Apple consumers spent a record $1.8 bn on the App Store during the last week of 2020, an increase from $1.42 bn in the same period of 2019. Most of the purchasing happened between Christmas and New Year and went to games. 1 Jan set a single-day spending record of $540 mn, breaking the last record of $386 mn in 2020. Zoom and Disney+ were the most downloaded app. Apple has paid $200 bn to developers, up from $155 bn a year ago.
Apple and Google have warned app developers to remove location tracing software from X-Mode Social from their apps or else face a ban on their respective app stores. X-Mode, whose tech is used in over 400 apps, has been barred from collecting any location data from smartphones running on iOS or Android, as well. X-Mode gives developers SDK codes to put into apps to track location and share the data to sells it. In return, X-Mode pays the developer.
A record 130 bn apps will be downloaded in 2020 across iOS and Google Play store, up 10% YoY, according to App Annie’s year-end forecast. Mobile adoption accelerated by two to three years due to the COVID-19. The pandemic also pushed consumers spent time on devices up by 25% jump from 2019 to top 3.3 trillion hrs on Android. The increased time spent helped contributed to higher consumer spending, which hit a new annual record of $112 bn in 2020.
IBM and Emerald Jewellery have launched Tej — an AI-enabled mobile app to power the B2B business of later in India. The app lets the 200 dealers of Emerald search through a catalogue of over 500,000 designs quickly and navigates the complex ordering process easier. Tej, which runs on iOS and Android operating systems, has not only enabled Emerald Jewellery to redesign the entire buying process of their dealers but also started a zero-touch engagement model.
The backend code of the Aarogya Setu app is now available at the Open Forge platform set up by the govt to promote sharing and reuse of e-gov app source code. The aim is to encourage collaboration between govt agencies, private firms, and developers to promote innovation in e-gov apps and services. The source code of the Android and iOS versions is already available. Aarogya Setu, launched in April, is downloaded by more than 16.43 cr people.
Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced the launch of Sunshine Contacts — a better tool for organising, updating and sharing contact information with others. The start-up, earlier known as Lumi Labs, is rolling out the app that will be free for iOS users who receive an invitation. Sunshine is Mayer’s first venture and return to the spotlight since stepping down from her role as Yahoo chief executive after the 2017 completion of the company’s $4.48 bn sales to Verizon.
Social networking platform Facebook and Instagram experienced an outage on Thursday. Users across the world took to their Twitter handles and reported that they were unable to log in to their accounts and access updated news feed. Many users, including those in India, were unable to access both the platforms on Android and iOS. DownDetector said that a technical glitch occurred at around 11 PM IST; services resumed around an hour later.