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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Carrier billing startup Boku to raise $60M at a post-money valuation of $164M in London IPO on November 20   —  Boku, the startup that partners with Apple in its rollout of carrier billing for the App Store, expects to raise £45 million ($60 million) on a post-money valuation of £125 million …
Nov 13, 2017, 6:15 AMIn context
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
iOS 11.2 will let developers offer introductory pricing for auto-renewable subscriptions in the App Store   —  Apple is introducing a new App Store pricing feature for developers starting with iOS 11.2.  Apps that use auto-renewable subscription pricing will soon be able to offer special introductory pricing for new customers.
Nov 6, 2017, 7:55 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower data shows Pandora dethroned Netflix as top grossing non-game app on US App Store and Google Play in Q3 2017 with $80M revenue, up 142% YoY   —  In the face of fierce competition from Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora has been growing its in-app subscription revenues, according to new data from Sensor Tower.
Nov 3, 2017, 7:15 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apptopia data shows Apple's “App of the Day” App Store section, introduced in iOS 11, has boosted downloads by 1,747% on average and 792% for games   —  New research from Apptopia, out today, takes a look at the impact getting featured as the App or Game of the Day on the new iOS App Store has on app downloads.
Oct 24, 2017, 1:47 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
App Annie: app downloads across Apple's App Store and Google Play reached nearly 26B in Q3 2017, up 8% YoY   —  App downloads and revenue hit record levels in the third quarter of 2017, according to a new report out this morning from App Annie.  Downloads across the two major app stores …
Oct 23, 2017, 3:50 PMIn context
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google Play says it will cut its take of app subscription revenues from 30% to 15% for users who've subscribed for 1+ year, starting in January 2018   —  From 30 percent to 15 percent  —  Google today announced that it will follow Apple's lead in lowering the amount of money app developers must pay …
Oct 19, 2017, 1:35 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Play rolls out “Try It Now” button for Android Instant Apps, updates Editor's Choice section and Play Console   —  Google today is announcing a number of changes to its Google Play app store, the most notable being a new way to try apps immediately without having to first install them on your mobile device.
Oct 19, 2017, 1:30 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Facebook's news subscription tool is delayed on iOS over Apple's 30% App Store cut; the tool will roll out on Android phones over coming weeks   —  The problem: Apple's 30 percent tax.  —  Facebook's effort to help media companies sell subscriptions has hit a snag: Apple.
Oct 19, 2017, 12:15 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower finds 35% of ARKit-powered apps are games, 19% are utilities, 11% are entertainment, 7% are education, 6% are photo and video, 5% are lifestyle   —  ARKit, Apple's augmented reality framework that CEO Tim Cook recently likened to being as “dramatic” a development as the App Store itself …
Oct 12, 2017, 2:10 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Behind the chart-topping iOS app tbh, which lets users send compliments to friends anonymously by answering positively-framed multiple-choice questions   —  “If we're improving the mental health of millions of teens, that's a success to us" says Nikita Bier, co-founder of tbh.
Sep 24, 2017, 8:20 PMIn context

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