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Apple’s StoreKit 2 simplifies App Store subscriptions and refunds by making them accessible inside apps

If you’ve ever bought a subscription inside an iOS app and later decided you wanted to cancel, upgrade or downgrade, or ask for a refund, you may have had trouble figuring out how to go about making that request or change. Some people today still believe that they can stop their subscription charges simply by deleting an app from their iPhone. Others may dig around unsuccessfully inside their iPhone’s Settings or on the App Store to try to find out how to ask for a refund. With the updates Apple...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Customer Service, Smartphones, Developers, App Stores, App Store, Api, Subscriptions, Hulu, Apple Id


Apple’s App Store facilitated $643 billion in commerce, up 24% from last year

In its antitrust trial with Epic Games, which has just adjourned, Apple argued it doesn’t evaluate its App Store profit and loss as a standalone business. But today, the company put out new figures that indicate it does have a good understanding of the money that flows through its app marketplace, at the very least. The company has now released an updated version of a study performed by the economists at the Analysis Group, which claims the App Store ecosystem facilitated $643 billion in billing...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Europe, China, Tech, Developers, Mobile Apps, Tim Cook, App Stores, App Store, Wwdc, Apple Inc


RevenueCat raises $40M Series B for its in-app subscription platform

RevenueCat, a startup offering a series of tools for developers of subscription-based apps, has raised $40 million in Series B funding, valuing its business at $300 million, post-money. Founded by developers who understood the difficulties in scaling a subscription app first-hand, RevenueCat’s software development kit (SDK) solution gives companies the tools they need to build a subscription business, including not just adding subscriptions themselves, but maintaining them over time even as the ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Y Combinator, Microsoft, Funding, Tech, Developers, Mobile Apps, App Stores, App Store, Subscriptions, Cto


Sensor Tower makes its first acquisition with deal for market intelligence company, Pathmatics

Mobile app market intelligence firm Sensor Tower has made its first acquisition. The company this morning announced it’s acquiring Pathmatics, a market intelligence company which will now combine its paid digital and social media platform with Sensor Tower’s business. Deal terms were not detailed but include an undisclosed growth investment from Riverwood Capital into Pathmatics. The acquisition will allow the companies to offer an expanded set of digital and mobile advertising insights to their...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Media, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Tech, App Stores, Mobile Advertising, Competitive Intelligence, Digital Advertising, Online Advertising, Digital Marketing, Santa Monica, Sensor Tower, Pathmatics


Apptopia raises $20M to expand its competitive intelligence business beyond mobile

Boston-based Apptopia, a company providing competitive intelligence in the mobile app ecosystem, has closed on $20 million in Series C funding aimed at fueling its expansion beyond the world of mobile apps. The new financing was led by ABS Capital Partners, and follows three consecutive years of 50% year-over-year growth for Apptopia’s business, which has been profitable since the beginning of last year, the company says. Existing investors, including Blossom Street Ventures, also participated i...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Boston, Funding, Tech, CMO, Bloomberg, Google Analytics, Mobile Apps, App Stores, Vpn, Andreessen Horowitz


Spotify Calls Apple's App Store Restrictions 'An Abusive Power Grab'

At an App Store antitrust hearing that took place today, Spotify and Match Group (the company behind Tinder) accused Apple of abusing its ‌App Store‌ powers to to disadvantage rival services, reports Bloomberg. Spotify chief Legal Officer Horacio Gutierrez said that Apple's rules are "nothing more than an abusive power grab." "Apple abuses its dominant position as a gatekeeper of the ‌App Store‌ to insulate itself from competition and disadvantage rival services like Spotify," Horacio Gutierrez...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Taiwan, App Stores, Antitrust, App Store, Match Group, U S Department of Justice, Google Apple, Horacio Gutierrez, Bloomberg Spotify, Kyle Andeer, Andeer, Spotify Horacio Gutierrez Spotify, Spotify Calls Apple


U.S. Senator Calls AirTags Release 'Timely' as App Store Antitrust Hearing Kicks Off

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is spearheading an antitrust hearing on competition in App Stores, today called Apple's AirTags release "timely" because it is the type of conduct that she plans to examine, reports Reuters. "It's timely given that this is the type of conduct that we'll be talking about at the hearing," she said, while also mentioning that criticisms of the App Store and Play Store have not received enough attention. The "Antitrust Applied: Examining Competition in App Stores"...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Congress, App Stores, Antitrust, Amy Klobuchar, App Store, Match Group, Tile, Reuters, CJ Prober, Kyle Andeer, Kirsten Daru, Airtags, Apple Google Tile Spotify


