But costs and downloads were down very slightly compared to the previous month.
In October, Apple owned the six of the highest-revenue apps in the iOS app store, for apps by the world’s top 100 brands. And corporate friend-of-the-family Disney owned the next four, rounding out the top 10, as Distimo’s apps and brands mobile report shows:
Google Play has better search than the iOS app store, but Apple has better app discovery and content curation. It’s also much better at helping users evaluate app options, but trails the Amazon app store in a key usability score.
This morning, Distimo launched the first free and open API for app store data from almost every single app store that matters on the planet.
Google Play is continuing its inexorable overtaking of the app store, with downloads now 25 percent higher, and app revenue that is slowly overtaking Apple’s app sales.
The reason is exactly the same one that impacts iOS market share: international markets.
Editor’s Pick There are over four billion street lights in the world. Almost all of them are high-intensity discharge lights that use mercury vapor or some other toxic substance to create light. All of them are powered, and most burn out every two years.
Now what if all these could become nodes on a sensor network spanning the entire globe?
What started out as an intriguing startup notion a few years ago — a mobile search engine that can find apps using natural language — has now raised a total of more than $74 million.
“Leap Motion is already small enough to fit in essentially almost every desktop or laptop, and could even fit in most tablets and smartphones,” Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald said. “We’re now making it even smaller.”
Google continues to hold the top spots on the iOS app store, with Google Maps and YouTube taking the first and second most-downloaded spots. And Google Earth jumped from being the 31st to the 9th most downloaded app on iOS in July.
Mobile testing service StarDust released a new study today which compares total apps, publishers, rate of new apps being added, monetization details, and more about the three main global app stores: iOS, Windows Phone, and Google Play.
Apple’s changing its app store ranking algorithm, according to a new report from Fiksu. Now ratings are joining sheer number of installs in the ranking factors — and it’s calculating updates every three hours.
A group of researchers successfully slid malware past Apple’s safeguards and into the iOS App Store — a scary exposure for the operating system often touted as one of the safest in the industry.
The company says it is “completely overhauling our developer systems, updating our server software,” to prevent similar threats in the future.
In 2011, 80 percent of apps were free. Today, 90 percent of apps are free, with monetization provided via good old we-gather-an-audience-and-sell-its-attention strategy that has worked since the dawn of modern media.
Kinvey releases a new “unconventional comparison” between the two largest software distribution outlets on the planet today: Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
Apple says, “Customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps” after leaving lawsuit against Amazon hanging.
A staggering 267,259 mobile apps are triggering SMS trojans, exploiting security holes, stealing private data, and building botnets, according to a study released today by security firm Juniper.
App Annie released its May apps index this morning– all apps minus games — and the giants are doing well: Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Facebook are well-represented on the top publisher lists. But there’s also some surprises, and some new entrants to the most-downloaded and highest-grossing app leader lists on iOS and Google Play.
The revenue gap has existed for a long time in spite of Android’s massive userbase growth to 900 million strong.
Social media management utility HootSuite added the most popular online survey tool, SurveyMonkey, to its app directory today, along with real-time visual traffic analysis tool Chartbeat.
And, almost as an aside, the company stated that it has now passed seven million users.
The new numbers mean that Apple’s users are increasing their spending at the same time that Apple is increasing its number of users. Just a month ago, Dediu’s estimate was $40/year, with the iTunes and app stores running at a $16 billion run rate.
With over 300,000 mobile developers building 900,000 apps for the iOS apps store, you would think that occasionally someone would want to sell or buy an app.
Apple took the wraps off iOS7, the mobile operating system that runs iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, today at its World Wide Developer Conference.
“It’s unbelievable, gorgeous,” said Apple’s Craig Federighi.
Apple’s big World Wide Developer’s Conference is today in San Francisco. And in the morning kickoff keynote, Apple CEO Tim Cook laid out the big numbers.
The heroine in Suzanne Xie’s first interactive game for kids is no damsel in distress.
Can you buy your way to the top of the app store? In a word, yes.
The iHelicopter is a lightweight yet powerful chopper. Its dual rotors allow for 3-directional tilt, but it’s small enough to fly around indoors! And VentureBeat has it for only $49.99!
As sure as gravity, Google Play will surpass Apple’s app downloads in September of this year. It’s simple a matter of mathematics.
In the good old days, Apple’s app store had a few thousand apps, and you could probably browse all of them to find what you wanted. That lasted about 30 seconds.
Digital comic book startup ComiXology has removed 56 comic books from its iOS app store this past week because they contained content that didn’t meet Apple’s guidelines.
App recommendation engines are getting booted from Apple’s app store because they suck, according to a new player in the app-finding business. But Hooked Media has come up with an entirely new take on app recommendation that has two unique qualities.
Bang With Friends, the app that connects you with Facebook friends looking to hook up, was removed from the Apple app store only a week after it made its debut.
It’s a good thing Apple hit the number today, because if they waited even another week, the Cupertino company might have been second-best to Google’s Android
Apple has built a massive and fast-growing $16 billion annual revenue stream in digital content alone, Apple analyst Horace Dediu says.
With this course, you’ll learn how to build and release an iPhone or iPad app from scratch with absolutely no programming required. And VentureBeat has it for the low price of $79 – but only for a limited time.
Not only did the app’s marketing pic showcase Twitter’s current brand messaging around watching, getting, and reading, all of which are higher on the priority list than, God forbid, actually tweeting, but the app itself is designed for consumption, not creation.
While the iOS app store has well over 800,000 active apps and Google Play sports more than 600,000, the Amazon app store has only about 75,000.
That’s a very good thing — if you’re an app developer.
Can an endless runner for smartphones have an important message?
Chinese “app store” 7659.com is using Apple’s own bulk enterprise licensing system to distributed pirated apps to Chinese iPhone and iPad users, completely free.