Welcome again to ThisWeek in Apps, the Additional Crunch collection that recaps the newest OS news, the purposes they assist and the cash that flows by way of all of it. What are builders speaking about? What do app publishers and entrepreneurs must know? How are politics impacting the App Retailer and app companies? And which apps are everybody utilizing?
This week we take a look at how the Black Friday weekend performed out on cell (together with which non-shopping class that noticed a lift in income!), in addition to a couple of security-related tales, TikTok’s newest unhealthy press, plus Apple and Google’s finest and most downloaded apps of 2019, and extra.
80% of Android apps are encrypting visitors by default
Google gave an update on Android security this week, noting that 80% of Android purposes have been encrypting visitors by default, and that share was larger for apps concentrating on Android 9 or larger, with 90% of them encrypting visitors by default. Android protects the visitors coming into or leaving the units with TLS (Transport Layer Security). Its new statistics are associated to Android 7’s introduction of the Network Security Configuration in 2016, which permits app builders to configure the community security coverage for his or her app by way of a declarative configuration file. Apps concentrating on Android 9 (API degree 28) or larger robotically have a policy set by default that stops unencrypted visitors for each area. And since Nov. 1, 2019, all apps (together with app updates) should goal a minimum of Android 9, Google says. Meaning the percentages will enhance as extra apps roll out their subsequent updates.
Black Friday boosted cell recreation income to a file $70M
U.S. gross sales vacation Black Friday wasn’t simply good for web shoppers, who spent a file $7.four billion in gross sales, $2.9 billion from smartphones. It additionally boosted iOS and Android cell recreation income to a single-day file of $69.7 million in the U.S., according to Sensor Tower. This was the most income ever generated in a single day for the class, and it represents a 25% improve over 2018. Marvel Contest of Champions from Kabam led the day with roughly $2.7 million in participant spending. Two titles from Playrix Gardenscapes and Homescapes additionally gained large, with $1 million and $969,000 in income, respectively.
These will increase point out that buyers are in search of every kind of offers on Black Friday, not simply these associated to vacation gift-giving. They’re additionally pleased to spend on themselves in video games. Cellular publishers caught on to this pattern and supplied particular in-game offers on Black Friday which actually paid off.
Did Walmart beat Amazon’s app on Black Friday?
Sensor Tower and Apptopia stated it did. App Annie additionally stated it did, however then later took it again (see replace). In any occasion, it will need to have been an in depth race. In line with Sensor Tower, Walmart’s app reached No.1 on the U.S. App Retailer on Black Friday with 113,000 new downloads, a year-over-year improve of 23%. Amazon had 102,000 downloads, making it No. 2.
Arguably, many Amazon consumers have already got the app put in, so that is extra about Walmart’s e-commerce development extra so than some ding on Amazon.
The truth is, Apptopia said that Amazon still had 162% more mobile sessions over the full vacation weekend which means Amazon was extra shopped than Walmart.
Extra broadly, cell procuring remains to be big on Black Friday. The highest 10 procuring apps grew their new installs by 11% over final yr on Black Friday, to achieve a mixed 527,000 installs.
Report: Android Superior Safety Program might forestall sideloading
Google’s Advanced Protection Program protects the accounts of these at dangers of focused assaults like journalists, activists, enterprise leaders, and political marketing campaign groups. This week, 9to5Google discovered the program could get a brand new safety characteristic with the means to dam sideloading of apps, in keeping with an APK breakdown. What’s not but clear is that if program members can have the choice to disable the safety, however there are some indications which may be the case. One other characteristic the report uncovered seems to indicate that Play Shield will robotically scan all apps, together with these from exterior the Play Retailer. This gained’t have an effect on the majority of Android customers, after all, but it surely is a sign of the place Google believes security dangers could also be discovered: sideloaded apps.