

Starbucks will soon begin accepting Apple Pay

By Cody Lee on Oct 8, 2015

Starbucks fans rejoice! The popular coffee chain will soon support Apple Pay. Jennifer Bailey, the head of Apple’s mobile payment arm, broke the news Thursday onstage at the Code/Mobile conference, telling Recode’s Ina Fried that the launch is planned for early next year.

Note that this will be different than the current implementation of Apple Pay in the Starbucks app, which only really allows you to re-fill your Starbucks Card. In-store support of the payments service will allow users to pay for their coffee using their iPhone or Apple Watch. Read More

 

Gorgeous puzzler Monument Valley is Starbucks’ Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 11, 2015

If you haven’t tried out Monument Valley yet, you’re missing out on an unforgettable experience. This is quite easily one of the best, and certainly among the most beautifully done platform games available on the iPhone and iPad.

If you live in North America and are a fan of Starbucks, the unique game, which costs $3.99 in the App Store, can now be yours in exchange for zero bucks as it’s currently Starbucks’ Free App of the Week.

The surreal puzzler created by Ustwo, the team that brought us Blip Blup and Whale Trail, challenges you to manipulate impossible architecture and guide the silent princess Ida through a stunningly beautiful world. Read More

 

Spotify and Starbucks sign multi-year streaming music partnership, should Apple be worried?

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2015

How times change. It used to be that Starbucks would partner with Apple on any relevant music-focused initiative. But as the balance of power has slowly but surely shifted from music downloads to streaming, Apple is no longer the preferred partner.

Announced Tuesday, a potentially far-reaching partnership between the U.S.-based coffeehouse chain and Spotify, the world’s leading streaming-music service hailing from Sweden, will see Starbucks promote premium Spotify subscription tiers while granting Spotify users access to Starbucks’ rewards program. Read More

 

Starbucks, Spotify ink big deal that gives employees Premium subscription

By Jake Smith on May 18, 2015

While it’s been a partner of iTunes in the past, Starbucks announced on Monday a big partnership with Spotify that will link its 7,000 stores in the US and 10 million My Starbucks Rewards loyalty members with Spotify’s 60 million global users.

Most notably, Starbucks’ 150,000 US-based employees will receive a free Spotify Premium subscription in the coming weeks, followed shortly thereafter by employees in Canada and the UK. Spotify Premium is priced at $10 per month. Read More

 

Hackers find easy way to steal large sums of money through Starbucks app

By Jake Smith on May 14, 2015

Hackers are stealing money from users’ credit cards, banks, and PayPal accounts through the Starbucks mobile app, the coffee giant confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.

The app, which lets users pay at checkout and reload Starbucks gift cards, has an auto-reload function that makes it easy for hackers to take from users, not needing any account numbers. Read More

 

Starbucks app now supports Apple Pay

By Sébastien Page on Feb 11, 2015

Reloading your Starbucks Card directly from the app just got that much easier, with today’s update that brings support for Apple Pay. Although the coffee chain was listed as one of the Apple Pay partners at launch, it took the company several months to update their app to offer full support for Apple’s new mobile payment service. Read More

 

Starbucks launches ‘Mobile Order & Pay’ in Oregon, national rollout planned for 2015

By Cody Lee on Dec 4, 2014

Starbucks has announced that it’s launched a new “Mobile Order & Pay” service that will allow customers to place an order using the Starbucks app on their iPhone and schedule it for pickup. The service, which we first heard about in July, is available now at stores in Portland, Oregon, and will rollout to other locations in 2015.

The whole thing works like you’d expect it to. You can place an order for both food and beverages, and drinks are completely customizable down to the size, dairy and espresso additives, and more. Once you’ve selected all of your items, you choose the closest participating store for pickup and pay in-app with your Starbucks card. Read More

 

Starbucks offering free month of Lumosity Premium as its ‘Pick of the Week’

By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2014

Heads up US-based readers, Starbucks is currently offering a free month of Lumosity’s Premium service as its App Store ‘Pick of the Week.’ The promotion is worth a solid savings of $15, and opens up additional games and features for an already extremely popular app.

For those unfamiliar with Lumosity, it’s essentially “sophisticated, scientifically designed brain training for anyone.” The iOS app, which currently has a 5-star rating on 85K+ reviews, offers games that help improve skills in the areas of memory, problem-solving and more. Read More

 

Starbucks preparing coffee ordering service for mobile app

By Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2014

Great news Starbucks-goers. You may soon be able to order your coffee using your iPhone. In a recent interview with Recode, the company’s Chief Digital Officer Adam Brotman said that it plans to start testing a pickup service later this year via its mobile app.

