Items tagged with App Store

The European Commission (EC) made it official today that Apple has been informed of being the first company to breach the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The violation comprises Apple preventing app developers from “freely steering customers to alternative channels for offers and content.” Apple, Meta, and Alphabet... Read more...
Even the Hatfields and McCoys eventually settled their differences and ended their long-running feud, which lasted from 1863 to 1891 (a truce signed by both families in 2003 officially put the matter to rest). In the modern era, we get to witness a different kind of feud, between Epic Games and Apple. Fortunately it's... Read more...
The European Union’s DMA, which officially goes into effect today, requires Apple to permit third party app stores, such as Epic Games Store, on its platform. Epic had planned to bring the Epic Games Store and Fortnite to iOS devices in Europe under the DMA rules. However, in what Epic calls “a serious violation of... Read more...
The European Commission took a huge bite out of Apple’s income in a recent decision, as it fined the Cupertino-based company 1.84 billion Euro ($1.9 billion USD) for disregarding competition from streaming rivals, such as Spotify, on its App Store. The ruling is the first against Apple for breaching EU rules... Read more...
LastPass developer LogMeIn is raising the alarm on its blog after finding an app impersonating the company’s password manager on the Apple App Store. The app is named “LassPass Password Manager” with an individual named Parvati Patel listed as the fake app’s developer. The doppelganger steals the authentic app’s... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg is joining a legion of CEOs who are less-than enthused about the opening up of iOS to third-party app stores. Zuckerberg gave his opinion on Apple’s new policies, as they relate to Meta, while speaking to shareholders during an earnings call. Zuckerberg said that “I don’t think that the Apple thing is... Read more...
While the iOS update Apple rolled out on Monday was aimed at fixing several issues, it added yet another. iPhone owners who use the Google Photos app were quick to notice and point out that after they updated, Google's app crashed immediately upon trying to launch it. The iOS 16.3.1 update addressed several issues... Read more...
With the lights being shut off for the beloved weather app Dark Sky on iOS, it is time to find another fair-weather friend to let you know when the next cold front is coming through. Dark Sky was bought out by Apple nearly two years ago and officially shut down on New Year's day. When it comes to weather apps, Dark... Read more...
It has been more than two years since Apple unceremoniously booted Fortnite from the App Store, but Epic's time in the wilderness may be coming to an end. Epic CEO Tim Sweeny posted a teaser that suggests the popular game could be coming back to Apple's platform in 2023, but probably not on the App Store. Epic... Read more...
The popular SwiftKey soft keyboard hasn’t been updated for iOS users for more than a year. Now we have learned that there’s an unpleasant reason behind the obvious neglect; Microsoft are going to delist the app from the Apple App Store. SwiftKey iOS will be axed from the store on October 5, but existing users will be... Read more...
Lately, Google has been making some changes to Play Store policies. The company recently announced that Android apps would be barred from using the Accessibility API for recording phone calls. Google also started rolling out a new data safety section to the Play Store that will require app developers to disclose their... Read more...
Hello developer, do you have a mobile app that you have been selling for years? How about a free game? You know the product is so solid in its code that it hasn't needed an update in years. Well, guess what? Apple might pull it from the App store despite your tight coding. In a recent post by Apple about App Store... Read more...
In a change on its developer website, Apple has announced support for unlisted apps on its App Store. This means developers can finally submit apps (and get them approved) that are only discoverable if the user has a direct link. With this change, developers with apps not really suitable for public distribution can... Read more...
Cloned apps can be a serious problem as developers try to protect their copyrights and revenue streams. The makers of PUBG Mobile are embroiled in that sort of struggle. Krafton and PUBG Santa Monica are suing Apple and Google over a copycat game, along with the maker of the clone and YouTube. In 2017, the... Read more...
Apple gets the last word when it comes to clones of the popular Wordle game that popped up in its App Store recently. One brazen dev, that even copied the name of the game, bragged on Twitter about how many downloads his cloned app was getting in Apple's App Store. As you might imagine, the reaction to his boasting... Read more...
Apple recently released an end-of-year report primarily highlighting the evolution and performance of its own services and features. However, there was a short paragraph about the accomplishments of outside developers. Apple claimed it has have paid out over $260 billion to app developers since 2008. Last year this... Read more...
Mobile gaming and non-game app adoption and spending really took off in 2020. However, market trend started normalize in 2021, and worldwide consumer spending should reach $133 billion on in-app purchases, premium apps, and subscriptions. That includes spending on both the iOS App Store and Google Play, but Apple is... Read more...
Hey, guess what? Apple has finally decided to allow sideloading on iOS devices! Just kidding—anyone fooled has not been paying attention to the almighty institution that is Apple, the guardian of consumers and overseer of mobile security. Or something like that. It is, however, being pressured to follow in Google's... Read more...
When it comes to games and who makes the biggest profit, one may not consider Apple being at the top of the list. But according to figures released as part of Apple’s recent antitrust trial, Apple made quite an operating profit from games in 2019. In fact, Apple made a massive $8.5 billion in profit from games in... Read more...
A court ruling earlier this month wasn't a decisive victory for either Apple or Epic Games regarding the pair's legal battle over App Store payments. While Epic scored a win in allowing app developers to choose alternative payment methods for in-app purchases, it also had to pay Apple 30 percent of its revenues for... Read more...
Fortnite developer Epic Games filed lawsuits against Apple and Google last year to force changes in how both companies control the method of payment within their respective app stores. Epic claimed at the time that it wasn't just taking this course of action for its sake but also for smaller developers forced to hand... Read more...
Apple has made a concession that effectively ends a five-year investigation by the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) into anti-monopoly behavior. Beginning early next year, Apple will allow so-called "reader" apps to include a single external link to their website, where users can sign up for subscription services... Read more...
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