Biden Administration Takes Aim Apple and Google’s App Stores

The Biden administration is taking aim at Apple and Google’s mobile app stores, representing perhaps one of the biggest challenge they have yet faced.

Apple Has Paid App Store Developers $320 Billion Since 2008

Apple has released a report on the App Store, revealing the company has paid developers $320 billion.

Musk: Apple Threatening ‘to Withhold Twitter From the App Store’

Musk may be one step closer to launching his own iPhone competitor, saying Apple has “threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store.”

More Android Apps Were Abandoned Than Updated in the Last Six Months

The Google Plays Store has a problem, with more Android apps abandoned in the last six months than those updated.

Apple Will Raise App Store Prices in Some Regions

Apple has informed developers it will be raising App Store prices in multiple regions, effective October 5, 2022.

Apple Invites Developer to Purchase App Store Ad Spots

Apple is moving ahead with its plans to introduce more ads to the App Store, inviting developers to purchase slots for end-of-year rollout.

Apps in South Korea Can Now Bypass the App Store’s Payment System

Developers in South Korea can now use the payment system of their choice rather than being locked into Apple’s method.

Roblox and Former National Security Officials Come to Apple’s Defense in Epic Case

Apple is receiving some major backing in its fight with Epic, with former national security officials and Roblox defending the company’s App Store policies.

‘Reader Apps’ On the App Store Can Now Include Alternate Payment Links

Developers of “reader apps,” such as Netflix, Spotify, and Kindle, can now include a link to alternative payment methods.

Microsoft Takes Shot At Apple and Google With ‘Open App Store Principles’

Microsoft is throwing down the gauntlet in the app store market, releasing a set of “Open App Store Principles” that take aim at Apple and Google.

Apple Now Accepting Unlisted Apps in the App Store

Developers with an in-house or private app can now submit it to the Apple App Store as an unlisted app.

86% of Developers Want Legislation to Open App Stores

86% of Developers Want Legislation to Open App Stores
With the Open App Markets Act (OAMA) making its way through the Senate, at least 86% of developers are in favor of app marketplace legislation.

The OAMA is bipartisan legislation aimed at Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. The legislation is designed to reduce Apple and Google’s role as gatekeepers for their respective platforms.

“This legislation will tear down coercive anticompetitive walls in the app economy, giving consumers more choices and smaller startup tech companies a fighting chance,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal. “For years, Apple and Google have squashed competitors and kept consumers in the dark—pocketing hefty windfalls while acting as supposedly benevolent gatekeepers of this multi-billion dollar market. I’m proud to partner with Senators Blackburn and Klobuchar in this breakthrough blow against Big Tech bullying. This bipartisan bill will help break these tech giants’ ironclad grip, open the app economy to new competitors, and give mobile users more control over their own devices.”

According to the Coalition of App Fairness, 86% of developers want legislation that will prevent anti-competitive practices, as well as prevent Apple and Google from favoring their own apps and services. Developers clearly hope the OAMA will help level the playing field.

“The evidence is clear – app developers want the Open App Markets Act to pass so that they can have the opportunity to compete in a fair digital marketplace,” said Meghan DiMuzio, Executive Director for the Coalition for App Fairness. “For too long, developers have been harmed by gatekeepers’ monopolistic practices, and consumers have suffered from less choice and innovation. We applaud Congress’ leadership on this issue to date and continue to urge members of Congress to act quickly to ensure a fair and competitive marketplace.”

Nvidia Bringing Fortnite Back to iOS and Android

Nvidia is doing what Epic can’t, bringing Fortnite back to iOS and Android via its GeForce NOW gaming platform.

South Korea Wants Apple and Google to Ban Play-to-Earn (P2E) Games

South Korea is pressuring Apple and Google to ban existing and future play-to-earn (P2E) games, in another move against the app economy.

Appeals Court Sides With Apple, Delays App Store Change During Appeal

Apple won an appeal to delay an order that would allow developers to avoid its App Store commission while the company continues the appeal process.

Apple’s App Store Set to Hit $85 Billion in Sales in 2021

New data indicates the Apple App Store is on track to blow past last year’s earnings, topping $85 billion in 2021.

Judge Denies Apple a Stay on App Store Changes Pending Appeal

The judge in Apple’s case versus Epic has denied the company a stay on implementing court-ordered App Store changes until appeals are exhausted.

TestFlight for macOS Now Available

Apple has released TestFlight for macOS, making the utility available on the Mac for the first time.

Google Lowering Play Store Fees to as Low as 10%

Google has announced it is lowering its Play Store fees for subscriptions to 15%, and Media Experience apps to 10%.

South Korea Poised to Ban App Store Payment Monopolies

South Korea is poised to become the first country to ban Apple and Google from locking developers into the use of their payment systems.