Welcome back to mobile devices.series that recaps the latest mobile OS news, mobile applications, and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the TV. The average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV daily but now spends four hours per day on their
This week was a busy one. Facebook held its developer conference F8, which delivered app-related news across its platform. Now, WWDC is just days away. We also broke a few big app stories this week, including one about TikTok’s and its newly added permission to collect biometric data on U.S. users, including “faceprints and voiceprints.” Twitter added a subscription service, and Tinder tested group .they’re also a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 , 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus. In 2020, investors poured $73 billion in capital into a figure up 27% year-over-year.
And in our downloads section, we have a treat for readers: a time-sensitive and exclusive invite code to get into one of the hottest new apps for sneakerheads: Sole Retriever. WWDC’s software developers will care about the forthcoming details aofApple’s latest OS releases and other new technologies. As to what they may include? Bloomberg reported that iOS 15 would introduce a for users to set different notification preferences and automatic replies based on their current status (driving, working, sleeping, etc.) and an updated Lock Screen where this menu of choices would be accessible. iMessage may be upgraded to be more social, to better compete with Messenger and WhatsApp.
Meanwhile, iPadOS could be getting the App Library and an upgraded . (And you can fill the screen with just devices ) Or who knows! Until it’s official, it’s all a maybe!
Some updates will likely come to other Apple apps, Siri, watchOS, and more. But one potentially interesting rumor to watch for would be a newwhich apps were collecting data about them. This builds on in App Tracking Transparency and could make it more difficult for shady SDKs to stay in business. It’s going to be a whole week — stay tuned! Ahead of WWDC, Apple also updated its report (conducted on its behalf via the Analysis Group) on commerce. The company says the App Store facilitated $643 billion in billings and sales in 2020, up 24% from the $519 billion seen the year prior.
It also noted that about 90% of thetook place outside its walls, meaning Apple took no commission on those purchases. This is up from the 85% figure reported . The full report delves into other trends related to the pandemic’s impact, , and more. Apple initially commissioned the report to demonstrate how little business on the is subject to App Store fees, but now it’s updated the information a year later. It’s interesting how much understanding , especially when Tim Cook claimed to know so little about several crucial figures. its 2021 Apple Design finalists.
The awards honor apps and games that offer a combination of innovation, ingenuity, and technical achievement — the latter, often means usingApple technologies. The finalists span six categories: Inclusivity, Delight and Fun, Interaction,, Visuals and Graphics, and Innovation. Among the prospective winners are apps including snarky weather app Carrot Weather as well as the unique (Not Boring) Weather, short-form news service Brief, mental wellness app, and award winner Loona, Editor’s Choice Genshin Impact, Snowman’s new kid’s app Pok Pok Playroom and summertime fun music app Poolside FM, and many others.
Google this week opened submissions for two of its annualthe Indie Games Accelerator and the Indie Games Festival. The programs are designed to help small game studios grow on . , the schedules will include more eligible markets and will be fully digital experiences.
Google will restrict third-partyShare sheet in Android 12. Currently, the UI of the Share sheet can differ from app to app, but the XDA Developers’ report will become more iOS-like by offering a consistent menu across apps. services. Any attempt to access the identifier will only return a string of zeros. As part of a future in late 2021, the advertising identifier will be removed when the user opts out of tracking. Google says ad and analytics service partners will receive notifications about users’ preferences to help them wcomply. Thcomplye will roll out in late 2021 and initially ally impact 12 de ces, with an expansion to devices supporting supportingGooglerly 2022.