app-store

  • Apple’s big App Store purge is now underway

    Apple’s big App Store purge is now underway

    Earlier this year, Apple promised it would clean up its iOS App Store by removing outdated, abandoned apps, including those that no longer meet current guidelines or don’t function as intended. That great App Store purge now appears to be underway, according to new data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. The company found that app removals increased by 238 percent in October… Read More

  • Photo app Ever removed its spammy SMS feature after Apple banned it

    Photo app Ever removed its spammy SMS feature after Apple banned it

    Score one for the consumer against the indefatigable force of growth hacking. Ever, the photo storage app that we called out in September for spamming SMS contact lists (it rebranded from Everalbum shortly after), has found its way back into Apple’s App Store after getting temporarily banned for its practices. Ever has had a lot of negative feedback — and even a couple of… Read More

  • Post-App Store developer platform Blackstorm launches a games studio

    Post-App Store developer platform Blackstorm launches a games studio

    Whenever a new developer and compute platform comes along — whether that’s the mobile phone or a VR headset — games are quick to follow as one of the first ever use cases. That’s the case now with Blackstorm, a development platform that’s geared toward different platforms like Messengers and the browser that can easily be accessed without having to download a… Read More

  • China overtakes the U.S. in iOS App Store revenue

    China overtakes the U.S. in iOS App Store revenue

    China has now overtaken the U.S. to become the largest market in the world for App Store revenue, according to a new report out this morning from app intelligence firm App Annie. The country earned over $1.7 billion in Q3 2016, which puts it ahead of the U.S. by over 15 percent. The U.S. had been the number one iOS market since 2010, the report notes. Today, Chinese consumers spend more than… Read More

  • Blackstorm raises $33.5M to help developers get their apps everywhere beyond the App Store

    Blackstorm raises $33.5M to help developers get their apps everywhere beyond the App Store

    Managing the App Store can be one of the most difficult experiences for new developers. Getting noticed is hard, the experience isn’t that great, and now Apple is allowing search ads. And to make things more interesting, there’s a lot of interest in different platforms beyond traditional apps — including messaging bots. Eventually, there will have to be a way to… Read More

  • App Store sees 140 billion downloads, 106% year-over-year growth

    App Store sees 140 billion downloads, 106% year-over-year growth

    Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a brief update on the App Store this morning at the kickoff of the iPhone press event, noting that Apple’s application marketplace has now seen 140 billion apps downloaded to date. He also touted the store’s 106% year-over-year growth over the course of the last two months – an interesting figure, but one that was not explained in more detail as to… Read More

  • Upcoming App Store purge could see hundreds of thousands of apps deleted

    Upcoming App Store purge could see hundreds of thousands of apps deleted

    Apple’s recently announced promise to clean up its App Store by removing old, outdated and non-compliant applications could see hundreds of thousands of apps getting booted from the mobile application marketplace, according to new data about the number of abandoned apps live on the storefront today. Apple, of course, didn’t specifically detail its criteria for kicking out older… Read More

  • Apple is going to remove abandoned apps from the App Store

    Apple is going to remove abandoned apps from the App Store

    It’s cleaning time in the App Store. Apple sent an email to its developer community indicating that there will be some upcoming changes in the App Store. If an app no longer works or is outdated, it’s going to get removed from the App Store. And it’s about time. “We are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps, removing apps that no longer function as… Read More

  • App Store to reach 5 million apps by 2020, with games leading the way

    App Store to reach 5 million apps by 2020, with games leading the way

    The Apple App Store shows no signs of slowing down, despite the fact that people seem to limit the number of apps they use regularly to just a small handful. But developers keep building, so the apps keep coming. According to new analysis out this morning from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, the App Store is expected to more than double its size over the next four years, reaching 5… Read More

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