US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020, will grow to $180 in 2021

U.S. consumers spent an average of $138 on iPhone apps last year, an increase of 38% year over year, largely driven by the pandemic impacts, according to new data from app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower. Throughout 2020, consumers turned to iPhone apps for work, school, entertainment, shopping and more, driving per-user spending to a new record and the greatest annual growth since 2016, when it had then popped by 42% year over year. Sensor Tower tells TechCrunch it expects the trend of inc...
Tags: Iphone, Ios, Mobile, Apps, Games, China, Iphone Apps, Disney, US, Tech, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, United States, App Stores, Mobile Games, App-store


Tim Cook and Tim Sweeney among potential witnesses for Apple/Epic trial

A proposed witness list filed by Apple for its upcoming trial against game-maker Epic reads like a who’s who of executives from the two companies. The drawn out battle could well prove a watershed moment from mobile app payments. The two sides came to loggerheads when the Fortnite maker was kicked out of the App Store in August of last year after adding an in-game payment system designed to bypass Apple’s – along with Apple’s cut of the profiles. Epic has accused Apple of monopolist practices pe...
Tags: Apple, Gaming, Apps, Tech, Epic, Tim Cook, Nvidia, App Stores, App Store, Epic Games, Phil Schiller, Tim Sweeney, Craig Federighi, Microsoft Facebook, TechCrunch Apple, Fortnite


Alibaba's Browser Removed From Chinese Android App Stores

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese app stores have removed Alibaba Group's UC Browser for mobiles, after it was criticised on Chinese state television's...
Tags: Beijing, Alibaba, App Stores, Alibaba Group, Reuters, UC browser


Rent the Runway’s first iOS team launches Runway, an easier way to coordinate app releases

A team of mobile app engineers and designers from companies like Rent the Runway, ClassPass, Kickstarter and others, are now launching their own startup, Runway, to address the common pain points they experienced around the mobile app release cycle. With Runway, teams can connect their existing tools to keep track of the progress of an app’s release, automate many of the manual steps along the way, and better facilitate communication among all those involved. “Mobile app releases are exercises i...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Apps, Y Combinator, New York, Tech, Mobile Apps, Software, App Stores, App-store, Eta, Rent The Runway, Runway, Custom, Releases, App Releases


Minnesota and Arizona Bills Aim to Let Developers Skirt Apple's In-App Purchase Rules

After North Dakota tried and failed to pass legislation that would have paved the way for third-party App Store options, Minnesota and Arizona have introduced new bills that would loosen Apple's control over ‌App Store‌ developers. A Minnesota bill shared by Star Tribune would force Apple and Google to keep products from Minnesotan developers on their app stores even if those developers sell them directly or through other channels, skirting current in-app purchase rules. Supporters of the bi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Minnesota, North Dakota, House, Arizona, App Stores, App Store, Star Tribune, Capitol, Arizona House, Erik Neuenschwander, Zack Stephenson, U S House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, Arizona Bills Aim


Artie raises $10M for app-less mobile games

Artie, a startup looking to rethink the distribution of mobile games, announced today that it has raised $10 million in funding. There are some big names backing the company — its latest investors include Zynga founder Mark Pincus, Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five Ventures, Scooter Braun’s Raised In Space, Shutterstock founder Jon Oringer, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, Susquehanna International Group, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment + The Sixers Lab, Googler Manuel Bronstein and...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Media, Youtube, Funding, Tech, Zynga, App Stores, Alice, Sdk, Braun, Horrigan


Top 100 subscription apps grew 34% to $13B in 2020, share of total spend remained the same

Apps saw record downloads and consumer spending in 2020, globally reaching somewhere around to , according to various estimates. But a growing part of that spend was subscription payments, a new report from Sensor Tower indicates. Last year, global subscription app revenue from the top 100 subscription apps (excluding games), climbed 34% year-over-year to $13 billion, up from $9.7 billion in 2019. The App Store, not surprisingly, accounted for a sizable chunk of this subscription revenue, giv...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play, Mobile, Apps, Youtube, Disney, Tech, Developers, Netflix, App Stores, Play Store, Espn, Subscriptions, Google One Google


