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Match Group Google Play Store complaint triggers Dutch antitrust probe

A competition complaint against Google’s Android Play Store by Match Group, the company which owns Tinder and a number of other dating apps, has led to a preliminary investigation by the Netherl

These Android features will help protect your digital privacy

Cybersecurity 101: These Android settings and features will help protect your privacy and security.

This Week in Apps: Elon buys Twitter, Snap Summit recap and an App Store cleanup

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

Rogan backlash didn’t hurt Spotify’s Q1, as paying subscribers grew 15% despite Russia exit

We already suspected that the controversy surrounding the Joe Rogan podcast on Spotify was doing little to actually prompt users to leave the streaming service, based on app store data. Now, Spotify&#

Google Play launches its own privacy ‘nutrition labels,’ following similar effort by Apple

Google Play is today officially launching its own version of privacy-related “nutrition labels” for apps. The company says it will begin to roll out the new Google Play Data safety section

TikTok was the top app by worldwide downloads in Q1 2022

TikTok is one of the world’s fastest-growing social media platforms. Sensor Tower recently released its “Q1 2022: Store Intelligence Data Digest” report in which TikTok was the top app by worldw

Skich’s new app brings social discovery to mobile game recommendations

A new startup called Skich wants to help mobile users find games to play that better match their interests. To do so, it’s created a game recommendation app that carefully toes the line in order

This Week in Apps: Elon bids for Twitter, WhatsApp adds Communities, Spotify goes ‘Live’

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

Google Play will hide and block downloads for outdated apps starting later this year

Google is preparing to clear its Play Store of outdated apps. The company warned Android app developers that starting on November 1, 2022, it will hide apps and block their installation to users&#8217

This Week in Apps: TikTok partners with Giphy, new rules for reader apps, Roblox sides with Apple

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

Kooply taps into $18M from Microsoft and more for a mobile games dev platform still in stealth

Mobile dominates the world of gaming, with smartphone and tablet games generating $93.2 billion in revenues in 2021, more than console ($50.4 billion) and PC ($36.7 billion) combined, according to gam

This Week in Apps: Google’s alternative billing, Instagram’s chronological feeds, digital driver’s licenses

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

App ecosystem growth continued in Q1 with 37B downloads, new high of $33B in consumer spending

The global app market hasn’t yet peaked, according to the latest analysis of the iOS and Android app ecosystem out this week. Global app downloads reached 37 billion in the first quarter of 2022

Google Play to pilot third-party billing option, starting with Spotify

Amid increasing global regulations over app stores and their commission structures, Google today announced the launch of a pilot program designed to explore what it calls “user billing choice.&#

Google is moving the ‘Movies & TV’ tab from the Play Store to Google TV

Google is removing the “Movies & TV” section from the Play Store and moving it to the Google TV app, the company announced in a blog post. The upcoming change will go into effect start

Google launches a new program to offer tools to select game developers on Google Play

Google made a handful of announcements related to the Play Store at its Games Developer Summit this morning. Firstly, Google launched a new “Google Play Partner Program for Games” to provi

Data-stealing app found in Google Play downloaded thousands of times

A notorious Android banking trojan designed to steal user data, like passwords and text messages, has been discovered in Google Play and downloaded thousands of times. The TeaBot banking trojan, also

This Week in Apps: Facebook Reels goes global, Trump’s own social app arrives, all eyes on TikTok

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

Top subscription app revenue grew 41% in 2021 to reach $18.3 billion

It’s no wonder why mobile publishers are battling to keep more of their subscription revenue out of the hands of platforms like Apple and Google — a new report indicates the top 100 non-ga

Google’s Area 120 debuts Checks, an AI-powered privacy compliance solution for mobile apps

A team at Google is today launching a new product for mobile app developers called Checks which leverages AI technology to identify possible privacy and compliance issues within apps, amid a rapidly c
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