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This Week in Apps: Apple slashes commissions, Twitter launches Fleets, warnings about Parler

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Japan, Instagram, Supreme Court, Australia, Washington Post, Youtube, Ipo, Tech, Eu


There’s no frontrunner to be found among the TikTok alternatives

The U.S. market has no real frontrunner poised to claim TikTok’s throne if the app is banned in the country. According to Trump’s executive order, TikTok’s owner ByteDance has to divest of TikTok’s U.S. operations or the app will be banned from the U.S. market on November 12. A number of companies have considered the TikTok deal, including front-runner Microsoft, Twitter, Google, and even Oracle, for some reason. But if a deal doesn’t get done, it’s unclear what app — if any — will be able to ta...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Apps, Video, Instagram, China, US, Tech, Getty Images, Snapchat, New York Times, App Annie, Dubsmash, Trump, Engadget


This Week in Apps: US tops China on downloads, EU regulates app stores, Instagram takes on TikTok

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series* that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuatio...
Tags: Apple, Firefox, Google, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hong Kong, Cook, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Germany, Berlin, India, US


Facebook expands Instagram Reels to India

As scores of startups look to cash in on the video content void that ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps has created in India, a big challenger is ready to try its hand. Instagram said on Wednesday it is rolling out Reels — a feature that allows users to create short-form videos (up to 15 seconds long) set to music or other audio — to a “broad” user base in India. The Facebook -owned service first began testing Reels late last year. Video is already a popular way how many Indians engage...
Tags: Google Play Store, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, China, Germany, India, Tech, Times, New Delhi, App Annie, Roposo, Gaana


Facebook expands Instagram Reels to India amid TikTok ban

As scores of startups look to cash in on the video content void that ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps has created in India, a big challenger is ready to try its hand. Instagram said on Wednesday it is rolling out Reels — a feature that allows users to create short-form videos (up to 15 seconds long) set to music or other audio — to a “broad” user base in India. The Facebook -owned service first began testing Reels, which has been widely referred as “TikTok clone”, in select markets l...
Tags: Google Play Store, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Instagram, China, Germany, India, Tech, Times, New Delhi, TechCrunch, App Annie, Roposo, Gaana


This Week in Apps: Facebook launches trio of app experiments, TikTok gets spammed, plus coronavirus impacts on app economy

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x highe...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hbo, Instagram, Australia, France, China, India, Tech, Qatar


This Week in Apps: Zoom gets busted, TikTok’s new record, contact tracing API launches

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobi...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Australia, Tech, Whatsapp, App Annie, Apple News, U S Canada the U K, Bytedance


Digital around the world in April 2020

The world has changed dramatically over the first three months of 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting almost every aspect of our lives. These changes have been clearly evident in the world’s digital behaviours too, especially as billions of people turn to connected devices to help them cope with life and work under lockdown. We’ve dedicated a significant portion of our Digital 2020 April Global Statshot Report to exploring these extraordinary trends, but this update also includes all o...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Mark Zuckerberg, South Korea, Twitter, Europe, Japan, Usa, UK, Instagram, Internet, Cdc


This Week in Apps: Layoffs at VSCO, Google Play’s new guidelines, TikTok rolls out parental controls

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 20...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Mobile, Apps, Media, Instagram, Tech, Developers, App Stores, Vsco, App Annie, Houseparty, Tiktok, Extra Crunch, This Week In Apps


This Week in Apps: Apple launches a COVID-19 app, the outbreak’s impact on social and video apps and more

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry saw a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies h...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Social, Gaming, Apps, Instagram, Cdc, Tech, Smartphones, Monetization, Growth, App Annie, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus


Byte tops a million downloads amid spam issues and content concerns

New short-form video app Byte, heralded as Vine’s successor, is off to a strong start despite its issues. The app, built by Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann, brings back the six-second videos made popular by Vine which was shut down in late 2016 after Twitter’s acquisition of the popular video-sharing platform. According to , Byte’s launch has been well-received with over 1.3 million downloads during its first week alone. The U.S. delivered the bulk of these new installs, followed by Great Britain t...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Twitter, Video, Taylor Swift, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, App, Mobile Apps, Canada, Vine, App Annie, Great Britain, Dom Hofmann, Byte


Digital 2020: 3.8 billion people use social media

Our new Digital 2020 reports – published in partnership with Hootsuite – show that digital, mobile, and social media have become an indispensable part of everyday life for people all over the world. More than 4.5 billion people now use the internet, while social media users have passed the 3.8 billion mark. Nearly 60 percent of the world’s population is already online, and the latest trends suggest that more than half of the world’s total population will use social media by the middle of this ...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Asia, South Korea, Japan, Instagram, Yahoo, Internet, Indonesia, China, India, Africa, Digital, US


App stores saw record 204 billion app downloads in 2019, consumer spend of $120 billion

