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App stores saw record 218 billion downloads in 2020, consumer spend of $143  billion | TechCrunch
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App stores saw record 218 billion downloads in 2020, consumer spend of $143 billion | TechCrunch.

Consumers spent a record $28 billion in apps in Q3, aided by pandemic |  TechCrunch
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Consumers spent a record $28 billion in apps in Q3, aided by pandemic | TechCrunch.

App stores to see 130 billion downloads in 2020 and record consumer spend  of $112 billion | TechCrunch
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App stores to see 130 billion downloads in 2020 and record consumer spend of $112 billion | TechCrunch.


This Week in Apps: 2021 review, App Store changes paused, Instagram goes to Congress

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record number of downloads and consumer spending across both the iOS and Google Play stores combined in 2021, according to the latest year-end reports out this week. App Annie says global spending across iOS and Google Play is up to $135 billion in 2021, and that figure will likely be higher when its annual report, including third-party app stores in China, is released next year. Consumers also downloaded 10 billion more apps this year than in 2020, reaching nearly 140 billion in new installs, it found. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re also a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus. In 2020, investors poured $73 billion in capital into mobile companies — a figure that was up 27% year-over-year. This Week in Apps offers a way to keep up with this fast-moving industry in one place with the latest from the world of apps, including news, updates, startup fundings, mergers and acquisitions, and suggestions about new apps and games to try, too. Do you want This Week in Apps in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here: techcrunch.comewsletters Top Stories App economy in 2021 reaches $133-135 billion This week, both Sensor Tower and App Annie released their year-end estimates on the app economy in 2021. Sensor Tower is forecasting that, by the end of the year, Apple’s App Store and Google Play will see a combined record consumer spend of $133 billion and 143.6 billion downloads. Its report came out first and we covered it here on TechCrunch . Today, we’ve got App Annie’s report in our hands, too. App Annie’s estimates come in slightly higher than Sensor Tower’s on consumer spend, but lower on downloads. App Annie says global consumers will spend a record $135 billion across the App Store and Google Play in 2021, up from $112 billion in 2020. However, it reports 140 billion new app installs, instead of 143.6 billion. Image Credits: App Annie The firm also found iOS spending continues to top Android spending. It notes that 65 cents in every app economy dollar is now spent by Apple users. And gamers spend the most. They will have contributed around 60% of the iOS revenue and nearly 80% of Google Play revenue in 2021. In total, gaming contributed around $90 billion of the total global spend in 2021. App Annie also saw many of the same trends as Sensor Tower did, including the revenue growth in non-gaming categories, particularly entertainment and social apps — the former which is rising to $12 billion next year, or double that of 2020. In terms of app downloads, India was the top market, contributing 20% of global downloads across both stores, followed by the U.S. (9%), then Brazil (8%). Image Credits: App Annie App Annie selected TikTok as a top “breakout” app for consumer spending the year. (It’s No. 2 on App Annie’s “breakout” chart that ranks the apps that saw the biggest change in the past 12 months.) But TikTok is also influencing other apps. For example, a video editing app called CapCut — a popular TikTok editing tool — was the No. 1 breakout app by downloads. Image Credits: App Annie App Annie’s report focuses more on “breakout” apps and games rather than the traditional top apps by downloads and consumer spending. It’s an interesting way to view the data as it points to more newcomers and fast risers, but it doesn’t tell you which were the “biggest” apps of the year, necessarily. The full report is here . Image Credits: App Annie Apple doesn’t have to change its App Store yet, court rules Image Credits: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg / Getty Images Apple will not have to implement changes to its in-app purchase system and App Store guidelines as ordered by the judge’s  ruling in its court battle with Epic Games. Apple largely won that case, as the court ruled Apple was not acting as a monopolist. But the company had been ordered to stop preventing app developers from adding links that pointed users to other means of paying for their in-app purchases outside the App Store. Both Apple and Epic appealed the original ruling — Epic because it was not successful with its larger antitrust claims, and Apple because it disagreed with this aspect of the ruling over in-app purchases. Apple originally had until December 9 to update its App Store policies, but had asked the court for a stay on the injunction regarding the changes to its in-app purchasing guidelines until the appeal was decided. Apple had tried to argue its case for a stay before but the lower court denied the motion . Its latest attempt, however, was granted by the U.S. Court of

App stores to see 130 billion downloads in 2020 and record consumer spend of $112 billion | TechCrunch

Consumers spent record $23.4 billion on apps in Q1 2020, thanks to being  stuck indoors | TechCrunch
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Consumers spent record $23.4 billion on apps in Q1 2020, thanks to being stuck indoors | TechCrunch.

App stores saw record 204 billion app downloads in 2019, consumer spend of  $120 billion | TechCrunch
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App stores saw record 204 billion app downloads in 2019, consumer spend of $120 billion | TechCrunch.

App stores saw record 218 billion downloads in 2020, consumer spend of $143  billion | TechCrunch
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App stores saw record 218 billion downloads in 2020, consumer spend of $143 billion | TechCrunch.

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