Welcome back to mobile devices. 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.series that recaps the latest mobile OS news, mobile applications, and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global in 2020. Consumers also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., ahead of the time spent watching live TV. The average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV daily but now spends four hours per day on their
Android App Bundles are now going to be required. This week, Google announced it would require new top 1,000 apps and games have switched to AABs, including those from Adobe and Duolingo. Gameloft, Netflix, reBus, Rainy, and Twitter. Today, over 1 million apps are using AAB in production.in August 2021. The company first Bundle standard, which replaces the APK, in May 2018 as part of its modern development push. Since then, most of the
AABs way to download the assets needed for a particular device quickly and more efficiently. They do so in a way that focuses on getting the user or player to the app or game’s content as fast as possible.with the aging APK standard, particularly around larger apps and games. With AABs, developers don’t have to create an APK containing everything for every . They offer a
But not everyone agrees the change is for the better. Those who utilize APK Hosting sites like APKMirror or APKPure to download and share apps worry that the shift to AAB is a way to force users to use theinstead of alternatives. Meanwhile, founder and CEO Tim Sweeney — taking on tech giants over their alleged app store monopolies with lawsuits and lobbying — pointed out that moving away from the more open APK standard is about locking users into Google Play.
Consumer Spending on apps hits a record $64.9B in the year’s first half. According to preliminary data fromintelligence firm Sensor Tower, consumer spending in mobile apps hit a record $64.9 billion in the first half of 2021. This figure represents a 24.8% increase in expenditure across the compared with the year-ago period. But while industry experts believe the accelerated shift to mobile fueled by the pandemic is a trend that will continue, it’s worth noting that — despite the new record — the , and the download growth slowed more dramatically. From the first half of 2019 to the first half of 2020, consumer spending on grew 28.4% from $40.5 billion to $52 billion, for comparison — slower than the 24.8% seen in the current period.
✨of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8. Although developers already had access to early builds, this week was the first time the public could get their hands on Apple’s latest software before its this fall. One of the most significant changes in iOS 15 is the addition of “Focus” modes that more control over when and who can bother them with calls, texts, and notifications during different contexts — like work, driving, sleeping, and more. Users will also gain access to SharePlay interactivity on FaceTime, iMessage improvements, the ability to FaceTime with Android friends via web links, , Live Text (which unlocks info from your photos), app privacy reports, and upgrades to most of Apple’s core apps, and more.