Google is updating its policies regarding Android APIs, with plans to block outdated apps in Android 14.
Android apps continue to be a privacy nightmare, with 1 in 2 apps on the Google Play Store sharing user data with third parties.
The Google Plays Store has a problem, with more Android apps abandoned in the last six months than those updated.
Google is reversing course, bringing back the App Permissions section in the Google Play Store.
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.
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 is doing what Epic can’t, bringing Fortnite back to iOS and Android via its GeForce NOW gaming platform.
South Korea is pressuring Apple and Google to ban existing and future play-to-earn (P2E) games, in another move against the app economy.
New data indicates the Apple App Store is on track to blow past last year’s earnings, topping $85 billion in 2021.
Google has announced it is lowering its Play Store fees for subscriptions to 15%, and Media Experience apps to 10%.
South Korea is poised to become the first country to ban Apple and Google from locking developers into the use of their payment systems.
South Korea has passed its “Anti-Google Law,” aimed at prohibiting Apple and Google from forcing developers to use their payment systems.
A lawsuit accusing Google of antitrust behavior in respect to its Play Store is shedding light on how much revenue it brings in, to the tune of $11.2 billion.
Google reportedly offered Netflix special Play Store terms to keep the streaming giant happy.
A bipartisan bill taking aim at Apple and Google app stores has been introduced in the US House, mirroring a similar one in the Senate.
A new bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate would drastically alter how Apple and Google operate their app stores.
Apple may receive the most heat for its opposition to sideloading apps, but even Google thinks the experience is “abysmal.”