When it comes to app stores, Google Play and Apple’s App Store are two of the most dominant in the world, but it appears that the place for Android apps is not generating as much revenues as its iOS equivalent. According to a report recently released by Sensor Tower, Android mobile users based in the United States on average are spending 33 percent less on Google Play as compared to iOS mobile users are doing on the App Store. Interestingly, the market research firm’s report shows that Android users are downloading more mobile apps for every handset, an average of 42 from Google Play in 2016.
As indicated in a new report recently released by App Annie, mobile app stores registered their best performance ever in terms of the number of downloads and revenue figures during the first three months of this year. In both Android and iOS mobile operating systems, the volume of downloads have increased by 15 percent year over year in order to hit almost 25 billion around the world. By the way, that 25 billion also includes new downloads, excluding re-installations or downloads made in previous quarters.
Need further proof that more and more users are going into mobile live streaming nowadays? Well, YouTube’s app has risen to the top of the App Store charts just a few days after it decided to drop its mobile live streaming requirement down to just a thousand subscribers. Before, the mobile live streaming feature on the app was only made available to users with at least 10,000 subscribers.
One day after Super Mario Run was made available in Apple’s App Store, the mobile game has already managed to break a record. It is even more amazing when you consider that the record being broken happens to be that of the phenomenally successful Pokemon Go. Indeed, as reported by Apptopia, Super Mario Run registered a total of 2,850,000 downloads within the first 24 hours on the App Store. For comparison, Pokemon Go managed just 900,000 downloads in its first day.
According to Apple, the Pokemon Go game just became the most downloaded mobile app ever in its first week of release in the history of the App Store. Actually, it took only four days for Pokemon Go to become the number one free mobile app in Apple’s US App Store. This is quite a remarkable achievement considering that the augmented reality game has not even finished rolling out yet across the globe. Indeed, Pokemon Go had initially been deployed in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, and the United States, and is currently being made available in other regions in Europe and Asia (the phenomenally viral game has just launched in Japan).
Launched over a week ago, the System and Security Info diagnostic app has been removed by Apple from the App Store. The app had featured in some headlines several days ago because of its ability to allow iOS users to monitor the central processing unit (CPU), memory, disk usage, and processes of their mobile devices. More importantly, the app could help users determine if their iPhone device had been jailbroken, accessed without their consent, or infected with malware and other potentially harmful mobile software.
There is a new mobile app that made its debut in Apple’s App Store last weekend, and it has the ability to alert iOS mobile users if the security of their iPhone devices has been compromised. Specifically, the System and Security Info app monitors the iPhone’s central processing unit (CPU), storage, and disk usage, plus a list of all ongoing processes. With regards to security, the app notifies users if their handset has been attacked or invaded by malware and other potentially harmful software.
Apple also had a pretty good holiday season, in terms of sales generated from its App Store. As a matter of fact, the iPhone maker actually posted record revenue numbers during the last month of 2015. Just this week, the mobile giant reported that iOS users spent over $1.1 billion on mobile apps and in-app purchases over the holidays (ending in January 3rd of 2016), and in the process achieving new records not only in the volume of purchases but also in traffic at the App Store.
Yup, mobile apps found in both Google Play and Apple’s App Store transmit mobile users’ private data to third parties on a regular basis. What is worse is that they often do it with minimum notice or even none at all. This is what a group of researchers have found when they examined the behavior of more than a hundred mobile apps.
Apple is doing it again. The iPhone maker has proceeded to deleting more than 250 mobile apps from its App Store, and most of the apps removed were mostly Chinese made, and were already downloaded by a total of about 1 million iOS users. As indicated on a report published by SourceDNA, these mobile apps were apparently accessing and saving personal data, such as Apple ID and serial numbers of handsets, via the use of private application program interfaces (APIs).
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