Consumers downloaded a record 204 billion apps in 2019, up 6% from 2018 and up 45% since 2016, and spent $120 billion on apps, subscriptions and other in-app spending in the past year. The average mobile user, meanwhile, is spending 3.7 hours per day using apps. This data and more comes from App Annie’s annual report, “State of Mobile,” which highlights the biggest app trends for the past year, and sets forecasts for the years ahead. According to App Annie, the record growth in mobile downloads ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, South Korea, Japan, Instagram, Indonesia, China, Time, Ios Apps, Netflix, Android Apps, App Stores, Tencent Video


Snapchat was overtaken by Pinterest in US users last year. But the real threat is coming from China's TikTok and no one knows how fast it's growing. (PINS, SNAP)

Pinterest surpassed Snapchat as the third-largest social media network in the US, according to a report from eMarketer. EMarketer predicted that Pinterest will "continue to stay ahead of Snapchat in the coming years." The report said that despite Snap's 2019 comeback and popularity with younger users, Pinterest's "universal appeal" helped it pull ahead this year. Shares of Pinterest surged as much as 12% on Tuesday morning after the report was released. Visit Business Insider's homepage for m...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, China, US, Trends, Snapchat, Cnbc, App Annie, Business Insider, Emarketer, Insider Inc, Nazmul Islam, Tiktok, eMarketer EMarketer


This Week in Apps: the year and decade in review, gaming acquisitions and a Facebook OS

Welcome back to This  Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry  is as hot as ever, with 194 billion downloads last year and more than $100 billion in consumer spending. People spend 90% of their mobile time in apps and more time using their mobile devices than watching TV. Apps aren’t just a way to waste idle hours — they’re big business, one that often seems to change overnight...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Games, Instagram, Youtube, China, Tech, Ios Apps, Developers, Snapchat


Mark Zuckerberg dominated people's phones over the decade. Here are the 10 most downloaded apps, nearly half of which Facebook owns. (FB, GOOG, MSFT)

App analytics firm App Annie recently released data about the most downloaded apps of the decade. Facebook-owned apps took the top four spots, with a combined 16 billion downloads. Messaging and calling platforms were clearly popular, with the dominance of Facebook and the prominent spots for Snapchat and Skype. TikTok, a relative newcomer that's than Facebook and Instagram, also landed on the list. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook faced scandal after scandal ove...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Instagram, Microsoft, Youtube, US, Trends, Facebook Messenger, Alibaba, Myanmar, Skype, App Annie, Business Insider, Cambridge Analytica


Facebook Owns The 4 Most Downloaded Apps Of The Decade

History may not look kindly upon it, but the 2010s really was the decade of Facebook. From a report: A new report from analytics firm App Annie revealed the top 10 most downloaded mobile apps of the decade, and Facebook has an unsurprising grip on the whole operation. Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram were the four most downloaded apps across Android and iOS in the 2010s, and all four come from the same company. It is, if nothing else, a clear view of just how much Facebook dominated ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Facebook Messenger, App Annie, Facebook From


The top mobile apps and games of 2019

Mobile consumers worldwide will have downloaded a record 120 billion apps from Apple’s App Store and Google Play by the end of 2019, according to App Annie’s year-end report on app trends. This represents a 5% increase from 2018 — a notable achievement given that the number doesn’t include re-installations or app updates. Consumer spending on apps, meanwhile, approached $90 billion in 2019 across both apps stores, up 15% from last year. The new report also examined the year’s biggest apps, inclu...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Google Play, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hbo, Instagram, Indonesia, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Pandora, Tencent


Report: Facebook and Messenger Were the Most Downloaded Apps of the Decade

Mobile data and analytics company App Annie took a look at the biggest applications of 2019, as well as the biggest apps of the decade. Looking at worldwide iOS and Android downloads combined, App Annie found that Facebook Messenger was the most-downloaded app of 2019, followed by Facebook, WhatsApp, TikTok and Instagram in the top...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Advertising, Facebook Messenger, App Annie, Social Pro Daily


The Global State of Digital in October 2019

A wealth of new data has contributed to impressive growth across various aspects of digital over the past three months, so our new report – produced in partnership with Hootsuite – has plenty of juicy headlines, as well as essential insights for brands and organisations preparing 2020 digital plans. You’ll find all the latest numbers in the SlideShare embed below (or click  ), but read on below to get richer context and insights into this quarter’s top headlines. Big jump in internet user...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Asia, South Korea, Japan, Pinterest, Instagram, Indonesia, France, China, Germany, India, Africa, Digital, Social Media, Seo


App revenue climbs 23% year-over-year to $21.9B in Q3

Global app revenue continues to climb, thanks to the growth in mobile gaming and the subscription economy. In the third quarter of 2019, consumer revenue grew 22.9% year-over-year from $17.9 billion to reach an estimated $21.9 billion across both the App Store and Google Play worldwide, Notably, the App Store continues to account for the large majority of this revenue, the report found, making up 65% of total spending compared with just 35% on Google Play. App Store users spent $14.2 billion, ...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Youtube, China, Tech, Ios Apps, Mobile Apps, Netflix, Revenue, Android Apps, Tencent, App Stores


