The Daily App Industry News: Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly Yugasa series that recaps the major news in mobile OS news, mobile applications, and the overall app economy.
The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spending in 2020. It is recorded that 218 billion apps have been downloaded worldwide in 2020, with global consumer spending hitting $143 million.
Google Play to allow support for alternative billing systems in South Korea is going live today on Google Play Store starting from the Asian market and these new payment options are something that Facebook has been eyeing for quite some time now. Furthermore, it is also reported that Facebook is testing new subscriptions for pages.
Apple rails against sideloading but has plans to enable it in future software releases and these changes are likely part of Apple’s plan with the 2020 iOS release. Taking into account how quickly Apple had changed its mind on this one, we should see some similar announcements about sideloading in the future.
Facebook skirts Apple’s fees with creator subscriptions is a move that will have serious implications for Facebook, creators, and brands alike.
This has been confirmed by people familiar with Facebook’s plans who say it’ll be an ad-free version of the app/website where users pay to avoid ads or the other way around. The Daily App Industry News, It is also reported that Facebook has plans to introduce a subscription feature for pages, allowing users to pay in order to avoid ads.
With Netflix, there’s a new way to play pool and other games. The company is testing its first real-money gaming app in the U.S., letting people gamble on poker, blackjack, or slots using virtual credits they can buy with real money from PayPal or Venmo accounts.
The Daily App Industry News, It has been reported that Netflix has their first real-money gaming app in the U.S., letting people gamble on poker, blackjack, or slots using virtual credits they can buy with real money from PayPal or Venmo accounts.