Robinhood and Reddit top the App Store, as trading apps surge following GameStop mania

The GameStop mania didn’t just drive up the stock price of a declining video game retailer, it’s also sent trading apps and others to the top of the App Store, due to record-breaking downloads. Today, the popular trading app Robinhood has become the No. 1 app overall on the App Store for the first time, followed by No. 2 Reddit, home to the r/wallstreetbets forum which drove the push to buy GameStop. Neither app had reached as high a chart position before, according to data from Apptopia. The...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Finance, Tech, Reddit, App Stores, Square, Trading, Stocks, Fidelity, Robinhood, Stock Trading, Gamestop, Apptopia, Stock Apps, Webull


This Week in Apps: Parler deplatformed, alt apps rise, looking back at 2020 trends

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with  218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Amazon, Android, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, China, India, Samsung, Tech, Paypal, Ios Apps, Developers


Social Media Platform Parler Removed from Apple and Google’s App Stores

Parler, the social media platform that's become popular among conservatives in recent months, has been removed from both major mobile application marketplaces for failing to adequately moderate content on its app. Google delisted the app from its Google Play store Friday evening, explaining that the company requires all apps to "implement robust moderation for egregious...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play, Politics, Media, Advertising, App Stores, Platforms


This Week in Apps: Social apps react to riots, Parler gets booted, FTC threatens regulation

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with  204 billion downloads and $120 billion in global consumer spend in 2019. Consumer spend also hit a record $112 billion across iOS and Android alone. Not including third-party Chinese app stores, iOS and Android users 130 billion apps in 2020. Due to COVID-19, time spent in apps 25% year-over-year ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Microsoft, China, US, Tech, Developers, Bbc, Beijing, Epic


This Week in Apps: Apple bans party app, China loses 39K iOS games, TikTok births a ‘Ratatousical’

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with  204 billion total downloads and $120 billion in global consumer spend in 2019. Not including Chinese third-party app stores, iOS and Android users in 2020 130 billion apps and spent a record $112 billion. In 2019, people spent three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Due to COVID-...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Google Play, Facebook, Apps, New York, Hollywood, Media, Instagram, China, Disney, Samsung, Tech, Ios Apps, Developers


Study Finds More Than $100 Billion Spent on App Stores in 2020

A new report by Sensor Tower reveals that 2020 has been a record-setting year for worldwide spending on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, which collectively passed $100 billion in a single year for the first time ever in November. From a report: The trend of increased spending continued over Christmas, when consumers around the world spent an estimated $407.6 million across Apple's App Store and Google Play. This represents a 34.5 percent year-on-year growth from approximately $303 mill...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play Store, Tech, Tencent, App Stores, App Store, Apple App Store, Sensor Tower, Tiktok


Apple launches its new app privacy labels across all its App Stores

At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, the company announced it would soon require developers to disclose their app’s privacy practices to customers via new, glanceable summaries that appear on their apps’ product pages on the App Store. Today, these new app privacy labels are going live across all of Apple’s App Stores, including iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. On the developers’ side, Apple began requiring developers to submit their privacy practices with the submission of n...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Tech, App Stores, App Store, Adtech, Digital Rights, Labels, Clinical Health Records API


This Week in Apps: Apple scolds adtech, Facebook hit with antitrust suits, Twitter buys Squad

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with  204 billion downloads and $120 billion in global consumer spend in 2019. Not including third-party Chinese app stores, iOS and Android users 130 billion apps in 2020. Consumer spend also hit a record $112 billion across iOS and Android alone. In 2019, people spent three hours and 40 minutes per day ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Spotify, London, Sweden, Instagram, Australia, California, France, Saudi Arabia, China


Court Again Enjoins Anti-TikTok Executive Order–TikTok v. US

This is another ruling involving Trump’s efforts to kick TikTok and WeChat out of the United States. This court, interpreting the authorizing statute, previously partially enjoined the Secretary of Commerce’s implementation of the anti-TikTok executive order. Again relying exclusively on statutory construction, the court concludes that the implementation was “arbitrary and capricious” and preliminarily enjoins all of it. This isn’t a hard case. The authorizing statute (IEEPA) does not allow the...
Tags: Law, China, US, United States, Commerce, App Stores, Doj, Trump, Marland, Damocles, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, Tiktok, TikTok Inc, Trump Court Enjoins Trump Administration, WeChat Users


