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Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re also a. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 , 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus. In 2020, investors poured $73 billion in capital into a figure up 27% year-over-year. This Week in Apps to keep up with this fast-moving industry in one place with the latest from the world of apps, including news, updates, startup funding, mergers and acquisitions, and suggestions about new apps and games to try, too.
The Wall St. Journal reported this week how Apple’s privacy changes are changing the world of mobile advertising — in this case, ad pricing across platforms. The news from tracking them, noting how ad sales, including Facebook’s ad business, would be affected. (And how Apple’s own ad business would gain.)
Android ad prices jump in the wake of privacy updates on iOS.This week, The WSJare declining to track on iOS (less than 33% opt-in), so mobile ad prices on iOS have fallen. The outlet cites data from ad measurement firm Tenjin which notes that spending on iOS mobile ads has dropped around one-third between June 1 and July 1. , Android spending rose 10% — an indication that, for the time being, some portion of the ad market has just shifted platforms. Facebook ad spending also moved to Android, with year-over-year growth of 46% for in May to 64% in June.
, the news follows a story from The FT, which noted that Chinese tech giants’ plan to route around the IDFA changes with CAID (the Chinese Advertising ID) had failed. app updates using CAID, which led to it losing support and the project’s failure. For most app users, the ability to stop tracking is a welcome change, as far too much user informed consent. But the full impacts of how the update will impact app monetization long-term — and ultimately which companies choose to build on iOS — remain to be seen.