App Store

‘Florence’ is a superb meditation on love from the designer of ‘Monument Valley’

On the heels of Valentine's Day, we have a game that artfully captures what it feels like to fall in love. Florence, from the designer behind Monument Valley, is a brief but memorable visual novel available on iOS.

Google Play sees 19 billion apps downloaded in previous quarter

Google Play and Apple's App Store are only growing. A hefty 19 billion apps were downloaded from Google Play in the fourth quarter, giving Google a lead over Apple in app downloads.

Apple redesigns App Store web interface to be more in line with iOS

Apple has finally updated the web interface of the App Store to bring the design much more in line with the design of iOS. The redesign should make the interface much easier to navigate.

App Store guidelines require developers to disclose loot box reward chances

A new update to the App Store guidelines now requires developers to disclose the reward chances for any loot box in their games. The move comes after consumer backlash to the microtransaction-based system has grown.

Impressive ‘Cuphead’ iOS game is actually an elaborate scam

An iOS version of the run-and-gun platformer Cuphead found its way onto the App Store. It was taken down shortly after video game developer Studio MDHR confirmed it was a scam.

Apple builds excitement for future releases with App Store pre-orders

Don't want to forget that exciting new app release? Apple has introduced a pre-order system for the App Store, where you can register to receive your new app of choice automatically on the day of release.
Small Business

Apple developers in China have made $17 billion in revenue since App Store launch

Apple executive Tim Cook shared that developers on the Apple platform have earned 112 billion yuan, or $16.93 billion in China. That figure is about 25 percent of the total earnings from the App Store.

Here’s how to easily navigate the redesigned App Store in iOS 11

Did you download iOS 11? Notice the App Store looks completely different? Don't worry -- we've got you covered. Here's how to navigate the App Store in iOS 11.

Hundreds of fraudulent trading apps pulled from Google Play, Apple App Store

More than 300 fraudulent binary trading apps have been pulled from Google Play and the Apple App Store after an investigation by Australian regulators revealed that they were scamming people out of their money.

App Store update gives support reps the ability to respond to user reviews

Starting this week, Apple is extending the ability to reply to App Store user reviews to customer support representatives. Previously, responses were limited to only developers.

Apple Clears App Store of VPN apps and ad-blockers

To follow the App Store Developer Guidelines, Apple is only allowing adblock apps that use the Safari Content Blocker. It said it would take down other apps with features that offer to block advertising in third-party apps.

Apple’s new App Store policy will cut down on annoying ratings reminders

Apple is making an effort to cut down on ratings reminders -- the pop-ups that ask you to give a positive app review -- with new guidelines. Starting with iOS 11, developers will have to use Apple's official rating API.

Apple's redesigned App Store brings cleaner look puts new apps front and center

Apple has taken the wraps off of a totally redesigned App Store for iOS 11, its latest and greatest mobile operating system. The new App Store features both a cleaner look and an easier way to find new apps.

Since 2008, Apple’s App Store has paid more than $70 billion to developers

Apple announced that its global developer community has earned over $70 billion since the App Store launch in 2008. The App Store was able to beat last year's developer earnings of $50 billion.

Google Play Store will now let you know when recommended apps go on sale

Google is making it easier to keep tabs on promotions for apps on the Play Store. A new feature in the latest release notifies users when offers go live, and when new games are made available for pre-registration.

Wearsafe for Apple Watch puts peers in touch with loved ones in an emergency

Wearsafe Labs, the startup behind the Wearsafe Tag, launched a new Apple Watch app that connects users with loved ones in an emergency. It's available as part of Wearsafe's $5-per-month subscription

Parker Planners' iPad app could be the nicest iOS planner we've seen yet

Parker Planners is known for its paper planners, but the company just launched version 2.0 of its app -- bringing the app to the iPad. Perhaps the best new feature is integration with notes and to-dos on iOS.

Uber could reportedly track iPhone users who deleted the app and reset their phone

Uber's use of "fingerprinting" -- a method that allowed it to track iPhones that had been reset -- almost got it banned from the App Store. The ridehailing company reportedly used it to combat fraud.