Congress wants Apple and Google to clamp down on foreign apps

Congress is calling on Apple and Google to clamp down on apps that weren’t born in the USA (cue Springsteen).

Trump’s administration is currently mulling a complete ban of any Chinese software but, while that debate is ongoing, Congress wants the two largest mobile platform holders to begin clamping down on foreign apps in less radical ways.

The Congressional Committee on Oversight and Reform has sent two letters to the CEOs of Apple and Google to request they probe...

Apple stops updating games without a government license in China

Apple has suspended game updates in China from developers without a license from the government.

The policy, draconian as it is, has been in place for some time – but rarely enforced.

Apple has faced increasing pressure from Beijing in recent weeks to start enforcing the rule that developers must show proof of a license issued by the government.

Google’s Play Store is not available (officially) in China, meaning Android users in the country typically use...

Letter criticises App Store policies as EU opens antitrust investigation

A developer has penned an open letter criticising the App Store’s policies just a week after the EU announced it’s launched an antitrust investigation.

In a letter, Basecamp CEO Jason Fried set out his issues with the App Store’s payment policies.

Fried admits that money, specifically the 30 percent cut which Apple takes, is “a large part of the story” – but it’s the “absence of choice and how Apple forcibly inserts themselves between [the] company and...

Epic Games gives up fight against Google over Play Store cut

Epic Games has given up its fight against the large cut taken by Google for publishing games on the Play Store.

In a statement, Epic explained their decision:

"Google puts software downloadable outside of Google Play at a disadvantage, through technical and business measures such as scary, repetitive security pop-ups for downloaded and updated software, restrictive manufacturer and carrier agreements and dealings, Google public relations characterizing third party...

Apple now allows iOS developers to send ads using push notifications

Apple has updated its App Store guidelines to allow iOS app developers to send ads using push notifications.

Cupertino has traditionally been strict around areas which could be detrimental to a user’s experience; advertising being a key one. In the past, developers were unable to use push notifications for “advertising, promotions, or direct marketing purposes.”

The new rules will only permit sending push advertisements to users if they agree to it. Users must...

Huawei sets out its post-Google plans with release of HMS Core 4.0

Huawei has unveiled further details about its replacements to Google’s services as it prepares to lose access following US sanctions.

During an event in London, Huawei made its pitch as to why developers should port their apps to HMS (Huawei Mobile Services).

The first reason is a cash incentive. Huawei announced that it will use a pot of £20 million ($26 million) to help persuade developers to bring their apps to HMS.

Anson Zhang, MD of Huawei UK, said:...

App developers may be forced to disclose any foreign involvement

The US government is considering forcing app developers to disclose any foreign involvement after a string of concerns about how users' data is being collected.

One notable example is video sharing app TikTok. The app is developed by Beijing-based ByteDance and concerns have been raised about how much user data is being sent back to China.

Similar concerns have also been raised about viral hit FaceApp which many people have used to make their face appear old, young, or a...

Apple removes 18 iOS apps for fraudulent advertising activity

Apple has removed 18 iOS apps after determining they were being used to earn money for cybercriminals by conducting ad fraud.

The apps were found to be secretly clicking adverts to earn the attacker cash. While such conduct is not intrusive and may not even be noticeable by the user, it can slow down the device, use more data, and/or drain the battery faster.

Security researchers at Wandera discovered 17 of the infected apps which spanned a wide range of categories including...

Google is pulling open-source apps which feature donation buttons

Google is cracking down on open-source apps which feature a donation button to help support the developer’s work.

The open-source community has been riled up after WireGuard, a free VPN management app, was pulled unceremoniously from the Play Store for accepting donations.

"They (Google) said it was because we're in violation of their 'Payments Policy,' presumably because we have a link inside the app that opens the user's web browser to...

App revenue is soaring with $21.9bn spent in Q3 alone, up 22.9% YoY

Research from Sensor Tower reveals a range of insights about the app development industry and its rapid growth.

Sensor Tower’s research shows app development is a more lucrative business than ever with almost $22 billion spent in the third quarter alone. The huge spending represents an increase of close to 23 percent over last year’s Q3 2019 spend of $17.9 billion.

As the chart above shows, the App Store remains the most lucrative distributor of...