Welcome back to mobile devices.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
Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re also a developer conference F8, which delivered app-related news across its platform. Now, WWDC is just days away.. 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. one. Facebook held its
WWDC’s big keynote is kicking off on June 7 at 1 p.m. ET next week. The Livestream page is here. While we may see new, software developers will care about the forthcoming details of Apple’s latest OS releases and other new technologies. As to what they may include? Bloomberg reported that iOS 15 would introduce a way for users to set different notification preferences and automatic replies based on their current status (driving, working, sleeping, etc.) and an updated Lock Screen where this menu of choices would be accessible.
iMessage may be upgraded to be more social to better compete with Messenger and WhatsApp.
Meanwhile, iPadOS could be getting the App Library and an upgraded . (And you can fill the screen with just devices.) Or who knows! Until , it’s all a maybe! But one potentially interesting rumor would be a new which apps collected data about them. This builds on and could make it more difficult for shady SDKs to stay in business. There will likely be some updates to Apple’s apps, SAppletchOS, and more. It’s going to be a whole week — stay tuned!