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The mobile devices., with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spending in 2020. Consumers also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent TV. The average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV daily but now spends four hours per day on their
they’re also a big business. 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.
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Changes to the app developers that, pending court approval, will introduce a few changes to App Store rules — the most notable being that it allows developers to communicate with their users outside their iOS apps and tell them about other purchase options.the headlines this week. In , legislators are set to vote on a landmark bill that could end Apple and Google’s payment exclusivity on their app stores. Meanwhile, Apple dropped commissions to 15% for news publishers’ apps if they agreed to participate in the Apple News ecosystem. Apple also agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit from U.S.
As it turns out, this developers weren’t using contact information obtained from within the app. With the new settlement, that changes a bit.settlement agreement isn’t as earth-shattering as some headlines may have made it seem. For starters, Apple had already slightly adjusted its in June when it clarified that developers could communicate through email and text with their customers about other purchasing methods besides Apple’s in-app purchases. But this was only permitted if
Developers can now take the smallest ofas they can inform users — well, users who have consented to receive offers via email or other communications — about alternative payment methods besides in-app purchases. That means developers must also collect users’ contact information from their apps. Users may already log in using third-party credentials like Facebook’s, Google’s, or even Apple’s sign-on systems. (Apple’s design, of course, can hide your from developers. Wow, someone was thinking ahead there!)