Consumer spending in apps has hit a record $32 billion (roughly Rs. 2,34,400 crores) in the first quarter of 2021, according to a report. While the coronavirus pandemic has adversely impacted many businesses across the globe, it has marked a positive effect on the app market worldwide as people started downloading more apps on their devices and paying more for in-app purchases since the beginning of 2020. Both Apple App Store and Google Play have seen an increase in app downloads and in-app purchases.Market intelligence firm App Annie said in its latest report that the first quarter of 2021 was the biggest for the app market worldwide as it reached the milestone of $32 billion on in-app purchases across
Dutch competition authorities are nearing a draft decision in a years-long investigation into Apple over rules requiring software developers to use its in-app payment system, according to a letter sent this month to developers involved in the case.The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets, or ACM, said in 2019 that it was investigating Apple's requirement that developers use its payment system, which charges commissions of between 15 percent and 30 percent.If it issues a decision soon, the ACM could become the first antitrust authority to rule on Apple's app-store payment policies, which have long drawn complaints from app developers. The European Commission last year opened a formal investigation into the iPhone maker over some of the same practices.In letters
YouTube for iOS has received a new update. Although the new version doesn't bring any interesting features or notable changes to highlight, it is the first update that Google has provided through the App Store since December. The new update also comes nearly two months after Apple rolled out privacy labels on the App Store to detail which app is taking how much of your device and personal data. It was a part of the privacy-focussed updates that the iPhone maker announced last year. It did face criticism from some companies, including Facebook, that all alleged Apple monopolising user privacy instead of protecting it.As initially reported by 9to5Google, Google released the updated YouTube for iOS that brings version 15.59.6.