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

Sensor Tower: Apple App Store’s top publishers earn 64% more than Google Play’s

Mobile market analyst Sensor Tower looked at the 100 top app publishers on Apple and Google and found that those on the iOS side made 64% percent more compared to Android during the first quarter of 2019. Combining both platforms, the top 100 made an average of $130.4 million. The top 100 on Apple made […]

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AppOnBoard acquires mobile game dev suite Buildbox

AppOnboard has acquired Buildbox, a platform that enables developers to create mobile games without knowing how to code. In 2018, the Buildbox suite of tools powered more than 45,000 unique games, driving what it claims are 3 billion estimated downloads in the app stores. Among the hit games produced with it was Color Switch. AppOnboard makes […]

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App Annie: Games accounted for 33% of mobile downloads and 74% of spending in 2018

Mobile market research firm App Annie knows our phones are practically game consoles, and it’s sharing some stats to show just how many of us play games, how long we do so, and what genres are on the rise. And just how many games come out in one year on Apple’s App Store and Google […]

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You can now use your Android phone as a 2FA security key for Google accounts on iOS

Back in April during its Cloud Next 2019 developer conference, Google rolled out a feature that allows Android phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and up to act as Fast Identity Online (FIDO) security keys, enabling them to protect G Suite, Cloud Identity, and Google Cloud Platform accounts across Bluetooth-enabled Chrome OS, macOS, and Windows 10 […]

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How to easily improve your app performance with an ASO audit

Presented by Lab Cave The proliferation of apps in the stores has generated an undeniable scenario: if your store listing page is not optimized, it’s unlikely that you will get any organic downloads. In fact many won’t be able to even find your app (see graph below.) An App Store Optimization (ASO) analysis of your […]

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Google Assistant launches in Waze on Android in the U.S.

For the roughly 110 million people who use Waze to navigate cities and countrysides globally, there’s good news: The Google Assistant tie-in teased at Google’s I/O 2019 developer conference is officially live. The Mountain View company today announced that U.S.-based Android users will start to see Google Assistant in Waze (in English) this week, with […]

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iOS 13 and watchOS 6 hands-on: As 5G looms, Apple takes small steps forward

Earlier today, I posted a hands-on look at Apple’s macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13, the unexpected stars of this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose. But there were three other major operating system releases during the same (long) keynote, and though they frankly weren’t as exciting as the Mac and iPad announcements, they’re worth digging into […]

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BTS World game brings K-pop group to Android and iOS on June 25

BTS World, a new mobile game coming from Netmarble, will debut on June 25 on iOS and Android. It could be a big hit in part because the K-pop group, BTS, has become extremely popular as it heads to worldwide superstardom. I know this because my kid went to one of their world tour concerts […]

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Zynga launches Tiny Royale on Snapchat

Social gaming firm Zynga has launched its fast-paced battle royale game, Tiny Royale, as an exclusive on Snapchat. It’ll be part of Snap Games, the messaging app’s new multiplayer gaming platform, and it’s the latest in the messaging industry’s attempt to cash in on the riches and engagement associated with games. Other messaging platforms with […]

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BlueStacks Inside turns mobile games into ‘native PC’ games on Steam

PC gaming platform BlueStacks has launched BlueStacks Inside, which enables mobile game developers to publish their games on Steam with no porting to the PC required. BlueStacks inside has a one-step software development kit (SDK) that lets developers take existing mobile games to Steam and Discord. The initial launch will include several high-profile developers like […]

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Siri gets a better voice and new AirPods and HomePod features

Apple’s AI assistant Siri is getting a more natural sounding voice, help with multi-step custom voice commands in the Shortcuts app, quick SMS responses with AirPods, and personalized results with the HomePod smart speaker. The news was announced today at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. AirPods […]

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Former App Store review chief: Apple must be fair to direct competitors

Phillip Shoemaker’s name might not be especially well known these days, but after a pre-WWDC podcast and accompanying blog post, Apple’s former director of App Store reviews is back in the spotlight with a timely suggestion: Following a Supreme Court ruling that it can be sued for monopolistic practices, Apple needs to start playing fair with […]

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Apple defends App Store practices, noting human reviews and free apps

Faced with a recent Supreme Court ruling that has opened the door to antitrust lawsuits over its App Store commissions and policies, Apple today launched a defense in the form of a web page spotlighting its principles and practices. The page offers justifications for its 30% share of developers’ App Store revenues, which it notes […]

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Glu launches WWE Universe mobile game

Glu Mobile has launched WWE Universe for iOS and Android, a new free-to-play game based on the professional wrestling company. Glu signed a multi-year deal with WWE to develop games based on the brand in 2017. WWE already has a presence on mobile with titles like SuperCard, a digital card game with millions of players. […]

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Rec Room is coming soon to iPhone and iPad

Seattle-based startup Against Gravity is bringing social service Rec Room to iPhone and iPad soon with invites to a testing release slated to go out this month. The startup is offering a “Rec Room Mobile” signup page for potential access to a testing release of the service on iOS devices. “We will let you know once we’re […]

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Make mobile advertising easier, please

Presented by AdColony If you’re a mobile app developer today, you face a vast, LUMA-like ocean of choices when it comes to how you will make money. While that appears to be a good thing — better than too few, right? — it’s difficult to land on a monetization strategy that will maximize your revenue […]

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Sensor Tower: Steam Link iOS app bags over 330,000 downloads in first week

Mobile market analyst Sensor Tower found that over 330,000 people have installed the free Steam Link app after its surprise release on the App Store on May 15. Steam Link streams your PC games on Steam to smartphones and tablets via a strong Wi-Fi connection (at least 5Ghz or higher). Sensor Tower estimates that between […]

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