Published On: Sun, Dec 15th, 2019

This Week in Apps: Black Friday’s boost, confidence news and a year’s biggest apps

Welcome behind to This Week in Apps, a Extra Crunch array that recaps a latest OS news, a applications they support and a income that flows by it all. What are developers articulate about? What do app publishers and marketers need to know? How are politics impacting a App Store and app businesses? And that apps are everybody using?

This week we demeanour during how a Black Friday weekend played out on mobile (including that non-shopping difficulty that saw a boost in revenue!), as good as a few security-related stories, TikTok’s latest bad press, and Apple and Google’s best and many downloaded apps of 2019, and more.


80% of Android apps are encrypting trade by default

Google gave an refurbish on Android confidence this week, observant that 80% of Android applications were encrypting trade by default, and that commission was aloft for apps targeting Android 9 or higher, with 90% of them encrypting trade by default. Android protects a trade entering or withdrawal a inclination with TLS (Transport Layer Security). Its new statistics are associated to Android 7’s introduction of a Network Security Configuration in 2016, that allows app developers to configure a network confidence process for their app by a declarative pattern file. Apps targeting Android 9 (API turn 28) or aloft automatically have a process set by default that prevents unencrypted trade for each domain. And given Nov. 1, 2019, all apps (including app updates) contingency aim during slightest Android 9, Google says. That means a percentages will urge as some-more apps hurl out their subsequent updates.

Black Friday increased mobile diversion income to a record $70M

U.S. sales holiday Black Friday wasn’t only good for online shoppers, who spent a record $7.4 billion in sales, $2.9 billion from smartphones. It also increased iOS and Android mobile diversion income to a single-day record of $69.7 million in a U.S., according to Sensor Tower. This was a many income ever generated in a singular day for a category, and it represents a 25% boost over 2018. Marvel Contest of Champions from Kabam led a day with approximately $2.7 million in actor spending. Two titles from Playrix — Gardenscapes and Homescapes — also won big, with $1 million and $969,000 in revenue, respectively.

These increases prove that consumers are looking for all kinds of deals on Black Friday, not only those associated to holiday gift-giving. They’re also happy to spend on themselves in games. Mobile publishers held on to this trend and offering special in-game deals on Black Friday that unequivocally paid off.

Did Walmart kick Amazon’s app on Black Friday?

Sensor Tower and Apptopia pronounced it did. App Annie also pronounced it did, though afterwards after took it behind (see update). In any event, it contingency have been a tighten race. According to Sensor Tower, Walmart’s app reached No.1 on a U.S. App Store on Black Friday with 113,000 new downloads, a year-over-year boost of 23%. Amazon had 102,000 downloads, creation it No. 2.

Arguably, many Amazon shoppers already have a app installed, so this is some-more about Walmart’s e-commerce expansion some-more so than some ding on Amazon.

In fact, Apptopia pronounced that Amazon still had 162% some-more mobile sessions over a full holiday weekend — definition Amazon was some-more shopped than Walmart.

More broadly, mobile selling is still outrageous on Black Friday. The tip 10 selling apps grew their new installs by 11% over final year on Black Friday, to strech a total 527,000 installs.

Report: Android Advanced Protection Program could forestall sideloading

Google’s Advanced Protection Program protects a accounts of those during risks of targeted attacks — like journalists, activists, business leaders, and domestic debate teams. This week, 9to5Google found a module might get a new insurance underline with a ability to retard sideloading of apps, according to an APK breakdown. What’s not nonetheless transparent is if module members will have a choice to invalidate a protection, though there are some indications that might be a case. Another underline a news unclosed appears to uncover that Play Protect will automatically indicate all apps, including those from outward a Play Store. This won’t impact a infancy of Android users, of course, though it is an denote of where Google believes confidence risks might be found: sideloaded apps.

Bug hunter suggests Security.plist customary for apps

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