app-store

  • App downloads up 15 percent in 2016, revenue up 40 percent thanks to China

    App downloads up 15 percent in 2016, revenue up 40 percent thanks to China

    The app industry is continuing to grow, according to a new year-end analysis from app intelligence firm App Annie, out today, which found that app downloads, time spent in apps and revenue grew across the board over the course of 2016. Worldwide downloads were up 15 percent year-over-year, time spent in apps was up 25 percent, and the revenue paid to developers increased by 40… Read More

  • Spotify, Netflix, LINE, Pandora & HBO NOW top the list of 2016’s biggest apps by revenue

    Spotify, Netflix, LINE, Pandora & HBO NOW top the list of 2016’s biggest apps by revenue

    According to a new year-end report from Sensor Tower detailing the top apps of 2016, streaming services dominated when it came to which apps, outside of games, pulled in the most revenue over the past year. At the top of the list is Spotify, which not only scored the number one spot on the iTunes App Store, but also was the number one revenue earner across both platforms, including both… Read More

  • New Years 2017 was the biggest App Store day ever with $240M in purchases

    New Years 2017 was the biggest App Store day ever with $240M in purchases

    Now that 2016 is over, some companies are taking time to look back and recap how they fared last year. And now Apple has shared some stats showing us how the App Store did. New Year’s Day 2017 was the single biggest day ever on the App Store – with iOS users spending almost $240 million on apps. This is a little bit surprising, since you’d think Christmas Day is… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Soylent Is Back

    Super Mario Run is the most downloaded app in 24 hours on the App Store, Soylent is back with its reformulation and we now know why Facebook’s drone crashed. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • November 2016 was the best month ever for App Store sales

    November 2016 was the best month ever for App Store sales

    Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller announced today that the App Store had hit a new milestone. According to a statement he posted to Twitter, the App Store had a record-breaking month in terms of sales this November. Sales and download numbers were not provided, however, which makes it more difficult to put this announcement into perspective compared with prior… Read More

  • 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

  • Gwyneth Paltrow joins Apple’s reality TV show ‘Planet of the Apps’

    Gwyneth Paltrow joins Apple’s reality TV show ‘Planet of the Apps’

    Apple’s forthcoming reality TV show just scored itself some big-time Hollywood star power: according to a report out this morning from Variety, actress and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow will serve as a mentor to the contestants on the new series, “Planet of the Apps.” The show, which is debuting next year, will also have Gary Vaynerchuk and will.iam as advisers, the report says. Read More

  • Apple says Pokémon Go is the most downloaded app in a first week ever

    Apple says Pokémon Go is the most downloaded app in a first week ever

    Apple has told TechCrunch that Pokémon Go has broken an impressive App Store record. While the game was only available in a few countries at the time, the app has attracted more downloads in the App Store during its first week than any other app in App Store history. Read More

  • Alibaba snaps up Chinese Android app store Wandoujia

    Alibaba snaps up Chinese Android app store Wandoujia

    Alibaba has advanced its reach on mobile after it acquired one of China’s most prominent Android app stores, Wandoujia, in an undisclosed acquisition. Read More

  • Live.ly shoots to the top of the App Store

    Live.ly, the newly released live streaming app from musical.ly, has now secured the top slot in the Apple App Store. That puts live.ly above Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Google Maps and Instagram. Live.ly finished rolling out last Thursday and the app has already received over 500,000 downloads, the company tells TechCrunch. The app lets people broadcast what they are doing in real… Read More

  • Will the rich get richer with Apple’s new app store ads

    Will the rich get richer with Apple’s new app store ads

    Apple’s reveal of sponsored search ads on the App Store was overshadowed by its simultaneous opening up and improvement of its subscription offerings. But for the average developer or publisher, the ads will have a much more immediate effect on their business. Paid ads won’t begin until Apple has completed a period of free testing. In the interim, App Store publishers should be… Read More

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