app stores

  • Pandora made $80M in U.S. app store revenue in Q3, booting Netflix from the top grossing spot

    Pandora made $80M in U.S. app store revenue in Q3, booting Netflix from the top grossing spot

    In the face of fierce competition from Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora has been growing its in-app subscription revenues, according to new data from Sensor Tower. The streaming music service earned the number one spot on the chart of top grossing apps in Q3 2017, excluding games. It’s the first time Pandora has held that position since the third quarter of 2015. Fueling the music… Read More

  • U.S. iPhone users will spend an average of $88 per year on apps by 2020

    U.S. iPhone users will spend an average of $88 per year on apps by 2020

    U.S. iPhone users will spend an average of $88 per year on paid apps and in-app purchases by 2020, according to a new forecast out this week from Sensor Tower. The firm found that the dollar amount spent on apps and in-app purchases is continuing to increase, year-over-year. iPhone users spent an average of $63 this year, up 33 percent over 2016. Read More

  • App economy to grow to $6.3 trillion in 2021, user base to nearly double to 6.3 billion

    App economy to grow to $6.3 trillion in 2021, user base to nearly double to 6.3 billion

    The global app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion by 2021, up from $1.3 trillion last year, according to a new report this morning from app analytics firm App Annie. During that same time frame, the user base will almost double from 3.4 billion people using apps to 6.3 billion, while the time spent in apps will grow to 3.5 trillion hours in 2021, up from 1.6 trillion in 2016. These… Read More

  • Cloudflare launches app development platform, announces $100M investment fund

    Cloudflare launches app development platform, announces $100M investment fund

    Cloudflare launched a brand new app development platform today called Cloudflare Apps, and announced the $100 million Cloudflare Developer Fund, started by its investors to back some of the better ideas. The platform lets developers build apps that take advantage of the Cloudflare ecosystem, place them in the Cloudflare Apps store and provide an easy way to add new functionality such as a map or… Read More

  • Apple introduces a completely redesigned App Store

    Apple introduces a completely redesigned App Store

    Apple’s App Store is getting one of the biggest upgrades since its launch nine years ago, the company announced today at its Worldwide Developer Conference. The change has been a long time coming for the App Store, which has been much maligned by developers who claim the existing interface makes it too hard for them to reach new users. Read More

  • App stores saw record revenue and downloads in Q1 2017

    App stores saw record revenue and downloads in Q1 2017

    Mobile applications saw a record number of downloads and revenue in the first quarter of the year, according to a new report from app store analytics firm App Annie out this morning. Across both iOS and Android, downloads grew by 15 percent year-over-year to reach nearly 25 billion worldwide – a figure that includes only new downloads, and not re-installs or downloads from prior… Read More

  • Developers can finally respond to App Store reviews – here’s how it works

    Developers can finally respond to App Store reviews – here’s how it works

    With yesterday’s release of iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4, Apple has made a significant change to how its App Stores operate. At long last, developers now have the ability to respond to user reviews in order to offer support, ask follow-up questions, say thanks, or otherwise interact with their app’s customers. The change has been a long time coming – the feature has been… Read More

  • Six months in, iMessage App Store growth slows as developers lose interest

    Six months in, iMessage App Store growth slows as developers lose interest

    When the iMessage App Store first launched, it was touted as the next big platform for apps – a new way for developers to gain users and make money, and was followed by an initial surge of iMessage app downloads. Now, however, the excitement is fading as is the app store’s growth. During the first few months after its debut, the iMessage App Store was seeing growth of over 100… Read More

  • Cloudflare acquires Eager to enhance app platform

    Cloudflare acquires Eager to enhance app platform

    Cloudflare announced today that it has acquired Eager, a tool for easily integrating apps into any website. The company did not disclose the purchase price, but Eager’s four employees will be joining Cloudflare, and continuing to work out of their Cambridge, MA office — at least for the time being. Eager was founded in 2014 by two former HubSpot employees, Zack Bloom and Adam Schwartz. 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

