App Store Changes

Apple’s unprecedented App Store overhaul is going to cost you

By on June 8, 2016 at 2:12 PM.

Apple’s unprecedented App Store overhaul is going to cost you

Ever since its inception, the rules governing the App Store have more or less stayed the same. Sure, Apple has implemented various tweaks and enhancements over the years, but the underlying fundamentals have largely remained unchanged.

Well, it’s time to buckle up folks, because Apple is planning to completely revamp the way we think about and purchase software. In a wide-ranging interview with The Verge, Apple executive Phil Schiller detailed all of the changes Apple plans to roll out to the App Store experience in the near future.

First and foremost, Apple will soon allow developers to sell subscription-based apps across any category. As it stands today, only a few type of apps (news, dating, audio streaming) have the ability to offer users subscription pricing.

“Now we’re going to open up to all categories,” Schiller explained, “and that includes games, which is a huge category.”

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At least nothing Apple does could make App Store search any worse, right?

By on April 15, 2016 at 9:14 AM.

At least nothing Apple does could make App Store search any worse, right?

Apple is really, really good at some things and really, really bad at others. Every company obviously has strengths and weaknesses, but Apple’s seem to be further apart on the spectrum than most companies. And somewhere on the opposite side of that spectrum from “building gorgeous smartphones” lies “App Store search,” a crucial app discovery feature that, quite frankly, couldn’t be any worse than it is right now. You can literally search for some apps by name and not find them anywhere in your results.

Well, Apple is finally starting to take its App Store search problem more seriously according to a new report, and it may have found a way to boost its services revenue in the process. More →

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Rando iPhone App Random

Rando is a hilarious free iPhone app that starts conversation with random pics or GIFs

By on March 3, 2016 at 1:28 PM.

Rando is a hilarious free iPhone app that starts conversation with random pics or GIFs

With Rando, a new iPhone app that’s available starting Thursday, you’ll be able to beat boredom whenever it strikes. Rather than finding apps and games to fiddle around to pass the time, Rando offers something a lot better: Random conversation starters that will almost always lead to hilarious chats with your friends. More →

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Most Popular Smartphone Apps

List of most popular iOS and Android apps is dominated by Facebook and Google

By on February 4, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

List of most popular iOS and Android apps is dominated by Facebook and Google

Whether you’re an iPhone user or partial to Android, one thing smartphone users across the board can enjoy equally is an absolutely endless selection of apps. Today, both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store each house more than 1.5 million applications. Even better, the days of top applications being exclusive to one platform or the other appear to be winding down.

That said, if we look at a list of the most popular apps, it quickly becomes apparent that the mobile app experience is still dominated by big time players.

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iPhone Slow Trick Speed Up

This hidden iPhone trick does wonders to speed up your phone

By on January 1, 2016 at 11:40 AM.

This hidden iPhone trick does wonders to speed up your phone

There are various reasons your iPhone might seem slow at times, especially the older models that are running newer versions of Apple’s iOS platform. The good news is that there are some things you can do to speed up your old handset, and we’ve covered plenty of tips in the past here on BGR. Now, we’ve found yet another hidden trick that can help you speed up your phone if it’s not notifying you of app updates or if it’s just too slow in general. More →

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iOS App Store Apps Private Data Collection

Hundreds of iOS apps in the Chinese market found to be stealing private user data

By on October 19, 2015 at 7:40 PM.

Hundreds of iOS apps in the Chinese market found to be stealing private user data

Right on the heels of a major malware attack on the App Store, mobile analytics service SourceDNA discovered another potential security breach in the form of private APIs being used in hundreds of apps which bypassed Apple’s app review process to collect private user data without the user’s permission. More →

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Kanye West In App Purchases

Kanye West is sick and tired of in-app purchases on iOS

By on October 10, 2015 at 6:59 PM.

Kanye West is sick and tired of in-app purchases on iOS

Nowadays, if you take a glance at the iOS apps which generate the most money, the majority of them are free to download and instead rely upon in-app purchases for items like virtual swords, extra lives and level skips to generate boatloads of cash each and every month.

