Tag: category-/Internet & Telecom/Mobile & Wireless/Mobile Apps & Add-Ons

Pirates hijack Apple’s enterprise certificates to put hacked apps on iPhones

(Reuters) — Software pirates have hijacked technology designed by Apple to distribute hacked versions of Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go, Minecraft and other popular apps on iPhones, Reuters has found. Illicit software distributors such as TutuApp, Panda Helper, AppValley and TweakBox have found ways to use digital certificates to get access to a program Apple […]

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Slack launches Block Kit to make it easier to build apps

Slack today made its Block Kit tool for building more visually appealing apps generally available. The Slack App Directory currently has more than 1,500 apps, and the Slack Platform for the creation of apps and automated bots dates back to 2015. The company also introduced Block Kit Builder for designing apps and testing app prototypes. Block […]

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Google refocuses Android Things as a ‘platform for OEM partners’

When Google announced Android Things at its 2015 I/O developer conference, it pitched it as a versatile, embedded, and open operating system designed to run on low-power and memory-constrained internet of things (IoT) devices with support for Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi, and the Weave protocol. Now, it’s changing its tune somewhat. Google today announced that […]

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Singular study reveals top mobile ad networks for return on investment

Singular reported that Facebook and Google are still the top performers when it comes to return on investment for marketing campaigns that place ads in mobile apps and games. San Francisco-based Singular is a marketing intelligence company that optimizes more than $10 billion in annual ad spending. The annual Singular ROI Index sifted through $1.5 […]

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Don’t sleep on Latin America, game publishers

When mobile app developers consider the next markets, Latin America isn’t often top of mind. After all, if you look at top countries by game revenue, Mexico and Brazil come at 12th and 13th, well behind China, the U.S. and Japan — regions that receive the lion’s share of big developers’ focus. But numbers are […]

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Sensor Tower: Fortnite makes $500 million on iOS in less than a year

Fortnite on iOS reached the $500 million mark in worldwide revenue by the end of 2018, according to estimates from market analyst Sensor Tower. The free-to-play battle royale game has been available on iOS since March 15. It reached the $500 million mark in just 326 days. It managed to hit this milestone faster than mobile […]

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Flashbreak raises $2 million for live mobile game competitions with real-money rewards

Flashbreak has raised $2 million in funding for live mobile game competitions that reward gamers with real-money rewards. It’s sort of like HQ Trivia, in that everybody gathers at a particular time to compete in a show. Paris-based Flashbreak raised the money from French venture capital firm Alven and Kima Venture. It’s a kind of […]

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WhatsApp now lets you unlock your iPhone with face or fingerprint ID

WhatsApp now allows iPhone users to unlock the app with their face or fingerprint. The Facebook-owned messaging app was quietly updated over the weekend to version 2.19.20 and, as the update notes state, WhatsApp now includes support for Apple’s Face ID and Touch ID. To activate the new feature, you’ll need to head to the […]

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Google is working with Apple to restore internal iOS apps

Following reports that Apple revoked Google’s Enterprise Developer Program certificate today, effectively rendering a number of its internal iOS apps nonfunctional, the Mountain View company says it’s working with Apple to resolve the problem. “We’re working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be […]

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Facebook to pull controversial data-collection app for iOS

Facebook is ending a controversial research program on Apple devices hours after it was reported that the social media giant has been paying teens to monitor their smartphone usage. The company has been running a program to collect user data from paid volunteers for the past three years as part of a research project, TechCrunch […]

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Fate/Grand Order hits 5 million downloads in U.S.

Fate/Grand Order is one of the most popular mobile games in the world, and it’s beginning to find legs in the United States. Aniplex of America Inc. — a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment — said today that English version of this mobile role-playing game has reached 5 million downloads in the U.S. Fate/Grand Order […]

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Rosetta Stone for iPhone adds AI to identify objects for live translations

Historically, language translation apps were confined to whatever developers could store in their on-board databases, limitations that were surpassed with internet connections and AI-assisted text recognition tools. Today, language teaching developer Rosetta Stone is taking the next step forward by adding augmented reality and machine learning to its iPhone app, enabling users to identify and […]

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Westworld Mobile game removed from iOS, Android app markets

Someone call in a blade runner, because it’s time to retire some androids. Developer Behaviour Interactive revealed this week that it has pulled Westworld Mobile from Google Play and iOS App Store. The game is still playable, but you can no longer download it on iOS and Android. On April 16, Behaviour Interactive plans to […]

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App Annie: Games made up 74 percent of consumer app store spending in 2018

Mobile users dedicated 74 percent of their app spending to games in 2018, according to the 2019 State of Mobile Report from App Annie. Mobile saw the fastest growth in the gaming sector, beating out consoles, PC, and handheld. China, Japan, and the U.S. are the three largest markets for mobile gaming. Combined, they account for […]

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App Annie: China drove 40% of mobile app spending and nearly half of all downloads in 2018

China may be slowing iPhone sales worldwide, but Chinese people are driving Apple’s App Store business. In fact, China accounted for nearly 50 percent of all app downloads in 2018, pushing the global downloads count to reach a record 194 billion, according to research firm App Annie. China, which is the world’s largest smartphone market, also […]

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U.S. and Canada grew total number of mobile gamers in 2018 by 5%

The U.S. and Canada saw an increase in the total number of mobile gamers in each country in 2018, according to a new report done in collaboration with industry-tracking firm The NPD Group and mobile research firm Sensor Tower. Both countries have a combined 283.1 million mobile users, and 210.9 million of them are mobile gamers. That […]

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TikTok owner Bytedance unveils Snapchat clone Duoshan

On the heels of teen-focused social app TikTok’s skyrocketing popularity, parent company Bytedance today announced Duoshan, a standalone video-messaging app that borrows a page from Snapchat’s playbook. Duoshan, which is Chinese for “flashes,” allows users to record and send each other short videos that disappear after 72 hours. The company says it will initially focus on […]

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Google launches Android Studio 3.3 with focus on ‘refinement and quality’

Google today announced the stable release of Android Studio 3.3, representing the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE). Android Studio 3.3 has gone through several launch phases to get to today’s incarnation, and it follows Android Studio 3.1’s launch last March and 3.2 six months later. The latest version of Android Studio, a […]

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Top 5 countries for soft-launching hyper-casual games

Hyper-casual games have some unique advantages over other genres when it comes to soft launches. Their minimal designs often require little-to-no localization for international audiences, and their largely ad-based monetization strategies, mean CPIs can be more than 10-times cheaper than other game genres. In most cases, this means hyper-casual soft launches don’t need to be […]

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