Apps

  • 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

  • Periscope ups payouts to broadcasters on sales of Super Hearts, adds holiday bonuses

    Periscope ups payouts to broadcasters on sales of Super Hearts, adds holiday bonuses

    Twitter’s Periscope is going after live broadcasters in a big way, as it’s now promising to give back more of their earnings from the sales of Super Hearts in their live video streams. Introduced in June, Super Hearts are in-app virtual goods that offer a form of virtual tipping. The idea is similar to Twitch’s or YouTube’s emotes, but instead of custom emoji… Read More

  • Microsoft launches a revamped version of Mixer into beta

    Microsoft launches a revamped version of Mixer into beta

    Microsoft today announced the launch of a new beta version of its mobile gameplay streaming app, Mixer, for both iOS and Android. The company says the new app features an entirely different codebase that will allow it to roll out updates more quickly, and includes a number of changes focused on improving the core user experience, content discoverability, app performance and… Read More

  • Skype’s big redesign publicly launches to desktop users

    Skype’s big redesign publicly launches to desktop users

    Earlier this year, Skype introduced a revamped version of its application offering a heavier focus on media sharing and social expression tools, in an effort to better compete with more modern social communication services, like Slack and even Snapchat. Today, the company is publicly launching the new version of Skype to the desktop, including on Mac, Windows 10 (November 2016 update and… Read More

  • Apollo for iOS is the only Reddit app you need

    Apollo for iOS is the only Reddit app you need

    Former Apple intern Christian Selig says he wasn’t happy with the selection of iOS apps for browsing Reddit, so he decided to build his own. The developer this week launched his own Reddit client called Apollo, which offers a beautifully designed browsing experience for either iPhone or iPad, as well as customizable gestures, a media viewer and more. 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

  • SoundShare’s new app lets you create playlists with friends, stream them to Apple TV

    SoundShare’s new app lets you create playlists with friends, stream them to Apple TV

    SoundShare, an app that lets you text your friends entire songs, was already one of the more clever iOS applications available. Recently, the app rolled out an update that introduces a redesign and whole new experience called “Party Mode” that lets friends play songs through your device — like at get-togethers, where everyone wants to hear their favorite music. Read More

  • Hopper expands its price prediction technology to hotels, initially in NYC

    Hopper expands its price prediction technology to hotels, initially in NYC

    Hopper, a top-ranked travel app that helps you figure out the best time to fly to save money, is today expanding its price prediction service to hotels. The company claims its price tracking technology is able to save users $34 per night, on average, when booking a hotel room through its service, or up to $90 per night in the best cases. The Hopper application is already one of the better… Read More

  • Amazon introduces paid subscriptions for Alexa skills

    Amazon introduces paid subscriptions for Alexa skills

    After grabbing 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market, Amazon says it’s now opening up a way for third-party developers to make money from their voice apps, known as skills, on its Alexa platform. The company announced it has introduced the ability for customers to access premium subscription content within the Jeopardy! skill – the first skill maker to receive access… Read More

  • Amazon debuts a new Appstore app with better discovery, focus on Amazon Coins

    Amazon debuts a new Appstore app with better discovery, focus on Amazon Coins

    Amazon’s Kindle app isn’t the only mobile app from the company getting a makeover today. Amazon has also now quietly introduced a new version of its Appstore app for Fire TV, Fire tablets and Android devices. The new store features a visual redesign and an increased focus on Amazon’s own virtual currency, Amazon Coins. Read More

  • Apple’s ‘App of the Day’ featuring boosts downloads by 1747%, games by 792%

    Apple’s ‘App of the Day’ featuring boosts downloads by 1747%, games by 792%

    New research from Apptopia, out today, takes a look at the impact getting featured as the App or Game of the Day on the new iOS App Store has on app downloads. This data is still fairly early, as the revamped App Store only arrived publicly with iOS 11’s release in September. Not surprisingly, the report finds that snagging one of these featured spots can lead to a big boost in app… Read More

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