  • The app boom is not over Crunch Network

    The app boom is not over

    There’s a new wave of reporting focused on the post-app era. Recode announced “The app boom is over.” Quartz points out how most users never download any apps. Let me be very clear: The app boom is not over. There has never been a better time to be an apps developer. Read More

  • Reports of the death of apps have been greatly exaggerated Crunch Network

    Reports of the death of apps have been greatly exaggerated

    One of the problems with technology maturation frameworks like the Gartner hype cycle is that you never know where you stand. That is certainly the case with mobile apps today. Depending on whom you ask, the app economy is either poised for significant growth or about to take a serious nosedive. Read More

  • China Poised To Overtake U.S. & Japan In iOS Revenue Within The Next Year

    China Poised To Overtake U.S. & Japan In iOS Revenue Within The Next Year

    Apple’s lead over Google when it comes to revenue generated by the companies’ respective mobile application markets, the App Store and Google Play, has been cemented, according to a new report out today from App Annie. And this continues to be true even though Google Play is now leading when it comes to downloads, the firm found. In 2014, Google Play had a 60 percent download… Read More

  • Majority Of Mobile Apps In China Don’t Retain Users For More Than A Week

    Majority Of Mobile Apps In China Don’t Retain Users For More Than A Week

    China may be the world’s largest app market when it comes to downloads, but new data indicates that those download numbers aren’t translating into loyal users who return to apps on regular basis. According to a report released this morning from eMarketer, citing data from Alibaba-owned analytics platform Umeng, the majority of mobile applications launched in China struggle to… Read More

  • Apple Continues To Showcase Its Own Apps In The App Store’s Top Charts

    Apple Continues To Showcase Its Own Apps In The App Store’s Top Charts

    It seems Apple is continuing to use the App Store’s “Top Charts” section to promote its own applications, by allowing apps like iMovie and those from its iWork suite to appear in the Top 10 Free apps on users’ iPhones. This gives the appearance that Apple’s own apps among the most popular and most-downloaded in the U.S. App Store – even more… Read More

  • What Do The App Store, PlayStation 2 And The Roman Empire Have In Common? Crunch Network

    What Do The App Store, PlayStation 2 And The Roman Empire Have In Common?

    If you casually follow tech industry headlines, you might be convinced that the app store model is the bright future of software distribution. So when I say, “I have clear evidence that the app store model is dying,” you may look at me as skeptically as you’d view any wild-eyed street-corner prophet. Read More

  • Latest Salesforce Product Lets Enterprises Roll Out Their Own App Stores

    Latest Salesforce Product Lets Enterprises Roll Out Their Own App Stores

    As companies develop more mobile apps, they need an organized way to distribute them and track usage. Salesforce announced a product today called AppExchange Store Builder that gives companies what they need: their very own AppExchange. That’s right, Salesforce has packaged up the software they used to create AppExchange, the place where Salesforce customers and partners can… Read More

  • Anaplan App Hub Wants To Bring Open-Source Sharing Ethos to Financial Planners

    Anaplan App Hub Wants To Bring Open-Source Sharing Ethos to Financial Planners

    Anaplan has always been focused on changing the way financial planners do their work, moving it from Excel spreadsheets to a cloud service. Today, the company announced Anaplan App Hub, an online store/community for sharing financial planning apps. Anaplan has been called an Excel killer by some because it wants to take financial planning out of the static spreadsheet and move it into the cloud… Read More

  • Amazon Has Turned On Carrier Billing For Apps, In Germany With Bango And O2

    Amazon Has Turned On Carrier Billing For Apps, In Germany With Bango And O2

    Amazon, the e-commerce giant that recently added smartphones to its growing mobile empire, is now turning on another element to bring more users and usage into its mobile business. It will now enable carrier billing, so that when people buy paid apps and make in-app purchases through Amazon’s appstore, they can charge that directly to their phone bills. Working with UK… Read More