This Week in Apps: The year’s best apps, 2020’s biggest downloads, the App Store’s newest hire

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People now spend three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re also a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those wit...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, South Korea, Disney, Siri, Tech, Reddit, Nba, App Stores, Vsco, Airbnb, Vpn


Wakeout! Named Apple's Best App of 2020, While Zoom Earns the Title for Best iPad App

Apple today shared its App Store Best of 2020 winners, highlighting its picks for the top iOS, iPadOS, and macOS apps and games released over the course of the year. Apple's iPhone App of the Year award went to Wakeout!, which is a family friendly exercise and movement app that encourages people to complete easy exercises while at home. Apple's iPad App of the Year was Zoom, which soared in popularity due to the number of people working and learning from home this year. Apple's ‌iPhone‌ Game...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Disney, App Stores, App Store, Mac App, Phil Schiller, Runeterra, Wakeout, Sneaky Sasquatch Apple


BlueMail Antitrust Case Against Apple Dismissed

An antitrust lawsuit leveled at Apple by Blix Inc. has been dismissed by a federal judge, in what appears to be a major setback for developers accusing Apple of malpractice with its App Store (via Bloomberg). BlueMail was removed from the Mac App Store in June 2019 after Apple found the app to be in violation of several ‌App Store‌ Review Guidelines, including "proposing to override basic data security protections which can expose users' computers to malware that can harm their Macs and threa...
Tags: Apple, Lawsuit, App Stores, Antitrust, App Store, Mac App Store, Stark, U S District Court for the District of Delaware, Blix, Leonard P Stark, BlueMail, Patent lawsuits, BlueMail Antitrust Case Against Apple, Blix Inc, Bloomberg BlueMail, Mac App Store Blix Inc


Will Zoom Apps be the next hot startup platform?

When Zoom announced Zapps last month — the name has since been wisely changed to Zoom Apps — VC Twitter immediately began speculating that Zoom could make the leap from successful video conferencing service to becoming a launching pad for startup innovation. It certainly caught the attention of former TechCrunch writer and current investor at Signal Fire Josh Constine, who tweeted that “Zoom’s new ‘Zapps’ app platform will crush or king-make lots of startups.” Zoom's new "Zapps" app pl...
Tags: Startups, TC, Video, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, App Stores, Salesforce, Video Conferencing, Signal Fire, Emergence Capital, Zoom, Josh Constine, Scheinman, Jason Green, Maven Ventures


Apple App Store prices to increase reflecting 2% Equalisation Levy

Apple announced on Monday that prices of App Store products in India will increase to reflect a 2% equalisation levy, in addition to the 18% GST already being imposed. This will apply to prices of apps and in-app purchases, excluding auto-renewable subscriptions. India’s 2% digital tax on foreign e-commerce operators kicked in from April 2020. Prices will also change in other countries in response due to fluctuations in exchange rates of local currencies. Prices in Brazil, Colombia, Russi...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Europe, UK, News, Indonesia, France, India, US, Turkey, South Africa, Malaysia, Italy, App Stores


Coalition for App Fairness, a group fighting for app store reforms, adds 20 new partners

The Coalition for App Fairness (CAF), a newly-formed advocacy group pushing for increased regulation over app stores, has more than doubled in size with today’s announcement of 20 new partners — just one month after its launch. The organization, led by top app publishers and critics including Epic Games, Deezer, Basecamp, Tile, Spotify and others, debuted in late September to fight back against Apple and Google’s control over app stores, and particularly the stores’ rules around in-app purchases...
Tags: Apple, Google, Apps, Spotify, Tech, Developers, Policy, Regulation, Itunes, United States, Coalition, Schibsted, App Stores, App-store, Advocacy, Sdk


The Paytm Mini App Store doesn’t really seem to be an app store

By Nikhil Pahwa and Aroon Deep On Monday morning, newspapers across the country were splashed with front page ads for the “Paytm Mini App Store“, inviting developers to join the company “to build India’s Digital Revolution, together!” The problem: it’s not really an app store — the Mini App Store is a collection of services that open in a browser inside Paytm’s own app. App stores, by definition, are distribution mechanisms for independent software called apps, and allow users to install apps lo...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Play, Google Play Store, Facebook, News, Microsoft, India, App Stores, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm, Sharma, Nikhil Pahwa, Play Store Google, Paytm Mini App Store, Mini App Store