Apple App Store will soon support purchase options outside iOS app, offer expanded price points and more

In a landmark agreement, Apple has decided to introduce a change in the App Store that will give developers the ability to share purchase options  outside of their iOS app with users. Besides this, Apple will continue to maintain some of their existing policies, and they also launched a fund to assist small US developers.

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Apple reduces App Store commission down to 15% for developers earning less than $1 million

After nearly 12 years since it launched, Apple is finally reducing their App Store commission down from 30% to 15% for developers who have earned less than $1 million in a financial year. This change in App Store policy comes at a time when Apple is fighting a major lawsuit against Epic Games, who accused Apple of anti-competitive restrictions in their marketplace.

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Paytm restores iOS app in Apple App Store after fixing the bug

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[Update] – Paytm has shared more details about the bug that caused the removal of the iOS app from the Apple App Store. As per the company, millions of users have already updated their iOS app and our traffic on iOS is back to normal.

Yesterday, iPhone users were taken aback when the Paytm app went missing from the Apple App Store. The popular digital payments wallet which has benefited a lot owing to the current demonetization situation has now been restored in the App Store.
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Apple to increase UK and Europe app prices

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Prices for content and applications in Apple’s App Store in the UK and Europe are to rise this week as Apple compensates for currency fluctuations and changes in taxation rates. The Cupertino company sent a message to Apple Developers on January 7th outlining that the prices would rise in all European Union countries along with Canada but will drop in Iceland. Continue reading “Apple to increase UK and Europe app prices”

Apple smashes App Store sales record

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Apple has started 2015 with a bang as the company announced it broke its own record for weekly App Store sales in the first week of the year. As noted by Street Insider, Apple sold nearly $500 million worth of apps and in-app purchases in the first week of 2015 with its sales on New Year’s Day also breaking the record for sales in a single day. Continue reading “Apple smashes App Store sales record”

Apple increases Russian app prices

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Apple has today informed its Russian development community that it is increasing Russian App Store prices due to current volatility of the Russian Ruble. After completely shutting its Online Store as it didn’t know what price to charge for its goods, it has been forced to raise the cost of applications and services available from the App Store. Continue reading “Apple increases Russian app prices”

Google Play downloads surpass Apple App Store by 60%: Report

Google Play Store downloads exceeded that of Apple App Store by 60% as compared to the same time last year, according to a latest report by App Annie. The mobile research company revealed that Apple App Store generated 60% higher revenue than Google Play Store.

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Facebook accidentally rolls out Slingshot app, takes it down from Apple App Store

Last month reports suggested that Facebook is working on a Snapchat competitor Slingshot. The ephemeral messaging app enables users to send disappearing photo and video messages.Facebook launched Slingshot today on the Apple App store but then took it down after some time.

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Google Play Store clocks the most downloads but still lags behind App Store in revenue

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According to new statistics released by App Annie Index, Google’s Play Store exceeded the iOS app store by 45% in total downloads but still lagged behind when it comes to actual revenues. Worldwide, it is clear that Android is dominating the market, with over 80% marketshare, which has led to a surge in downloads from emerging markets like Russia and Brazil, but the downside is that a large number of apps on Android are free or based on the freemium model, which drastically lowers the barrier of entry, keeping the target markets in mind, whereas Apple’s iOS enjoys higher marketshare and install base in developed countries. This news might not surprise you, but head past the break for some more interesting analysis based on the data.

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“Flappy Bird” clones being flapped out of app stores

If you thought it was the end of “Flappy Bird”, then you were right and wrong. After having had enough with his immensely addictive and frustrating game, developer Dong Nyugen pulled the game from Google Play Store and Apple App Store. But because of the immense popularity that the game gained, developers and clone makes just can’t seem to get enough of the “Flappy Bird” sensation.

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Amazon updates Kindle app to 3.0, adds support for new iPad’s Retina display

There is not much time left for the commercial release of the New iPad from Apple, and Amazon has announced the release fo its Kindle app, which is among the many apps to be updated recently to support the new iPad’s high resolution retina display.

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Google Voice officially coming to Apple App store

Words are going around that the Google Voice app is coming to Apple App store in a few weeks, and it’s already approved by Apple, which means that the app will be available in the market in a few weeks. On Android, we know that Google Voice app is very popular, and it is known Continue reading “Google Voice officially coming to Apple App store”

Apple App Store Hits 2 Billion Downloads!

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Well the title says it all and no you haven’t read it incorrectly. The Apple Application Store has indeed hit the 2 Billion Application download mark. This was announced today at a press conference in Cupertino, California.

Apart from this, some other aspects highlighted at the event were: The Application Store now hosts over 85,000 applications for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Over 125,000 Developers are involved in the Apple iPhone Developer Program. There are more than 50 million Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users worldwide.

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