App Store Refunds

App Store developers say app refunds are being abused, and Apple isn’t helping

December 5th at 7:12 PM

App Store developers say app refunds are being abused, and Apple isn’t helping

As part of its App Store policy, Apple can choose to give refunds to customers who are unsatisfied with an app they download. It’s a good, common-sense move, and a valuable tool for anyone who’s ever read a description, downloaded the app, and then wondered if they’re even using the same piece of software.

But according to some developers, customers are abusing the refund policy to get free games, and Apple is turning a blind eye to the practice.

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App Store Apps

Apple is about to make the App Store so much better

September 1st at 6:00 PM

Apple is about to make the App Store so much better

Apple’s App Store in recent years has arguably gotten too big for its own good. With more than 2 million apps currently available for download, finding exactly what you’re looking for can often be an exercise in frustration. This dynamic is only exacerbated by the plethora of unscrupulous app developers who often employ underhanded SEO tactics in order to make their apps more visible in search queries. Additionally, some developers will purposefully employ long app names and alternate spellings of popular apps in order to trick unsuspecting users.

Thankfully, Apple is finally getting around to cleaning up shop. Earlier today, Apple said that it plans to remove much of the clutter that currently resides on the App Store.

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iOS Vs Android

iOS torches Android when it comes to developer profits

July 20th at 8:49 AM

iOS torches Android when it comes to developer profits

Even though Android handsets cumulatively account for a majority share of the smartphone market, Apple’s iOS ecosystem remains vastly more profitable for developers relative to Google Play. According to research data recently tabulated by App Annie, the average app found on Apple’s App Store tends to generate nearly four times as much revenue as an app found on Google’s rival platform.

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Pokemon Go vs Other Apps

See how Pokemon Go stacks up against the most popular apps of all time

July 18th at 8:00 PM

See how Pokemon Go stacks up against the most popular apps of all time

Unless you’ve been off-planet for the past few weeks, you’ve probably heard about the unrivaled popularity of Pokemon Go. No one expected the app to fail, but it’s impossible to predict this kind of success either.

In fact, even at this relatively early stage Pokemon Go is already considered to be the most popular mobile game in the history of smartphones. So what exactly does that mean, relative to other popular smartphone games?

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Pokemon Go Download Europe

Pokemon Go rollout begins in Europe: What you need to know

July 13th at 7:45 AM

Pokemon Go rollout begins in Europe: What you need to know

Pokemon Go is a massive mobile success, enjoying impressive popularity among Pokemon fans who can’t get enough of hunting the tiny creatures across town with the help of their mobile devices. However, Nintendo and Niantic’s hit AR game is not available worldwide, at least not officially. Europe is just starting to get a taste of Pokemon Go, with Germany being the first market to receive official support – so here’s what you need to know.

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App Store Changes

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

June 8th 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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App Store Apple iPhone

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

April 15th 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

March 3rd 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

February 4th 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

January 1st 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

October 19th 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

October 10th 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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