The move comes as Americans are increasingly turning to smartphone-friendly services like Uber and GrubHub. And with nearly 15% of Starbucks’ US purchases now coming via its mobile app, adding the ability to order from it seems like a natural evolution… Read More

 

Starbucks offering popular ‘Threes’ game as its free ‘Pick of the Week’

By Cody Lee on Jul 7, 2014

Just a quick heads up for all of you Starbucks-goers out there. The coffee-serving chain is offering the popular ‘Threes!’ puzzle game for iPhone and iPad free this week as its App Pick of the Week.

For those unfamiliar with Threes!, it’s a simple number-matching puzzle game known for its beautiful UI and addictive gameplay. It typically costs $1.99 and is very rarely (if ever) offered for free… Read More

 

Duracell installing wireless Powermat chargers in Starbucks stores

By Cody Lee on Jun 12, 2014

Duracell and Starbucks announced today that they have reached a partnership that will see wireless chargers installed into several Starbucks stores. The chargers will use Duracell’s Powermat technology, which works with a number of devices—including iPhones.

Stores will be equipped with ‘Powermat Spots,’ which are designated areas on tables and counters where customers can place their devices to charge wirelessly. Starbucks believes this will be far more convenient for its customers than having to hunt down outlets… Read More

 

Starbucks 3.0 is out with new iOS 7 design, shake-to-pay and tipping

By Cody Lee on Mar 20, 2014

That big Starbucks app update we told you about last week has arrived in the App Store today. The update, which brings the client to version 3.o, includes the long-awaited redesign for iOS 7 as well as a handful of major new features and improvements.

On the new features side, we have shake-to-pay, which will allow you to bring up your barcode with the flick of a wrist to pay for your Starbucks order. There’s also a new digital tipping function that lets you tip your barista, and a new Dashboard view…

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Starbucks bringing shake-to-pay, digital tipping and iOS 7-friendly look to iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 12, 2014

Starbucks, the global coffee company and coffeehouse chain, announced Wednesday that new features are coming to its free iPhone application next Wednesday, March 19.

For starters, coffee aficionados in the United States and Canada will be able to use the firm’s free iPhone app to tip their baristas in $0.50, $1 and $2 denominations at more than 7,000 company-operated locations in the U.S. This has apparently been a much-requested feature.

And to make mobile payments even easier, the app will include a brand new (and pretty handy) ‘Shake to Pay’ feature which does exactly that – you can just shake your iPhone to quickly bring the barcode of your Starbucks Card to the front, saving you diving into Apple’s Passbook app… Read More

 

Following backlash, Starbucks beefs up security in iPhone app

By Cody Lee on Jan 16, 2014

You have to hand it to the folks of Starbucks. When they want to, they can move rather quickly. Hot on the heels of its blog post earlier today addressing security concerns regarding its iPhone app, the coffee company released an update this evening.

The change log for the update, which is marked as version 2.6.2, notes the new release brings ‘additional performance enhancements and safeguards.’ And we’re hoping this means that the app no longer stores user passwords and data in plain text… Read More

 

Starbucks will update its iOS app to address security concerns

By Cody Lee on Jan 16, 2014

Earlier today we told you about a report that raised security issues concerning the Starbucks iPhone app. A researcher discovered that the most used mobile-payment app in the US stores unencrypted user data like passwords and emails.

The problem with this is that by connecting your iPhone to a computer, someone could easily retrieve this info from a crash log—no jailbreak required. And the only way for Starbucks to fix the vulnerability is through an App Store update… Read More

 

Starbucks admits its iPhone app stores unencrypted passwords, location data

By Cody Lee on Jan 16, 2014

Following a report from security researcher Daniel Wood, Starbucks executives admitted this week that the company’s mobile app stores user names and passwords in clear text, with no encryption. It also keeps a record of unsecured geolocation data.

The problem with this, Wood says, is that by connecting your iPhone to a computer, someone could easily retrieve this info from a crash log—no jailbreak or special hardware required. And what’s worse is Starbucks isn’t doing anything to fix the issue… Read More

 

Starbucks now lets you use your iPhone’s camera to redeem Pick of the Week cards

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 3, 2014

Starbucks, a Seattle-based global coffee company and coffeehouse chain and Apple’s longtime marketing partner, started offering ‘Pick of the Week’ promotion via its recently Passbook-enabled App Store app back in 2011. The tie-in allows Starbucks customers to download paid iOS applications for free as they sip on their beverage of choice.

The company has now upgraded its backend system to allow folks to scan these redemption codes using their iPhone’s iSight camera, a feature Apple added to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices as part of its iOS 7 software release in September 2013… Read More

 
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