App Store News

Our latest news and analysis coverage of app stores and additional distribution channels for mobile and other smart apps.

Platform Industry: Google search engine

Google to cut app store fee by half on developers’ first $1 million in sales

Google will cut the service fee it charges developers on its app store by half on the first $1 million they earn in revenue in a year, after a similar move by rival Apple last year...

Platform News: China's Alibaba online marketplace

Alibaba’s browser removed from Chinese Android app stores

Chinese app stores have removed Alibaba’s UC Browser for mobiles, after it was criticised on Chinese state television’s annual consumer rights show for including medica...

Platform News: Clubhouse audio and social media app

Oman blocks Clubhouse citing lack of permit

Oman has blocked US-based audio app Clubhouse because it did not have the right permit, authorities said, but some activists described the move as a further erosion of freedom of e...

Founder of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners Lee

Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee says “fad” of platform giants will pass

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has said the dominance of internet giants is a “fad” that does not have to endure, adding that urgent change was ne...

Platform News: Instagram app on a smartphone

Facebook launches Instagram Lite in 170 lower bandwidth countries

Facebook has announced it is launching a “lite” version of Instagram in 170 countries that will enable people with poor internet to access the photo and video sharing s...

Platform News: Apple logo on the side of a building

Apple to set up $1.2 billion silicon design centre in Germany

Apple has said it would establish an EU-based silicon design centre in Munich, Germany, and invest more than 1 billion euros (approximately $1.2 billion) over the next three years ...

Platform News: Twitter App

Twitter admits its exploring an ‘undo send’ feature for paying users

Twitter has long been rumoured to be testing an “undo send” function that would give users a short time to withdraw a tweet before it is posted. On Friday, the company ...

Platform News: European Union flags

Sources: Apple faces European Union antitrust charge on Spotify complaint

Apple could face an EU antitrust charge sheet in the coming weeks following a 2019 complaint by music streaming service Spotify, two people familiar with the matter said.

Platform News: Google search engine

How brands will target ads to you after the death of browser cookies

Next year, Google plans to phase out technology in its Chrome browser that lets other companies track users’ web browsing. But that does not mean you will see irrelevant ads,...

Platform Economy: Parler App

Parler sues Amazon again, alleging effort to ‘destroy’ app

Parler, a wildly social media app, filed a new lawsuit accusing Amazon.com of trying to destroy its business following the January 6th storming of the US Capitol building by suppor...

Platform News: Apple logo on a retail store window

Apple’s 270 US-based stores open for first time since pandemic began

Apple has said all its 270 stores in the US have been opened for the first time in almost a year after it was forced to shutter several outlets because of the ongoing COVID-19 pand...

South Korea, Japan, Manga Publishing

South Korean tech firms shake up Japan’s storied manga industry

Two South Korean platforms are borrowing from mobile gaming to shake up – and dominate – Japan’s manga industry, a plot twist that has expanded the comics’ ...

Platform News: FinTech trading app Robinhood

Robinhood added 6 million crypto users in last two months

Controversial online brokerage Robinhood has said it has garnered 6 million new users for its cryptocurrency services in the first two months of 2021 amid higher retail trading vol...

Platform News: Google

French antitrust investigators say Google breached its orders on talks with publishers

French antitrust investigators have accused Google of failing to comply with the state competition authority’s orders on how to conduct negotiations with news publishers over...