Welcome to the new Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that sums up the latest operating system news, the apps they support, and the money flowing through it all.
The app industry recorded a record 204 billion downloads and $ 120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile” report. People now spend 3 hours and 40 minutes a day using apps, rivaling television. Apps aren’t just a way to spend inactive hours – they’re a great business. In 2019, mobile-focused businesses had a combined valuation of $ 544 billion, 6.5 times higher than those that were not mobile-oriented.
In this Extra Crunch series, we help you follow the latest news from the world of apps, delivered weekly.
This week, we’re continuing our special coverage on the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on apps and the broader mobile app industry – or rather, the boost many apps are getting as a result. In fact, the first quarter saw consumer spending reach record levels in the first quarter, as everyone was inside. But as some apps move up the rankings, the scrutiny of their practices increases. This week, application # 1 Zoom defended against a multitude of complaints about security concerns, for example, while social video application Houseparty defended itself against a possible smear campaign. There is also a new Pinterest CEO app to track the spread of COVID-19.
This week too: more leaks on the new version of iOS, Apple bought Dark Sky, Niantic rotated, TikTok climbed back into the charts and more.
Special cover Coronavirus / COVID-19
Pinterest CEO and Scientists Partner on COVID-19 Tracking Application