Unfortunately, because many games geared for children incorporate in-app purchases, many parents often end up spending a whole lot more on mobile apps than they may have initially bargained for. And leading the moral charge against in-app purchases is none other than Kanye West.

Yes, that Kanye West.

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iOS 9 In-app Purchases Hack

iOS 9 code vulnerability lets hackers steal thousands of dollars worth of in-app purchases

By on September 24, 2015 at 3:36 PM.

iOS 9 code vulnerability lets hackers steal thousands of dollars worth of in-app purchases

It’s not a trend that gamers are especially ecstatic about, but in-app purchases (IAP) have become a major element of mobile gaming. It’s how many of the biggest games on the App Store stay afloat, but earlier this week, the developers at DigiDNA discovered a coding flaw that could allow hackers to steal thousands of dollars worth of IAP from popular games. More →

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iPhone iOS Malware App List Store

More genuine iPhone apps may still be infected with malware following massive App Store hack

By on September 22, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

More genuine iPhone apps may still be infected with malware following massive App Store hack

Cunning hackers from China managed to sneak malware into what’s generally thought of as an impenetrable target, Apple’s App Store. They created a custom version of the Xcode program developers use to create iPhone apps, thus injecting the malware payload right into the apps that Apple staff would later approve.

At least 85 legitimate iPhone apps were infected with malware this way (see this list), most of them targeting the Chinese and Asian markets, as that’s where the malicious version of Xcode was made available to developers. However, other security firms say that there may be hundreds or even thousands of genuine iOS apps that may have been targeted this way. More →

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Sage Solitaire Free App Download

Sage Solitaire: Your next addiction is now free to download on the App Store

By on August 27, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

Sage Solitaire: Your next addiction is now free to download on the App Store

What if I told you that solitaire needed a reboot? You’d probably call me crazy, but then I’d know that you hadn’t given Sage Solitaire a chance yet. Sage Solitaire is the latest game from legendary iOS game designer Zach Gage, whom you might know from SpellTower, one of the best word games to ever appear on mobile devices.

And did I mention it’s free? Because Sage Solitaire is free. More →

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Google Play Apps

Google Play is Copying Apple’s App Store, and Why That’s a Good Thing

By on June 26, 2015 at 2:01 PM.

Google Play is Copying Apple’s App Store, and Why That’s a Good Thing

Since their inception, Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store have taken diametrically opposed positions when it comes to policing the content allowed into their respective online marketplaces. Whereas Apple, in natural fashion, reviews every single app submitted, Google has historically taken a more lax position, creating an open digital playground of sorts and opting to address issues after they arise as opposed to before.

Initially, this strategy helped position the Google Play store as a more accommodating and developer-friendly marketplace. All the more so given Apple’s penchant for rejecting apps for seemingly arbitrary and contradictory reasons.

Over time, though, Google has slowly but surely started to see the wisdom in Apple’s approach. While Google still takes a relatively hands-off approach to submitted apps, a recently updated version of its Google Play Developer Program Policies demonstrates that Google sees the merit in having stricter governing rules in place.

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App Store Rejection Android

Apple rejects app update due to microscopic mention of ‘Android’

By on May 21, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Apple rejects app update due to microscopic mention of ‘Android’

We all know that Apple can be exceedingly nit-picky when it comes its overseeing its App Store, but the latest incidence of developer babysitting is a bit much even for them.

In the latest example of Apple’s App Store rejection policy gone awry, the company recently rejected an update to Breaking, an app which lets users curate the type of news items they’d like to appear in the “Today” feed from within iOS’ Notification Center.

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Mac App Store

Profits from Apple’s Mac App Store are shockingly low

By on May 8, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Profits from Apple’s Mac App Store are shockingly low

There’s a good reason why the term App Store economy is often used to describe the iTunes App Store. In 2014 alone, Apple doled out $10 billion to iOS developers. Since the App Store went live in 2008, developers have netted more than $25 billion in earnings. In turn, many developers have been able to turn mobile app development into full fledged careers.

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