Instagram’s vertical IGTV surrenders to landscape status quo

A year ago Instagram made a bold bet with the launch of IGTV: That it could invent and popularize a new medium of long-form vertical videos. Landscape uploads weren’t allowed. Co-founder Kevin Systrom told me in August that “What I’m most proud of is that Instagram took a stand and tried a brand new thing that is frankly hard to pull off. Full-screen vertical video that’s mobile only. That doesn’t exist anywhere else.” Now a dedicated hub for multi-minute portrait mode video won’t exist anywh...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Entertainment, Youtube, US, Tech, Creators, Kevin Systrom, App Annie, Co, Instagram IGTV, IGTV


The state of digital in April 2019: all the numbers you need to know

It’s only been three months since we published our first round of Digital 2019 reports, but our new Q2 Global Digital Statshot shows that the connected world has already changed considerably during that time. Essential headlines   Global internet users grew by 8.6 per cent over the past twelve months, with 350 million new users contributing to an overall total of 4.437 billion by the start of April 2019. Social media user numbers have also registered solid growth, increasing b...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Indonesia, China, Russia, India, Digital, US, Social Media, Seo, Linkedin, Snapchat


It’s time to pay serious attention to TikTok

If you haven’t been paying attention to TikTok, you haven’t been paying attention. The short-form video app hailing from Beijing’s ByteDance just had its biggest month ever with the addition of 75 million new users in December — a 275 percent increase from the 20 million it added in December 2017, according Despite its rapid rise, there are still plenty of people — often, older people — who aren’t quite sure what TikTok is. TikTok is often referred to as a “lip-syncing” app, which makes it ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Jimmy Fallon, China, India, NFL, Tech, Beijing, Tony Hawk, App Annie, U S, Riverdale, NFL Players Association, Apptopia, Facebook Instagram Snapchat, Roblox


App Stores to pass $122B in 2019, with gaming and subscriptions driving growth

Mobile intelligence and data firm App Annie is today releasing its 2019 predictions for the worldwide app economy, including its forecast around consumer spending, gaming, the subscription market, and other highlights. Most notably, it expects the worldwide gross consumer spend in apps – meaning before the app stores take their own cut – to surpass $122 billion next year, which is double the size of the global box office market, for comparison’s sake. According to the new forecast, the worldwide...
Tags: Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Games, Media, Instagram, China, Disney, Tech, Bloomberg, Tencent, App Stores, Harry Potter, Starbucks, App-store, App Annie


TikTok surpassed Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat & YouTube in downloads last month

Beijing-based ByteDance’s 2017 acquisition of tween and teen-focused social app Musical.ly is paying off. The company this year merged Musical.ly with its own short video app TikTok as a means of entering the U.S. market. Today, the result of that merger is sitting at the top of the U.S. App Store, ahead of Facebook. More importantly, it recently surpassed Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat in monthly installs for the first time in September. According to data from app intelligence firm S...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Instagram, China, Tech, Beijing, App Annie, Vungle, Facebook Google, U S App Store, Facebook More, Apptopia, Facebook Instagram Snapchat, Facebook Instagram YouTube, Bytedance


The State of the Internet in Q4 2018

The data in Hootsuite and We Are Social’s new Q4 Global Digital Statshot report reveal that the ‘Next Billion’ is fast becoming a reality, as more and more people across the developing world connect to the internet. Millions of people across Africa and South Asia came online for the first time in the past three months, with almost all of these new users accessing the internet solely via mobile devices. There have been some meaningful changes to social media numbers too, although some of the most...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Instagram, Indonesia, China, Singapore, Nigeria, Africa, Social Media, Seo, Spain, Snapchat, Netflix


Internet growth accelerates, but Facebook ad engagement tumbles

The new 2018 Q3 Global Digital Statshot report from our Global Consultant, Simon Kemp – created in partnership with Hootsuite – shows that there was plenty of change in the world of digital, social, and mobile over the past three months. There are many encouraging trends within this new data, but there are also some more worrying findings that marketers will need to monitor closely over the coming months. In particular, the latest data from Facebook suggests that clicks on ads on its platform ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, Japan, Usa, UK, Instagram, Indonesia, Australia, Youtube, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Digital


The World Cup led to a record-breaking number of app downloads and consumer spend in Q2

The second quarter of 2018 was another record-breaker for mobile app downloads and revenue. According to a new this week from App Annie, there were over 28.4 billion app downloads worldwide across both iOS and Google Play in the quarter, up 15 percent year-over-year. That number is even more remarkable because it doesn’t include reinstalls or updates – only new app downloads. In addition, consumer spending in apps was up 20 percent year-over-year to reach $18.5 billion across iOS and Google Pl...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, Tech, World Cup, Nba, FIFA World Cup, App-store, Hulu


Apple’s App Store revenue nearly double that of Google Play in first half of 2018

Apple’s App Store continues to outpace Google Play on revenue. In the first half of the year, the App Store generated nearly double the revenue of Google Play on half the downloads, according to a new from Sensor Tower out today. In terms of dollars and cents, that’s $22.6 billion in worldwide gross app revenue on the App Store versus $11.8 billion for Google Play – or, 1.9 times more spent on the App Store compared with what was spent on Google Play. This trend is not new. Apple’s iOS store ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Spotify, Instagram, Tinder, China, Tech, Ios Apps, Developers, Mobile Apps, Netflix



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