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  • Google says it removed 700K apps from the Play Store in 2017, up 70% from 2016

    Google says it removed 700K apps from the Play Store in 2017, up 70% from 2016

    The relatively open nature of Android has made it a target for malware authors and other bad actors of all stripes who often try to get their wares onto your phone through both the official Google Play Store, third-party app stores and any other way they can think of. For most users, though, the main Android app store is Google’s own Play Store and as the company announced today, the… Read More

  • Google Play hit record 19 billion+ downloads in Q4 2017, its highest quarter ever

    Google Play hit record 19 billion+ downloads in Q4 2017, its highest quarter ever

    Smartphone adoption in emerging markets just delivered the highest number of app downloads Google Play has ever seen in a quarter. According to today’s report from App Annie, Google Play app downloads topped 19 billion in Q4 2017, a new record. That also makes Google Play’s download lead over iOS its largest ever, at 145 percent. Specifically, the downloads were driven by… Read More

  • Google brings audiobooks to its Play store

    Google brings audiobooks to its Play store

    Google’s Play store now features audiobooks. There is a good chance that you only think of the Play store as Google’s app store for Android, but it has long features support for movies, TV shows, magazines and ebooks, too. The new audiobooks feature is launching in 45 countries and nine languages. The addition of audiobooks feels like a natural progression, but I was actually… Read More

  • Sweatcoin lets you earn crypto for working out

    Sweatcoin lets you earn crypto for working out

    Want a way to workout and earn some coin? Sweatcoin has risen to the top of the App Store for helping folks get something more than just a glow for taking those daily steps. The startup says it has accumulated more than 5 million users in the past year and increased revenue by 266 percent in the last quarter. There are more than 2 million weekly active users on the app, and growing, making it… Read More

  • Netflix was 2017’s top non-game app by revenue

    Netflix was 2017’s top non-game app by revenue

    Netflix was the top earning app of 2017 that wasn’t a mobile game, according to Sensor Tower’s new year-end report on the most successful apps and publishers across Apple’s App Store and Google Play. In previous years, the top spot had gone to Spotify, and before that, LINE. But this was Netflix’s year to shine. The service saw gross subscriber revenue of approximately… Read More

  • App revenue climbed 35 percent to $60 billion in 2017

    App revenue climbed 35 percent to $60 billion in 2017

    Global app revenue climbed 35 percent in 2017 to reach nearly $60 billion, according to a new report today from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, which measured paid apps, subscriptions, and in-app purchases across both Apple’s App Store and Google Play. However, Apple is the one pulling in the most revenue, the report found – at nearly double that of Google… Read More

  • Consumers dropped $200 million on apps on Christmas, up 12 percent from last year

    Consumers dropped $200 million on apps on Christmas, up 12 percent from last year

    Consumers spent $196 million on apps, in-app purchases and subscriptions on Christmas Day 2017 across the App Store and Google Play, according to new data from Sensor Tower. The report, while excluding Android revenue in China, represents a 12.3 percent increase over last year’s spending of approximately $174 million. That speaks to a still-growing market for apps and games as well as… Read More

  • HQ Trivia arrives on Android in Canada in beta

    HQ Trivia arrives on Android in Canada in beta

    App-based trivia sensation HQ Trivia is on its way to Android, as the company previously revealed, but a special group of users can access it right now — Canadians. The app is now live in the Canadian Google Play Store, though it’s an “Unreleased” beta version of the live trivia game (via MobileSyrup). HQ Trivia debuted on iOS earlier this year, featuring a twice… Read More

  • Microsoft Office arrives on Chromebooks via Google Play Store

    Microsoft Office arrives on Chromebooks via Google Play Store

    Microsoft Office is now available for Google Chromebook users through the Google Play Store – a notable addition, given the two companies offer competing products in terms of office productivity software. Neither Google nor Microsoft are making a formal announcement about the Office applications’ arrival on Chromebooks. But we understand the Office Android apps will only be free… Read More

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